99+ Best Epiphany Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Epiphany is a moment when you suddenly feel that you understand, or suddenly become conscious of, something that is very important to you. Profoundly inspirational epiphany quotes will brighten up your day and make you feel ready to take on anything.

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Famous Epiphany Quotes

Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world. — John Milton

A friend of mine who was a founding father of the Church of Satan, who later I compared notes with, said when he was a kid, he too managed to get into Sallys Nude Ranch, and in the corral he saw his Sunday school teacher!!! That was a real epiphany for him. From that moment on he was a Satanist. — Anton Szandor LaVey

A real artist is the one who has learned to recognize and to render… the ‘radiance’ of all things as an epiphany or showing forth of the truth. — Joseph Campbell

All art is a gift. It is first of all a gift that the maker can do it. It is then a gift to someone else, whether they pay for it or not. The wonder of it is that we cannot get the production of these gifts stopped. Art is life seeking itself. It is our intractable expressions of love for the beauties, ideas and epiphanies we regularly find. I framed the painting. It’s now hanging in our den. I have walked this earth for 30 years, and, out of gratitude, want to leave some souvenir. — Vincent Van Gogh

An artist’s duty is rather to stay open-minded and in a state where he can receive information and inspiration. You always have to be ready for that little artistic Epiphany. — Nick Cave

And that was the closest I’ve ever come to an epiphany. — Ned Vizzini

An epiphany enables you to sense creation not as something completed, but as constantly becoming, evolving, ascending. This transports you from a place where there is nothing new to a place where there is nothing old, where everything renews itself, where heaven and earth rejoice as at the moment of creation. — Abraham Isaac Kook

And I think this is the real epiphany: the ways in which culture is distributed become profoundly more intriguing as a cultural artifact itself. What we’ve experienced is an inversion of consumption, one in which we’ve come to prefer the acts of acquisition over that which we are acquiring, the bottles over the wine. — Kenneth Goldsmith

And of course, the answer came to me in the same way Jesus comes to those who drink in trailers: as an epiphany. — Augusten Burroughs

And so, I was not a military test pilot, but as soon as NASA expressed an interest in flying scientists and people who were not military test pilots, that was an epiphany that just came like a stroke of lightning. — Story Musgrave

Becoming is not a contradiction of being but the epiphany of being. — Ananda Coomaraswamy

By an epiphany he meant a sudden spiritual manifestation, whether in the vulgarity of speech or of gesture or memorable phrase of the mind itself. He believed it was for the man of letters to record these epiphanies with extreme care (saving them for later use, that is), seeing that they themselves are the most delicate and evanescent of moments. — James Joyce

Caves so often symbolize rebirth. It’s a hidden space, an expected, inscrutable space. Strange things live in there – eyeless salamanders, albino fish, a prophet’s epiphanies. — Barbara Hurd

Change is an action not just an epiphany! — Garrison Wynn

Choose one thing and become a master of it. Choose a second thing and become a master of that. When you become a master of two worlds, say, engineering and business, you can bring them together in a way that will a) introduce hot ideas to each other, so they can have idea sex and make idea babies that no one has seen before and b) create a competitive advantage because you can move between worlds, speak both languages, connect the tribes, mash the elements to spark fresh creative insight until you wake up with the epiphany that changes your life. — Justine Musk

Do not, under any circumstances, belittle a work of fiction by trying to turn it into a carbon copy of real life; what we search for in fiction is not so much reality but the epiphany of truth. — Azar Nafisi

Every moment an epiphany arrives and cleaves the mountain asunder — Kim Stanley

Everyday epiphanies encourage us to cherish everything. Today a new sun has risen. Everything lives. Everything can speak to your soul passionately if you will be still enough to listen. You have to count on living every single day in a way YOU believe will make YOU feel good about YOUR life, actress Jane Seymour suggests, so that if it were over tomorrow, you’d be content. — Sarah Ban Breathnach

Few persons can be made to believe that it is not quite an easy thing to invent a method of secret writing that shall baffle investigation. Yet it may be roundly asserted that human ingenuity cannot concoct a cipher which human ingenuity cannot resolve. — Edgar Allan Poe

Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies. — John Milton

Gratitude bestows reverence…..changing forever how we experience life and the world. — John Milton

Humility is not self deprecating, rather it is the quiet internal confidence allowing you to accept things as they are, especially yourself; that epiphany opens the way to personal greatness. — Casar Jacobson

I always liked those moments of epiphany, when you have the next destination. — Brad Pitt

I am intentionally avoiding the standard term which, by the way, did not exist in Euler’s time. One of the ugliest outgrowths of the new math was the premature introduction of technical terms. — George Polya

I don’t have a story about an epiphany in which I suddenly realised I wanted to be an actor. It was much more a case of the idea dawning on me gradually. — Elizabeth Debicki

I entertain no doubts as to the truths of the tranfinites, which I recognized with God’s help and which, in their diversity, I have studied for more than twenty years; every year, and almost every day brings me further in this science. — Georg Cantor

I had a little epiphany when I was a writer at ‘Chicago’ magazine. I sat down to dinner at the Ritz-Carlton. Somebody poured a white dessert wine with chocolate cake. It was a wine I would never have expected to make sense. The idea of any wine tasting fabulous with chocolate cake was fascinating to me. — Ted Allen

I had a real epiphany. I guess it was during and after the operation. I did what’s a common thing; I kind of raised above the table and could look at me and listen to all the people talking and understand what they were saying and so forth. — Larry Hagman

I had an epiphany: I was a loser. — Aleksandar Hemon

I had at some point the epiphany that if I wanted to be a writer, maybe I should stop thinking about writing, or stop writing about writing, and actually write. — Matt Fraction

I had no epiphany, no singular revelation, no moment of truth, but a steady accumulation of a thousand slights, a thousand indignities and a thousand unremembered moments produced in me an anger, a rebelliousness, a desire to fight the system that imprisoned my people. There was no particular day on which I said, Henceforth I will devote myself to the liberation of my people; instead, I simply found myself doing so, and could not do otherwise. — Nelson Mandela

I had this epiphany that I like the interaction with people. I wanted to make things happen at a grassroots level. — Diane Paulus

I have epiphanies all the time, because I’m always thinking. I’m a thinker. I’m always writing poetry, I’m always coming to conclusions. — Chrisette Michele

I have no idea what to do with myself. And while I wait for my epiphany, I feel the toxins collecting in my body. — Inio Asano

I just had a epiphany, I need to go to Tiffany’s — Nicki Minaj

I know what people want to hear is the connection with the son, Roger, when you have a child. I would love to tell that there was an epiphany as to what it is to be a mom, but I didn’t feel any difference there. — Laura Linney

I like to call it nighttime brain: the way your mind seems to function on a different frequency than it does during daylight hours – which can be good or bad but also can lead to unexpected epiphanies or experiences that wouldn’t be the same at any other time of day. — Erin Morgenstern

I never made one of my discoveries through the process of rational thinking — Albert Einstein

I sailed a bit as a child, but it wasn’t until I was around 40, when I was halfway through Patrick O’Brian’s ‘Master and Commander’ novels, that I had the sudden epiphany that I had to go sail on a square-rig ship. — Billy Campbell

I suddenly had a little epiphany: all the books we own, both read and unread, are the fullest expression of self we have at our disposal. — Nick Hornby

I think a lot of people have unreasonable expectations because they never stop to consider what life actually has to offer them. They’re always looking for some great epiphany from the skies. They never stop to consider the fact which human beings find hardest to recognize: Maybe I’m not worthy of an epiphany. — Robertson Davies

I think it’s impossible to really understand somebody, what they want, what they believe, and not love them the way they love themselves. — Orson Scott Card

I think, consciously or not, what we readers do each time we open a book is to set off a search for authenticity. We want to get closer to the heart of things, and sometimes even a few good sentences contained in an otherwise unexceptional book can crystallize vague feelings, fleeting physical sensations, or, sometimes, profound epiphanies. pg. xvi — Maureen Corrigan

