Ken Wilber Quotes

Why should I know Ken Wilber?

Kenneth Earl Wilber II is an American writer on transpersonal psychology and his own integral theory, a systematic philosophy which suggests the synthesis of all human knowledge and experience. Wilber gained recognition after New York based blogger Mark Manson dedicated an entire article on him and his books.

Born January 31, 1949

Best 24 Quotes by Ken Wilber

“An integral approach is based on one basic idea: no human mind can be 100% wrong. Or, we might say, nobody is smart enough to be wrong all the time.”

Ken Wilber

“I have one major rule: Everybody is right. More specifically, everybody — including me — has some important pieces of truth, and all of those pieces need to be honored, cherished, and included in a more gracious, spacious, and compassionate embrace.”

Ken Wilber

“I think I was a born scientist.”

Ken Wilber

“Most of us are only willing to call 5% of our present information into question any one point.”

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“Most of us, I suspect, prefer our teachers to be of the Nice Guy variety.”

Ken Wilber

“Real love will take you far beyond yourself; and therefore real love will devastate you.”

Ken Wilber

“The Enlightenment was an attempt to liberate myth and base truth claims on evidence, not just dogma. But when science threw out the church, they threw out the baby with the bath water.”

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“The truth will not necessarily set you free, but truthfulness will.”

Ken Wilber

"A Brief History of Everything" Quotes

“You can only do so much damage to the biosphere with a bow and arrow. An atomic bomb is something else. The same ignorance backed by industry is capable of killing the entire world. So we have to separate those two issues—the ignorance and the means of inflicting that ignorance—because with modernity and science we have, for the first time in history, a way to overcome our ignorance, at precisely the same time that we have created the means to make this ignorance absolutely genocidal on a global scale.”

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A Brief History of Everything

"Grace and Grit" Quotes

“I was slowly learning that love did not mean holding on, which I had always thought, but rather letting go.”

Ken Wilber
Grace and Grit

"Integral Life Practice" Quotes

“Becoming a leader is the same as becoming a fully integrated human being.”

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Integral Life Practice

“Between life’s stimuli and our habitual responses exists choice.”

Ken Wilber
Integral Life Practice

“The adventure of awakening is among the most universal of human dramas.”

Ken Wilber
Integral Life Practice

"Integral Psychology" Quotes

“Man lives on earth not once, but three times: the first stage of his life is continual sleep; the second, sleeping and waking by turns; the third, waking forever.”

Ken Wilber
Integral Psychology

"No Boundary" Quotes

“The simple fact is that we live in a world of conflict and opposites because we live in a world of boundaries. Since every boundary line is also a battle line, here is the human predicament: the firmer one’s boundaries, the more entrenched are one’s battles. The more I hold onto pleasure, the more I necessarily fear pain. The more I pursue goodness, the more I am obsessed with evil. The more I seek success, the more I must dread failure. The harder I cling to life, the more terrifying death becomes. The more I value anything, the more obsessed I become with its loss. Most of our problems, in other words, are problems of boundaries and the opposites they create.”

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No Boundary

“The ultimate metaphysical secret, if we dare state it so simply, is that there are no boundaries in the universe. Boundaries are illusions, products not of reality but of the way we map and edit reality. And while it is fine to map out the territory, it is fatal to confuse the two.”

Ken Wilber
No Boundary

"One Taste" Quotes

“Anytime a sage displays humanness—in regard to money, food, sex, relationships—we are shocked, shocked, because we are planning to escape life altogether, not live it, and the sage who lives life offends us.”

Ken Wilber
One Taste

“When most people are happy, it’s not really fun until you can share it with someone, especially someone you love, a mate or a friend.”

Ken Wilber
One Taste

"Sex, Ecology, Spirituality" Quotes

“The real problem is not exterior. The real problem is interior.”

Ken Wilber
Sex, Ecology, Spirituality

"The Holographic Paradigm and Other Paradoxes" Quotes

“Modern science is no longer denying spirit. And that, that is epochal.”

Ken Wilber
The Holographic Paradigm and Other Paradoxes

"The Marriage of Sense and Soul" Quotes

“The cure for the disaster of modernity is to address the dissociation, not attempt to erase the differentiation!”

Ken Wilber
The Marriage of Sense and Soul

"The Religion of Tomorrow" Quotes

“When Thomas Jefferson sat on the steps of the White House and, with a pair of scissors, began to cut out all portions of the Bible that he felt were mythic nonsense, he was expressing a rational point of view.”

Ken Wilber
The Religion of Tomorrow

"The Spectrum of Consciousness" Quotes

“This present moment, since it knows neither past nor future, is itself timeless, and that which is timeless is Eternal. Thus the eternal life belongs to those who live in the present.”

Ken Wilber
The Spectrum of Consciousness

"Which Level of God Do You Believe In?" Quotes

“Human beings undergo psychological development. At each level or stage of development, they will see the world in a different way.”

Ken Wilber
Which Level of God Do You Believe In?