70+ Eckhart Tolle Quotes to Embrace the Power of Now

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Here are the best Eckhart Tolle quotes, broken out by book and topic. I hope these help you to stay in the present moment so you an experience more joy in your life. You deserve to feel empowered and happy! These Eckhart Tolle quotes can help.  

Who Is Eckhart Tolle?

Eckhart Tolle is a beloved spiritual teacher who focuses on accessing your power by being in the present moment. He’s best know for his book The Power of Now, and more recently, A New Earth.  I’ve pulled the top quotes from these books below, along with his best quotes on life, love, letting go, and more. 

Eckhart Tolle doesn’t identify with any specific religion, but he does believe in God. His words of wisdom will soothe and enlighten you.

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‘The Power of Now’ Eckhart Tolle Quotes

These are quotes from Eckhart Tolle’s first book, The Power of Now. You can grab a copy of it here.

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

“Any action is often better than no action, especially if you have been stuck in an unhappy situation for a long time. If it’s a mistake, at least you learn something, in which case it’s no longer a mistake. If you remain stuck, you learn nothing.””

“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.”

“The mind is a superb instrument if used rightly. Used wrongly, however, it becomes very destructive. To put it more accurately, it is not so much that you use your mind wrongly – you usually don’t use it at all. It uses you.”

“You are awareness, disguised as a person.”

“Once you have identified with some form of negativity, you do not want to let it go, and on a deeply unconscious level, you do not want positive change. It would threaten your identity as a depressed, angry or hard-done by person. You will then ignore, deny or sabotage the positive in your life. This is a common phenomenon. It is also insane.” 

“Power over others is weakness disguised as strength. True power is within, and it is available to you now.” 

“The pollution of the planet is only an outward reflection of an inner psychic pollution: millions of unconscious individuals not taking responsibility for their inner space.”

Quotes from ‘A New Earth’

This section contains quotes from Eckhart Tolle’s book, A New Earth, which focuses on the current state of humanity, and how we can create a more loving world.

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

“Being aware of your breath forces you into the present moment – the key to all inner transformation. Whenever you are conscious of the breath, you are absolutely present. You may also notice that you cannot think and be aware of your breathing. Conscious breathing stops your mind.”

“If peace is really what you want, then you will choose peace. If peace mattered to you more than anything else and if you truly knew yourself to be spirit rather than a little me, you would remain nonreactive and absolutely alert when confronted with challenging people or situations. You would immediately accept the situation and thus become one with it rather than separate yourself from it.”

“Anybody who is one with what he/she does is building the new earth.”

“How do you let go of attachment to things? Don’t even try. It’s impossible. Attachment to things drops away by itself when you no longer seek to find yourself in them.”

“How you react to people and situations, especially when challenges arise, is the best indicator of how deeply you know yourself.”

“Knowing yourself deeply has nothing to do with whatever ideas are floating around in your mind. Knowing yourself is to be rooted in Being, instead of lost in your mind.”

“Don’t let a mad world tell you that success is anything other than a successful present moment.”

“When you don’t cover up the world with words and labels, a sense of the miraculous returns to your life that was lost a long time ago.”

Eckhart Tolle Quotes on Love

 “After the initial euphoria has passed, there is so much unhappiness, so much pain in intimate relationships. They don’t cause pain and unhappiness. They bring out the pain and unhappiness that is already in you.”

“To the ego, loving and wanting are the same, whereas true love has no wanting in it, no desire to possess or for your partner to change.”

“The intensity with which true love is felt can vary. There may be one person who reflects your love back to you more clearly and  intensely than others, and if that person feels the same toward you, it can be said that you’re in a love relationship. The bond that connects you with that person is the same bond that connects you with the person sitting next to you on a bus, or with a bird, tree,  flower. Only the degree of intensity differs.”

“Love is a state of being. Love is not outside; it’s deep within you. You can never lose it and it cannot leave you.”

“True love has no opposite because it arises from beyond the mind”

“To love is to recognize yourself in another.”

“Internal and external are ultimately one. When you no longer perceive the world as hostile, there is no more fear, and when there is no more fear, you think, speak and act differently. Love and compassion arise, and they affect the world.”

“In any relationship, especially marriage, be as free of compulsive thinking as possible. In other words, the more space there’s in the relationship – inner space – the more love there is because love arises out of the inner spaciousness.”

“Love isn’t a portal; it’s what comes through the portal into this world. Your task isn’t to search for love but to find a portal through which love can enter.”

Eckhart Tolle Present Moment Quotes

“Realize the present moment is all you have. Make ‘the now’ the primary focus in your life.”

“Always say yes to the present moment. What could be more futile, more insane, than to create inner resistance to what already is? What could be more insane than to oppose life itself, which is now and always now? Surrender to what is. Say “yes” to life and see how life suddenly starts working for you rather than against you.”

““When you get into your car, shut the door and be there for just half a minute. Breathe, feel the energy inside your body, look around at the sky, the trees. The mind might tell you, ‘I don’t have time.’ But even the busiest person has time for 30 seconds of space.”

“Most humans are never fully present in the now, because unconsciously they believe  the next moment must be more important than this one. But then you miss your whole life, which is never not now.”

“Don’t wait to be successful at some future point. Have a successful relationship with the present moment and be fully present in whatever you’re doing. That is success.”

You cannot find yourself by going into the past. You can find yourself by coming into the present.”

“Nothing ever happened in the past that can prevent you from being present now; and if the past cannot prevent you from being present now, what power does it have?”

“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.”

“Most people treat the present moment as if it were an obstacle that they need to overcome. Since the present moment is life itself, it is an insane way to live.”

