134 Quotes By Spiritual Masters: The Journey Within

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Quotes By Spiritual Masters. Zen Master Sitting in Meditation.

I have always found wisdom and inspiration in the words of spiritual teachers and guides. As I continue on my own path, I look to their quotes for motivation and reflection. I want to share some of my favorite quotes by spiritual masters as well as a more comprehensive list of over 100 sayings by spiritual masters throughout history.

On the Spiritual Path

My journey has had many twists and turns, but these teachers remind me to trust the process.

“The spiritual path – is simply the journey of living our lives. Everyone is on a spiritual path; most people just don’t know it.” – Marianne Williamson

Quotes on Spirituality

  • “Spirituality is not to be learned by flight from the world, or by running away from things, or by turning solitary and going apart from the world. Rather, we must learn inner solitude wherever or with whomsoever we may be. We must learn to penetrate things and find God in them.” – Meister Eckhart
  • “The most sacred place dwells within our heart, where dreams are born and secrets sleep, a mystical refuge of darkness and light, fear and conquest, adventure and discovery, challenge and transformation. Our heart speaks for our soul every moment while we are alive. Listen… as the whispering beat repeats: be…gin, be…gin, be…gin. It’s really that simple. Just begin… again.” – Royce Addington
  • “Spirituality is not adopting more theories or more ritualistic chanting or going through more mystical experiences. Spirituality is to become free of deceptions created by the mind about its own identities and abide as the true self.” – Nithyananda

I’m inspired by these teachers to see spirituality in everyday life and listen to my own heart. The quotes remind me that it starts from within.

Zen master meditating under the moonlight.

Finding Inner Peace

These sayings give me hope to achieve serenity amidst outer chaos.

“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.” – Buddha

Quotes on Peace

  • Inner peace begins the moment you choose not to allow another person or event to control your emotions.” – Pema Chödrön
  • “The quieter you become, the more you can hear.” – Baba Ram Dass
  • “Happiness is your nature. It is not wrong to desire it. What is wrong is seeking it outside when it is inside.” – Sri Ramana Maharshi

The journey back to the true self is how we find peace, not in the external world. These timeless words help anchor me.

Overcoming Suffering

During difficult times, these quotes give me courage to meet life’s challenges.

“Suffering is a gift. In it is hidden mercy.” – Rumi

Quotes on Suffering

  • “If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished?” – Rumi
  • “The wound is the place where the Light enters you.” – Rumi
  • “Never lose hope, my heart: miracles dwell in the invisible.” – Rumi
  • “Do not grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.” – Rumi

Rumi’s poetry elegantly captures how to transmute suffering into wisdom. I return to these verses again and again when I need comfort.

Additional Quotes by Spiritual Masters

On Love

  • “Where there is love there is life.” – Mahatma Gandhi
  • “Love is the only reality and it is not a mere sentiment. It is the ultimate truth that lies at the heart of creation.” – Rabindranath Tagore

On Humanity

  • “I believe in the fundamental truth of all great religions of the world. I believe that they are all God given, and I believe that they were necessary for the people to whom these religions were revealed.” – Mahatma Gandhi
  • “No one is superior, no one is inferior, but no one is equal either. People are simply unique, incomparable. You are you, I am I.” – Osho

On Nature

  • “Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.” – Henry David Thoreau
  • “The earth has music for those who listen.” – William Shakespeare

On Wisdom

  • “Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment.” – Lao Tzu
  • “The wound is the place where the Light enters you.” – Rumi
  • “Wisdom tends to grow in proportion to one’s awareness of one’s ignorance.” – Anthony de Mello
  • “When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.” – Rumi

On Gratitude

  • “If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough.” – Meister Eckhart
  • “Gratitude turns what we have into enough.” – Melody Beattie

On Mindfulness

  • “Wherever you are, be all there.” – Jim Elliot
  • “Do every act of your life as if it were your last.” – Marcus Aurelius

On Death

“Death is not extinguishing the light but putting out the lamp because dawn has come.” – Rabindranath Tagore

  • “To die will be an awfully big adventure.” – J.M. Barrie

On Service

  • “I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.” – Rabindranath Tagore
  • “True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

On Forgiveness

  • “Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.” – Mark Twain
  • “Always forgive your enemies – nothing annoys them so much.” – Oscar Wilde

I hope you’ve enjoyed this small collection of spiritual quotes as much as I have curated them. May they provide you inspiration, healing, or simply something to reflect upon.

