Detachment Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old detachment quotes, detachment sayings, and detachment proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

This detachmentmust not be mere amputation; everything which is shaken off must be simultaneously found again at a higher level.     

Gabriel Marcel

Detachment, sometimes it's necessary in order to restore your sanity. Your peace of mind.     


Detachment is not giving up the things in this world, but accepting the fact and to be continuously aware that nothing is permanent.     

Aditya Ajmera

Your heart must become a sea of love. Your mind must become a river of detachment.     

Sri Chinmoy

Detached action is unselfish work.     

Bhagavad Gita

Detachment is an art of enjoying something while always being open to the possibility of losing it someday.     

John B. Bejo

Detachment and involvement: the artist must have both. The link between them is compassion. It has taken me over fifty years to get a glimmer of what this means.     

Madeleine L'Engle

Detachment is not about refusing to feel or not caring or turning away from those you love. Detachment is profoundly honest, grounded firmly in the truth of what is.     

Sharon Salzberg

Always remember that you were once alone, and the crowd you see in your life today are just as unecessary as when you were alone.     

Michael Bassey Johnson

Detachment does not mean non-involvement. You can be deeply involved but not entangled.     

Jaggi Vasudev

To spare oneself from grief at all cost can be achieved only at the price of total detachment.     

Erich Fromm

Our detachments move us toward freedom and death.     

Mason Cooley

One has to remain detached in order to triumph over others.     

Rollo May

There is no detachment where there is no pain. And there is no pain endured without hatred or lying unless detachment is present too.     

Simone Weil

The detached observer's view is one window on the world.     

Kenneth L. Pike

Detachment consists in refraining from letting our possessions possess us.     


Only in the stillness of detachment can the soul yield up her secrets.     

Elsa Barker

There is nothing harder to come by than detachment and solitude; and nothing more important.     

Marya Mannes

Detachment is the ultimate pleasure.     


Detachment is not that you should own nothing. But that nothing should own you.     

Ali ibni abi Talib

Detachment is the beginning of mastery.     

Sri Aurobindo

We live in a society where detachment is almost essential.     

Philip K. Dick

True detachment isn't separation from life but the absolute freedom within your mind to explore living.     

Ron. W. Rathbun

To be consistently effective, you must put a certain distance between yourself and what happens to you on the golf course. This is not indifference, it's detachment.     

Sam Snead

He who would be serene and pure needs but one thing, detachment.     

Meister Eckhart

Detachment doesn't mean you don't let the experience penetrate you. On the contrary, you let it penetrate you fully. That's how you are able to leave it.     

Mitch Albom

Detachment produces a peculiar state of mind. Maybe that's the worst sentence of all, to be deprived of feeling what a human being ought to be entitled to feel.     

James Dickey

In the face of evil, detachment is a dubious virtue.     

Barbara Grizzuti Harrison

Just a little detachment from the ego is needed.     


Detachment is a plant of slow growth; if you pluck the tender plant to look for the pods, you will be disappointed.     

Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Acquire the art of detachment, the virtue of method, and the quality of thoroughness, but above all the grace of humility.     

William Osler

Detachment means to not be owned by what we own.     

Mahatma Prabhu

If you truly want to be respected by people you love, you must prove to them that you can survive without them.     

Michael Bassey Johnson

Compassion without detachment is attachment to the bodily platform.     

Radhanath Swami