50+ Best Enlightenment Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Enlightenment is the period in the 18th century in Europe when many people began to emphasize the importance of science and reason, rather than religion and tradition. Inspirational enlightenment quotes will brighten up your day and make you feel ready to take on anything.

If you’re searching for inspiring philosophy quotes that perfectly capture what you’d like to say or just want to feel inspired yourself, browse through an amazing collection of significant transcendentalism quotes, best existentialism quotes and greatest ethics quotes.

Famous Enlightenment Quotes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Enlightenment is man’s release from his self-incurred tutelage. Tutelage is man’s inability to make use of his understanding without direction from another. Self-incurred is this tutelage when its cause lies not in lack of reason but in lack of resolution and courage to use it without direction from another. Sapere aude! ‘Have courage to use your own reason!’ — that is the motto of enlightenment. Immanuel Kant

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

Enlightenment is the unprogrammed state. Jed McKenna

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

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

Inspirational Enlightenment Quotes

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

There are many paths to enlightenment. Anonymous

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

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

Your imagination is the vehicle to enlightenment. Gary Hopkins

Nobility is the aspiration to manifest glory for the benefit of others. Nobility is using whatever abilities we have in service of others. Nobility is seeking to fulfill our in-born human potential, and to develop all our in-born human qualities.

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 means taking full responsibility for your life. William Blake

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

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

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

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, 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

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

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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