Openness Sayings and Quotes

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


Openness and softness of heart loves what it knows.     

John de Ruiter

Honesty and openness is always the foundation of insightful dialogue.     

Bell Hooks

Openness without strength is useless; strength without openness is oppression.     

Daniele Bolelli

Openness doesn't come from resisting our fears but rather from getting to know them well.     

Pema Chodron

Openness isn't the end; it's the beginning.     

Margaret Heffernan

Openness and participation are antidotes to surveillance and control.     

Howard Rheingold

Openness may not completely disarm prejudice, but it's a good place to start.     

Jason Collins

Open yourself and flow, my friend. Flow in the total openness of the living moment.     

Bruce Lee

The meaning of life is found in openness to being and "being present" in full awareness.     

Thomas Merton

Openness of mind strengthens the truth in us and removes the dross from it, if there is any.     

Mahatma Gandhi

There is definitely openness to others' suffering that is dealt not with distress but with compassion.     

Matthieu Ricard

The openness of our hearts and minds can be measured by how wide we draw the circle of what we call family.     

Mother Teresa

What the world needs most is openness: Open hearts, open doors, open eyes, open minds, open ears, open souls.     

Robert Muller

Openness, as currently conceived, is a way of making surrender to whatever is most powerful, or worship of vulgar success, look principled.     

Allan Bloom

Openness is also an acceptance that just as you have the inherent right to create your life as you see fit, so others have the same right with their own lives, even if their design differs from yours greatly.     

Stephen Richards

The struggle for true openness and intimacy is a lifelong struggle for all of us, gay and straight alike. And besides, a difficult life brings you to the core of yourself, where you learn what justice is and how it has to be fought for.     

Paul Monette

There's no such thing as an absolute openness. Openness is relative, I think, in all societies.     

Peter Eisenman

Joy and openness come from our own contented heart.     

Gautama Buddha

First we must see that we cannot will ourselves to be open because openness is our very nature. Any tiny residue of willing, of wanting to be open takes us away from what we are. Willing never goes beyond willing. So the only way to be free from this circle is to glimpse the truth that openness is the egoless state, that it is here and now.     

Jean Klein

Trust, love, what we call sexy, who we trust in a business situation, are all based on how open we are. Openness is bodily openness, muscular relaxation, heart openness as opposed to hiding behind some emotional wall, and spiritual openness, which is actually feeling so fully into the moment that there's no separation between you and the entire moment.     

David Deida

The fourth doorway is the Doorway of Openness located in our heart center. It has to do with being open to both giving and receiving love. It's not just about being able to give, but it's also about the ability to be open to receive. There's a certain vulnerability in receiving. When we truly take in and appreciate all of the gifts of life, then our hearts are truly open in love.     

Marci Shimoff

Faith is a state of openness or trust.     

Alan Watts

Through the trials and tribulations of life come the openness to receive greatness.     

Michelle Cruz

Creativity has always depended on openness and flexibility, so let us hope for more of both in the future.     

Siri Hustvedt

Poetry has no investment in anything besides openness. It's not arguing a point. It's creating an environment.     

Claudia Rankine

Owning pipelines, people, products, or even intellectual property is no longer the key to success. Openness is.     

Jeff Jarvis

Real friends require honesty, openness, and even vulnerability. They also require attention and simple acts of kindness.     

Mary Pipher

Tolerance, openness and understanding towards other peoples' cultures, social structures, values and faiths are now essential to the very survival of an interdependent world.     

Aga Khan IV

Openness, respect, integrity - these are principles that need to underpin pretty much every other decision that you make.     

Justin Trudeau

Total openness to serving others is our hallmark, it alone is our title of honor!     

Pope Francis