I was having an epiphany. A moment of supreme clarity, leading to what I dubbed a realization of solitude that goes like this: I’m lonely. But when I left that girl in the window I was sure I’d never felt more godforsaken in my life. There’s a big difference between being alone and being lonely. And I’m guessing that once you’ve discovered this distinction you can’t go back to solitary confinement without serious emotional repercussions. — Tiffanie DeBartolo

I was reading a Time magazine interview with an author named Brené Brown. She said, People that fail seem to ultimately do the same thing they think works over and over again. I had an epiphany and called my manager and started a creed with my producers. I promised we’d do whatever was best for the song and the album – no ego would get in the way. — Michael Buble

I was sitting in the looping studio late one night, and I had this epiphany that they weren’t paying me for my acting, for God’s sake, but to own me. And from then on, it became clear and an awful lot easier to deal with. — Lucy Lawless

I will try to hold on to the intense feeling. I will both be glad that that’s no longer happening and kind of miss it. When you’re 14, you’re basically on drugs all the time – the hormones in your body are so crazy. But I really loved and appreciated the intensity of that. And you’re experiencing everything for the first time, so everything feels like an epiphany. And, like, I really liked the experience of having a crush, because I was like, this is my thing and it doesn’t have to do with you and you’re just some dummy boy for me to project on. — Tavi Gevinson

If done correctly, these techniques can allow the Bobo pilgrim to have 6 unforgettable moments a morning, 2 rapturous experiences over lunch, 1,5 profound insights in the afternoon (on average), and .667 life-altering epiphanies after each sunset. — David Brooks

If nothing we do matters… , then all that matters is what we do — Joss Whedon

If we were built, what were we built for? … Why do we have this amazing collection of sinews, senses, and sensibilities? Were we really designed in order to recline on the couch, extending our wrists perpendicular to the floor so we can flick through the television’s offerings? Were we really designed in order to shop some more so the economy can grow some more? Or were we designed to experience the great epiphanies that come from contact with each other and with the natural world? — Bill McKibben

If you look throughout human history … the central epiphany of every religious tradition always occurs in the wilderness. — John F. Kennedy

In reality, genuine epiphanies are extremely rare. In contemporary adult life maturation & acquiescence to reality are gradual processes. Modern usage usually deploys epiphany as a metaphor. It is usually only in dramatic representations, religious iconography, and the ‘magical thinking’ of children that insight is compressed to a sudden blinding flash. — David Foster Wallace

In the commentatio (note presented to the Russian Academy) in which his theorem on polyhedra (on the number of faces, edges and vertices) was first published Euler gives no proof. In place of a proof, he offers an inductive argument: he verifies the relation in a variety of special cases. There is little doubt that he also discovered the theorem, as many of his other results, inductively. — George Polya

In the moment when I truly understand my enemy, understand him well enough to defeat him, then in that very moment I also love him. I think it’s impossible to really understand somebody, what they want, what they believe, and not love them the way they love themselves. And then, in that very moment when I love them…. I destroy them. — Orson Scott Card

It had come to me not in a sudden epiphany but with a gradual sureness, a sense of meaning like a sense of place. When you give yourself to places, they give you yourself back; the more one comes to know them, the more one seeds them with the invisible crop of memories and associations that will be waiting for you when you come back, while new places offer up new thoughts, new possibilities. Exploring the world is one of the best ways of exploring the mind, and walking travels both terrains. — Rebecca Solnit

It was an epiphany when I realized you don’t have to call yourself a linguist, a translator, a poet. You can call yourself an artist and you can do all these things. — Jan Peacock

It was not until some weeks later that I realized there is no need to restrict oneself to 2 by 2 matrices. One could go on to 4 by 4 matrices, and the problem is then easily soluable. In retrospect, it seems strange that one can be so much held up over such an elementary point. The resulting wave equation for the electron turned out to be very successful. It led to correct values for the spin and the magnetic moment. This was quite unexpected. The work all followed from a study of pretty mathematics, without any thought being given to these physical properties of the electron. — Paul Dirac

I’ve come too far, and I don’t know how to get back. — Elvis Presley

I’ve made my best personal investments when I’ve been a user of the product. Like Apple. The epiphany for me came when I purchased my fifth iPod and I hadn’t unwrapped my fourth. It was still in the plastic case. — Mary Meeker

