Devotion (quotes)


What is devotion?


Devotion is love, loyalty or enthusiasm for someone or something


True devotion is based on love, not duty

  • Nothing truly valuable arises from ambition or from a mere sense of duty; it stems rather from love and devotion towards men and towards objective things. Albert Einstein
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True devotion is constant

  • Devotion is not a uniform to be worn on certain days and then to be put aside. Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Make your devotion into a beautiful obsession

  • Your devotion eventually becomes your beautiful obsession. You practice it daily. Constantly. Consistently.  You have no time for TV and Call of Duty video games and Twitter or gossip. You need and hunger to do that thing that fills you. That inspires you. That gives you precious glimpses of your greatest self.  Robin Sharma

Devote yourself to …


Devote yourself to a life of worthwhile action

  • It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives on valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat. Theodore Roosevelt
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Devote your thoughts to what you want to achieve

  • The devotion of thought to an honest achievement makes the achievement possible. Mary Baker Eddy

Devote yourself to developing your talents and strengths

  • Do you have the opportunity to do what you do best every day? Chances are you don’t. All too often our natural talents go untapped. From the cradle to the cubicle, we devote more time to fixing our shortcomings than to developing our strengths. Tom Rath
  • I do not believe that you should devote overly much effort to correcting your weaknesses. Rather, I believe that the highest success in living and the deepest emotional satisfaction comes from building and using your signature strengths. Martin Seligman
  • TalentGrow your strengths

Devote yourself to your ideals and principles

  • Let us show, not merely in great crises, but in every day affairs of life… the power of devotion to a lofty ideal.  Theodore Roosevelt
  • What do you stand for? What principle, cause, value, or purpose would you be willing to devote your life to?
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Devote yourself to your work …

  • One attains the highest perfection by devotion to one’s natural work. Listen to Me how one attains perfection while engaged in natural work. Bhagavad Gita
  • The sum of wisdom is that time is never lost that is devoted to work. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Work

… but not at the expense of everything else

  • Perpetual devotion to what a man calls his business, is only to be sustained by perpetual neglect of many other things. Robert Louis Stevenson

Devote yourself to what you love

  • If a man prospers, surely this is a devotion to what he loves. The rewards of prosperity means you have more time to achieve the real rewards of life; whatever you like becomes yours. Mary Jeannette Demoret

Devote yourself completely to all you choose to do

  • My meaning simply is, that whatever I have tried to do in life, I have tried with all my heart to do well; that whatever I have devoted myself to, I have devoted myself to completely; that in great aims and in small, I have always been thoroughly in earnest. Charles Dickens
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Devote yourself to a purpose greater than you

  • With faith, discipline and selfless devotion to duty, there is nothing worthwhile that you cannot achieve. Muhammad Ali Jinnah
  • He came by a leap to the goal of purpose, not by the toilsome steps of reason. On the instant, his headlong spirit declared his purpose: this was the one being for him in all the world: at this altar, he would light a lamp of devotion, and keep it burning forever. Gilbert Parker
  • Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason, mastery demands all of a person. Albert Einstein
  • The need for devotion to something outside ourselves is even more profound than the need for companionship. If we are not to go to pieces or wither away, we must have some purpose in life; for no man can live for himself alone. Ross Parmenter
  • True strength lies in submission which permits one to dedicate his life, through devotion, to something beyond himself. Henry Miller
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Devote yourself to your goals

  • To succeed in your mission, you must have single-minded devotion to your goal. Abdul Kalam
  • I know the price of success: dedication, hard work, and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen. Frank Lloyd Wright
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Devote yourself to what is important

  • Devote 100% of your time to the critical issue. Robert Townsend
  • Life is too short to be little. Petty worry is allowing ourselves to get into a stew about little things and then greatly exaggerating their importance. Instead, devote life to worthwhile actions, positive feelings, great thoughts and enduring affections and projects. Dale Carnegie
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Devote yourself to your chosen field of expertise

  • Constant practice devoted to one subject often outdoes both intelligence and skill. Cicero
  • The most eminent creators are consistently those who have immersed themselves utterly in their chosen field, have devoted their lives to it, amassed tremendous knowledge of it, and continually pushed themselves to the front of it. Geoff Colvin
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Devote yourself to learning

  • Average people are dedicated to leisure. The best people are devoted to learning.  Robin Sharma
  • He who devotes sixteen hours a day to hard study may become at sixty as wise as he thought himself at twenty. Mary Wilson Little
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Devote yourself to loving and helping others

  • The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning. Mitch Albom
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Devote yourself to your partner …

