Selected Quotes

Explore the entire UEF quote database below, using the umbrella topics to help you navigate. You may need to allow a few moments for the hub to load before selecting the relevant filters.

We will be adding new quotes periodically, so don’t miss out on our latest curated material and check back regularly.

Pierre Hadot
French philosopher and historian
Living Consciously

“We must live each day with a consciousness so acute, and an attention so intense, that we can say to ourselves each evening: I have lived; I have actualized my life, and have had all that I could expect from life.”

Category: Living Consciously
Religion:
James Thurber
American writer
Living Consciously

“Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around in awareness.”

Category: Living Consciously
Religion:
Joseph Campbell
Scholar of comparative mythology and religion
Mind and Consciousness

“When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves and our own self-preservation, we undergo a truly heroic transformation of consciousness”.

Category: Mind and Consciousness
Religion:
Joan Didion
American writer
False Narratives

“We interpret what we see, select the most workable of the multiple choices. We live entirely[...]by the imposition of a narrative line upon disparate images, by the 'ideas' with which we have learned to freeze the shifting phantasmagoria — which is our actual experience.”

Category: False Narratives
Religion:
Swami Vivekananda
Hindu monk
Interconnectedness

“All differences in this world are of degree, and not kind, because oneness is the secret of everything.”

Category: Interconnectedness
Religion:
Niall Ferguson
Historian
Learn

“The dead outnumber the living fourteen to one, and we ignore the accumulated [[Experience]] of such a huge majority of mankind at our peril.”

Category: Learn
Religion:
Seneca
Roman Stoic Philosopher
Learn

“We learn not in the school, but in life.”

Category: Learn
Religion:
Epictetus
Philosopher
Learn

"What is the first business of one who practices philosophy? To get rid of self-conceit. For it is impossible for anyone to begin to [[Learn]] that which he thinks he already knows.”

Category: Learn
Religion:
Leo Tolstoy
Russian novelist
Learn

"If you want to be a clever person, you have to learn how to ask cleverly, how to listen attentively, how to respond quietly, and how to stop talking when there is nothing more to say."

Category: Learn
Religion:
Friedrich Nietzsche
German philosopher
Learn

“I want to learn more and more to see as beautiful what is necessary in things; then I shall be one of those who make things beautiful."

Category: Learn
Religion:
Sir Isaac Newton
Mathematician and physicist
Play

“I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.”

Category: Play
Religion:
Alexander Nehamas
Philosopher
Interconnectedness

"We become who we are in great part because of the friends we have."

Category: Interconnectedness
Religion:
Jim Love
Astronaut
Science, Psychology, & Philosophy
Religion

“The vast loneliness up here of the Moon is awe-inspiring, and it makes you realize just what you have back there on Earth. The Earth from here is a grand oasis to the big vastness of space.”

Category: Religion
Religion: Science, Psychology, & Philosophy
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
French Jesuit priest, scientist, and philosopher
Love

"Driven by the forces of love, the fragments of the world seek each other so that the world may come to being."

Category: Love
Religion:
Antoine de Saint Exupery
Author
Love

“For true love is inexhaustible; the more you give, the more you have. And if you go to draw at the true fountainhead, the more water you draw, the more abundant is its flow.”

Category: Love
Religion:
Peter Catapano
NYT Editor
Love

“When a man is gripped by love, he feels that this is like being in infinite debt.”

Category: Love
Religion:
Augustine of Hippo
Christian saint
Love

“Love, then do as you like.”

Category: Love
Religion:
Graham Greene
Author
Love

“One can’t love humanity, one can only love people.”

Category: Love
Religion:
Henry Ward Beecher
Medical Doctor
Love

“We never know the love of a parent till we become parents ourselves.”

Category: Love
Religion:
Adi Shankara
Indian Philosopher
Authentic Self

"In the morning as I meet the dawn, I remember that my heart contains the God, the Beloved, who has not yet been defined and described. I remember that it is He who vibrates within my heart, enables me to breathe, to talk, to listen, to move."

Category: Authentic Self
Religion:
Jack Kornfield
American Author
Love

“In the end, only three things matter: how much you Loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.”

Category: Love
Religion:
Francois de la Rouchefoucauld
Author of Maxims and Memoirs
Authentic Self

“We are so accustomed to disguise ourselves to others that in the end we become disguised to ourselves.”

Category: Authentic Self
Religion:
Jim Carrey
Actor
False Narratives

“I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it’s not the answer.”

