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Quotes by Eckhart Tolle

A Collection of Quotes by Eckhart Tolle

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“Stop looking outside for scraps of pleasure or fulfillment, for validation, security, or love – you have a treasure within  that is infinitely greater than anything the world can offer.”

“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.”

“Nothing that comes and goes is you.”

“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.”

“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.”

“If not now, when?”

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

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

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

“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.”

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

“Any action is often better than no action, especially if you have been stuck in an unhappy situation for a long time.”

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

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

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

“Life will give you whatever experience is the most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness.”

“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.”

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

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

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

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

“Give up defining yourself.”

“Doing is never enough if you neglect being.”

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

“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.”

“It is not uncommon for people to spend their whole life waiting to start living.”

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

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

“When people get taken over by the ego to such an extent, there is nothing else in their mind except the ego. They can no longer feel or sense their humanity – what they share with other human beings, or even with other life forms on the planet. They are so identified with concepts in their minds that other human beings become concepts as well.”

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

“To love is to recognize yourself in another.”

“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.”

” 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.”

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

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

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

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

“Most humans are never fully present in the now because unconsciously they believe that the next moment must be more important than this one.”

“All problems are illusions of the mind.”

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

“Let go of thought, become still and alert and don’t try to understand or explain.”

“Power over others is weakness disguised as strength.”

“Faith is the substance of whatever it is that we hope for.”

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

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

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

“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.”

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