Enlightenment Sayings and Quotes

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

Enlightenment is the key to everything, and it is the key to intimacy, because it is the goal of true authenticity.     

Marianne Williamson

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

Nikos Kazantzakis

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

Idries Shah

Really, the only thing that makes sense is to strive for greater collective enlightenment.     

Elon Musk

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

Enlightenment is always there. Small enlightenment will bring great enlightenment. 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

Not creating delusions is enlightenment.     


There are many paths to enlightenment. Be sure to take one with a heart.     

Lao Tzu

Enlightenment means taking full responsibility for your life.     

William Blake

Enlightenment is not about becoming divine. Instead it's about becoming more fully human. . . . It is the end of ignorance.     

Lama Surya Das

There is no enlightenment outside of daily life.     

Thich Nhat Hanh

If I could define enlightenment briefly I would say it is "the quiet acceptance of what is."     

Wayne Dyer

One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.     

Carl Jung

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


Nirvana or lasting enlightenment or true spiritual growth can be achieved only through persistent exercise of real love.     

M. Scott Peck

Just being the seeker, somebody whose open to spiritual enlightenment, is in itself the important thing and it's the reward for being a seeker in this world.     

Walter Isaacson

Enlightenment is like everyday consciousness but two inches above the ground.     

D. T. Suzuki

The moment of enlightenment is when a person's dreams of possibilities become images of probabilities.     

Vic Braden

Only one person in a million becomes enlightened without a teacher's help.     


Enlightened people seldom or never possess a sense of responsibility.     

George Orwell

He who knows others is wise. He who knows himself is enlightened.     

Lao Tzu

Everybody wants to get enlightened but nobody wants to change.     

Andrew Cohen

Enlightenment is the inner light of wisdom that is permanently free from all mistaken appearance, and whose function is to bestow mental peace upon each and every living being every day.     

Kelsang Gyatso

Only a couple of times have I ever been to church and felt enlightened by it.     

Lynn Johnston

We need enlightenment, not just individually but collectively, to save the planet. We need to awaken ourselves. We need to practice mindfulness if we want to have a future, if we want to save ourselves and the planet.     

Thich Nhat Hanh

Enlightenment is not something you achieve. It is the absence of something. All your life you have been going forward after something, pursuing some goal. Enlightenment is dropping all that.     

Charlotte Joko Beck

Enlightenment means waking up to what you truly are and then being that.     


Spiritual realization is to see clearly that what I perceive, experience, think, or feel is ultimately not who I am, that I cannot find myself in all those things that continually pass away.     

Eckhart Tolle

When you awaken, you realize that the separate person you took yourself to be is just a contract, a mental fabrication.     

Stephan Bodian

Spiritual awakening is about waking up from your ego. It is not about awakening the ego.     

Sampo Kaasila

Enlightenment is a demolition project. It simply shows you that everything you ever believed was true isn't.     


I believe enlightenment or revelation comes in daily life. I look for joy, the peace of action. You need action. I'd have stopped writing years ago if it were for the money.     

Paulo Coelho

Enlightenment is intimacy with all things.     

Dogen Zenji

The awakening process, once begun, develops its own momentum without effort on your part, and the truth naturally yearns to awaken itself through you.     

Stephan Bodian

Enlightenment is, in the end, nothing more than the natural state of being.     


Enlightenment cannot be attained nor forced. It can only happen when it is given a vacant space to appear in.     

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

True enlightenment is nothing but the nature of one's own self being fully realized.     

Dalai Lama

Enlightenment is the direct result of freedom from the illusion of a separate self. A profound understanding of this ultimate simplicity provides all that is required for an awakening to enlightenment.     

Gary Crowley

Spiritual awakening is awakening from the dream of thought.     

Eckhart Tolle

Enlightenment is not a desire, is not a goal, is not an ambition. It is a dropping of all goals, a dropping of all desires, a dropping of all ambitions. It is just being natural. That's what is meant by flowing.     


Enlightenment is absolute cooperation with the inevitable.     

Anthony De Mello

Enlightenment is a direct experience with reality.     

Pema Chodron

Enlightenment is ego's ultimate disappointment.     

Chogyam Trungpa

Even to be attached to the idea of enlightenment is to go astray.     

Sen Sen Ming

Enlightenment is when all hope disappears. Enlightenment is disappearance of hope.     


It is possible to experience an awakening in this life through realizing just how precious each moment, each mental process, and each breath truly is.     

Christy Turlington

A religious awakening which does not awaken the sleeper to love has roused him in vain.     

Jessamyn West

The attainment of enlightenment from ego's point of view is extreme death, the death of self, the death of me and mine, the death of the watcher. It is the ultimate and final disappointment.     

Chogyam Trungpa

Waking up to who you are requires letting go of who you imagine yourself to be.     

Jim Britt

Enlightenment is finding that there is nothing to find. Enlightenment is to come to know that there is nowhere to go.