Category: False Narratives
Religion:
Albert Einstein
Theoretical physicist
Living Consciously

“Be a loner. That gives you time to wonder, to search for the Truth. Have holy curiosity. Make your life worth living.”

Category: Living Consciously
Religion:
Charles Bukowski
Poet
Authentic Self

"Can you remember who you were, before the world told you who you should be?"

Category: Authentic Self
Religion:
Jacqueline Novogratz
Entrepreneur and Author
False Narratives

"For too long, our world has been consumed by defining success as money, power, and fame. At the essence of moral revolution lies the requirement to redefine success away from how much money we have to one based on the lives we’ve positively touched."

Category: False Narratives
Religion:
Epictetus
Philosopher
Living Consciously

“The chief task in life is simply this: to identify and separate matters so that I can say clearly to myself which are externals not under my control, and which have to do with the choices I actually control. Where then do I look for good and evil? Not to uncontrollable externals, but within myself to the choices that are my own."

Category: Living Consciously
Religion:
Carla Manly
Psychologist
Living Consciously

“Those who are self-aware tend to move into life’s possibilities. Those who are less self-reflective often get mired in negative cycles that can lead to regret.”

Category: Living Consciously
Religion:
Alan Watts
British philosopher and speaker
Perseverance

“Problems that remain persistently unsolvable should always be suspected as questions asked in the wrong way.”


Category: Perseverance
Religion:
Malcom S. Forbes
Entrepreneur
Love

“You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.”

Category: Love
Religion:
Nikola Tesla
Scientist
Meaning

“What one man calls God, another calls the laws of physics.”

Category: Meaning
Religion:
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Author
Mind and Consciousness

“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two conflicting ideas in mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function."

Category: Mind and Consciousness
Religion:
Albert Einstein
Theoretical physicist
Learn

“If I had an hour to save the world, I’d spend 59 minutes defining the problem and one minute resolving it.”


Category: Learn
Religion:
David Hume
Philosopher
Perseverance

"Doubt is the beginning, not the end, of wisdom."

Category: Perseverance
Religion:
Robert Anton Wilson
Futurist
Learn

“In order to eat, you have to be hungry. In order to learn, you have to be ignorant. Ignorance is a condition of learning. Pain is a condition of health. Passion is a condition of thought. Death is a condition of life.”

Category: Learn
Religion:
Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Russian novelist
Living Consciously

“The cleverest of all, in my opinion, is the man who calls himself a fool at least once a month.”

Category: Living Consciously
Religion:
Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Russian novelist
Learn

“It's life that matters, nothing but life--the process of discovering the everlasting and perpetual process, not the discovery itself at all.”

Category: Learn
Religion:
Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Russian novelist
Meaning

“Don't let us forget that the causes of human actions are immeasurably more complex and varied than our subsequent explanations of them.”

Category: Meaning
Religion:
Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Russian novelist
Perseverance

“Man is a creature that can get accustomed to anything, and I think this is the best definition of him.”

Category: Perseverance
Religion:
Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Russian novelist
Art & Literature
Religion

“Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart.”

Category: Religion
Religion: Art & Literature
Steve Jobs
Apple CEO
Happiness

“The only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it."

Category: Happiness
Religion:
Clayton M. Christensen
Economist and Business Consultant
Love

“Intimate, loving, and enduring relationships with our family and close friends will be among the sources of the deepest joy in our lives.”

Category: Love
Religion:
James Clear
Author
Perseverance

“Changes that seem small and unimportant at first will compound into remarkable results if you’re willing to stick with them for years.”


Category: Perseverance
Religion:
Frederick Douglas
Former Slave, Author, Speaker, Activist, Inspirational Figure
False Narratives

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”

Category: False Narratives
Religion:
Abraham Lincoln
American President
Love

“He has a right to criticize, who has a heart to help.”

Category: Love
Religion:
George Orwell
Author
False Narratives

“The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those who speak it.”

Category: False Narratives
Religion:
Marcus Aurelius
Roman Emperor and philosopher
Happiness

“Remember that very little is needed to make a happy life.”

Category: Happiness
Religion:
Marcus Aurelius
Roman Emperor and philosopher
Mind and Consciousness

“Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.”

Category: Mind and Consciousness
Religion:
Marcus Aurelius
Roman Emperor and philosopher
Happiness

“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.”

Category: Happiness
Religion:
Frederick Douglas
Former Slave, Author, Speaker, Activist, Inspirational Figure
Learn

"Once you learn to read, you will be forever be free."

