100+ Best Eckhart Tolle Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Eckhart Tolle is a spiritual teacher and one of the most popular spiritual author in the United States. He is best known as the author of The Power of Now and A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose. Profoundly inspirational Eckhart Tolle quotes on gratitude, success, death, universe and relationship will challenge the way you think to make your life worth living.

Famous Eckhart Tolle Quotes

A true spiritual teacher does not have anything to teach in the conventional sense of the word, does not have anything to give or add to you, such as new information, beliefs, or rules of conduct. The only function of such a teacher is to help you remove that which separates you from the truth of who you already are and what you already know in the depth of your being. – Eckhart Tolle

If you are content with being nobody in particular, content not to stand out, you align yourself with the power of the universe. What looks like weakness to the ego is in fact the only true strength. This spiritual truth is diametrically opposed to the values of our contemporary culture and the way it conditions people to behave. – Eckhart Tolle

Look at a tree, a flower, a plant. Let your awareness rest upon it. How still they are, how deeply rooted in Being. Allow nature to teach you stillness. – Eckhart Tolle

As far as inner transformation is concerned, there is nothing you can do about it. You cannot transform yourself, and you certainly cannot transform your partner or anybody else. All you can do is create a space for transformation to happen, for grace and love to enter. – Eckhart Tolle

The past has no power over the present moment. – Eckhart Tolle

In today’s rush we all think too much, seek too much, want too much and forget about the joy of just Being. – Eckhart Tolle

Peace is your priority, not saving the world. That follows that. – Eckhart Tolle

When you accept what is, you are grateful for whatever situation arises. – Eckhart Tolle

Death is a stripping away of all that is not you. The secret of life is to die before you die and find that there is no death. – Eckhart Tolle

Once you have identified with some form of negativity, you do not want to let it go, and on a deeply unconscious level, you do not want positive change. It would threaten your identity as a depressed, angry or hard done by person. You will then ignore, deny or sabotage the positive in your life. This is a common phenomenon. It is also insane. – Eckhart Tolle

Inner resistance to whatever arises in the present moment pulls you back into unconsciousness. Inner resistance is some form of negativity, complaining, fear, aggression, or anger. This is important because whenever you complain about what somebody else does you’re already beginning to fall into that trap of unconsciousness. – Eckhart Tolle

Any action is often better than no action, especially if you have been stuck in an unhappy situation for a long time. If it is a mistake, at least you learn something, in which case it’s no longer a mistake. If you remain stuck, you learn nothing. – Eckhart Tolle

Get the inside right, and the outside will take care of itself. – Eckhart Tolle

Sometimes letting things go is an act of far greater power than defending or hanging on. – Eckhart Tolle

Presence is when you’re no longer waiting for the next moment, believing that the next moment will be more fulfilling than this one. – Eckhart Tolle

The most common ego identifications have to do with possessions, the work you do, social status and recognition, knowledge and education, physical appearance, special abilities, relationships, person and family history, belief systems, and often nationalistic, racial, religious, and other collective identifications. None of these is you. – Eckhart Tolle

Prejudice of any kind implies that you are identified with the thinking mind. It means you don’t see the other human being anymore, but only your own concept of that human being. To reduce the aliveness of another human being to a concept is already a form of violence. – Eckhart Tolle

Life wants to support you. But first you need to be open to life. – Eckhart Tolle

All it takes is a simple choice, a simple decision: no matter what happens, I will create no more pain for myself. I will create no more problems. – Eckhart Tolle

The secret of awakening is to unconditionally accept this moment as it is. – Eckhart Tolle

Love is a state of Being. Your love is not outside; it is deep within you. You can never lose it, and it cannot leave you. It is not dependent on some other body, some external form. – Eckhart Tolle

All negativity is caused by an accumulation of psychological time and denial of the present. Unease, anxiety, tension, stress, worry – all forms of fear – are caused by too much future, and not enough presence. Guilt, regret, resentment, grievances, sadness, bitterness, and all forms of nonforgiveness are caused by too much past, and not enough presence. – Eckhart Tolle

When you say yes to the isness of life, when you accept this moment as it is, you can feel a sense of spaciousness within you that is deeply peaceful. – Eckhart Tolle

Observe your thoughts, don’t believe them. – Eckhart Tolle

True intelligence operates silently. Stillness is where creativity and solutions to problems are found. – Eckhart Tolle