Love is the epiphany of God in our poverty. — Thomas Merton

Most people you’d tell I’m gonna be a musician, they’d say, you’re crazy, you’re gonna starve, you’re gonna be poor, a drug addict, go to jail, you’ll never make it, there’s too much competition, it’s a terrible business, etc. But my chorus teacher in high school said, you’ve got what it takes to be a really good professional musician, you should consider it. That was an epiphany for me. So I thought, well, maybe I can help somebody, too. — Billy Joel

My epiphany came in that police cell: I realized I was about to lose everything and it didn’t bother me, not in the slightest. I’d come to hate cycling because I blamed it for the lie I was living. — David Millar

My second epiphany came as an intern at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. The man I worked for was consumed with what was going on in Bosnia. And the more I knew [about it] the more saddened I was. There were these images of emaciated men behind barbed wire…. It was like, I’ve got to find a way to do something. — Samantha Power

My whole life had been spent waiting for an epiphany, a manifestation of God’s presence, the kind of transcendent, magical experience that lets you see your place in the big picture. And that is what I had with my first [compost] heap. — Bette Midler

Myths are experienced in ordinary life, as everyday epiphanies. — Phil Cousineau

Naturally we would prefer seven epiphanies a day and an earth not so apparently devoid of angels. — Jim Harrison

Nature poets can’t walk across the backyard without tripping over an epiphany. — Christian Wiman

No matter where we’re born, which countries we’re raised in, what cultures we come from, there are some universal experiences we all have as children. We all kind of start the same. We want the love of our parents, companionship, friends, we want to have fun, to play, and we’re all hurt the first time we learn that the world is far from perfect place – it’s the start of a series of epiphanies and realizations that is what growing up is all about. — Khaled Hosseini

No words for the passion. No words for the need.No words for the sheer epiphany of the moment.And so, on an otherwise unremarkable Friday afternoon, in the heart of Mayfair, in a quiet drawing room on Mount Street, Colin Bridgerton kissed Penelope Featherington.And it was glorious. — Julia Quinn

People don’t want information; they want epiphanies. — Sam Horn

People have moments of consciousness and epiphanies throughout their lives, but then suppress the realization. — Bryant H. McGill

Rather than getting more spoilt with age, as difficulties pile up, epiphanies of gratitude abound. — Alain de Botton

Sex is the divine in its most available epiphany. — Huston Smith

Sorry, but the whole walking corpse epiphany kind of threw me off my game. — Rachel Vincent

Synchronicities, epiphanies, peak, and mystical experiences are all cases in which creativity breaks through the barriers of the self and allows awareness to flood through the whole domain of consciousness. It is the human mind operating, for a moment, in its true order and moving through orders of increasing subtlety, reaching past the source of mind and matter into creativity itself. — F. David Peat

The camera is my means to internalize those fleeting epiphanies that I was having in my life. — Jason Silva

The epiphany for me was that I wasnt a writer, and I had to do something with these texts. I put them in the streets as posters. — Jenny Holzer

The feminine journey is a story unfolding, and its epiphanies come through real things, through tangibles like walking sticks and dreams and deer antlers–all of which we might miss without taking time and space in Deep Being. — Sue Monk Kidd

The inspiration can come in such small ways that if you sit there just waiting for the big epiphany you’ll sit there for the rest of your life. — Irvine Welsh

The Light of the world is not put out. Now have death and the grave been converted into the great testimonies for life and immortality. Now may each man, who has the sentence of Adam upon him, know that he is a kinsman of the Son of God. Now may he follow Him; and so, when the darkness is thickest around him and within, not walk in it, but see the Light of Life. — Frederick Denison Maurice

The magic of the street is the mingling of the errand and the epiphany. — Rebecca Solnit

The Notion Of A Contemporary Epiphany To Me Is Very Exciting, Because It’s A Sort Of Biblical Thing. It’s Something That Has Happened To People In Other Centuries Or In The Context Of Religious Experience…!!! — Pamela Stephenson