Category: Learn
Religion:
Marcus Aurelius
Roman Emperor and philosopher
Mind and Consciousness

“You have power over your mind — not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”

Category: Mind and Consciousness
Religion:
Wayne W. Dyer
Author and Speaker
Living Consciously

“Abundance is not something we acquire. It is something we tune into.”

Category: Living Consciously
Religion:
Keanu Reeves
Actor
Living Consciously

“The simple act of paying attention can take you a long way.”

Category: Living Consciously
Religion:
Helen Keller
Author, Disability Rights Advocate
Love

“What we have once enjoyed deeply we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.”

Category: Love
Religion:
Winnie The Pooh
fictional character
Love

“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”

Category: Love
Religion:
Voltaire
Author and Philosopher, French
Interconnectedness

“Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.”

Category: Interconnectedness
Religion:
Giacomo Casanova
Italian Author
Love

“Love is three-quarters curiosity.”

Category: Love
Religion:
Blake Bailey
Writer and Biographer
Authentic Self

“If you tell the whole truth about a person, their humanity comes through.”

Category: Authentic Self
Religion:
Wayne W. Dyer
Author and Speaker
Authentic Self

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

Category: Authentic Self
Religion:
Ryan Holiday
Author
Interconnectedness

“Wherever we are, whatever we’re doing and wherever we are going, we owe it to ourselves…to the world to do it well.”

Category: Interconnectedness
Religion:
Friedrich Nietzsche
German philosopher
Art & Literature
Religion

“Is man merely a mistake of God’s? Or God merely a mistake of man?”

Category: Religion
Religion: Art & Literature
Yogananda
Yogi and Guru
Living Consciously

“Live each moment completely and the future will take care of itself.”

Category: Living Consciously
Religion:
Yogananda
Yogi and Guru
Happiness

“Be as simple as you can be; you will be astonished to see how uncomplicated and happy your life can become.”

Category: Happiness
Religion:
Yogananda
Yogi and Guru
Hinduism
Mind and Consciousness

“The goal of yoga science is to calm the mind, that without distortion it may hear the infallible counsel of the Inner Voice.”

Category: Mind and Consciousness
Religion: Hinduism
Yogananda
Yogi and Guru
Hinduism
Religion

“Listen to yourself and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God.”


Category: Religion
Religion: Hinduism
The Dalai Lama
Spiritual Leader of Tibetan People
Buddhism
Religion

“Perhaps now that the Western sciences have reached down into the atom and out into the cosmos finally to realize the extreme vulnerability of all life and value, it is becoming credible, even obvious, that the Inner Science is of supreme importance. Certainly physics designed the bombs, biology, the germ warfare, chemistry the nerve gas and so on, but it will be the unhealthy emotions of individuals that will trigger these horrors.”

Category: Religion
Religion: Buddhism
Māori proverb
Love

“What is the most important thing in the world? It is the people, it is the people, it is the people.”

Category: Love
Religion:
Ben Okri
Poet, Novelist, Artist
Mind and Consciousness

"Reading is an act of civilization; it’s one of the greatest acts of civilization because it takes the free raw material of the mind and builds castles of possibilities.”

Category: Mind and Consciousness
Religion:
Albert Camus
Existentialist, Philosopher, Author
Meaning

“The Absurd is the product of a collision between our human desire for meaning and the blank, indifferent ‘silence of the universe.’ Here we are: poor creatures desperately seeking meaning in a seemingly meaningless world.”

Category: Meaning
Religion:
Carl Jung
Swiss psychologist
Authentic Self

"The first half of life is devoted to forming a healthy ego; the second half is going inward and letting go of it."

Category: Authentic Self
Religion:
Carl Jung
Swiss psychologist
Meaning

“Meaninglessness inhibits fullness of life and is therefore equivalent to illness.”

Category: Meaning
Religion:
Seneca
Roman Stoic Philosopher
False Narratives

"You act like mortals in all that you fear, and like immortals in all that you desire.”

Category: False Narratives
Religion:
Eckhart Tolle
Author
Mind and Consciousness

"When you complain, you make yourself a victim. Leave the situation, change the situation, or accept it. All else is madness.”

Category: Mind and Consciousness
Religion:
Victor Frankl
psychiatrist, philosopher, author, and Holocaust survivor.
Living Consciously

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances.”

Category: Living Consciously
Religion:
Albert Einstein
Theoretical physicist
Happiness

"A calm and modest life brings more happiness than the constant pursuit of success combined with constant restlessness."

Category: Happiness
Religion:
Marcel Proust
French novelist
Living Consciously

"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes."

