38 Enlightening & Spiritual Eckhart Tolle Quotes

Eckhart Tolle is a German author, best known as the person behind the best selling book ‘The Power of Now‘. In 2011, he was listed by Watkins Review as the most spiritually influential person in the world.

Here’s a list of several of the books he’s published:

  • The Power of Now
  • A New Earth
  • Stillness Speaks
  • Guardians of Being

    38 Enlightening Eckhart Tolle Quotes

    1. “Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” – Eckhart Tolle

    2. “Being must be felt. It can’t be thought.” – Eckhart Tolle

    3. “If I cannot live with myself, there must be two of me.” – Eckhart Tolle

    4. “Instead of asking “what do I want from life?,” a more powerful question is, “what does life want from me?” – Eckhart Tolle

    5. “Not all thinking and all emotion are of the ego. They turn into ego only when you identify with them and they take you over completely, that is to say, when they become “I”.” – Eckhart Tolle

    6. “The past has no power over the present moment.” – Eckhart Tolle

    7. “To love is to recognize yourself in another.” – Eckhart Tolle

    8. “Why does the mind habitually deny or resist the Now? Because it cannot function and remain in control without time, which is past and future, so it perceives the timeless Now as threatening. Time and mind are in fact inseparable.” – Eckhart Tolle

    9. “All the things that truly matter — beauty, love, creativity, joy, inner peace — arise from beyond the mind.” – Eckhart Tolle


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    10. “For what you do to others, you do to yourself.” – Eckhart Tolle

    11. “If there were nothing but thought in you, you wouldn’t even know you are thinking. You would be like a dreamer who doesn’t know he is dreaming. When you know you are dreaming, you are awake within the dream.” – Eckhart Tolle

    12. “Life is the dancer and you are the dance.” – Eckhart Tolle

    13. “Nothing ever happened in the past that can prevent you from being present now, and if the past can’t prevent you from being present now, what power does it have?” – Eckhart Tolle

    14. “The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but thought about it. Be aware of the thoughts you are thinking. Separate them from the situation, which is always neutral. It is as it is.” – Eckhart Tolle

    15. “What a liberation to realize that the “voice in my head” is not who I am. Who am I then? The one who sees that.” – Eckhart Tolle

    16. “You cannot be both unhappy and fully present in the Now.” – Eckhart Tolle

    17. “Always say “yes” to the present moment. What could be more futile, more insane, than to create inner resistance to what already is? what could be more insane than to oppose life itself, which is now and always now? Surrender to what is. Say “yes” to life — and see how life suddenly starts working for you rather than against you.” – Eckhart Tolle

    18. “Forget about your life situation and pay attention to your life. Your life situation exists in time, your life is now. Your life situation is mind-stuff, your life is real.” – Eckhart Tolle

    19. “If you both agree that the relationship will be your spiritual practice, so much the better. You can then express your thoughts and feelings to each other as soon as they occur, or as soon as a reaction comes up, so that you do not create a time gap in which an unexpressed or unacknowledged emotion or grievance can fester and grow.” – Eckhart Tolle

    20. “Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at the moment.” – Eckhart Tolle


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

    22. “The secret of life is to “die before you die” — and find that there is no death.” – Eckhart Tolle

    23. “What you react to in others, you strengthen in yourself.” – Eckhart Tolle

    24. “You do not become good by trying to be good, but by finding the goodness that is already within you, and allowing that goodness to emerge. But it can only emerge if something fundamental changes in your state of consciousness.” – Eckhart Tolle

    25. “As soon as you honor the present moment, all unhappiness and struggle dissolve, and life begins to flow with joy and ease. When you act out the present-moment awareness, whatever you do becomes imbued with a sense of quality, care, and love – even the most simple action.” – Eckhart Tolle

    26. “Give up defining yourself — to yourself or to others. You won’t die. You will come to life. And don’t be concerned with how others define you. When they define you, they are limiting themselves, so it’s their problem. Whenever you interact with people, don’t be there primarily as a function or a role, but as the field of conscious Presence. You can only lose something that you have, but you cannot lose something that you are.” – Eckhart Tolle


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    27. “If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place. Primary reality is within; secondary reality without.” – Eckhart Tolle

    28. “Love is not selective, just as the light of the sun is not selective. It does not make one person special. It is not exclusive. Exclusivity is not the love of God but the “love” of ego. However, the intensity with which true love is felt can vary.” – Eckhart Tolle

    29. “Space has no “existence.” “To exist” literally means “to stand out.” You cannot understand space because it doesn’t stand out. Although in itself it has no existence, it enables everything else to exist. Silence has no existence either, nor does the Unmanifested.” – Eckhart Tolle

    30. “Thinking and consciousness are not synonymous. Thinking is only a small aspect of consciousness. Thought cannot exist without consciousness, but consciousness does not need thought.” – Eckhart Tolle

    31. “Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it.” – Eckhart Tolle

    32. “Whenever an answer, a solution, or a creative idea is needed, stop thinking for a moment by focusing attention on your inner energy field. … When you resume thinking, it will be fresh and creative.” – Eckhart Tolle

    33. “Being an outsider to some extent, someone who does not ‘fit in’ with others or is rejected by them for whatever reason, makes life difficult, but it also places you at an advantage as far as enlightenment is concerned. It takes you out of unconsciousness almost by force.” – Eckhart Tolle


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    34. “How” is always more important that “what.” See if you can give much more attention to the doing than to the result that you want to achieve through it.” – Eckhart Tolle

    35. “If your mind carries a heavy burden of past, you will experience more of the same. The past perpetuates itself through lack of presence. The quality of your consciousness at this moment is what shapes the future.” – Eckhart Tolle

    36. “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.” – Eckhart Tolle

    37. “The mind is a superb instrument if used rightly. Used wrongly, however, it becomes very destructive. To put it more accurately, it is not so much that you use your mind wrongly — you usually don’t use it at all. It uses you. This is the disease. You believe that you are your mind. This is the delusion. The instrument has taken you over.” – Eckhart Tolle

    38. “To end the misery that has afflicted the human condition for thousands of years, you have to start with yourself and take responsibility for you inner state at any given moment. That means now.” – Eckhart Tolle



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