75 Detachment Quotes That Will Make You Free

Looking for inspirational quotes about detachment? We have got the best collection of detachment quotes, sayings, captions, and status messages, (with images and pictures) to inspire you to keep yourself emotionally detached to those things or people that hold you back from moving ahead in life.

The meaning of detachment is the action or process of separating or indifferent to other people or to one’s surroundings. The concept of detachment has been written a lot about in religious books, and by spiritual leaders.

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Bhagavad Gita has time and again stressed the need for non-attachment (or detachment) to material things and worldly concerns.

Detachment is stated to be the means through which one can gain true knowledge, the serenity of the mind; and enduring joyfulness.

In short, through detachment, one can learn to be comfortable with oneself. Constant practice of non-attachment can eventually lead to the attainment of spiritual freedom.

There is a lot of confusion and misconception about the real meaning of detachment. The doctrine of non-attachment has often been used as an excuse for evading essential duties of life such as earning a respectable livelihood, respecting personal relationships, and fulfilling social obligations.

But a truly spiritual person can never run away from his responsibilities. He can never distance himself from the sufferings of his fellow beings.

May these quotes inspire you to detach yourself emotionally, mentally, and spiritually from all things that hold you back so that you may achieve your dreams.

Best Detachment Quotes

  1. “He who would be serene and pure needs but one thing, detachment.” ― Meister Eckhart

  2. “Detachment is not that you should own nothing. But that nothing should own you.” ― Ali ibn abi Talib

  3. “Detachment, sometimes it’s necessary in order to restore your sanity. Your peace of mind.” ― Unknown

  4. “To spare oneself from grief at all cost can be achieved only at the price of total detachment.” ― Erich Fromm

  5. “Everything is temporary; Emotions, thoughts, people and scenery. Do not become attached, just flow with it.” ― Unknown

  6. “Detachment is an art of enjoying something while always being open to the possibility of losing it someday.” ― John B. Bejo

  7. “True detachment isn’t separation from life but the absolute freedom within your mind to explore living.” ― Ron. W. Rathbun

  8. “Detachment is not giving up the things in this world, but accepting the fact and to be continuously aware that nothing is permanent.” ― Aditya Ajmera

  9. “Detachment doesn’t mean I’m trying less hard. It just means that fears and emotions that used to torment and paralyze me longer have the same power over me.” ― Kelly Cultrone

  10. “Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything – anger, anxiety, or possessions – we cannot be free.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh

Famous Quotes On Detachment 

  1. “Detach yourself and be free.” ― ATGW

  2. “The root of suffering is attachment.” ― Buddha

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    quotes detachment

  3. “Detachment is the ultimate pleasure.” ― Saraha

  4. “Humour is a form of self-detachment.” ― Claude Roy

  5. “You can only lose what you cling to.” ― Gautama Buddha

  6. “Detachment is the beginning of mastery.” – Sri Aurobindo                                                                               

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    detachment quotes

  7. “It was my letting go that gave me a better hold.” ― Chris Matakas

  8. “Those who conquer their minds are beings of detachment.” ― Unknown

  9. “Don’t cling to things because everything is impermanent.” ― Mitch Albom

  10. “Only in the stillness of detachment can the soul yield up her secrets.” ― Elsa Barker

  11. “Attachment is the source of pain, but detachment is the source of joy.” ― Debasish Mridha                                                                                                                                                                       

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    detach quotes

  12. “Manifest plainness, Embrace simplicity, Reduce selfishness, Have few desires.” ― Lao Tzu

  13. [D]etachment means letting go and nonattachment means simply letting be.” ― Stephen Levine

  14. “A burning passion coupled with absolute detachment is the key to all success.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

  15. “Detachment does not mean non-involvement. You can be deeply involved but not entangled.” ― Jaggi Vasudev (Sadhguru)                                                                                                                       

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    relationship detachment quotes

  16. “Like everything else, we know the futility of money only when we have more than enough of it.” ― R. N. Prasher

