99+ Best Enlightenment Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Inspirational enlightenment quotes will brighten up your day and make you feel ready to take on anything.

Powerful Collection of Most Famous Enlightenment Quotes

Enlightenment is the key to everything, and it is the key to intimacy, because it is the goal of true authenticity. – Marianne Williamson

The real meaning of enlightenment is to gaze with undimmed eyes on all darkness. – Nikos Kazantzakis

Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is enlightenment – Lao Tzu

For one human being to seek enlightenment from another is like a grain of sand on the beach seeking enlightenment from another. – Terence Mckenna

The real meaning of enlightenment is to gaze with undimmed eyes on all darkness. – Nikos Kazantzakis

Enlightenment must come little by little – otherwise it would overwhelm. – Idries Shah

Really, the only thing that makes sense is to strive for greater collective enlightenment. – Elon Musk

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 pretence. It’s the complete eradication of everything we imagined to be true. – Adyashanti

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. – Jed McKenna

Borrowing knowledge of reality from all sources, taking the best from every study, Science of Mind brings together the highest enlightenment of the ages. – Ernest Holmes

The greatest illusion in this world is the illusion of separation. – Anonymous

Enlightenment is not a change into something better or more, but a simple recognition of who we truly already are. – Anonymous

Enlightenment is always there. Small enlightenment will bring great enlightenment. If you breathe in and are aware that you are alive – that you can touch the miracle of being alive – then that is a kind of enlightenment. – Thich Nhat Hanh

Not creating delusions is enlightenment. – Bodhidharma

Enlightenment is not the byproduct of avoiding the darkness in favor of the light. It is the byproduct of taking the light of consciousness and diving deep into the darkness with it. To make the darkness conscious is to turn the shadow into light. – Teal Scott

You may have expected that enlightenment would come Zap! instantaneous and permanent. This is unlikely. After the first ‘ah ha’ experience, it can be thought of as the thinning of a layer of clouds. – Ram Dass

That’s the moment of enlightenment. That is the moment that you become for the first time an unconditioned, sane, really free human being. – Osho

The ego tries to convince us that we must do things to achieve enlightenment. The spirit knows that enlightenment is not a matter of doing, but a magnificent consequence of being. – Dean Jackson

There are many paths to enlightenment. Be sure to take one with a heart. – Lao Tzu

Enlightenment means taking full responsibility for your life. – William Blake

Enlightenment is not about becoming divine. Instead it’s about becoming more fully human. . . . It is the end of ignorance. – Lama Surya Das

Enlightenment, joy, and peace can never be given to you by another. The well is inside you. – Thich Nhat Hanh

Enlightenment is any experience of expanding our consciousness beyond its present limits. We could also say that perfect enlightenment is realizing that we have no limits at all, and that the entire universe is alive. – Thaddeus Golas

Before enlightenment, chopping wood and carrying water. After enlightenment, chopping wood and carrying water. – Zen Proverb

What is enlightenment? It is complete and total non-attachment to one’s own thoughts. And in the absence of attachments to one’s own thoughts, all that is present is love. – Teal Scott

There is no enlightenment outside of daily life. – Thich Nhat Hanh

If I could define enlightenment briefly I would say it is “the quiet acceptance of what is.” – Wayne Dyer

Enlightenment is the journey from the head back to the heart, from words back to silence. – Jack Brocas

Enlightenment is ego’s ultimate disappointment. – Chögyam Trungpa

The enlightened one has become liberated and freed from all attachments by seeing as they really are the arising and passing away of feelings. The relishing of them, the danger from them, the release of them. – Buddha

Make no mistakes about it – enlightenment is a destructive process. It has nothing to do with becoming better or being happier. Enlightenment is the crumbling away of the untruth. It’s seeing through the facade of pretense. It’s the complete eradication of everything we imagined to be true. – Adyashanti

One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. – Carl Jung

Do not think you will necessarily be aware of your own enlightenment. – Dogen

Nirvana or lasting enlightenment or true spiritual growth can be achieved only through persistent exercise of real love. – M. Scott Peck

I went in being me, but not knowing it. I came out being me, and knowing it. It was this that changed my life. – Anonymous

Enlightenement or awakening is not the creation of a new state of affairs but the recognition of what already is. – Alan Watts

Just being the seeker, somebody whose open to spiritual enlightenment, is in itself the important thing and it’s the reward for being a seeker in this world. – Walter Isaacson

Enlightenment is like everyday consciousness but two inches above the ground. – D. T. Suzuki

The moment of enlightenment is when a person’s dreams of possibilities become images of probabilities. – Vic Braden

Enlightenment is the unprogrammed state. – Jed McKenna

There is no coming to consciousness without pain. People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own Soul. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. – Carl G. Jung

If I could define enlightenment briefly, I would say it is the quite acceptance of what is. – Wayne Dyer

The real meaning of enlightenment is to gaze with undimmed eyes on all darkness. – Kazant Zakis

There are many paths to enlightenment. – Anonymous

Only one person in a million becomes enlightened without a teacher’s help. – Bodhidharma

Enlightened people seldom or never possess a sense of responsibility. – George Orwell

He who knows others is wise. He who knows himself is enlightened. – Lao Tzu

Everybody wants to get enlightened but nobody wants to change. – Andrew Cohen

So the single most vital step on your journey toward enlightenment is this: learn to disidentify from your mind. – Eckhart Tolle

