100 Meditation Quotes (For Less Stress And More Calmness)

By Maxime Lagacé maxime lagace

Maxime is the founder and chief editor of WisdomQuotes. He has been writing and collecting quotes since 2004. He's also into personal development and productivity. Most of all, he's dedicated to help you live a simpler and more peaceful life. Learn more about him on his about page.

Here are 100 of the best meditation quotes I could find. What’s my goal? To inspire you to slow down, relax and enjoy this moment as it is. You’ll discover quotes by Einstein, Buddha, Lao Tzu, Gandhi, and more. Happy reading!

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Meditation is not evasion; it is a serene encounter with reality. Thich Nhat Hanh

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Learn to be calm and you will always be happy. Paramahansa Yogananda

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When you truly know yourself, you don’t try to impress people anymore. One way to know yourself is to meditate. Maxime Lagacé

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Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom. James Allen

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Whatever is fluid, soft, and yielding will overcome whatever is rigid and hard. What is soft is strong. Lao Tzu

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When meditation is mastered, the mind is unwavering like the flame of a candle in a windless place. Bhagavad Gita

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When you own your breath, nobody can steal your peace. Unknown

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Nowhere can man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than in his own soul. Marcus Aurelius

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Your calm mind is the ultimate weapon against your challenges. So relax. Bryant McGill

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When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you. Lao Tzu

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Quiet the mind, and the soul will speak. Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati

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The best meditation is effortless. The best meditation is a gentle awareness. Maxime Lagacé

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Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. Buddha

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Learn to slow down. Get lost intentionally. Observe how you judge both yourself and those around you. Tim Ferriss

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Suffering is due to our disconnection with the inner soul. Meditation is establishing that connection. Amit Ray

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The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater is his success, his influence, his power for good. James Allen

Related quotes: Zen, calm, solitude

 

A few thoughts on meditation…

Since a young age, most of us are used to being busy all the time.

In the modern world, doing nothing and relaxing may even seem strange and useless for some people.

Fortunately, I’ve been lucky enough to discover meditation after I’ve listened to many interviews by Tim Ferriss.

80% of the time, his podcast guests (all world-class in their fields) told Tim that they practiced meditation.

That’s when I decided to give it a shot.

How did I start?

By doing 5 minutes each morning just before starting to work.

Meditation experts agree that consistency is better than intensity.

After around 30 days, I noticed that my mind and general anxiety had improved significantly.

I then increased to 10-15 minutes.

Today, I still practice meditation for 15-20 minutes every day and even more sometimes.

Beside my daily run, it’s one of the habits that contribute the most to my well-being.

And you, what does your meditation practice look like?

The Best Meditation Quotes And Thoughts

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Whatever state I am in, I see it as a state of mind to be accepted as it is. Nisargadatta Maharaj

Meditation is the art of doing nothing. Naval Ravikant

Praying is talking to the Universe. Meditation is listening to it. Paulo Coelho

A few conscious-hearted, sincere, and energetic men and women can do more in a year than a mob in a century. Swami Vivekananda

To really do nothing, with perfection, is as difficult as doing everything. Alan Watts

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Live the actual moment. Only this actual moment is life. Thich Nhat Hanh Click to tweet

Be here now. Be someplace else later. Is that so complicated? David M. Bader

You have a treasure within you that is infinitely greater than anything the world can offer. Eckhart Tolle

Wisdom comes with the ability to be still. Just look and listen. No more is needed. Eckhart Tolle

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Meditation practice isn’t about trying to throw ourselves away and become something better. It’s about befriending who we are already. Pema Chödrön

The mind is definitely something that can be transformed, and meditation is a means to transform it. 14th Dalai Lama

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A quiet mind is more important than a positive mind. Deepak Chopra

In practicing meditation, we’re not trying to live up to some kind of ideal – quite the opposite. We’re just being with our experience, whatever it is. Pema Chödrön

Buddha spent six years meditating on the essence, causes, and cures for human anguish. In the end, he came to the realization that suffering is not caused by ill fortune, by social injustice, or by divine whims. Rather, suffering is caused by the behavior patterns of one’s minds. Yuval Noah Harari (Sapiens)

When we are unable to find tranquility within ourselves, it is useless to seek it elsewhere. Francois de La Rochefoucauld

You are more than just your mind. You are more than just your habits. You are more than just your preferences. You’re a level of awareness. Naval Ravikant

To be concentrated means to live fully in the present. Erich Fromm

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Whatever anyone does or says, I must be emerald and keep my colour. Marcus Aurelius

Meditation is the discovery that the point of life is always arrived at in the immediate moment. Alan Watts

Paradise is not a place, it’s a state of consciousness. Sri Chinmoy

What Is Meditation?