Monk sitting under a tree.

134 Additional Quotes for The Journey Within

Spiritual masters throughout history have provided profound wisdom to guide us on the path of truth and enlightenment. Their words transcend time and culture, speaking universal truths that resonate in the core of our being. This collection of quotes contains 134 sayings from spiritual luminaries, voices that urge us to transform through love, transcend suffering, and realize our innate goodness.

The span of those quoted bridges Eastern and Western philosophy, from ancient sages to modern thinkers. What unites their message is a call to nurture our spiritual dimension. By quieting the ego, calming the chatter of thoughts, and connecting to our boundless inner light, self-realization blossoms. Spiritual attainment is not about grasping lofty concepts but embodying higher states of consciousness through disciplined practice, self-reflection, and surrender to Self.

  1. “The path to enlightenment is found within.”
  2. “Peace comes from within, do not seek it elsewhere.”
  3. “The student is ready when the teacher appears.”
  4. “Love is the light that guides us home.”
  5. “Mindfulness calms the storms of thought.”
  6. “Compassion is the heart’s true nature.”
  7. “We are all walking each other home.”
  8. “Within every darkness there is light.”
  9. “The longest journey begins with a single step.”
  10. “Be the change you wish to see.”
  11. “The purpose of life is a life of purpose.”
  12. “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is mystery, today is a gift.”
  13. “Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.”
  14. “Peace is every step.”
  15. “There are no ordinary moments.” – Dan Millman
  16. “The quieter you become, the more you can hear.”
  17. “Mindfulness is the aware, balanced acceptance of the present.”
  18. “Compassion ask us to go where it hurts, to enter into places of pain, to share in brokenness, fear, confusion and anguish.”
  19. “Enlightenment is not something you achieve. It is the absence of something. All you need to do is to stop seeking.”
  20. “We are not going in circles, we are going upwards. The path is a spiral; we have already climbed many steps.”
  21. “No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.”
  22. “There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called Yesterday and the other is called Tomorrow. Today is the right day to Love, Believe, Do and mostly Live.”
  23. “Everything that has a beginning has an ending. Make your peace with that and all will be well.”
  24. “It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.”
  25. “You cannot travel the path until you have become the path itself.”
  26. “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.”
  27. “Before you speak, let your words pass through three gates: Is it true? Is it necessary? Is it kind?”
  28. “You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection”
  29. “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.”
  30. “Every positive change – every jump to a higher level of energy and awareness – involves a rite of passage. Each time to ascend to a higher rung on the ladder of personal evolution, we must go through a period of discomfort, of initiation. I have never found an exception.”
  31. “The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”
  32. “What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.”
  33. “The quieter you become the more you hear.”
  34. “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”
  35. “Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”
  36. “However many holy words you read, However many you speak, What good will they do you If you do not act on upon them?”
  37. “Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life.”
  38. “Awareness is like the sun. When it shines on things, they are transformed.”
  39. “Every experience, no matter how bad it seems, holds within it a blessing of some kind. The goal is to find it.”
  40. “What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow: Our life is the creation of our mind.”
  41. “It is possible to live happily in the here and now. So many conditions of happiness are available—more than enough for you to be happy right now. You don’t have to run into the future in order to get more.”
  42. “When you do something, you should burn yourself up completely, like a good bonfire, leaving no trace of yourself.”
  43. “The mind is everything. What you think you become.”
  44. “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
  45. “Every man’s life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived that distinguish one man from another.”
  46. “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”
  47. “What is done out of love always takes place beyond good and evil.”
  48. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
  49. “Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of very virtue at the testing point.”
  50. “We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.”
  51. “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”
  52. “Every adversity, every failure and every heartache carries with it the Seed of an equivalent or greater Opportunity.”
  53. “If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.”
  54. “Without faith, nothing is possible. With it, nothing is impossible.”
  55. “No valid plans for the future can be made by those who have no capacity for living now.”
  56. “Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.”
  57. “Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.”
  58. “Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness.”
  59. “There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.”
  60. “The truth is not always beautiful, nor beautiful words the truth.”
  61. “Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”
  62. “Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind.”
  63. “Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.”
  64. “In separateness lies the world’s greatest misery; in compassion lies the world’s true strength.”
  65. “We cannot change anything until we accept it.”
  66. “We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts.”
  67. “With our thoughts we make the world.”
  68. “All that we are is the result of what we have thought.”
  69. “The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart.”
  70. “Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.”