One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. – Carl Jung

Enlightenment must come little by little otherwise it would overwhelm. – Idries Shah

We had gotten over the feeling that one experience was going to make you enlightened forever. We saw that it wasn’t going to be that simple. – Ram Dass

Enlightenment means taking full responsibility for your life. – William Blake

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

Enlightenment is the inner light of wisdom that is permanently free from all mistaken appearance, and whose function is to bestow mental peace upon each and every living being every day. – Kelsang Gyatso

Only a couple of times have I ever been to church and felt enlightened by it. – Lynn Johnston

We need enlightenment, not just individually but collectively, to save the planet. We need to awaken ourselves. We need to practice mindfulness if we want to have a future, if we want to save ourselves and the planet. – Thich Nhat Hanh

Your imagination is the vehicle to enlightenment. – Gary Hopkins

The attainment of enlightenment from ego’s point of view is extreme death. – Chogyam Trungpa

Alwasy keep your mind as bright as the vast sky, the great ocean, and the highest peak, empty of all thoughts. Always keep your body filled with light and heat. Fill yourself with power of wisdom and enlightenment. – Morihei Ueshiba

Enlightenment is not something you achieve. It is the absence of something. All your life you have been going forward after something, pursuing some goal. Enlightenment is dropping all that. – Charlotte Joko Beck

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

Spiritual realization is to see clearly that what I perceive, experience, think, or feel is ultimately not who I am, that I cannot find myself in all those things that continually pass away. – Eckhart Tolle

Enlightenment is man’s emergence from his self-incurred immaturity. – Immanuel Kant

On the pathway that leads to enlightenment, only your heart can tell you whar is right. – Frederick Lenz

Attachment is the main thing that is blocking your path towards enlightenment. – Garchen Rinpoche

When you awaken, you realize that the separate person you took yourself to be is just a contract, a mental fabrication. – Stephan Bodian

Spiritual awakening is about waking up from your ego. It is not about awakening the ego. – Sampo Kaasila

Enlightenment is life and of itself. Enlightenment is the knowledge of the origin and of truth, whereby truth is self-existing and unchanging. Enlightenment is the univers that exists as it is; Enlightenment is the act of knowing this universe. – Woo Myung

What you focus on you becom. So always focus on that which is highest, brightest, happiest and most noble of all things, enlightenment. – Frederick Lenz

Enlightenment is a demolition project. It simply shows you that everything you ever believed was true isn’t. – Adyashanti

I believe enlightenment or revelation comes in daily life. I look for joy, the peace of action. You need action. I’d have stopped writing years ago if it were for the money. – Paulo Coelho

Enlightenment is intimacy with all things. – Dogen Zenji

The awakening process, once begun, develops its own momentum without effort on your part, and the truth naturally yearns to awaken itself through you. – Stephan Bodian

Enlightenment is, in the end, nothing more than the natural state of being. – Adyashanti

Enlightenment cannot be attained nor forced. It can only happen when it is given a vacant space to appear in. – Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

Enlightenment, or true happiness, is not a transcendental state. It is a condition of braod wisdom, boundless energy,a nd good fortune wherein we each shape our own destiny, find fulfillment in daily activities, and come to understand our ultimate purpose in life. – Josei Toda

When we wake up from our confused state of mind, that is enlightenment. – Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

Being is enlightenement. – Osho

True enlightenment is nothing but the nature of one’s own self being fully realized. – Dalai Lama

Enlightenment is the direct result of freedom from the illusion of a separate self. A profound understanding of this ultimate simplicity provides all that is required for an awakening to enlightenment. – Gary Crowley

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

Enlightenment is not a desire, is not a goal, is not an ambition. It is a dropping of all goals, a dropping of all desires, a dropping of all ambitions. It is just being natural. That’s what is meant by flowing. – Osho

Enlightenment is absolute cooperation with the inevitable. – Anthony De Mello

Enlightenment is a direct experience with reality. – Pema Chodron

Nirvana or lasting enlightenment or true spiritual growth can be achieved only through persistant excercise of real love. – M. Scott Peck

Someone who wants to attain enlightenment must be brave. He must rush into the crowd of enemies with a dagger. In the practice of Zen, enemies are our delusive thoughts and passions. – Koun Yamada

To study the way is to study the self. To study the self is to forget the self. To forget the self is to be enlightened by all things. – Dogen

Enlightenment is ego’s ultimate disappointment. – Chogyam Trungpa

Even to be attached to the idea of enlightenment is to go astray. – Sen Sen Ming

Enlightenment is when all hope disappears. Enlightenment is disappearance of hope. – Osho

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

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

The attainment of enlightenment from ego’s point of view is extreme death, the death of self, the death of me and mine, the death of the watcher. It is the ultimate and final disappointment. – Chogyam Trungpa

Waking up to who you are requires letting go of who you imagine yourself to be. – Jim Britt

Enlightenment is finding that there is nothing to find. Enlightenment is to come to know that there is nowhere to go. – Osho

Enlightenmend is not something to be attained. As a human being it is your natural state. Your very core is composed of love and light, it is consciousness. It is the fallacy of ego and reality that prevents you from realizing your inner divinity. You must shed the illusions and you will be left with pure enlightenment. It is not something to attain, you must lose, and you shall be. – Anonymous

If we look at the path, we do not see the sky. We are earth people on a spiritual journey to the stars. Our quest, our earth walk, is to look within, to know who we are, to see that we are connected to all things, that there is no separation, only in the mind. – Native American

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