Wayne W. Dyer was one of the most influential spiritual teachers to have ever graced this Earth.

Over the four decades of his career, he wrote more than 40 books, including 21 New York Times bestsellers.

Dyer held a doctorate in educational counseling and through his work in clinical psychology, he discovered a widespread need for the principles of self-discovery and personal growth.

His work mainly covered mindfulness, letting go and motivation. He helped countless people discover their true potential and continually stressed that this potential exists inside all of us.

In what was a difficult task considering how many wise quotes he has, I scoured through the web to find some of his most inspirational quotes. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

On growth

“With everything that has happened to you, you can either feel sorry for yourself or treat what has happened as a gift. Everything is either an opportunity to grow or an obstacle to keep you from growing. You get to choose.”

On judging others

“When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.”

On passion

“Passion is a feeling that tells you: this is the right thing to do. Nothing can stand in my way. It doesn’t matter what anyone else says. This feeling is so good that it cannot be ignored. I’m going to follow my bliss and act upon this glorious sensation of joy.”

On blaming others

“All blame is a waste of time. No matter how much fault you find with another, and regardless of how much you blame him, it will not change you. The only thing blame does is to keep the focus off you when you are looking for external reasons to explain your unhappiness or frustration. You may succeed in making another feel guilty about something by blaming him, but you won’t succeed in changing whatever it is about you that is making you unhappy.”

On your reputation

“Your reputation is in the hands of others. That’s what the reputatiocn is. You can’t control that. The only thing you can control is your character.”

Always aim for peace

“When the choice is to be right or to be kind, always make the choice that brings peace”

“Conflict cannot survive without your participation.”

“When you’re at peace with yourself and love your self, it is virtually impossible to do things to yourself that are destructive.”

“Make peace with silence, and remind yourself that it is in this space that you’ll come to remember your spirit. When you’re able to transcend an aversion to silence, you’ll also transcend many other miseries. And it is in this silence that the remembrance of God will be activated.”

“Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is, rather than as you think it should be.”

How to reach your goals

“The more you see yourself as what you’d like to become, and act as if what you want is already there, the more you’ll activate those dormant forces that will collaborate to transform your dream into your reality.”

The dance of life

“When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It’s to enjoy each step along the way.”

On being you

“I would rather be hated for who I am than loved for who I’m not.”

On the present moment

“You’ll seldom experience regret for anything that you’ve done. It is what you haven’t done that will torment you. The message, therefore, is clear. Do it! Develop an appreciation for the present moment. Seize every second of your life and savor it.”

On love

“It is easy to love people when they smell good, but sometimes they slip into the manure of life and smell awful. You must love them just as much when they smell foul.”