Byron Kathleen Mitchell, known as Byron Katie, is an American speaker and author who teaches “The Work”, a method of self-inquiry.
She founded Byron Katie International, with entities like the School for the Work in California.
Born in 1942 in Texas, she grew up in California. Her early life was marked by traditional roles; she married young and entered real estate.
In 1986, amid personal challenges including depression and substance abuse, she had a transformative epiphany, leading to “The Work”.
This self-inquiry method, which involves questioning harmful beliefs, brought her significant personal improvement.
Katie began sharing her philosophy in the 1990s, formalizing it through workshops and founding her organization.
Married to Stephen Mitchell and mother to producer Ross Robinson, she’s authored books like “Loving What Is” and has been promoting The Work for over three decades.
She is the founder of Byron Katie International.
Best Byron Katie Quotes
As long as we believe our thoughts, there will always be war. ~ Byron Katie.
To argue with reality is to argue with God. ~ Byron Katie.
Life is the constant opportunity to wake up. ~ Byron Katie.
Nothing comes ahead of its time, and nothing ever happened that didn’t need to happen. ~ Byron Katie.
We do not mature through age. We mature in awareness. ~ Byron Katie.
What would it be like to let go of wanting things to be other than they are? ~ Byron Katie.
When they attack you and you notice that you love them with all your heart, your Work is done. ~ Byron Katie.
Until the mind is open, the heart stays closed. The open mind is the key to the open heart. ~ Byron Katie.
If you realized how beautiful you are, you would fall at your own feet. ~ Byron Katie.
If I had a prayer, it would be this: “God, spare me from the desire for love, approval, or appreciation. Amen. ~ Byron Katie.
When we love what is, it becomes so simple to live in the world. The world is exactly as it should be. ~ Byron Katie.
An unquestioned mind is the world of suffering. ~ Byron Katie.
Thinking that what you want equals what’s best for you is a dead end. ~ Byron Katie.
The most important relationship is the mind’s relationship with itself. In other words, the ultimate – and, really, the only – relationship you have is the relationship with your own thoughts. ~ Byron Katie.
It’s not the problem that causes our suffering; it’s our thinking about the problem. ~ Byron Katie.
We don’t attach to things; we attach to our stories about them. ~ Byron Katie.
Famous Byron Katie Quotes
Love is action. It’s clear, it’s kind, it’s effortless, and it’s irresistible. ~ Byron Katie.
Fear has only two causes: the thought of losing what you have or the thought of not getting what you want. ~ Byron Katie.
Life just happens. It’s what you’re believing about life that makes you suffer. ~ Byron Katie.
The opening to reality, as it really is, is beauty. ~ Byron Katie.
Peace doesn’t require two people; it requires only one. It has to be you. The problem begins and ends there. ~ Byron Katie.
We never make a decision. When the time is right, the decision makes itself. ~ Byron Katie.
Your most intimate relationship is the one you have with your thoughts. ~ Byron Katie.
The mind usually says, I know, I know, I know. But the don’t-know mind is where wisdom lives. ~ Byron Katie.
We are never really in control. We just think we are when things happen to be going our way. ~ Byron Katie.
The best way of leading people is to let them find their own way. ~ Byron Katie.
Being present means living without control and always having your needs met. ~ Byron Katie.
When you argue with reality, you lose, but only 100% of the time. ~ Byron Katie.
Pay close attention to the particular thoughts you use to deprive yourself of happiness. ~ Byron Katie.
Spare yourself from seeking love, approval, or appreciation-from anyone. And watch what happens in reality, just for fun. ~ Byron Katie.
Stress is an alarm clock that lets you know you’re attached to something not true for you. ~ Byron Katie.
Nothing belongs to me. Everything comes and goes. Serenity is an open door. ~ Byron Katie.
The world is what you believe it to be, and it changes as you change. ~ Byron Katie.
If you want real control, drop the illusion of control; let life have you. It does anyway. You’re just telling yourself the story of how it doesn’t. ~ Byron Katie.
Do you want to meet the love of your life? Look in the mirror. ~ Byron Katie.
Popular Byron Katie Quotes
Who would you be without the thought that happiness depends on someone else? ~ Byron Katie.
When a thought hurts, that’s the signal that it isn’t true. ~ Byron Katie.
Everything that happens is God’s will. When you realize that, you’re home free. ~ Byron Katie.
God, as I use the word, is another name for what is. I always know God’s intention: It’s exactly what is in every moment. ~ Byron Katie.
There is nothing that isn’t true if you believe it; and nothing is true, believe it or not. ~ Byron Katie.
The Ego’s job is to kill everything but itself. ~ Byron Katie.
If I want something, I go get it. Anything that I believe will stop me, I question. ~ Byron Katie.