  17. “Attachment is the great fabricator of illusions; reality can be obtained only by someone who is detached. ” ― Simone Weil

  18. “Detachment is not indifference. It means not getting entangled with the anxiety and fears of other people.” – Remez Sasson

  19. “To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh

  20. “And never have I felt so deeply at one and the same time so detached from myself and so present in the world.” ― Albert Camus

  21. “When we let go of our reactions and detach from other people’s moods, actions, and words, we take back our power.” ― Darlene Lancer

  22. “Actually, the greatest detachment is being close to everything and not letting it consume and own you. That’s real strength.” ― Jay Shetty

  23. “Letting go and focusing on the now free your mind, clear your consciousness, and expand the limits of your awareness.” – Remez Sasson

  24. “The law of detachment says that in order to acquire anything in the physical universe, you have to relinquish your attachment to it.” ― Deepak Chopra

  25. “Better a single day of life seeing the reality of arising and passing away than a hundred years of existence remaining blind to it.” ― Gautama Buddha

  26. “The degree of freedom from unwanted thoughts and the degree of concentration on a single thought are the measures to gauge spiritual progress.” – Ramana Maharshi

  27. “The true contemplative is one who has discovered the art of finding leisure even in the midst of his work, by working with such a spirit of detachment and recollection that even his work is a prayer.” – Thomas Merton

  28. “Detach from needing to have things work out a certain way. The universe is perfect and there are no failures. Give yourself the gift of detaching from your worries and trust that everything is happening perfectly.” ― Unknown

  29. “Indifference looks like detachment, but it is not; indifference is simply no interest. Detachment is not absence of interest. Detachment is absolute interest, tremendous interest, but still with the capacity of non-clinging.” – Rajneesh

  30. “Great calm, generous detachment, selfless love, disinterested effort: these are what make for success in life. If you can find peace in yourself and can spread comfort around you, you will be happier than an empress.” ― Rabindranath Tagore

Deep Emotionally Detached Quotes

What, then, is the real meaning of detachment? It is not about renouncing the world. It rather implies maintaining internal emotional composure amidst the best and the worst of circumstances.

So we can’t use detachment as an excuse not to deal with fundamental issues such as livelihood, power, self-esteem, and relationships with other people.

Nor can we make detachment a synonym for indifference, carelessness, or passivity. Instead, we can practice detachment as a skill—perhaps the essential skill for infusing our lives balance, grace, and integrity.

  1. “Detached action is unselfish work.” ― Bhagavad Gita                                                                       

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    detachment quotes from bhagavad gita

  2. “The essence of the Way is detachment.” ― Bodhidharma

  3. “Sometimes you have to detach, to find yourself.” ― Unknown                                                                 

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    detachment quotes images

  4. “Consciousness is compassion infused detached.” ― Amy Larson

  5. “Be in the world as though you were a stranger or wayfarer.” ― Bukhari

  6. “Detachment means to not be owned by what we own.” ― Mahatma Prabhu                                           

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    emotionally detached quotes

  7. “They should tell you when you’re born: have a suitcase heart, be ready to travel.” ― Gabrielle Zevin

  8. “Your heart must become a sea of love. Your mind must become a river of detachment.” ― Sri Chinmoy

  9. “Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh

  10. “Emotional detachment is a way to maintain your sanity and poise in a stressful environment.” – Remez Sasson

  11. “Detachment is the courage to let go of another person’s addiction while preserving the love you have for them.” – Unknown

  12. “Detachment is not the absence of love but the ability to take care of yourself in the midst of someone else’s choices.” – Unknown

  13. “People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh

  14. “We have forgotten that the natural foe to life is not a distant death, but a present, in-the-moment detachment from living.” — Brendon Burchard

  15. “Detachment (in Jain philosophy) means separating ourselves from our thoughts, opinions ad beliefs if our thoughts do not serve us.” ― Unknown

