Be silent and listen: have you recognized your madness and do you admit it?

Have you noticed that all your foundations are completely mired in madness?

Do you not want to recognize your madness and welcome it in a friendly manner?

You wanted to accept everything. So accept madness too.

Let the light of your madness shine, and it will suddenly dawn on you.

Madness is not to be despised and not to be feared, but instead you should give it life… If you want to find paths, you should also not spurn madness, since it makes up such a great part of your nature…

Be glad that you can recognize it, for you will thus avoid becoming its victim.

Madness is a special form of the spirit and clings to all teachings and philosophies, but even more to daily life, since life itself is full of craziness and at bottom utterly illogical.

Man strives toward reason only so that he can make rules for himself.

Life itself has no rules. That is its mystery and its unknown law.

What you call knowledge is an attempt to impose something comprehensible on life.

The Red Book

The Red Book is a red leather‐bound folio manuscript crafted by the Swiss psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung between 1915 and about 1930.

It recounts and comments upon the author’s psychological experiments between 1913 and 1916, and is based on manuscripts first drafted by Jung in 1914–15 and 1917.

Despite being nominated as the central work in Jung‘s oeuvre, it was not published or made otherwise accessible for study until 2009.

Jung was associated with Sigmund Freud for a period of approximately six years, beginning in 1907. Over those years, their relationship became increasingly acrimonious.

When the final break of the relationship came in 1913, Jung retreated from many of his professional activities to intensely reconsider his personal and professional path.

The creative activity that produced The Red Book came in this period, from 1913 to about 1917.