136 Quotes From Jiddu Krishnamurti

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  1. “It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  2. “I don’t mind what happens. That is the essence of inner freedom. It is a timeless spiritual truth: release attachment to outcomes, deep inside yourself, you’ll feel good no matter what.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti
  3. “The ability to observe without evaluating is the highest form of intelligence.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  4. “So when you are listening to somebody, completely, attentively, then you are listening not only to the words, but also to the feeling of what is being conveyed, to the whole of it, not part of it.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti
  5. “You must understand the whole of life, not just one little part of it. That is why you must read, that is why you must look at the skies, that is why you must sing, and dance, and write poems, and suffer, and understand, for all that is life.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  6. “All living is energy. All life is energy. If that energy is allowed to flow without any contradictions, without any friction, without any conflict, then that energy is boundless, endless.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti
  7. “When you call yourself an Indian or a Muslim or a Christian or a European, or anything else, you are being violent. Do you see why it is violent? Because you are separating yourself from the rest of mankind. When you separate yourself by belief, by nationality, by tradition, it breeds violence. So a man who is seeking to understand violence does not belong to any country, to any religion, to any political party or partial system; he is concerned with the total understanding of mankind.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  8. “Our present education is rotten because it teaches us to love success and not what we are doing. The result has become more important than the action.”- Jiddu Krishnamurti
  9. “It is truth that liberates, not your effort to be free.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  10. “To come upon love without seeking it is the only way to find it.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti
  11. “Freedom and love go together. Love is not a reaction. If I love you because you love me, that is mere trade, a thing to be bought in the market; it is not love. To love is not to ask anything in return, not even to feel that you are giving something- and it is only such love that can know freedom.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  12. “If you are simple deeply simple in yourself you will discover something extraordinary.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti
  13. “One is never afraid of the unknown; one is afraid of the known coming to an end.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  14. “We all want to be famous people, and the moment we want to be something we are no longer free.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti
  15. “Real learning comes about when the competitive spirit has ceased.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  16. “The moment you have in your heart this extraordinary thing called love and feel the depth, the delight, the ecstasy of it, you will discover that for you the world is transformed.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti
  17. “The more you know yourself, the more clarity there is. Self-knowledge has no end – you don’t come to an achievement; you don’t come to a conclusion. It is an endless river.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  18. “There is hope in men, not in society, not in systems, not in organized religions, but in you and me.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti
  19. “Governments want efficient technicians, not human beings, because human beings become dangerous to governments – and to organized religions as well. That is why governments and religious organizations seek to control education.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  20. “No book can teach you about yourself, no psychologist, none of the professors or philosophers. What they can teach you is what they think you are or what they think you should be.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti
  21. “Tradition becomes our security, and when the mind is secure it is in decay.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  22. “In obedience there is always fear, and fear darkens the mind.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti
  23. “To understand the immeasurable, the mind must be extraordinarily quiet, still.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  24. “The demand for more and more experiences shows the inward poverty of man. We think that through experiences we can escape from ourselves, but these experiences are conditioned by what we are.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti
  25. “You can only be afraid of what you think you know.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  26. “It is only when the mind is free from the old that it meets everything anew, and in that there is joy.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti
  27. “Do not repeat after me words that you do not understand. Do not merely put on a mask of my ideas, for it will be an illusion and you will thereby deceive yourself.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  28. “There is an art of seeing things as they are: without naming, without being caught in a network of words, without thinking interfering with perception.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti
  29. “When I understand myself, I understand you, and out of that understanding comes love.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti
  30. “The self is the root of all fear.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti
  31. “If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  32. “It is very difficult to be like the other guy, to be ordinary. Mediocrity takes a great deal of energy. But to be ourselves is very easy. You don’t have to do a thing.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti
  33. “The constant assertion of belief is an indication of fear.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  34. “There is great happiness in not wanting, in not being something in not going somewhere.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti
  35. “Happiness is strange; it comes when you are not seeking it. When you are not making an effort to be happy, then unexpectedly, mysteriously, happiness is there, born of purity, of a loveliness of being.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  36. “The only hope for humankind is in the transformation of the individual.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti
  37. “Do it or don’t do it but get on with it…” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  38. “There is no such thing as living alone, for all living is relationship; but to live without direct relationship demands high intelligence, a swifter and great awareness for self-discovery.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti
  39. “Follow the wandering, the distraction, find out why the mind has wandered; pursue it, go into it fully. When the distraction is completely understood, then that particular distraction is gone. When another comes, pursue it also.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  40. “I don’t mind what happens, that is the essence of inner freedom. It is timeless spiritual truth: release attachment to outcomes, deep inside yourself, you’ll feel good no matter what.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti
  41. “It is only when the mind is free from the old that it meets everything anew, and in that there is joy.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  42. “Identification is a form of escape from the self.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti
  43. “We carry about us the burden of what thousands of people have said and the memories of all our misfortunes. To abandon all that is to be alone, and the mind that is alone is not only innocent but young — not in time or age, but young, innocent, alive at whatever age — and only such a mind can see that which is truth and that which is not measurable by words.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  44. “Look within. You are the world.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti
  45. “If we can really understand the problem, the answer will come out of it, because the answer is not separate from the problem.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  46. “The ending of sorrow is the beginning of wisdom. Knowledge is always within the shadow of ignorance. Meditation is freedom from thought and a movement in the ecstasy of truth. Meditation is explosion of intelligence.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  47. “Thought tries to sustain pleasure & thereby nourishes fear.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti
  48. “I maintain that Truth is a pathless land, and you cannot approach it by any path whatsoever, by any religion, by any sect. … The moment you follow someone you cease to follow Truth.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  49. “It is essential to understand the seeker, before you try to find out what it is he is seeking.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti
  50. “Thought is so cunning, so clever, that it distorts everything for its own convenience.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  51. “If you are on right path & you are not facing difficulties then think for a while you may be on wrong path. Because right path contains difficulties.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti
  52. “When you once see something as false which you have accepted as true, as natural, as human, then you can never go back to it.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  53. “Through self-knowledge you begin to find out what is God, what is truth, what is that state which is timeless. In self-knowledge is the whole universe; it embraces all the struggles of humanity.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti
  54. Do you want to know what my secret is? I don’t mind what happens.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  55. “It’s beautiful to be alone. To be alone does not mean to be lonely. It means the mind is not influenced and contaminated by society.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti
  56. “A man who says, ‘I want to change, tell me how to’, seems very earnest, very serious, but he is not. He wants an authority whom he hopes will bring about order in himself. But can authority ever bring about inward order? Order imposed from without must always breed disorder.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  57. “Without self-knowledge, experience breeds illusion.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti
  58. “Find out for yourself what are the possessions and ideals that you do not desire. By knowing what you do not want, by elimination, you will unburden the mind, and only then will it understand the essential which is ever there.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  59. “Without freedom from the past, there is no freedom at all, because the mind is never new, fresh, innocent.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti
  60. “It is love alone that leads to right action. What brings order in the world is to love and let love do what it will.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  61. “The only path by which another person can upset you is through your own thought.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti
  62. “The following of authority is the denial of intelligence. [It] may help us temporarily to cover up our difficulties and problems; but to avoid a problem is only to intensify it, and in the process, self-knowledge and freedom are abandoned.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  63. “One of the functions of thought is to be occupied all the time with something. Most of us want to have our minds continually occupied so that we are prevented from seeing ourselves as we actually are. We are afraid to be empty. We are afraid to look at our fears.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti
  64. “All ideologies are idiotic, whether religious or political, for it is conceptual thinking, the conceptual word, which has so unfortunately divided man.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  65. “Freedom from the desire for an answer is essential to the understanding of a problem.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti
  66. “Be a light unto oneself” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  67. “Truth is that which is, it is nameless. And so, the mind cannot approach it. Truth is that which is.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti
  68. “There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  69. “Theories and beliefs do not change one’s life-man has had them for thousands of years and he has not changed.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti
  70. “Passion is a rather frightening thing because if you have passion you don’t know where it will take you.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  71. “A man who is not afraid is not aggressive, a man who has no sense of fear of any kind is really a free, a peaceful man.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti
  72. “Analysis does not transform consciousness.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  73. “What is needed, rather than running away or controlling or suppressing or any other resistance, is understanding fear; that means, watch it, learn about it, come directly into contact with it. We are to learn about fear, not how to escape from it.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti
  74. “Identification with the rag called the national flag is an emotional and sentimental factor and for that factor you are willing to kill another – and that is called, the love of your country, love of the neighbor . . .? One can see that where sentiment and emotion come in, love is not.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  75. “The beauty of listening lies in being highly sensitive to everything about you.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti
  76. “The primary cause of disorder in ourselves is the seeking of reality promised by another.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  77. “Nature is busy creating absolutely unique individuals, whereas culture has invented a single mold to which all must conform. It is grotesque.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti
  78. “To ask the ‘right’ question is far more important than to receive the answer. The solution of a problem lies in the understanding of the problem; the answer is not outside the problem; it is in the problem.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  79. “If your eyes are blinded with your worries, you cannot see the beauty of the sunset.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti
  80. “The significance of life is living.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  81. “The man who is not frightened of life is not frightened of being completely insecure for he understands that inwardly, psychologically, there is no security.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti
  82. “To understand life is to understand ourselves, and that is both the beginning and the end of education.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  83. “Love will arise in your heart when you have no barrier between yourself and another, when you meet and observe people without judging them, when you just see the sail boat on the river and enjoy the beauty of it.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti
  84. “And the idea of ourselves is our escape from the fact of what we really are.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  85. “Change in society is of secondary importance; that will come about naturally inevitably, when you as a human being bring about the change in yourself.”- Jiddu Krishnamurti
  86. “When one loses the deep intimate relationship with nature, then temples, mosques and churches become important.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  87. “Only when the brain has cleansed itself of conditioning, greed, envy, ambition, then only it can comprehend that which is complete. Love is this completeness.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti
  88. “The very desire to be certain, to be secure, is the beginning of bondage. It’s only when the mind is not caught in the net of certainty, and is not seeking certainty, that it is in a state of discovery.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  89. “You must understand the whole of life, not just one little part of it. That is why you must read, that is why you must look at the skies, that is why you must sing, and dance, and write poems, and suffer, and understand, for all that is life.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti
  90. “Do you know that even when you look at a tree and say, `That is an oak tree’, or `that is a banyan tree’, the naming of the tree, which is botanical knowledge, has so conditioned your mind that the word comes between you and actually seeing the tree? To come in contact with the tree you have to put your hand on it and the word will not help you to touch it.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  91. “The world is not something separate from you and me; the world, society, is the relationship that we establish or seek to establish between each other. So you and I are the problem, and not the world, because the world is the projection of ourselves, and to understand the world we must understand ourselves. That world is not separate from us; we are the world, and our problems are the world’s problems.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  92. “Intelligence is the capacity to perceive the essential, the what is; and to awaken this capacity, in oneself and in others, is education.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  93. “From innumerable complexities we must grow to simplicity; we must become simple in our inward life and in our outward needs.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  94. “The word ‘innocence’ means a mind that is incapable of being hurt.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  95. “If one observes, one will see that the body has its own intelligence; it requires a great deal of intelligence to observe the intelligence of the body.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  96. “Order cannot possibly be brought about through conformity to a pattern, under any circumstances.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  97. “What you are the world is. And without your transformation, there can be no transformation of the world.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  98. “Action has meaning only in relationship, and without understanding relationship, action on any level will only breed conflict. The understanding of relationship is infinitely more important than the search for any plan of action.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  99. “The ending is the beginning, and the beginning is the first step, and the first step is the only step.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  100. “Happy is the man who is nothing.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  101. If you have no relationship with the living things on this earth, you may lose whatever relationship you have with humanity. ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  102. “It is a great art to have an abundance of knowledge and experience – to know the richness of life, the beauty of existence, the struggles, the miseries, the laughter, the tears – and yet keep your mind very simple; and you can have a simple mind only when you know how to love.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  103. “The only freedom is the freedom from the known.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  104. “All outward forms of change brought about by wars, revolutions, reformations, laws and ideologies have failed completely to change the basic nature of man and therefore of society.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  105. “You must look most intimately and discover for yourself; then it is your own, not somebody else’s, not something that you have been told, because there is no teacher and no follower.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  106. “Freedom and love go together. Love is not a reaction. To love is not to ask anything in return, not even to feel that you are giving something, and it is only such love that can know freedom.