  16. “I’ll detach myself from the crowd if it hinders my growth, I’ll fall from the tree that won’t let me grow.” ― Hareem Ch, Hankering for Tranquility

  17. “It’s not easy to detach from people you’ve had close ties with but sometimes it’s necessary in order to restore your sanity. Your mind peace.” ― Unknown

  18. “Remain in the world, act in the world, do whatsoever is needful, and yet remain transcendental, aloof, detached, a lotus flower in the pond.” ― Osho

  19. “The nature of mind has no stain; it is basically complete in itself. Just detach from false mental objects and be enlightened to being as is.” ― Baizhang Huaihai

  20. “If you don’t do yoga, it doesn’t mean that you can’t have a sense of detachment, which means not attaching yourself to your thoughts or your emotions.” ― Mandy Ingber

  21. “Detachment doesn’t mean not caring. It’s taking care of yourself first and letting others take responsibility for their actions without trying to save or punish them.” ― Unknown

  22. “We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. We are here to observe, to learn, to grow, to love, and then we return home.” ― Australian Aboriginal Proverb

  23. “Detachment is not about refusing to feel or not caring or turning away from those you love. Detachment is profoundly honest, grounded firmly in the truth of what is.” ― Sharon Salzberg

  24. “The laws of detachment: Allow others to be who they are. Allow yourself to be who you are. Don’t force situations. Solutions will emerge. Uncertainty is reality – embrace it.” ― Unknown

  25. “Narcissism is not about self love. It’s a clinical trait that belies a deep sense of emptiness, low self-esteem, emotional detachment, self-loathing, extreme problems with intimacy.” ― Drew Pinsky

  26. “Life is easy for the man who is without shame, impudent as a crow, a vicious gossip, vain, meddlesome, dissolute. But life is hard for the man who quietly undertakes the way of perfection, with purity, detachment and vigor. He sees light.” ― Gautama Buddha

  27. “Release and detach from every person, every circumstance, every condition, and every situation that no longer serves a divine purpose in your life. All things have a season, and all seasons must come to an end. Choose a new season, filled with purposeful thoughts and activities.” ― Iyanla Vanzant

  28. “In detachment lies the wisdom of uncertainty… in the wisdom of uncertainty lies the freedom from our past, from the known, which is the prison of past conditioning. And in our willingness to step into the unknown, the field of all possibilities, we surrender ourselves to the creative mind that orchestrates the dance of the universe.” ― Deepak Chopra

  29. “Detachment is not indifference. it is the prerequisite for effective involvement. Often what we think is best for others is distorted by our attachments to our opinions. We want others to be happy in the way we think they should be happy. It is only when we want nothing for ourselves that we are able to see clearly into others needs and understand how to serve them.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

  30. “Healthy detachment has become to me — the release of the subjective thoughts, emotions or energy that I am holding about people, places and things that have kept me trapped in dis-ease. It means that I can step back as if observing what is happening to, in and around me without being involved in or creating additional drama. In so doing I allow the feelings, thoughts and energy to dissipate. I am then free to act with and from compassion, love and acceptance.” ― Angela James

Relationship Detachment Quotes

  1. “Sometimes you have to completely detach yourself.” ― Unknown

  2. “Detachment is to loosen your grip on the world.” ― Unknown

  3. “Even when I detach, I care. You can be seperate from a thing and still care about it.” ― David Levithan

  4. “If you truly want to be respected by people you love, you must prove to them that you can survive without them.” ― Michael Bassey Johnson, The Infinity Sign

  5. “When you become detached mentally from yourself and concentrate on helping other people with their difficulties, you will be able to cope with your own more effectively. Somehow, the act of self-giving is a personal power-releasing factor.” ― Norman Vincent Peale

  6. “The monsters of our childhood do not fade away, neither are they ever wholly monstrous. But neither, in my experience, do we ever reach a plane of detachment regarding our parents, however wise and old we may become. To pretend otherwise is to cheat.” ― John le Carre


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