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Religious quotations from various spiritual traditions: christianity, theosophy, sufism, Jiddu Krishnamurti, Blavatsky and more.

With each trip around the sun, more and more people come to the realization that there’s somehow more to life than meets the eye. It is an awakening process that leaves many of us wondering what the true nature of reality is all about. Part of this ongoing transition is that people no longer are satisfied with living a purely materialistic lifestyle based on superficial possession. Instead, they actively seek to enrich their life by adopting a more spiritual worldview. As a result of feeling connected to a source greater than themselves, many embark on a spiritual journey in order to find themselves and to seek God. They begin realizing that they are so much more than just this body. Instead of being defined by their human body, they come to the conclusion that they are spiritual beings inhabiting physical bodies. To celebrate the life-transforming influence of living a spiritual life, we’ve created the following collection of enlightening spiritual quotes.

For many of us, there comes a time in life that slowly initiates the – sometimes painful – awakening to a higher reality. If you’ve already lived through this stage, you may know that your former life somehow began feeling dull and purposeless. Even more so, many of the things you once enjoyed pursuing somehow began to feel shallow and imbalanced.

“Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, man cannot live without a spiritual life.”
Buddha

As awkward as this initiation of the awakening process may feel, it nurtures our desire to journey on the spiritual path. In the beginning, living a more spiritual life and surrendering more and more to God may not always be easy.

Enjoy the following collection of transformative spiritual quotes.

However, as time progresses, it will make your life a lot more worthwhile in a very beautiful way. In fact, almost all who’ve ever embarked on the spiritual path wouldn’t want to miss the many benefits that come with it. Even more so, most shrug at the thought of having to return to their old ways of living.

85 Enlightening Spiritual Quotes

Spirituality can marvelously enrich your entire life. It frees you from the never-ending rat race of ever pursuing more. It also helps you to fill that awkward hole in your heart that no material possession, relationship, or worldly experience could ever feel (for too long). Let’s have a look at these transformative spiritual quotes that celebrate the marvels, wonders, and joys of living a spiritual life.

Here is our collection of powerful spiritual quotes

1.

“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.“
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

2.

“If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.“
C.S. Lewis

3.

“It does not matter how long you are spending on the earth, how much money you have gathered or how much attention you have received. It is the amount of positive vibration you have radiated in life that matters“
Amit Ray

4.

“I realized then that even though I was a tiny speck in an infinite cosmos, a blip on the timeline of eternity, I was not without purpose.“
R.J. Anderson

5.

“The darker the night, the brighter the stars,
The deeper the grief, the closer is God!“
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

6.

“We may speak about a place where there are no tears, no death, no fear, no night; but those are just the benefits of heaven. The beauty of heaven is seeing God.“
Max Lucado

7.

“Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love,
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.“
Francis of Assisi

8.

“Our biological rhythms are the symphony of the cosmos, music embedded deep within us to which we dance, even when we can’t name the tune.“
Deepak Chopra

9.

“One of the most spiritual things you can do is embrace your humanity. Connect with those around you today. Say, ‘I love you’, ‘I’m sorry’, ‘I appreciate you’, ‘I’m proud of you’… whatever you’re feeling. Send random texts, write a cute note, embrace your truth and share it… cause a smile today for someone else… and give plenty of hugs.“
Steve Maraboli

10.

“Stars, too, were time travelers. How many of those ancient points of light were the last echoes of suns now dead? How many had been born but their light not yet come this far? If all the suns but ours collapsed tonight, how many lifetimes would it take us to realize we were alone? I had always known the sky was full of mysteries — but not until now had I realized how full of them the earth was.“
Ransom Riggs

11.

“Walk with the dreamers, the believers, the courageous, the cheerful, the planners, the doers, the successful people with their heads in the clouds and their feet on the ground. Let their spirit ignite a fire within you to leave this world better than when you found it…“
Wilferd Peterson

12.

“Age has no reality except in the physical world. The essence of a human being is resistant to the passage of time. Our inner lives are eternal, which is to say that our spirits remain as youthful and vigorous as when we were in full bloom. Think of love as a state of grace, not the means to anything, but the alpha and omega. An end in itself.“
Gabriel García Márquez

13.

“There is a LIGHT in this world. A healing spirit more powerful than any darkness we may encounter. We sometimes lose sight of this force when there is suffering, and too much pain. Then suddenly, the spirit will emerge through the lives of ordinary people who hear a call and answer in extraordinary ways.“
Richard Attenborough

14.

“Believe in your infinite potential. Your only limitations are those you set upon yourself.“
Roy T. Bennett

15.

“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existence. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery each day.“
Albert Einstein

16.

“Knock, and He’ll open the door. Vanish, And He’ll make you shine like the sun. Fall, and He’ll raise you to the heavens. Become nothing, and He’ll turn you into everything.“
Jalaluddin Rumi

17.

“The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize at the center of the universe dwells the Great Spirit, and that its center is really everywhere, it is within each of us.“
Black Elk

18.

“How hurtful it can be to deny one’s true self and live a life of lies just to appease others.“
June Ahern

19.

“My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind.“
Albert Einstein

20.

“The great thing to remember is that though our feelings come and go God’s love for us does not.“
C.S. Lewis

21.

“Believe something and the Universe is on its way to being changed. Because you’ve changed, by believing. Once you’ve changed, other things start to follow. Isn’t that the way it works?“
Diane Duane

22.

“Crying is one of the highest devotional songs. One who knows crying, knows spiritual practice. If you can cry with a pure heart, nothing else compares to such a prayer.“
Kripalvanandji

23.

“God will not look you over for medals, degrees or diplomas but for scars.“
Elbert Hubbard

24.

“Don’t ever discount the wonder of your tears. They can be healing waters and a stream of joy. Sometimes they are the best words the heart can speak.“
William Paul Young

25.

“I have faith that God will show you the answer. But you have to understand that sometimes it takes a while to be able to recognize what God wants you to do. That’s how it often is. God’s voice is usually nothing more than a whisper, and you have to listen very carefully to hear it. But other times, in those rarest of moments, the answer is obvious and rings as loud as a church bell.“
Nicholas Sparks

26.

“Forgive the past. It is over. Learn from it and let go. People are constantly changing and growing. Do not cling to a limited, disconnected, negative image of a person in the past. See that person now. Your relationship is always alive and changing.“
Brian L. Weiss

27.

“We must become so alone, so utterly alone, that we withdraw into our innermost self. It is a way of bitter suffering. But then our solitude is overcome, we are no longer alone, for we find that our innermost self is the spirit, that it is God, the indivisible. And suddenly we find ourselves in the midst of the world, yet undisturbed by its multiplicity, for our innermost soul we know ourselves to be one with all being.“
Hermann Hesse

28.

“It takes three to make love, not two: you, your spouse, and God. Without God people only succeed in bringing out the worst in one another. Lovers who have nothing else to do but love each other soon find there is nothing else. Without a central loyalty, life is unfinished.“
Fulton J. Sheen

29.

“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching,
Love like you’ll never be hurt,
Sing like there’s nobody listening,
And live like it’s heaven on earth.“
William W. Purkey

30.

“And out of that hopeless attempt has come nearly all that we call human history—money, poverty, ambition, war, prostitution, classes, empires, slavery—the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy.“
C.S. Lewis

31.

“We are a way for the cosmos to know itself.“
Carl Sagan

32.

“Throughout life people will make you mad, disrespect you and treat you bad. Let God deal with the things they do, cause hate in your heart will consume you too.“
Will Smith

33.

“Because God is never cruel, there is a reason for all things. We must know the pain of loss; because if we never knew it, we would have no compassion for others, and we would become monsters of self-regard, creatures of unalloyed self-interest. The terrible pain of loss teaches humility to our prideful kind, has the power to soften uncaring hearts, to make a better person of a good one.“
Dean Koontz

34.

