Clarity (quotes)


Clarity is freedom from doubt and confusion


The power and rewards of clarity


Clarity is a beautiful thing

  • Clarity, clarity, surely clarity is the most beautiful thing in the world, a limited, limiting clarity I have not and never did have any motive of poetry but to achieve clarity. George Oppen
  • For me the greatest beauty always lies in the greatest clarity. Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
  • The world is as you perceive it to be. For me, clarity is a word for beauty. It’s what I am. And when I’m clear, I see only beauty. Nothing else is possible. Byron Katie
  • Say it clearly and you make it beautiful, no matter what. Bruce Weigl
  • In the midst of the flurry – clarity. In the midst of the storm – calm. In the midst of divided interests – certainty. In the many roads – a certain choice. Mary Anne Radmacher
  • In rare moments of clarity and mental emptiness, or when danger or novel experience forces a one-pointed focus upon one’s consciousness, time vanishes, replaced by an ineffably enjoyable feeling of freedom. Robert Lanza
  • My moments of awakening can come at any time, and through any person. These are my moments of grace, when clarity and wisdom, love and understanding, guidance and insight are brought to me and through me. My life has been created to bring me just such moments. That is why I do whatever it takes – meditate, exercise, pray, read, write, listen to music, whatever I find works – to ignite my awareness daily. Neale Donald Walsch
  • Snow falling soundlessly in the middle of the night will always fill my heart with sweet clarity. Novala Takemoto
  • Those who seek inner peace and clarity find that their daily lives and routines flow more easily and harmoniously. Christin Sander
  • Beauty

Clarity creates success

  • Clarity is the DNA of mastery. Robin Sharma
  • Clarity precedes success. Robin Sharma
  • A lack of clarity could put the brakes on any journey to success. Steve Maraboli
  • The best way to succeed is to have a specific Intent, a clear Vision, a plan of Action, and the ability to maintain Clarity. Those are the Four Pillars of Success. It never fails! Steve Maraboli
  • Successful people have tremendous clarity about who they are, what they want, and how they are going to get it. Unsuccessful people usually are unsure and confused about who they are, what they want, and where they are going. Brian Tracy
  • Success

Clarity is freedom

  • Humbleness, forgiveness, clarity and love are the dynamics of freedom. They are the foundations of authentic power. Gary Zukav
  • Clarity moves much more efficiently than violence or stress. Byron Katie
  • Clarity brings serenity. Teodomila
  • Freedom

Clarity affords focus

  • Simplicity, clarity, singleness: these are the attributes that give our lives power and vividness and joy. Richard Halloway
  • The smaller the area of focus, the greater the mind’s clarity and power. Brian Johnson
  • Clarity affords focus. Thomas Leonard
  • Focus

Clarity makes things possible

  • At every level, the greatest obstacle to transforming the world is that we lack the clarity and imagination to conceive that it could be different. Roberto Unger
  • Possibility

Clarity gives power to leadership

  • There are three essentials to leadership: humility, clarity and courage. Fuchan Yuan
  • Leadership

Gain clarity on …


Get clear on what you’re passionate about

  • Passion is the most powerful statement of who you are as a unique individual. Passion brings inspiration, excitement, clarity and purpose into your life. Peter Wallman
  • Clarity of mind means clarity of passion, too; this is why a great and clear mind loves ardently and sees distinctly what he loves. Blaise Pascal
  • Do what you lovePassion

Get clear on what you want

  • The first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want. Ben Stein
  • Your work is to simply determine what you want. Esther and Jerry Hicks
  • The very least you can do in your life is to figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof. Barbara Kingsolver
  • Practice clarity of vision. What do you want to create? Ask yourself what you really want, why you really want it, and if manifesting it will serve a higher purpose for humanity. Deepak Chopra
  • Be clear about what you want and accept that this is a valid choice. Define success in your terms, rather than feeling that you need to live your life according to what other people think you should do. The most amazing accomplishments feel empty if they are not aligned with our deepest desires. Amanda Harvey
  • Be clear on what you want

Get clear on how you want to feel


Get clear on the choices you have

  • Even in the toughest of circumstances, we always have a choice. We just need to find the clarity to see it, and the courage to follow our hearts. Amanda Harvey
  • Choice

