41 Most Famous Anthony De Mello Quotes

41 Most Famous Anthony De Mello Quotes

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Anthony De Mello was a psychotherapist and spiritual teacher from Bombay, British India. He is most famous for his many spiritual writings books including Sadhana – A Way To God and The Song of the Bird. He died on June 2, 1987 at the age of 55.

“Suffering points out that there is falsehood somewhere. Suffering occurs when you clash with reality. When your illusions clash with reality when your falsehoods clash with the truth, then
you have suffering. Otherwise there is no suffering.”

“A thought is a screen, not a mirror; that is why you live in a thought envelope, untouched by Reality.”

“All I did was sit on the riverbank handing out river water. After I’m gone, I trust you will notice the river.”

“Anyone to whom it is given to let go of the ego. Such a person’s life is then a masterpiece.”

“Are you prepared to be ridiculed, ignored and starving till you are forty-five?”

“Because you cannot see outside of you what you fail to see inside.”

“Before enlightenment, I used to be depressed; after enlightenment, I continue to be depressed.”

“Can one be fully human without experiencing tragedy? The only tragedy there is in the world is ignorance; all evil comes from that.”

“Doesn’t everyone see Reality as it is?”

“For the same reason that no one can help the fish to find the ocean.”

“Happiness is not something you acquire; love is not something you produce; love is not something you have; love is something that has you.”

“Happiness is our natural state. Happiness is the natural state of little children, to whom the kingdom belongs until they have been polluted and contaminated by the stupidity of society and

“I wish to become a teacher of the Truth.”

“If it is peace you want, seek to change yourself, not other people. It is easier to protect your feet with slippers than to carpet the whole of the earth.”

“If you never condemned you would never need to forgive.”

“My experience is that it’s precisely the ones who don’t know what to do with this life who are all hot and bothered about what they are going to do with another life. One sign that you’re
awakened is that you don’t give a damn about what’s going to happen in the next life. You’re not bothered about it; you don’t care. You are not interested, period.”

“No one. The day you follow someone you cease to follow Truth.”

“Obedience keeps the rules, love knows when to break them. ”

“Oh, no! Most people see it as they think it is.”

“People kill for money or for power. But the most ruthless murderers are those who kill for their ideas.”

“Step by step, let whatever happens happen. Real change will come when it is brought about, not by your ego, but by reality. Awareness releases reality to change you.”

“The best things in life cannot be willed into being.”

“The master enjoined not austerity, but moderation.”

“The Master never ceased to attack the notions about God that people entertain.”

“The Master persistently warned against the attempt to encompass Reality in a concept or a name.”

“The Master was allergic to ideologies.”

“There is no salvation till they have seen their basic prejudice.”

“These things will destroy the human race: politics without principle, progress without compassion, wealth without work, learning without silence, religion without fearlessness and worship
without awareness.”

“Those who make no mistakes are making the biggest mistakes of all — they are attempting nothing new.”

“Whatever is truly alive must die. Look at the flowers; only plastic flowers never die.”

“When I speak, you must not listen to the words, my dear. Listen to the Silence.”

“When you are guilty, it is not your sins you hate but yourself.”

“When you come to see you are not as wise today as you thought you were yesterday, you are wiser today.”

“When you experience existence as it is — not as you think it is — you will discover that your question has no meaning.”

“Wholehearted cooperation with the inevitable.”

“Wisdom can be learned. But it cannot be taught.”

“Wisdom tends to grow in proportion to one’s awareness of one’s ignorance.”

“You are only a disciple because your eyes are closed. The day you open them you will see there is nothing you can learn from me or anyone.”

“You have yet to understand, my friends, that the shortest distance between a human being and truth is a story.”

“You will have grown accustomed to it.”

“You’ve got to drop illusions.”