“When you connect to the silence within you, that is when you can make sense of the disturbance going on around you.“
Stephen Richards

35.

“More smiling, less worrying. More compassion, less judgment. More blessed, less stressed. More love, less hate.“
Roy T. Bennett

36.

“What you are is God’s gift to you, what you become is your gift to God.“
Hans Urs von Balthasar

37.

“I challenge every one of you who can hear me to rise to the divinity within you. Do we really realize what it means to be a child of God, to have within us something of the divine nature?“
Gordon B. Hinckley

38.

“Have you ever met someone for the first time, but in your heart, you feel as if you’ve met them before?“
JoAnne Kenrick

39.

“A man’s spirit is free, but his pride binds him with chains of suffocation in a prison of his own insecurities“
Jeremy Aldana

40.

“No woman wants to be in submission to a man who isn’t in submission to God!“
T.D. Jakes

41.

“God is God. He knows what he is doing. When you can’t trace his hand, trust his heart.“
Max Lucado

42.

“We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be.“
C.S. Lewis

43.

“Joy is the infallible sign of the presence of God.“
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

44.

“We are an impossibility in an impossible universe.“
Ray Bradbury

45.

“Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one’s weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.“
Mahatma Gandhi

46.

“Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.“
Brené Brown

47.

“No, no, it’s not all random, if it really was all random, the universe would abandon us completely. And the universe doesn’t. It takes care of its most fragile creations in ways we can’t see.“
R.J. Palacio

48.

“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.“
Corrie ten Boom

49.

“The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature.“
Joseph Campbell

50.

“Remember your connection with the cosmos. Remember your connection with the infinity and that remembrance will give you the freedom.“
Amit Ray

51.

“With or without a belief in God, all kisses are metaphors decipherable by allocations of time, circumstance, and understanding“
Saul Williams

52.

“Inside us there is something that has no name, that something is what we are.“
José Saramago

53.

“What Is Love? I have met in the streets a very poor young man who was in love. His hat was old, his coat worn, the water passed through his shoes and the stars through his soul“
Victor Hugo

54.

“Poor God, how often He is blamed for all the suffering in the world. It’s like praising Satan for allowing all the good that happens.“
E.A. Bucchianeri

55.

“Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.“
C.S. Lewis

56.

“I am never alone wherever I am. The air itself supplies me with a century of love. When I breathe in, I am breathing in the laughter, tears, victories, passions, thoughts, memories, existence, joys, moments, and the hues of the sunlight on many tones of skin; I am breathing in the same air that was exhaled by many before me. The air that bore them life. And so how can I ever say that I am alone?“
C. JoyBell C.

57.

“Make your own Bible. Select and collect all the words and sentences that in all your readings have been to you like the blast of a trumpet.“
Ralph Waldo Emerson

58.

“I choose gentleness… Nothing is won by force. I choose to be gentle. If I raise my voice may it be only in praise. If I clench my fist, may it be only in prayer. If I make a demand, may it be only of myself.“
Max Lucado

59.

“Human spirit is the ability to face the uncertainty of the future with curiosity and optimism. It is the belief that problems can be solved, differences resolved. It is a type of confidence. And it is fragile. It can be blackened by fear and superstition. By the year 2050, when the conflict began, the world had fallen upon fearful, superstitious times.“
Bernard Beckett

60.

“The resting place of the mind is the heart. The only thing the mind hears all day is clanging bells and noise and argument, and all it wants is quietude. The only place the mind will ever find peace is inside the silence of the heart. That’s where you need to go.“
Elizabeth Gilbert

61.

“Mathematics expresses values that reflect the cosmos, including orderliness, balance, harmony, logic, and abstract beauty.“
Deepak Chopra

62.

“Your inner natural flow of life connects you with the natural flow of life that takes place in the universe.“
Roshan Sharma

63.

“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me.“
Erma Bombeck

64.

“If you let people break your spirit and detour you from your path, then you have not been true to yourself or those you’re here to touch, those who believe in you.“
Allison DuBois

65.

“One thing: you have to walk, and create the way by your walking; you will not find a ready-made path. It is not so cheap, to reach to the ultimate realization of truth. You will have to create the path by walking yourself; the path is not ready-made, lying there and waiting for you. It is just like the sky: the birds fly, but they don’t leave any footprints. You cannot follow them; there are no footprints left behind.“
Osho

66.

“To you who are parents, I say, show love to your children. You know you love them, but make certain they know it as well. They are so precious. Let them know. Call upon our Heavenly Father for help as you care for their needs each day and as you deal with the challenges which inevitably come with parenthood. You need more than your own wisdom in rearing them.“
Thomas S. Monson

67.

“If life was a dream, then dying must be the moment when you woke up. It was so simple it must be true. You died, the dream was over, you woke up. That’s what people meant when they talked about going to heaven. It was like waking up.“
Ian McEwan

68.

“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.“
W.B. Yeats

69.

“We are all connected; To each other, biologically. To the earth, chemically. To the rest of the universe atomically.“
Neil deGrasse Tyson

70.

“Compassion hurts. When you feel connected to everything, you also feel responsible for everything. And you cannot turn away. Your destiny is bound with the destinies of others. You must either learn to carry the Universe or be crushed by it. You must grow strong enough to love the world, yet empty enough to sit down at the same table with its worst horrors.“
Andrew Boyd

71.

“The soul is placed in the body like a rough diamond and must be polished, or the luster of it will never appear.“
Daniel Defoe

72.

“I sought to hear the voice of God and climbed the topmost steeple, but God declared: “Go down again – I dwell among the people.“
John Henry Newman

73.

“The unexamined life is not worth living.“
Socrates

74.

“Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night. In their gray visions they obtain glimpses of eternity, and thrill, in waking, to find that they have been upon the verge of the great secret. In snatches, they learn something of the wisdom which is of good, and more of the mere knowledge which is of evil.“
Edgar Allan Poe

75.

“Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee.“
Augustine of Hippo

76.

“Cosmos is God, who whispered the syllable of life.“
Dejan Stojanovic

77.

“Through our eyes, the universe is perceiving itself. Through our ears, the universe is listening to its harmonies. We are the witnesses through which the universe becomes conscious of its glory, of its magnificence.“
Alan W. Watts

78.

“The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery.“
Anaïs Nin

79.

“Connecting with those you know love, like and appreciate you restores the spirit and give you energy to keep moving forward in this life.“
Deborah Day

80.

“You do not need to work to become spiritual. You are spiritual; you need only to remember that fact. Spirit is within you. God is within you. (67)“
Julia Cameron

81.

“Our spirit is mightier than the filth of our memories.“
Melina Marchetta

82.

“Do you think the universe fights for souls to be together? Some things are too strange and strong to be coincidences.“
Emery Allen

83.

“The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us.“
C.S. Lewis

84.

“Nature is made of vibrations of Love.“
João Mendes

85.

“The soul would have no rainbow, had the eyes no tears.“
John Vance Cheney

I hope you enjoyed this collection of illuminating spiritual quotes.

Stay victorious!

