Osho Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old Osho quotes, Osho sayings, and Osho proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

An expectation is a shelter - it gives you a security feeling. So when someone breaks your expectations he is breaking your shelter, making you insecure, fearful. Osho
Comparison is a very foolish attitude, because each person is unique and incomparable. Once this understanding settles in you, jealousy disappears. Osho
Sadness gives depth. Happiness gives height. Sadness gives roots. Happiness gives branches. Happiness is like a tree going into the sky, and sadness is like the roots going down into the womb of the earth. Both are needed, and the higher a tree goes, the deeper it goes, simultaneously. The bigger the tree, the bigger will be its roots. In fact, it is always in proportion. That's its balance. Osho
When sadness comes, accept it. Listen to its song. It has something to give to you. It has a gift which no happiness can give to you, only sadness can give it. Osho
A man who loves himself takes the first step towards real love. Osho
Look at the flowers-for no reason. It is simply unbelievable how happy flowers are. Osho
Once you have started seeing the beauty of life, ugliness starts disappearing. If you start looking at life with joy, sadness starts disappearing. You cannot have heaven and hell together, you can have only one. It is your choice. Osho
Act in the moment, live in the present, slowly slowly don't allow the past to interfere, and you will be surprised that life is such an eternal wonder, such a mysterious phenomenon and such a great gift that one simply feels constantly in gratitude. Osho
Meditation is a death - death of all that you are now. Of course there will be a resurrection, but that will be a totally new, fresh original being which you are not even aware is hidden in you. Osho
In meditation, once you are gone in, you are gone in. Then, even when you resurrect you are a totally different person. The old personality is nowhere to be found. You have to start your life again from abc. You have to learn everything with fresh eyes, with a totally new heart. That's why meditation creates fear. Osho
Meditation is enough. Everything else follows on its own. Osho
Desire means the way to go out; desire is the path that leads you out. If your mind is still desiring, you cannot move within. Osho
From the very beginning you are being told to compare yourself with others. This is the greatest disease; it is like a cancer that goes on destroying your very soul because each individual is unique, and comparison is not possible. Osho
Enlightenment is not a desire, is not a goal, is not an ambition. It is a dropping of all goals, a dropping of all desires, a dropping of all ambitions. It is just being natural. That's what is meant by flowing. Osho
Enlightenment is when all hope disappears. Enlightenment is disappearance of hope. Osho
Enlightenment is finding that there is nothing to find. Enlightenment is to come to know that there is nowhere to go. Osho
If you are a parent, open doors to unknown directions to the child so he can explore. Don't make him afraid of the unknown,give him support Osho
I live my life based on two principles. One, I live as if today was my last day on earth. Two, I live today as if I am going to live forever. Osho
Don't seek, don't search, don't ask, don't knock, don't demand -- relax. Osho
A woman is more humble, more grateful, more loving. Osho
Taoism is the profoundest nonconformism that has ever been evolved anywhere in the world, at any time in history; essentially it is rebellion. Osho
Real spirituality is the greatest rebellion there is. It is risky, it is adventurous, it is dangerous. Osho
The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new. Osho
When you are self-conscious you are in trouble. When you are self-conscious you are really showing symptoms that you don't know who you are. Your very self-consciousness indicates that you have not come home yet. Osho
You can enter yoga, or the path of yoga, only when you are totally frustrated with your own mind as it is. If you are still hoping that you can gain something through your mind, yoga is not for you. Osho
Remember the emphasis on the heart. The mind lives in doubt and the heart lives in trust. When you trust, suddenly you become centered. Osho
Don't move the way fear makes you move. Move the way love makes you move. Move the way joy makes you move. Osho
Don't be an interpreter of reality, be a visionary. Don't think about it, see it! Osho
In the beginning, everything is mixed — as if mud is mixed in gold. Then one has to put the gold into fire: all that is not gold is burned, drops out of it. Only pure gold comes out of the fire. Awareness is the fire; love is the gold; jealousy, possessiveness, hatred, anger, lust, are the impurities. Osho
Love is not possessiveness; many people think that's what love is you possess somebody totally. To possess somebody is to destroy all possibility of love. Osho