Enlightenment Quotes

John Lubbock

Art is unquestionably one of the purest and highest elements in human happiness. It trains the mind through the eye, and the eye through the mind. As the sun colors flowers, so does art color life.

Matt Kahn

Whatever happens, love that.

Eric Micha'el Leventhal

He who fights is powerless, but he who loves is power itself.. Eric Micha'el Leventhal
He who fights is powerless, but he who loves is power itself.

James Blanchard Cisneros

Once you awaken, you will have no interest in judging those who sleep.

Eric Micha'el Leventhal

Judge not, lest ye miss out on all the fun.

Eric Micha'el Leventhal

Acceptance is the vessel of realization.

T. Scott McLeod

You necessarily have to be lost, before you’re found.

Allan Rufus

Life is like a game of chess.
To win you have to make a move.
Knowing which move to make comes with IN-SIGHT
and knowledge, and by learning the lessons that are
acculated along the way.

We become each and every piece within the game called life!

Anne Lamott

The road to enlightenment is long and difficult, and you should try not to forget snacks and magazines.

Chögyam Trungpa

We do not have to be ashamed of what we are. As sentient beings we have wonderful backgrounds. These backgrounds may not be particularly enlightened or peaceful or intelligent. Nevertheless, we have soil good enough to cultivate; we can plant anything in it.

Chögyam Trungpa

As in music, when we hear the crescendo building, suddenly if the music stops, we begin to hear the silence as part of the music.

Chögyam Trungpa

If you are involved with the intensity of crescendo situations, with the intensity of tragedy, you might begin to see the humor of these situations as well. As in music, when we hear the crescendo building, suddenly if the music stops, we begin to hear the silence as part of the music.

Amaka Imani Nkosazana

Follow the path that leads to understanding. Only then, will you illuminate the way for others. Once you open your mind and gain knowledge, truth, you'll leave the darkness and enter into the light of wisdom.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is creative reading as well as creative writing.. Ralph Waldo Emerson
There is creative reading as well as creative writing.

Natalie Goldberg

We are searching for the core of our lives; our culture intuits that writing, that ancient activity, might be the pathway...Awakening does not feed ego's needs and desires; it pulverizes the self. Our society couldn't knowingly bear such reduction, so we've tricked ourselves into the same path but call it writing.

Allan Rufus

Love is magical, it changes and brightens up your world!

Eric Micha'el Leventhal

True wisdom is being able to say 'it is what it is' with a smile of celebratory wonder on your face.

Tom Althouse

Is it a weakness not being able to hate? Or is it preparation for what is inevitable, the ability only to love.

Tom Althouse

Time is an illusion, only the keepers of the illusion are real, and the reality they have spun, keeps us, until we set upon the path of the dream.

Tom Althouse

To win or lose often depends on set parameters. Expand the bounds of what is possible, and you may come out the true winner, outside the confines of its defining.

Tom Althouse

More and more obstacles seem to be other people's issues that form in the way of a hand to block one, to take notice of them? Sometimes noticing ahead of time, and taking the time to notice them, makes the hand part of an arm that embraces you. The obstacles become bridges for both to cross over, even if in opposite directions.

Vivian Amis

Everything you experience is a blessing and pushes you toward realizing your true self.

Bryant McGill

In order to deserve, we must pay our dues and steadily work for perfection. We must relish in struggle, and relinquish pride. We must dispel fear and seek enlightenment. We must shun division and honor love. We must know our hearts and seek to understand others. We must try, live, create, feel, grow and love.

Eric Micha'el Leventhal

We can only forgive the world to the extent that we forgive ourselves for being in it.

Christopher Hawke

The real world reveals itself like surprise gifts on our doorstep, special moments that seem above and beyond the reality of others. These times are full, beautiful and meaningful beyond words, even when wrapped in pain.

Michael Bassey Johnson

The greatest book is one written by your pen, but not exactly from your mind.

Eric Micha'el Leventhal

It doesn't matter how you conceive of divinity. It only matters that you see it in everything, including yourself.

Michael Bassey Johnson

You can lead and motivate people without a certificate or title, what you need to do is to tell people a compelling secret that was only known to you.

T. Scott McLeod

If you go to war with your mind, you will always be at war.

Michael Bassey Johnson

Death people who are still alive at this hour, must resurrect and ascend to the intellectual
Death people who are still alive at this hour, must resurrect and ascend to the intellectual heaven where there is no ignorance.

Michael Bassey Johnson

Wisdom is not counted in grammers, niether in fluency, but vividly shown in mannerism.. Michael Bassey
Wisdom is not counted in grammers, niether in fluency, but vividly shown in mannerism.

Vivian Amis

To think is to have doubt....yet even thinking will bring you to "no thought"....eventually.


