The Best 101 Spiritual Quotes: A Round-up of Inspiring Quotes

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101 Spiritual Quotes

Are you looking for inspiring spiritual quotes?

Motivational quotes can teach you how to live a better life and guide you throughout your spiritual journey.

Here are 101 inspirational quotes about spirituality.

The first 50 for your spiritual journey.

1. “The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.”
– W.B. Yeats

2. “Not till your thoughts cease all their branching here and there, not till you abandon all thoughts of seeking for something, not till your mind is motionless as wood or stone, will you be on the right road to the Gate.”
― Huang Po, The Zen Teaching of Huang Po: On the Transmission of Mind

Just as a candle - Buddha
3. “Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, man cannot live without a spiritual life.”
– Buddha

4. “The greatest disease in the West today is not TB or leprosy; it is being unwanted, unloved, and uncared for. We can cure physical diseases with medicine, but the only cure for loneliness, despair, and hopelessness is love. There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread but there are many more dying for a little love. The poverty in the West is a different kind of poverty — it is not only a poverty of loneliness but also of spirituality. There’s a hunger for love, as there is a hunger for God.”
― Mother Teresa, A Simple Path: Mother Teresa

5. “Since love grows within you, so beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul.”
– Saint Augustine

6. “If you have a good idea, use it so that you will not only accomplish something, but so that you can make room for new ones to flow into you.”
― Deng Ming-Dao, Everyday Tao: Living with Balance and Harmony

7. “Awakening is not changing who you are, but discarding who you are not.”
– Deepak Chopra

8. “Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality.”
– Carl Sagan

9. “The universe is not outside of you. Look inside yourself; everything that you want, you already are.”
― Rumi

10. “The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you really are.”
– Carl Jung

11. “No matter your religious or spiritual beliefs … for every person who inhales and exhales… you are alive, you can dream.”
– Georgia Dawkins

12. “The great thing to remember is that though our feelings come and go God’s love for us does not.”
– C.S. Lewis

13. “You and your purpose in life are the same thing. Your purpose is to be you.”
― George Alexiou

14. “Spirituality: the art of keeping your internal fire alive.”
– Maxime Lagacé

15. “You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul.”
– Swami Vivekananda

16. “Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the now the primary focus of your life.”
– Eckhart Tolle

17. “Good humor and laughter are far too wonderful not to come straight from the heart of God.”
– Beth Moore

18. “If you do a good job for others, you heal yourself at the same time, because a dose of joy is a spiritual cure. It transcends all barriers.”
– Ed Sullivan

19. “Peaceful is the one who’s not concerned with having more or less. Unbound by name and fame, he is free from sorrow from the world and mostly from himself.”
― Rumi

20. “You are never alone. You are eternally connected with everyone.”
– Amit Ray

21. “Seek not to understand that you may believe, but believe that you may understand.”
– Saint Augustine

22. “A sacrifice to be real must cost, must hurt, and must empty ourselves. Give yourself fully to God. He will use you to accomplish great things on the condition that you believe much more in His love than in your weakness.”
– Mother Teresa

23. “Never doubt God in the darkness what he has given us in the light.”
― Francine Rivers

24. “A quiet conscience makes one strong!”
– Anne Frank

25. “My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind.”
― Albert Einstein

Seek not to understand - St Augustine
26. “What each of us believes in is up to us, but life is impossible without believing in something.”
― Kentetsu Takamori

27. “You can’t have a physical transformation until you have a spiritual transformation.”
– Cory Booker

28. “Sometimes I think there are only two instructions we need to follow to develop and deepen our spiritual life: slow down and let go.”
– Oriah Mountain Dreamer

29. “If you don’t behave as you believe, you will end by believing as you behave.”
― Fulton J. Sheen

30. “Peaceful is the one who’s not concerned with having more or less. Unbound by name and fame, he is free from sorrow from the world and mostly from himself.”
– Rumi