  71. “Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own unguarded thoughts.”
  72. “The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows.”
  73. “All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.”
  74. “Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”
  75. “Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls. The most massive characters are seared with scars.”
  76. “The wise ones fashioned speech with their thought, sifting it as grain is sifted through a sieve.”
  77. “Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.”
  78. “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.”
  79. “Chaos and calmness are connected to each other. Chaos exists where calmness fails to reach.”
  80. “The truth is like a lion. You don’t have to defend it. Let it loose. It will defend itself.”
  81. “Silence is true wisdom’s best reply.”
  82. “Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time.”
  83. “It is better to travel well than to arrive.”
  84. “The foot feels the foot when it feels the ground.”
  85. “One who conquers the mind, conquers the world.”
  86. “Every dawn brings end to darkness.”
  87. “Be master of mind rather than mastered by mind.”
  88. “As rain breaks through an ill-thatched house, passion will break through an unreflecting mind.”
  89. “An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast. A wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind.”
  90. “There is no path to happiness. Happiness is the path.”
  91. “Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”
  92. “Wisdom is gained by listening; understanding results from contemplating what has been heard.”
  93. “Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.”
  94. “Dreams pass into the reality of action. From the actions stems the dream again; and this interdependence produces the highest form of living.”
  95. “You may conquer a thousand enemies on the battlefield, but he who conquers himself is the greatest victor.”
  96. “I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.”
  97. “We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.”
  98. “Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill.”
  99. “There is no path to peace. Peace is the path.”
  100. “It is easy to see the faults of others, but difficult to see one’s own faults. One shows the faults of others like chaff winnowed in the wind, but one conceals one’s own faults as a cunning gambler conceals his dice.”
  101. “If you find no one to support you on the spiritual path, walk alone. There is no companionship with the immature.”
  102. “You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection.”
  103. “Just as a solid rock is not shaken by the storm, even so the wise are not affected by praise or blame.”
  104. “All conditioned things are impermanent.”
  105. “Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.”
  106. “You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.”
  107. “Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue.”
  108. “There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way and not starting.”
  109. “An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.”
  110. “If we learn to open our hearts, anyone, including the people who drive us crazy, can be our teacher.”
  111. “Arrogant warriors never lose a battle, but neither do they win them.”
  112. “Just as small fire burns up a forest, so does false speech ruin a relationship, large or small.”
  113. “To speak kindly does not hurt the tongue.”
  114. “If you truly loved yourself, you would never do anything to harm another.”
  115. “Peace is the number one beautiful ornament we can wear, I really believe that. They say you should always wear a smile, but I don’t believe that you should “
  116. “Give up the notion that you must be sure of what you are doing. Instead, surrender to what is real within you, for that alone is sure….you are above everything distressing.”
  117. “Wherever you go, go with all your heart.”
  118. “It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles.”
  119. “True silence is the rest of the mind, and is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment.”
  120. “All human unhappiness comes from not facing reality squarely, exactly as it is.”
  121. “Holding on to anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.”
  122. “When you realize how perfect everything is, you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky.”
  123. “Every morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.”
  124. “Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.”
  125. “The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. Never fear what will become of you, depend on no one. Only the moment you reject all help are you freed.”
  126. “Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”
  127. “There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations.”
  128. “All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think, we become.”
  129. “Unity can only be manifested by the Binary. Unity itself and the idea of Unity are already two.”
  130. “To understand everything is to forgive everything.”
  131. “If you propose to speak, always ask yourself: Is it true? Is it necessary? Is it kind?”
  132. “Our theories of the eternal are as valuable as their impact upon our lives.”
  133. “Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things that renew humanity.”
  134. “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.”

Conclusion On Spiritual Quotes

This anthology of pithy and insightful spiritual quotes provides an eternal well of motivation to walk the path of awareness and integrity. While the journey begins afresh each day in the footsteps we take, these words can ignite our longing for wisdom, program our consciousness with positive imprints, and spur us to moral action. By internalizing this guidance from our role models in enlightenment, seeds are sown for a harvest of truth.

We always have the freedom to elevate our way of being. As many of these quotes stress, once we conquer ourselves the outer world comes into balance. When we master the restless mind, calm the storms of emotion, and selflessly serve others, we actualize the purpose of human life – unconditional happiness. By memorizing and bringing the essence of these quotes into the crucible of meditation, and forging them into our character, liberation unfolds.

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