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50 Realization Quotes That Will Have You Pondering Life

Realizations are the moments when something makes sense and these realization quotes will have you saying ‘ah ha’!

We can have realizations about many things including love and relationships, life in general, or our careers and where we are headed.

These realization quotes have something for everyone!

Having a realization can help propel you to the next step, or encourage you to change the course you are on.

These epiphanies can lead to the most pivotal moments of your life.

However, they usually do not happen by accident.

They require us to be self-aware, ask questions, and not fear the answers. 

Realizations are often uncomfortable and require us to leave our comfort zone in the dust!

There are few realizations that are inherently true for all of us and worth noting.

One of those is that your life has an end date and we do not know when or how it will come to pass.

Regardless of who you are, we are all on borrowed time. 

Now, what you do with this realization (and any others that you may have) is up to you.

You can let this scare you or you can use it to live life on your terms.

Keep reading through these realization quotes for more perspective about realizations.

Inspirational realization quotes

This collection of quotes will have you inspired and ready to take on life. Take a look below and see if any stand out to you.

1. “Who realizes what? That is realization.” — Baba Hari Dass

2. “The real is only one realization of the possible.” — Ilya Prigogine

3. “A dream will not become an innovation if there is no realization.” — Ciputra

4. “Each of us has some unique capabilities waiting for realization.” — George H. Bender

5. “Achievements of life are momentary, but realizations are longer lasting.” — Avtarjeet Singh Dhanjal

6. “The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt

7. “You have all the reason in the world to achieve your grandest dreams. Imagination plus innovation equals realization.” — Denis Waitley

8. “Few things are as encouraging as the realization that things can be different and that we have a role in making them so.” — Daniel Taylor

9. “Sometimes, you get tired of fighting. I think you just sort of come to this realization that yes, that you will get tired, but that doesn’t mean that you can give up the fight.” — Jesmyn Ward

10. “What really matters is that we should all of us realize that we are guilty of inhumanity.” — Albert Schweitzer

Realization quotes about life and living well

We all have different thoughts about how a life well lived should look. When you realize how you feel your life should be lived it is extremely freeing!

11. “The realization that life is absurd cannot be an end, but only a beginning.” — Albert Camus

12. “With realization of one’s own potential and self-confidence in one’s ability, one can build a better world.” — Dalai Lama

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13. “There’s no shame in enjoying a quiet life. And that’s been the realization of the past few years for me.” — Daniel Radcliffe

14. “Why do we laugh at such terrible things? Because comedy is often the sarcastic realization of inescapable tragedy.” — Bryant H. McGill

15. “I would argue that nothing gives life more purpose than the realization that every moment of consciousness is a precious and fragile gift.” — Steven Pinker

16. “You can’t save anyone who wouldn’t save themselves without you. It’s the

hardest lesson to learn in life, take it from me.” ― Marc Jampole

17. “Wellness is the complete integration of body, mind, and spirit – the realization that everything we do, think, feel, and believe has an effect on our state of well-being.” — Greg Anderson

18. “Positive emotion alienated from the exercise of character leads to emptiness, to inauthenticity, to depression, and, as we age, to the gnawing realization that we are fidgeting until we die.” — Martin Seligman

19. “I think one of the defining moments of adulthood is the realization that nobody’s going to take care of you. That you have to do the heavy lifting while you’re here.” — Adam Savage

20. “I used to spend so much time reacting and responding to everyone else that my life had no direction. Once I realized it was okay for me to think about and identify what I wanted, remarkable things began to take place in my life.” ― Melody Beattie, The Language of Letting Go: Daily Meditations on Codependency

Realization quotes about love, relationships, and gratitude

When you realize not only who you are, but what you want in a relationship it allows you to have healthier relationships. Take a look at some of the realizations below.

21. “I have matured with the realization that I can live without a man!” — Lana Turner

22. “Love is the difficult realization that something other than oneself is real.” — Iris Murdoch

23. “Gratitude is the realization that we have everything we need, at least in this moment.” — M. J. Ryan

24. “We would do well to ponder the realization that love is the most potent source of power.” — Margaret J. Wheatley

25. “Gratitude is liberating. It is subversive. It helps us to realize that we are sufficient, and that realization frees us.” — Joanna Macy

26. “The realization of great mutual love can at times be so overwhelming a thing, that even the bravest of hearts may grow fearful.” — Radclyffe Hall

27. “So then, the relationship of self to others is the complete realization that loving yourself is impossible without loving everything defined as other than yourself.” — Alan Watts

28. “Merely watching a romantic comedy causes relationship satisfaction to plummet. Apparently, the bitter realization that maybe it could happen to us, but it obviously hasn’t and it probably never will, makes our lives seem unbearably grim in comparison.” — Jenna McCarthy

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29. “Once the realization is accepted that even between the closest human beings infinite distances continue, a wonderful living side by side can grow, if they succeed in loving the distance between them which makes it possible for each to see the other whole against the sky.” — Rainer Maria Rilke

30. “In the stillness of your presence, you can feel your own formless and timeless reality as the unmanifested life that animates your physical form. You can then feel the same life deep within every other human and every other creature.” — Eckhart Tolle

Realization quotes about success and work

What does success look like to you? The quotes below are from people who knew what success looked like to them.