Discontent, blaming, complaining, self-pity cannot serve as a foundation for a good future, no matter how much effort you make. – Eckhart Tolle

You are not separate from the whole. You are one with the sun, the earth, the air. You don’t have a life. You are life. – Eckhart Tolle

Be the silent watcher of your thoughts and behavior. You are beneath the thinker. You are the stillness beneath the mental noise. You are the love and joy beneath the pain. – Eckhart Tolle

The basis for true change is freedom from negativity. And that’s what acceptance implies: no negativity about what is. And then you see what this moment requires: what is it that is required now so that life can express itself more fully? – Eckhart Tolle

When you feel confused or burdened by problems focus on THIS INSTANT and ask yourself: WHAT PROBLEM DO I HAVE RIGHT NOW? You will find that there is no problem NOW. A challenge that requires action, possibly, but not a problem. – Eckhart Tolle

Stop looking outside for scraps of pleasure or fulfillment, for validation, security, or love – you have a treasure within that is infinitely greater than anything the world can offer. – Eckhart Tolle

Even if you achieve your outer purpose, it will never satisfy you if you haven’t found your inner purpose, which is awakening, being present, being in alignment with life. True power comes out of the presence; it is the presence. – Eckhart Tolle

The key is to be in a state of permanent connectedness with your inner body – to feel it at all times. This will rapidly deepen and transform your life. The more consciousness you direct into the inner body, the higher its vibrational frequency becomes. – Eckhart Tolle

It may look as if the situation is creating the suffering, but ultimately this is not so – your resistance is. – Eckhart Tolle

Resistance keeps you stuck. Surrender immediately opens you to the greater intelligence that is vaster than the human mind, and it can then express itself through you. So, through surrender often you find circumstances changing. – Eckhart Tolle

As long as we define ourselves in terms of our pain and our problems, we will never be free from them. – Eckhart Tolle

There is a fine balance between honoring the past and losing yourself in it. – Eckhart Tolle

Don’t look for any other state than the one you are in now; otherwise, you will set up inner conflict and unconscious resistance. Forgive yourself for not being at peace. The moment you completely accept your non-peace, your non-peace becomes transmuted into peace. Anything you accept fully will get you there, will take you into peace. This is the miracle of surrender. – Eckhart Tolle

When you are present, when your attention is fully in the Now, Presence will flow into and transform what you do. There will be a quality and power in it. You are present when what you are doing is not primarily a means to an end (money, prestige, winning) but fulfilling in itself, when there is joy and aliveness in what you do. – Eckhart Tolle

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

Do you really need to mentally label every sense perception and experience? Do you really need to have a reactive like/dislike relationship with life where you are in almost continuous conflict with situations and people? Or is that just a deep-seated mental habit that can be broken? Not by doing anything, but by allowing this moment to be as it is. – Eckhart Tolle

Negative states of mind, such as anger, resentment, fear, envy, and jealousy, are products of the ego. – Eckhart Tolle

If you don’t mind being unhappy, what happens to the unhappiness? – Eckhart Tolle

Pain can only feed on pain. Pain cannot feed on joy. It finds it quite indigestible. – Eckhart Tolle

When you complain, you make yourself a victim. Leave the situation, change the situation or accept it, all else is madness. – Eckhart Tolle

True creativity flows only from stillness. When stillness becomes conscious, the spiritual dimension enters your life and you begin to be guided by an intelligence far greater than the human mind. – Eckhart Tolle

Body awareness not only anchors you in the present moment, it is a doorway out of the prison that is the ego. It also strengthens the immune system and the body’s ability to heal itself. – Eckhart Tolle

You find peace not by rearranging the circumstances of your life, but by realizing who you are at the deepest level. – Eckhart Tolle

Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance. – Eckhart Tolle

Awareness is the greatest agent for change. – Eckhart Tolle

Here is a new spiritual practice for you: don’t take your thoughts too seriously. – Eckhart Tolle

Compassion is the awareness of a deep bond between yourself and all creatures. – Eckhart Tolle

Direct your attention inward. Have a look inside yourself. What kind of thoughts is your mind producing? What do you feel? Direct your attention into the body. Is there any tension? Once you detect that there is a low level of unease, the background static, see in what way you are avoiding, resisting, or denying life-by denying the Now. – Eckhart Tolle

Being rich/wealthy is being in touch with the fullness of life. When you are open to the present moment, what comes in, is a gratitude for what is. When you are aligned with the present moment, there is a peace that comes, so it is like you are experiencing life for the first time, when you become present. When you are in a state of gratitude for what is … that is really what being wealthy means – Eckhart Tolle

