50 Amazing Eckhart Tolle Quotes That Will Expand Your Mind

Eckhart Tolle is a spiritual teacher and self-help author who is predominately known for his New York Times Best Seller books, “The Power of Now” and “A New Earth.”

Tolle was highly depressed for much of his younger years until he reached the age of twenty-nine. At that point, he experienced a dramatic “inner transformation.”

Eckhart Tolle’s teaching is centered around living in the present moment, as that is all there ever has been and is. Yet, Tolle stresses that many of us spend our lives lost in thought, fixated on the past or future, which are ultimately illusions of the mind and do not exist.

His teachings are somewhat contradictory to the culture of the West, as many of us believe that we only find happiness when we have attained a goal.

Tolle believes this is not true happiness. The “happiness” we encounter is fleeting as the ego-mind is left dissatisfied shortly after attaining a goal and is on the hunt once more for joy, only this time in another form.

Here are some of the most profoundly unique Eckhart Tolle quotes you will ever read that will expand your mind.

1. “Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist persists.” Eckhart Tolle

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

3. “Sometimes surrender means giving up trying to understand and becoming comfortable with not knowing.” Eckhart Tolle

4. Some changes look negative on the surface, but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge.” Eckhart Tolle

5. “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

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

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.” Eckhart Tolle

8. “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.” Eckhart Tolle

9. “Sometimes letting things go is an act of far greater power than defending or hanging on.” Eckhart Tolle

10. “People don’t realize that now is all there ever is; there is no past or future except as memory or anticipation in your mind.” Eckhart Tolle

11. “Instead of asking, “What do I want from life?” A more powerful question is, “What does life want from me?.” Eckhart Tolle

12. “Is there a difference between happiness and inner peace? Yes. Happiness depends on conditions being perceived as positive; inner peace does not.” Eckhart Tolle

13. “When you always want the next thing, every human being becomes a means to an end.” Eckart Tolle

14. “The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.” Eckhart Tolle

15. “Anything that you resent and strongly react to in another is also in you.” Eckart Tolle

16. “All negativity is caused by an accumulation of psychological time and denial of the present.” Eckhart Tolle

17. “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.” Eckhart Tolle

18. “To realize that you are not your thoughts is when you begin to awaken spiritually.” Eckhart Tolle

19. “Time isn’t precious at all because it is an illusion. What you perceive as precious is not time but the one point that is out of time: the Now. That is precious indeed. The more you are focused on time—past and future—the more you miss the Now, the most precious thing there is.” Eckhart Tolle

20. “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

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

22. “Pleasure is always derived from something outside you, whereas joy arises from within.” Eckhart Tolle

23. “Worry means the mind is controlling you. Worry is always pointless. A solution never comes out of worry.” Eckhart Tolle

24. “Living up to an image that you have of yourself or that other people have of you is inauthentic living.” Eckhart Tolle

25. “If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place.” Eckhart Tolle

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

27. “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

28. Love is a state of Being. Your love is not outside; it is deep within you. You can never lose it, and it cannot leave you.” Eckhart Tolle

29. “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

30. “Boredom, anger, sadness, or fear are not ‘yours,’ not personal. They are conditions of the human mind. They come and go. Nothing that comes and goes is you.” Eckhart Tolle

31. “You are not the voice in your mind, but the one who is aware of it.” Eckhart Tolle

32. “Many people identify their sense of self with the problems they have, or think they have.” Eckhart Tolle

33. “To me the ego is the habitual and compulsive thought processes that go through everybody’s mind continuously. External things like possessions or memories or failures or successes or achievements. Your personal history.” Eckhart Tolle

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

35. “Once you have identified with some form of negativity, you do not want to let it go, and on a deeply unconscious level, you do not want positive change. It would threaten your identity as a depressed, angry, or hard-done by person. You will then ignore, deny or sabotage the positive in your life. This is a common phenomenon. It is also insane.” Eckhart Tolle

36. “You have so much to learn from your enemies.” Eckhart Tolle

37. “What will be left of all the fearing and wanting associated with your problematic life situation that every day takes up most of your attention? A dash, one or two inches long, between the date of birth and date of death on your gravestone.” Eckhart Tolle

38. “Power over others is weakness disguised as strength.” Eckhart Tolle

39. “If you are in the habit of creating suffering for yourself, then you are probably creating suffering for others too.” Eckhart Tolle

40. “To the ego, loving and wanting are the same, whereas true love has no wanting in it, no desire to possess or for your partner to change.” Eckhart Tolle

41. “What is commonly called ‘falling in love’ is in most cases an intensification of egoic wanting and needing. You become addicted to another person, or rather to your image of that person. It has nothing to do with true love, which contains no wanting whatsoever.” Eckhart Tolle

42. “All cravings are the mind seeking salvation or fulfillment in external things and in the future as a substitute for the joy of Being.” Eckhart Tolle

43. “Don’t seek happiness. If you seek it, you won’t find it, because seeking is the antithesis of happiness.” Eckhart Tolle

44. “The ego says, ‘I shouldn’t have to suffer,’ and that thought makes you suffer so much more. It is a distortion of the truth, which is always paradoxical. The truth is that you need to say yes to suffering before you can transcend it.” Eckhart Tolle

45. “Being spiritual has nothing to do with what you believe and everything to do with your state of consciousness.” Eckhart Tolle

46. “Thinking is a wonderful tool if it’s applied. Thinking, however, can not become the master. Thinking is a very bad master. If you’re dominated by thinking then your life becomes very restricted.” Eckhart Tolle

47. “Is fear preventing you from taking action? Acknowledge the fear, watch it, take your attention into it, be fully present with it. Doing so cuts the link between the fear and your thinking. Don’t let the fear rise up into your mind. Use the power of the Now. Fear cannot prevail against it.” Eckhart Tolle

48. “If you live only in one culture for the first 20 years of your life, you become conditioned without knowing it.” Eckhart Tolle

49. “You are not a problem that needs solving.” Eckhart Tolle

50. “Fear seems to have many causes. Fear of loss, fear of failure, fear of being hurt, and so on, but ultimately all fear is the ego’s fear of death, of annihilation. To the ego, death is always just around the corner. In this mind-identified state, fear of death affects every aspect of your life.” Eckhart Tolle

Eckhart Tolle Video

To end the article, I’d like to share one of Eckhart’s most popular videos where he talks about how to break the habit of excessive thinking. If you haven’t watched him before, this will give you a taste of how great this man is.

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