The paradox is now fully established that the utmost abstractions are the true weapons with which to control our thought of concrete fact. — Alfred North Whitehead

The rainbow is such a remarkable phenomenon of nature, and its cause has been so meticulously sought after by inquiring minds throughout the ages, that I could not choose a more appropriate subject for demonstrating how, with the method I am using, we can arrive at knowledge not possessed at all by those whose writings are available to us. — Rene Descartes

The trouble with God isn’t that He so seldom makes Himself known to us… He’s holding you and me and everybody else by the scruff of the neck practically _constantly… Contentedly adrift in the cosmos, were you?… That is a perfect description of a non-epiphany, that rarest of moments, when God Almighty lets go of the scruff of your neck and lets you be human for a little while. — Kurt Vonnegut

The whole life of Christ was a continual Passion; others die martyrs but Christ was born a martyr. He found a Golgotha even in Bethlehem, where he was born; for to his tenderness then the straws were almost as sharp as the thorns after, and the manger as uneasy at first as his cross at last. His birth and his death were but one continual act, and his Christmas day and his Good Friday are but the evening and morning of one and the same day. And as even his birth is his death, so every action and passage that manifests Christ to us is his birth, for Epiphany is manifestation. — John Donne

The world does not have tidy endings. The world does not have neat connections. It is not filled with epiphanies that work perfectly at the moment that you need them. — Dennis Lehane

There is no figure more common in scripture, and none more beautiful, than that by which Christ is likened unto light. Incomprehensible in its nature, itself the first visible, and that by which all things are seen, light represents to us Christ. Whose generation none can declare, but Who must shine upon us ere we can know aught aright, whether of things Divine or human. — Herman Melville

There’s nothing better when something comes and hits you and you think ‘YES’! — J. K. Rowling

This is the world. I don’t really believe in hell or heaven or an after life at all, I believe this is it. It can be a paradise for you, if you’ve got the right mindset. Or it can be a total nightmare. The song is just about remembering these moments of, you know, these epiphanies or magical moments of clarity that I think everybody has at some point in their life, often, while they’re taking acid or something like that, or while they’re doing really intense yoga. — Larkin Grimm

Those who are waiting for an epiphany to strike may wait forever. The artist simply goes to work, making art, both good and not so good. — Chuck Close

To see and feel one’s beloved naked for the first time is one of life’s pure, irreducible epiphanies. If there is a true religion in the universe, it must include that truth of contact or be forever hollow. To make love to the one true person who deserves that love is one of the few absolute rewards of being a human being, balancing all of the pain, loss, awkwardness, loneliness, idiocy, compromise, and clumsiness that go with the human condition. To make love to the right person makes up for a lot of mistakes. — Dan Simmons

Transcendental Meditation gives you what you need, when you need it. It’s literally changed my life. Some of the clearest ideas or epiphanies I’ve had in life happened during or after meditating. Everything becomes clear and the truth starts coming out. — Hugh Jackman

Truth grew in my mind like a fungus, and though I tried to sleep it out, there was no resisting the epiphanies. — Donald Miller

We cannot think of ourselves save as to some extent social being. Hence, we cannot separate the idea of ourselves and our own good from our idea of others and their good. — John Dewey

We wouldn’t even be where we are had it not been that 70% of Hispanics voted for President Obama, voted Democratic in the last election. That caused an epiphany in the Senate, that’s for sure. So all of a sudden we have already passed comprehensive immigration reform in the Senate. That’s a big victory. — Barack Obama

Well, a sort of epiphany: I was in a great band. And it’s very cool to be at 53 and realise that when you were a kid you were in a great band. — Bob Geldof

When we think of God, we are apt to think of Him in human form. In the Epiphanies of the Old Testament God revealed Himself to Joshua and others in human form. He puts Himself within the compass of our highest conception, in order that He may make Himself real to us in His love and sympathy and power. — A. C. Dixon

You cultivate the subconscious by meditation, by sitting in silence and by not trying to control your thoughts. Then go someplace where you haven’t been before, or go for a walk, a run, and look for signs of grace-an epiphany, something that comes to you. — Joyce Carol Oates