100+ Mindfulness Quotes to Help You Live More Mindfully

Rachel Sharpe
Rachel Sharpe

Mindfulness quotes can help remind you of how to be more mindful in your everyday life. Each day, your mind will try to wander on its own controlling how you think, feel, and act. But by being mindful we can train ourselves to live in the present moment to handle obstacles with a clear mind to help us live our best lives. In this article, we’ll be sharing some quotes about mindfulness that’ll inspire you to live more mindfully.

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Mindfulness Quotes

  1. “If it’s out of your hands, it deserves freedom from your mind too.” – Ivan Nuru
  2. “The way you speak to yourself matters.” – Unknown
  3. “Visualize your highest self and start showing up as him/her.” – Ali Owens
  4. “To fall in love with yourself is the first secret to happiness.” – Robert Morely
  5. “The first and best victory is to conquer self.” – Plato
  6. “For what it’s worth, it’s never too late to be whoever you want to be. I hope you live a life you’re proud of, and if you find you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start over.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  7. “We cannot become what we want by remaining what we are.” – Max Depree
  8. “Wherever you are, be there totally.” – Eckhart Tolle
  9. “Mindfulness gives you time. Time gives you choices. Choices, skillfully made, lead to freedom.” – Bhante Henepola Gunaratana
  10. “Nothing is worth more than this day. You cannot relive yesterday. Tomorrow is still beyond your reach.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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Quotes About Mindfulness

  1. “You are the sky. Everything else is just the weather.” – Pema Chodron
  2. “Mindfulness isn’t difficult. We just need to remember to do it.” – Sharon Salzberg
  3. “Everything is created twice. First in the mind and then in reality.” – Robin Sharma
  4. “Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes. Including you.” – Anne Lamott
  5. “The only way to live is by accepting each minute as an unrepeatable miracle.” – Tara Brach
  6. “Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” – Lao Tzu
  7. “Life is a dance. Mindfulness is witnessing that dance.” – Amit Ray
  8. “The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.” – Leo Tolstoy
  9. “How we pay attention to the present moment largely determines the character of our experience, and therefore, the quality of our lives.” – Sam Harris
  10. “Training your mind to be the present moment is the number one key to making healthier choices.” – Susan Albers

Quotes On Mindfulness

  1. “Within you, there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself.” – Hermann Hesse
  2. “Mindfulness is deliberately paying full attention to what is happening around you– in your body, heart, and mind. Mindfulness is awareness without criticism or judgment.” – Jan Chozen Bays
  3. “Cultivating a generous spirit starts with mindfulness. Mindfulness, simply stated, means paying attention to what is happening; it’s about what is really going on.” – Nell Newman
  4. “Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have.” – Eckhart Tolle 
  5. “Meditation goes in. Prayer goes out. But both aim for the same place of union between you and the Divine.” – Lisa Jones
  6. “Mindfulness is a quality that’s always there. It’s an illusion that there’s a meditation and post-meditation period, which I always find amusing, because you’re either mindful or you’re not.” – Richard Gere
  7. “Be where you are, not where you think you should be.” – Unknown
  8. “Sometimes the bad things that happen in our lives put us directly on the path to the best things that will ever happen to us.” – Nicole Reed
  9. “These mountains that you are carrying, you were only supposed to climb.” – Najwa Zebian
  10. “Mindfulness meditation should be more than just watching what you are doing. What you really need to watch is your motivation.” – Thubten Zopa Rinpoche
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Daily Mindfulness Quotes

  1. “Worrying is stupid, it’s like walking around with an umbrella waiting for it to rain.” – Unknown
  2. “No matter how difficult the past, you can always begin again today.” – Jack Kornfield
  3. “Feelings come and go like cloudys in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  4. “Be happy in the moment. That is enough.” – Mother Teresa
  5. “Mindfulness is a pause – the space between stimulus and response: that’s where choice lies.” – Tara Brach
  6. “Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.” – Buddha
  7. “People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  8. “Mindul eating emphasizes a spirit of exploration, experimenting and flexibility in finding ways to make use of nutritional information.” – Jean L. Kristeller
  9. “Mindfulness meditation doesn’t change life. Life remains as fragile and unpredictable as ever. Meditation changes the heart’s capacity to accept life as it is.” – Sylvia Boorstein
  10. “Happiness, not in another place but this place… not for another hour, but this hour.” – Walt Whitman

Mindfulness Quotes Buddha

  1. “Be where you are; otherwise you will miss your life.” – Buddha
  2. “Our life is shaped by our mind, for we become what we think.” – Buddha
  3. “If you can’t do anything about it, then let it go. Don’t be a prisoner to things you can’t change.”
  4. “Quiet the mind, and the soul will speak.”
  5. “Before you speak, let your words pass through three gates: Is it true? Is it necessary? Is it kind?”
  6. “You must not hate those who do wrong or harmful things, but with compassion, you must do what you can to stop them – for they are harming themselves, as well as those who suffer from their actions.”
  7. “Rule your mind or it will rule you.”
  8. “Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.”
  9. “Just as a snake sheds its skin, we must shed our past over and over again.”
  10.  “When you move your focus from competition to contribution life becomes a celebration. Never try to defeat people, just win their hearts.” 