To offer no resistance to life is to be in a state of grace, ease, and lightness. – Eckhart Tolle

Whenever you step out of the noise of thinking, that is meditation, and a different state of consciousness arises. – Eckhart Tolle

Be aware that what you think, to a large extent, creates the emotions that you feel. See the link between your thinking and your emotions. Rather than being your thoughts and emotions, be the awareness behind them. – Eckhart Tolle

Every addiction arises from an unconscious refusal to face and move through your own pain. Every addiction starts with pain and ends with pain. Whatever the substance you are addicted to – alcohol, food, legal or illegal drugs, or a person – you are using something or somebody to cover up your pain. – Eckhart Tolle

Spiritual Awakening is awakening from the dream of thought. – Eckhart Tolle

Being an outsider to some extent, someone who does not fit in with others or is rejected by them for whatever reason, makes life difficult, but it also places you at an advantage as far as enlightenment is concerned. It takes you out of unconsciousness almost by force. – Eckhart Tolle

The power is in you. The answer is in you. And you are the answer to all your searches: you are the goal. You are the answer. It’s never outside. – Eckhart Tolle

Become friendly with the present moment, because if you do not become friendly with the present moment you cannot become friendly with life. – Eckhart Tolle

It is precisely through the onset of old age, through loss or personal tragedy, that the spiritual dimension would traditionally come into people’s lives. This is to say, their inner purpose would emerge only as their outer purpose collapsed and the shell of the ego would begin to crack open. The emphasis shifts from doing to Being, and our civilization, which is lost in doing, knows nothing of Being. It asks: being? What do you do with it? – Eckhart Tolle

Strictly speaking, you don’t think: Thinking happens to you. – Eckhart Tolle

The sun never sets. It is only an appearance due to the observer’s limited perspective. And yet, what a sublime illusion it is. – Eckhart Tolle

Life has no opposite. The opposite of death is birth. Life is eternal. – Eckhart Tolle

The mind, conditioned as it is by the past, always seeks to re-create what it knows and is familiar with. Even if it is painful, at least it is familiar. The mind always adheres to the known. The unknown is dangerous because it has no control over it. That’s why the mind dislikes and ignores the present moment. – Eckhart Tolle

When you become comfortable with uncertainty, infinite possibilities open up in your life. – Eckhart Tolle

The present moment holds the key to liberation. But you cannot find the present moment as long as you are your mind. – Eckhart Tolle

You cannot find yourself by going into the past. You can find yourself by coming into the present. – Eckhart Tolle

There have been many people for whom limitations, failure, loss, or pain in whatever form turned out to be their greatest teacher. It taught them to let go of false self-images and superficial ego-dictated goals and desires. It gave them depth, humility and compassion. It made them more real. – Eckhart Tolle

The intensity of the pain depends on the degree of resistance to the present moment. – Eckhart Tolle

True freedom and the end of suffering is living in such a way as if you had completely chosen whatever you feel or experience at this moment. This inner alignment with Now is the end of suffering. Is suffering really necessary? Yes and no. If you had not suffered as you have, there would be no depth to you as a human being, no humility, no compassion. You would not be reading this now. Suffering cracks open the shell of ego, and then comes a point when it has served its purpose. Suffering is necessary until you realize it is unnecessary. – Eckhart Tolle

Always work with the present moment, not against it. Make it your friend and ally, not your enemy. This will miraculously transform your whole life. – Eckhart Tolle

Suffering begins when you mentally label a situation as bad.That causes an emotional contraction.When you let it be, without naming it, enormous power is available to you.The contraction cuts you off from that power, the power of life itself. – Eckhart Tolle

Watch any plant or animal and let it teach you acceptance of what is, surrender to the Now. Let it teach you Being. Let it teach you integrity — which means to be one, to be yourself, to be real. Let it teach you how to live and how to die, and how not to make living and dying into a problem. – Eckhart Tolle

The whole essence of Zen consists in walking along the razor’s edge of Now – to be so utterly, so completely present that no problem, no suffering, nothing that is not who you are in your essence, can survive in you. In the Now, in the absence of time, all your problems dissolve. Suffering needs time: it cannot survive in the Now. – Eckhart Tolle

The word Buddha comes from the Sanskrit word Budh, meaning, to be awake. So, Buddha is not a name and ultimately not a person, but a state of consciousness. – Eckhart Tolle

