40 Quotes by Eckhart Tolle to inspire you

As I read his book The Power of Now recently, I thought it would be interesting to explore some quotes by Eckhart Tolle.

Eckhart Tolle, or Ulrich Leonard Tölle as he was born, is a German-born spiritual teacher and self-help author of books such as The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment.

After being recommended by Oprah Winfrey, The Power of Now reached The New York Times Best Seller list in 2000. Its success meant that it was soon followed by A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose.

It’s always interesting to listen to successful people, so here are 40 quotes by Eckhart Tolle that I hope you will find inspiring.

Enjoy them all and please feel free to share them.

Quotes by Eckhart Tolle (1-15):

  1. The only thing you ever have is now.
  2. You’re not a problem that needs solving.
  3. Life’s an adventure. It’s not a package tour.
  4. You are the universe, you aren’t in the universe.
  5. Power over others is weakness disguised as strength.
  6. If you’re not living this moment, you’re not really living.
  7. Being at ease with not knowing is crucial for answers to come to you.
  8. The more you live in the present moment, the more the fear of death disappears.
  9. To realize that you are not your thoughts is when you begin to awaken spiritually.
  10. Many people identify their sense of self with the problems they have or think they have.
  11. It is through gratitude for the present moment that the spiritual dimension of life opens up.
  12. If small things have the power to disturb you, then who you think you are is exactly that: small.
  13. If there are people you haven’t forgiven, you’re not going to really awaken. You have to let go.
  14. When the dog looks at you, the dog is not thinking about what kind of a person you are. The dog is not judging you.
  15. The ‘soul’ is one of the words you can use to talk about your innermost being, the essence of who you are.

Quotes by Eckhart Tolle (16-25):

  1. Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have. Make the Now the primary focus of your life.
  2. If you live only in one culture for the first 20 years of your life, you become conditioned without knowing it.
  3. Thought can be so seductive and hypnotic that it absorbs your attention totally, so you become your thoughts.
  4. People don’t realize that now is all there ever is; there is no past or future except as a memory or anticipation in your mind.
  5. Discontent, blaming, complaining, and self-pity cannot serve as a foundation for a good future, no matter how much effort you make.
  6. The power for creating a better future is contained in the present moment: You create a good future by creating a good present.
  7. People look to time in expectation that it will eventually make them happy, but you cannot find true happiness by looking toward the future.
  8. If the structures of the human mind remain unchanged, we will always end up re-creating the same world, the same evils, the same dysfunction.
  9. Many people in this world are still so identified with every thought that arises in their heads. There is not the slightest space of awareness there.
  10. Acceptance looks like a passive state, but in reality, it brings something entirely new into this world. That peace, a subtle energy vibration, is consciousness.

Quotes by Eckhart Tolle (26-30):

  1. Don’t wait to be successful at some future point. Have a successful relationship with the present moment and be fully present in whatever you are doing. That is success.
  2. Dogmas are collective conceptual prisons. And the strange thing is that people love their prison cells because they give them a sense of security and a false sense of ‘I know.’ Nothing has inflicted more suffering on humanity than its dogmas.
  3. The mind is a superb instrument if used rightly. Used wrongly, however, it becomes very destructive. To put it more accurately, you usually don’t use it at all. It uses you.
  4. Thinking is a wonderful tool if it’s applied. Thinking, however, cannot become the master. Thinking is a very bad master. If you’re dominated by thinking then your life becomes very restricted.
  5. Most humans are never fully present in the now because unconsciously they believe that the next moment must be more important than this one. But then you miss your whole life, which is never not now.

Quotes by Eckhart Tolle (31-35):

  1. Your entire life only happens in this moment. The present moment is life itself. Yet, people live as if the opposite were true and treat the present moment as a stepping stone to the next moment – a means to an end.
  2. People tend to dwell more on negative things than on good things. So the mind then becomes obsessed with negative things, with judgments, guilt and anxiety produced by thoughts about the future and so on.
  3. There is a fine balance between honouring the past and losing yourself in it. For example, you can acknowledge and learn from mistakes you made, and then move on and refocus on the now. It is called forgiving yourself.
  4. In the West, as well as some other parts of the world, the personal sense of ego tends to predominate, whereas in other areas, there is a more collective sense of ego. This collective ego emphasizes the ‘we’ rather than the ‘I.’
  5. Thoughts are fine when you don’t confuse them with who you are, and then thoughts are not a problem. Thinking is a wonderful tool to create things in this world. It only becomes problematic and a source of suffering when you confuse thinking with who you are.

Quotes by Eckhart Tolle (36-40):

  1. So many people have this idea: I want to achieve something great or be somebody great. And they neglect the step that leads to greatness. They don’t honour this step at this moment because they have this idea of some future moment where they are going to be great.
  2. To complain is always non-acceptance of what is. It invariably carries an unconscious negative charge. When you complain, you make yourself into a victim. When you speak out, you are in your power. So change the situation by taking action or by speaking out if necessary or possible; leave the situation or accept it. All else is madness.
  3. Any action is often better than no action, especially if you have been stuck in an unhappy situation for a long time. If it is a mistake, at least you learn something, in which case it’s no longer a mistake. If you remain stuck, you learn nothing.
  4. In the egoic state, your sense of self, your identity, is derived from your thinking mind – in other words, what your mind tells you about yourself: the storyline of you, the memories, the expectations, all the thoughts that go through your head continuously and the emotions that reflect those thoughts. All those things make up your sense of self.
  5. Wherever you are, be there totally. If you find your ‘here and now’ intolerable and it makes you unhappy, you have three options: remove yourself from the situation; change it; or accept it totally. If you want to take responsibility for your life, you must choose one of those three options, and you must choose now. Then accept the consequences.

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