Fill your soul with this collection of over 100 inspirational quotes from different spiritual teachers. Sometimes when you sit down to meditate, it’s helpful to start by thinking of a quote that really touches you. This can help you go deeper into your meditation practice.
The list below is in no particular order. It also contains teachers from different walks of life.
Take your time and read each quote slowly.
Buddha’s Inspirational Quotes
-No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.
-We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.
-Just as the great ocean has one taste, the taste of salt, so also this teaching and discipline has one taste, the taste of liberation.
-Endurance is one of the most difficult disciplines, but it is to the one who endures that the final victory comes.
-Whatever precious jewel there is in the heavenly worlds, there is nothing comparable to one who is Awakened.
-It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.
-What we think, we become.
-Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace.
-Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely.
-The mind is everything. What you think you become.
-Every morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most
-Nothing can harm you as much as your own thoughts unguarded.
-Meditate… do not delay, lest you later regret it.
-If you propose to speak always ask yourself, is it true, is it necessary, is it kind.
-Doubt everything. Find your own light.
-Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.
-A man is not called wise because he talks and talks again; but if he is peaceful, loving and fearless then he is in truth called wise.
Adyashanti’s Inspiring Quotes
-The truth is that you already are what you are seeking.
-The Truth is the only thing you’ll ever run into that has no agenda.
-Love is a flame that burns everything other than itself. It is the destruction of all that is false and the fulfillment of all that is true.
-Enlightenment is nothing more than the complete absence of resistance to what is. End of story.
-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.
-Anything you avoid in life will come back, over and over again, until you’re willing to face it—to look deeply into its true nature.
-When we believe what we think, when we take our thinking to be reality, we will suffer.
-Whatever the image of yourself, it’s a mask and it’s hiding emptiness.
-The aim of my teaching is enlightenment, awakening from the dream state of separateness into the reality of the One. In short, my teaching is focused on realizing what you are.
-The primary task of any good spiritual teaching is not to answer your questions, but to question your answers.
Adyashanti’s teachings help you go deep within yourself. His approach is very straight forward and makes you see things from different points of view. If you are really committed to deepening your spiritual practice, then he is the perfect teacher to help you on your path.
Eckhart Tolle’s Inspiring Words
-The past has no power over the present moment.
-The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.
-To love is to recognize yourself in another.
-Life is the dancer and you are the dance.
-You find peace not by rearranging the circumstances of your life, but by realizing who you are at the deepest level.
-I have lived with several Zen masters — all of them cats.
-Being spiritual has nothing to do with what you believe and everything to do with your state of consciousness.
-All true artists, whether they know it or not, create from a place of no-mind, from inner stillness
-This, too, will pass.
-Don’t let a mad world tell you that success is anything other than a successful present moment.
Eckhart Tolle is the most powerful teacher for helping you be in the present moment. His teachings are very profound and are very easy to apply. People from all types of religious background really enjoy his teachings, since they incorporate the essence of what spiritual masters from the past were trying to explain.
-Step into the fire of self-discovery. This fire will not burn you, it will only burn what you are not.
-Feelings are just visitors, let them come and go.
-Eternity is not endless time, eternity means timeless.
-Once you begin to recognize the divine gifts in life, you come to see that there are so many. Your life is abundant
-It does not matter what comes up. What matters is who you are, the one perceiving it.
Mooji has the ability to help you go to the very essence of your being with very simple teachings. He has a very calm and peaceful way of teaching. His invitation to freedom meditation is very powerful and it can give you inner peace within minutes.
Shunryu Suzuki’s Inspiring Quotes
-If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything, it is open to everything. In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s mind there are few.
-There is no certain way that exists permanently… Moment after moment we have to find our own way.
-A mind full of preconceived ideas, subjective intentions, or habits it not open to things as they are.
-Because your attainment is always ahead, you will always be sacrificing yourself now for some ideal in the future.
-When we realize the everlasting truth of “everything changes” and find our composure in it, we find ourselves in Nirvana.
-The true purpose is to see things as they are, to observe things as they are, and to let everything go as it goes.
-Be humble: “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s mind there are few.
-Waves are the practice of the water.
-Just continue in your calm, ordinary practice and your character will be built up.