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I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer. Martin Luther Click to tweet

You’ll be calm the day you learn to sit alone and do nothing. Maxime Lagacé Click to tweet

The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious – the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science. Albert Einstein Click to tweet

The personal life deeply lived always expands into truths beyond itself. Anais Nin Click to tweet

When you arise in the morning think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love. Marcus AureliusClick to tweet


The next message you need is always right where you are. Ram Dass Click to tweet

Awakening is not changing who you are, but discarding who you are not. Deepak Chopra Click to tweet

Equanimity arises when we accept the way things are. Jack Kornfield Click to tweet

I close my eyes in order to see. Paul Gauguin Click to tweet

Don’t try to steer the river. Deepak Chopra Click to tweet

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The spiritual journey is the unlearning of fear and the acceptance of love. Marianne Williamson Click to tweet

Within you there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself. Hermann Hesse

He who is filled with love is filled with God himself. Saint Augustine

At any moment, you have a choice, that either leads you closer to your spirit or further away from it. Thich Nhat Hanh

When you connect to the silence within you, that is when you can make sense of the disturbance going on around you. Stephen Richards

You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul. Swami Vivekananda

Only if we understand, will we care. Only if we care, will we help. Only if we help shall all be saved. Jane Goodall

Fools laugh at others. Wisdom laughs at itself. Osho

The least of things with a meaning is worth more in life than the greatest of things without it. Carl Jung

When you realize there is no lacking, the whole world belongs to you. Lao Tzu Click to tweet

God will not look you over for medals, degrees or diplomas but for scars. Elbert Hubbard Click to tweet

Religion, science, and spirituality help us make sense of the world. Life without at least one of them is a lonely and confusing place. Naval Ravikant

It is in our wild nature that we best recover from our un-nature, our spirituality. Friedrich Nietzsche

A single event can awaken within us a stranger totally unknown to us. To live is to be slowly born. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

This moment is all there is. Rumi

The soul is placed in the body like a rough diamond and must be polished, or the luster of it will never appear. Daniel Defoe

The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself. Henry Miller

I choose gentleness… Nothing is won by force. I choose to be gentle. If I raise my voice may it be only in praise. If I clench my fist, may it be only in prayer. If I make a demand, may it be only of myself. Max Lucado

Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in this life has a purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences. All events are blessings given to us to learn from. Elizabeth Kübler-Ross

Realisation is not acquisition of anything new nor is it a new faculty. It is only removal of all camouflage. Ramana Maharshi

If a man is to live, he must be all alive, body, soul, mind, heart, spirit. Thomas Merton Click to tweet

The spiritual life does not remove us from the world but leads us deeper into it. Henri J.M. Nouwen

Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the now the primary focus of your life. Eckhart Tolle

Being at ease with not knowing is crucial for answers to come to you. Eckhart Tolle

Nurture great thoughts, for you will never go higher than your thoughts. Benjamin Disraeli (This is one of my favorite spiritual quote. Leave a reply here and let me know what’s yours!)

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Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens. Carl Jung Click to tweet

The unexamined life is not worth living. Socrates

Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life. Ludwig van Beethoven

The Way is not in the sky; the Way is in the heart. Buddha

We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves. Dalai Lama

It isn’t until you come to a spiritual understanding of who you are – not necessarily a religious feeling, but deep down, the spirit within – that you can begin to take control. Oprah Winfrey

You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this. Henry David Thoreau

Nothing is, unless our thinking makes it so. William Shakespeare

It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves. William Shakespeare Click to tweet

It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart. Mahatma Gandhi

Physical strength can never permanently withstand the impact of spiritual force. Franklin D. Roosevelt

I believe in God, but not as one thing, not as an old man in the sky. I believe that what people call God is something in all of us. John Lennon

This new day is too dear, with its hopes and invitations, to waste a moment on the yesterdays. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Meditation is the dissolution of thoughts in eternal awareness or pure consciousness without objectification, knowing without thinking, merging finitude in infinity. Voltaire

My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind. Albert Einstein

The greater the doubt, the greater the awakening. Albert Einstein

The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself. Michel de Montaigne

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Forever is composed of nows. Emily Dickinson Click to tweet

Wake up and live. Bob Marley

Let the breath lead the way. Sharon Salzberg

I am realistic – I expect miracles. Wayne Dyer

Do anything, but let it produce joy. Walt Whitman

The Holy Land is everywhere. Black Elk (Native American)

Let the measure of time be spiritual, not mechanical. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Be guided by spirit and not driven by ego. Unknown

There is nothing more important than this moment. Unknown (Submitted by the Wisdom Quotes Community)

It is in pardoning that we are pardoned. Francis of Assisi

For it is in giving that we receive. Francis of Assisi

Everything in the world was my Guru. Ramana Maharshi

Quiet the mind and the soul will speak. Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati

Spiritual progress is like a detoxification. Marianne Williamson

Reach for a thought that feels better. Abraham Hicks

Your thoughts become things. Rhonda Byrne Click to tweet

Your thoughts are the primary cause of everything. Rhonda Byrne

Be here, now! Ram Dass

When you make a choice, you change the future. Deepak Chopra

God finds himself by creating. Rabindranath Tagore

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You must find the place inside yourself where nothing is impossible. Deepak Chopra Click to tweet

When a man is willing and eager, the Gods join in. Aeschylus

Arise, awake, stop not till the goal is reached. Swami Vivekananda

And the time came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. Anais Nin

The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper. W.B. Yeats

Be tolerant of those who are lost on their path. Ignorance, conceit, anger, jealousy and greed stem from a lost soul. Pray that they will find guidance. Elder Wisdom

Be not afraid of anything. You will do marvelous work. It is fearlessness that brings Heaven even in a moment. Swami Vivekananda

I have seen that in any great undertaking it is not enough for a man to depend simply upon himself. Shooter Teton Sioux (Native American)

One of the most spiritual things you can do is embrace your humanity. Connect with those around you today. Say, “I love you”, “I’m sorry”, “I appreciate you”, “I’m proud of you”…whatever you’re feeling. Send random texts, write a cute note, embrace your truth and share it…cause a smile today for someone else…and give plenty of hugs. Steve Maraboli

You and your purpose in life are the same thing. Your purpose is to be you. George Alexiou

I am convinced that the jealous, the angry, the bitter and the egotistical are the first to race to the top of mountains. A confident person enjoys the journey, the people they meet along the way and sees life not as a competition. They reach the summit last because they know God isn’t at the top waiting for them. He is down below helping his followers to understand that the view is glorious where ever you stand. Shannon L. Alder

You must not let your life run in the ordinary way; do something that nobody else has done, something that will dazzle the world. Show that God’s creative principle works in you. Paramahansa Yogananda

Bring into play the almighty power within you, so that on the stage of life you can fulfill your high destined role. Paramahansa Yogananda

The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you really are. Carl Jung Click to tweet

If your intention is powerful, your action will be powerful. If your action is powerful, your results will be powerful. Unknown

The real spiritual progress of the aspirant is measured by the extent to which he achieves inner tranquility. Swami Sivananda

All power is within you; you can do anything and everything. Believe in that, do not believe that you are weak; do not believe that you are half-crazy lunatics, as most of us do nowadays. You can do any thing and everything, without even the guidance of any one. Stand up and express the divinity within you. Swami Vivekananda

Walk with the dreamers, the believers, the courageous, the cheerful, the planners, the doers, the successful people with their heads in the clouds and their feet on the ground. Let their spirit ignite a fire within you to leave this world better than when you found it. Wilferd Peterson

Inside us there is something that has no name, that something is what we are. José Saramago

The resting place of the mind is the heart. The only thing the mind hears all day is clanging bells and noise and argument, and all it wants is quietude. The only place the mind will ever find peace is inside the silence of the heart. That’s where you need to go. Elizabeth Gilbert

You will have to create the path by walking yourself; the path is not ready-made, lying there and waiting for you. Osho

You are never alone. You are eternally connected with everyone. Amit Ray

You are your master. Only you have the master keys to open the inner locks. Amit Ray

The power within you is greater than the power within the world. Rhonda Byrne

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If you think you’re enlightened go spend a week with your family. Ram Dass Click to tweet

Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the ‘Titanic’ who waved off the dessert cart. Erma Bombeck

Bath, n. A kind of mystic ceremony substituted for religious worship, with what spiritual efficacy has not been determined. Ambrose Bierce

You can’t have everything… where would you put it? Steven Wright

Self-love is a good thing but self-awareness is more important. You need to once in a while go “Uh, I’m kind of an asshole”. Louis C.K.

