90 Best Eckhart Tolle Quotes

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90 Best Eckhart Tolle Quotes

1. “If not now, when?”

2. “The power for creating a better future is contained in the present moment: You create a good future by creating a good present.”

3. “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.”

4. “Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have. Make the Now the primary focus of your life.”

5. “All problems are illusions of the mind.”

6. “Stress is caused by being ‘here’ but wanting to be ‘there’.”

7. “So the single most vital step on your journey toward enlightenment is this: learn to disidentify from your mind.”

8. “If I cannot live with myself, there must be two of me.”

9. “When you become comfortable with uncertainty, infinite possibilities open up in your life.”

10. “Life isn’t as serious as the mind makes it out to be.”

11. “To love is to recognize yourself in another.”

12. “Is there a difference between happiness and inner peace? Yes. Happiness depends on conditions being perceived as positive; inner peace does not.”

13. “Life is the dancer and you are the dance.”

14. “The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.”

15. “Anything you accept fully will take you into peace. This is the miracle of surrender.”

16. “Faith is the substance of whatever it is that we hope for. The important thing is that we teach that faith is connected to goof works and responsibility.”

17. “If the only prayer you ever say is ‘Thank You’ that will be enough.”

18. “Some changes look negative on the surface but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge.”

19. “Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose.”

20. “Presence is the key. Now is the key.”

21. “Pleasure is always derived from something outside you, whereas joy arises from within.”

22. “Sometimes letting things go is an act of far greater power than defending or hanging on.”

23. “Discontent, blaming, complaining, self-pity cannot serve as a foundation for a good future, no matter how much effort you make.”

24. “Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.”

25. “Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at the moment.”

26. “Living up to an image that you have of yourself or that other people have of you is inauthentic living.”

27. “All true artists, whether they know it or not, create from a place of no-mind, from inner stillness.”

28. “Anything that you resent and strongly react to in another is also in you.”

29. “Give up defining yourself – to yourself or to others. You won’t die. You will come to life. And don’t be concerned with how others define you. When they define you, they are limiting themselves, so it’s their problem. Whenever you interact with people, don’t be there primarily as a function or a role, but as the field of conscious Presence. You can only lose something that you have, but you cannot lose something that you are.”

30. “You can only lose something that you have, but you cannot lose something that you are.”

31. “The past has no power over the present moment.”

32. “Always say ‘yes’ to the present moment… Surrender to what is. Say ‘yes’ to life – and see how life starts suddenly to start working for you rather than against you.”

33. “Most people treat the present moment as if it were an obstacle that they need to overcome. Since the present moment is life itself, it is an insane way to live.”

34. “For what you do to others, you do to yourself.”

35. “I have little use for the past and rarely think about it.”

36. “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.”

37. “Rather than being your thoughts and emotions be the awareness behind them.”

38. “When you lose touch with your inner stillness, you lose touch with yourself. When you lose touch with yourself, you lose yourself in the world.”

39. “Stillness is the only thing in this world that has no form. But then, it is not really a thing, and it is not of this world.”

40. “If small things have the power to disturb you, then who you think you are is exactly that: small.”

41. “Love is a state of being.”

42. “If you are not living this moment, you are not really living.”

43. “You are the universe, you aren’t in the universe.”

44. “Time isn’t precious at all, because it is an illusion. What you perceive as precious is not time but the one point that is out of time: the Now. That is precious indeed. The more you are focused on time – past and future – the more you miss the Now, the most precious thing there is.”

45. “It is through gratitude for the present moment that the spiritual dimension of life opens up.”

46. “The only thing you ever have is now.”

47. “So many people have this idea: I want to achieve something great or be somebody great. And they neglect the step that leads to greatness. They don’t honor this step at this moment because they have this idea of some future moment where they are going to be great.”

48. “There’s not some idea I’m going to create a work that’s going to change everybody’s consciousness.”

49. “Thinking fragments reality – it cuts it up into conceptual bits and pieces.”

50. “Many people in this world are still so identified with every thought that arises in their head. There is not the slightest space of awareness there.”

51. “Many people identify their sense of self with the problems they have, or think they have.”

52. “There is such a thing as old emotional pain living inside you. It is an accumulation of painful life experience that was not fully faced and accepted in the moment it arose. It leaves behind an energy form of emotional pain.”

53. “You are not a problem that needs solving.”

54. “The more you live in the present moment, the more the fear of death disappears.”

55. “The real truths of life are never entirely new to you or to anybody because there is a level deep down within you where you already know all the things, all those spiritual truths that you read or hear, and then recognize them. I say ‘recognize’ because you’re not… it’s not new.”

56. “If there are people you haven’t forgiven, you’re not going to really awaken. You have to let go.”

