Top 20 Spiritual Quotes

In my opinion (clearly), these are the top 20 spiritual quotes that have shaped history and continue to inspire millions today. Of course, there are many more, but these 20 quotes really stick out IMO. Once you’ve browsed this list you might want to check out our list of spiritual leaders (ancient and modern) with a brief rundown on their ‘takes“.

1. “The kingdom of God is within you.” – Jesus Christ

This profound quote from Jesus emphasizes the divine power within each of us. You don’t have to look outside for spiritual fulfillment, it’s within you.

2. “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Gandhi encouraged us to embody the changes we want to see. His life was a testament to this principle; he was the change he wanted to see.

3. “He who knows others is wise; he who knows himself is enlightened.” – Lao Tzu

The ancient Taoist philosopher, Lao Tzu, taught us that true enlightenment comes from self-knowledge. Self-discovery is the key to spiritual growth.

4. “What you think, you become.” – Buddha

Buddha’s wisdom highlights the power of our thoughts in shaping our reality. This quote reminds us to guard our thoughts as they are the seeds of our destiny.

5. “Every moment is a fresh beginning.” – T.S. Eliot

Eliot teaches us that every moment offers a new start. This quote motivates us to leave the past behind and embark on a new spiritual journey.

6. “The only journey is the one within.” – Rainer Maria Rilke

This quote by Rilke underscores the importance of introspection in the spiritual journey. True transformation begins from within.

7. “To understand everything is to forgive everything.” – Buddha

Forgiveness, according to Buddha, is born out of understanding. As we grow in understanding, we learn to let go and forgive.

8. “Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.” – Buddha

Once again, Buddha emphasizes the inner source of peace. It is a reminder not to search for peace in external circumstances, but within ourselves.

9. “God does not play dice with the universe.” – Albert Einstein

Einstein’s quote speaks to the inherent order and harmony in the universe, pointing to the existence of a higher power.

10. “I have been a seeker and I still am, but I stopped asking the books and the stars. I started listening to the teaching of my Soul.” – Rumi

Rumi’s quote advocates for inner guidance. It tells us that the soul’s teachings are more profound than any external source of wisdom.

11. “The wound is the place where the Light enters you.” – Rumi

Rumi teaches us that our pain can be the entry point for spiritual enlightenment. Through suffering, we can experience growth and transformation.

12. “I am not a body. I am free.” – A Course in Miracles

This quote from A Course in Miracles reminds us of our true nature as spiritual beings, beyond the physical realm.

13. “Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” – Rumi

Rumi advises us to seek out and dismantle the internal barriers to love. True love begins from within.

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

Teilhard de Chardin’s quote is a profound reminder of our spiritual essence. We are more than our physical existence.

15. “You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” – Buddha

Buddha encourages us to love ourselves. Self-love is the foundation of spiritual wellness.

16. “Don’t seek, don’t search, don’t ask, don’t knock, don’t demand – relax. If you relax, it comes. If you relax, it is there. If you relax, you start vibrating with it.” – Osho

Osho teaches us to relax and allow spiritual growth to unfold naturally. When we relax, we align ourselves with the universe’s rhythm.

17. “Spiritual maturity is when you stop trying to change others and focus on changing yourself.” – Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama points to the importance of self-improvement in our spiritual journey. True maturity comes from self-growth.

18. “I know but one freedom and that is the freedom of the mind.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry emphasizes mental freedom. The quote encourages us to free our minds and open ourselves to infinite spiritual possibilities.

19. “Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark.” – Rabindranath Tagore

Tagore’s quote stresses the importance of faith in the spiritual journey. Faith enables us to see light even in the darkest times.

20. “Everything in the universe is within you. Ask all from yourself.” – Rumi

Rumi reiterates that everything we need is within us. Our inner world is a reflection of the universe.


These quotes reveal several important spiritual truths:

a) the power of inner peace and change

b) the importance of self-discovery and self-love

c) the role of suffering in spiritual growth

d) the significance of faith and relaxation in our spiritual journey

Each quote serves as a guide to a deeper understanding of our spiritual nature.

If you enjoyed this post, you may enjoy our post entitled Can spiritual teachers (or gurus) be trusted?

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