87 Greatest Mindfulness Quotes You Need to Live By

Which are your favorite mindfulness quotes? 

Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations.

It’s incredibly important for people to learn how to become mindful, in order to boost their emotional intelligence and the way they deal with certain situations.

We’ve gone around the web, and collected 87 of the best mindfulness quotes to live by:


87 Mindfulness Quotes to Live By

1. “Always hold fast to the present. Every situation, indeed every moment, is of infinite value, for it is the representative of a whole eternity.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

2. “Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” ― Dalai Lama

3. “Do every act of your life as though it were the last act of your life.” Marcus Aurelius

4. “Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves – slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; live the actual moment. Only this moment is life.” ― ThichNhat Hanh

5. “Feelings, whether of compassion or irritation, should be welcomed, recognized, and treated on an absolutely equal basis; because both are ourselves. The tangerine I am eating is me. The mustard greens I am planting are me. I plant with all my heart and mind. I clean this teapot with the kind of attention I would have were I giving the baby Buddha or Jesus a bath. Nothing should be treated more carefully than anything else. In mindfulness, compassion, irritation, mustard green plant, and teapot are all sacred.” ― ThichNhat Hanh

6. “If someone comes along and shoots an arrow into your heart, it’s fruitless to stand there and yell at the person. It would be much better to turn your attention to the fact that there’s an arrow in your heart…” ― Pema Chödrön


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7. “If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.” ― Amit Ray


8. “In the end, just three things matter: How well we have lived. How well we have loved. How well we have learned to let go.” – Jack Kornfield

9. “Knowledge does not mean mastering a great quantity of different information, but understanding the nature of mind. This knowledge can penetrate each one of our thoughts and illuminate each one of our perceptions.” ― Matthieu Ricard

10. “Maybe,” he said, rubbing her forehead. “But don’t worry about it. You need to be a little bit crazy. Crazy is the price you pay for having an imagination. It’s your superpower. Tapping into the dream. It’s a good thing not a bad thing.” ― Ruth Ozeki


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11. “Observe the space between your thoughts, then observe the observer.” – Hamilton Boudreaux


12. “Perfection of character is this: to live each day as if it were your last, without frenzy, without apathy, without pretense.” ― Marcus Aurelius

13. “The best way to capture moments is to pay attention. This is how we cultivate mindfulness. Mindfulness means being awake. It means knowing what you are doing.” ― Jon Kabat-Zinn

14. “The way to live in the present is to remember that ‘This too shall pass.’ When you experience joy, remembering that ‘This too shall pass’ helps you savor the here and now. When you experience pain and sorrow, remembering that ‘This too shall pass’ reminds you that grief, like joy, is only temporary.” – Joey Green

15. “This isn’t just “another day, another dollar.” It’s more like “another day, another miracle.” ― Victoria Moran

16. “Vipassana meditation is an ongoing creative purification process. Observation of the moment-to-moment experience cleanses the mental layers, one after another.” ― Amit Ray

17. “When even one virtue becomes our nature, the mind becomes clean and tranquil. Then there is no need to practice meditation; we will automatically be meditating always.” ― Swami Satchidananda

18. “You might be tempted to avoid the messiness of daily living for the tranquility of stillness and peacefulness. This of course would be an attachment to stillness, and like any strong attachment, it leads to delusion. It arrests development and short-circuits the cultivation of wisdom.” ― Jon Kabat-Zinn

19. “As long as we have practiced neither concentration nor mindfulness, the ego takes itself for granted and remains its usual normal size, as big as the people around one will allow.” – AyyaKhema


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20. “Begin at once to live, and count each separate day as a separate life.” – Seneca


21. “Do not ruin today with mourning tomorrow.” ― Catherynne M. Valente

22. “Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.” – Buddha

23. “I am grateful for all those dark years, even though in retrospect they seem like a long, bitter prayer that was answered finally.” ― Marilynne Robinson

24. “If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.” – William Blake

25. “If you’re reading these words, perhaps it’s because something has kicked open the door for you, and you’re ready to embrace change. It isn’t enough to appreciate change from afar, or only in the abstract, or as something that can happen to other people but not to you. We need to create change for ourselves, in a workable way, as part of our everyday lives.” ― Sharon Salzberg