  • Gallantry to women – the sure road to their favour – is nothing but the appearance of extreme devotion to all their wants and wishes, a delight in their satisfaction, and a confidence in yourself as being able to contribute toward it. William Hazlitt
  • There is nothing in the world like the devotion of a married woman. It is a thing no married man knows anything about. Oscar Wilde
  • Principles for healthy relationships

… while retaining some independence

  • I have urged on woman independence of man, not that I do not think the sexes mutually needed by one another, but because in woman this fact has led to an excessive devotion, which has cooled love, degraded marriage and prevented it her sex from being what it should be to itself or the other. I wish woman to live, first for God’s sake. Then she will not take what is not fit for her from a sense of weakness and poverty. Then if she finds what she needs in man embodied, she will know how to love and be worthy of being loved. Margaret Fuller
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Devote yourself to your children

  • The art of motherhood involves much silent, unobtrusive self-denial, an hourly devotion which finds no detail too minute. Honore de Balzac
  • Raising children

Devote yourself to virtue

  • Therefore, I will aspire and tend to virtue, And steep myself in it with great devotion. Shantideva
  • Often devotion to virtue arises from sated desire. Laurence Hope Nicolson
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Devote yourself to knowledge

  • Confusion is the chief cause of worry. If a man will devote his time to securing the facts in an impartial, objective way, his worries will usually evaporate in the light of knowledge. Dale Carnegie
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Devote yourself to your art

  • If one wants to become a master of any art, one’s whole life must be devoted to it, or at least related to it. Erich Fromm
  • Art is an absolute mistress; she will not be coquetted with or slighted; she requires the most entire self-devotion, and she repays with grand triumphs. Cyril Connolly
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Devote yourself to doing something daring


Spiritual devotion


Devote yourself to God …

  • To remain ever equanimous and cheerful is the greatest devotion to God. Sant Sri Asaramji Bapu
  • Alongside of knowledge, youth has to cultivate the good qualities of humility, reverence, devotion to God and steadfast faith. He has to engage himself in good works and enjoy them for the sheer elation they confer. Sri Sathya Sai Baba
  • Anybody, including women, merchants, labourers, and the evil-minded can attain the supreme goal by just surrendering unto My will with loving devotion. Bhagavad Gita
  • By devotion one truly understands what and who I am in essence. Having known Me in essence, one immediately merges into Me. Bhagavad Gita
  • Lord, take my love and let it flow in fullness of devotion to Thee. Sri Sathya Sai Baba
  • The limitless loving devotion to God, and the gift God makes of Himself to you, are the highest elevation of which the heart is capable; it is the highest degree of prayer. The souls that have reached this point are truly the heart of the Church. Edith Stein
  • The love that exists between wife and husband is infatuation. The love that exists among friends and relations is attachment. The love towards material objects is desire. Love in totality, directed towards God is known as devotion. Sri Sathya Sai Baba
  • The time you spend alone with God will transform your character and increase your devotion. Then your integrity and godly behaviour in an unbelieving world will make others long to know the Lord. Charles Stanley
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… and make your work part of that devotion

  • There is always the danger that we may just do the work for the sake of the work. This is where the respect and the love and the devotion come in – that we do it to God, to Christ, and that’s why we try to do it as beautifully as possible. Mother Teresa of Calcutta
  • This, and this alone, is Christianity, a universal holiness in every part of life, a heavenly wisdom in all our actions, not conforming to the spirit and temper of the world but turning all worldly enjoyments into means of piety and devotion to God. William Law
  • Work, apart from devotion or love of God, is helpless and cannot stand alone. Ramakrishna
  • Work

Devote yourself to a spiritual path

  • I rededicate and re-devote myself again and again after the inevitable lapses and periods of dullness and inactivity. Before any real growth and stability appears, I will lose faith, get discouraged, doubt, feel sorry for myself, and wonder if anything will happen. Does this mean I have lost my path? No, not at all – this IS the path. I learn to swim, not just with the current, but against the tide as well. This is not a journey for the timid or frail. I have an infinite amount of compassion for myself. I pick myself up again and again. Everything is as it should be. John Kehoe
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Devote yourself to spiritual practice, not spiritual ideology

  • One becomes firmly established in practice only after attending to it for a long time, without interruption and with an attitude of devotion. Yoga Sutra I.14
  • Spiritual literature can be a great aid to an aspirant, or it can be a terrible hindrance. If it is used to inspire practice, motivate compassion, ad nourish devotion, it serves a very valuable purpose. If scriptural study is used for mere intellectual understanding, for pride of accomplishment, or as a substitute for actual practice, then one is taking in too much mental food, which is sure to result in intellectual indigestion. Prem Prakash

