Deepak Chopra quotes page 1
born October 22, 1947; an Indian-American author, public speaker and alternative medicine
The most creative act you will ever undertake is the act of creating yourself.
The ego is not who you really are. The ego is your self-image; it is your social mask; it is the
role you are playing. Your social mask thrives on approval. It wants to control, and it is
sustained by power, because it lives in fear. Your true Self, which is your spirit, your soul, is
completely free of those things. It is immune to criticism, it is unfearful of any challenge, and
it feels beneath no one.
The most powerful forms of giving are non-material. The gifts of caring, attention, affection,
appreciation, and love are some of the most precious gifts you can give, and they don't cost
you anything. When you meet someone, you can silently send them happiness, joy, and
laughter. This kind of silent giving is very powerful.
If you find a better way to be happy than by overeating, your body will naturally return to its
Stop attaching so much weight to being right. In the grand scheme of things, being right is
insignificant compared with being happy.
Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of
the past or a pioneer of the future.
Whether you like it or not, everything that is happening at this moment is a result of the
choices you've made in the past. Unfortunately, a lot of us make choices unconsciously, and
therefore we don't think they are choices - and yet, they are.
We are, in our essential state, pure consciousness. Pure consciousness is pure potentiality; it
is the field of all possibilities and infinite creativity. Pure consciousness is our spiritual
Happiness for a reason is just another form of misery because the reason can be taken away
from us at any time.
Owning your own feelings, rather than blaming them on someone else, is the mark of a person
who has moved from contracted to expanded awareness.
The secret of attraction is to love yourself. Attractive people judge neither themselves nor
others. They are open to gestures of love. They think about love, and express their love in
every action. They know that love is not a mere sentiment, but the ultimate truth at the
heart of the universe.
The universe operates through dynamic exchange - giving and receiving are different aspects
of the flow of energy in the universe. And in our willingness to give that which we seek, we
keep the abundance of the universe circulating in our lives.
The healthiest response to life is joy.
Practicing silence means making a commitment to take a certain amount of time to simply be.
Experiencing silence means periodically withdrawing from the activity of speech. It also means
periodically withdrawing from such activities as watching television, listening to the radio, or
reading a book. If you never give yourself the opportunity to experience silence, this creates
turbulence in your internal dialogue. Set aside a little time every once in a while to experience
silence... I've known people who go absolutely crazy the first day or two when they commit
themselves to an extended period of silence. A sense of urgency and anxiety suddenly comes
over them. But as they stay with the experience, their internal dialogue begins to quieten.
And soon the silence becomes profound. This is because after a while the mind gives up; it
realizes there is no point in going around and around if you - the Self, the spirit, the choice-
maker - are not going to speak, period. Then, as the internal dialogue quietens, you begin to
experience the stillness of the field of pure potentiality.
Start to observe your weaknesses when they come up.
If you want to reach a state of bliss, then go beyond your ego and the internal dialogue.
Make a decision to relinquish the need to control, the need to be approved, and the need to
judge. Those are the three things the ego is doing all the time.
In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you.
The way you think, the way you behave, the way you eat, can influence your life by 30 to
Emotional maturity begins with knowing that thoughts aren't actions. Having bad thoughts
isn't the same as carrying it out. Guilt doesn't recognize the difference. Therefore, to come
out of silence, you have to learn, by watching another person's reaction, that it's all right to
have any thought you want.
You alone are the judge of your worth and your goal is to discover infinite worth in yourself,
no matter what anyone else thinks.
Non-judgment quiets the internal dialogue, and this opens once again the doorway to
The ego relies on the familiar. It is reluctant to experience the unknown, which is they very
essence of life.
The Universe contains three things that cannot be destroyed: Being, Awareness and Love.
Practicing the Law of Giving is actually very simple: if you want joy, give joy to others; if you
want love, learn to give love; if you want attention and appreciation, learn to give attention
and appreciation; if you want material affluence, help others to become materially affluent. In
fact, the easiest way to get what you want is to help others get what they want.
Fate is not cruel, however. It seems merciless only when you allow it to catch you, like a
shepherd who refuses to run from a wolf and winds up between its jaws.
The worst curse to befall anyone is stagnation, a banal existence, the quiet desperation that
comes out of a need for conformity.