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A collection of quotes and thoughts by Meister Eckhart on new-beginnings, poems, books, prayer, life, heart, soul, love, God, serene, creation and knowledge.

65 Meaningful Quotes By Meister Eckhart For A New Lease Of Life

Quick Facts

Famous As
Philosopher, Theologian, Mystic

Born On
1260 AD

Died On
1328 AD

Born In
Tambach-Dietharz

Died At Age
68

Meister Eckhart was a medieval-era German philosopher, mystic, and theologian. He gained recognition during the Avignon Papacy, at a time when tensions increased between diocesan clergy, Eckhart's Dominican Order of Preachers, the Franciscan Order, and monastic orders. His works with reverent lay groups such as the Friends of God made him more popular. Eckhart was one of the most influential 13th-century Christian Neoplatonists in his day, and was extensively read in the later Middle Ages. We have curated some famous quotes and sayings by Meister Eckhart on gratitude, prayer, beginnings, willingness, inner-peace, fallibility, religion, faith, mysticism, self-awarness, self-knowledge etc which have been gathered from his works, philosophies, thoughts, writings and life. Take a look at interesting quotes and thoughts by Meister Eckhart.

If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough.

- Meister Eckhart

The eye through which I see God is the same eye through which God sees me; my eye and God's eye are one eye, one seeing, one knowing, one love.

- Sermons of Meister Eckhart, Meister Eckhart

Be willing to be a beginner every single morning.

- Meister Eckhart

Only the hand that erases can write the true thing.

- Meister Eckhart

And suddenly you know: It's time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.

- Meister Eckhart

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, "thank you," that would suffice.

- Meister Eckhart

Truly, it is in the darkness that one finds the light, so when we are in sorrow, then this light is nearest of all to us.

- Meister Eckhart

Nothing in all creation is so like God as stillness.

- Meister Eckhart

I am as sure as I live that nothing is so near to me as God. God is nearer to me than I am to myself; my existence depends on the nearness and the presence of God.

- Meister Eckhart

Theologians may quarrel, but the mystics of the world speak the same language.

- Meister Eckhart

Wisdom consists in doing the next thing you have to do, doing it with your whole heart, and finding delight in doing it.

- Meister Eckhart

Love is as strong as death, as hard as Hell. Death separates the soul from the body, but love separates all things from the soul.

- Meister Eckhart

When the Soul wants to experience something she throws out an image in front of her and then steps into it.

- Meister Eckhart

The price of inaction is far greater than the cost of making a mistake.

- Meister Eckhart

One must learn an inner solitude, wherever one may be.

- Meister Eckhart

We are all meant to be mothers of God...for God is always needing to be born.

- Meister Eckhart

My Lord told me a joke. And seeing Him laugh has done more for me than any scripture I will ever read.

- Selected Writings, Meister Eckhart

One must not always think so much about what one should do, but rather what one should be. Our works do not ennoble us; but we must ennoble our works.

- Meister Eckhart

I am what I wanted and I want what I am.

- Meister Eckhart

Nobody at any time is cut off from God.

- Meister Eckhart

All God wants of man is a peaceful heart.

- Meister Eckhart

Run into peace.

- Meister Eckhart

God is not good, or else he could do better.

- Meister Eckhart

God is at home. We are in the far country.

- Meister Eckhart

The outward work will never be puny if the inward work is great.

- Meister Eckhart

Whoever possesses God in their being has Him in a divine manner, and He shines out to them in all things; for them all things taste of God and in all things it is God's image that they see.

- Meister Eckhart

Whatever God does, the first outburst is always compassion.

- Meister Eckhart

I need to be silent for a while, worlds are forming in my heart.

- Meister Eckhart

Every creature is a word of God.

- Meister Eckhart

There’s a place in the soul where you’ve never been wounded.

- Meister Eckhart

The more we have the less we own.

- Meister Eckhart

I tell you the truth, any object you have in your mind, however good, will be a barrier between you and the inmost Truth.

- Meister Eckhart

As long as I am this or that, I am not all things.

- Meister Eckhart

Even now one rarely hears of people achieving great things unless they first stumble in some respect.

- Sermons and Treatises, Meister Eckhart

[W]e must come into a transformed knowing, an unknowing which comes not from ignorance but from knowledge.

- Meister Eckhart

There is something in the soul that is so akin to God that it is one with Him... It has nothing in common with anything created.

- Meister Eckhart

If the only prayer you ever say in your whole life is "thank you," it will be enough.

- Meister Eckhart

For the person who has learned to let go and let be, nothing can ever get in the way again.

- Meister Eckhart

God is greater than God.

- Meister Eckhart

The outward man is the swinging door; the inner man is the still hinge.

- Meister Eckhart

In this breaking-through, I receive that God and I are one. Then I am what I was, and then I neither diminish nor increase, for I am then an immovable cause that moves all things.

- Meister Eckhart

Where there is Isness, there God is. Creation is the giving of isness from God. And that is why God becomes where any creature expresses God.

- Meister Eckhart

I may err but I am not a heretic, for the first has to do with the mind and the second with the will!

- Meister Eckhart

If the only prayer you ever say is thank you, it is enough.

- Meister Eckhart

Every creature is a word of God and is a book about God.

- Meister Eckhart

Isness is God.

- Meister Eckhart

We rarely find people who achieve great things without first going astray.

- Meister Eckhart

If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.

- Meister Eckhart

But of God you can never have a sufficiency. The more you have of God, the more you desire. If you could ever have enough of God, so that you were content with him, then God would not be God.

- Selected Writings, Meister Eckhart

There is no need to look for God here or there. He is no farther away than the door of your own heart.

- Meister Eckhart

The less theorizing you do about God, the more receptive you are to His inpouring.

- Meister Eckhart

As St Denys says: they speak most beautifully of God who can maintain the deepest silence concerning him in the fullness of their inner wealth.21

- Selected Writings, Meister Eckhart

They do him wrong who take God just in one particular way. They take the way rather than God’ (Sermon 19).

- Selected Writings, Meister Eckhart

Truth is something so noble that if God could turn aside from it, I could keep the truth and let God go.

- Meister Eckhart

That we may ‘live in eternity’, so help us God. Amen.

- Selected Writings, Meister Eckhart

They who can go without all things, not needing them, are far more blessed than they who possess them in their need. That person is the best who can do without what they do not need.

- Selected Writings, Meister Eckhart

We should be able to recognize true and perfect love by whether or not someone has great hope and confidence in God, for there is nothing that testifies more clearly to perfect love than trust.

- Selected Writings, Meister Eckhart

The eye through which I see God is the same eye through which God sees me...

- Meister Eckhart

May you find great value in these You may call God love, you may call God goodness. But the best name for God is compassion.

- Meister Eckhart

Indeed, the more we are our own possession, the less we are God’s possession.

- Selected Writings, Meister Eckhart

Christ said: ‘Whoever leaves anything for my sake will receive again a hundredfold in return’ (Matt 19:29).

- Selected Writings, Meister Eckhart

For it is not our works which sanctify us but we who sanctify our works.

- Selected Writings, Meister Eckhart

Only those for whom God is present in all things and who make the very best use of their reason, know what true peace is and truly possess heaven.

- Selected Writings, Meister Eckhart

If the only prayer you say in your life is thank you, that would suffice.

- Meister Eckhart

Say, ‘I wish to come to you so that your wealth shall fill my poverty, your infinity shall fill my emptiness, and your immeasurable, incomprehensible Godhead shall fill my base and wretched humanity.

- Selected Writings, Meister Eckhart