36 Famous Jiddu Krishnamurti Quotes

36 Famous Jiddu Krishnamurti Quotes

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Jiddu Krishnamurti was a writer, philosopher, and speaker from British India. His main focus was on psychological revolution including meditation, human relationships, and radical changes in society. He wrote many renowned books on the subjects including The Only Revolution and The First and Last Freedom. He died on February 17, 1986 at the age of 90.

“And as we are — the world is. That is, if we are greedy, envious, competitive, our society will be competitive, envious, greedy, which brings misery and war. The State is what we are.”

“Are you trying to grasp the quality of intelligence, compassion, the immense sense of beauty, the perfume of love and that truth which has no path to it?”

“Can the mind become completely still without coercion, without compulsion, without discipline?”

“Can thought be silent?”

“Can you look at a flower without thinking?”

“Can’t you fall in love and not have a possessive relationship? I love someone and she loves me and we get married — that is all perfectly straightforward and simple, in that there is no
conflict at all.”

“Conflict exists only when there are two opposing things: fear and non-fear,violence and non-violence.”

“Control exists only when there is action of will, positively or negatively. Will is resistance. When the mind is learning, there is no resistance.”

“Despair exists only when there is hope.”

“Do you decide to observe? Or do you merely observe?”

“Does choice exist when I see something very clearly?”

“I maintain that Truth is a pathless land, and you cannot approach it by any path whatsoever, by any religion, by any sect. That is my point of view, and I adhere to that absolutely and

“In the denial of disorder there is order.”

“Insight is not a matter of memory, of knowledge and time, which are all thought.”

“Is there a thinker apart from thought?”

“Is there an observation which is not the instrument of thought?”

“It is astonishingly beautiful and interesting, how thought is absent when you have an insight. Thought cannot have an insight.”

“Learning in the true sense of the word is possible only in that state of attention, in which there is no outer or inner compulsion. Right thinking can come about only when the mind is not
enslaved by tradition and memory.”

“My only concern is to set men absolutely, unconditionally free.”

“Observe, and in that observation there is neither the “observer” nor the “observed” — there is only observation taking place.”

“Psychological knowledge has made us dull.”

“Silence is difficult and arduous, it is not to be played with.”

“The society in which we live is the result of our psychological state.”

“The very word “sorrow” colours the fact of sorrow, the pain of it.”

“There is no end to self-knowledge. Self-knowledge is only from moment to moment, and therefore there is a creative happiness from moment to moment.”

“Thought nourishes, sustains and gives continuity to fear and pleasure.”

“Throughout life, from childhood, from school until we die, we are taught to compare ourselves with another; yet when I compare myself with another I am destroying myself.”

“Truth does not belong to an individual.”

“Truth is a pathless land.”

“We are concerned, not with the development of just one capacity, such as that of a mathematician, or a scientist, or a musician, but with the total development of the student as a human

“We need tremendous energy to bring about a psychological change in ourselves as human beings, because we have lived far too long in a world of make-belief, in a world of brutality,
violence, despair, anxiety. To live humanly, sanely, one has to change.”

“When all authority of every kind is put aside, denied, then you can find out for yourself.”

“When you identify yourself with a group of people or a set of ideas, aren’t you separating yourself?”

“When you practice meditation, the meditator becomes all-important and not the movement of meditation.”

“Where there is fear there is aggression.”

“You know, in the case of most of us, the mind is noisy, everlastingly chattering to itself , soliloquizing or chattering about something, or trying to talk to itself, to convince itself of
something; it is always moving, noisy.”