Mind changes, and as a result, the world changes. A clear mind heals everything that needs to be healed. ~ Byron Katie.
Until you can see everything in the world as your friend, your work is not done. ~ Byron Katie.
I stopped waiting for the world to give me what I wanted; I started giving it to myself. ~ Byron Katie.
Whatever it takes for you to find your freedom, that’s what you’ve lived. ~ Byron Katie.
The ego is terrified of the truth. And the truth is that the ego doesn’t exist. ~ Byron Katie.
If our thinking is clear, how could work or money be the problem? Our thinking is all we need to change. ~ Byron Katie.
Our job is unconditional love. The job of everyone else in our life is to push our buttons. ~ Byron Katie.
What you’re believing in the moment creates your suffering or your happiness. ~ Byron Katie.
The whole world is simply my story, projected back to me on the screen of my own perception. All of it. ~ Byron Katie.
When we stop opposing reality, action becomes simple, fluid, kind, and fearless. ~ Byron Katie.
Since the past is unreal and the future is unreal, all your thoughts are about nothing. ~ Byron Katie.
Top Byron Katie Quotes
Happiness is the natural state for someone who knows that there’s nothing to know. ~ Byron Katie.
It doesn’t come later. Everything you´re supposed to do is here right now. ~ Byron Katie.
When safety is our priority, we live our lives being very, very careful, and we wind up having no lives. ~ Byron Katie.
Placing the blame or judgment on someone else leaves you powerless to change your experience; taking responsibility for your beliefs and judgments gives you the power to change them. ~ Byron Katie.
You are the effect of your story, that’s all. ~ Byron Katie.
Everyone in your life is a figment of your imagination – even you. ~ Byron Katie.
A thought is harmless unless we believe it. ~ Byron Katie.
Nothing you believe is true. To know this is freedom. ~ Byron Katie.
Life is simple. Everything happens for you, not to you. Everything happens at exactly the right moment, neither too soon nor too late. You don’t have to like it… it’s just easier if you do. ~ Byron Katie.
Any thought of discomfort or stress is an alarm that lets you know you’re believing an untrue thought. ~ Byron Katie.
What is perfect health? The unraveling of all imagined states of mind. ~ Byron Katie.
When you believe that your problem is caused by someone or something else, you become your own victim. ~ Byron Katie.
I came to see that there was nothing to forgive, that I was the one who caused my own problems. ~ Byron Katie.
My experience is that the teachers we need most are the people we’re living with right now. ~ Byron Katie.
Whenever you think that your needs are not being met, you’re telling the story of a future. ~ Byron Katie.
We say to others only what we need to hear. ~ Byron Katie.
No-one can disappoint you, only your thoughts about them can. ~ Byron Katie.
Inspiring Byron Katie Quotes
It’s a wonderful world when you have what you want at all times. ~ Byron Katie.
Gratitude is what we are without a story. ~ Byron Katie.
When you become a lover of what is, the war is over. ~ Byron Katie.
When your mind opens, the whole world falls into place. ~ Byron Katie.
You can’t change what you haven’t realized yet. Once you realize what you were asleep to, the change happens on its own. ~ Byron Katie.
I’m most inspired whenever I hear of even the smallest act of human kindness. ~ Byron Katie.
No one has ever been able to control his thinking, although people may tell the story of how they have. I don’t let go of my thoughts-I meet them with understanding. Then they let go of me. ~ Byron Katie.
You move totally away from reality when you believe that there is a legitimate reason to suffer.
~ Byron Katie.
If you think the cause of your problem is ‘out there,’ you’ll try to solve it from the outside. Take the shortcut: solve it from within. ~ Byron Katie.
Don’t believe everything you think. ~ Byron Katie.
The world is nothing but my perception of it. I see only through myself. I hear only through the filter of my story. ~ Byron Katie.
As long as you think that the cause of your problem is out there – as long as you think that anyone or anything is responsible for your suffering – the situation is hopeless. It means that you are forever in the role of victim, that you’re suffering in paradise. ~ Byron Katie.
Don’t be careful. You could hurt yourself. ~ Byron Katie.
I can find only three kinds of business in the Universe: mine, yours, and God’s. ~ Byron Katie.
Reality doesn’t wait for your opinion, vote, or permission, sweetheart. It just keeps being what it is and doing what it does. ~ Byron Katie.
I love what I think, and I’m never tempted to believe it. ~ Byron Katie.
When you discover that all happiness is inside you, the wanting and needing are over, and life gets very exciting. ~ Byron Katie.
It’s not your job to like me – it’s mine. ~ Byron Katie.
When you say or do anything to please, get, keep, influence, or control anyone or anything, fear is the cause and pain is the result. ~ Byron Katie.
Seeking love keeps you from the awareness that you already have it – that you are it. ~ Byron Katie.
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