-Each one of us must make his own true way, and when we do, that way will express the universal way.
Shunryu Suzuki was a very powerful zen master. His teachings are very well kept alive in his amazing book Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind. This book is a really great companion for your meditation practice. Even if you have meditated for years, you are sure to learn some profound teachings here.
-If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough
-When the Soul wants to experience something she throws out an image in front of her and then steps into it.
-Be willing to be a beginner every single morning.
-The price of inaction is far greater than the cost of making a mistake.
-There’s a place in the soul where you’ve never been wounded.
-And suddenly you know: It’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.
-Wisdom consists in doing the next thing you have to do, doing it with your whole heart, and finding delight in doing it.
Mahatma Gandhi Words of Wisdom
-Your tomorrow depends entirely on what you do today.
-A man is but a product of his thoughts. What he thinks he becomes.
-Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will
-An eye for an eye and the whole world goes blind.
-The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
-Be the change you want to see in the world.
-There are no good-byes, where ever you’ll be, you’ll be in my heart.
-The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
-Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
Wayne W. Dyer’s Inspiring Sayings
-When we change the way we look at things the things we look at will change
-The state of your life is nothing more than a reflection of the state of your mind.
-Don’t die with the music still in you.
-When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind
-Earth is heaven. Or hell. Your choice.
-There’s no such thing as stress; there are only people thinking stressful thoughts.
-There’s no scarcity of opportunity to make a living at what you love. There is only a scarcity of resolve to make it happen.
-I am thankful to all those who said no. It’s because of them, I did it myself.
-My goal is not to be better than anyone else, but to be better than I used to be.
-You are not stuck where you are unless you decide to be.
Rumi’s Powerful Words
-Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.
-Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.
-When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.
-Do not feel lonely, the entire universe is inside you.
-If Light Is In Your Heart You Will Find Your Way Home.
-Everything in the universe is within you. Ask all from yourself.
-Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion.
-Let silence take you to the core of life.
-You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean, in a drop.
-Let go of your mind and then be mindful. Close your ears and listen.
Rumi’s poems were written centuries ago. However, after so many years they still touch people’s heart with his profound words. When you read his poetry, you loose track of time and space, and you are taken to a very deep place within yourself.
Thich Nhat Hanh’s Inspirational Quotes
-Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for
happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything – anger,
anxiety, or possessions – we cannot be free.
-Because you are alive, everything is possible.
-Breathing in, I calm body and mind. Breathing out, I smile. Dwelling in the present moment I know this is the only moment.
-You must love in such a way that the person you love feels free.
-Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are
before me. I vow to live fully in each moment and to look at all beings
with eyes of compassion.
-Your body is your first home. Breathing in, I arrive in my body. Breathing out, I am home.
-Every breath we take, every step we make, can be filled with peace, joy and serenity.
-For things to reveal themselves to us, we need to be ready to abandon our views about them.
-We have more possibilities available in each moment than we realize.
-Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.
Thich Nhat Hanh for many years has given us very profound teachings in meditation and mindfulness. His poetic way of writing is very inspiring. When you read his books, you feel that you are transferred to a different place, which is very peaceful. He has a really powerful gift of helping you be very mindful even with every day activities.
Lao Tzu’s Ancient Wisdom
-He who conquers others is strong; he who conquers himself is mighty
-Returning to the source is serenity.
-The wise man is one who, knows, what he does not know.
-We shape clay into a pot, but it is the emptiness inside that holds whatever we want.
-Stop thinking, and end your problems.
-To know that you do not know is the best. To pretend to know when you do not know is a disease.
-He who knows others is wise. He who knows himself is enlightened.
-A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.
-Empty your mind of all thoughts. Let your heart be at peace.
Final Words of Wisdom
Wisdom is something to be shared, to be passed down from generation to generation. I hope that these words have inspired or motivated you. However, the best quotes are the ones that we write ourselves.
You are a unique individual that has so much to offer to this world. Today you are here reading these beautiful words. It is my deepest wish, that tomorrow you will be the one writing your story and creating your own quotes that will be shared with new generations to come.
This is just the beginning of the list of inspirational quotes. Please share in the comments below which was your favorite quote(s), and also add any new quotes that inspire you.
Share the love, make sure to share this post with others!
Check out these other posts: