100 Carlos Castaneda Quotes from the American Writer

Carlos Castaneda born on December 25, 1925 in Cajamarca, Peru was a renowned anthropologist and writer. He was considered a key figure in the New Age movement.

His series of books, inspired by the mystical teachings of a Yaqui Indian shaman named Don Juan Matus, enjoyed international acclaim despite the debate over their factual authenticity.

Castaneda was a figure of mystery, often providing inconsistent information about his personal life.

Carlos Castaneda

He immigrated to the United States in 1951 and studied anthropology at UCLA. His life-altering meeting with Don Juan occurred during a trip to Arizona in the early 1960s, sparking hallucinogen-fueled adventures that became the basis of his writing.

His first book, “The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge,” published in 1968, was a best-seller, especially among the American youth disillusioned with the Vietnam War.

Despite growing skepticism about the authenticity of his work, Castaneda maintained the truthfulness of his writings and retreated from public life, later forming a cult-like community.

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His death in 1998 was kept secret for nearly two months.

I have curated the top quotes from Carlos Castaneda for you.

Best Carlos Castaneda Quotes


Man has a dark side, yes, and it is called stupidity. ~ Carlos Castaneda.


If your tendency is to make sense out of chaos, start chaos. ~ Carlos Castaneda.


Intent is what can make a man succeed when his thoughts tell him that he is defeated. ~ Carlos Castaneda.


Birth means nothing where there is no virtue. ~ Carlos Castaneda.


Nothing in this world is a gift. Whatever must be learned must be learned the hard way. ~ Carlos Castaneda.


Self importance is man’s greatest enemy. ~ Carlos Castaneda.


A warrior acts as if he knows what he is doing, when in effect he knows nothing. ~ Carlos Castaneda.

We’re a feeling, an awareness encased here. ~ Carlos Castaneda.


What a terrible thing to be a great lord, yet a wicked man. ~ Carlos Castaneda.

A warrior seeks to act rather than talk. ~ Carlos Castaneda.


Crows are not always available to give warning. ~ Carlos Castaneda.

Learn to see, and then you’ll know that there is no end to the new worlds of our vision. ~ Carlos Castaneda.

Famous Carlos Castaneda Quotes

There’s no emptiness in the life of a warrior. Everything is filled to the brim. Everything is filled to the brim, and everything is equal. ~ Carlos Castaneda.

A warrior thinks of death when things become unclear. The idea of death is the only thing that tempers our spirit. ~ Carlos Castaneda.


I’m afraid you will have to fly holding the rock with its heavy chain. ~ Carlos Castaneda.

I’m never angry at anybody! No human being can do anything important enough for that. You get angry at people when you feel that their acts are important. I don’t feel that way any longer. ~ Carlos Castaneda.

The sorcerer’s description of the world is perceivable. But our insistence on holding on to our standard version of reality renders us almost deaf and blind to it. ~ Carlos Castaneda.

The ego is like a tired old dog. We can never kill it, so put it out on the back porch, let it rest there, and step around it. ~ Carlos Castaneda.


You have everything needed for the extravagant journey that is your life. ~ Carlos Castaneda.

A warrior must learn to make every act count, since he is going to be here in this world for only a short while, in fact, too short for witnessing all the marvels of it. ~ Carlos Castaneda.

Top Carlos Castaneda Quotes

Once it has learned to dream the double, the self arrives at this weird crossroad and a moment comes when one realizes that it is the double who dreams the self. ~ Carlos Castaneda.

Nobody knows who I am or what I do. Not even I. Don Juan Matus. ~ Carlos Castaneda.


Heightened awareness is a mystery only for a reason. ~ Carlos Castaneda.

The warrior: silent in his struggle, undetainable because he has nothing to lose, functional and efficacious because he has everything to gain. ~ Carlos Castaneda.

It doesn’t matter how one was brought up. What determines the way one does anything is personal power. ~ Carlos Castaneda.

A warrior, or any man for that matter, cannot possibly wish he were somewhere else; a warrior because he lives by challenge, an ordinary man because he doesn’t know where his death is going to find him. ~ Carlos Castaneda.

Human beings are on a journey of awareness, which has momentarily been interrupted by extraneous forces. ~ Carlos Castaneda.


We are men and our lot in life is to learn and to be hurled into inconceivable new worlds. ~ Carlos Castaneda.

When one has nothing to lose, one becomes courageous. We are timid only when there is something we can still cling to. ~ Carlos Castaneda.

Only a warrior can survive the path of knowledge because the art of the warrior is to balance the pain of being a man with the wonder of being a man. ~ Carlos Castaneda.

