104+ Best Awakening Quotes: Exclusive Selection

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I got into Nirvana, and it was my sort of awakening into the idea that music could be like rough and crazy and local. And so I started to realize that there were bands playing in my town, Anacortes. — Phil Elverum

If you love God, you can’t hate anything or anyone. If the love one offers is met with hate, it doesn’t die, rather it manifests in the form of compassion. That is universal love. It is not just a sentiment. It cannot be manifested merely by a shift in mental disposition. It can only come from inner cleaning, an inner awakening. — Radhanath Swami

It’s been a journey of great stress and awakening. I have given my blood sweat and tears to ‘Padmavati.’ — Sanjay Leela Bhansali

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One of the most beautiful passages of Rousseau is that in the sixth book of Confessions, where he describes the awakening in him of the literary sense. Of such wisdom, the poetic passion, the desire of beauty, the love of art for its own sake, has most. — Walter Pater

The nightmare of materialism, which has turned the life of the universe into an evil, useless game, is not yet past; it holds the awakening soul still in its grip. — Wassily Kandinsky

However, anyone to whom this happens should not leave his room upon awakening, should speak to no-one, but remain alone and sober until everything comes back to him, and he recalls the dream. — Paracelsus

I was interned in Auschwitz for one year. I didn’t bring back anything, except for a few jokes, and that filled me with shame. Then again, I didn’t know what to do with this fresh experience. For this experience was no literary awakening, no occasion for professional or artistic introspection. — Imre Kertesz

Adversity will only sharpen our wits and make us more strong-willed, resulting in the political awakening of more Hong Kongers, not to mention the international community’s support. — Joshua Wong

The dream of democracy has long been enshrined in the hearts of the Egyptian people. It only needed awakening. — Mohamed ElBaradei

The deeper the blue becomes, the more strongly it calls man towards the infinite, awakening in him a desire for the pure and, finally, for the supernatural… The brighter it becomes, the more it loses its sound, until it turns into silent stillness and becomes white. — Wassily Kandinsky

If every day is an awakening, you will never grow old. You will just keep growing. — Gail Sheehy

For some in my generation, Sept. 11th was a moment of political awakening. For others, the Iraq War or the financial crisis or the rise of Obama were the major events of their teenage years that began to lay the foundation for their views. — Kristen Soltis Anderson

When I was on Broadway, my most recent Broadway show was ‘Spring Awakening,’ and every night I did a topless scene. — Lea Michele

I am drawn to intimate, often uncomfortable portraits of a woman persevering and awakening. — Vera Farmiga

We are seeing a great awakening. A national movement of We the People, brought together by what unites us – a shared love of liberty, and an understanding of the unlimited potential of free men and free women. — Ted Cruz

If a Labour movement, on a bourgeois basis, has hitherto existed in the country where the new movement is awakening it will certainly not disappear all at once. — Karl Radek

The effects of human rights education can be dramatic in awakening people to the value and power of their own lives, as shown in the following stories. — Daisaku Ikeda

I got cast for ‘Spring Awakening’ when I was 20. Every dream I had came true in that moment. — Jonathan Groff

I was journaling in Florence, and I was like, ‘Oh, I have to come out of the closet. I have to break up with this guy’ – he was my ‘roommate.’ So that was my awakening moment, when I stepped into my own skin while in a foreign country by myself and had a very stereotypical moment of revelation. — Jonathan Groff

You look at the whole Human Rights questions, I happened to be there at just the right time when the country was awakening – this goes to the first question you asked – the whole country was awakening to a hundred years of injustice that hadn’t been resolved yet. — Birch Bayh

A religious awakening which does not awaken the sleeper to love has roused him in vain. — Jessamyn West

My first film that I got right after ‘Spring Awakening’ was called ‘Taking Woodstock,’ and Ang Lee was the director. — Jonathan Groff

The most important thing when you study hypnosis is that you learn that humans are irrational. Until you understand that, hypnosis is hard to do… For me, it was this great awakening to understand that humans are deeply irrational, and it’s probably the greatest influence on me in terms of my writing. — Scott Adams

Being in Los Angeles is this brutal awakening, where I feel not good enough as soon as I walk into a room, and I’m wearing the wrong thing, or I don’t have enough make up on. It’s all about image. — Mary Lambert

I loved traditional musical comedy. That was my passion. Then ‘Spring Awakening’ happened, and it took that rock n’ roll and pop music to change gears for me. — Jonathan Groff

