Eckhart Tolle is a spiritual teacher and best-selling author. He is best known as the author of The Power of Now and A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose. He was depressed for much of his life until age 29 when he underwent an “inner transformation”. He then spent several years wandering “in a state of deep bliss” before becoming a spiritual teacher. In September 2009, he appeared with the Dalai Lama and other speakers at the Vancouver Peace Summit. Here are some influential Eckhart Tolle quotes.

52 Motivational Eckhart Tolle Quotes

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1. “Some changes look negative on the surface but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge.” – Eckhart Tolle

2. “If not now, when?” – Eckhart Tolle

3. “Stress is caused by being ‘here’ but wanting to be ‘there’.” – Eckhart Tolle

4. “People don’t realize that now is all there ever is: there is no past or future except as memory or anticipation in your mind.” – Eckhart Tolle

5. “If the only prayer you ever say is ‘Thank You’ that will be enough.” – Eckhart Tolle

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6. “The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.” – Eckhart Tolle

7. “The past has no power over the present moment.” – Eckhart Tolle

8. “For what you do to others, you do to yourself.” – Eckhart Tolle

9. “When you complain, you make yourself a victim. Leave the situation, change the situation or accept it. All else is madness.” – Eckhart Tolle

10. “Sometimes letting things go is an act of far greater power than defending on hanging on.” – Eckhart Tolle

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11. “Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at the moment.” – Eckhart Tolle

12. “Anything that you resent and strongly react to in another is also in you.” – Eckhart Tolle

13. “Being at ease with not knowing is crucial for answers to come to you.” – Eckhart Tolle

14. “Rather than being your thoughts and emotions be the awareness behind them.” – Eckhart Tolle

15. “Let go of thought, become still and alert and don’t try to understand or explain.” – Eckhart Tolle

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16. “Give up defining yourself – to yourself or to others. You won’t die. You will come to life. And don’t be concerned with how others define you. When they define you, they are limiting themselves, so it’s their problem.” – Eckhart Tolle

17. “I have little use for the past and rarely think about it.” – Eckhart Tolle

18. “Doing is never enough if you neglect being.” – Eckhart Tolle

19. “Stillness is the only thing in this world that has no form. But then, it is not really a thing, and it is not of this world.” – Eckhart Tolle

20. “To love is to recognize yourself in another.” – Eckhart Tolle

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21. “Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the NOW the primary focus of your life.” – Eckhart Tolle

22. “You create a good future by creating a good present.” – Eckhart Tolle

22. “If I cannot live with myself, there must be two of me.” – Eckhart Tolle

23. “You are here to enable the divine purpose of the universe to unfold. That is how important you are.” – Eckhart Tolle

24. “Anything you accept fully will take you into peace. This is the miracle of surrender.” – Eckhart Tolle

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25. “Time isn’t precious at all, because it is an illusion. What you perceive as precious is not time but the one point that is out of time: the Now.” – Eckhart Tolle

26. “Love is a state of being. Your love is not outside, it is deep within you. You can never lose it, and it cannot leave you.” – Eckhart Tolle

27. “Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose.” – Eckhart Tolle

28. “Stay focused.” – Eckhart Tolle

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29. “You can only lose something that you have, but you cannot lose something that you are.” – Eckhart Tolle

30. “You are not the voice in your mind, but the one who is aware of it.” Eckhart Tolle

31. “When you become comfortable with uncertainty, infinite possibilities open up in your life.” Eckhart Tolle

32. “All you need to know and observe in yourself is this: Whenever you feel superior or inferior to anyone, that’s the ego in you.” Eckhart Tolle

33. “Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” Eckhart Tolle

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34. “Love is not selective, just as the light of the sun is not selective. It does not make one person special. It is not exclusive. Exclusivity is not the love of God but the “love” of ego.” – Eckhart Tolle

35. “So the single most vital step on your journey toward enlightenment is this: learn to disidentify from your mind.” – Eckhart Tolle

36. “What a liberation to realize that the ‘voice in my head’ is not who I am. Who am I then? The one who sees that.” – Eckhart Tolle

37. “Give up defining yourself.” – Eckhart Tolle

38. “Nothing that comes and goes is you.” Eckhart Tolle

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39. “You find peace not by rearranging the circumstances of your life, but by realizing who you are at the deepest level.” – Eckhart Tolle

40. “When you lose touch with your inner stillness, you lose touch with yourself. When you lose touch with yourself, you lose yourself in the world.” – Eckhart Tolle

41. “All problems are illusions of the mind.” – Eckhart Tolle

42. “It is not uncommon for people to spend their whole life waiting to start living.” – Eckhart Tolle

43. “Life isn’t as serious as the mind makes it out to be.” – Eckhart Tolle

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44. “In a genuine relationship, there is an outward flow of open, alert attention toward the other person in which there is no wanting whatsoever.” – Eckhart Tolle

45. “Presence is the key. Now is the key.” – Eckhart Tolle

46. “To complain is always non-acceptance of what is.” – Eckhart Tolle

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47. “All negativity is caused by an accumulation of psychological time and denial of the present.” – Eckhart Tolle

48. “Awareness is the greatest agent for change.” – Eckhart Tolle

49. “The power is in you. The answer is in you. And you are the answer to all your searches: You are the goal. You are the answer. It’s never outside.” Eckhart Tolle

50. “Be true to life by being true to your inner purpose. As you become present and thereby total in what you do, your actions become charged with spiritual power.” – Eckhart Tolle

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51. “Accept – then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.” – Eckhart Tolle

52. “If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place.” Eckhart Tolle

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