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88 Quotes about Mindfulness In 7 Categories

Mindfulness can help you to live more consciously, think more positively and overall be happier. Our quotes about mindfulness address all the facets of mindfulness and can help to develop your gratitude and bring you serenity.

Mindfulness means consciously feeling each moment and living in the present. There are many exercises for implementing mindfulness. But quotes can also act as an incentive to live a more mindful life.

Quotes about Mindfulness That Bring You Into This Moment

Quotes about Mindfulness That Bring You Into This Moment

Our first list contains typical mindfulness quotes that you can use to stay grounded in the present.

Sit back and read through them, concentrate on letting their message take hold and try your best to directly implement what you have read.

  1. Always remember that there is only one important time: Today. Here. Now.
    (Leo Tolstoy, Russian author, 1828–1910)
  2. By thinking about the past and future, we destroy the here and now.
  3. Deep bliss is presence without thinking.
    (Oswald Spengler, German philosopher, 1880–1936)
  4. Live in the present! The house of the future is too empty and far, that of the past too big.
    (Friedrich Rückert, German poet, 1788–1866)
  5. All memory is present.
    (Novalis, German author, 1772–1801)
  6. That is exactly the mark of true attention, that in an instant, it turns nothing into everything.
    (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German poet, 1749–1832)
  7. Control over the moment is control over life.
    (Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach, Moravian-Austrian author, 1830–1916)
  8. Very few men, properly speaking, live at present, but are providing to live another time.
    (Jonathan Swift, Irish author, 1667–1745)
  9. Forever – is composed of Nows.
    (Emily Dickinson, American author, 1819–1875)
  10. Live in the present, that you may be ready for the future.
    (Charles Kingsley, English priest, 1819–1875)
  11. Wonder is the creature of moments.
    (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German poet, 1749–1832)
  12. An important point of wisdom lies in dedicating the right ratio of our attention between the present and the future, so that one does not spoil the other for us. Many people live too much in the present: the careless; others live too much in the future: the fearful and worried. The present alone is true and real: it is the tangible fulfilled time and it only holds our being.
    (Arthur Schopenhauer, German philosopher, 1788–1860)
  13. Think of the future only when it has become the present.
    (Tibetan proverb)
  14. Only that day dawns to which we are awake.
    (Henry David Thoreau, American philosopher, 1817–1862)
  15. The present alone is what is always there and immovably fixed.
    (Arthur Schopenhauer, German philosopher, 1788–1860)
  16. Do not turn your present into a means for the future, as that is nothing but a coming present, and every scorned present was once a coveted future!
    (Jean Paul, German author, 1763–1825)
  17. He who mourns over the past and fears for the future will miss out on the present.
  18. The present is the only state in which our godly nature reveals itself. So honor the present, – in it is God.
    (Leo Tolstoy, Russian author, 1828–1910)
  19. He who takes care of the present, best takes care of the future.
    (Franz Kafka, German-speaking author, 1828–1910)
  20. The past and the future are simply forms of the present.
    (Christian Morgenstern, German poet, 1871–1914)
  21. Don’t destroy your peace of mind by looking back, worrying about the past. Live in the present. Simplify!
    (Henry David Thoreau, American philosopher, 1817–1862)
  22. Do everything as if it were the last thing you were doing in your life.
    (Marcus Aurelius, Roman emperor, 121 A.D–180 A.D.)
  23. Be where you are and not where you think you should be.

Tip for more mindfulness day-to-day

Print out one of these quotes and hang it in a highly visible spot in your home, for example on your mirror or over your bed. That way, you can see it every day and you will be reminded to be mindful daily.

Quotes about Being Mindful for More Appreciation

Quotes about Being Mindful for More Appreciation

Mindfulness and appreciation directly impact one another. Being mindful means appreciating the little things in life. If you cannot show appreciation, you will not be able to “practice” mindfulness and gratitude either.

The quotes below will help you to be more thankful and appreciate life’s little joys.

  1. Find wonder in everything, even the most commonplace.
    (Carl Linnaeus, Swedish botanist, 1707–1778)
  2. It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.
    (Henry David Thoreau, American philosopher, 1817–1862)
  3. Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.
    (Marcus Aurelius, Roman emperor, 121 A.D.–180 A.D.)
  4. There is only one means to feeling good: One must learn to be content with what is given and not always long for what is missing.
    (Theodor Fontane, German author, 1819–1898)
  5. Happiness often arises from attention to little things, unhappiness often through the neglect of little things.
    (Wilhelm Busch, German poet, 1832–1908)
  6. Many people would be free if they could become conscious of their freedom.
    (Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach, Moravian-Austrian author, 1830–1916)
  7. Happiness is not found in an eternally laughing sky, but rather in the very fine details from which we knock together our lives.
    (Elisabeth zu Wied, German author, 1843–1916)
  8. Gratitude is heaven itself; there could be no heaven without gratitude.
    (William Blake, English poet, 1757–1827)
  9. There shall be an eternal summer in the grateful heart.
    (Celia Thaxter, American poet, 1835–1894)
  10. Nature must be experienced through feeling. He who only sees and abstracts can can dissect plants and animals for a lifetime in the hustle and bustle of life in the glowing tropics. He will believe he is describing nature, but will be eternally alien to it.
    (Alexander von Humboldt, German geographer, 1769–1859)
  11. Gratitude is a feeling that refines and improves the heart benevolently for he who receives, as well as for he who gives.
    (Adolph Knigge, German author, 1752–1796)
  12. Consciousness: we are standing at an ending, we are a beginning.
    (Christian Morgenstern, German poet, 1871–1914)
  13. There is no excess in the world so commendable as excessive gratitude.
    (Jean de La Bruyère, French author, 1645–1696)
  14. Everything meaningful in this great world is repeated, the attentive notice it everywhere.
    (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German poet, 1749–1832)
  15. Brightness comes to our lives where we learn to be thankful for the smallest of things.
    (Friedrich von Bodelschwingh, German theologist, 1831–1910)