Mindfulness Quotes for Teachers

  1. “The body benefits from movement, and the mind benefits from stillness.” – Sakyong Mipham
  2. “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” – Aristotle
  3. “When you focus on the good, the good gets better.” – Abraham Hicks
  4. “In a world full of doing, doing, doing, it’s important to take a moment to just breathe, to just be.” – Unknown
  5. “Your calm mind is the ultimate weapon against your challenges. So relax.” – Bryant McGill
  6. “In today’s rush, we all think too much, seek too much, want too much– and forget the joy of just being.” – Eckhart Tolle
  7. “The mind is like water. When it’s turbulent, it’s difficult to see. When it’s calm, everything becomes clear.” – Prasad Mahes
  8. “The mind is just like a muscle– the more you exercise it, the stronger it gets, and the more it can expand.” – Idowu Koyenikan
  9. “Let go of the battle. Breathe quietly and let it be. Let your body relax and your heart soften.” – Jack Kornfield
  10. “Mindfulness means being awake. It means knowing what you’re doing.” – Jon Kabat Zinn

Mindfulness Quotes Dalai Lama

  1. “He said, ‘There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow, so today is the right day to love, believe, do, and mostly live.”
  2. “The ultimate source of my mental happiness is my peace of mind. Nothing can destroy this except my own anger.”
  3. “The true hero is one who conquers his own anger and hatred.”
  4. “If you think you’re too small to make a difference… try sleeping with a mosquito in the room.”
  5. “Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.”
  6. “When you talk, you are repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new.”
  7. “What is love? Love is the absence of judgement.”
  8. “In the practice of tolerance, one’s enemy is the best teacher.”
  9. “Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.”
  10. “Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.”

Thich Nhat Hanh Quotes Mindfulness

  1. “The best way to take care of the future is to take care of the present moment.” 
  2. “Take my hand. We will walk. We will only walk. We will enjoy our walk without thinking of arriving anywhere.”
  3. “Your ability to love another person, depends on your ability to love yourself.”
  4. “Most people are afraid of suffering. But suffering is a kind of mud to help the lotus flower of happiness grow.”
  5. “There is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way.”
  6. “For things to reveal themselves to us, we need to be ready to abandon our views about them.”
  7. “As long as we’re rejecting ourselves and causing harm to our bodies and minds, there’s no point in talking about loving and accepting others.” 
  8. “Because you are alive, everything is possible.”
  9. “What we believe can significantly affect what we can achieve.”
  10. “When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment; he needs help.”

Mindfulness Quotes Jon Kabat Zinn

  1. “The little things? The little moments? They aren’t little.” 
  2. “Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.” 
  3. “The perfect moment is this one.”
  4. “You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” 
  5. “The best way to capture moments is to pay attention. This is how we cultivate mindfulness. Mindfulness means being awake.” 
  6. “Breathe and let be.”
  7. “Non-doing has nothing to do with being indolent or passive. Quite the contrary. It takes great courage and energy to cultivate non-doing both in stillness and in activity.”
  8. “Mindfulness is a way of befriending ourselves and our experience.”
  9. “All the suffering, stress, and addiction comes from not realizing you already are what you are looking for.”
  10. “Compassion and kindness towards oneself are intrinsically woven into mindfulness.”

Funny Mindfulness Quotes

  1. “Today I will live in the moment. Unless the moment is unpleasant in which case I will eat a cookie.” – Unknown
  2. “Breathe in the good shit. Breathe out the bull shit.” – Karen Salmansohn
  3. “If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then is an empty desk a sign?” – Albert Einstein
  4. “A mind is like a parachute. It doesn’t work if it isn’t open.” – Frank Zappa
  5. “It may look like I’m doing nothing, but in my head, I’m quite busy.” – Unknown
  6. “Let that shit go.” – Unknown
  7. “In meditation, I attempt to empty my–– oh that reminds me.” – Unknown 
  8. “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” – Will Rogers
  9. “If you’re too open-minded, your brain will fall out.” – Unknown
  10. “To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid.” – Unknown
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Quotes Mindfulness

  1. “Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand melting like a snowflake.” – Francis Bacon Sr.
  2. “Sweetheart, you are in pain. Relax. Take a breath. Let’s pay attention to what is happening; then we’ll figure out what to do.” – Sylvia Boorstein
  3. “Mindful and creative, a child who has neither a past, nor examples to follow, nor value judgments, simply lives, speaks, and plays in freedom.” – Arnaud Desjardins
  4. “What you are is what you have been. What you’ll be is what you do now.” – Buddha
  5. “Mindfulness helps us to live in harmony with our thoughts, words, and actions.” – Amit Ray
  6. “This is the real secret of life — to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.” – Alan Watts
  7. “We are sitting under the tree of our thinking minds, wondering why we’re not getting any sunshine.” – Ram Dass
  8. “Every time we become aware of a thought, as opposed to being lost in a thought, we experience that opening of the mind.” – Joseph Goldstein
  9. “If you’re determined to think of yourself as limited, fearful, vulnerable, or scarred by past experience, know only that you have chosen to do so. The opportunity to experience yourself differently is always available.” – Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche
  10. “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” – Henry David Thoreau 


The mindfulness quotes in this article highlighted the way to train yourself to live more mindfully and deliberately. If we spend most of our lives hiding out in our minds, we miss out on all the wonderful things life has to offer. You are not your thoughts. It’s important to step out of your mind regretting the past and fearing the future to live in the present moment. We hope these quotes about mindfulness helped you gain some mental clarity so you can live a more mindful life.

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