Get clear on the very next action for each project you have

  • Half of the secret to achieving clarity in any situation is asking, “What are we trying to do here?” The other half, and at least as critical, is, “What’s the next action?” David Allen
  • By asking myself, “What’s the next action on this?” I have generated more creative thinking, tough decision- making, critical conversations, innovative ideas, clarity, and motivation than by using any other specific technique I’m aware of. David Allen
  • Project management

Get clear on what you’re trying to achieve in any situation

  • Half of the secret to achieving clarity in any situation is asking, “What are we trying to do here?” David Allen

Get clear on what you’re grateful for in your life

  • Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense out of the past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. Melody Beattie
  • Gratitude

Gain clarity by …


Get clear by creating a vision

  • Practice clarity of vision. What do you want to create? Ask yourself what you really want, why you really want it, and if manifesting it will serve a higher purpose for humanity. Deepak Chopra
  • The greater clarity you can achieve in describing your ideal future, the more likely you are to create that future for yourself, and usually faster than you can imagine right now However, you can’t hit a target you can’t see. Clarity is essential. Brian Tracy
  • Have a clear vision to bring clarity and focus to everything you do. Your vision allows you to decide what to do, as much as it helps you to decide what not to do. That is, your vision will allow you to decide which commitments to take on and which commitments to say “no” to. Marelisa Fabrega
  • Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.  Carl Jung
  • Vision

Get clear by having written goals and intentions

  • It’s a lack of clarity that creates chaos and frustration. Those emotions are poison to any living goal. Steve Maraboli
  • A goal is created three times. First as a mental picture. Second, when written down to add clarity and dimension. And third, when you take action towards its achievement. Gary Ryan Blair
  • Your mind, while blessed with permanent memory, is cursed with lousy recall. Written goals provide clarity. By documenting your dreams, you must think about the process of achieving them. Gary Ryan Blair
  • Goals focus on a fixed outcome in the future, while intentions focus on the present and provide the guiding light to living mindfully moment-to-moment. Goals are an effort to achieve a set of results in the future, which we accomplish or fail to reach.  Intentions, on the other hand help point us with more clarity toward our heartfelt aspirations and values.  Sigal
  • Goal settingIntention

Get clear by going within

  • It would be helpful if the universe would give us one big clue, or a giant compass, if you will, pointing to the direction we should be taking. In fact, the compass is there. To find it, you need only look inside yourself to discover your soul’s purest desire, its dream for your life. Deepak Chopra
  • By letting go of even the thought ‘I,’ and ‘me’ what is left? There is nowhere to stand and no one to stand there. No separation anywhere. Pure awareness. Neither this, nor that. Just clarity and being. Ram Dass
  • Deep down we have the qualities of clarity, awareness, sensitivity, warmth and love. but , we have little idea at the outset just how deep and vast those qualities can be. Yaaqut

Get clear by getting to know yourself

  • The more you know yourself, the more clarity there is. Self-knowledge has no end – you don’t come to an achievement, you don’t come to a conclusion. It is an endless river. Jiddu Krishnamurti
  • Introspection and giving yourself adequate time to get know yourself is also key to not taking things personally. You know your strengths and weaknesses, you know the things that you need to change and the things that you do well. When you know yourself better than anyone, you have clarity about whether the statements people make are honestly about you or are really, just about them. In the wisdom of introspection, you’ll find that what most people say reveal who they are, not who they think others are. Kovie Biakolo
  • Self-knowledge

Get clear by writing and reflecting

  • Writing distils, crystallizes, and clarifies thought. Stephen Covey
  • Writing is thinking. To write well is to think clearly. That’s why it’s so hard.  David McCullough
  • Writing is another powerful way to sharpen the mental saw. Keeping a journal of our thoughts, experiences, insights, and learnings promotes mental clarity, exactness, and context. Stephen Covey
  • Four basic premises of writing: clarity, brevity, simplicity, and humanity. William Zinsser
  • It is proven that writing down our thoughts, intentions, desires, plans and goals helps clarify our thinking. Tehmina Zama
  • Writing has immense power. You don’t realize it until you use it. It brings about clarity, solidifies resolve, fortifies ideas, keeps you focused and, observed over a period, reveals deeper insights than mere thinking was capable of. Rahul Singh
  • WritingReflection

Get clear by making time for inner stillness and meditation

  • Inner silence promotes clarity of mind. It makes us value the inner world. It trains us to go inside to the source of peace and inspiration when we are faced with problems and challenges. Deepak Chopra
  • Meditation is a practical and portable way to tame your wandering attention and to enhance those qualities of character — clarity, compassion, and courage — that support high performance and high fulfilment. Eric Klein
  • This is the mysterious world which is available to you if you can pass the jungle of questions and doubts and reach into the clear, where there are no questions and doubts, and no answers either. Just you are in utter silence, with immense clarity, with tremendous sharpness. Rajneesh
  • Mind is repetitive, mind always moves in circles. Mind is a mechanism: you feed it with knowledge, it repeats the same knowledge, it goes on chewing the same knowledge again and again. No-mind is clarity, purity, innocence. No- mind is the real way to live, the real way to know, the real way to be.  Osho
  • A tremendous “knowing” comes effortlessly into the mind when it falls into Silence, when it gives up trying to understand, when its reel of stored images no longer projects abstract pictures onto the clean screen of simplicity. This kind of knowing is transmitted to us as pure revelation, as a clarity untouched by words or other symbols of meaning. When we allow this knowing into our minds, our very lives become as clear and startling as this knowing.  Robert Rabbin
  • Mind can be compared to an ocean, and momentary mental events such as happiness, irritation, fantasies, and boredom to the waves that rise and fall on its surface. Just as the waves can subside to reveal the stillness of the ocean’s depths, so too is it possible to calm the turbulence of our mind to reveal its natural pristine clarity. Kathleen McDonald
  • Our minds are like a large vase of water with sand in it that has been stirred up. After some time of stillness, the sand settles, clarifying the water and allowing us to see. The resulting clarity, which is beyond concept, is wisdom beyond concept. M. Gunder
  • When you are in deep meditation, you feel a great serenity, a joy that is unknown to you, a watchfulness that is a new guest. Soon this watchfulness will become the host. The day the watchfulness becomes the host, it remains twenty-four hours with you. And out of this watchfulness, whatever you do has a wisdom in it. Whatever you do shows a clarity, a purity, a spontaneity, a grace.  Rajneesh
  • You cannot see clearly, because you are so full of expectations, hopes, desires. Your eyes are covered with many layers of dust: you need a deep cleansing of your eyes. That’s what meditation is. Let the thoughts disappear, the hopes disappear, the desires disappear. Then you have a clarity, then your eyes are perfect mirrors. Only then, in that silent state of your vision, will you know the secrets of the beyond.  Rajneesh
  • StillnessMeditation

Get clear by nurturing an inner calm

  • Calm in chaos. In the midst of the flurry – clarity. In the midst of the storm – calm. In the midst of divided interests –   In the many roads – a certain choice.  Mary Anne Radmacher
  • Calm provides clarity. Pause to consider the gifts you have been given, the difference you have made and the direction in which you are headed.
  • Your strength is in your calmness, in the clarity of your mind. Strength comes from putting the negative aside without reacting. Win in calmness, in consciousness, in balance. Yogi Amrit Desai
  • Calmness

Get clear by focusing on the now

  • When your attention moves into the Now, there is an alertness. It is as if you were waking up from a dream, the dream of thought, the dream of past and future. Such clarity, such simplicity. No room for problem-making. Just this moment as it is. Eckhart Tolle
  • Now is a giftLive in the present

Get clear by spending some time in solitude

  • A place of solitude offers a retreat from the opposing forces and diverse demands of living, an entry into a state of peace and unity. Mind and body can retire from confusion and conflict to a sanctuary of clarity and harmony. Anthony Lawlor
  • Solitude

Get clear by walking

  • The simple act of walking can be a tremendous boost to your focus, productivity, clarity of mind, not to mention your health and waistline. Leo Babauta
  • Walking

