94+ Best Rudolf Steiner Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Rudolf Joseph Lorenz Steiner was an Austrian philosopher, social reformer, architect, esotericist, and claimed clairvoyant. Steiner gained initial recognition at the end of the nineteenth century as a literary critic and published philosophical works including The Philosophy of Freedom. Profoundly inspirational Rudolf Steiner quotes will challenge the way you think, and make your life worth living.

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Famous Rudolf Steiner Quotes

Love starts when we push aside our ego and make room for someone else. Rudolf Steiner

May my soul bloom in love for all existence. Rudolf Steiner

If we do not believe within ourselves this deeply rooted feeling that there is something higher than ourselves, we shall never find the strength to evolve into something higher. Rudolf Steiner

Receive the children in reverence, educate them in love, and send them forth in freedom. Rudolf Steiner

Just as in the body, eye and ear develop as organs of perception, as senses for bodily processes, so does a man develop in himself soul and spiritual organs of perception through which the soul and spiritual worlds are opened to him. For those who do not have such higher senses, these worlds are dark and silent, just as the bodily world is dark and silent for a being without eyes and ears. Rudolf Steiner

A healthy social life is found only, when in the mirror of each soul the whole community finds its reflection, and when in the whole community the virtue of each one is living. Rudolf Steiner

You will not be good teachers if you focus only on what you do and not upon who you are. Rudolf Steiner

When the human being hears music, he has a sense of wellbeing, because these tones harmonize with what he has experienced in the world of his spiritual home. Rudolf Steiner

Our highest endeavor must be to develop free human beings who are able of themselves to impart purpose and direction to their lives. The need for imagination, a sense of truth, and a feeling of responsibility these three forces are the very nerve of education. Rudolf Steiner

The stars once spoke to man. It is world destiny that they are silent now, but in their silence there grows and ripens what man speaks to the stars! Rudolf Steiner

In order to approach a creation as sublime as the Bhagavad Gita with full understanding it is necessary to attune our soul to it. Rudolf Steiner

Seek the truly practical life, but seek it in such a way that it does not blind you to the spirit working in it. Seek the spirit, but seek it not out of spiritual greed, but so that you may apply it in the genuinely practical life. Rudolf Steiner

The sun with loving light makes bright for me each day, the soul with spirit power gives strength unto my limbs. In sunlight shining clear I revere, Oh God, the strength of humankind, which thou has planted in my soul, that I may with all my might, may love to work and learn. From thee stream light and strength to thee rise love and thanks. Rudolf Steiner

The heart of the Waldorf method is that education is an art it must speak to the child’s experience. To educate the whole child, his heart and his will must be reached, as well as the mind. Rudolf Steiner

The time has come to realize that supersensible knowledge has now to arise from the materialistic grave. Rudolf Steiner

Our highest endeavor must be to develop free human beings who are able of themselves to impart purpose and direction to their lives. The need for imagination, a sense of truth, and a feeling of responsibility these three forces are the very nerve of education. Rudolf Steiner

May my soul bloom in love for all existence. Rudolf Steiner

For every human illness, somewhere in the world there exists a plant which is the cure. Rudolf Steiner

A healthy social life is found only, when in the mirror of each soul the whole community finds its reflection, and when in the whole community the virtue of each one is living. Rudolf Steiner

Love starts when we push aside our ego and make room for someone else. Rudolf Steiner

All of nature begins to whisper its secrets to us through its sounds. Sounds that were previously incomprehensible to our soul now become the meaningful language of nature. Rudolf Steiner

To be free is to be capable of thinking one’s own thoughts not the thoughts merely of the body, or of society, but thoughts generated by one’s deepest, most original, most essential and spiritual self, one’s individuality. Rudolf Steiner

When human beings meet together seeking the spirit with unity of purpose then they will also find their way to each other. Rudolf Steiner

To truly know the world, look deeply within your own being; to truly know yourself, take real interest in the world. Rudolf Steiner

Where is the book in which the teacher can read about what teaching is? The children themselves are this book. We should not learn to teach out of any book other than the one lying open before us and consisting of the children themselves. Rudolf Steiner

A real medicine can only exist when it penetrates into a knowledge which embraces the human being in respect to body, soul and spirit. Rudolf Steiner

The heart of the Waldorf method is that education is an art it must speak to the child’s experience. To educate the whole child, his heart and his will must be reached, as well as the mind. Rudolf Steiner

It is important that we discover an educational method where people learn to learn and go on learning their whole lives. Rudolf Steiner