Category: Living Consciously
Religion:
Thich Nhat Hanh
Buddhist monk and author
Living Consciously

"Around us, life bursts forth with miracles—a glass of water, a ray of sunshine, a leaf, a caterpillar, a flower, laughter, raindrops. If you live in awareness, it is easy to see miracles everywhere."

Category: Living Consciously
Religion:
Alvin Toffler
Futurist
Learn

“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn,”

Category: Learn
Religion:
Thomas Paine
Interconnectedness

“The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.”

Category: Interconnectedness
Religion:
Sun Tzu
Chinese writer and philosopher
Love

"It is easy to love your friend, but sometimes the hardest lesson to learn is to love your enemy."

Category: Love
Religion:
Sun Tzu
Chinese writer and philosopher
Diversity

"There are not more than five musical notes, yet the combinations of these five give rise to more melodies than can ever be heard."

Category: Diversity
Religion:
Sun Tzu
Chinese writer and philosopher
Wisdom

"Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win."


Category: Wisdom
Religion:
Sun Tzu
Chinese writer and philosopher
Wisdom

"The greatest victory is that which requires no battle."

Category: Wisdom
Religion:
Carl Jung
Swiss psychologist
Meaning

“As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light of meaning in the darkness of mere being.”


Category: Meaning
Religion:
Joseph Campbell
Scholar of comparative mythology and religion
Meaning

“Life has no meaning. Each of us has meaning and we bring it to life. It is a waste to be asking the question when you are the answer.”


Category: Meaning
Religion:
Soren Kierkegaard
Philosopher and Theist
Living Consciously

“Life is a reality to be experienced, not a problem to be solved.”

Category: Living Consciously
Religion:
Friedrich Nietzsche
German philosopher
Religion

“God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him… This deed is still more distant from them than the most distant stars, yet they have done it themselves.”

Category: Religion
Religion:
The Upanishads
Hindu scripture
Hinduism
Religion

“God is in truth the whole universe: what was, what is, and what beyond shall ever be.”


Category: Religion
Religion: Hinduism
Ralph Waldo Emerson
American philosopher
Authentic Self

"To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment."

Category: Authentic Self
Religion:
Doctrine of the Mean
Confucian text
Confucianism

"The way of the superior man may be found, in its simple elements, in the intercourse of common men and women; but in its utmost reaches, it shines brightly through Heaven and Earth."

Category:
Religion: Confucianism
The Dhammapada
Buddhist scripture
Buddhism

"What laughter, why joy, when constantly aflame? Enveloped in darkness, don't you look for a lamp?"

Category:
Religion: Buddhism
Sadhguru
Indian author and spiritual teacher
Hinduism

"As many colors of the rainbow are an outcome of one pure light, the many religions of the world are an expression of one divine source."

Category:
Religion: Hinduism
The Hebrew Bible
Jewish scripture
Judaism

"For this command is a lamp, this teaching is a light, and correction and instruction are the way to life." (Proverbs, 6:23)

Category:
Religion: Judaism
The Hebrew Bible
Jewish scripture
Judaism

"He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with him." (Daniel 2:22)

Category:
Religion: Judaism
Rumi
Sufi mystic and poet
Islam

“All religions, all this singing, one song. The differences are just illusion and vanity. The sun’s light looks a little different on this wall than it does on that wall, and a lot different on this other one, but it’s still one light.”

Category:
Religion: Islam
The Analects
Confucian Text
Confucianism

"Unbending strength, resoluteness, simplicity and reticence are close to benevolence."

Category:
Religion: Confucianism
Sannyasa Upanishad
Hindu text
Hinduism

"For restraint in speech, he shall observe silence; for control over the body, he shall fast; for control over the mind, breath control (pranayama) is prescribed. A being is bound by (worldly) action; he gets liberated by spiritual knowledge. Hence far-seeing ascetics do not perform (worldly) action."

Category:
Religion: Hinduism
Hadrat Ali
Cousin of The Prophet Muhammad
Islam

"Wounds of knives can heal, but the wounds of the tongue can never heal".

Category:
Religion: Islam
The Prophet Muhammad
Islam

“A man might speak a word without thinking about its implications, but because of it, he will plunge into the Hellfire further than the distance between the east and west.”

Category:
Religion: Islam
The Hebrew Bible
Jewish scripture
Judaism

“Without wood a fire goes out; without a gossip a quarrel dies down.”

Category:
Religion: Judaism

Subscribe for exclusive content

Thank you! Your submission has been received!

Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form