Whenever the internal dialogue stops, the world collapses, and extraordinary facets of ourselves surface, as though they had been kept heavily guarded by our words. ~ Carlos Castaneda.

You see all of us go through the same doubts. We are afraid of being mad; unfortunately for us, of course, all of us are already mad. ~ Carlos Castaneda.


Power rests on the kind of knowledge one holds. What is the sense of knowing things that are useless? ~ Carlos Castaneda.

The fate of all of us here has been to know that we are prisoners of power. No one knows why us in particular, but what a great fortune! ~ Carlos Castaneda.

For my teachers, unfortunately, certain things were, as they are for you, only tales of power. ~ Carlos Castaneda.

A man of knowledge chooses a path with a heart and follows it and then he looks and rejoices and laughs and then he sees and knows. ~ Carlos Castaneda.

I am already given to the power that rules my fate. And I cling to nothing, so I will have nothing to defend. I have no thoughts, so I will see. I fear nothing, so I will remember myself. Detached and at ease, I will dart past the Eagle to be free. ~ Carlos Castaneda.

Warrior Carlos Castaneda Quotes

For a human being, sadness is as powerful as terror. Sadness makes a warrior shed tears of blood. ~ Carlos Castaneda.

You have little time left, and none of it for crap. A fine state. I would say that the best of us always comes out when we are against the wall, when we feel the sword dangling overhead. Personally, I wouldn’t have it any other way. ~ Carlos Castaneda.

If a warrior is to succeed at anything, the success must come gently, with a great deal of effort but with no stress or obsession. ~ Carlos Castaneda.

A warrior knows that he is only a man. His only regret is that his life is so short that he can’t grab onto all the things he would like to. But for him, this is not an issue; it’s only a pity. ~ Carlos Castaneda.


A man of knowledge lives by acting, not by thinking about acting. ~ Carlos Castaneda.

Think about it: what weakens us is feeling offended by the deeds and misdeeds of our fellow men. Our self-importance requires that we spend most of our lives offended by someone. ~ Carlos Castaneda.

Only as a warrior can one withstand the path of knowledge. A warrior cannot complain or regret anything. His life is an endless challenge, and challenges cannot possibly be good or bad. Challenges are simply challenges. ~ Carlos Castaneda.

Any path is only a path, and there is no affront to oneself or to others, in dropping it if that is what your heart tells you. ~ Carlos Castaneda.

Uplifting Carlos Castaneda Quotes

A man goes to knowledge as he goes to war, wide awake, with fear, with respect, and with absolute assurance. ~ Carlos Castaneda.

In the universe there is an immeasurable, indescribable force which shamens call intent, and absolutely everything that exists in the entire cosmos is attached to intent by a connecting link. ~ Carlos Castaneda.

An average man is too concerned with liking people or with being liked himself. A warrior likes, that’s all. He likes whatever or whomever he wants, for the hell of it. ~ Carlos Castaneda.

Anything is one of a million paths. Therefore you must always keep in mind that a path is only a path; if you feel you should not follow, you must not stay with it under any circumstances. ~ Carlos Castaneda.


You are like you are, because you tell yourself that you are that way. ~ Carlos Castaneda.

Feeling important makes one heavy, clumsy and vain. To be a warrior one needs to be light and fluid. ~ Carlos Castaneda.

To compare Tensegrity with yoga or t’ai chi is not possible. It has a different origin and a different purpose. The origin is shamanic, the purpose is shamanic. ~ Carlos Castaneda.

Wise Carlos Castaneda Quotes

The third point of reference is freedom of perception; it is intent; it is spirit; the somersault of thought into the miraculous; the act of reaching beyond our boundaries and touching the inconceivable. ~ Carlos Castaneda.

To ask me to verify my life by giving you my statistics is like using science to validate sorcery. It robs the world of its magic and makes milestones out of us all. ~ Carlos Castaneda.

The things shamans deal with are extremely practical. They break down parameters of normal historical reality. Magical passes are just one aspect of that. ~ Carlos Castaneda.

A warrior, on the other hand, is a hunter. He calculates everything. That’s control. But once his calculations are over he acts. He lets go. That’s abandon. ~ Carlos Castaneda.

Well being is a condition one has to groom, a condition one has to become acquainted with in order to seek it. ~ Carlos Castaneda.

A warrior considers himself already dead, so there is nothing to lose. The worst has already happened to him, therefore he’s clear and calm; judging him by his acts or by his words, one would never suspect that he has witnessed everything. ~ Carlos Castaneda.

A warrior lives by acting, not by thinking about acting, nor by thinking about what he will think when he has finished acting. ~ Carlos Castaneda.