Love is higher than opinion. If people love one another the most varied opinions can be reconciled thus one of the most important tasks for humankind today and in the future is that we should learn to live together and understand one another. If this human fellowship is not achieved, all talk of development is empty. Rudolf Steiner

You will not be good teachers if you focus only on what you do and not upon who you are. Rudolf Steiner

The task of art is to take hold of the shining, the radiance, the manifestation, of that which as spirit weaves and lives throughout the world. All genuine art seeks the spirit. Even when art wishes to represent the ugly, the disagreeable, it is concerned, not with the sensory disagreeable as such, but with the spiritual which proclaims its nature in the midst of unpleasantness. If the spiritual shines through the ugly, even the ugly becomes beautiful. In art it is upon a relation to the spiritual that beauty depends. Rudolf Steiner

For every human illness, somewhere in the world there exists a plant which is the cure. I believe that there is a healing potential locked inside plants which is integral with their evolution, just as it is part of human evolution to learn to tap this wonderful gift of Nature. Rudolf Steiner

Music is the expression of the will of nature while all other arts are expressions of the idea of nature. Rudolf Steiner

Anthroposophy is a path of knowledge, to guide the Spiritual in the human being to the Spiritual in the universe. Rudolf Steiner

You will not be good teachers if you focus only on what you do and not upon who you are. Rudolf Steiner

Matter is never without Spirit. Spirit is never without Matter. Rudolf Steiner

We must be educated in inner human modesty, so we can recognize that we are not, even for a moment, complete as human beings. Instead, we continue to develop from birth until death. We must recognize that every day of life has a special value, that it is not without purpose that we must learn to live through our thirties right after we have just gone through our twenties. We need to learn that each new day and each new year offers continual revelation. Rudolf Steiner

Music is the expression of the will of nature while all other arts are expressions of the idea of nature. Rudolf Steiner

If the blonds and blue eyed people die out, the human race will become increasingly dense. Blond hair actually bestows intelligence. In the case of fair people, less nourishment is driven into the eyes and hair; it remains instead in the brain and endows it with intelligence. Brown and dark haired people drive the substances into their eyes and hair that the fair people retain in their brains. Rudolf Steiner

Anthroposophy does not want to impart knowledge. It seeks to awaken life. Rudolf Steiner

Each individual is a species unto him herself. Rudolf Steiner

When human beings meet together seeking the spirit with unity of purpose then they will also find their way to each other. Rudolf Steiner

A healthy social life is found only, when in the mirror of each soul the whole community finds its reflection, and when in the whole community the virtue of each one is living. Rudolf Steiner

Wherever love and compassion are active in life, we can perceive the magic breath of the spirit blowing through the sense world. Rudolf Steiner

The sun with loving light makes bright for me each day, the soul with spirit power gives strength unto my limbs. In sunlight shining clear I revere, Oh God, the strength of humankind, which thou has planted in my soul, that I may with all my might, may love to work and learn. From thee stream light and strength to thee rise love and thanks. Rudolf Steiner

Live through deeds of love, and let others live with tolerance for their unique intentions. Rudolf Steiner

We are fully human only while playing, and we play only when we are human in the truest sense of the word. Rudolf Steiner

If a child has been able in his play to give up his whole loving being to the world around him, he will be able, in the serious tasks of later life, to devote himself with confidence and power to the service of the world. Rudolf Steiner

He who perceives in the spiritual world must know that at times Imaginations are assigned to him which at first he must forego understanding; he must receive them as Imaginations and let them ripen in his soul as such. In spiritual experience, much depends on a man having the patience to make observations, at first to simply accept them, and to wait with understanding them until the right moment arrives. Rudolf Steiner

Every human being should show the greatest interest in beekeeping because our lives depend upon it. Rudolf Steiner

A real medicine can only exist when it penetrates into a knowledge which embraces the human being in respect to body, soul and spirit. Rudolf Steiner

Reverence, enthusiasm, and a sense of guardianship, these three are actually the panacea, the magical remedy, in the soul of the educator and teacher. Rudolf Steiner

The smallest thing in its rightful place can lead to the highest goals. Rudolf Steiner

For what lies inside the human being is the whole spiritual cosmos in condensed form. In our inner organism we have an image of the entire cosmos. Rudolf Steiner

To truly know the world, look deeply within your own being; to truly know yourself, take real interest in the world. Rudolf Steiner

There will be as much deceit and criminality in the world as there is lack of art. Rudolf Steiner

I ask you to write this deeply into your souls  the materialistic culture is now on the way to its close. Rudolf Steiner

