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Shadow - Quotes & Sayings

The evil of our time is the loss of consciousness of evil. -- Krishnamurti

Something we were withholding made us weak,
Until we found it was ourselves.
-- Robert Frost

That which we do not bring to consciousness appears in our lives as fate. -- Carl Jung

If only it were all so simple? If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart? -- Alexander Solshenitsyn

Everyone carries a shadow, and the less it is embodied in the individual's conscious life, the blacker and denser it is. At all counts, it forms an unconscious snag, thwarting our most well-meant intentions. -- Carl Jung

Yet there is a mystery here and it is not one that I understand: Without this sting of otherness, of-even-the vicious, without the terrible energies of the underside of health, sanity, sense, then nothing works or can work. I tell you that goodness - what we in our ordinary daylight selves call goodness: the ordinary, the decent - these are nothing without the hidden powers that pour forth continually from their shadow sides. -- Doris Lessing

We spend our life until we're twenty deciding what parts of ourselves to put in the bag, and we spend the rest of our lives trying to get them out again. -- Bly

Shame, guilt, pride, fear, hate, envy, need, and greed are inevitable byproducts of ego-building. They call forth the polarity of inferiority feeling and power drive. They are the shadow aspects of the first emancipation of the ego. -- Edward C. Whitmont

Darkness, call me brother!
that I may not fear
which I seek.
-- Anonymous

This thing of darkness I acknowledge mine. -- Shakespeare

Man's shadow, I thought, is his vanity. -- Nietzsche

Where love rules, there is no will to power; and where power predominates, there love is lacking. The one is the shadow of the other. -- Carl Jung

Our shadow personality is often obvious to others, but unknown to us. Much greater is our ignorance of the masculine or feminine components within us... For this reason Jung termed the integration of the shadow the "apprentice-piece" of becoming whole, and the integration of the anima or animus the "master-piece." -- John A. Sanford

[Hate] has a lot in common with love, chiefly with that self-transcending aspect of love, the fixation on others, the dependence on them and in fact.

the delegation of a piece of one's own identity to them... The hater longs for the object of his hatred. -- Vaclav Havel

One can only face in others what one can face in oneself. -- James Baldwin

Perhaps all the dragons of our lives
are princesses who are only waiting to
see us once, beautiful and brace.
Perhaps everything terrible is in
Its deepest being something
that needs our love.
-- Rainer Maria Rilke

Man stands in his own shadow and wonders why it is dark. -- Zen saying

Our tendency is to exalt the bright side of industry over the dark side of nature or to exalt the bright side of nature over the dark side of industry. In reality we need to compare bright with bright and dark with dark. -- Thomas Berry

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