True spiritual devotion is from the heart, not for show

  • The best form of devotion to the service of God is not to make a show of it. Ali bin Abu-Talib
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True spiritual devotion is about love, not how you worship

  • What is important is not the specific manner in which God is worshiped but the degree to which the devotee is filled with love. Prem Prakash
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Strengthen your spiritual devotion by being grateful for the gifts you receive

  • If you really want to develop more faith and devotion, then think about the great benefits and gifts you have been constantly receiving. The more you think of them, the more you feel grateful, the more you feel devoted, the more you feel love. Sri Swami Satchidananda
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Strengthen your spiritual devotion through meditation and contemplation

  • We should meditate upon the lord everyday, especially at the advent of dawn and dusk because the atmosphere is peaceful during that time. There is no noise to distract the mind. Meditation improves faith, devotion and self-confidence. Sam Veda
  • But they for whom I am the supreme goal, who do all work renouncing self for me and meditate on me with single-hearted devotion, these I will swiftly rescue from death’s vast sea, for their consciousness has entered into me. Bhagavad Gita
  • Hypocrisy is not devotion – speaking words of duality leads only to misery. Those humble beings who are filled with keen understanding and meditative contemplation – even though they intermingle with others, they remain distinct. Sri Guru Granth Sahib
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More thoughts on spiritual devotion

  • Crying is one of the highest devotional songs. One who knows crying, knows spiritual practice. If you can cry with a pure heart, nothing else compares to such a prayer. Crying includes all the principles of Yoga. Kripalvanandji
  • Even if the most sinful person resolves to worship Me with single-minded loving devotion, such a person must be regarded as a saint because of making the right resolution. Bhagavad Gita
  • Desire destroys devotion, anger destroys wisdom, greed destroys work – hence these bad qualities must be sacrificed. With good and sweet words, keeping desires under check and control (for ultimate removal), one should start on the path of sacrifice. Sri Sathya Sai Baba
  • Whatever I am offered in devotion with a pure heart – a leaf, a flower, fruit, or water – I accept with joy. Bhagavad Gita
  • With devotion’s visage and pious action, we do sugar o’er the devil himself. Thomas Fuller
  • Your powers are dead or dedicated. If they are dedicated, they are alive with God and tingle with surprising power. If they are saved up, taken care of for their own ends, they are dead. Eli Stanley Jones

The rewards of devotion


Devotion opens you to truth

  • Spiritual evolution occurs as the result of removing obstacles and not actually acquiring anything new. Devotion enables surrenders of the mind’s vanities and cherished illusions so that it progressively becomes more free and more open to the light of Truth. David R. Hawkins
  • The important thing is not the finding, it is the seeking, it is the devotion with which one spins the wheel of prayer and scripture, discovering the truth little by little. If this machine gave you the truth immediately, you would not recognize it. Ursula K. LeGuin
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Devotion creates peace

  • The proof of rain is in the wetness of the ground; the proof of devotion is in the peace the aspirant has attained. Sri Sathya Sai Baba
  • Inner peace

Devotion creates happiness

  • A religious person, who spends his time in devotion and worship gets blessed with happiness and prosperity. Rig Veda
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Devotion creates courage and trust

  • Loyalty and devotion lead to bravery. Bravery leads to the spirit of self-sacrifice. The spirit of self-sacrifice creates trust in the power of love. Morihei Ueshiba
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Devotion lightens the heaviness of the ego


Devotion creates equanimity

  • One who is imbued with devotion to the Lord, remains always balanced and detached. Sri Guru Granth Sahib
  • One who neither rejoices nor grieves, neither likes nor dislikes, who has renounced both the good and the evil, and who is full of devotion, such a person is dear to Me. Bhagavad Gita
  • Those who seek to acquire steadiness of faith must first acquire the strength to bear grief and pain, insult and injury. The succession of joy and grief must help confirm the faith and make it immovable. That alone can evidence true devotion. Sri Sathya Sai Baba
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Devotion brings clarity in decisions


On a lighter note

  • My true friends have always given me that supreme proof of devotion, a spontaneous aversion for the man I loved. Sidonie Gabrielle
  • A person will sometimes devote all his life to the development of one part of his body – the wishbone.   Robert Frost
  • He who devotes sixteen hours a day to hard study may become at sixty as wise as he thought himself at twenty. Mary Wilson Little
  • Winston has devoted the best years of his life to preparing his impromptu speeches. E. Smith