31. “Success is the progressive realization of a worthy goal or ideal.” — Earl Nightingale

32. “The greatest potential for growth and self-realization exists in the second half of life.”Carl Jung

33. “Success is the progressive realization of predetermined, worthwhile, personal goals.” — Paul J. Meyer

34. “Your own Self-realization is the greatest service you can render the world.” — Ramana Maharshi

35. “Our journey into consciousness of wealth begins with the realization that we have already arrived!” — Michael Beckwith

36. “I’m not exactly ambitious as much as I have a very good realization of what I am and what I am capable of.” — Henry Rollins

37. “There is joy in work. There is no happiness except in the realization that we have accomplished something.” Henry Ford

38. “Every true, eternal problem is an equally true, eternal fault; every answer an atonement, every realization an improvement.” — Otto Weininger

39. “Wealth is the progressive realization of worthy goals, the ability to love and have compassion, meaningful and caring relationships.” — Deepak Chopra

40. “People think of these eureka moments and my feeling is that they tend to be little things, a little realization and then a little realization built on that.” — Roger Penrose

Realization quotes about mistakes and experiences

Mistakes happen to all of us, but when we realize we made a mistake we can learn from it. Take a look at what these people have learned from mistakes.

41. “Each life is made up of mistakes and learning, waiting and growing, practicing patience and being persistent.” —  Billy Graham

42. “What good are thoughts and emotions-in fact all of our experiences-if not to increase our realization?” — Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche

43. “Good people make mistakes and hurt others – then they learn from their mistakes and TRY not to make them again.” — Bob Anderson

44. “We all make them, the difference is what we do after we make the mistake, how we see the mistake – a learning experience or a failure.” — Catherine Pulsifer

45. “Every hardship you endure and every failure you withstand could very well be the stepping stone to success and the realization of your God-given dream.” — David A. R. White

46. “It makes no difference how deeply seated may be the trouble, how hopeless the outlook, how muddled the tangle, how great the mistake. A sufficient realization of love will dissolve it all.” — Emmet Fox

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47. “It’s from being melancholy and having my human down experiences that I learn, that I overcome, that I transform – and these realizations I put into song. That’s what I choose to put in my backpack and carry with me around the world.” — Jason Mraz

48.  “One must never forget when misfortunes come that it is quite possible they are saving one from something much worse; or that when you make some great mistake, it may very easily serve you better than the best-advised decision.” — Winston Churchill

49. “Ultimately, all human activities have as their goal the realization of happiness. Why, then, have we ended up producing the opposite result? Could the underlying cause be our failure to correctly understand the true nature of happiness?” — Daisaku Ikeda

50. “One of the great mysteries of our current state of consciousness is how we can live in a world where absolutely nothing is fixed, and yet perceive a world of ‘fixedness.’ But once we start to see reality more as it is, we realize that nothing is permanent, so how could the future be fixed?” — Joseph Jaworski

What life altering realizations have you had lately

Realizations is a broad term and can mean literally anything.

Each realization is meaningful to the person having them, but might not be important to someone else.

They can be a result of soul searching, an event in our lives, or even a conversation with someone else.

My latest realization came from nearly a year of walking around the lake by my house.

I had set out on a mission to ‘find myself’ again.

My misery at work was making it obvious that I was not doing what I wanted to do with my life.

I walked around this lake everyday for 10 months—in the middle of a thunderstorm, a blizzard, early hours of the morning, and even in the dark.

Regardless of work or anything else happening, getting my walk in was a priority.

I realized so many things, first and foremost that I had always known my purpose and calling was to be a writer.

I wanted to reach people and to have the words I chose to use communicate things that would resonate with people.

How I ended up managing retail business instead, was not the question I needed to ask myself.

I needed to figure a way out—a way back to writing so I wouldn’t go mad. 

Life is too short to not act on your realizations when you have them.

Don’t waste the moments of clarity that try to nudge you onto a new path.

Instead, embrace them and let yourself flourish.

Did the realization quotes make you realize anything about your life?

If so, what did you realize?

Share with your friends so that they have an opportunity to have that ‘ah ha’ moment as well.

Share your story with us in the comment section below.

Danielle Dahl, Lead Contributor
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