91 Mind Quotes To Make You Wiser

By Maxime Lagacé

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

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I’ve been building my quotes collection since 2004.

It’s around 1000+ hours of work.


Because I want to get the best insights from the best minds in the world.

Indeed, I lost my girlfriend in a car accident.

And since that time, I wanted to find back my joy of living.

And through quotes, I was able to go from depressed to peaceful.

I know you can too.

That’s why I’ve compiled this list:

91 of the best mind quotes to make you wiser.

After all, it all starts in our minds.

You’ll discover quotes from Lao Tzu, Marcus Aurelius, Buddha, and many more.


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

Meaning: If you see a paradise around you, it’s because you have a paradise in your mind. If there are ugly things in the world, it’s because there are ugly things in a few minds.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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The greatest minds are humble and simple. Maxime Lagacé

Meaning: A person that is generous, authentic, and without pretension, is a person that makes the world a beautiful place.

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

The perfect man employs his mind as a mirror; it grasps nothing; it refuses nothing; it receives, but does not keep. Zhuang Zhou

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

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

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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

Meaning: Every thought you have, if repeated enough, is a seed that sprouts into something bigger. Make sure those thoughts move you forward.

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

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

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

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


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

Meaning: Our minds are survival machines. That’s why they are thinking of the past and the future constantly. But this creates stress and misery. So stay in the present. Detach from your mind.

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

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

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

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

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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

Meaning: Your brain is not made to be connected 24/7, nor is your body to sit all day. So disconnect from screens, spend at least 30 minutes outside every day, and learn to meditate and do nothing. And watch your well-being improve.

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

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

Meaning: To build a great mind, you need to practice being calm, generous, disciplined, and honest. It’s not something easy, but it’s worthwhile.

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

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

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

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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

Meaning: When your mind is scared (of the unknown), your reflex will be to find conclusions (so you feel more in control of the situation). Sometimes, this is fine. But you should learn to live more spontaneously and accept what’s happening around you. Serenity will follow.

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

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

You are not 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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The end of the war with the mind is the end of war. Byron Katie

Meaning: When we accept the fact that our minds are out-of-control thoughts machines, we stop taking it seriously and life becomes easier.

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

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

Beliefs and thoughts alter cells in your body. Bruce Lipton

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

Related: How To Relax Your Mind (Even When Busy) (coursecorrectioncoaching.com)

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

Meaning: You can have all the money in the world, but if you don’t have your health, time, and peace of mind, you’re not rich.

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

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

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

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

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

Meaning: Scared of something? Get to know your mind. Feeling sad? Get to know your mind. Having a bad relationship? Get to know your mind. Once you understand your mind and how it works, you become aware of the tricks and you detach from it.

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

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)

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


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

Your mind created the entire world. Byron Katie

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

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

Key Takeaways

  • 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.

Further Readings

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Are you an overthinker? Do you live too much in your mind? What’s your favorite mind quote? And remember: words can transform your life, if you find the right ones.

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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 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.

A few years later, he started his first website to share his love of quotes.

Maxime is a father of two, husband, and INFJ.

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

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

Last update

May 8, 2023

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