Walk with those seeking truth… Run from those who think they’ve found it. Deepak Chopra Click to tweet

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Deep Spiritual Quotes (Some Will Make You Think)

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To be in time is to be asleep: to be awake is to be in eternity. Osho Click to tweet

Unless you are totally destroyed as a mind, there is no hope for you. Osho

Begin to see yourself as a soul with a body rather than a body with a soul. Wayne Dyer

Rather than being your thoughts and emotions, be the awareness behind them. Eckhart Tolle

When everything gets answered, it’s fake. Sean Penn

The truth is that you already are what you are seeking. Adyashanti

The truth is that the universe has been answering you all of your life, but you cannot receive the answers unless you are awake. Rhonda Byrne

Knock, and He’ll open the door. Vanish, And He’ll make you shine like the sun. Fall, and He’ll raise you to the heavens. Become nothing, and He’ll turn you into everything. Rumi

We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

You are never alone or helpless. The force that guides the stars, guides you too. Shrii Shirr Anandamurti

If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path. Brené Brown

When the heart speaks, the mind finds it indecent to object. Milan Kundera

Religion is for people who’re afraid of going to hell. Spirituality is for those who’ve already been there. Vine Deloria Jr (Native American)

The meaning of life is just to be alive. It is so plain and so obvious and so simple. And yet, everybody rushes around in a great panic as if it were necessary to achieve something beyond themselves. Alan Watts

The want of goods is easily repaired, but the poverty of the soul is irreparable. Michel de Montaigne

We are at our most powerful the moment we no longer need to be powerful. Eric Micha’el Leventhal

Eventually, all that one has learnt will have to be forgotten. Ramana Maharshi Click to tweet

Let what comes come. Let what goes go. Find out what remains. Ramana Maharshi

The game is not about becoming somebody, it’s about becoming nobody. Ram Dass

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Wise Spiritual Quotes (Words Of Wisdom)

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Enlightenment means taking full responsibility for your life. William Blake Click to tweet

Re-examine all you have been told. Dismiss what insults your soul. Walt Whitman

Wisdom says we are nothing. Love says we are everything. Between these two our life flows. Jack Kornfield

In a conflict between the heart and the brain, follow your heart. Swami Vivekananda

Anything that makes weak – physically, intellectually and spiritually, reject it as poison. Swami Vivekananda

A life of reaction is a life of slavery, intellectually and spiritually. One must fight for a life of action, not reaction. Rita Mae Brown

Enlightenment means waking up to what you truly are and then being that. Adyashanti

Help me never to judge another until I have walked a mile in his moccasins. Indian prayer

It took me forty years on earth to reach this sure conclusion: there is no Heaven but clarity, no Hell except confusion. Jan Struther

Your sacred space is where you can find yourself over and over again. Joseph Campbell Click to tweet

Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance. Francis of Assisi

Everything that has a beginning has an ending. Make your peace with that and all will be well. Jack Kornfield

There are hundreds of paths up the mountain, all leading to the same place, so it doesn’t matter which path you take. The only person wasting time is the one who runs around the mountain, telling everyone that his or her path is wrong. Hindu proverb

You can read books without ever stepping into a library; and practice spirituality without ever going to a temple. Anthony de Mello

If you wish to know the divine, feel the wind on your face and the warm sun on your back. Eido Tai Shimano Roshi

I have been and still am a seeker, but I have ceased to question stars and books; I have begun to listen to the teaching my blood whispers to me. Hermann Hesse

You are awareness. Awareness is another name for you. Since you are awareness there is no need to attain or cultivate it. Ramana Maharshi

The path of awakening is not about becoming who you are. Rather it is about unbecoming who you are not. Albert Schweitzer

There is something wonderfully bold and liberating about saying yes to our entire imperfect and messy life. Tara Brach

Observing desire without acting on it enlarges our freedom to choose how we live. Tara Brach

Do what is right at a given moment and leave it behind. Ramana Maharshi

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Spiritual Quotes About Love, Relationships, Giving

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Be present in all things and thankful for all things. Maya AngelouClick to tweet

Big-heartedness is the most essential virtue on the spiritual journey. Matthew Fox

To say “I love you” one must know first how to say the “I”. Ayn Rand

When I give I give myself. Walt Whitman

Lord, grant that I might not so much seek to be loved as to love. Francis of Assisi

When you love, love as if the person is a god, not less than that. Osho

If you love a flower, don’t pick it up. Because if you pick it up it dies and it ceases to be what you love. So if you love a flower, let it be. Love is not about possession. Love is about appreciation. Osho

Being love rather than giving or taking love, is the only thing that provides stability. Ram Dass

Perform all work carefully, guided by compassion. Ved Vyasa

If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete. Jack Kornfield

Much of spiritual life is self-acceptance, maybe all of it. Jack Kornfield

Spiritual opening is not a withdrawal to some imagined realm or safe cave. It is not a pulling away, but a touching of all the experience of life with wisdom and with a heart of kindness, without any separation. Jack Kornfield

True love begins when nothing is looked for in return. Antoine De Saint-Exupery

The most important time in the world is the time you make for yourself. Unknown

The greatest illusion of this world is the illusion of separation. Unknown

Love is what we are born with. Fear is what we learn. Marianne Williamson Click to tweet

All major religious traditions carry basically the same message, that is love, compassion and forgiveness… the important thing is they should be part of our daily lives. Dalai Lama

Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take without forgetting. Elizabeth Bibesco

Choose being kind over being right, and you’ll be right every time. Richard Carlson

When there is love in your heart, everything outside of you also becomes lovable. Veeresh

It is love alone that leads to right action. What brings order in the world is to love and let love do what it will. Jiddu Krishnamurti

Love gives us in a moment what we can hardly attain by effort after years of toil. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I would rather feel compassion than know the meaning of it. Thomas Aquinas

Forgive the past. It is over. Learn from it and let go. People are constantly changing and growing. Do not cling to a limited, disconnected, negative image of a person in the past. See that person now. Your relationship is always alive and changing. Brian Weiss

Beautify your inner dialogue. Beautify your inner world with love light and compassion. Life will be beautiful. Amit Ray

They alone live, who live for others. Swami Vivekananda

Compassion is the wish for another being to be free from suffering; love is wanting them to have happiness. Dalai Lama

See also: 5 Relationship Habits for a Deeper Spiritual Connection with Your Lover

Spiritual Quotes About Life, Happiness, Gratitude, Letting Go

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Real generosity towards the future lies in giving all to the present. Albert Camus Click to tweet

There is neither Past nor Future. There is only the Present. Ramana Maharshi

Happiness is your nature. It is not wrong to desire it. What is wrong is seeking it outside when it is inside. Ramana Maharshi

We have only now, only this single eternal moment opening and unfolding before us, day and night. Jack Kornfield

The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware; joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware. Henry Miller

Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude. Denis Waitley

The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation, but rather your thoughts about the situation. Eckhart Tolle

Always say yes to the present moment. Surrender to what is. Say ‘yes’ to life and see how life starts suddenly working for you rather than against you. Eckhart Tolle

Accept – then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it… This will miraculously transform your whole life. Eckhart Tolle

Surrender is the most difficult thing in the world while you are doing it and the easiest when it is done. Bhai Sahib

It is important to expect nothing, to take every experience, including the negative ones, as merely steps on the path, and to proceed. Ram Dass

The true definition of mental illness is when the majority of your time is spent in the past or future, but rarely living in the realism of now. Shannon L. Alder

It’s all a matter of paying attention, being awake in the present moment, and not expecting a huge payoff. The magic in this world seems to work in whispers and small kindnesses. Charles de Lint