Divine desperateness is the beginning of spiritual awakening because it gives rise to the aspiration for God-realisation. — Meher Baba

We, all of us, are awakening to the reality that how men have behaved toward women for eons is not OK. The rules are changing invisibly underneath our feet. I am playing catch up. Maybe we all are. — Richard Dreyfuss

When ‘The Awakening’ was published it was considered so scandalous it was banned in the author’s home-town library, and she herself was barred from the Fine Arts Club in the same city. What the novel has to offer, among other things, is honesty. — Jane Smiley

The musicals on Broadway have not necessarily been true musical theater. I’m speaking generally, of course: I saw ‘Spring Awakening,’ and I was completely inspired by that. — Alice Ripley

I was born and grew up in Phoenix, and I left there when I was 17 to go to Interlochen Arts Academy – a boarding school in Michigan – for a year, and then I went to college for a year at The Boston Conservatory and landed the ‘Spring Awakening’ tour midway through my freshman year, which was pretty cool. — Kimiko Glenn

There’s been an enormous awakening, and I think recognition that the mass shootings we saw in Sandy Hook and other places are very related to the shootings we see every day in our cities. — Elizabeth Esty

I slept with faith and found a corpse in my arms on awakening; I drank and danced all night with doubt and found her a virgin in the morning. — Aleister Crowley

We are witnessing a great awakening. Millions of Texans, millions of Americans are rising up to reclaim our country, to defend liberty and to restore the Constitution. — Ted Cruz

My political awakening, if I can be as grand as to call it that, was all about what was happening around me. It wasn’t some romantic, patriotic vision of Scotland going back to what it had been 300 years previously. — Nicola Sturgeon

After ‘Spring Awakening,’ I wanted to do things that are really challenging and outside my comfort zone: things that scare me a little and make me grow. — Jonathan Groff

Show-wise, I love ‘Little Shop’ and ‘Big River’, ‘Avenue Q,’ and ‘Spring Awakening’. — Eric McCormack

I remember going to a son’s friend’s bar mitzvah, and the text that he chose to explicate was right at the beginning of Genesis. It was not about a fall from grace or a fall from perfection; it was about an awakening into consciousness, which is what it means to be human. — Claire Messud

Youth is the spirit of adventure and awakening. It is a time of physical emerging when the body attains the vigor and good health that may ignore the caution of temperance. Youth is a period of timelessness when the horizons of age seem too distant to be noticed. — Ezra Taft Benson

At its core, ‘Spring Awakening’ is about the perils of miscommunication and what happens when people are denied a voice. — Michael Arden

I got in trouble with the police, and that was a rude awakening. That was it. I’d seen the bottom of the pit, and it was time to scrape myself out of it. — Bryan Adams

I don’t want to be daft and say I had some spiritual awakening or something, but I really did come of age in Los Angeles, where we recorded the album. I had my own little house and my own little circle and I really got to feel how the city ticks. — Melanie Chisholm

Honestly, I was a little bit arrogant because I came in and thought it was going to be easy and that I’d be on television in a year, no problem. Then you realize how many different things it takes to become a successful superstar, and it really is a rude awakening. — Baron Corbin

In Buddhism, we talk of meditation as an act of awakening, to be awake to the fact that the earth is in danger and living species are in danger. — Thich Nhat Hanh

In the year of 1957, I experienced, by the grace of God, a spiritual awakening, which was to lead me to a richer, fuller, more productive life. — John Coltrane

Awakenings occur when we lose faith in the viability of our institutions and the authority of our leaders. Religious and spiritual awakening gives people a new vision of themselves, which is then transplanted into social action. — Marilyn Ferguson

The awakening of the people of China to the possibilities under free government is the most significant, if not the most momentous, event of our generation. — Woodrow Wilson

Racism has been for everyone like a horrible, tragic car crash, and we’ve all been heavily sedated from it. If we don’t come into consciousness of this tragedy, there’s going to be a violent awakening we don’t want. The question is, can we wake up? — Anna Deavere Smith

Some people have theorized that I lurched to prove myself intellectually. But it was not any lurch. It was more a kind of awakening. — Jack Kemp

I worked consistently on Broadway from when I was 8 years old through ‘Spring Awakening,’ which I left in 2008. — Lea Michele

I would say ‘Looking’ and ‘Spring Awakening’ are the most important and personal projects I’ve ever been apart of. — Jonathan Groff