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  107. “Life is a movement, a constant movement in relationship; and thought, trying to capture that movement in terms of the past, as memory, is afraid of life.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  108. “The description is not the described; I can describe the mountain, but the description is not the mountain, and if you are caught up in the description, as most people are, then you will never see the mountain” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  109. “As long as one is escaping from loneliness, there is no essential difference between the worship of God and addiction to alcohol. Socially, there may be a difference; but psychologically, the man who runs away from himself, from his own emptiness, whose escape is his search for God, is on the same level as the drunkard.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  110. “While one is young is the time to investigate, to experiment with everything. The school should help its young people to discover their vocations and responsibilities, and not merely cram their minds with facts and technical knowledge; it should be the soil in which they can grow without fear, happily and integrally.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  111. “Fear is the destructive energy in man. It withers the mind, it distorts thought, it leads to all kinds of extraordinarily clever and subtle theories, absurd superstitions, dogmas, and beliefs.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  112. “Living in the present is the instant perception of beauty and the great delight in it without seeking pleasure from it.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  113. “It is only in alert silence that truth can be.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  114. “We want to make life permanent, but in doing so we go against nature, and there lies our pain. Only the mind which is always moving, without resting places and fixed ideas, can be in tune with life and therefore joyful.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  115. “Love is a state of being, and in that state, the ‘me’, with its identifications, anxieties, and possessions is absent. Love cannot be, as long as the activities of the self, of the ‘me’, whether conscious or unconscious, continue to exist.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  116. “Find out what it means to die – not physically, that’s inevitable – but to die to everything that is known, to die to your family, to your attachments, to all the things that you have accumulated, the known, the known pleasures, the known fears. Die to that every minute and you will see what it means to die so that the mind is made fresh, young, and therefore innocent, so that there is incarnation not in a next life, but the next day.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  117. “The end is the beginning of all things, Suppressed and hidden, awaiting to be released through the rhythm of pain and pleasure.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  118. “When you love, you are not lonely. The sense of loneliness arises only when you are frightened of being alone and of not knowing what to do. When you are controlled by ideas, isolated by beliefs, then fear is inevitable; and when you are afraid, you are completely blind.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  119. “In oneself lies the whole world and if you know how to look and learn, the door is there and the key is in your hand. Nobody on earth can give you either they key or the door to open, except yourself.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  120. “An idealist is a hypocrite, because he is always trying to become what he is not, instead of being and understanding what he is.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  121. “Teaching is not the mere imparting of knowledge but the cultivation of an inquiring mind.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  122. “Only when the brain has cleansed itself of its conditioning, greed, envy, ambition, then only it can comprehend that which is complete. Love is this completeness.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  123. “No one can describe reality. You must experience it, see it, feel the whole atmosphere of it” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  124. “What has validity is your living, not what happens tomorrow.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  125. “Peace can come only when there is love.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  126. “When the individual is in conflict within himself he must inevitably create conflict without, and only he can bring about peace within himself and so in the world, for he is the world.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  127. “Solitude helps the mind to see itself clearly as in a mirror, and to free itself from the vain endeavor of ambition with all its complexities, fears, and frustrations, which are the outcome of self-centered activity.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  128. “Thought is the origin of fear.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  129. “Truth has no path, and that is the beauty of truth, it is living. A dead thing has a path to it because it is static, but when you see that the truth is something living, moving, which has no resting place, which is in no temple, mosque or church, which no religion, no teacher, no philosopher, nobody can lead you to – then you will also see that this living thing is what you actually are.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  130. “The question is not how to get rid of fear, but how to awaken the intelligence with which to face and to understand and go beyond fear.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  131. “To compare is the very nature of a mind that is not awake to discover what is true.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  132. “Most people are afraid to stand alone; they are afraid to think things out for themselves, afraid to feel deeply, to explore and discover the whole meaning of life.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  133. “Peace is not something petty, created by the mind; it is enormously great, infinitely extensive, and it can be understood only when the heart is full.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  134. “Happiness comes when you are doing something because you really love to do it, and not because it gives you riches or makes you a prominent person.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  135. “Freedom from the known is death, and then you are living.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  136. “To understand the whole operation of one’s own mind requires a great deal of insight, a great deal of inquiry without condemnation.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti

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