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Meditation is all about connecting with your soul. Deepak Chopra Click to tweet

Meditation is the ultimate mobile device; you can use it anywhere, anytime, unobtrusively. Sharon Salzberg

Meditation is intermittent fasting for the mind. Too much sugar leads to a heavy body, and too many distractions lead to a heavy mind. Time spent undistracted and alone, in self-examination, journaling, meditation, resolves the unresolved and takes us from mentally fat to fit. Naval Ravikant

Meditation is freedom from thought and a movement in the ecstasy of truth. Meditation is explosion of intelligence. Jiddu Krishnamurti

Meditation is to be aware of every thought and of every feeling, never to say it is right or wrong but just to watch it and move with it. Jiddu Krishnamurti

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Meditation could be said to be the Art of Simplicity: simply sitting, simply breathing and simply being. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Meditation is not a withdrawal from life. Meditation is a process of understanding oneself. Jiddu Krishnamurti

Meditation is a death – death of all that you are now. Of course there will be a resurrection, but that will be a totally new, fresh original being which you are not even aware is hidden in you. Osho

Meditation is a way for nourishing and blossoming the divine within you. Amit Ray

Meditation is not spacing-out or running away. In fact, it is being totally honest with ourselves. Kathleen McDonald

Mindfulness meditation is the embrace of any and all mind states in awareness, without preferring one to another. Jon Kabat-Zinn

That’s an essential survival thing. Jerry Seinfeld

Part 2. Mediation Quotes That Are…

The Most Famous Meditation Quotes

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Seeking for a famous meditation quote? Check out those by Dalai Lama, Bruce Lee, Carl Jung, etc.
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Confine yourself to the present. Marcus Aurelius

Sleep is the best meditation. 14th Dalai Lama

All of man’s difficulties are caused by his inability to sit, quietly, in a room by himself. Blaise Pascal

On what meditation did for him: Everything. You know, one of the great things of meditation is it makes stress very easy to get rid of. It just kind of floats away instead of like finding a home in your mind. You learn how to just let go of things. Jerry Seinfeld

If you just sit and observe, you will see how restless your mind is. If you try to calm it, it only makes it worse, but over time it does calm, and when it does, there’s room to hear more subtle things – that’s when your intuition starts to blossom and you start to see things more clearly and be in the present more. Your mind just slows down, and you see a tremendous expanse in the moment. You see so much more than you could see before. Steve Jobs

The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness. Lao Tzu

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Awareness is like the sun. When it shines on things, they are transformed. Thich Nhat Hanh

Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens. Carl Jung

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. Albert Einstein

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

Through meditation, the higher self is experienced. Bhagavad Gita

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One hour of contemplation surpasses sixty years of worship. Muhammad

We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far. Swami Vivekananda

I know but one freedom and that is the freedom of the mind. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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

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If it weren’t for my mind, my meditation would be excellent. Pema Chödrön

Reading makes a full man, meditation a profound man, discourse a clear man. Benjamin Franklin

Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. Bruce Lee

If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything; it is open to everything. In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, in the expert’s mind there are few. Shunryu Suzuki

The best cure for the body is a quiet mind. Napoleon Bonaparte

Short Meditation Quotes

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One-liners, short meditation quotes, sayings, phrases, thoughts and captions for your bio, social status, self-talk, motto, mantra, signs, posters, wallpapers, backgrounds.
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Meditate. Slow down. There’s no rush. Maxime Lagacé

Life is available only in the present moment. Thich Nhat Hanh

Meditation is the action of silence. Jiddu Krishnamurti Click to tweet

Breathe and let be. Jon Kabat-Zinn

Meditation is the act of stopping to deny what is. Sven Schnieders

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To become different from what we are, we must have some awareness of what we are. Eric Hoffer

Self-observation is the first step of inner unfolding. Amit Ray

The best meditation is being genuinely curious about the contents of your own mind. Naval Ravikant (Source)

Mind only thinks, meditation lives. Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

The act of meditation is being spacious. Sogyal Rinpoche

The quiet mind is richer than a crown. Robert Greene

A meditator is both an artist and a warrior. Thich Nhat Hanh

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Part 3. How To Meditate? Tips And Quotes

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Don’t know how to meditate?

Don’t know where to start?

Here are the best tips and quotes on meditation I’ve found over the years.

And remember, meditation is about consistency, not intensity.

It’s better to do it for 5 minutes each day than 30 minutes once per week.

Also, keep it simple:

  • Find a calm place
  • Sit in a comfortable chair
  • Close your eyes
  • Just observe your thoughts and the present moment
  • Don’t try to control your mind
  • Beginner tip #1: repeat to yourself “I am present”
  • Beginner tip #2: focus on your breath if you prefer

The goal of meditation? 

To see how your mind is out of control.

It’s always trying to predict the future and regret the past.

It’s never in the present.

But too much planning and regretting is stressful, useless, and lead to misery.

However, being present leads to inner peace.

