Best Quotes About Enlightenment

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Not creating delusions is enlightenment. -Bodhidharma

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I would say any behavior that is not the status quo is interpreted as insanity, when, in fact, it might actually be enlightenment. Insanity is sorta in the eye of the beholder. -Chuck Palahniuk

The enlightenment is under threat. So is reason. So is truth. So is science, especially in the schools of America. -Richard Dawkins

God is not anything human. God is a force, God is chaos, God is unknown. God is terror and enlightenment at the same time. -Ralph Fiennes

I don't believe that human beings can achieve ultimate enlightenment, because humans have flaws. -Tiger Woods

There are about 15 million Muslims in the EU. They face ignorance, insult and even persecution. They cannot be wished away. To impose Enlightenment freedoms is self-defeating. Anyway, the Muslims have their own enlightenment. -James Buchan

Religions have always stressed that compassion is not only central to religious life, it is the key to enlightenment and it the true test of spirituality. But there have always have been those who'd rather put easier goals, like doctrine conformity, in place. -Karen Armstrong

In the post-enlightenment Europe of the 19th century the highest authority was no longer the Church. Instead it was science. Thus was born racial anti-Semitism, based on two disciplines regarded as science in their day – the 'scientific study of race' and the Social Darwinism of Herbert Spencer and Ernst Haeckel. -Jonathan Sacks

The central ideas of Christianity, an angry God and vicarious atonement, are contrary to every fact in nature, as also to the better aspirations of the human heart; they are, in our present stage of enlightenment, absurd, preposterous, and blasphemous propositions. -Virchand Gandhi

Sometimes I attract roles that are necessary either for personal growth or enlightenment. -Vera Farmiga

Democracy must be built through open societies that share information. When there is information, there is enlightenment. When there is debate, there are solutions. When there is no sharing of power, no rule of law, no accountability, there is abuse, corruption, subjugation and indignation. -Atifete Jahjaga

To me, the most important thing is to tell a good story. If I can do that, I think that enlightenment, respect of nature, etc. follows. -Kathryn Lasky

In Gnosticism, the physical world did not ultimately matter – which meant physical suffering did not matter either. Seeking 'enlightenment' meant cultivating an attitude of detachment, even indifference. -Nancy Pearcey

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

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

Ask me not, 'Are you rightwing,' but ask me 'Are you a committed believer in individual freedom, the values of the enlightenment?' Then, yeah, if being rightwing means believing Adam Smith was right, both in the 'Wealth of Nations' and the 'Theory of Moral Sentiments,' then I'm rightwing. -Niall Ferguson

The moment something happens to one you love, it's twenty times more intense. You experience pain and enlightenment on a much vaster scale. -Rufus Wainwright

For all the tribulations in our lives, for all the troubles that remain in the world, the decline of violence is an accomplishment that we can savor – and an impetus to cherish the forces of civilization and enlightenment that made it possible. -Steven Pinker

I believe that art has been a vehicle for me that's been about enlightenment and expanding my own parameters, to give me courage to exercise the freedom that I have in life. -Jeff Koons

When I was a kid growing up in the '60s, music was an outlet for enlightenment, frustration, rebellion. It was more about individualism. Today it's just like a big business. -Joey Ramone

I was already writing about the idea of a 'multiverse' in the 1970s, though I might have called it the 'pluriverse.' How was I to know it would turn out to be the standard model? Actually, I consider myself an enlightenment fossil. -Charles Jencks

Faith is a continuum, and we each fall on that line where we may. By attempting to rigidly classify ethereal concepts like faith, we end up debating semantics to the point where we entirely miss the obvious – that is, that we are all trying to decipher life's big mysteries, and we're each following our own paths of enlightenment. -Dan Brown

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

To know yourself as the Being underneath the thinker, the stillness underneath the mental noise, the love and joy underneath the pain, is freedom, salvation, enlightenment. -Eckhart Tolle

My music is not just about entertainment. It is about enlightenment also. -Kailash Kher

The writers of the French enlightenment had deliberately used blasphemy as a weapon, refusing to accept the power of the Church to set limiting points on thought. -Salman Rushdie

I don't read for amusement, I read for enlightenment. I do a lot of reviewing, so I have a steady assignment of reading. I'm also a judge for the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, which gives awards to literature and nonfiction. -Joyce Carol Oates

It is paradoxical, yet true, to say, that the more we know, the more ignorant we become in the absolute sense, for it is only through enlightenment that we become conscious of our limitations. Precisely one of the most gratifying results of intellectual evolution is the continuous opening up of new and greater prospects. -Nikola Tesla

Matangi's mantra is aim, which is MIA backwards. She fights for freedom of speech and stands for truth, and lives in the ghetto because her dad was the first person in Hindu mythology who came from the 'hood, but had gained enlightenment through not being a Brahmin. -M.I.A.

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

If we are too friendly to nice, decent bishops, we run the risk of buying into the fiction that there's something virtuous about believing things because of faith rather than because of evidence. We run the risk of betraying scientific enlightenment. -Richard Dawkins

Movies can be instruments of enlightenment. -Marianne Williamson

Through reading the scriptures, we can gain the assurance of the Spirit that that which we read has come of God for the enlightenment, blessing, and joy of his children. -Gordon B. Hinckley

People can hate on you for doing what it is that makes you happy, but ultimately, it has to belong to you. It shouldn't matter what anyone else thinks. Life is not easy. The road to happiness is not a path well trotted. You have to find your own path to enlightenment. -Jamie Campbell Bower

Everything, however complicated – breaking waves, migrating birds, and tropical forests – is made of atoms and obeys the equations of quantum physics. But even if those equations could be solved, they wouldn't offer the enlightenment that scientists seek. Each science has its own autonomous concepts and laws. -Martin Rees