If you are in the habit of creating suffering for yourself, then you are probably creating suffering for others too – Eckhart Tolle

One way of pointing to this realization is, when you think you have big problems, ask yourself, What problem do I have at this moment? Usually, you will find that you don’t have a problem at this moment because you’re sitting here and you’re breathing, you’re looking out the window, and it’s fine. – Eckhart Tolle

So, it is essential to bring more consciousness into your life in ordinary situations when everything is going relatively smoothly. In this way, you grow in presence power. It generates an energy field in you and around you of a high vibrational frequency. No unconsciousness, no negativity, no discord or violence can enter that field and survive, just as darkness cannot survive in the presence of light. – Eckhart Tolle

The ultimate truth of who you are is not I am this or I am that, but I Am. – Eckhart Tolle

If I find here and Now unacceptable, I have three choices: 1-Totally accept it. 2- Change it. 3-Remove myself from the situation. That is taking responsibility for my life. – Eckhart Tolle

You are the sky. The clouds are what happens, what comes and goes. – Eckhart Tolle

Stress is caused by being here but wanting to be there or being in the present but wanting to be in the future. It’s a split that tears you apart inside. – Eckhart Tolle

Nonresistance, nonjudgment, and nonattachment are the three aspects of true freedom and enlightened living. – Eckhart Tolle

Most humans are never fully present in the now, because unconsciously they believe that the next moment must be more important than this one. But then you miss your whole life, which is never not now. – Eckhart Tolle

If you are not in the state of either acceptance, enjoyment, or enthusiasm, look closely and you will find that you are creating suffering for yourself and others. – Eckhart Tolle

You get there by realizing you are already there. – Eckhart Tolle

When you live in complete acceptance of what is, that is the end of all drama in your life. – Eckhart Tolle

The mind is essentially a survival machine. Attack and defense against other minds, gathering, storing, and analyzing information – this is what it is good at, but it is not at all creative. All true artists, whether they know it or not, create from a place of no-mind, from inner stillness. – Eckhart Tolle

Once the pain-body has taken you over, you want more pain. You become a victim or a perpetrator. You want to inflict pain, or you want to suffer pain, or both. There isn’t really much difference between the two. You are not conscious of this, of course, and will vehemently claim that you do not want pain. But look closely and you will find that your thinking and behavior are designed to keep the pain going, for yourself and others. If you were truly conscious of it, the pattern would dissolve, for to want more pain is insanity, and nobody is consciously insane. – Eckhart Tolle

You are the Universe expressing itself as a human for a little while. – Eckhart Tolle

To some people, surrender may have negative connotations, implying defeat, giving up, failing to rise to the challenges of life, becoming lethargic, and so on. True surrender, however, is something entirely different. It does not mean to passively put up with whatever situation you find yourself in and to do nothing about it. Nor does it mean to cease making plans or initiating positive action. Surrender is the simple but profound wisdom of yielding to rather than opposing the flow of life. – Eckhart Tolle

There is nothing that strengthens the ego more than being right. Being right is identification with a mental position – a perspective, an opinion, a judgement, a story. For you to be right, of course, you need someone else to be wrong, as so the ego loves to make wrong in order to be right. – Eckhart Tolle

Choice implies consciousness – a high degree of consciousness. Without it, you have no choice. Choice begins the moment you disidentify from the mind and its conditioned patterns, the moment you become present…. Nobody chooses dysfunction, conflict, pain. Nobody chooses insanity. They happen because there is not enough presence in you to dissolve the past, not enough light to dispel the darkness. You are not fully here. You have not quite woken up yet. In the meantime, the conditioned mind is running your life. – Eckhart Tolle

When you drop your expectations that a person, a situation, a place, or an object should fulfill you, it’s easier to be present in this moment because you’re no longer looking to the next one. Most people want to get what they want, whereas the secret is to want what you get at this moment. – Eckhart Tolle

Life isn’t as serious as the mind makes it out to be. – Eckhart Tolle

Accepting means you allow yourself to feel whatever it is you are feeling at that moment. It is part of the isness of the Now. You can’t argue with what is. Well, you can, but if you do, you suffer. – Eckhart Tolle

Whenever you become anxious or stressed, outer purpose has taken over, and you lost sight of your inner purpose. You have forgotten that your state of consciousness is primary, all else secondary. – Eckhart Tolle

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