Now, here are the tips and quotes on meditation:

One conscious breath in and out is a meditation. Eckhart Tolle

I just started with watching my breath and evolved from there. Naval Ravikant

Don’t try to solve anything, just “be”. Maxime Lagacé

No apps, no noise, no guidance. Sit in a comfortable position first thing in the morning, back upright, but ok to use cushions etc.. One hour at a time, no less. Just surrender to and accept whatever happens. No energy for and no energy against. Resist and reject nothing. Naval Ravikant

No effort. You’re just going to sit there and let whatever happens happen. Naval Ravikant

No intentions, just be. There can’t be any formula. It’s available to everyone or not at all. Naval Ravikant

If you have thoughts that’s perfectly ok. Let the thoughts happen. The key word is Surrender (to whatever is happening). Naval Ravikant

Tell yourself when you sit down, “my job is to do nothing. I’m taking a well deserved break from myself. Naval Ravikant

It’s hard to recommend a routine as it’s the ultimate single-player game. Try them all and see which one works for you. Naval Ravikant (Try routine 1, routine 2, routine 3)

Pick a dark, quiet place, first thing in the morning, just sit and observe (your breath). Let everything go, surrender to what happens. One hour per day for one week straight. Naval Ravikant

Sit down, close your eyes, get in a comfortable position, and whatever happens, happens. If you think, you think. If you don’t think, you don’t think. Don’t put any effort into it. Naval Ravikant

Meditation is not about trying to feel more relaxed. Meditation is about understanding the mind and becoming more at ease with the mind. Andy Puddicombe (Source)

If you are scoring points on meditation, you are doing it wrong. Naval Ravikant

When sitting in meditation, say, “That’s not my business!” with every thought that comes by. Ajahn Chah

When you begin to meditate you may notice changes right away. Or nothing much may seem to change. Don’t count on anything dramatic. Most changes happen slowly. Ram Dass

Meditate every single day. Not once in a while. Every single day. Khensu

RelatedHeadspace: Meditation and Sleep Made Simple (meditation app)

Meditation Quotes: The Conclusion

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To pray and work in the morning and to labor and rest in the afternoon, and to sit still again in meditation in the evening when night falls upon that land and when the silence fills itself with darkness and with stars. This is a true and special vocation. There are few who are willing to belong completely to such silence, to let it soak into their bones, to breathe nothing but silence, to feed on silence, and to turn the very substance of their life into a living and vigilant silence. Thomas Merton

Just sit, breathe, and pay attention to what it’s like to be you. Nothing to add. Nothing to take away. Nothing to fix, or change or do. Just you – sitting, breathing, paying attention. You are welcome here. Here you belong. Here you are enough. Breathe. Jason Garner

Let’s recap:

  • Meditation is the art of closing your eyes and doing nothing, for 2 minutes or more.
  • Even taking one breath, consciously, is meditation.
  • The benefits of meditation?
  • What happens when you meditate? You get to know yourself, which leads to inner peace.
  • Want to see clearly? Want to see reality? Learn to meditate today!

 

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Do you meditate? What’s your favorite meditation quote? Please let us know in the comment section below!

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1 Year of Meditation: What I’ve Learned

Author Bio

maxime lagace

Maxime Lagacé started collecting quotes in 2004 after he lost his girlfriend in a car accident.

In search of meaning, he dived in the self-improvement world, psychology and trail running.

Books, blogs, quotes and nature became his guide.

He started journaling, reflecting, writing his thoughts, feelings and quotes.

His goal was to understand his pain, his depression, his fears, his lack of motivation and inspiration.

He finished his software engineering degree in 2007 at the École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal. He also studied at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

A few years later, he started his first website to share his passion for quotes.

Maxime is a father of two, INFJ and also loves running.

Other notable interests of Maxime are health (mental and physical), meditation, nutrition, bananas, SEO, human potential, education, learning, productivity and minimalism.

Finally, he is (very) far from being perfect.

You can find him on Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Quora, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube.

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February 7, 2019

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8 comments

  1. Very very helpful quotes, am very appreciative.
    I encourage everyone to meditate.
    Thank you thank you so much.

    1. Happy you liked Sekyaya. 🙂

      Meditation is indeed powerful.
      It has been a revelation for me.
      So much relief and peace.

      Best,
      Maxime

  2. I really appreciate these wonderful quotes that you have provided for us. I assure this would be beneficial for most of the people 😉

  3. Meditation gives our soul peace of mind. Before, when I was not meditating, I was constantly in a rush, but now I feel calm permanently. This is very cool, I really advise everyone to try meditation for themselves. I only managed to meditate on 8 of my attempts, it’s not easy, but it’s definitely worth it. It is also important to finish all your affairs before the meditation, then it will be easier to relax and meditate well. Sometimes I substitute meditation for yoga, but that is still not the case. And your quotes are just wonderful, after them, you immediately want to meditate!

    1. Hi Sophie,
      you’re right, meditation gives our soul “space to live”.

      Also I’ve found that a daily 10 minute session is enough for me to feel the benefits.
      I think people should not be so intimidated by it and start with only a few minutes.
      The goal is not the number of minutes we put in it, but more about the habit of doing it.

      Thank you,
      Maxime

  4. Excellent compilation. One of the best I found. I will use some of them as I post once a week for a meditation group.

    I would like to share with you one of my favourites “Awareness is the essence of meditation”, Mingyur Rinpoche.

    BTW, I was so surprised with the quote from Voltaire, that I checked if really was from him.

    Regards,

    Carles

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