As a teenager, rather than setting myself on a course to pursue fame (quite common growing up in L.A., the entertainment capital of the world), happiness, fulfillment, and spiritual enlightenment (also quite common), I skipped right on to trying to be successful. 'Let's just get on with it,' I felt. 'Onward' became my motto. -Karen Finerman

Mom takes all the credit for my success. Now Mom says, 'I read your face when you were a baby, and it said you were going to be a star. That's why I named you Ming – because it's all about the sun and the stars and enlightenment.' -Ming-Na Wen

We must recognize our own behavioral errors. To be blunt, you are not likely to become a cognitive Zen master anytime soon. But a little enlightenment could keep you from making some common investing errors. -Barry Ritholtz

When a man becomes a writer, I think he takes on a sacred obligation to produce beauty and enlightenment and comfort at top speed. -Kurt Vonnegut

We're in an age of enlightenment, and we have a choice as a society which path to take. -Rhys Ifans

I was part of a generation that believed in socialism and finally found that belief corroded and destroyed. That is not renouncing Communism or socialism. It's reaching a certain degree of enlightenment about what the Soviet Union practices. -Howard Fast

Ultimately, education in its real sense is the pursuit of truth. It is an endless journey through knowledge and enlightenment. -A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

In my own life I know that my state of cheerfulness is a reliable gauge of my level of spiritual enlightenment at that moment. The more cheerful, happy, contented, and satisfied I am feeling, the more aware I am of my deep connection to Spirit. -Wayne Dyer

My definition is that geo-enlightenment is understanding the interconnectedness of things. -Jack Dangermond

By 1892, enlightenment had progressed to the point where the Salem trials were simply an embarrassing blot on the history of New England. They were a part of the past that was best forgotten: a reminder of how far the human race had come in two centuries. -Edmund Morgan

In the Sixties, there were no guidebooks to Asia, at least none that suited young shoestring travelers. No one on the hippie highway carried a copy of Fodor's 'Islamic Asia.' The route to spiritual enlightenment wasn't revealed in the pages of the latest Baedeker. Intrepids were on a journey of spontaneity and reinvention. -Rory MacLean

Gene Roddenbury felt that television was being wasted. That it had the potential for enlightenment and even inspiration. -George Takei

Christianity and Judaism have gone through the process of enlightenment, making them creative and constructive elements in society. -Pim Fortuyn

Christianity and Judaism have gone through the laundromat of humanism and enlightenment, but that is not the case with Islam. -Pim Fortuyn

At the Cruiserweight Classic finale, I said… I don't know if people had looked it up, or if they had heard it before, but it was an old Zen proverb. 'Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment, you chop wood, carry water.' It can be interpreted a lot of ways, but for the most part it's about staying in the moment. -T. J. Perkins

In the past, great communicators were great orators, but great communicators today sound conversational, and interrupting is common in conversation. And public discourse is now more about entertainment than enlightenment. -Deborah Tannen

In a way, light unites the spiritual world and the ephemeral, physical world. People frequently talk about spiritual experiences using the vocabulary of light: Saul on the road to Damascus, near-death experiences, samadhi or the light-filled void of Buddhist enlightenment. -James Turrell

Evil is an attack against human spiritual development and enlightenment. All evil, badness, neurosis – it has one motive and one motive only, which is to destroy – to destroy your chance of arising above yourself. -Vernon Howard

Bodhisattva is enlightened in the Buddhist philosophy, religion, tradition. He's enlightened. It's fine – I don't really fight it – but many people use the term 'zen' and terms like 'nirvana,' 'enlightenment' in an almost superficial way. It's not that complicated. -Edgar Ramirez

Europe and the world are waiting for us to defend the spirit of the enlightenment everywhere. -Emmanuel Macron

Ultimately, you have to work for your own enlightenment – for smarts – or it gets boring. -Sissy Spacek

When doing theater, you have to find great satisfaction in the small things. There's going to be a repetition and a redundancy night after night, but it's the small variations in those moments – a word, a tone of voice, the smallest sense of enlightenment that can happen in an instant onstage – that will be the most rewarding. -James Spader

The theater is the place where people create ideas and send messages out, and you learn, and I think it's a fair venue for disagreement and enlightenment. -Joel Grey

I spent two years in Cairo, and I felt a certain urgency about trying to understand the region and the conflict here, in the modest way that a journalist might be able to try and shed some understanding and enlightenment on a region that is profoundly conflicted, and a conflict that has real consequences for Americans. -Lawrence Wright

Prince didn't want to celebrate birthdays but to live life, to elevate and educate to the next level of enlightenment. -Mayte Garcia

Singers like Beyonce and Kendrick Lamar are very conscious of what's going on around them, and they're waking up lot of young people with that knowledge. They bring their enlightenment to the world; the world that is buying their records. -Dianne Reeves

Whereas a lot of Buddhism concerns itself with stages of enlightenment, various precepts and moral codes, and even power structures and hierarchies, Zen is just like, 'Shut up, sit down, and observe your thoughts – oh, and by the way, what you perceive as you' doesn't actually exist.' I loved the minimalist approach of it. -Mark Manson

Hip-hop is my vehicle for scientific enlightenment. It wasn't until my music career matured where I was exposed to science as an intellectual pursuit. -Gza

What fun is life if it's taken so seriously, and what fun is yoga and the search for enlightenment if we are tight, tense, and clenched up from the inside out? -Tara Stiles

When the entire population of the world attains enlightenment, I'll retire and play golf every day. -Jaggi Vasudev

Today, my heart and soul lives peacefully for the hope that the 21st century will have to face a great challenge, a peaceful struggle for the enlightenment of humanity. -Marcel Marceau

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