50 Insightful Quotes About Realizations

The interesting thing about realizations is that they are often unexpected. Often we are just going about our lives when we suddenly have an insight into an issue we have been struggling with.

Other realizations come with some effort. Some people discover new understanding during prayer or meditation, for example. Some ask for the opportunity to “sleep on it” when faced with a major decision, with the understanding that a new morning may bring a new way of seeing the situation.

Another way to gain insight is to read and consider quotes about how to achieve helpful realizations. We have collected 60 insightful quotes about self-realization and realizations in general. These can help you on your path.

Quotes About Realizations

  1. “Self Realization is the first encounter with reality.” Nirmala Srivastava
  2. “Keep your best wishes, close to your heart and watch what happens.” Tony DeLiso
  3. “Men can starve from a lack of self-realization as much as they can from a lack of bread.” Richard Wright
  4. “Your greatest awakening comes, when you are aware about your infinite nature.” Amit Ray
  5. “Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.” Rumi
  6. “Your own Self-realization is the greatest service you can render the world.” Ramana Maharshi
  7. “We do not get to choose how we start out in life. We do not get to choose the day we are born or the family we are born into, what we are named at birth, what country we are born in, and we do not get to choose our ancestry. All these things are predetermined by a higher power. By the time you are old enough to start making decisions for yourself, a lot of things in your life are already in place. It’s important, therefore, that you focus on the future, the only thing that you can change.” Idowu Koyenikan
  8. “The deeper the Self-realization of a man, the more he influences the whole universe by his subtle spiritual vibrations, and the less he himself is affected by the phenomenal flux.” Paramahansa Yogananda
  9. “Love is the extremely difficult realization that something other than oneself is real.” Iris Murdoch
  10. “I used to spend so much time reacting and responding to everyone else that my life had no direction. Other people’s lives, problems, and wants set the course for my life. Once I realized it was okay for me to think about and identify what I wanted, remarkable things began to take place in my life.” Melody Beattie
  11. “I believe in the limitlessness of humans. We’re capable of incredible things. At times, that realization is frightening.” Alicia Keys
  12. “The harder the struggle, the more glorious the triumph. Self-realization demands very great struggle.” Sivananda
  13. “Live simply. Deepest joy is like a flower….beautiful in essence.” Tony Samara
  14. “Courage doesn’t happen when you have all the answers. It happens when you are ready to face the questions you have been avoiding your whole life.” Shannon L. Alder
  15. “I’m not exactly ambitious as much as I have a very good realization of what I am and what I am capable of.” Henry Rollins
  16. “You must have a level of discontent to feel the urge to want to grow.” Idowu Koyenikan
  17. “A strong man cannot help a weaker unless the weaker is willing to be helped, and even then the weak man must become strong of himself; he must, by his own efforts, develop the strength which he admires in another. None but himself can alter his condition.” James Allen
  18. “A dream will not become an innovation if there is no realization.” Ciputra
  19. “Within each of us is a light, awake, encoded in the fibers of our existence. Divine ecstasy is the totality of this marvelous creation experienced in the hearts of humanity.” Tony Samara
  20. “I realize today that nothing in the world is more distasteful to a man than to take the path that leads to himself.” Hermann Hesse
  21. “Don’t pretend to be what you’re not, instead, pretend to what you want to be, it is not pretence, it is a journey to self realization.” Michael Bassey Johnson
  22. “He who conquers himself is the mightiest warrior.” Confucius
  23. “We’re so wrapped up with egotistical things, career, family, having enough money, meeting the mortgage, getting a new car, fixing the radiator when it breaks—we’re involved in trillions of little acts just to keep going. So we don’t get into the habit of standing back and looking at our lives and saying, Is this all? Is this all I want? Is something missing?”Mitch Albom
  24. “Once you start growing in your self-realization, you develop such a personality that you see the whole world as one.” Nirmala Srivastava
  25. “Your worst sin is that you have destroyed and betrayed yourself for nothing.” Fyodor Dostoevsky
  26. “You didn’t realize what was passing you by until you slowed down a little bit to get a better look.” Karin Slaughter
  27. “The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.” Franklin D. Roosevelt
  28. “Write it on your heart you are the most beautiful soul of the Universe. Realize it, honor it and celebrate the life.” Amit Ray
  29. “When did you get so clever?” “When I realized I wasn’t as clever as I thought.” John Connolly
  30. “She remembered who she was and the game changed.” Lalah Delia
  31. “To know one’s Self is to be blissful always.” Ramana Maharshi
  32. “The material and the spiritual are but two parts of one universe and one truth. By overstressing one part or the other, man fails to achieve the balance necessary for harmonious development… Practice the art of living in this world without losing your inner peace of mind. Follow the path of balance to reach the inner wondrous garden of Self-Realization.” Paramahansa Yogananda
  33. “All good work requires self-revelation.” Sidney Lumet
  34. “Never underestimate the power you have to take your life in a new direction.” Germany Kent
  35. “There is joy in work. There is no happiness except in the realization that we have accomplished something.” Henry Ford
  36. “Everyday we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child – our own two eyes. All is a miracle.” Thich Nhat Hanh
  37. “The realization of ignorance is the first act of knowing.” Jean Toomer
  38. “You have all the reason in the world to achieve your grandest dreams. Imagination plus innovation equals realization.” Denis Waitley
  39. “When you think this pain is all you deserve, you are right. You are the only one that can decide how long you will walk in hell.” Shannon L. Alder
  40. “All things remarkable are surprisingly simple; albeit difficult to find.” Criss Jami
  41. “Many never realize they always had the key in their pocket, so they die at the locked door, never reaching deep inside to pull it out.” Anthony Liccione
  42. “If it is bread that you seek, you will have bread. If it is the soul you seek, you will find the soul. If you understand this secret, you know you are that which you seek.” Rumi
  43. “Only you can take inner freedom away from yourself, or give it to yourself. Nobody else can.” Michael A. Singer
  44. “There’s nothing you can do, Sirus. No one can do this for me, and no one can swoop in and rescue me every time I’m challenged. I have to do this on my own.” Heather Brewer
  45. “Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.” Henry David Thoreau
  46. “Self-realization is not the awareness that this world is a dream, that’s a part of self-realization.” Frederick Lenz
  47. “There is a God part in you. The consciousness. The pure Self. Learn to listen the voice of that Power.”Amit Ray
  48. “Freedom is realizing you have a choice.” T.F. Hodge
  49. “While you’ll feel compelled to charge forward it’s often a gentle step back that will reveal to you where you and what you truly seek.” Rasheed Ogunlaru
  50. “The unexamined life is not worth living.” Socrates
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From Socrates, the first of the ancient Greek philosophers, to Rumi, the poet and Sufi mystic, these quotes can teach us all some very important things about realizations, or what the ancients called “inspirations.”

Unlike knowledge, realizations seem to come from the universe itself.

Consider these quotes when you have a problem that can’t be fixed with your knowledge. Read them when you need an answer, and you very well may find one.


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