Quotes by Swiss authors


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"I don't use my body to seduce, no. I just stand there"
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"The pendulum of the mind alternates between sense and nonsense, not between right and wrong"
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"The most intense conflicts, if overcome, leave behind a sense of security and calm that is not easily disturbed. It is just these intense conflicts and their conflagration which are needed to produce valuable and lasting results"
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"The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed"
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"Resistance to the organized mass can be effected only by the man who is as well organized in his individuality as the mass itself"
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"Our heart glows, and secret unrest gnaws at the root of our being. Dealing with the unconscious has become a question of life for us"
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"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"
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"Often the hands will solve a mystery that the intellect has struggled with in vain"
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"Nobody, as long as he moves about among the chaotic currents of life, is without trouble"
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"Neurosis is always a substitute for legitimate suffering"
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"Mistakes are, after all, the foundations of truth, and if a man does not know what a thing is, it is at least an increase in knowledge if he knows what it is not"
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"Masses are always breeding grounds of psychic epidemics"
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"Man's task is to become conscious of the contents that press upward from the unconscious"
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"Man needs difficulties; they are necessary for health"
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"The healthy man does not torture others - generally it is the tortured who turn into torturers"
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"Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes"
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"We cannot change anything until we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses"
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"The greatest and most important problems of life are all fundamentally insoluble. They can never be solved but only outgrown"
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"When an inner situation is not made conscious, it appears outside as fate"
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"The Christian missionary may preach the gospel to the poor naked heathen, but the spiritual heathen who populate Europe have as yet heard nothing of Christianity"
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"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"
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"The man who promises everything is sure to fulfil nothing, and everyone who promises too much is in danger of using evil means in order to carry out his promises, and is already on the road to perdition"
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"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"
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"Knowledge rests not upon truth alone, but upon error also"
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"Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people"
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"It is a fact that cannot be denied: the wickedness of others becomes our own wickedness because it kindles something evil in our own hearts"
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"It all depends on how we look at things, and not how they are in themselves"
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"In my case Pilgrim's Progress consisted in my having to climb down a thousand ladders until I could reach out my hand to the little clod of earth that I am"
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"In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order"
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"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"
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