26. “In this moment, there is plenty of time. In this moment, you are precisely as you should be, and in this moment, there is infinite possibility.” – Victoria Moran

27. “Let go of your mind and then be mindful. Close your ears and listen!” ― Rumi

28. “Mindful and creative, a child who has neither a past, nor examples to follow, nor value judgments, simply lives, speaks and plays in freedom.” – Arnaud Desjardins

29. “One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. The latter procedure, however, is disagreeable and therefore not popular.” ― C.G. Jung

30. “Respond; don’t react. Listen; don’t talk. Think; don’t assume.” ― Raji Lukkoor


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31. “The mind in its natural state can be compared to the sky, covered by layers of cloud which hide its true nature.” ― Kalu Rinpoche


32. “There are a thousand thousand reasons to live this life, everyone of them sufficient.” ― Marilynne Robinson

33. “To diminish the suffering of pain, we need to make a crucial distinction between the pain of pain, and the pain we create by our thoughts about the pain. Fear, anger, guilt, loneliness and helplessness are all mental and emotional responses that can intensify pain.” – Howard Cutler

34. “Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.” ― ThichNhat Hanh

35. “When you realize nothing is lacking, the whole world belongs to you.” Lao Tzu

36. ”Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.” – ThichNhat Hanh

37. “As soon as we wish to be happier, we are no longer happy.” ― Walter Landor

38. “Breath is the finest gift of nature. Be grateful for this wonderful gift.” ― Amit Ray

39. “Do not speak about anyone who is not physically present.” ― Allan Lokos


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40. “Envy and jealousy stem from the fundamental inability to rejoice at someone else’s happiness or success.” – Matthieu Ricard


41. “I don’t need anyone else to distract me from myself anymore, like I always thought I would.” ― Charlotte Eriksson

42. “If we learn to open our hearts, anyone, including the people who drive us crazy, can be our teacher.” – Pema Chodron

43. “Impermanence is a principle of harmony. When we don’t struggle against it, we are in harmony with reality.” – Pema Chodron

44. “In today’s rush, we all think too much — seek too much — want too much — and forget about the joy of just being.” – Eckhart Tolle

45. “Life is a dance. Mindfulness is witnessing that dance.” ― Amit Ray

46. “Mindfulness is simply being aware of what is happening right now without wish― Alan Wattsing it were different; enjoying the pleasant without holding on when it changes (which it will); being with the unpleasant without fearing it will always be this way (which it won’t).” ― James Baraz

47. “One is a great deal less anxious if one feels perfectly free to be anxious, and the same may be said of guilt.”


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48. “Restore your attention or bring it to a new level by dramatically slowing down whatever you’re doing.” ― Sharon Salzberg


49. “The most fundamental aggression to ourselves, the most fundamental harm we can do to ourselves, is to remain ignorant by not having the courage and the respect to look at ourselves honestly and gently.” ― Pema Chödrön

50. “There are two types of seeds in the mind: those that create anger, fear, frustration, jealousy, hatred and those that create love, compassion, equanimity and joy. Spirituality is germination and sprouting of the second group and transforming the first group.” ― Amit Ray

51. “Today, like every other day, we wake up empty and frightened. Don’t open the door to the study and begin reading.Take down a musical instrument.” ― Rumi

52. “We are awakened to the profound realization that the true path to liberation is to let go of everything.” ― Jack Kornfield

53. “Why, if we are as pragmatic as we claim, don’t we begin to ask ourselves seriously: where does our real future lie?” – Sogyal Rinpoche

54. “As we encounter new experiences with a mindful and wise attention, we discover that one of three things will happen to our new experience: it will go away, it will stay the same, or it will get more intense. whatever happens does not really matter.” ― Jack Kornfield

55. “By breaking down our sense of self-importance, all we lose is a parasite that has long infected our minds. What we gain in return is freedom, openness of mind, spontaneity, simplicity, altruism: all qualities inherent in happiness.” – Matthieu Ricard

56. “Don’t believe everything you think. Thoughts are just that – thoughts.” ― Allan Lokos

57. “Everything is created twice, first in the mind and then in reality.” – Robin Sharma


