121 Best Spiritual Quotes (Powerful & Inspirational)

2022 Update

Spirituality – a belief oriented at forming meaningful connection with something much greater than yourself.

When we strive for happiness, freedom, and success, we often fail to realize that having a strong inner connection to God is the first step to achieving spirituality.

The COVID-19 pandemic put an emotional strain on our lives. In the midst of this chaos, spirituality has become a dire need for every human being.

Below, we have compiled a list of 121 wise, powerful, and inspirational spiritual quotes to help instill the sense of spirituality within you. Let’s look at them together:

Best Spiritual Quotes

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

2.)  “When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.” – Helen Keller

3.) “More smiling, less worrying. More compassion, less judgment. More blessed, less stressed. More love, less hate.” – Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

4.)  “Practice the pause. When in doubt, pause. When angry, pause. When tired, pause. When stressed, pause. And when you pause, pray.” – Toby Mac

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

6.) “Nothing binds you except your thoughts; nothing limits you except your fear; and nothing controls you except your beliefs.” – Marianne Williamson

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

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

9.) “Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.” – Kahlil Gibran

10.)  “The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.”– Nicolas Chamfort

11.) “Yes, you must live life beautifully and not allow the spirit of the world that makes gods out of power, riches, and pleasure make you forget that you have been created for greater things: to love and to be loved.” – Mother Teresa

12.) “Step out of the circle of time and into the circle of love.” – Rumi

13.) “Don’t ever discount the wonder of your tears. They can be healing waters and a stream of joy. Sometimes they are the best words the heart can speak.” – William Paul Young

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

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

16.) “Let God’s promises shine on your problems.” – Corrie ten Boom

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

18.)  “We have a saying in Tibet: If a problem can be solved, there is no use worrying about it. If it can’t be solved, worrying will do no good.”  Heinrich Harrer

19.) “Anything that makes you weak–physically, intellectually and spiritually–reject it as poison.” – Swami Vivekananda

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

21.)  “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

22.) “Make your own Bible. Select and collect all the words and sentences that in all your readings have been to you like the blast of a trumpet.”– Ralph Waldo Emerson

23.) “Being at ease with not knowing is crucial for answers to come to you.” – Eckhart Tolle

24.) “True freedom is giving someone the permission to misunderstand you.” –Lauren Daigle

25.) “If you live up to your privilege, the angels cannot be restrained from being your associates.” – Joseph Smith

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

27.) “A life of reaction is a life of slavery, intellectually and spiritually. One must fight for a life of action, not reaction.” – Rita Mae Brown

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

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

30.) “True freedom is giving someone the permission to misunderstand you.” –Lauren Daigle

31.) “Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is, rather than as you think it should be.” – Wayne Dyer

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

33.) “Surrender is the most difficult thing in the world while you are doing it and the easiest when it is done.” Bhai Sahib

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

35.) “I believe in God, but not as one thing, not as an old man in the sky. I believe that what people call God is something in all of us. I believe that what Jesus and Mohammed and Buddha and all the rest said was right. It’s just that the translations have gone wrong.”– John Lennon

36.) “Know what sparks the light in you so that you, in your own way, can illuminate the world.” – Oprah Winfrey

37.) “If you want others to be happy, practise compassion. If you want to be happy, practise compassion.” – The Dalai Lama

38.) “Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality. – Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

38.) “When you consider things like the stars, our affairs don’t seem to matter very much, do they?” – Virginia Woolf

39.) “Everything in the world was my Guru.” – Ramana Maharshi

40.) “Set peace of mind as your highest goal, and organize your life around it.” –Brian Tracy

41.) “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

42.) “All creatures are merely veils under which God hides Himself.” – Martin Luther

43.) “Fools laugh at others. Wisdom laughs at itself.” – Osho

44.) “God put us here on this carnival ride. We close our eyes, never knowing where it’ll take us next.” – Carrie Underwood

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

46.) “The greatest illusion of this world is the illusion of separation.” – Unknown

47.) “The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery.” – Anais Nin

48.)“No woman wants to be in submission to a man who isn’t in submission to God!” – T D Jakes

49.) “Be not afraid of anything. You will do marvelous work. It is fearlessness that brings Heaven even in a moment.” – Swami Vivekananda

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

51.) “Only in quiet waters things mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world.” – Hans Margolius

52.) “I don’t want to cover up anymore. Not my face, not my mind, not my soul, not my thoughts, not my dreams, not my struggles, not my emotional growth. Nothing.” – Alicia Keys

53.) “However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.” – Stephen Hawking

54.) “Quiet the mind and the soul will speak.” – Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati

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

56.) “A human mind is a wandering mind, and a wandering mind is an unhappy mind.” – Matthew A. Killingsworth and Daniel T. Gilber

57.) “You can safely assume you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.” – Anne Lamott

58.)  “All of us are living with dogmas that we accept as truths. When one of these is overturned, there’s an initial gasp, soon followed by a rush of exhilaration.” – Deepak Chopra

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

60.) “Everyone is on a spiritual path; most people just don’t know it. The spiritual journey is the unlearning of fear and the acceptance of love.” – Marianne Williamson

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

62.) “The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery.” – Anais Nin

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

64.) “The main requirement for spiritual growth: A yearning to know who you really are.” – Adyashanti

65.) “Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

66.) “I would rather feel compassion than know the meaning of it.” – St. Thomas Aquinas

67.) “A single day is enough to make us a little larger or, another time, a little smaller.” – Paul Klee

68.) “To make life a little better for people less fortunate than you. That’s what I think a meaningful life is, living not for oneself but for one’s community.” – Ruth Bader Ginsburg