Thought-Provoking Carlos Castaneda Quotes

Seeing energy as it flows is an imperious need on the path of knowledge. Ultimately, all the effort of sorcerers is guided to that end. It is not enough for a warrior to know that the universe is energy; he has to verify it for himself. ~ Carlos Castaneda.


Your problems is that you think you have time. ~ Carlos Castaneda.

We don’t need more to be thankful for, we just need to be more thankful. ~ Carlos Castaneda.

The world is incomprehensible. We won’t ever understand it; we won’t ever unravel its secrets. Thus we must treat the world as it is: a sheer mystery. ~ Carlos Castaneda.

Forget the self and you will fear nothing, in whatever level or awareness you find yourself to be. ~ Carlos Castaneda.

It takes all the time and all the energy we have to conquer the idiocy in us. ~ Carlos Castaneda.

Look at every path closely and deliberately, then ask ourselves this crucial question: Does this path have a heart? If it does, then the path is good. If it doesn’t, it is of no use. ~ Carlos Castaneda.

A warrior chooses a path with heart, any path with heart, and follows it; and then he rejoices and laughs. He knows because he sees that his life will be over altogether too soon. He sees that nothing is more important than anything else. ~ Carlos Castaneda.

Eventually I saw that the path of the heart requires a full gesture, a degree of abandon that can be terrifying. Only then is it possible to achieve a sparkling metamorphosis. ~ Carlos Castaneda.

Powerful Carlos Castaneda Quotes

Things don’t change, only the way you look at them. ~ Carlos Castaneda.

The average man is hooked to his fellow men, while the warrior is hooked only to infinity. ~ Carlos Castaneda.


A warrior never worries about his fear. ~ Carlos Castaneda.

It was stupidity that forced us to discard anything that did not conform with ourself – reflective expectations. ~ Carlos Castaneda.

Tonight in your dreams you must look at your hands. ~ Carlos Castaneda.

A warrior doesn’t know remorse for anything he has done, because to isolate one’s acts as being mean, or ugly, or evil is to place an unwarranted importance on the self. ~ Carlos Castaneda.

For me there is only the traveling on paths that have heart, on any path that may have heart, and the only worthwhile challenge is to traverse its full length – and there I travel looking, looking breathlessly. ~ Carlos Castaneda.

You have everything needed for the extravagant journey that is your life. ~ Carlos Castaneda.

Warriors do not win victories by beating their heads against walls, but by overtaking the walls. Warriors jump over walls; they don’t demolish them. ~ Carlos Castaneda.

To worry is to become accessible, unwittingly accessible. And once you worry you cling to anything out of desperation; and once you cling you are bound to get exhausted or to exhaust whoever or whatever you are clinging to. ~ Carlos Castaneda.


When you need an answer, look over your left shoulder and ask your death. ~ Carlos Castaneda.

Men have to be hooked. Women don’t need that. Women go freely into anything. That’s their power and at the same time their drawback. Men have to be led and women have to be contained. ~ Carlos Castaneda.

The basic difference between an ordinary man and a warrior is that a warrior takes everything as a challenge while an ordinary man takes everything as a blessing or a curse. ~ Carlos Castaneda.

A rule of thumb for a warrior is that he makes his decisions so carefully that nothing that may happen as a result of them can surprise him, much less drain his power. ~ Carlos Castaneda.

Inspiring Carlos Castaneda Quotes

The body must be perfection before the will is a functioning unit. ~ Carlos Castaneda.

All paths are the same, leading nowhere. Therefore, pick a path with heart! ~ Carlos Castaneda.

In a world where death is the hunter, my friend, there is no time for regrets or doubts. There is only time for decisions. ~ Carlos Castaneda.

It is best to erase all personal history because that would make us free from the encumbering thoughts of other people. ~ Carlos Castaneda.

There are lots of things a warrior can do at a certain time which he couldn’t do years before. Those things themselves did not change; what changed was his idea of himself. ~ Carlos Castaneda.

The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same. ~ Carlos Castaneda.

A warrior takes his lot, whatever it may be, and accepts it in ultimate humbleness. He accepts in humbleness what he is, not as a grounds for regret but as a living challenge. ~ Carlos Castaneda.


Burn your bridges every 2 years. ~ Carlos Castaneda.

Never take a path that has no heart in it. You can’t lose if your heart is in your work, but you can’t win if your heart is not in it. ~ Carlos Castaneda.

We hardly ever realize that we can cut anything out of our lives, anytime, in the blink of an eye. ~ Carlos Castaneda.

The hardest thing in the world is for a warrior to let others be. ~ Carlos Castaneda.

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