You just understand the whole of life, not just one little part of it. That is why you must read, that is why you must look at the skies, that is why you must sing, and dance, and write poems, and suffer, and understand, for all that is life. Jiddu Krishnamurti

As long as a sense of self-importance rules your being, you will never know lasting peace. Matthieu Ricard Click to tweet

To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, but to live gratitude is to touch heaven. Johannes A. Gaertner

Only in quiet waters things mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world. Hans Margolius

If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things. Rene Descartes

If peace is our single aim in all we do, we will always know what to do because we will do whatever will protect and deepen our peace. Gerald Jampolsky

It does not matter how long you are spending on the earth, how much money you have gathered or how much attention you have received. It is the amount of positive vibration you have radiated in life that matters. Amit Ray

The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery. Anais Nin

Letting there be room for not knowing is the most important thing of all. When there’s a big disappointment, we don’t know if that’s the end of the story. It may just be the beginning of a great adventure. Life is like that. We don’t know anything. Pema Chödrön

The whole of life is to spiritualize our activities by humility and faith, to silence our nature by charity. Thomas Merton

I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it. Groucho Marx

Not thinking about anything is Zen. Once you know this, walking, sitting, or lying down, everything you do is Zen. Bodhidharma

Ask nothing; want nothing in return. Give what you have to give; it will come back to you, but do not think of that now. Swami Vivekananda

Nothing kills the ego like playfulness, like laughter. When you start taking life as fun, the ego has to die, it cannot exist anymore. Osho

Truth is not something outside to be discovered, it is something inside to be realized. Osho

Neither seek nor avoid, take what comes. Swami Vivekananda

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See also: 17 Incredibly-Simple Ways to Be Happy Right Now

Spiritual Quotes About Nature

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Nature always wears the colors of the spirit. Ralph Waldo Emerson Click to tweet

The sky is the daily bread of the imagination. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nature is made of vibrations of Love. João Mendes

I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order. John Burroughs

For me, trees have always been the most penetrating preachers. I revere them when they live in tribes and families, in forests and groves. And even more I revere them when they stand alone. They are like lonely persons. Not like hermits who have stolen away out of some weakness, but like great, solitary men, like Beethoven and Nietzsche.

Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth.

The more a thing tends to be permanent, the more it tends to be lifeless. Alan Watts

You see, one loves the sunset when one is so sad. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Even the sun directs our gaze away from itself and to the life illumined by it. Eberhard Arnold

A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees. William Blake

Mother Nature speaks in a language understood within the peaceful mind of the sincere observer. Radhanath Swami

The smallest flower is a thought, a life answering to some feature of the Great Whole, of whom they have a persistent intuition. Honore De Balzac

Love the animals, love the plants, love everything. If you love everything, you will perceive the divine mystery in things. Once you perceive it, you will begin to comprehend it better every day. And you will come at last to love the whole world with an all-embracing love. Fyodor Dostoyevsky

When one loses the deep intimate relationship with nature, then temples, mosques and churches become important. Jiddu Krishnamurti

God writes the Gospel not in the Bible alone, but also on trees, and in the flowers and clouds and stars. Martin Luther

When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator. Mahatma Gandhi

The little reed, bending to the force of the wind, soon stood upright again when the storm had passed over. Aesop

In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous. Aristotle Click to tweet

If one way be better than other, that you may be sure is… Nature’s way. Aristotle

Nature does nothing without purpose or uselessly. Aristotle

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Spiritual Quotes About Death, Loss, Pain, Fear, Grief

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Whatever life takes away from you, let it go. Don Miguel Ruiz Click to tweet

Life is not separate from death. It only looks that way. Blackfoot (Native American)

To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die. Thomas Campbell

Whatever comes, don’t push it away. When it goes, do not grieve. Mooji

All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle. Francis of Assisi

The darker the night, the brighter the stars. The deeper the grief, the closer is God! Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Crying is one of the highest devotional songs. One who knows crying, knows spiritual practice. If you can cry with a pure heart, nothing else compares to such a prayer. Kripalvanandji

When something dies is the greatest teaching. Shunryu Suzuki Click to tweet

Don’t ever discount the wonder of your tears. They can be healing waters and a stream of joy. Sometimes they are the best words the heart can speak. William Paul Young

Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world. C.S. Lewis

There is nothing to worry about. There will be tough times, nice times, good times and bad times. They all come in life and go. Nothing stays. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar. Thich Nhat Hanh

Accepting death as a part of life serves as a spur to diligence and saves us from wasting our time on vain distractions. Matthieu Ricard

The soul would have no rainbow, had the eyes no tears. John Vance Cheney

Spiritual Quotes About Family, Friendship

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A happy family is but an earlier heaven. George Bernard Shaw Click to tweet

Through others we become ourselves. Lev S. Vygotsky

Sticking with your family is what makes it a family. Mitch Albom

Friendship has always belonged to the core of my spiritual journey. Henri Nouwen

What do we live for if not to make the world less difficult for each other? George Eliot

No matter what you have done for yourself, or for humanity, if you can’t look back on having given love and attention to your own family, what have you really accomplished? Elbert Hubbard

Our capacity to make peace with another person and with the world, depends very much on our capacity to make peace with ourselves. Thich Nhat Hanh

Family life is full of major and minor crises – the ups and downs of health, success and failure in career, marriage, and divorce – and all kinds of characters. It is tied to places and events and histories. With all of these felt details, life etches itself into memory and personality. It’s difficult to imagine anything more nourishing to the soul. Thomas Moore

People hear you on the level you speak to them from. Speak from your heart, and they will hear with theirs. Marianne Williamson

What you meet in another being is the projection of your own level of evolution. Ram Dass

When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself. Wayne Dyer Click to tweet

We find greater lightness and ease in our lives as we increasingly care for ourselves and other beings. Sharon Salzberg

You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them. Desmond Tutu

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Spiritual Quotes About Faith, Hope, Patience

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Faith, hope, love, and insight are the highest achievements of human effort. Carl Jung Click to tweet

What oxygen is to the lungs, such is hope to the meaning of life. Emil Brunner

Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender; it’s holy ground. There is no greater investment.Stephen Covey

Our prayers are answered not when we are given what we ask, but when we are challenged to be what we can be.Morris Adler

If you lose money you lose much, If you lose friends you lose more, If you lose faith you lose all. Eleanor Roosevelt

Believe in your infinite potential. Your only limitations are those you set upon yourself. Roy T. Bennett

I believe, and therefore anything is possible. Unknown

Our way is to practice one step at a time, one breath at a time, with no gaining idea. Shunryu Suzuki

Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness. Desmond Tutu

And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it. Paulo Coelho Click to tweet

Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure. Paulo Coelho

Spirituality is fearlessness. It is a way of looking boldly at this life we have been given, here, now, on earth, as this human being. Elizabeth Lesser

If you don’t behave as you believe, you will end by believing as you behave. Fulton J. Sheen

The greatest religion is to be true to your own nature. Have faith in yourselves. Swami Vivekananda

Do one thing at a time, and while doing it put your whole soul into it to the exclusion of all else. Swami Vivekananda

Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit. E.E. Cummings

To me, faith means not worrying. John Dewey

Be patient. You’ll know when it’s time for you to wake up and move ahead. Ram Dass

If you believe it will work out, you’ll see opportunities, if you believe it won’t you will see obstacles. Wayne Dyer

A belief is only a thought I keep thinking. Abraham Hicks

Appreciation in advance brings everything you want to you. Abraham Hicks

See also: How to Believe in Yourself

Spiritual Quotes About Bible, God

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Pray, and let God worry. Martin Luther Click to tweet

What you are is God’s gift to you, what you become is your gift to God. Hans Urs von Balthasar

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

The great thing to remember is that though our feelings come and go God’s love for us does not. C.S. Lewis

A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education. Theodore Roosevelt