69.) “To make life a little better for people less fortunate than you. That’s what I think a meaningful life is, living not for oneself but for one’s community.” – Ruth Bader Ginsburg

70.) “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” – Confucius

71.) “You are one thing only. You are a Divine Being. An all-powerful Creator. You are a Deity in jeans and a t-shirt, and within you dwells the infinite wisdom of the ages and the sacred creative force of All that is, will be and ever was.”  – Anthon St. Maarten

72.) “The next message you need is always right where you are.” – Ram Dass

73.) ““If you’re willing to put yourself and your dreams on the line, at the very least you’ll discover an inner strength you may not have known existed.” – Kurt Warner

74.) “Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” – Rumi

75.) Take care of your inner, spiritual beauty. That will reflect in your face. – Dolores del Rio

76.) “I am not my thoughts, emotions, sense perceptions, and experiences. I am not the content of my life. I am Life. I am the space in which all things happen. I am consciousness. I am the Now. I Am.” – Eckhart Tolle

77.) “We are not punished for our anger; we are punished by our anger.” – Eknath Easwaran

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

79.) “Your darkness is one of the most powerful tools you have for your spiritual evolution.” – Unknown

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

81.) “It is not the end of the physical body that should worry us. Rather, our concern must be to live while we’re alive – to release our inner selves from the spiritual death that comes with living behind a facade designed to conform to external definitions of who and what we are.” – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

82.) “I attack ideas. I don’t attack people. Some very good people have some very bad ideas. And if you can’t separate the two, you gotta get another day job.” – Antonin Scalia

83.) “All power is within you; you can do anything and everything. Believe in that, do not believe that you are weak; do not believe that you are half-crazy lunatics, as most of us do nowadays. You can do any thing and everything, without even the guidance of any one. Stand up and express the divinity within you.” – Swami Vivekananda

84.) “What you are is God’s gift to you, what you become is your gift to God.”– Hans Urs von Balthasar, Prayer

85.) “To walk the spiritual path is to continually step out into the unknown.” – Wallace Huey

86.) “Friendship has always belonged to the core of my spiritual journey.” – Henri Nouwen

87.) “Happiness is spiritual, born of truth and love. It is unselfish; therefore, it cannot exist alone but requires all mankind to share it.” – Mary Baker Eddy

88.) “We are not punished for our anger; we are punished by our anger.” – Eknath Easwaran

89.) “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

90.) “When a man is willing and eager, the Gods join in.” – Aeschylus

91.) “I realized then that even though I was a tiny speck in an infinite cosmos, a blip on the timeline of eternity, I was not without purpose.” – R.J. Anderson

92.) “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

93.) “How hurtful it can be to deny one’s true self and live a life of lies just to appease others.” – June Ahern

94.) “He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name.” – Psalm 147:4

95.) “Part of spiritual and emotional maturity is recognizing that it’s not like you’re going to try to fix yourself and become a different person. You remain the same person, but you become awakened.” – Jack Kornfield

96.) “Begin to see yourself as a soul with a body rather than a body with a soul.” – Wayne Dyer

97.) “If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one.” – Dolly Parton

98.) “You’ll be calm the day you learn to sit alone and do nothing.” – Maxime Lagacé

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

100.) “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” – C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain

101.) “You are never alone or helpless. The force that guides the stars, guides you too.” – Shrii Shrii Anandamurti

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

103.) “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” – J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

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

105.)  “God will not look you over for medals, degrees or diplomas but for scars.“– Elbert Hubbard

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

107.) “The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It’s the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared.” – Lois Lowry, The Giver

108.) “Accept–then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. This will miraculously transform your whole life.” – Eckhart Tolle

109.) “If you seek peace, be still. If you seek wisdom, be silent. If you seek love, be yourself.” – Becca Lee

110.) “The only time you fail is when you fall down and stay down.” – Stephen Richards, Cosmic Ordering: You can be successful

111.) “Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing admiration and awe, the oftener and the more steadily we reflect on them: the starry heavens above and the moral law within.” – Immanuel Kant

112.) “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

113.) “It takes three to make love, not two: you, your spouse, and God. Without God people only succeed in bringing out the worst in one another. Lovers who have nothing else to do but love each other soon find there is nothing else. Without a central loyalty life is unfinished.” – Fulton J. Sheen, Seven Words of Jesus and Mary: Lessons from Cana and Calvary

114.) “God will not look you over for medals, degrees or diplomas but for scars.“ – Elbert Hubbard

115.) “To walk the spiritual path is to continually step out into the unknown.” – Wallace Huey

116.) “If peace is our single aim in all we do, we will always know what to do because we will do whatever will protect and deepen our peace.” – Gerald Jampolsky

117.) “We are not human beings trying to be spiritual. We are spiritual beings trying to be human.” – Jacquelyn Small

118.) “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

119.) “You are never alone or helpless. The force that guides the stars, guides you too.” – Shrii Shrii Anandamurti 

120.) “You can read books without ever stepping into a library; and practice spirituality without ever going to a temple.” – ANTHONY DE MELLO

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

Summary

Thank you for reading. We hope you enjoyed our list of 121 Best Spiritual Quotes.

Before you leave, we would love to share some tips to help you best practice spirituality in your life:

  • Help others in need with an open heart.
  • Feel sympathy for other humans.
  • Keep a gratitude journal and everyday write down what you feel grateful for.
  • Try solitude and meditation.
  • And lastly, be mindful.

Good luck on your journey to finding spirituality.