40 Breathtaking Dan Millman Quotes

Dan Millman is a known American author and lecturer specializing in the field of self development. Authoring 16 books, there is also a movie made inspired by his works titled, ‘Peaceful Warrior.’ Here is a look at some of the best Dan Millman quotes to remember.

“A warrior does not give up what he loves, he finds the love in what he does.”

“Act happy, feel happy, be happy, without a reason in the world. Then you can love, and do what you will.”

“Allow rather than resist what arises in the present moment-inside or out. Let it be interesting rather than good or bad.”

“Be happy now, without reason – or you never will be at all.”

“Choice means giving up something you want for something else you want more.”

“Enlightenment is not an attainment, it is a realization. And when you wake up, everything changes and nothing changes.”


“Everyone tells you what’s good for you. they don’t want you to find your own answers. they want you to believe theirs.”

“Everything you’ll ever need to know is within you; the secrets of the universe are imprinted on the cells of your body.”

“Faith is the courage to live your life as if everything that happens does so for your highest good and learning. Like it or not.”

“Faith means living with uncertainty – feeling your way through life, letting your heart guide you like a lantern in the dark.”

“I was a world champion on the trampoline at an international level, and gymnastics competitor.”

“If you don’t get what you want, you suffer; if you get what you don’t want, you suffer; even when you get exactly what you want, you still suffer”

“It is better for you to take responsibility for your life as it is, instead of blaming others, or circumstances, for your predicament. As your eyes open, you’ll see that your state of health, happiness, and every circumstance of your life has been, in large part, arranged by you – consciously or unconsciously.”

“Just handle what is in front of you now and the future will take care of itself. Otherwise, you’ll spend most of your life wondering which foot you’ll use to step off the curb when you’re still only halfway to the corner.”

“Life comes at us in waves. We can’t predict or control those waves, but we can learn to surf.”

“Life is constantly supporting us and giving us gifts. It’s a matter of opening ourselves to that.”

“Money is neither my god nor my devil. It is a form of energy that tends to make us more of who we already are, whether it’s greedy or loving.”

“My life has been less like a light switch suddenly turning on, and more like a dimmer switch slowly turned up, over time, more in some moments than others.”

“Responsibility is a grace you give yourself not an obligation.”

“So be gentle with yourself; show yourself the same kindness and patience you might show a young child – the child you once were. If you won’t be your own friend, who will be? If, when playing an opponent, you are also opposing yourself, you will be outnumbered.”

“Stay present. You’ll always have time to worry later on if you want to.”

“Stress happens when your mind resists what is…The only problem in your life is your mind’s resistance to life as it unfolds.”

“The birth of the mind is the death of the senses.”

“The journey is what brings us happiness not the destination.”

“The seasons do not push one another; neither do clouds race the wind across the sky. All things happen in their own good time.”

“The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.”

“The time is now, the place is here. Stay in the present. You can do nothing to change the past, and the future will never come exactly as you plan or hope for.”

“There are no ordinary moments.”

“There are times, you know, it’s said in the Spiritual Tradition, just a glimpse at an enlightened personage can convey immense information at the sub-conscious level that sprouts later, that we don’t even know.”

“Thoughts naturally arise. The point of meditation is not to banish thoughts but to make peace with them by realizing their lack of substance.”

“Unless someone truly has the power to say no, they never truly have the power to say yes.”

“We all have the archetype inside us of the enlightened being.”

“We’re immersed in the spirit of God all the time. We just don’t notice.”

“When we feel stuck, going nowhere-even starting to slip backward-we may actually be backing up to get a running start.”

“When you release your expectations that the world should fulfill you, your disappointments vanish.”

“While some of us act without thinking, too many of us think without acting.”

“Willpower is the key to success. Successful people strive no matter what they feel by applying their will to overcome apathy, doubt or fear.”

“You can live a whole life time never being awake.”

“You don’t need to control emotion,” he said. “Emotions are natural, like passing weather. Sometimes it’s fear, sometimes sorrow or anger. Emotions are not the problem. The key is to transform the energy of emotion into constructive action.”

“Your fears are not walls, but hurdles. Courage is not the absence of fear, but the conquering of it.”

Dan Millman first book, ‘Whole Body Fitness’ entered him into the authorial realm of fitness in 1979. Through more than a dozen books, he has brought to the attention of his readers and viewers, the conscious evolution of one’s mind and body. Here he is at one Ted Talk discussing his journey.