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Don Miguel Ruiz quotes page 1

Mexican New Age writer, author of "The Four Agreements"

How many times do we pay for one mistake? The answer is thousands of times. The human
is the only animal on earth that pays a thousand times for the same mistake. The rest of the
animals pay once for every mistake they make. But not us. We have a powerful memory. We
make a mistake, we judge ourselves, we find ourselves guilty, and we punish ourselves. If
justice exists, then that was enough; we don't need to do it again. But every time we
remember, we judge ourselves again, we are guilty again, and we punish ourselves again, and
again, and again.
Don Miguel Ruiz

Self-rejection is the biggest sin that you can commit.
Don Miguel Ruiz

Even if others lie to you, it is okay. They are lying to you because they are afraid. They are
afraid you will discover that they are not perfect. It is painful to take that social mask off. If
others say one thing, but do another, you are lying to yourself if you don't listen to their
Don Miguel Ruiz

Real love is accepting other people the way they are without trying to change them. If we
try to change them, this means we don't really like them.
Don Miguel Ruiz

The only reason you suffer is because you choose to suffer. If you look at your life you will
find many excuses to suffer, but a good reason to suffer you will not find... Happiness is a
choice, and so is suffering.
Don Miguel Ruiz

To be alive is the biggest fear humans have. Death is not the biggest fear humans have; our
biggest fear is taking the risk to be alive - the risk to be alive and express what we really are.
Just being ourselves is the biggest fear of humans.
Don Miguel Ruiz

The word is the most powerful tool you have as a human; it is the tool of magic. But like a
sword with two edges, your sword can create the most beautiful dream, or your word can
destroy everything around you.
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True freedom has to do with the human spirit - it is the freedom to be who we really are.
Don Miguel Ruiz

God is life. God is life in action. The best way to say, "I love you, God," is to live your life 
doing your best.
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Once you forgive yourself, the self-rejection in your mind is over. Self-acceptance begins,
and the self-love will grow so strong that you will finally accept yourself just the way you
are. That's the beginning of the free human. Forgiveness is the key.
Don Miguel Ruiz

When we try to live in the past, how can we enjoy the present? When we dream of the
future, why must we carry the burden of the past? When are we going to live in the present?
Don Miguel Ruiz

Be impeccable with your word
Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against
yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and
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Don't take anything personally
Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a protection of their own
reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you
won't be the victim of needless suffering.
Don Miguel Ruiz

Don't make assumptions
Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with
others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness, and drama. With just this
one agreement, you can completely transform your life.
Don Miguel Ruiz

Always do your best
Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are
healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid
self-judgement, self-abuse, and regret.
Don Miguel Ruiz

It is always better to ask questions than to make an assumption, because assumptions set us
up for suffering.
Don Miguel Ruiz

Gossip is black magic at its very worst because it is pure poison.
Don Miguel Ruiz

We talk to ourselves constantly and most of the time we say things like, "Oh, I look fat, I
look ugly. I'm getting old. I'm losing my hair. I'm stupid. I never understand anything. I will
never be good enough, and I'm never going to be perfect." Do you see how we use the word
against ourselves? We must begin to understand what the word is and what the word does.
If you understand the first agreement, be impeccable with your word, you begin to see all
the changes that can happen in your life.
Don Miguel Ruiz

You were born with the right to be happy. You were born with the right to love, to enjoy and
to share your love. You are alive, so take your life and enjoy it. Don't resist life passing
through you, because that is God passing through you.
Don Miguel Ruiz

We have millions of questions that need answers because there so many things that the
reasoning mind cannot explain. It is not important if the answer is correct; just the answer
itself makes us feel safe. This is why we make assumptions.
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Be aware that even if you meant your words as honey, other people can turn what you said
into poison.
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Taking things personally makes you easy prey for these predators, the black magicians. They
can hook you easily with one little opinion and feed you whatever poison they want, and
because you take it personally, you eat it up.
Don Miguel Ruiz

Being impeccable with your word is the correct use of your energy; it means to use your
energy in the direction of truth and love for yourself.
Don Miguel Ruiz

A sin is anything you do which goes against yourself.
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The human mind is like a fertile ground where seeds are continually being planted. The seeds
are opinions, ideas, and concepts. You plant a seed, a thought, and it grows. The word is like
a seed, and the human mind is so fertile! The only problem is that too often it is fertile for the
seeds of fear.
Don Miguel Ruiz

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