Quotes from The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom

Miguel Ruiz ·  168 pages

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“The Four Agreements
1. Be impeccable with your word.
2. Don’t take anything personally.
3. Don’t make assumptions.
4. Always do your best. ”
― Miguel Ruiz, quote from The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom


“If someone is not treating you with love and respect, it is a gift if they walk away from you. If that person doesn't walk away, you will surely endure many years of suffering with him or her. Walking away may hurt for a while, but your heart will eventually heal. Then you can choose what you really want. You will find that you don't need to trust others as much as you need to trust yourself to make the right choices.”
― Miguel Ruiz, quote from The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom


“Whatever happens around you, don't take it personally... Nothing other people do is because of you. It is because of themselves.”
― Miguel Ruiz, quote from The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom


“If others tell us something we make assumptions, and if they don't tell us something we make assumptions to fulfill our need to know and to replace the need to communicate. Even if we hear something and we don't understand we make assumptions about what it means and then believe the assumptions. We make all sorts of assumptions because we don't have the courage to ask questions.”
― Miguel Ruiz, quote from The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom


“I will no longer allow anyone to manipulate my mind and control my life in the name of love.”
― Miguel Ruiz, quote from The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom


“God is life. God is life in action. The best way to say, "I love you, God," is to live your life doing your best. The best way to say, "Thank you, God," is by letting go of the past and living in the present moment, right here and now. Whatever life takes away from you, let it go. When you surrender and let go of the past, you allow yourself to be fully alive in the moment. Letting go of the past means you can enjoy the dream that is happening right now.”
― Miguel Ruiz, quote from The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom


“Every human is an artist. The dream of your life is to make beautiful art.”
― Miguel Ruiz, quote from The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom


“If you live in a past dream, you don't enjoy what is happening right now because you will always wish it to be different than it is. There is no time to miss anyone or anything because you are alive. Not enjoying what is happening right now is living in the past and being only half alive. This leads to self pity, suffering and tears.”
― Miguel Ruiz, quote from The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom


“But it is not what I am saying that is hurting you; it is that you have wounds that I touch by what I have said. You are hurting yourself. There is no way I can take this personally.”
― Miguel Ruiz, quote from The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom


“Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama.”
― Miguel Ruiz, quote from The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom


“You can have many great ideas in your head, but what makes the difference is the action. Without action upon an idea, there will be no manifestation, no results, and no reward”
― Miguel Ruiz, quote from The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom


“There is a huge amount of freedom that comes to you when you take nothing personally.”
― Miguel Ruiz, quote from The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom


“Prayer for Love
Thank You, Creator of the Universe for the gift of Life you have given me,
Thank You for giving me everything that I have ever needed,
Thank You for the opportunity to experience this beautiful body and this wonderful mind,
Thank You for living inside me with all Your Love and Your pure and boundless Spirit,
with Your warm and radiating Light.
Thank You for using my words, for using my eyes, for using my heart to share your love wherever I go.
I love You just the way you are and because I am your creation, I love myself just the way I am.
Help me to keep the Love and the Peace in my Heart and to make that Love a new way of life, that I may live in Love the rest of my life.
Amen.”
― Miguel Ruiz, quote from The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom


“Wherever you go you will find people lying to you, and as your awareness grows, you will notice that you also lie to yourself. Do not expect people to tell you the truth because they also lie to themselves. You have to trust yourself and choose to believe or not to believe what someone says to you.”
― Miguel Ruiz, quote from The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom


“Be impeccable with your word. Don't take anything personally. Don't make assumptions. Always do your best.”
― Miguel Ruiz, quote from The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom


“It is when we lose control that we repress the emotions, not when we are in control.”
― Miguel Ruiz, quote from The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom


“Also, go inside and listen to your body, because your body will never lie to you. Your mind will play tricks, but the way you feel in your heart, in your guts, is the truth.”
― Miguel Ruiz, quote from The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom


“True justice is paying only once for each mistake. True injustice is paying more than once for each mistake.”
― Miguel Ruiz, quote from The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom


“The big diffrence between a warrior and a victim is that the victim represses and the warrior refrains.”
― Miguel Ruiz, quote from The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom


“What you will see is love coming out of the trees, love coming out of the sky, love coming out of the light. You will perceive love from everything around you. This is the state of bliss.”
― Miguel Ruiz, quote from The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom


“Whenever we hear an opinion and believe it, we make an agreement, and it becomes part of our belief system.”
― Miguel Ruiz, quote from The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom


“Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourslef or to gossip about others. Use your power of your word in the direction of truth and love.”
― Miguel Ruiz, quote from The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom


“Humans hardly know what they want, how they want it, or when they want it.”
― Miguel Ruiz, quote from The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom


“Humans punish themselves endlessly for not being what they believe
they should be. They become very self-abusive, and they use other people to abuse themselves as well.”
― Miguel Ruiz, quote from The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom


“One day, as he slept in a cave, he dreamed that he saw his own body sleeping. He came out of the cave on the night of a new moon. The sky was clear, and he could see millions of stars. Then something happened inside of him that transformed his life forever. He looked at his hands, he felt his body, and he heard his own voice say. "I am made of light, I am made of stars."
He looked at the stars again, and he realized that it's not the stars that create the light, but rather the light that creates the stars. "Everything is made of light," he said, "and the space in-between isn't empty." And he knew that everything that exists is one living being, and that light is the messenger of life, because it is alive and contains all information. (xvi)”
― Miguel Ruiz, quote from The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom


“Maybe we cannot escape from the destiny of the human, but we have a choice: to suffer our destiny or to enjoy our destiny.”
― Miguel Ruiz, quote from The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom


“You express your own divinity by being alive and by loving yourself and others.”
― Miguel Ruiz, quote from The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom


“In any kind of relationship we can make the assumption that others know what we think, and we don’t have to say what we want. They are going to do what we want because they know us so well. If they don’t do what we want, what we assume they should do, we feel hurt and think, “How could you do that? You should know.” Again, we make the assumption that the other person knows what we want. A whole drama is created because we make this assumption and then put more assumptions on
top of it.”
― Miguel Ruiz, quote from The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom


“We judge others according to our image of
perfection as well, and naturally they fall short of our expectations.”
― Miguel Ruiz, quote from The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom


“We are so well trained that we are our own domesticator. We are an autodomesticated animal. We can now domesticate ourselves according to the same belief system we were given, and using the same system of punishment and reward. We punish ourselves when we don't follow the rules according to our belief system; we reward ourselves when we are the "good boy" or "good girl".”
― Miguel Ruiz, quote from The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom


About the author

Miguel Ruiz
Born place: in Mexico
Born date August 27, 1952
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