100 Mind Quotes To Make You Wiser

By Maxime Lagacé maxime lagace

Maxime is the founder and chief editor of WisdomQuotes. He has been collecting quotes since 2004. His goal? To help you develop a calm, peaceful and powerful mind. Learn more about him on his about page.

Here are 100 of the best mind quotes I could find. The goal? To help you understand how your mind works, make you free and happy. In sum, to make you wiser. You’ll discover quotes from Lao Tzu, Emerson, Buddha, and lots more. Enjoy!

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The mind reflects the world, and the world reflects the mind. James Pierce

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The greatest minds are humble and simple. Maxime Lagacé

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Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think. Joy follows a pure thought like a shadow that never leaves. Buddha

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The greatest freedom is to be free of our own mind. Osho

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We say that we want peace of mind but what we really want is peace from mind. Naval Ravikant

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The modern mind is overstimulated and the modern body is understimulated and overfed. Meditation, exercise, and fasting restore an ancient balance. Naval Ravikant

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Few men come to realize that their entire life has been lived inside their mind. Kapil Gupta

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If you want power, control the narrative in other people’s head. If you seek happiness, control the narrative in your own head. Johnny Uzan

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The empires of the future will be empires of the mind. Winston Churchill (1943)

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You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength. Marcus Aurelius

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Every time your mind shifts, your world shifts. Byron Katie

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Calmness, gentleness, silence, self-restraint and purity: these are the disciplines of the mind. Bhagavad Gita

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A mind that is full of conclusions is a dead mind. A living mind is a free mind, learning, never concluding. Jiddu Krishnamurti

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The end of the war with the mind is the end of war. Byron Katie

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To a mind that is still the whole universe surrenders. Lao Tzu

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The Best Mind Quotes

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The closer one comes to truth, the further one gets from mind. James Pierce

Is it the world that’s busy, or my mind? Haemin Sunim

To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear. Buddha

Not a mother, nor a father, nor any other relative can do more for the well-being of one than a rightly-directed mind can. The Dhammapada

Think of the old cliché about the mind being ‘an excellent servant but a terrible master’. This, like many clichés, so lame and banal on the surface, actually expresses a great and terrible truth. David Foster Wallace (This Is Water, fs.blog)

60% of the human body may be made of water, but over 80% of the human mind is made of stories. François Chollet

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The need for certainty is the greatest disease the mind faces. Robert Greene

No technique of the mind will free you from the mind. Naval Ravikant

The mind is a flywheel, spun by fear. Naval Ravikant

Our mind is evolved to be paranoid, fearful and angry. Naval Ravikant

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A man who has not clarity of mind has nothing. Kapil Gupta

The mind that asks a lot of questions is self-correcting. James Clear

Paradise is within you, in your state of no-mind. And hell is also within you, in your very mind. Osho

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What the mind doesn’t understand, it worships or fears. Alice Walker

Your mind is an abandoned playground. Left behind in early adulthood, now filled with clutter and trash. Meditation is how you remove them. Then you can play once again. Johnny Uzan

In an age of mental gluttony, meditation is fasting for the mind. Before paying a therapist to listen to you, listen to yourself. Before clearing your inbox, clear your mind. Naval Ravikant

Distractions really work by exploiting the weaknesses of our mind. Yuval Noah Harari

Tomorrow is for the lazy mind, the sluggish mind, the mind that is not interested. Jiddu Krishnamurti

Your mind is an ever-producing thought machine. The world is an ever-producing noise machine. The older I get, the more I realize that success just means peace from both. Jade Byfield

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The richest people have health, time and peace of mind. Maxime Lagacé

It is the mind of man alone that is the cause of his bondage or freedom. Chanakya

The mind should be kept independent of any thoughts that arise within it. If the mind depends upon anything, it has no sure haven. The Diamond Sutra

Too many tricks have been played upon the mind for it to be quiet. Jiddu Krishnamurti

How can a mind that is burdened with beliefs see clearly? How can it be free to observe? Jiddu Krishnamurti

A mind that has no fear is capable of great love. Jiddu Krishnamurti

Part 2. Mind Quotes That Are…

The Most Famous Mind Quotes (Einstein, Freud, Nietzsche, etc.)

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All the resources we need are in the mind. Theodore Roosevelt

The energy of the mind is the essence of life. Aristotle

Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be. Abraham Lincoln

The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift. Albert Einstein

Where the mind goes the body will follow. Arnold Schwarzenegger

Emancipate yourself from mental slavery. None but ourselves can free our minds. Bob Marley

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The great viruses of our time spread through minds, not through bodies. Naval Ravikant

When a hundred men stand together, each of them loses his mind and gets another one. Friedrich Nietzsche

The mind is a whore. Susan Sontag

Maturity of mind is best shown in slow belief. Baltasar Gracián

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In the small matters trust the mind, in the large ones the heart. Sigmund Freud

Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind. Ralph Waldo Emerson

The conscious mind is a bad judge of its own situation and often persists in the illusion that its attitude is just the right one. Carl Jung

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The mind that opens to a new idea never returns to its original size. Albert Einstein

I believe that the mind can be permanently profaned by the habit of attending to trivial things, so that all our thoughts shall be tinged with triviality. Henry David Thoreau (Life Without Principle)

As a result of material development and modern education, people commonly seek happiness in external things, but neglect their minds. True, lasting happiness depends on our taming our unruly minds. This is not so much about intellectual development as cultivating a warm heart. 14th Dalai Lama

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

One always feels better when one has made up one’s mind. C.S. Lewis (The Last Battle)

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A mind is like a parachute. It doesn’t work if it is not open. Frank Zappa

The most fruitful and natural exercise for our minds is, in my opinion, conversation. Michel de Montaigne

The greatest minds are capable of the greatest vices as well as of the greatest virtues. René Descartes (Discourse on the Method)

If you take care of your mind, you take care of the world. Arianna Huffington

Man can alter his life by altering his thinking. William James

Short Mind Quotes

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You are not your mind. Eckhart Tolle

Be the observer of your mind. Eckhart Tolle

Move the body. Rest the mind. Naval Ravikant

Your mind is a weapon that must be sharpened daily. Anthony Pompliano (Source)

A clear mind is a happy heart. Thibaut

Your entitled mind is dead weight. David Goggins

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Knowing your own mind is the solution to all our problems. Lama Yeshe

All problems are illusions of the mind. Eckhart Tolle

Your greatest (and only) enemy is your own mind. Mark Manson (Source)

A hasty walk is a sign of a restless mind. Sven Schnieders

Creativity arises behind the conscious mind. Naval Ravikant

Beliefs and thoughts alter cells in your body. Bruce Lipton

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The moment is always complete. Only the mind is lacking. James Pierce

Fear doesn’t exist anywhere except in the mind. Dale Carnegie

You can have the mind or you can have the moment. Naval Ravikant

The greatest danger we face is the mind going soft. Robert Greene

Answers fill your mind. Questions expand your mind. Kunal

We have more idleness in the mind than in the body. François de La Rochefoucauld

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The world is nothing but your own magnified mind. Osho

You have a mind, but you are not the boss of your mind. Giovanni Dienstmann

When the mind is speaking without permission, it’s lying. Naval Ravikant

Mind always goes ahead or lags behind. Remain with the moment. Osho

Nothing so disturbs the mind as its own thinking. James Pierce (Source)

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The wiser you get, the less you take your mind seriously. Maxime Lagacé

You can’t escape your mind but you can program it and beautify it. Maxime Lagacé

It is our mind, and that alone, that chains us or sets us free. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

The mind itself is a muscle — it can be trained and conditioned. Naval Ravikant

Your heart is the light of this world. Don’t cover it with your mind. Mooji

The heart surrenders everything to the moment. The mind judges and holds back. Ram Dass

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Inspirational Mind Quotes

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Earn with your mind, not with your time. Naval Ravikant

All riches have their origin in mind. Wealth is in ideas – not money. Robert Collier

Perfect tranquility within consists in the good ordering of the mind, the realm of your own. Marcus Aurelius

You can’t always control what goes on outside, but you can always control what goes on inside. Wayne Dyer

If you get your mind in order, everything else gets that much easier. Mark Manson (Source)

The only way to conquer the mind is to stop fighting it. Sven Schnieders

Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success. Joyce Brothers

And I realize that no matter where I am, whether in a little room full of thought, or in this endless universe of stars and mountains, it’s all in my mind. Jack Kerouac (Lonesome Traveler)

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The average mind is focused on the future and paralyzed by fear. The wise mind is focused on the present and moved by love. Maxime Lagacé

We all have forests on our minds. Forests unexplored, unending. Each one of us gets lost in the forest, every night, alone. Ursula K. Le Guin (The Wind’s Twelve Quarters)

A better life starts with a better mind. Train it. Maxime Lagacé

When your mind is telling you to quit and give up, remember all the repetitions and sacrifices made along the way. David Goggins

Get off your phones, computers, and shut the TV off. Don’t let this fast-paced world dull your sharpest weapon, that weapon being your mind. David Goggins

When your mind is telling you that you’re done, that you’re exhausted, that you cannot possibly go any further, you’re only actually 40% done. David Goggins

In the past, this mind has wandered as it liked, wherever it liked, at its own pleasure. Now I will control my mind wisely, as a mahout with his goad controls an elephant in must. The Dhammapada

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Your mind created the entire world. Byron Katie

Elevate yourself through the power of your mind, and not degrade yourself, for the mind can be the friend and also the enemy of the self. Bhagavad Gita

The conventional mind is passive – it consumes information and regurgitates it in familiar forms. The dimensional mind is active, transforming everything it digests into something new and original, creating instead of consuming. Robert Greene

A mind that is very clear, is free from all entanglements of attachment and so on. Jiddu Krishnamurti (Source)

Your mind has the power to change all of the outer aspects of your life. You create your life from the inside out. Rhonda Byrne

See it in your mind until it excites and thrills you, and you will most surely hold it in your hands. Rhonda Byrne

Most of the time, the mind is just mud wrestling with itself. Naval Ravikant (Source)

Conclusion

When you transform your mind, everything you experience is transformed. Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

Let’s recap:

  • Want a clear mind? Be careful what you put it in.
  • Humility and simplicity lead to a beautiful mind, which leads to a beautiful life.
  • Your mind can be hell or heaven. Misery follows attachment. Inner peace follows detachment.
  • Want to improve your mind? Try meditation. (See the benefits here)
  • What do you control? Your mind, your attitude, your effort. Not external events. Focus on these and you’ll find peace.

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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 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 love of 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, productivity, education and minimalism.

Finally, he still considers himself a beginner.

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March 9, 2022

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6 comments

  1. Thank you Maxime for this wealth of stimulating insights in compact form. I appreciate your passion, choice and presentation. These quotations will be of tremendous inspirations for my creative work. Blessings and peace for your generosity and taste.

    1. Thank you Michael for your interesting and beautiful words.
      Truly glad you appreciate.

      Happy creation 🙂

      Best,
      Maxime

  2. I just found your site. I lead meditation classes for cancer patients and before each class I speak on a subject usually relating to Buddhism. I also end each class with a quote or a poem. Thank you for this wonderful work you have provided.

    1. Thank you for your beautiful message Jan.
      Happy to hear that.

      Please keep inspiring people. You’re doing something important.

      Best,
      Maxime

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