Jiddu Krishnamurti quotes

Born
11 May 1895 Madanapalle, Madras Presidency, British India.

Died
17 February 1986.

Occupation
Philosopher, writer.

Jiddu Krishnamurti was a philosopher, speaker and writer. In his early life he was groomed to be the new World Teacher but later rejected this mantle and withdrew from the Theosophy organization behind it. His subject matter included psychological revolution, the nature of mind, meditation.

All ideologies are idiotic, whether religious or political, for it is conceptual thinking, the conceptual word, which has so unfortunately divided man.
– Jiddu Krishnamurti
The end is the beginning of all things, Suppressed and hidden, Awaiting to be released through the rhythm Of pain and pleasure.
– Jiddu Krishnamurti
Die to everything of yesterday so that your mind is always fresh, always young, innocent, full of vigor and passion.
– Jiddu Krishnamurti
Can the mind see the truth of its own incapacity to know the unknown? Surely if I see very clearly that my mind cannot know the unknown, there is absolute quietness.
– Jiddu Krishnamurti
No one can live without relationship. You may withdraw into the mountains, become a monk, a sannyasi, wander off into the desert by yourself, but you are related. You cannot escape from that absolute fact. You cannot exist in isolation.
– Jiddu Krishnamurti
If we depend for our happiness on another, on society or on environment, they become essential to us; we cling to them, and any alteration of these we violently oppose because we depend upon them for our psychological security and comfort.
– Jiddu Krishnamurti
A man who is not afraid is not aggressive, a man who has no sense of fear of any kind is really a free, a peaceful man.
– Jiddu Krishnamurti
If we can really understand the problem, the answer will come out of it, because the answer is not separate from the problem.
– Jiddu Krishnamurti
When I understand myself, I understand you, and out of that understanding comes love.
– Jiddu Krishnamurti
Truth is a pathless land.
– Jiddu Krishnamurti
When you draw or paint a tree, you do not imitate the tree; you do not copy it exactly as it is, which would be mere photography. To be free to paint a tree or a flower or a sunset, you have to feel what it conveys to you: the significance, the meaning of it.
– Jiddu Krishnamurti
It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.
– Jiddu Krishnamurti
I maintain that Truth is a pathless land, and you cannot approach it by any path whatsoever, by any religion, by any sect.
– Jiddu Krishnamurti
If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation.
– Jiddu Krishnamurti
Tradition becomes our security, and when the mind is secure it is in decay.
– Jiddu Krishnamurti
If you have fear, you are bound by tradition, you follow some leader or guru. When you are bound by tradition, when you are afraid of your husband or your wife, you lose your dignity as an individual human being.
– Jiddu Krishnamurti
When one travels around the world, one notices to what an extraordinary degree human nature is the same, whether in India or America, in Europe or Australia.
– Jiddu Krishnamurti
This is love: the flowering of love is meditation.
– Jiddu Krishnamurti
Have you not noticed that love is silence? It may be while holding the hand of another, or looking lovingly at a child, or taking in the beauty of an evening. Love has no past or future, and so it is with this extraordinary state of silence.
– Jiddu Krishnamurti
The constant assertion of belief is an indication of fear.
– Jiddu Krishnamurti
We all want to be famous people, and the moment we want to be something we are no longer free.
– Jiddu Krishnamurti
One is never afraid of the unknown; one is afraid of the known coming to an end.
– Jiddu Krishnamurti
Freedom from the desire for an answer is essential to the understanding of a problem.
– Jiddu Krishnamurti
A belief is purely an individual matter, and you cannot and must not organize it. If you do, it becomes dead, crystallized; it becomes a creed, a sect, a religion, to be imposed on others.
– Jiddu Krishnamurti
Listening has importance only when one is not projecting one’s own desires through which one listens.
– Jiddu Krishnamurti
Religion is the frozen thought of man out of which they build temples.
– Jiddu Krishnamurti
The environment that we call society is created by past generations; we accept it, as it helps us to maintain our greed, possessiveness, illusion.
– Jiddu Krishnamurti
With increasing age, dullness of mind and heart sets in.
– Jiddu Krishnamurti
There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning.
– Jiddu Krishnamurti
To live is to find out for yourself what is true, and you can do this only when there is freedom, when there is continuous revolution inwardly, within yourself.
– Jiddu Krishnamurti