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58. “I wish that life should not be cheap, but sacred. I wish the days to be as centuries, loaded, fragrant.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson


59. “If you concentrate on finding whatever is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul.” ― Rabbi Harold Kushner

60. “In a true you-and-I relationship, we are present mindfully, non-intrusively, the way we are present with things in nature.We do not tell a birch tree it should be more like an elm. We face it with no agenda, only an appreciation that becomes participation: ‘I love looking at this birch’ becomes ‘I am this birch’ and then ‘I and this birch are opening to a mystery that transcends and holds us both.” ― David Richo

61. “It stands to reason that anyone who learns to live well will die well. The skills are the same: being present in the moment, and humble, and brave, and keeping a sense of humor.” – Victoria Moran

62. “Life is not lost by dying; life is lost minute by minute, day by dragging day, in all the small uncaring ways.” – Stephen Vincent Benet

63. “Mindfulness is the aware, balanced acceptance of the present experience. It isn’t more complicated than that. It is opening to or receiving the present moment, pleasant or unpleasant, just as it is, without either clinging to it or rejecting it.” ― Sylvia Boorstein

64. “Our lives are lived in intense and anxious struggle, in a swirl of speed and aggression, in competing, grasping, possessing and achieving, forever burdening ourselves with extraneous activities and preoccupations.” – Sogyal Rinpoche


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65. “Suffering usually relates to wanting things to be different than they are.” – Allan Lokos


66. “The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

67. “There’s only one reason why you’re not experiencing bliss at this present moment, and it’s because you’re thinking or focusing on what you don’t have…. But, right now you have everything you need to be in bliss.” – Anthony de Mello

68. “True compassion is undirected and holds no conceptual focus. That kind of genuine, true compassion is only possible after realizing emptiness.” ― Tsoknyi Rinpoche

69. “We have only now, only this single eternal moment opening and unfolding before us, day and night.” – Jack Kornfield

70. “Without giving up hope—that there’s somewhere better to be, that there’s someone better to be—we will never relax with where we are or who we are.” ― Pema Chödrön


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71. “Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.” ― Mother Teresa


72. “Diversity is an aspect of human existence that cannot be eradicated by terrorism or war or self-consuming hatred. It can only be conquered by recognizing and claiming the wealth of values it represents for all.” ― Aberjhani

73. “Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves – slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; live the actual moment. Only this moment is life.” – Thich Nhat Hanh


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74. “Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.” ― ThichNhat Hanh


75. “If one were truly aware of the value of human life, to waste it blithely on distractions and the pursuit of vulgar ambitions would be the height of confusion.” ― Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

76. “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” – Dalai Lama

77. “Surrender to what is. Let go of what was. Have faith in what will be.” – Sonia Ricotti

78. “It’s only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth – and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up – that we will begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had.” ― Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

79. “Looking at beauty in the world, is the first step of purifying the mind.” ― Amit Ray


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80. “Mindfulness isn’t difficult, we just need to remember to do it.” ― Sharon Salzberg


81. “Our own worst enemy cannot harm us as much as our unwise thoughts. No one can help us as much as our own compassionate thoughts.” – Buddha

82. “The basic root of happiness lies in our minds; outer circumstances are nothing more than adverse or favorable.” – Matthieu Ricard

83. “The practice of mindfulness begins in the small, remote cave of your unconscious mind and blossoms with the sunlight of your conscious life, reaching far beyond the people and places you can see.” – Earon Davis

84. “Things falling apart is a kind of testing and also a kind of healing.” ― Pema Chodron

85. “True happiness, we are told, consists in getting out of one’s self; but the point is not only to get out – you must stay out; and to stay out you must have some absorbing errand.” ― Henry James

86. “Whatever you eye falls on – for it will fall on what you love – will lead you to the questions of your life, the questions that are incumbent upon you to answer, because that is how the mind works in concert with the eye. The things of this world draw us where we need to go.” ― Mary Rose O’Reilley

87. “You have to remember one life, one death–this one! To enter fully the day, the hour, the moment whether it appears as life or death, whether we catch it on the in-breath or out-breath, requires only a moment, this moment. And along with it all the mindfulness we can muster, and each stage of our ongoing birth, and the confident joy of our inherent luminosity.” ― Stephen Levine



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