Eckhart Tolle Quotes on Consciousness

“You attract and manifest whatever corresponds to your inner state.”

“The power for creating a better future is contained in the present moment: You create a good future by creating a good present.”

“The more consciousness you bring into the body, the stronger the immune system becomes. It’s as if every cell awakens and rejoices. The body loves your attention”

“Being spiritual has nothing to do with what you believe and everything to do with your state of consciousness.”

“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. Whenever you interact with people, don’t be there primarily as a function or a role, but as the field of conscious Presence. You can only lose something that you have, but you cannot lose something that you are.”

“The awakening of consciousness is the next evolutionary step for mankind.”

“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.”

“Fear arises through identification with form, whether it be a material possession, a physical body, a social role, a self-image, a thought, or an emotion. It arises through unawareness of the formless inner dimension of consciousness or spirit, which is the essence of who you are. You are trapped in object consciousness, unaware of the dimension of inner space which alone is true freedom.”

Eckhart Tolle Quotes on Acceptance + Surrender

“It seems that most people need to experience a great deal of suffering before they will relinquish resistance and accept – before they will forgive.”

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

“Resistance is weakness and fear masquerading as strength. What the ego sees as weakness is your Being in its purity, innocence, and power. What it sees as strength is weakness.”

“You never surrender to the idea of illness. You don’t say, “I must surrender to the fact that I have COVID-19,” or, even worse, “I must surrender to the fact that I have this incurable condition.” All you surrender to is the present moment, whatever the body manifests in the present moment. That is what is; that is what you accept. With that kind of surrender, a doorway opens into the transcendent dimension, and that’s where the power of manifestation really comes through.”

“Accepting means you allow yourself to feel whatever it is you are feeling at that moment. It is part of the isness of the Now. You can’t argue with what is. Well, you can, but if you do, you suffer.”

“Surrender means acceptance. Acceptance initiates healing. The foundation for healing is to accept this moment as it is.”

Eckhart Tolle Quotes on Relationships

“If you both agree that the relationship will be your spiritual practice, so much the better. You can then express your thoughts and feelings to each other as soon as they occur, or as soon as a reaction comes up, so that you do not create a time gap in which an unexpressed or unacknowledged emotion or grievance can fester and grow. Learn to give expression to what you feel without blaming. Learn to listen to your partner in an open, non-defensive way. Give your partner space for expressing himself or herself. Be present. “

“If in your relationships you experience both “love” and the opposite of love – attack, emotional violence, and so on – then it is likely that you are confusing ego attachment and addictive clinging with love.”

“Some couples who may think they have ‘fallen in love’ are actually feeling drawn to each other because their respective pain-bodies complement each other. Sometimes the roles of perpetrator and victim are already clearly prescribed the time they meet. Some marriages that are thought to be made in heaven are actually made in hell.”

“A genuine relationship is one that is not dominated by the ego with its image-making and self-seeking.”

“If in your relationships you experience both “love” and the opposite of love – attack, emotional violence, and so on – then it is likely that you are confusing ego attachment and addictive clinging with love.”

“As a spiritual practice, I suggest that you investigate your relationship with the world of things through self-observation”

Eckhart Tolle Quotes on Death + Suffering

“Death is a stripping away of all that is not you. The secret of life is to ‘die before you die’ and find that there is no death.”

“Your mind says “I shouldn’t be feeling peace, that isn’t what one feels in a situation like this”. But that’s a conditioned thought by the culture that you live in. So instead, recognize it as a conditioned thought that is not true. It doesn’t mean that waves of sadness don’t come back from time to time. But in between the waves of sadness, you sense there is peace.”

“Suffering has a noble purpose: the evolution of consciousness and the burning up of the ego.”

“Death is not the opposite of life. Life has no opposite. Death is the opposite of birth.”

“Whenever death occurs, whenever a life form dissolves, God, the formless and unmanifested, shines through the opening left by the dissolving form.”

“When you feel you don’t want to live anymore, is it a resistance pattern that’s egoic because things are not going the way you want ? Or, maybe a kind of tiredness of life? Instead of committing suicide, practice dying, by surrendering completely to the present moment. Don’t demand the present moment to be different. It is what it is, then the ego dies. Try surrender then see what happens. That means no complaint of anything anymore, complete acceptance of this moment as it is.”

“The more you live in the present moment, the more the fear of death disappears.”

“Many people don’t realize until they are on their deathbed and everything external falls away that nothing ever had anything to do with who they are.”

“The end of illusion – that’s all death is. It is painful only as long as you cling to illusion.”

Top 10 Eckhart Tolle Quotes

“Where there is anger, there is always pain underneath.”

“Stress is caused by being “here” but wanting to be “there,” or being in the present but wanting to be in the future.”

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

“Whatever you think people are withholding from you–praise, appreciation, assistance, loving care, and so on–give it to them.”

“Man made God in his own image.”

“Awareness is the greatest agent for change.”

“Don’t take the ego too seriously. When you detect egoic behavior in yourself, smile. At times, you may even laugh.”

“There is nothing that strengthens the ego more than being right. Being right is identification with a mental position – a perspective, an opinion, a judgment, a story. For you to be right, of course, you need someone else to be wrong, as so the ego loves to make wrong in order to be right.”

“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.”

“Sometimes letting things go is an act of far greater power than defending or hanging on.”


Did you love these Eckhart Tolle quotes? Which ones brought you the most clarity? Leave me a comment below!

XO,  Andrea

Andrea Scalisi
Andrea Scalisi

Andrea is a certified Aromatherapy and Reiki Master in Central NY. She’s been featured in publications such as Energy Magazine and Forbes.

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