Writing changed my life. It has an existential dimension, and that’s the same for every writer. Every artist has a moment of awakening, of happening upon an idea that grabs hold of you, regardless of whether you are a painter or a writer. — Imre Kertesz

If you think about ‘The Matrix’ and how high-concept it was, it had these incredible ideas that really penetrated people’s consciousness. It really was a film of awakening. I think a lot of people woke up around that film. — Carrie-Anne Moss

That is the real spiritual awakening, when something emerges from within you that is deeper than who you thought you were. So, the person is still there, but one could almost say that something more powerful shines through the person. — Eckhart Tolle

I’ve known since day one of working on ‘Spring Awakening’ – back in 1999 – that it was special. — Lea Michele

I did a 20-minute selection of scenes from the play ‘Spring Awakening’ in college, well before the musical came around, so when the musical was becoming a hot thing, and I was reading interviews with Duncan Sheik about how he came to do the music, I think it’s interesting. — Allison Tolman

I took a course on ‘Magic, Alchemy, and Astrology’ at Mount Holyoke, and it was a whole new awakening for me, a way of thinking about the world primarily in terms of concepts and words rather than mathematical formulas. — Deborah Harkness

Awakening your spiritual side is really what artists do. When you hit a groove, it’s not you; it’s the spirit world. — Tommy Chong

I think religion is a gateway for spiritual awakening. — Gabrielle Bernstein

Thank God for the efforts of Black Lives Matter – we’ve seen an awakening in this era in a way we didn’t see in Daddy’s era in terms of people coming to grips with white privilege. — Bernice King

The first role that I played as a musical – I was 14 years old, and I played Birdie in ‘Bye Bye Birdie.’ That was an awakening of, ‘Wow, I’m good at that. People are responding.’ And I hardly knew what I was doing back then, but there was something that people were seeing. — Brian Stokes Mitchell

The essence of a tragedy, or even of a serious play, is the spiritual awakening, or regeneration, of the hero. — Maxwell Anderson

You know Americans are obsessed with life and death and rebirth, that’s the American Cycle. You know, awakening, tragic, horrible death and then Phoenix rising from the ashes. That’s the American story, again and again. — Billy Corgan

I left ‘Spring Awakening,’ and within a month of leaving the show, I came out to my parents and to my friends and broke up with my boyfriend and moved into an apartment of my own and completely changed my life. — Jonathan Groff

It is a law in the universe that a wave of spiritual awakening is always followed by a period of doubting materialism, each phase is necessary in order that the spirit may receive equal development of heart and intellect without being carried too far in either direction. — Max Heindel

Long before the awakening of thought on earth, manifestations of cosmic energy must have been produced which have no parallel today. — Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

When I was doing ‘Spring Awakening’ the first couple of years I was living in New York, I was gay, and I was living with my ‘roommate,’ who was my boyfriend but was my roommate to everyone else. — Jonathan Groff

‘Spring Awakening’ was a discovery for all involved. None of us will ever have that specific sense of revelation in the same way – that is probably the thing I miss the most. — Jonathan Groff

I did ‘Spring Awakening’ on Broadway for about three years, and I did over 500 performances. — Jonathan Groff

When I was eight, I would look at the cover of the ‘Ghost Rider’ comic book in my little home in Long Beach, California, and I couldn’t get my head around how something that scary could also be good. To me it was my first philosophical awakening – ‘How is this possible, this duality?’ — Nicolas Cage

As to the Amazon itself, the transition from conservation to sustainable development was a huge awakening since conservation was a western concept and strategy to encourage the developing world to protect biodiversity resources for the sake of future generations and the wellbeing of the planet. — Yossi Ghinsberg

The Arab awakening was driven by youth, organized by technology, and fired by a hunger for political change. — Najib Razak

My awakening to the fight for women’s votes came when I was 13, and the BBC screened a drama called ‘Shoulder to Shoulder’ about the suffragettes, with the great Sian Phillips as Emmeline Pankhurst. It made a huge impression on me – not just the history, but because of the debates it triggered at home. — Emily Thornberry

I taught a class about the Tony Awards at a summer theater camp the year after I graduated from high school. So, the first time I was nominated for ‘Spring Awakening,’ it felt like a surreal dream: it was every childhood dream I had come true. It felt like a fairy tale. — Jonathan Groff

It is possible to experience an awakening in this life through realising just how precious each moment, each mental process, and each breath truly is. — Christy Turlington

