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41 Spiritual Enlightenment Quotes

Spiritual enlightenment is a profound mystery and is the fundamental goal of most spiritual practices which you undertake. Simply put, enlightenment means to bring light where there was darkness.

However, the best definition may be found in the actual experience of your own shifts in consciousness.

Here Are Top 41 Spiritual Enlightenment Quotes:

#1 ”Ignorance has always been the weapon of tyrants; enlightenment the salvation of the free.” – Bill Richardson

#2 ”Do not think you will necessarily be aware of your own enlightenment.” – Dogen

#3 “Enlightenment, joy, and peace can never be given to you by another. The well is inside you.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

#4 ”There are many paths to enlightenment. Be sure to take one with a heart.” – Lao Tzu

#5 “Enlightenment or awakening is not the creation of a new state of affairs but the recognition of what already is.” – Alan Watts

#6 “The attainment of enlightenment from ego’s point of view is extreme death.”- Chogyam Trungpa

#7 ”Zen is a very quick path. Zen is the path of meditation. The word Zen means emptiness or fullness, meditation. Meditation is the quickest path to enlightenment.” – Frederick Lenz

#8 ”Whatever is happening is the path to enlightenment.” – Pema Chodron

#9 “Enlightenment is always there. Small enlightenment will bring great enlightenment. However, if you breathe in and are aware that you are alive – that you can touch the miracle of being alive – then that is a kind of enlightenment.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

#10 “It isn’t by getting out of the world that we become enlightened, but by getting into the world … by getting so tuned in that we can ride the waves of our existence and never get tossed because we become the waves.” – Ken Kesey

#11 “Feel nothing, know nothing, do nothing, have nothing, give up all to God, and say utterly, ‘Thy will be done.’ We only dream this bondage. Wake up and let it go.” – Swami Vivekananda

#12 “You are never alone. You are eternally connected with everyone.” – Amit Ray

#13 “Not thinking about anything is Zen. Once you know this, walking, sitting, or lying down, everything you do is Zen.” – Bodhidharma

#14 “For one human being to seek enlightenment from another is like a grain of sand on the beach seeking enlightenment from another.” – Terence Mckenna

#15 “Knowing others is Wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment” – Lao Tzu

#16 ”To the illumined man or woman, a cloud of dirt, a stone, and gold are the same.” – Bhagavad Gita

#17 “Education leads to enlightenment. Enlightenment opens the way to empathy. Empathy foreshadows reform.” – Derrick A. Bell

#18 “Enlightenment is: absolute cooperation with the inevitable.” – Anthony de Mello

#19 “The real meaning of enlightenment is to gaze with undimmed eyes on all darkness.” – Nikos Kazantzakis

#20 ”Transformation happens only when you put your total energy into it.” – Osho

#21 “The past gives you an identity and the future holds the promise of salvation, of fulfillment in whatever form. Both are illusions.” – quote by Eckhart Tolle

#22 “When we wake up from our confused state of mind, that is enlightenment.” – Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

#23 ” Waste your money and you’re only out of money, but waste your time and you’ve lost a part of your life.” – Michael LeBoeuf

#24 “Enlightenment is an 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

#25 “Enlightenment is the journey from the head back to the heart, from words back to silence.” – Jack Brocas

#26 “Enlightenment means taking full responsibility for your life.” – William Blake

#27 “Your own Self-Realization is the greatest service you can render the world.” – Ramana Maharshi

#28 ”Really, the only thing that makes sense is to strive for greater collective enlightenment.” – Elon Musk

#29 “When you dig a well, there’s no sign of water until you reach it, only rocks and dirt to move out of the way. You have removed enough; soon the pure water will flow,” said Buddha.” – Deepak Chopra

#30 ”Enlightenment is the key to everything, and it is the key to intimacy because it is the goal of true authenticity.” – quote by Marianne Williamson

#31 “Enlightenment must come little by little – otherwise, it would overwhelm.” – Idries Shah

#32 “Always try and be a better person than you were yesterday, cause we aren’t guaranteed tomorrow.” – Tina A. Morgan

#33 ”You think you want to know the secrets of the universe. You think you want to see the way things all fit together. You believe in your heart of hearts that enlightenment will save the world and set you free. Maybe it will. But the path to enlightenment is rarely a pleasant one.” – Neal Shusterman

#34 “Do not look for happiness outside yourself. The awakened seek happiness inside.” – Peter Deunov

#35 “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.” – Immanuel Kant

#36 “A quick enlightenment tends to do more harm than good. Wise may easily become unwise.” – Iva Kenaz

#37 “The road to enlightenment is long and difficult, and you should try not to forget snacks and magazines.” – Anne Lamott

#38 “The true value of a human being can be found in the degree to which he has attained liberation from the self.” – Albert Einstein

#39 ”Those who really seek the path to Enlightenment, dictate terms to their mind. Then they proceed with strong determination.” – Gautama Buddha


#40 “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.” – quote by Dogen
#41 “The awakening is finally realizing that you are a part of God, like a single cell that finally sees it is a part of you.” 
LJ Vanier