Enlightenment Quotes and Sayings

Here you can find the best collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous Enlightenment quotes and Enlightenment sayings, and Enlightenment proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

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


"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 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

"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

"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, 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

"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 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

"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

"Enlightened people seldom or never possess a sense of responsibility."

George Orwell

"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

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