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A collection of quotes and sayings by Anthony De Mello on love, death, friendship and wisdom.

57 Motivational Quotes By Anthony De Mello That Will Prompt You To Say 'Bring It On'

Quick Facts

Famous As: Authored books related to spirituality, lectures and spiritual conferences

Born On: September 4, 1931

Died On: June 2, 1987

Born In: India

Died At Age: 55

When it comes to supporting a disturbed mind, religious leaders and psychotherapists seem to be comforting, Anthony ‘Tony’ De Mello was both. Being raised in a Catholic family, Anthony always dreamed of joining Jesuit order. His dream of priesthood was fulfilled when he was ordained in 1961. His thoughts and sayings still serve as a guiding light when life turns rough. In 1972, he founded the ‘Institute of Pastoral Counselling’, which was later named ‘Sadhana’.  ‘Awareness’, ‘Wellsprings’, ‘Sadhana - A way to God’, ‘One Minute Wisdom’ and ‘The Song of the Bird’, are some of his acclaimed books. Anthony was a great orator and his background in Psychotherapy, made him a great public speaker. His retreats were exalted from his prayers and teachings; they gave people a sense of comfort and motivated them. His quotes still bring solace to disturbed minds and crippled hearts. His quotes and thoughts are sure to uplift your spirits. Read On!

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.

Anthony De Mello

You see persons and things not as they are but as you are.

Anthony De Mello

People mistakenly assume that their thinking is done by their head; it is actually done by the heart which first dictates the conclusion, then commands the head to provide the reasoning that will defend it.

Anthony De Mello

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

Anthony De Mello

Wisdom tends to grow in proportion to one's awareness of one's ignorance.

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If what you seek is Truth, there is one thing you must have above all else.” “I know. An overwhelming passion for it.” “No. An unremitting readiness to admit you may be wrong.

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When you get rid of your fear of failure, your tensions about succeeding... you can be yourself. Relaxed. You'll no longer be driving with your brakes on.

Anthony De Mello

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

Anthony De Mello

Don't ask the world to change....you change first.

Anthony De Mello

People who want a cure, provided they can have it without pain, are like those who favour progress, provided they can have it without change.

Anthony De Mello

There is only one cause of unhappiness: the false beliefs you have in your head, beliefs so widespread, so commonly held, that it never occurs to you to question them.

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Every word, every image used for God is a distortion more than a description.

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Enlightenment is: absolute cooperation with the inevitable.

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The one who would be constant in happiness must frequently change.

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You have to understand, my dears, that the shortest distance between truth and a human being is a story.

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Thought can organize the world so well that you are no longer able to see it.

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The greatest learning of the ages lies in accepting life exactly as it comes to us.

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As the Arabs say, "The nature of rain is the same, but it makes thorns grow in the marshes and flowers in the gardens.

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The world is right because I feel good. p. 83, Awareness, copyright 1990

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The Rose does not preen herself to catch my eye. She blooms because she blooms. A saint is a saint until he knows he is one.

Anthony De Mello

Stories are the creative conversion of life itself into a more powerful, clearer, more meaningful experience. They are the currency of human contact.

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You are so proud of your intelligence," said the master. "You are like a like a condemned man, proud of the vastness of his prison cell.

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If what you said was true, where was the need to shout?

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As one man said, "I got a pretty good education. It took me years to get over it." That's what spirituality is all about, you know: unlearning. Unlearning all the rubbish they taught you.

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

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Sinners often speak the truth. And saints have led people astray. Examine what is said, not the one who says it.

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What is love?"; "The total absence of fear," said the Master; "What is it we fear?"; "Love," said the Master.

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This truth I firmly hold, all evidence to the contrary notwithstanding; my life has been a gift, a blessing to the world.

Anthony De Mello

Don’t try to make them happy, you’ll only get in trouble. Don’t try to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and it irritates the pig.

Anthony De Mello

Do not speak unless you can improve on the silence.

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Certainty is the culprit. The spiritual person knows uncertainty—a state of mind unknown to the religious fanatic.

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To be properly wicked, you do not have to break the Law. Just observe it to the letter.

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If you find me charming, it means that right now you’re in a good mood, nothing more.

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There are two ways to wash dishes: One is to wash them in order to make them clean; the other is to wash them in order to wash them.

Anthony De Mello

We see people and things not as they are, but as we are.

Anthony De Mello

It isn't falling in that causes you to drown, it's staying in.

Anthony De Mello

The trouble with your ideals is that if you live up to all of them, you become impossible to live with.

Anthony De Mello

Have you ever attempted to organize something like peace? The moment you do, you have power conflicts and group wars within the organization. The only way to have peace is to let it grow wild.

Anthony De Mello

I leave you free to be yourself: to think your thoughts, indulge your tastes, follow your inclinations, behave in ways that you decide are to your liking.

Anthony De Mello

The important religious distinction is not between those who worship and those who do not worship but between those who love and those who don’t.

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To fight evil with activity is like fighting darkness with one's hands. So what you need is light, not fit.

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A story is the shortest distance between a human being and truth.

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There was an exhausted woodcutter who kept wasting time and energy chopping wood with a blunt ax because he did not have the time, he said, to stop and sharpen the blade.

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Of what use is it to be tolerant of others if you are convinced that you are right and everyone who disagrees with you is wrong? That isn’t tolerance but condescension.

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U krivu sam. Da me bolje poznajete vidjeli biste kako sam �esto u krivu. Što biste drugo mogli o�ekivati od jedne budale?

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I lack the Lord’s own gentleness of heart, for I see deliberate malice where he sees ignorance and weakness.

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Said a disciple, 'I don't trade my love for money.' Said the Master, 'isn't itas bad - or worse - that you trade it for love?

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SERENITY “Are there ways for gauging one’s spiritual strength?” “Many.” “Give us one.” “Find out how often you become disturbed in the course of a single day.

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What’s the earthly use of putting a man on the moon when we cannot live on the earth?

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True tolerance only arises from a keen awareness of the abysmal ignorance of everyone as far as truth is concerned.

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And how about you? Do you want to understand and play the game of life or fool around with miracles?

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Repentance brings an intense desire for God, deep gratitude, and a growth in self-awareness that increases our freedom to love.

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What we need is not just action that will bring about change but sight that will bring about love.

Anthony De Mello

Like the little girl who says to a little boy, “Are you a Presbyterian?” And he says, “No, we belong to another abomination!

Anthony De Mello

The secret is to renounce nothing, cling to nothing, enjoy everything and allow it to pass, to flow.

Anthony De Mello