10 of the Best Osho Quotes that Will Make You Think

30 January, 2018

Osho was a spiritual philosopher, Indian guru, and great speaker. He spent a lot of his life giving speeches all over India. He also spent a while in the US, where he founded a community known as Rajneeshpuram. But his life wasn’t free from criticism and controversy.

Anyone who knew him says he was a revolutionary. A person capable of confronting the deepest beliefs of his society. Thanks to his charisma and his knack for words, he gained thousands of followers and shared his vision about life and death with the world.

He wrote spiritual books. Some of the ones that stand out are: “The Book of Secrets,” “Love, Freedom, and Aloneness: The Koan of Relationships,” and “Enlightenment: The Only Revolution.”

There’s no doubt, Osho left a great legacy we can remember today with these quotes below.


Love is appreciation

“If you love a flower, don’t pick it up. Because if you pick it up it dies and it ceases to be what you love. So if you love a flower, let it be. Love is not about possession. Love is about appreciation.”

Love is giving wings, not chaining down. That’s Osho’s concept of love. If we limit our loved one, if we want and demand them to change, they won’t be the person we love anymore. That’s why it’s important to respect the other person and let them be who they are.

Maturity is Accepting the Cost of Being Oneself

“Be the person you are. Never try to be another, and you will become mature. Maturity is accepting the cost of being oneself, whatsoever the cost.”

This is one of Osho’s quotes we should keep in mind each and every day. Being who other people want us to be isn’t maturing. It means trying to please people, seeking approval, and lastly, it’s betraying ourselves. 

A mature person accepts themselves and, above all, they take responsibility for themselves in every sense. They don’t play the role of victim, they play the protagonist, and they act accordingly.

They don’t wait for things to happen, they build their own destiny. They’re also not unaware of their mistakes, but they see them as a chance to learn.

rose in the mountains

Enjoyment is a Priority for Osho

“Enjoy yourself! If you can’t enjoy yourself at work, change it. Don’t wait!”

Osho sees enjoyment as a fundamental part of having a full life. But he’s not talking about superficial, material enjoyment.

What he’s talking about is the kind that comes from inside, from our conscience. It’s a feeling that brings an appreciation for the small things and the miracles of everyday life.

He also says to put your energy into change when when you are in pain and feel helpless. It pushes us to get out of our comfort zone, to find our place in the world and meet our potential.

We are Unique

“Nobody is superior, nobody is inferior, but nobody is equal either. People are simply unique, incomparable. You are you, I am I. I have to contribute my potential to life; you have to contribute your potential to life. I have to discover my own being; you have to discover your own being.”

This is another of Osho’s quotes worth burning into our minds. It’s a great starting point for reflection. We’re not superior or inferior or even the same. We’re limited edition. 

So, any comparisons we make are rarely fair… and it’s simply it’s not comparing apples to apples.

Living thoughtlessly, taking what others do or what we think they’d do as a reference point is a mistake. The goal is very different.

It’s about exploring our potential and remembering our strengths. This task absolutely requires connecting with ourselves and giving the best we have to others.

Osho speaks of reflection: a woman and mirrors

The Art of Unlearning

“You’re not wrong! It’s just your model, the way in which you’ve learned to live your life, is wrong. The motivations you’ve learned and accepted as yours, aren’t yours, they don’t satisfy your destiny.”

Osho the spiritual philosopher suggests unlearning, knocking down the old walls limiting us and replacing them with new ones. They should be flexible and give us space in case we need it.

Osho suggests empowerment and freeing ourselves from blame. Seeing problems and mistakes like that frees us from condemnation.

What he’s saying with his words is that we’re not wrong. Inistead, it’s our way of thinking and looking at what’s happening to us and inside us that’s wrong. And for that, there’s always a solution. We have to look for a new perspective… a new angle, a new point of view.

The Value of Looking Within Yourself

“I know no greater value than the one necessary to look within yourself.”

Osho reminds us that it’s more than breaking molds, facing our fears, and taking risks. The greatest value is in our ability to look within ourselves. 

Having the courage to see our fears, fill in the gaps, and illuminate our brokenness is fundamental if we want to keep growing.

Now then, we have to be careful because this impulse might also set us back and trap us. The best way to look within ourselves is with responsibility, acceptance, and respect.

butterflies and a girl's face

The Importance of Now

“That is the simple secret of happiness. Whatever you are doing, don’t let past move your mind; don’t let the future disturb you. Because the past is no more, and the future is not yet. To live in the memories, to live in the imagination, is to live in the non-existential.”

The now is a central theme in Osho’s quotes. In fact, we can find it hidden in a lot of them. The power of the present and our awareness of it will give us a life lived intensely.

If we anchor ourselves to the past or get caught in expectations, life will disappear without us even noticing. Being happy isn’t a question of yesterday or tomorrow, but today. And it seems like we have the bad habit of forgetting that.

Living Without Fear

“Life begins where fear ends.”

Fear limits, paralyzes, traps, and makes small. It steals our life away. What we have to do is be brave and confront what we fear, regardless. If we don’t, we’ll end up with “what if…”, “but…”, and expectations.

Let’s step beyond fear. Let’s take the risk and cross that line and see what happens. A lot of the time what we imagine is much worse than reality…

running free and happy

Enjoying our own Company

“If you cannot enjoy your own company, who else is going to enjoy it?”
Here Osho invites us to reflect on the importance of self-love, not just for ourselves but also in our relationships.

If you see yourself as unpleasant, a loser, worthless, do you really expect people to enjoy your company? We only give the things we truly feel and think. So, if we want a healthy, trust-based relationship, first we have to believe and trust in ourselves. 

As we’ve seen, Osho’s quotes are a valuable legacy. That’s just as much for what they say as what they inspire in us. They might be the first thread of a thought, or the first drop with many more to come that will help us change.

They’re words to turn to if we want to question and truly know ourselves, so we can then know everyone else.