The word 'happy' would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness.
A human being would certainly not grow to be seventy or eighty years old if this longevity had no meaning for the species. The afternoon of human life must also have a significance of its own and cannot be merely a pitiful appendage to life's morning.
There is no birth of consciousness without pain.
Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.
The shoe that fits one person pinches another there is no recipe for living that suits all cases.
Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams who looks inside, awakes.
Nobody, as long as he moves about among the chaotic currents of life, is without trouble.
My interests drew me in different directions. On the one hand I was powerfully attracted by science, with its truths based on facts; on the other hand I was fascinated by everything to do with comparative religion. In science I missed the factor of meaning; and in religion, that of empiricism.
I have treated many hundreds of patients. Among those in the second half of life - that is to say, over 35 - there has not been one whose problem in the last resort was not that of finding a religious outlook on life.
This world is empty to him alone who does not understand how to direct his libido towards objects, and to render them alive and beautiful for himself, for Beauty does not indeed lie in things, but in the feeling that we give to them.
The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.
Life has always seemed to me like a plant that lives on its rhizome. Its true life is invisible, hidden in the rhizome. The part that appears above ground lasts only a single summer. What we see is the blossom, which passes. The rhizome remains.
Our psychology is... a science of mere phenomena without any metaphysical implications. Treats all metaphysical claims and assertions as mental phenomena, and regards them as statements about the mind and its structure.
A 'scream' is always just that - a noise and not music.
Children are educated by what the grown-up is and not by his talk.
Man needs difficulties they are necessary for health.
We should not pretend to understand the world only by the intellect. The judgement of the intellect is only part of the truth.
One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.
Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people.
The debt we owe to the play of imagination is incalculable.
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