I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs. Frederick Douglass

Whatever your heart clings to and confides in, that is really your God. Martin Luther

God enters by a private door into every individual. Ralph Waldo Emerson

And out of that hopeless attempt has come nearly all that we call human history — money, poverty, ambition, war, prostitution, classes, empires, slavery — the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy. C.S. Lewis

Make your own Bible. Select and collect all the words and sentences that in all your readings have been to you like the blast of a trumpet. Ralph Waldo Emerson

The moment God is figured out with nice neat lines and definitions, we are no longer dealing with God. Rob Bell

If prayer is you talking to God, then intuition is God talking to you. Wayne Dyer

Faith is God’s work within us. Thomas Aquinas

God loves me when I sing. God respects me when I work. Rabindranath Tagore Click to tweet

Spiritual Quotes About Strength, Tough Times, Healing, Change

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Suffering is part of our training program for becoming wise. Ram Dass Click to tweet

The period of greatest gain in knowledge and experience is the most difficult period in one’s life. Dalai Lama

Real generosity towards the future lies in giving all to the present. Albert Camus

All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another. Anatole France

Take care of your inner, spiritual beauty. That will reflect in your face. Dolores del Rio

Courage is fear that has said its prayers and decided to go forward anyway. Joyce Meyer

It is the inner life that is to spark the change in consciousness that will permit us to advance. Brother Wayne Teasdale

I thank God for my handicaps, for through them, I have found myself, my work, and my God. Helen Keller (She was blind)

The measure of your maturity is how spiritual you become during the midst of your frustrations. Samuel Ullman

On the spiritual path, all the dreck and misery is transformed, maybe not that same day, but still transformed into spiritual fuel or insight. Anne Lamott

Character can not be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved. Helen Keller

Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding. Kahlil Gibran

We cannot change anything unless we accept it. Carl Jung

When there’s nothing but humility, there’s nothing but spiritual oneness. Frederick Lenz

The more you recognize the immense good within you, the more you magnetize immense good around you. Alan Cohen

When you find your path, you must not be afraid. You need to have sufficient courage to make mistakes. Disappointment, defeat, and despair are the tools God uses to show us the way. Paulo Coelho

The ultimate reason for meditating is to transform ourselves in order to be better able to transform the world. Matthieu Ricard

Thoughts become things. If you see it in your mind, you will hold it in your hand. Bob Proctor Click to tweet

We can make changes in our lives, we can live consciously rather than mechanically, we can open our hearts and we can be more fully alive. Sharon Salzberg

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance. Alan Watts

A sacrifice to be real must cost, must hurt, and must empty ourselves. Give yourself fully to God. He will use you to accomplish great things on the condition that you believe much more in his love than in your weakness. Mother Teresa

Until you have suffered much in your heart, you cannot learn humility. Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica

Comfort is no test of truth. Truth is often far from being comfortable. Swami Vivekananda

The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new. Socrates

Think the thought until you believe it, and once you believe it, it is. Abraham Hicks

Your feelings are your greatest tools to help you create your life. Rhonda Byrne

See the things that you want as already yours. Rhonda Byrne

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Spiritual Quotes About Enlightenment, Awareness, Meditation, Universe

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You are not in the universe, you are the universe. Eckhart Tolle Click to tweet

Your own Self-Realization is the greatest service you can render the world. Ramana Maharshi

You can only stop the flow of thoughts by refusing to have any interest in it. Ramana Maharshi

The enquiry “Who am I?” is the principal means to the removal of all misery and the attainment of the supreme bliss. Ramana Maharshi

If the mind falls asleep, awaken it. Then if it starts wandering, make it quiet. If you reach the state where there is neither sleep nor movement of mind, stay still in that, the natural (real) state. Ramana Maharshi

Meditation is not just blissing out under a mango tree. It completely changes your brain and therefore changes what you are. Matthieu Ricard

No one and nothing outside of you can give you salvation, or free you from the misery. You have to light your own lamp. You have to know the miniature universe that you yourself are. Banani Ray

Insight occurs when, and to the degree that, one knows oneself. Andrew Schneider

Awakening is dynamic, Constantly evolving in accordance with life’s realities. Taitetsu Unno

The goal of practice is always to keep our beginner’s mind. Jack Kornfield Click to tweet

Those who are awake live in a state of constant amazement. Jack Kornfield

Enlightenment is a destructive process. It has nothing to do with becoming better or being happier. Enlightenment is the crumbling away of untruth. It’s seeing through the facade of pretense. It’s the complete eradication of everything we imagined to be true. Adyashanti

As long as you are trying to become, trying to get somewhere, trying to attain something, you are quite literally moving away from the Truth itself. Adyashanti

Never belong to a crowd; Never belong to a nation; Never belong to a religion; Never belong to a race. Belong to the whole existence. Why limit yourself to small things? When the whole is available. Osho

Enlightenment is ego’s ultimate disappointment. Chögyam Trungpa

If, then, I were asked for the most important advice I could give, that which I considered to be the most useful to the men of our century, I should simply say: in the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you. Leo Tolstoy

What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself. Abraham H. Maslow

It is only by grounding our awareness in the living sensation of our bodies that the ‘I Am’, our real presence, can awaken. G.I. Gurdjieff

Awakening is not a journey of discovering a distant land or a coveted secret, but rather, it is a journey of surrendering to what has always been present but shrouded in illusion and disillusion. Shavasti

You can’t have a physical transformation until you have a spiritual transformation. Cory Booker

The awakening of consciousness is the next evolutionary step for mankind. Eckhart Tolle

The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in myriad petty little unsexy ways, every day. David Foster Wallace

Part of spiritual and emotional maturity is recognizing that it’s not like you’re going to try to fix yourself and become a different person. You remain the same person, but you become awakened. Jack Kornfield

Believe something and the Universe is on its way to being changed. Because you’ve changed, by believing. Once you’ve changed, other things start to follow. Isn’t that the way it works? Diane Duane

We are all connected; To each other, biologically. To the earth, chemically. To the rest of the universe atomically. Neil DeGrasse Tyson

These things will destroy the human race: politics without principle, progress without compassion, wealth without work, learning without silence, religion without fearlessness, and worship without awareness. Anthony de Mello

Your greatest awakening comes, when you are aware about your infinite nature. Amit Ray

No great spiritual awakening has begun anywhere in the world apart from united prayer. J. Edwin Orr

Waking up is not a selfish pursuit of happiness, it is a revolutionary stance, from the inside out, for the benefit of all beings in existence. Noah Levine

Enlightenment is nothing more than the complete absence of resistance to what is. End of story. Adyashanti Click to tweet

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See also: Headspace – Meditation Made Simple (Meditation app)

Part 4. Spiritual Poems

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Breathing in, I experience calm in me.
Breathing out, I smile to the calm in me.
Breathing in, I experience joy in me.
Breathing out, I smile to the joy in me.
Breathing in, I experience equanimity in me.
Breathing out, I smile to the equanimity in me.
Breathing in, I experience openness in me.
Breathing out, I smile to the openness in me.
Breathing in, I experience happiness in me.
Breathing out, I smile to the happiness in me.
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Part 5. Conclusion

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Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is enlightenment. Lao Tzu Click to tweet

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43 Spiritual Quotes

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  1. God stands, very closely to make His grace sufficient for you and encourage you on Christian establishment, Spiritual progress and eternity. Pastor Paul Rika, The Key of Your Life is in Your Hand
    Quotes about God



  2. Keep your standards high and encourage one another to grow spiritually. Shana Jahsinta Walters, Fall In Love With Yourself In 60 Minutes Or Less
    Quote of The Day




  3. Anybody can thank God for good things. But when you can thank God even in the bad things, your faith grows and your spiritual roots go deeper. Rick Warren
    Thanksgiving