Quotes on Mindfulness for More Joy in Life

Quotes on Mindfulness for More Joy in Life

In the long term, more mindfulness results in a happier life. Our quotes below can also help you to view your life more positively and with more serenity in the future. Use these quotes as a guide for a life full of joy and positivity.

  1. The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.
    (Marcus Aurelius, Roman emperor, 121 A.D.–180 A.D.)
  2. Moons and years pass, but a beautiful moment shines through life.
    (Franz Grillparzer, Austrian author, 1791–1872)
  3. It is not that we have a short space of time, but that we waste much of it. Life is long enough, and it has been given in sufficiently generous measure to allow the accomplishment of the very greatest things if the whole of it is well invested.
    (Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Roman philosopher, 4 B.C.–65 A.D.)
  4. Life is merciful; every moment gifts us a new beginning.
    (Gustav Meyrink, Austrian author, 1868–1932)
  5. The person who has lived the most is not the one with the most years but the one with the richest experiences.
    (Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Swiss author, 1712–1778)
  6. The true art of living consists in seeing the miraculous in the everyday.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson, American philosopher, 1803–1882)
  7. Just become like a child that discovers the beauty of the world every moment, again and again.
    (Tibetan proverb)

Here you will find more positive quotes.

Mindfulness Quotes for Your Soul

Mindfulness Quotes for Your Soul

Mindfulness is balm for the soul, just like our beautiful quotes in the list below. They will help to add more serenity to the way you live, hope and relax.

  1. Nature must be experienced through feeling.
    (Alexander von Humboldt, German geographer, 1769–1859)
  2. A happy and eternal being has no trouble himself and brings no trouble upon any other being.
    (Epicurus, Greek philosopher, 341 B.C.–270 B.C.)
  3. Such as are your habitual thoughts, such also will be the character of your mind; for the soul is dyed by the thoughts.
    (Marcus Aurelius, Roman emperor, 121 A.D.–180 A.D.)
  4. One should never have so much to do that he has no more time for reflection.
    (Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, German botanist, 1742–1799)
  5. You will only be truly rich through the things you do not desire.
    (Mahatma Gandhi, Indian ethicist, 1869–1948)
  6. Hope is the thing with feathers
    That perches in the soul,
    And sings the tune without the words,
    And never stops at all.
    (Emily Dickinson, American author, 1830–1886)
  7. Feel the pulse of your own heart. Inward peace, outward peace. Learn to breathe again, that is it.
    (Christian Morgenstern, German poet, 1871–1914)
  8. There is more to life than increasing its speed.
    (Mahatma Gandhi, Indian ethicist, 1869–1948)
  9. A man is fit for neither business nor pleasure, who either cannot, or does not, command and direct his attention to the present object.
    (Philip Dormer Stanhope, British author, 1694–1773)
  10. Look past your thoughts, so you may drink the pure nectar of this moment.
    (Rumi, Persian Sufi mystic, 1207–1273)

Self Care Sayings about Being Mindful

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Self Care Sayings about Being Mindful

Self-care and self awareness play a huge role in mindfulness. Our quotes about mindfulness and self-care will help you to take better care of yourself.

  1. To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life.
    (Baruch Spinoza, Dutch philosopher, 1632–1677)
  2. It often takes more courage to change one’s mind than to remain true to it.
    (Christian Friedrich Hebbel, German playwright, 1813–1863)
  3. We do not always have control over what goes on around us, but you can always control what happens inside you.
  4. Happiness belongs to the self-sufficient.
    (Aristotle, Greek polymath, 384 B.C.–322 B.C.)
  5. Happiness belongs to those who are sufficient unto themselves. Because all external sources of happiness and pleasure are, by nature, uncertain, awkward, fleeting and a matter of chance.
    (Arthur Schopenhauer, German philosopher, 1788-1860)
  6. One should step back from themselves from time to time, like an artist from his painting.
    (Christian Morgenstern, German poet, 1871–1914)
  7. If we want to live in peace, the peace must come from ourselves.
    (Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Swiss author, 1712–1778)
  8. Nothing can open the door to oneself better than a walk through bad weather.
    (Mark Twain, American author, 1835–1910)
  9. Throw off your discontent about your nature; forgive yourself your own self, for you have in it a ladder with a hundred rungs, on which you can climb to knowledge.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche, German philosopher, 1844–1900)

Here you’ll find quotes about self love.