What is necessary to keep providing good care to nature has completely fallen into ignorance during the materialism era. Rudolf Steiner

Love starts when we push aside our ego and make room for someone else. Rudolf Steiner

The smallest thing in its rightful place can lead to the highest goals. Rudolf Steiner

We have to live over into the other; we have to dissolve with our soul into the other. Rudolf Steiner

The outer world, with all its phenomena, is filled with divine splendour, but we must have experienced the divine within ourselves, before we can discover it in our environment. Rudolf Steiner

Receive the children in reverence, educate them in love, and send them forth in freedom. Rudolf Steiner

The time has come to realize that supersensible knowledge has now to arise from the materialistic grave. Rudolf Steiner

In the future no human being is to find peace in the enjoyment of happiness if others beside him are unhappy. Rudolf Steiner

Most naughtiness arises because the children are bored and lack a relationship with the teacher. Rudolf Steiner

In a community of human beings working together, the well being of the community will be the greater, the less the individual claims for himself the proceeds of the work he has himself done; i.e., the more of these proceeds he makes over to his fellow workers, and the more his own requirements are satisfied, not out of his own work done, but out of work done by the others. Rudolf Steiner

Without common sense, all thine efforts are in vain. Rudolf Steiner

For what lies inside the human being is the whole spiritual cosmos in condensed form. In our inner organism we have an image of the entire cosmos. Rudolf Steiner

May my soul bloom in love for all existence. Rudolf Steiner

When the human being hears music, he has a sense of wellbeing, because these tones harmonize with what he has experienced in the world of his spiritual home. Rudolf Steiner

Our egoism gains nothing from acts of love, but the world gains all the more. Esotericism tells us that love is to the world what the Sun is for outer life. No soul could thrive if love departed from the world. Love is the moral Sun of the world. Rudolf Steiner

When we raise ourselves through meditation to what unites us with the spirit, we quicken something within us that is eternal and unlimited by birth and death. Once we have experienced this eternal part in us, we can no longer doubt its existence. Meditation is thus the way to knowing and beholding the eternal, indestructible, essential centre of our being. Rudolf Steiner

The science of the future will be based on sympathetic vibrations. Rudolf Steiner

Anthroposophy is not a game, nor just a theory; it is a task that must be faced for the sake of human evolution. Rudolf Steiner

Where the realm of freedom of thought and action begin, the determination of individuals according to generic laws ends. Rudolf Steiner

Spiritual science attempts to speak about non sensory things in the same way that the natural sciences speak about sense perceptible things. No one can ever deny others the right to ignore the supersensible, but there is never any legitimate reason for people to declare themselves authorities, not only on what they themselves are capable of knowing, but also on what they suppose cannot be known by any other human being. Rudolf Steiner

Nothing is better for the human being than to add the right amount of honey to his food. Rudolf Steiner

For every human illness, somewhere in the world there exists a plant which is the cure. Rudolf Steiner

Reverence awakens in the soul a sympathetic power through which we attract qualities in the beings around us, which would otherwise remain concealed. Rudolf Steiner

Live through deeds of love, and let others live with tolerance for their unique intentions. Rudolf Steiner

Colour is the soul of Nature and of the entire cosmos. Rudolf Steiner

Thinking is no more and no less an organ of perception than the eye or ear. Just as the eye perceives colours and the ear sounds, so thinking perceives ideas. Rudolf Steiner

The student of mathematics must get rid of all arbitrary thinking and follow purely the demands of thought. In thinking in this way, the laws of the spiritual world flow into him. This regulated thinking leads to the most spiritual truths. Rudolf Steiner

If humanity is to live in the future in a socially right way, humanity must educate its children in a socially right way. Rudolf Steiner

Anthroposophy is not a game, nor just a theory; it is a task that must be faced for the sake of human evolution. Rudolf Steiner

Nothing is better for the human being than to add the right amount of honey to his food. Rudolf Steiner

If we do not believe within ourselves this deeply rooted feeling that there is something higher than ourselves, we shall never find the strength to evolve into something higher. Rudolf Steiner

Geometry is knowledge that appears to be produced by human beings, yet whose meaning is totally independent of them. Rudolf Steiner

When we feel an obligation to test the things we say and to find the boundaries within which what we say has validity, then we are contributing to a real inner consolidation of our human feeling for existence. Rudolf Steiner

You’ll be able to gain insight and reach a conclusion only by applying the powers of mind, intellect, soul, heart, spirit, and imagination. This is what looking at something spiritually really means. Rudolf Steiner

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