  4. And the promise of Scripture is that when we act according to His word, we will find blessing, spiritual prosperity and good success. G B Woodcock, One with Christ
    Words of Faith



  5. Whether you are an aging theologian or a child just beginning life's journey, the knowledge of God's love is the soul's surest anchor. Kay Swatkowski, A Grandmother's Prayers
    Quotes about God's Love



  6. To conserve one's faith by being prepared for spiritual warfare. Successfully facing attacks against the Bible strengthens one's faith. Byron Pulsifer, Defense Of The Christian Faith
    Faith



  7. God's ultimate goal for your life on Earth is not comfort but character development. He wants you to grow up spiritually and become like Christ. ... Christlikeness is all about transforming your character, not your personality. Rick Warren
    Character



  8. Every Christian would agree that a man's spiritual health is exactly proportional to his love for God. C. S. Lewis
    Love



  9. The roots of the problems we face in the world, in our national life, and in our family and personal lives are spiritual. Stephen Covey
    Thought of The Day



  10. No matter your religious or spiritual beliefs ... for every person who inhales and exhales... you are alive, you can dream. Georgia Dawkins
    Dream




  11. Being amazed by God's grace is a sign of spiritual vitality. It is a litmus test of how firm and real is our grasp of the Christian gospel and how close is our walk with Jesus Christ. Sinclair B. Ferguson, By Grace Alone
    Inspirational Poems



  12. Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude. Denis Waitley
    Happiness



  13. All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. Ephesians 1:3 (NLT)
    Encouraging Bible Verses



  14. Don't neglect the people in your sphere of influence who don't believe like you, or who don't have any regard for God or spiritual things. Seek them out, build friendships, extend grace. Jonathan Daugherty, Purity 301
    Friendship



  15. If God decides to bless someone with money, it is for His glory, not because of that person's spiritual superiority. Tim Chaddick; Craig Borlase, Better
    Blessed



  16. Although financial generosity may present more of a challenge for many people, it will also afford a greater opportunity for personal growth, a feeling of internal alignment, and perhaps even spiritual development. Mark V. Ewert, The Generosity Path
    Generosity



  17. Sometimes refinement of character happens naturally as we grow older, but for many people that growth is fostered by spiritual practices adopted and followed in a disciplined way. Rachel Cowan, Wise Aging
    Age



  18. Undeniably Mother Teresa's spiritual reality was one of an undivided love for Christ, consecrated by the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity, obedience, and a special fourth vow of wholehearted free service to the poorest of the poor. Angelo Scolozzi, Thirsting for God
    Mother Teresa Quotes




  19. Spiritual growth is not like fast food. It takes time for its roots to grow, and that requires us to be receptive and patient. Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi
    Patience



  20. Excellence encourages one about life generally; it shows the spiritual wealth of the world. George Eliot
    Encouraging



  21. Biblical convictions are essential for spiritual growth and maturity. What is ironic today is that people often have strong convictions about weak issues (football, fashion, etc.) while having weak convictions about major issues (what is right and what is wrong). Rick Warren
    Believe



  22. A spiritual lift comes when we allow the Lord not only to enter the problem but also to carry the burdensome weight of it. Jan Dargatz, 52 Simple Ways To Give Your Spiritual Life A Lift
    Words of Encouragement



  23. The fullness of the Spirit is an essential and indispensable experience for spiritual leadership. And each of us is as full of the Spirit as we really want to be. J. Oswald Sanders
    Experience



  24. For most of us, I believe, to withdraw daily from the conflict to recharge our spiritual batteries, to step away from overbearing responsibilities, to meet God in His word and on our knees in prayer, is the best preparation to face the challenges of life. David Packer, Encouragement
    Life




  25. Prayers are personal. No third party can ever express what's on your heart or write in your unique lingo or dialect, but when it seems the whole world is attempting to make this holy Advent and Christmastide one huge commercial, with very little spiritual content, don't join in - talk to your heavenly Father about it. Paul M Miller, Christmas Prayers
    Prayer



  26. And Easter, the most important church festival, offers the perfect opportunity to examine the relationship between the spiritual and the secular, the sacred and the profane, and between humanity and God. Michael Arditti, Easter
    Easter



  27. In many Christian traditions, the period before Easter is seen as a time of spiritual preparation for the day we later celebrate and welcome the "grand miracle" Christ accomplished through the cross. Michael G. Maudlin
    Miracle



  28. As we think of the upcoming rebirth of spring, perhaps we can consider that just as the daffodil and tulip bulbs buried in the ground all winter require good soil, water, and sunshine to burst forth and brighten our spring days, so, too, fasting, almsgiving, and prayer are necessary ingredients to nurture our spiritual growth on our Lenten journey to Easter. Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle, Bringing Lent Home with Mother Teresa
    Easter Poems



  29. Christmas contains many spiritual truths, but it will be hard to grasp the others unless we grasp this one first. That is, that the world is a dark place, and we will never find our way or see reality unless Jesus is our Light. Timothy Keller, Hidden Christmas
    Christmas



  30. Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God. Jesus, Luke 12:21
    Relationship



  31. What joy the glorious music of Christmas brings to our celebration of Christ's birth! No other season offers such an abundance of spiritual enrichment. Kenneth W. Osbeck. Joy to the World
    Joy




  32. The ultimate test of our spirituality is the measure of our amazement at the grace of God. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
    God's Grace



  33. But grace is to the soul what the cell is to the body - each serves as the key component of life. As physical life is dependent on the cell, so grace is the essence of spiritual life. Gordon Kainer, God's Grace
    Poems about Faith



  34. The Bible lays considerable emphasis on togetherness, which suggests that there are many spiritual benefits of teamwork. In the New Testament alone, there are more than forty different verses that tell us how to relate to each other. We were created to be dependent on God, but also to be interdependent with one another. Gordon Jones, Teamwork
    Teamwork



  35. Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path. Brené Brown, Daring Greatly
    Purpose



  36. This idea that God can use children to teach us, that we have an opportunity to gain spiritual insight from those we are called to raise and teach, comes from our Lord himself, who in this regard was something of a revolutionary. Gary L. Thomas, Sacred Parenting
    Children



  37. The greatness of men that are spiritually evolved lies in their considering an event that seems negative (e.g. when something goes terribly wrong) into a great opportunity for moral "redemption" and spiritual awareness. Gianni Ferrario, Adolfo Panfili, Laugh Love Live

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100 Inspirational
Words Of Wisdom Quotes

These 100 inspirational words of wisdom quotes are all thoughtful expressions from ancient times to today. 

All of the quotes are from the wisdom quotes & sayings pages on this site, but as there are so many entries on these pages (and always increasing),  I have taken what I believe to be the most inspirational wisdom quotes to form this page. There were many quotes that could have been used, but are also suitable for other quote collections that I will be creating. The quotes are listed in order of the authors surname and the unknown authors/sources are after.

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Inspirational Words Of Wisdom:  A   




Abraham-Hicks
Your life is right now. It’s not later. It’s not in that time of retirement. It’s not when the lover gets here. It’s not when you’ve moved into the new house. It’s not when you get the better job. Your life is right now. It will always be right now, because it’s not ever going to get better than right now.. Until it gets better right now!


Mitch Albom  1958
There are no random acts. We are all connected. You can no more separate one life from another than you can separate a breeze from the wind.


Mark Amend
The things you say about others, also say a lot about you.


St Francis of Assisi  1181 - 1226
A man who uses his hands is a labourer. One who uses his hands and mind is a craftsman. But he who uses his hands, his mind and his heart is an artist.


Marcus Aurelius  121 - 180
Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact.
Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.




Inspirational Words Of Wisdom:  B   



Richard Bach  1936
What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls the butterfly.


Richard Bartlett
What you are able to think and perceive, defines the limitation of what you are able to achieve.


Ludwig van Beethoven  1770 - 1850
Don’t only practice your art, but force your way into its secrets, for it and knowledge can raise men to the Divine.