I was playing this character, Melchior Gabor, who was a rebel and who was a person who didn’t let the world define him, and who stood up to authority and was this kind of revolutionary… And when I left ‘Spring Awakening,’ I came out of that experience feeling like… I had cultivated this side of my personality that hadn’t existed before. — Jonathan Groff

You know how a lot of people say, ‘I lose myself in music,’ or ‘I like to escape,’ but I want my music to be more of an awakening. I want it to make people to be aware of life; I don’t want my music to be a distraction. I want to light a path. — Jhene Aiko

‘The Awakening’ is meant to be listened to in its entirety. Every song ultimately explores a character dealing with life, making mistakes, fighting, trying. But we also live in a singles-type world, and it works on that level, too. — Sonny Sandoval

When you become a parent, you look at your parents differently. You look at being a child differently. It’s an awakening, a revelation that you have. — Philip Seymour Hoffman

As a kid growing up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, all I wanted to do was be on Broadway in a musical. ‘Spring Awakening’ kind of answered all of my questions and fulfilled all of my dreams – beyond my wildest dreams. — Jonathan Groff

There is no Afghan Awakening Movement. — Richard Engel

History may someday record that the Arab awakening that began with the Arab revolt of 1916 against the Ottomans ended about a century later with a whimper. — Elliott Abrams

You don’t want to move in with someone and find out that they don’t have auto or health insurance. That’s a rude awakening. — Laura Wasser

Inspiration is an awakening, a quickening of all man’s faculties, and it is manifested in all high artistic achievements. — Giacomo Puccini

At the end of the spectrum when you get to that 12th step, when you have that spiritual awakening we make ourselves available to help other people. — Daniel Baldwin

Women of all classes are awakening to the necessity of self-support, but few are willing to do the ordinary useful work for which they are fitted. — Elizabeth Cady Stanton

I think dance is amazing because what people don’t realize is like when you dance your spirit and your soul get ignited. You’re not only releasing endorphins, but also your spirit is awakening. It makes you feel good and happy. — Laurieann Gibson

When I was 20 years old, I got cast in ‘Spring Awakening’ and got swept up in this experience where it was kind of tunnel vision. We were working – it was nonstop. — Jonathan Groff

I really believe that, as an artist, my opportunity to help to bring about awakening is one that should come from a personal process that someone has, and not from me telling somebody that this is the way it is. — Michael Franti

I call for the awakening of our people’s ancient soul, capable of opposing a bloodthirsty barbarism. — Marine Le Pen

I became a conservative after a deeply profound spiritual awakening at which point I repented of my anger, and God allowed me to see reality. — Jesse Lee Peterson

For me, my awakening came when I was kidnapped. — Patty Hearst

The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards. — Anatole France

The poet knows himself only on the condition that things resound in him, and that in him, at a single awakening, they and he come forth together out of sleep. — Jacques Maritain

Some films are pure entertainment of course, but what interests me and what I want to do are projects that really make you think, that move you, that will bring you something that will stay with you for a while. I think films are essential to the intellectual awakening of people. — Audrey Tautou

You can have a spiritual awakening and discover a new side of you at any age. And best of all, love can happen at any age. Life can just start to get exciting when you’re in your 40s and 50s. You have to believe that. — Salma Hayek

I’ve been praying that we might have a spiritual awakening. But I think that becomes possible as individuals surrender their lives fresh and anew to Christ. — Billy Graham

One of my favorite things about ‘Spring Awakening’ is that it is enjoyable and important for both kids and adults to see. — Lea Michele

It’s nice to have dreams, but when you use borrowed money to achieve them and act as if money grows on trees, you may have a brutal awakening. — Maxime Bernier

Upon awakening in the morning, I wondered if the proceedings of the night before had been a dream. It was hard to believe that I was the world’s heavyweight champion. — Gene Tunney

The Arab Awakening or Arab Spring has transformed the geopolitical landscape. — Ban Ki-moon

Up until the time I was 14 years old, I was sure that I was going to be a big-league baseball player. But that dream came to a rude awakening when I got cut from my high school baseball team. — Phil Knight

It’s exhilarating to be alive in a time of awakening consciousness; it can also be confusing, disorienting, and painful. — Adrienne Rich

I look at tens of thousands of church leaders who still do need a bit of an awakening. — Bill Hybels

I have been involved with ‘Spring Awakening’ for six years. I am 20 now – I just turned 20 in August – and I originally auditioned when I was 14 years old. I auditioned for Michael Mayer, Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater. — Lea Michele

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