31. “It is our collective and individual responsibility to preserve and tend to the environment in which we all live.”
― Dalai Lama

32. “Spirituality is recognizing and celebrating that we are all inextricably connected to each other by a power greater than all of us and that our connection to that power and to one another is grounded in love and compassion. Practicing spirituality brings a sense of perspective, meaning and purpose to our lives.”
– Brené Brown

33. “We are all connected; To each other, biologically. To the earth, chemically. To the rest of the universe atomically.”
– Neil DeGrasse Tyson

34. “At any moment, you have a choice, that either leads you closer to your spirit or further away from it.”
– Thich Nhat Hanh

35. “For one wild, glad moment we snapped the chain that binds us to earth, and joining hands with the winds we felt ourselves divine.”
― Helen Keller, The Story of My Life

36. “Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn, or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.”
– Denis Waitley

37. “Hope is some extraordinary spiritual grace that God gives us to control our fears, not to oust them.”
– Vincent McNabb

38. “Re-examine all you have been told. Dismiss what insults your soul.”
– Walt Whitman

39. “Out of many thousands among men, one may endeavor for perfection, and of those who have achieved perfection, hardly one knows Me in truth.”
― A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda

40. “Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in this life has a purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences. All events are blessings given to us to learn from.”
– Elizabeth Kübler-Ross

41. “The most telling and profound way of describing the evolution of the universe would undoubtedly be to trace the evolution of love.”
― Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

42. “If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.”
– Jack Kornfield

43. “The soul is placed in the body like a rough diamond and must be polished, or the luster of it will never appear.“
– Daniel Defoe

44. “As you give out so shall you receive.”
― Michelangelo

45. “Empathy is really the opposite of spiritual meanness. It’s the capacity to understand that every war is both won and lost. And that someone else’s pain is as meaningful as your own.”
– Barbara Kingsolver

I understand - Paulo Coelho

46. “I understand once again that the greatness of God always reveals itself in the simple things.”
– Paulo Coelho

47. “Within you, there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself.”
– Hermann Hesse

48. “To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, but to live gratitude is to touch heaven.”
– Johannes A. Gaertner

49. “God will test you because he wants you to grow up. He wants you to mature. He wants you to develop a walk with him that is not based on your fluctuating emotions but on your commitment to him as you learn to walk by faith.”
– Greg Laurie

50. “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.”
– Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

The next 51 spiritual quotes.

51. “The spiritual life does not remove us from the world but leads us deeper into it.”
– Henri J.M. Nouwen

52. “Religion is for people who’re afraid of going to hell. Spirituality is for those who’ve already been there.”
– Vine Deloria Jr.

53. “Big-heartedness is the most essential virtue on the spiritual journey.”
– Matthew Fox

54. “The unexamined life is not worth living.”
– Socrates

55. “Physical strength can never permanently withstand the impact of spiritual force.”
– Franklin D. Roosevelt

56. “Enlightenment means taking full responsibility for your life.”
– William Blake

57. “Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life.”
– Ludwig van Beethoven

58. “What drains your spirit drains your body. What fuels your spirit fuels your body.”
― Caroline Myss

59. “It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.”
– Francis of Assisi

60. “You can read books without ever stepping into a library; and practice spirituality without ever going to a temple.”
– Anthony de Mello

61. “When you realize there is no lacking, the whole world belongs to you.”
– Lao Tzu

62. Patience is the companion of wisdom.
– Saint Augustine

63. “The spiritual journey is the unlearning of fear and the acceptance of love.”
– Marianne Williamson

64. “Excellence encourages one about life generally; it shows the spiritual wealth of the world.”
– George Eliot

65. “Love is the doorway through which the human soul passes from selfishness to service.”
– Jack Hyles

No lacking - lao tzu
66. “If you think you’re enlightened, go spend a week with your family.”
– Ram Dass

67. “We do not need more intellectual power, we need more spiritual power. We do not need more of the things that are seen, we need more of the things that are unseen.”
– Calvin Coolidge