57. “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.”

58. “To know yourself as the Being underneath the thinker, the stillness underneath the mental noise, the love and joy underneath the pain, is freedom, salvation, enlightenment.”

59. “Narrow your life down to this moment. Your life situation may be full of problems – most life situations are – but find out if you have a problem at this moment. Do you have a problem now?”

60. “Even the most seemingly unpleasant situations – if you become aligned with it, something good will emerge from that.”

61. “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.”

62. “Power over others is weakness disguised as strength.”

63. “I’m grateful for always this moment, the now, no matter what form it takes.”

64. “If the structures of the human mind remain unchanged, we will always end up re-creating the same world, the same evils, the same dysfunction.”

65. “Don’t wait to be successful at some future point. Have a successful relationship with the present moment and be fully present in whatever you are doing. That is success.”

66. “Fear seems to have many causes. Fear of loss, fear of failure, fear of being hurt, and so on, but ultimately all fear is the ego’s fear of death, of annihilation. To the ego, death is always just around the corner. In this mind-identified state, fear of death affects every aspect of your life.”

67. “The soul is your innermost being. The presence that you are beyond form. The consciousness that you are beyond form, that is the soul. That is who you are in essence.”

68. “People don’t realize that now is all there ever is; there is no past or future except as memory or anticipation in your mind.”

69. “The mind is a superb instrument if used rightly. Used wrongly, however, it becomes very destructive. To put it more accurately… you usually don’t use it at all. It uses you.”

70. “You can always cope with the present moment, but you cannot cope with something that is only a mind projection – you cannot cope with the future.”

71. “Life is an adventure, it’s not a package tour.”

72. “Boredom, anger, sadness, or fear are not ‘yours,’ not personal. They are conditions of the human mind. They come and go. Nothing that comes and goes is you.”

73. “When the dog looks at you, the dog is not thinking what kind of a person you are. The dog is not judging you.”

74. “There is a fine balance between honoring the past and losing yourself in it. For example, you can acknowledge and learn from mistakes you made, and then move on and refocus on the now. It is called forgiving yourself.”

75. “Being at ease with not knowing is crucial for answers to come to you.”

76. “People tend to dwell more on negative things than on good things. So the mind then becomes obsessed with negative things, with judgments, guilt and anxiety produced by thoughts about the future and so on.”

77. “Wherever you are, be there totally. If you find your here and now intolerable and it makes you unhappy, you have three options: remove yourself from the situation, change it, or accept it totally. If you want to take responsibility for your life, you must choose one of those three options, and you must choose now. Then accept the consequences.”

78. “To complain is always nonacceptance of what is. It invariably carries an unconscious negative charge. When you complain, you make yourself into a victim. When you speak out, you are in your power. So change the situation by taking action or by speaking out if necessary or possible; leave the situation or accept it. All else is madness.”

79. “Your entire life only happens in this moment. The present moment is life itself. Yet, people live as if the opposite were true and treat the present moment as a stepping stone to the next moment – a means to an end.”

80. “The personal ego already has a strong element of dysfunction, but the collective ego is, frequently, even more dysfunctional, to the point of absolute insanity.”

81. “Acceptance looks like a passive state, but in reality it brings something entirely new into this world. That peace, a subtle energy vibration, is consciousness.”

82. “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.”

83. “I don’t believe in an outside agent that creates the world, then walks away. But I feel very strongly there is an intelligence at work in every flower, in every blade of grass, in every cell of my body. And it is that intelligence that, I wouldn’t say created the universe. It is creating the universe. It’s an ongoing process.”

84. “When you get into your car, shut the door and be there for just half a minute. Breathe, feel the energy inside your body, look around at the sky, the trees. The mind might tell you, ‘I don’t have time.’ But that’s the mind talking to you. Even the busiest person has time for 30 seconds of space.”

85. “To realize that you are not your thoughts is when you begin to awaken spiritually.”

86. “For many people who are so lost in their minds, so much involved in their thought processes, the only moments they have when they are not trapped in that is when they are relating to their animal, their pet.”

87. “When you take your attention into the present moment, a certain alertness arises. You become more conscious of what’s around you, but also, strangely, a sense of presence that is both within and without.”

88. “People look to time in expectation that it will eventually make them happy, but you cannot find true happiness by looking toward the future.”

89. “Thinking is a wonderful tool if it’s applied. Thinking, however, can not become the master. Thinking is a very bad master. If you’re dominated by thinking then your life becomes very restricted.”

90. “I sometimes ask people, ‘Can you be aware of your own presence? Not the thoughts that you’re having, not the emotions that you’re having, but the very presence of your very being?’ You become aware of your own presence by sensing the entire energy field in your body that is alive. And that is the totality of your presence.”