Inspirational Quotes on Detachment

Desire is the source of all attachment and choice the gift of detachment...

Detached action is unselfish work.
Bhagavad Gita (c. BC 400-, Sanskrit poem incorporated into the Mahabharata)

Those whose consciousness is unified abandon all attachment to the results of action and attain supreme peace. But those whose desires are fragmented, who are selfishly attached to the results of their work, are bound in everything they do.
Bhagavad Gita (c. BC 400-, Sanskrit poem incorporated into the Mahabharata)

The essence of the Way is detachment.
Bodhidharma (a Buddhist monk, lived during 5-6AD, traditionally credited as the transmitter of Zen to China)

To spare oneself from grief at all cost can be achieved only at the price of total detachment, which excludes the ability to experience happiness
Erich Fromm (1900-1980, German born American social Philosopher and Psychoanalyst)

When you learn not to want things so badly, life comes to you.
Jessica Lange (1949-, American actress)

By letting it go, it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. But when you try and try the world is beyond the winning.
Lao-Tzu(BC 600-?, Chinese philosopher, founder of Taoism)

He who would be serene and pure needs but one thing, detachment.
Meister Eckhart (1260-1326, German mystic)

The more you lose yourself in something bigger than yourself, the more energy you will have.
Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993, American Christian reformed pastor, speaker, author)

When you become detached mentally from yourself and concentrate on helping other people with their difficulties, you will be able to cope with your own more effectively. Somehow, the act of self-giving is a personal power-releasing factor.
Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993, American Christian reformed pastor, speaker, author)

Attachment is the great fabricator of illusions; reality can be attained only by someone who is detached.
Simone Weil(1910-1943, French philosopher, mystic)

Those who are attuned to Truth, remain balanced and detached forever.
Sri Guru Granth Sahib (from the holy scriptures of Sikhism)

Detachment is a plant of slow growth; if you pluck the tender plant to look for the pods, you will be disappointed.
Sri Sathya Sai Baba (b.1926, Indian Spiritual leader)

Attachment to spiritual things is.. just as much an attachment as inordinate love of anything else.
Thomas Merton(1915-1968, American religious writer, poet)

Softly and kindly remind yourself, "I cannot own anything." It is a valuable thought to keep in mind as you struggle to improve your financial picture, worry about investments, and plan how to acquire more and more. It is a universal principle which you are part of. You must release everything when you truly awaken. Are you letting your life go by in frustration and worry over not having enough? If so, relax and remember that you only get what you have for a short period of time. When you awaken you will see the folly of being attached to anything.
Wayne Dyer(1940-, American psychotherapist, author, lecturer)

The tighter you squeeze, the less you have.
Zen Saying


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