With me, illusions are bound to be shattered. I am here to shatter all illusions. Yes, it will irritate you, it will annoy you - that's my way of functioning and working. I will sabotage you from your very roots! Unless you are totally destroyed as a mind, there is no hope for you.

Kim Chestney

Enlightenment is not a goal to be attained, it is a state-of-being to be regained.

Lucy Grealy

I used to think that once you really knew a thing, its truth would shine on forever. Now it's pretty obvious to me that more often than not the batteries fade, and sometimes what you knew even goes out with a bang when you try and call on it, just like a light bulb cracking off when you throw the switch.

Raquel Cepeda

This thing I am feeling, I’m almost certain, is the closest I’ll ever come to standing somewhere in between truth and reconciliation.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

He in whom the love of repose predominates will accept the first creed, the first philosophy, the first political party he meets - most likely his father's. He gets rest, commodity, and reputation; but he shuts the door of truth.

Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

Wenn Gott in seiner Rechten alle Wahrheit und in seiner Linken den einzigen immer regen Trieb nach Wahrheit, obschon mit dem Zusatze, mich immer und ewig zu irren, verschlossen hielte und spräche zu mir: wähle! Ich fiele ihm mit Demut in seine Linke und sagte: Vater gib! die reine Wahrheit ist ja doch nur für dich allein!

Gary Hopkins

People often associate complexity with deeper meaning, when often after precious time has been lost, it is realized that simplicity is the key to everything.


How could they see anything but the shadows if they were never allowed to move their
How could they see anything but the shadows if they were never allowed to move their heads?

Theodor W. Adorno

What can oppose the decline of the west is not a resurrected culture but the utopia that is silently contained in the image of its decline.

Ron Rash

It’s ever been the way of the man of science or philosophy. Most folks stay in the dark and then complain they can’t see nothing.” – Snipes (185)

John Berry

The bird of paradise alights only upon the hand that does not grasp.

Peter Prange

The Encyclopedia-the advance artillery of reason, the armada of philosophy, the siege engine of the enlightenment...

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

To live is not to breathe but to act. It is to make use of our organs, our senses, our faculties, of all the parts of ourselves which give us the sentiment of our existence. The man who has lived the most is not he who has counted the most years but he who has most felt life.

Iain Pears

Philosophy cannot be extinguished, though men will try ... The spirit seeks the light, that is its nature. It wishes to return to its origin, and must forever try to reach enlightenment.

Susan Neiman

In the most general terms, the Enlightenment goes back to Plato's belief that truth and beauty and goodness are connected; that truth and beauty, disseminated widely, will sooner or later lead to goodness. (While we're making at effort at truth and goodness, beauty reminds us what we're hold out for.)

Peter Deunov

Do not look for happiness outside yourself. The awakened seek happiness inside.

Andy Rooney

I've learned .... That opportunities are never lost; someone will take the ones you miss.

George Eliot

What should I do - how should I act now, this very day . . . What she would resolve to do that day did not yet seem quite clear, but something that she could achieve stirred her as with an approaching murmur which would soon gather distinctness.

Eric Micha'el Leventhal

The closer you come to knowing that you alone create the world of your experience, the more vital it becomes for you to discover just who is doing the creating.

Jack Tempchin

Just remember this, my girl, when you look up in the sky you can see the stars and still not see the light.

Carson McCullers

In his face there came to be a brooding peace that is seen most often in the faces of the very sorrowful or the very wise. But still he wandered through the streets of the town, always silent and alone.

Carson McCullers

There are those who know and those who don't know. And for every ten thousand who don't know there's only one who knows. That's the miracle of all time-the fact that these millions know so much but don't know this.

Prem Rawat

We think a wise person is someone who solves problems. Truth is, a wise person is someone who avoids problems.

Gary Hopkins

Do you wish to take control of your life? Begin by focusing on steering the storm, rather than where the lightening strikes.

Gautama Buddha

He has no need for faith who knows the uncreated, who has cut off rebirth, who has destroyed any opportunity for good or evil, and cast away all desire. He is indeed the ultimate man.

Eric Micha'el Leventhal

I never realized it was all a game,
until I started winning.

Sangita Pareek

A person who wants to know everything eventually comes to a stage where his/her curiosity of knowing everything comes to an end and that is the stage of Enlightenment.

Jed McKenna

Suffering just means you’re having a bad dream. Happiness means you’re having a good dream. Enlightenment means getting out of the dream altogether.

Rodolfo Costa

Many people are so poor that the only thing they have is money. Cultivate your spiritual growth.

Robert Baohm

The sage is sick of being sick (Tao Te Ching)

Vivian Amis

When the Self is freed from mind there are no limits to what one can experience.

Tahir Shah

Enlightenment, and the death which comes before it, is the primary business of Varanasi.

