I was reading The Soul's Code: In search of Character and Calling by James Hillman. In lieu of a preface, he presents a small collection of quotations. Here are my favorites.
a secret, unique greatness in themselves that seeks expression. They gesture toward the heart when trying to express any of this, a significant clue to the whole affair.
~ Joseph Chilton Pearce, Evolution's End
I don't develop; I am
~ Pablo Picasso
One always learns one's mystery at the price of one's innocence
~ Robertson Davies, Fifth Business
In the final analysis, we count for something only because of the essential we embody, and if we do not embody that, life is wasted.
~ C. G. Jung
And this by Nabokov is...beautiful
Neither in environment nor in heredity can I find the exact instrument that fashioned me, the anonymous roller that passed upon my life a certain intricate watermark whose unique design becomes visible when the lamp of art is made to shine through life's foolscap.
~ Vladimir Nabokov, Speak, Memory
Opening line in the book, after these quotes, was one I'll highlight from Hillman himself:
There is more in a human life than our theories of it allow
~ James Hillman, The Soul's Code
Echoes the sentiments of The Bard:
There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
~ William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act 1. Scene V
Books Psychology Philosophy Blog Quotes