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Quotes to live by from 'The Untethered Soul'

Quotes to live by from 'The Untethered Soul'

I’ve read a lot of wonderful books over the years, but very few have stuck with me the way that The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer did. 

I was lucky enough to stumble upon The Untethered Soul on a list of recommended books to read on Amazon. Despite it’s wild and growing popularity since being published in 2013, it never crossed my radar until now. 

At its core, The Untethered Soul is an enlightening, spiritual journey that explores how we can separate ourselves from the toxic voices inside of our heads, in pursuit of a happier, more balanced life that is filled with love and free of fear. 

I cannot recommend this book enough. The key ideas and core information that Singer shares can be appreciated by anyone - regardless of your age, gender, religious associations, etc. Content aside, the book also happens to be well-structured and incredibly easy to read and understand. 

Because I adore this book so much, and truly miss getting to indulge in reading it every day, I’ve created a list of some of my favorite quotes and passages from it to help remind all of us of the the important concepts and lessons to be learned from it, that we ought to remember as we carry on with our lives. 


I hope you will enjoy these as much as I do!

On consciousness

“In order to be who you are, you must be willing to let go of who you think you are.”

“There is nothing more important to true growth than realizing that you are not the voice of the mind - you are the one who hears it.”


“If you’re willing to be objective and watch all your thoughts, you will see that the vast majority of them have no relevance. They have no effect on anything or anybody, except you.” 

“What it means to live spiritually is to not participate in this struggle. It means that the events that happen in the moment belong to the moment. They don’t belong to you.” 

On pain

“If you want to grow and be free to explore life, you cannot spend your life avoiding things that might hurt your heart or mind.”

“The purpose of your life is to enjoy and learn from your experiences. You were not put on earth to suffer.”

“When a problem is disturbing you, don't ask, "What should I do about it?" Ask, "What part of me is being disturbed by this?”

“Eventually you will see that the real cause of problem is not life itself. It's the commotion the mind makes about life that really causes the problems.”

“Do not let anything that happens in life be important enough that you’re willing to close your heart over it.” 

On fear

“Fear is the cause of every problem. It’s the root of all prejudices and the negative emotions of anger, jealousy, and possessiveness. If you had no fear, you could be perfectly happy living in this world.” 

“If you really want to see why you do things, then don’t do them and see what happens.”

“You will not be able to solve anything outside until you own how the situation affects you inside.” 

“Life itself is your career, and your interaction with life is your most meaningful relationship. Everything else you’re doing is just focusing on a tiny subset of life in the attempt to give life some meaning. What actually gives life meaning is the willingness to live it. It isn’t any particular event; it’s the willingness to experience life’s events.” 

“Acceptance means events can make it through you without resistance”

On experiences

“Letting go of yourself is the simplest way to get closer to others.”

“to maintain honest relations with others we must first be true to ourselves.”

“Life itself is your career, and your interaction with life is your most meaningful relationship. Everything else you’re doing is just focusing on a tiny subset of life in the attempt to give life some meaning. What actually gives life meaning is the willingness to live it. It isn’t any particular event; it’s the willingness to experience life’s events.” 

On death

“It is truly a great cosmic paradox that one of the best teachers in all of life turns out to be death. No person or situation could ever teach you as much as death has to teach you. While someone could tell you that you are not your body, death shows you. While someone could remind you of the insignificance of the things that you cling to, death takes them all away in a second. While people can teach you that men and women of all races are equal and that there is no difference between the rich and the poor, death instantly makes us all the same.”


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