Get clear by making a committed decision

  • Nothing builds momentum like decisive action. Similarly, nothing kills momentum like confusion and a lack of clarity. Just decide. J.D. Meier
  • Nothing brings order to a disordered mind like making a decision and letting it stand. Tony Robbins
  • CommitmentDecision making

Get clear by accepting each moment as it is

  • Not being in opposition to the present moment brings clarity. Michael Jeffreys
  • On the still calm waters of surrender the reflections of clarity appear. Bryant McGill
  • Acceptance

Get clear by taking action

  • If you want to be clear, act. Marcus Buckingham
  • The universe is waiting on you, not the other way around, and it’s going to keep waiting until you finally make up your mind. Waiting for clarity is like being a sculptor staring at a piece of marble, waiting for the statue within to cast off the unneeded pieces. Do not wait for clarity to spontaneously materialize — grab a chisel and get busy! Steve Pavlin
  • Action

Get clear by sleeping on it

  • Identify a particular problem or question for which you need clarity. Write the problem down just before retiring for the night, and then go to sleep, possessing full trust that you will come up with a solution to the problem. Confidently assign the problem to your subconscious mind, and expect to receive the answer during the night or upon waking in the morning. Place a pad of paper and a pen next to your bed. Maxwell Maltz
  • Sleep

Get clear by abandoning yourself to a project

  • People with great projects afoot habitually look further and more clearly into the future than people who are mired in day-to-day concerns. Robert Grudin
  • Immerse yourself in what you do

Gain clarity through simplifying

  • Communicating clearly is key. If you can’t explain your concept or point of view to an 8th grader, such that they could explain it with sufficient clarity to another adult, it’s too complicated.  The art of persuasion lies in simplifying something down to its core, and communicating to others what they really care about. Jason Nazar
  • It is clarity that I am striving to attain, not simplicity.  Ruskin Bond
  • Personally, I am always more impressed by simplicity, clarity; it is the mark of a writer who knows his subject well and is secure enough not to ‘lay it on’ in the telling. Aim for complexity of thought, not expression. Noah Lukeman
  • Simplicity

Gain clarity by letting go

  • I’m at my strongest when I’m able to let go, when I suspend my beliefs as well as disbeliefs, and leave myself open to all possibilities. That also seems to be when I’m able to experience the most internal clarity and synchronicities. Anita Moorjani
  • Letting go

Gain clarity through life’s events and disappointments

  • The beauty is that through disappointment you can gain clarity, and with clarity comes conviction and true originality. Conan O’Brien
  • The eruption of feelings and emotions that follows a near-death experience, or any event that causes us to stop and look deeply at the reality of our lives, is ripe with the potential for insight and clarity. Allan Lokos

Get clear by abandoning yourself to service

  • In service, there is clarity and compassion. Mary Anne Radmacher

Final thoughts


Confusion is the last stop on the way to clarity

  • ‘Confusion is the last stop on the way to clarity,’ he told me. ‘The part of your mind that thinks it knows it all is butting up against a bigger idea. It’s only a matter of time until the smaller thought gives way to the greater. Don’t fight it. Just try to enjoy the ride. Alan Cohen
  • That’s the way things come clear. All of a sudden. And then you realize how obvious they’ve been all along. Madeleine L’Engle
  • Confusion

Thoughts on the relationship between certainty and clarity

  • More important than the quest for certainty is the quest for clarity. Francois Gautier
  • Although our intellect always longs for clarity and certainty, our nature often finds uncertainty fascinating. Karl Von Clausewitz
  • Let go of the need for certainty

Strive for clarity in your communication

  • Take advantage of every opportunity to practice your communication skills so that when important occasions arise, you will have the gift, the style, the sharpness, the clarity, and the emotions to affect other people. Jim Rohn
  • Say what you have to say with clarity and enthusiasm. Many people mumble their words, or rush through them or whisper so quietly that you have to strain to hear them. Good conversationalists are clear, articulate and easy to understand. They use interesting metaphors and visual images. Keep your sentences short and to the point. Don’t hog the floor. Paul Sloane
  • …it is precisely because the world appears to us to be multiple, ambiguous, and paradoxical, that we must strive to speak and write clearly. Mark Dintenfass
  • Communication

On a lighter note

  • He talked with more claret than clarity. Susan Ertz