Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.
Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people.
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.
Show me a sane man and I will cure him for you.
Man needs difficulties; they are necessary for health.
The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.
It is high time that we realized that it is pointless to praise the light and preach it if nobody can see it. It is much more needful to preach the art of seeing.
The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases.
If there is anything that we wish to change in the child, we should first examine it and see whether it is not something that could better be changed in ourselves.
Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better take things as they come along with patience and equanimity.
Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol or morphine or idealism.
The more uncertain I have felt about myself, the more there has grown up in me a feeling of kinship with all things.
As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.
A special ability means a heavy expenditure of energy in a particular direction, with a consequent drain from some other side of life.
There can be no transforming of darkness into light and of apathy into movement without emotion.
The pendulum of the mind alternates between sense and nonsense, not between right and wrong.
I am no longer alone with myself, and I can only artificially recall the scary and beautiful feeling of solitude. This is the shadow side of the fortune of love.
We are born at a given moment, in a given place and, like vintage years of wine, we have the qualities of the year and of the season of which we are born. Astrology does not lay claim to anything more.
Midlife is the time to let go of an overdominant ego and to contemplate the deeper significance of human existence.
The sight of a child…will arouse certain longings in adult, civilized persons — longings which relate to the unfulfilled desires and needs of those parts of the personality which have been blotted out of the total picture in favor of the adapted persona.
The time is a critical one, for it marks the beginning of the second half of life, when a metanoia, a mental transformation, not infrequently occurs. (on being 36 yrs old)
Space flights are merely an escape, a fleeing away from oneself, because it is easier to go to Mars or to the moon than it is to penetrate one's own being.
Without freedom there can be no morality.
...it seemed to me I was living in an insane asylum of my own making. I wnt about with all these fantastic figures: centaurs, nymphs, satyrs, gods and goddesses, as though they were patients and I was analyzing them. I read a Greek or Negro myth as if a lunatic were telling me his anamnesis.
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