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Enlightenment Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Enlightenment

Please enjoy these Enlightenment Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

You can't stop the music, nobody can stop the music.
- Village People

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Be - don't try to become.
Being is enlightenment, becoming is ignorance.
- Osho

All the Buddhas of all the ages have been
telling you a very simple fact:
Be - don't try to become.
Within these two words, be and becoming,
your whole life is contained.
Being is enlightenment, becoming is ignorance.
- Osho

Working with plants, trees, fences and walls,
if they practice sincerely they will attain enlightenment.
- Dogen Zenji

 

Borrowing knowledge of reality from all sources,
taking the best from every study,
Science of Mind brings together
the highest enlightenment of the ages.
- Ernest Holmes

Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment.
- Lao Tzu

And as long as you're subject to birth and death,
you'll never attain enlightenment.
- Bodhidharma

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The left has come to regard common sense -
the traditional wisdom and folkways of the community -
as an obstacle to progress and enlightenment.
- Christopher Lasch

Enlightenment must come little by little -
otherwise it would overwhelm.
- Idries Shah

History shows that our way of life is the stronger way.
From it has come more wealth, more industry,
more happiness, more human enlightenment than from any other way.
- Wendell Willkie

Do not think you will necessarily be aware of your own enlightenment.
- Dogen

You British plundered half the world for your own profit.
Let's not pass it off as the Age of Enlightenment.
- Paddy Chayefsky

By any reasonable measure of achievement,
the faith of the Enlightenment thinkers in science was justified.
- E. O. Wilson

Not creating delusions is enlightenment.
- Bodhidharma

But by reading them again and again finally I was able
to grasp the essential part.
What emotion, enthusiasm, enlightenment and confidence they communicated to me!
I wept for joy.
- Ho Chi Minh

Ignorance has always been the weapon of tyrants;
enlightenment the salvation of the free.
- Bill Richardson

Many spiritual teachers - in Buddhism,
in Islam - have talked about first-hand experience
of the world as an important part of the path to wisdom,
to enlightenment.
- Bell Hooks

Our freedoms were born in the ideals of the Enlightenment
and the musket fires of an historic revolution.
- John Boehner

To enjoy good health,
to bring true happiness to one's family,
to bring peace to all, one must first
discipline and control one's own mind.
If a man can control his mind
he can find the way to Enlightenment,
and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.
- The Buddha

The theories of the major philosophers of the 18th
century secular enlightenment were biblical and theological in spite of themselves.
- M. H. Abrams

The real meaning of enlightenment is to gaze with undimmed eyes on all darkness.
- Nikos Kazantzakis

Our sexual lives are maintained by the shadow side and the light side,
so the more we can understand and embrace enlightenment,
the less need there is for chemical enhancement.
- Kyan Douglas

Modernity, the child of the Enlightenment,
failed when it became apparent that the good society
cannot be achieved by unaided reason.
- Robert Bork

There is no fundamental difference between the preparation
for death and the practice of dying,
and spiritual practice leading to enlightenment.
- Stanislav Grof

Don't think you can attain total awareness and whole enlightenment
without proper discipline and practice. This is egomania.
Appropriate rituals channel your emotions
and life energy toward the light.
Without the discipline to practice them,
you will tumble constantly backward into darkness.
- Lao Tzu

If we remove ourselves from the world,
we are pretending that we can follow our own individual
enlightenment and let the rest of the world go to hell,
so to speak.
- Satish Kumar

The process of philosophic and scientific enlightenment
has shaken the stability of beliefs held explicitly as articles of faith.
- Michael Polanyi

My Lords temporal, today is the day to rise up against
the regiment of Lords spiritual and proclaim the values of enlightenment,
compassion and common sense.
- Polly Toynbee

The sublimated idealism of the Enlightenment,
the spirit of the League of Nations and of the United
Nations Charter have not proved strong enough to control
the aggressive dynamism of nationalism.
- Christopher Dawson

The connections I draw between human nature and political systems in my new book,
for example, were prefigured in the debates during
the Enlightenment and during the framing of the American Constitution.
- Steven Pinker

Always keep your mind as bright and clear as the vast sky,
the great ocean, and the highest peak,
empty of all thoughts.
Always keep your body filled with light and heat.
Fill yourself with the power of wisdom and enlightenment.
- Morihei Ueshiba