Christopher Hitchens

We owe a huge debt to Galileo for emancipating us all from the stupid belief in an Earth-centered or man-centered (let alone God-centered) system. He quite literally taught us our place and allowed us to go on to make extraordinary advances in knowledge.

Kim Chestney

Enlightenment is at the source of everything. From it, flows our Intuition and our creative energy. It is the delta of the human spirit ~ what we innately seek to return to, as we find ourselves lost in this world.

Gary Hopkins

Never put yourself in a position to be made an example of.

Stanley Victor Paskavich

Total Enlightenment is 'Vision without Purpose'.

Fakeer Ishavardas

The mystic, identifying neither with his-her race-religion-gender nor with any mind-made blunder, lives and dies in One's splendor.

Fakeer Ishavardas

An educated man believing in a this-that vile sky-god rewarding him-her, but punishing your enemies with hell and fire, is uneducated.

Christmas Humphreys

By god the Buddhist means that from which the universe was born, the unborn of the Buddhist scriptures, and by soul that factor in the thing called man which moves towards enlightenment. Why need more be said of it, at any rate those who are not content with scholarship, but strive to attain that same enlightenment?


Does one really have to fret
About enlightenment?
No matter what road I travel,
I’m going home.

C. JoyBell C.

Last night I lost the world, and gained the universe.

Christopher Paolini

A person must earn enlightenment, Eragon. It is not handed down to you by others, regardless of how revered they be.


Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.

Vera Nazarian

Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.

Derrick A. Bell

Education leads to enlightenment. Enlightenment opens the way to empathy. Empathy foreshadows reform.


It is the task of the enlightened not only to ascend to learning and to see the good but to be willing to descend again to those prisoners and to share their troubles and their honors, whether they are worth having or not. And this they must do, even with the prospect of death.

Bryant McGill

In so many ways we are still in the dark ages, but there is light appearing over the horizon of choice and consciousness.


Even more than the time when she gave birth, a mother feels her greatest joy when she hears others refer to her son as a wise learned one.

Barbara Ehrenreich

The universe does not reveal itself to undergraduates or fools: This is the entire premise of higher education.

C. JoyBell C.

My spirit is healthy, yes. But I tell you, my flesh is healthy too. I am enlightened and free, but I am also lustful and carnal.

C. JoyBell C.

Individuals who are focused on becoming better are individuals not easily offended. You can only offend those who are not on a path of constant growth and enlightenment.

Tina A. Morgan

Always try and be a better person than you were yesterday, cause we aren't guaranteed tomorrow.

Maurice Makalu

The problem is not that you have problems; the problem is that you see having problems as a problem.

Eric Micha'el Leventhal

You invoke a new future
when you envision your past
in the light of your present.

Tom Althouse

Some people spend their whole lives seeking heaven,
when all they needed to do was look about them,
and embrace that which was already there.

Tom Althouse

No matter how busy we may believe we are, we have the wonderful opportunity presently of investing time with loved ones. For those are the great investments we will be glad we made, when time begins to slow and the ability to tend turns tender.

Eric Micha'el Leventhal

In the search for truth,
what you believe matters less
than how you believe.

Riaz Ahmed Gohar Shahi

God’s love supersedes all religions and it is the core of all religions.

Michael Bassey Johnson

Learning and knowing something is cool, but superb knowledge comes when you leave your books and become the inner world's friend.

Who Knows

Ignorance is bliss. Denial is the reaction to a painful truth.

Machik Labdrön

Without hope, Chöd practitioners are freed from the limits of hope and fear; having cut the ropes of grasping, definitely enlightened, where does one go?

Eric Micha'el Leventhal

Change happens for you
the moment you want something
more than you fear it.

Eric Micha'el Leventhal

The fearful seek to serve themselves by mastering the world, while the fearless seek to serve the world by mastering themselves.

Eric Micha'el Leventhal

To see through the illusion of duality, remember that fear and darkness have no substance in themselves, for they do not indicate the presence of a second universal force, but are only names given to the one Light unperceived.

Eric Micha'el Leventhal

The way to embody love completely is to see and appreciate life just as it is, and not as you believe, fear, or desire it to be.

Michael Bassey Johnson

We do not learn for the benefit of anyone, we learn to unlearn ignorance.

Tom Althouse

We are the reflections for the stars to gaze upon, upon a sea of glass.

Michael Bassey Johnson

You can capture me with your beauty, only if you are a brilliant photographer.. Michael Bassey
You can capture me with your beauty, only if you are a brilliant photographer.

James K.A. Smith

Our Christian faith - and correlatively, our account of apologetics - is tainted by modernism when we fail to appreciate the effects of sin on reason. When this is ignored, we adopt an Enlightenment optimism about the role of a supposedly neutral reason in the recognition of truth.

Swami Dhyan Giten

Sex is the alpha and enlightenment is the omega. Sex is the first step of the spiritual journey, and enlightenment is the last step of the spiritual journey.

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