“[The] dream is a spontaneous self-portrayal, in symbolic form, of the actual situation in the unconscious.”
“General Aspects of Dream Psychology”, par. 505.
“The whole dream-work is essentially subjective, and a dream is a theatre in which the dreamer is himself the scene, the player, the prompter, the producer, the author, the public and the critic.”
“General Aspects of Dream Psychology”, par. 509.
“One would do well to treat every dream as though it were a totally unknown object. Look at it from all sides, take it in your hand, carry it about with you, let your imagination play around with it.”
“The Meaning of Psychology for Modern Man”, par. 320
”In psychological matters, the question ‘Why does this happen?’ is not necessarily more productive of results than the other question ‘To what purpose does it happen?’.”
“On the Nature of Dreams”, par. 530.
“The dreams are the reaction to our conscious attitude in the same way that the body reacts when we overeat or do not eat enough or when we ill-treat it in some other way. Dreams are the natural reaction of the self-regulating psychic system. This formulation is the nearest I can get to a theory about the structure and function of dreams.”
“The Tavistock Lectures”, par. 248.
“There is no reason to believe that the unconscious does not say what it means; in sharpest contradiction to Freud I say that the unconscious says what it means. Nature is never diplomatic. If nature produces a tree, it is a tree and not a mistake for a dog. And so the unconscious does not make disguises, that is what we do.”
Dream Analysis: Notes of the Seminar Given in 1928–1930, s. 30.
“If we seek to understand the unconscious psyche, we must understand its history and hence reach back to the earlier functions of the human spirit. There we find all those forms that we encounter in dreams.”
Psychology of Yoga and Meditation, s. 164.