Quotes by Byron Katie

“When you argue with reality you lose – but only 100% of the time.”


Would you rather be right or free?”

“Life is simple. Everything happens for you, not to you. Everything happens at exactly the right moment, neither too soon nor too late. You don’t have to like it… it’s just easier if you do.”

“So there’s only transcendence in the moment. Nobody can be transcended forever. That’s why I say, “Who cares if you’re enlightened forever?”
“The world is nothing but my perception of it. I see only through myself. I hear only through the filter of my story.”
“So, how do you get back to heaven? To begin with, just notice the thoughts that take you away from it. You don’t have to believe everything your thoughts tell you. Just become familiar with the particular thoughts you use to deprive yourself of happiness. It may seem strange at first to get to know yourself in this way, but becoming familiar with your stressful thoughts will show you the way home to everything you need.”



“Hurt feelings or discomfort of any kind cannot be cause by another person. No one outside me can hurt me. That’s not a possibility. It’s only when I believe a stressful thought that I get hurt. And I’m the one who’s hurting me by believing what I think. This is very good news, because it means that I don’t have to get someone else to stop hurting me. I’m the one who can stop hurting me. It’s within my power.”

What we are doing with inquiry is meeting our thoughts with some simple understanding, finally. Pain, anger, and frustration will let us know when it’s time to inquire. We either believe what we think or we question it: there’s no other choice. Questioning our thoughts is the kinder way. Inquiry always leaves us as more loving human beings.”


“Peace doesn’t require two people; it requires only one.  It has to be you.  The problem begins and ends there.”

“The world is perfect. As you question your mind, this becomes more and more obvious. Mind changes, and as a result, the world changes. A clear mind heals everything that needs to be healed. It can never be fooled into believing that there is one speck out of order.”

“An uncomfortable feeling is not an enemy.  It’s a gift that says, “Get honest; inquire.”  We reach out for alcohol, or television, or credit cards,  so we can focus out there and not have to look at the feeling.  And that’s as it should be, because in our innocence we haven’t known how.  So now what we can do is reach out for a paper and a pencil, write thought down, and investigate.”
“The Work always leaves you with less of a story.  Who would you be without your story?  You never know until you inquire. There is no story that is you or that leads to you.  Every story leads away from you. Turn it around; undo it. You are what exists before all stories. You are what remains when the story is understood. ”

Source of the above quotes : Quotes by Byron Katie