68. “Happy people build their inner world; unhappy people blame their outer world.”
–Dalai Lama

69. “Take care of your inner, spiritual beauty. That will reflect in your face.”
– Dolores del Río

70. “I see poetry as spiritual medicine.”
– Mahmoud Darwish

71. “Your sacred space is where you can find yourself over and over again.”
– Joseph Campbell

72. “Relax into the moment and let the universe do the driving. If there was a secret to happiness in life, I’d say that was it.”
– Jed McKenna

73. “Do anything, but let it produce joy.”
– Walt Whitman

74. “You will face many defeats in life, but never let yourself be defeated.”
– Maya Angelou

75. “If you love a flower, don’t pick it up. Because if you pick it up it dies and it ceases to be what you love. So if you love a flower, let it be. Love is not about possession. Love is about appreciation.”
– Osho

76. “Knock, And He’ll open the door
Vanish, And He’ll make you shine like the sun
Fall, And He’ll raise you to the heavens
Become nothing, And He’ll turn you into everything.”
― Jalal Ad-Din Rumi

77. “I have lived with several Zen masters — all of them cats.”
― Eckhart Tolle

78. “The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware; joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.”
– Henry Miller

79. “The words ‘I Love You’ kill, and resurrect millions, in less than a second.”
― Aberjhani, Elemental: The Power of Illuminated Love

80. “Reflection is the lamp of the heart. If it departs, the heart will have no light.”
― Imam Al-Haddad

Spiritual Quotes - stars - shakespeare
81. “It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.”
– William Shakespeare

82. “Faith does not need to push the river because faith is able to trust that there is a river. The river is flowing. We are in it.”
– Richard Rohr

83. “If a man is to live, he must be all alive, body, soul, mind, heart, spirit.”
― Thomas Merton

84. “He who does not reflect his life back to God in gratitude does not know himself.”
― Albert Schweitzer

85. “The Way is not in the sky; the Way is in the heart.”
― Gautama Buddha

86. “The spiritual life is not a life before, after, or beyond our everyday existence. No, the spiritual life can only be real when it is lived in the midst of the pains and joys of the here and now.” – Henri Nouwen

87. “Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one’s weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.”
– Mahatma Gandhi

88. “The soul is like an uninhabited world
that comes to life only when
God lays His head
against us.”
― St. Thomas Aquinas

89. “He who thinks half-heartedly will not believe in God; but he who really thinks has to believe in God.”
― Isaac Newton

90. “The sea is only the embodiment of a
supernatural and wonderful existence.
It is nothing but love and emotion;
it is the ‘Living Infinite…”
― Jules Verne

91. “Love is and should always be unconditional.”
― Zain Hashmi

92. “Only if we understand, will we care. Only if we care, will we help. Only if we help shall all be saved.”
– Jane Goodall

93. “You become mature when you become the authority of your own life.”
― Joseph Campbell

94. “The meaning of life is just to be alive. It is so plain and so obvious and so simple. And yet, everybody rushes around in a great panic as if it were necessary to achieve something beyond themselves.”
– Alan Watts

95. “The worst evil is not to commit crimes, but to fail to do the good one might have done.”
― Leon Bloy

96. Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.
– Saint Augustine

97. By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.
– Confucius

98. Never reach out your hand unless you’re willing to extend an arm.
– Pope Paul VI

99. Study the past, if you would divine the future.
– Confucius

100. The future starts today, not tomorrow.
– Pope John Paul II

101. Pain is never permanent.
– Saint Teresa of Avila

In Summary

We hope you enjoyed our list of 101 inspirational spiritual quotes. Hopefully, you’ll find some that resonate with you and help you in your day-to-day life.

There are a lot of spiritual sayings out there, and they all mean something different to everyone who reads them.

Take some time and read through our list again. We hope they’ll give you a new perspective on life!


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