Quotes about Mindfulness to Slow Down

Quotes about Mindfulness to Slow Down

Mindfulness supports you in living more peacefully and in slowing down your life. The following quotes and sayings endorse a peaceful life and definitely also help you to take things down a notch.

  1. Take a rest. A field that has rested gives a beautiful crop.
    (Ovid, Roman poet, 43 B.C.–17 B.C.)
  2. The way to all great things is through silence.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche, German philosopher, 1844–1900)
  3. In perfect silence, the whole world can be heard.
    (Kurt Tucholsky, German journalist, 1890–1935)
  4. Life is like a book, fools glance through it, the wise read it carefully, knowing they can only read it once.
    (Jean Paul, German writer, 1763–1825)
  5. Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections, but instantly set about remedying them—every day begin the task anew.
    (Francis de Sales, French bishop, 1567–1622)
  6. Do not be afraid of confusion external to you, but of confusion within you; strive for unity, but do not search for uniformity; strive for peace, but through balance, not by stopping your activity.
    (Friedrich von Schiller, German playwright, 1759–1805)
  7. Listen to the silence, it has much to say.
    (Rumi, Persian Sufi mystic, 1207–1273)
  8. Attention is the stuff that memory is made of, and memory is accumulated genius.
    (James Russell Lowell, American author, 1819–1891)
  9. The greatest events – they are not our loudest, but our stillest hours.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche, German philosopher, 1844–1900)

Quotes on Mindfulness From Buddhism

Quotes on Mindfulness From Buddhism

The concept of mindfulness comes from Buddhism. According to Buddhist beliefs, you should live your life by the Buddha’s “Four Noble Truths” in order to achieve mindfulness.

These say that life is full of suffering and is unsatisfying (1) and that this has a cause (2). On the other hand, there is, however, an end to suffering (3) and also a path that leads to it (4).

By the way: Buddha (560 B.C. to 483 B.C.), the founder of Buddhism, spent a whole 45 years after his own enlightenment trying to bring other people to the path of enlightenment.

In the following list, you will find further words of wisdom for more mindfulness and strength from the Buddha.

  1. Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.
  2. One moment can change a day. One day can change a life. One life can change the world.
  3. Live every act fully, as if it were your last.
  4. The mind is everything. What you think, you become.
  5. All individual things pass away. Strive on untiringly.
  6. True happiness comes from within, not from external circumstances.
  7. Something is perfect when you can let it be.
  8. Love in the past is only a memory. Love in the future is only a fantasy. True love lives in the here and now.
  9. The world is afflicted by death and decay. But the wise do not grieve, having realized the nature of the world.
  10. There is only one time when it is essential to awaken. That time is now.
  11. Every morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.
  12. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.
    Stand firm and be vigilant, advance in right striving.
  13. Happiness is the outcome of good conduct, now in and in the next life.
  14. He who deliberates fully before taking a step will spend his entire life on one leg.
  15. We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.

Things to Know about Mindfulness

Things to Know about Mindfulness

The term mindfulness has many different interpretations these days. For example, it can be defined as attitude, methods or forms of meditations.

Essentially, however, mindfulness describes a conscious state of mind.

At its core, mindfulness means: consciously living and reflecting. It is about concentrating on the moment and your surroundings, consciously observing your body and sensory stimulation without directly evaluating them.

This Is Mindfulness

Mindfulness exercises can help you to consciously determine feelings and smells, for example. If thoughts arise about the past or the future when doing so, you should consciously allow them to pass by. Mindful people live in the present.

In another sense, mindfulness also means accepting situations and circumstances you cannot change. In this regard, parallels between mindfulness and stoicism (Ancient Greek philosophy) can be drawn.

Advantages of Mindfulness

Advantages of Mindfulness

Mindfulness is based on the assumption that we are happier when we live in the moment.

In the long term, mindfulness provides more joie de vivre, relaxation and satisfaction. You can reduce stress and slow down your day-to-day life.

Mindfulness will make you overall more grateful as well as more worry-free, and you will be able to think more positively. Mindfulness can also help with mental illnesses such as depression and is often used in psychotherapy.

By the way: In a way, mindfulness is the direct opposite of multitasking.

Did you know…

… that mindfulness is needed to practice meditation? The goal of meditation is namely to quiet the mind and bring yourself into the moment.

This Is Where Mindfulness Come From

The origin of mindfulness lies in early South Asian Buddhism.

American medical practitioner, molecular biologist and lecturer, Jon Kabat-Zinn, is considered the most well-known representative of this “method.”

In the 1970s, Kabat-Zinn developed the most well-known scientific method for stress reduction, called MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction).

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