Aine Belton
Sometimes you have to close your eyes to see clearly.


Bhagavad Gita
And when he sees Me in all and he sees all in Me, then I never leave him and he never leaves Me.


William Blake  1770 - 1850
What is now proved was once only imagined.


Ray Bradbury  1920
Until you spread your wings, you will have no idea how far you can fly.


Elizabeth Barrett Browning  1806 - 1861
Light tomorrow with today.


Buddha  624BC - 543BC
If you light a lamp for someone else, it will also brighten your path.




Inspirational Words Of Wisdom:  C   



Deepak Chopra  1946
For nearly one hundred years we have known that the material world is an illusion. Everything that seems solid - a rock, a tree, your body - is actually 99.999% empty space.


Paulo Coelho  1947
Straight roads do not make skillful drivers.


Samuel Taylor Coleridge  1772 - 1834
What comes from the heart, goes to the heart.




Inspirational Words Of Wisdom:  D   



Roald Dahl  1916 - 1990
And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you, because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places.


Ram Dass  1931
The quieter you become.. The more you hear.


Emily Dickinson  1830 - 1886
Saying nothing..
Sometimes says the most.


Benjamin Disraeli  1804 - 1881
The greatest good you can do for another, is not just to share your riches, but to reveal to him, his own.


Wayne Dyer  1940 - 2015
Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.


Loving people live in a loving world.
Hostile people live in a hostile world.
But, it’s the same world.




Inspirational Words Of Wisdom:  E   



Albert Einstein  1879 - 1955
Everyone is a genius, but, if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.

Lucy & Seth

Ralph Waldo Emerson  1803 - 1882
Common sense is genius dressed in it’s working clothes.


People only see what they are prepared to see.


The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.


The wise man in the storm prays God, not from safety from danger, but from deliverance for fear. It is the storm within which endangers him, not the storm without.


What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say.


Epictetus  55 - 135
He is a wise man, who does not grieve for the things he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.


Antoine de Saint-Exupery  1900 - 1944
How could drops of water know themselves to be a river?
Yet the river flows on.




Inspirational Words Of Wisdom:  F   



Anatole France  1844 - 1924
If a million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.




Inspirational Words Of Wisdom:  G   



Seth Godin  1960
Just because the tide is out, doesn’t mean there is less water in the ocean.




Inspirational Words Of Wisdom:  H   



Heraclitus  535BC - 475BC
There is nothing permanent..
Except change.


Robert Holden  1964
To have time for what is valuable, you have to stop giving time to what isn’t.




Inspirational Words Of Wisdom:  J   



William Jordon
Mistakes are the growing pains of wisdom.




Inspirational Words Of Wisdom:  L   



Hugh Latimer  1485 - 1555
The drop of rain maketh a hole in the stone, not by violence, but by oft falling.


C. S. Lewis  1898 - 1963
Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.


Lin-Chi
When hungry.. Eat rice. When tired.. Close your eyes.
Fools may laugh at me, but wise men will know what I mean.


Max Lucado  1955
A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back to the crowd.


David Lynch
The world is..
As you are.




Inspirational Words Of Wisdom:  M   



E. C. McKenzie
The courage to speak must be matched by the wisdom to listen.


Felix Mendelssohn  1809 - 1847
The essence of the beautiful is unity in variety.


Michel de Montaigne  1533 - 1592
The only thing certain is..
Nothing is certain.


Movies - The Matrix
If real is what you can feel, smell, taste and see, then real is simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain.


John Muir  1838 - 1914
When we try to pick anything out by itself, we find it hitched to everything in the Universe.




Inspirational Words Of Wisdom:  N   



Native American
Seek wisdom, not knowledge. Knowledge is of the past. Wisdom is of the future.


Wisdom comes when you start living the life the Creator intended for you.


Friedrich Nietzsche  1844 - 1900
Invisible threads are the strongest ties.


Isaac of Nineveh  680
Solitude is an ocean with wonderful places hidden in its depths.




Inspirational Words Of Wisdom:  O   



James Openheim
The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance.
The wise grows it under his feet.




Inspirational Words Of Wisdom:  P   



Dolly Parton  1946
Storms make trees take deeper roots.


Alexander Pope  1688 - 1714
A man should never be ashamed to own that he has been wrong, which is but saying, in other words, that he is wiser today than he was yesterday.




Inspirational Words Of Wisdom:  R   



Franklin D. Roosevelt  1882 - 1945
Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.


Elizabeth Kubler-Ross  1926 - 2004
People are like stained glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within.


Jalal Uddin Rumi  1207 - 1273
Close both eyes and see with the other eye.


What strikes the oyster does not damage the pearl.


You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop.




Inspirational Words Of Wisdom:  S   



SaLuSa (Mike Quinsey)
Sow the seeds of truth and one day they will grow and become the flowers of understanding.


Dr Seuss  1904 - 1991
Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.


Socrates  470BC - 399BC
Beware the barrenness of a busy life.


Wisdom begins in wonder.


Barry Stevens  1902 - 1985
Don’t push the river, it flows by itself.


Jonathan Swift  1667 - 1745
Vision is the art of seeing the invisible.




Inspirational Words Of Wisdom:  T   



Nikola Tesla  1856 - 1943
The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade that in all the previous centuries of existence.


Henry David Thoreau  1817 - 1862
Man emulates Earth.
Earth emulates Heaven.
Heaven emulates The Way.
The Way emulates Nature.


J.R.R. Tolkien  1892 - 1973
Not all who wander are lost.


Alexandra Trentor
The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don’t tell you what to see.


TV - Fringe
Real is just a matter of perception.


TV - Star Trek Next Generation
There are things we do not understand and yet they exist non the less.


Lao Tzuc.600BC
Nature does not hurry..   Yet everything is accomplished.


Water is the softest thing, yet it can penetrate mountains and earth. This shows clearly the principle of softness overcoming hardness.




Inspirational Words Of Wisdom:  V   



Leonardo da Vinci  1452 - 1519
All our knowledge has its origins in our perceptions.


Learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.




Inspirational Words Of Wisdom:  W   



Oscar Wilde  1854 - 1900
A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.



Oprah Winfrey  1954
Follow your instincts.
That’s where true wisdom manifests itself.




Inspirational Words Of Wisdom:  Y   



Adam Yauch  1964 - 2012
Everything we do affects other people.


Edward Young  1683 - 1765
Procrastination is the thief of time.




Inspirational Words Of Wisdom:
Unknown Author



Before enlightenment - chopping wood, carrying water.
After enlightenment - chopping wood, carrying water.


Collect moments, not things.


Diversity is the one true thing we all have in common.


I am another you.
You are another me.


If I throw a stone into a pond, the ripples come straight back to me.


Intuition is the GPS of the Soul.


It is not a mistake to turn back if you are on the wrong road.


It isn’t the mountains ahead that wear you out..
It’s the grain of sand in your shoe.


Lighthouses don’t go running all over the island looking for boats to save..
They just stand there shining.


Mistakes are.. Portals of discovery.


Once upon a time there were four people named Everybody, Somebody, Nobody and Anybody. When there was an important job to be done, Everybody was sure Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did. When Nobody did it, Everybody got angry because it was Somebody’s job. Everybody thought Anybody could do it, but Somebody realised that Nobody would do it. So, it ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody that Nobody did what Anybody could have done in the first place.


One moon shines in every pool, in every pool the one moon.



Should one say that something does not exist, merely because we have never seen or heard of it?


Sometimes those who challenge you most… teach you best.


Sometimes you will find yourself in the middle of nowhere.
And sometimes in the middle of nowhere, you find yourself.



The greatest treasures are those invisible to the eye, and found by the heart.



To get to the fruit of the tree, you have to go out on a limb.


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