The Bible and several other self help or enlightenment
books cite the Seven Deadly Sins.
They are: pride, greed, lust, envy, wrath,
sloth, and gluttony.
That pretty much covers everything that we do,
that is sinful...
or fun for that matter.
- Dave Mustaine

Everyone has a spirit that can be refined,
a body that can be trained in some manner,
a suitable path to follow.
You are here to realize your inner divinity and manifest
your innate enlightenment.
- Morihei Ueshiba

It is not the simple statement of facts that ushers in freedom;
it is the constant repetition of them that has this liberating effect.
Tolerance is the result not of enlightenment,
but of boredom.
- Quentin Crisp

Emancipation came to the colored race in America as a war measure.
It was an act of military necessity.
Manifestly it would have come without war,
in the slower process of humanitarian reform and social enlightenment.
- Wendell Willkie

Our society is the product of several great religious
and philosophical traditions.
The ideas of the Greeks and Romans, Christianity,
Judaism, humanism and the Enlightenment have made us who we are.
- Jan Peter Balkenende

Before anything else, we need a new age of Enlightenment.
Our present political systems must relinquish their claims on truth,
justice and freedom and have to replace them with the search for truth,
justice, freedom and reason.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt

If on the one side we do not harbor the illusion that
the entire proletariat must be enlightened before it
can be called into battle,
so on the other we do not doubt that as much enlightenment
as possible must be produced with oral and printed agitation.
- Johann Most

If (s)he's an apple and you're an orange,
celebrate your differences -
make a great fruit salad.
Love isn't about being the same -
it's about being sweet with each other.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The magic words for a great relationship are,
"I love you just the way you are."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Take time to play!
Ask for what you want.
Laugh.
Live loudly.
Be avid.
Learn a new thing.
Be Yourself!
- Mary Anne Radmacher

A true friend is someone who
thinks that you are a good egg
even though he knows that
you are slightly cracked.
- Bernard Meltzer

It is the friends you can call up at 4 A.M. that matter.
- Marlene Dietrich

A friend is someone who knows all about you,
and loves you just the same.
- Elbert Hubbard

I believe that everything happens for a reason.
People change so that you can learn to let go,
things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right,
you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself,
and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.
- Marilyn Monroe

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was,
Thank you, that would suffice.
- Meister Eckhart

Footprints in the sands of time...
Where have you been?
Where are you going?
Why are you going there?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Simply do your best, and you will avoid
self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.
- don Miguel Ruiz

If you aren't in the moment,
you are either looking forward to uncertainty,
or back to pain and regret.
- Jim Carrey

Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble.
It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.
- Mark Twain (attributed)

The way I see it, if you want the rainbow,
you gotta put up with the rain.
- Dolly Parton

How do you want to be remembered?
Live life full out - Begin today.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Faith is taking the first step,
even when you don't see the whole staircase.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.
- Joseph Campbell

Don't Take Anything Personally.
Nothing others do is because of you.
- Miguel Angel Ruiz (don Miguel Ruiz)

If you don't know where you're going,
any road will take you there.
- Lewis Carroll
(Alice in Wonderland)

The greatest mistake you can make in life
is to be continually fearing you will make one.
- Elbert Hubbard

You don't have the power to make life "fair,"
but you do have the power to make life joyful.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

People will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget
how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou

To go against the dominant thinking of your friends,
of most of the people you see every day,
is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform.
- Theodore H. White

You will not be punished for your anger,
you will be punished by your anger.
- The Buddha

Powerful Dreams Inspire Powerful Action.
When you can taste, smell, and touch your dreams,
you can enroll the world.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal
with the intent of throwing it at someone else;
you are the one who gets burned.
- The Buddha

You are never too old to set another goal
or to dream a new dream.
- C. S. Lewis

Love is the flower you've got to let grow.
- John Lennon

Life is without meaning.
You bring the meaning to it.
The meaning of life is
whatever you ascribe it to be.
Being alive is the meaning.
- Joseph Campbell

Change what you see,
by changing how you see.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Laugh when you can,
apologize when you should,
and let go of what you can't change.
Life's too short to be anything... but happy.
- Anonymous

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it,
or who said it, no matter if I have said it,
unless it agrees with your own reason
and your own common sense.
- The Buddha


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