77 Dan Millman Quotes for Powerful Persona [Peaceful Warrior]

Born on February 22, 1946, Daniel Jay Millman is an acclaimed American author and lecturer in personal development, with his life story inspiring the movie “Peaceful Warrior”.

Raised in Los Angeles, Millman excelled in various sports, notably winning multiple gymnastics titles and awards during his high school and college years.

Despite a severe leg injury from a motorcycle accident, he made a significant comeback in gymnastics.

Dan Millman

After earning a BA in Psychology, Millman pursued a career in coaching gymnastics, studying martial arts and ultimately, authoring 17 books, translated into 29 languages.

He resides in Brooklyn with his wife, Joy.

Here are some of the best quotes by Dan Millman.

Best Dan Millman Quotes


The warrior is Here, Now. ~ Dan Millman.


Death is not sad; the sad thing is that most people don’t really live at all. ~ Dan Millman.


We discover our character through decisions under pressure. ~ Dan Millman.

Be happy now, without reason – or you never will be at all. ~ Dan Millman.

The birth of the mind is the death of the senses. ~ Dan Millman.


You have to lose your mind in order to regain your senses. ~ Dan Millman.

Life is not a private affair. A story and its lessons are only made useful if shared. ~ Dan Millman.

Looking back we see with great clarity, and what once appeared as difficulties now reveal themselves as blessings. ~ Dan Millman.

Simplicity has power. Founding our life on constructive, positive behavior is the simplest, most direct, and powerful approach I’ve ever found-simple, but not easy. ~ Dan Millman.

When we feel stuck, going nowhere-even starting to slip backward-we may actually be backing up to get a running start. ~ Dan Millman.


Aim not to win or succeed, but for excellence in the moment. ~ Dan Millman.

Autumn leaves shower like gold, like rainbows, as the winds of change begin to blow, signaling the later days of autumn. ~ Dan Millman.

Your fears are not walls, but hurdles. Courage is not the absence of fear, but the conquering of it. ~ Dan Millman.

Act happy, feel happy, be happy, without a reason in the world. Then you can love, and do what you will. ~ Dan Millman.


To be authentic literally means to be your own author. ~ Dan Millman.

Windows of opportunity open and then close. By staying in the present, handling what’s in front of us, and riding the wave of opportunity when it comes, we follow the natural order of things. ~ Dan Millman.

The hours of your life are the most valuable currency you will ever have. How will you spend them? ~ Dan Millman.

Famous Dan Millman Quotes

If we agree on everything, only one of us is necessary. ~ Dan Millman.

Responsibility is a grace you give yourself not an obligation. ~ Dan Millman.


You can live a whole life time never being awake. ~ Dan Millman.

The seasons do not push one another; neither do clouds race the wind across the sky. All things happen in their own good time. ~ Dan Millman.

Don’t be like the preacher who thought about praying while making love with his life and thought about love while praying. ~ Dan Millman.

Life is not suffering; it’s just that you will suffer it, rather than enjoy it, until you let go of your mind’s attachments and just go for the ride freely, no matter what happens. ~ Dan Millman.


You get no more and no less than what you believe you deserve. ~ Dan Millman.

Life comes at us in waves. We can’t predict or control those waves, but we can learn to surf. ~ Dan Millman.

It may be true that the unexamined life is not worth living-but neither is the unlived life worth examining. ~ Dan Millman.

As you manage your money, you manage your life. ~ Dan Millman.


Better never begin; once begun, better finish. ~ Dan Millman.

Life is a series of moments. The quality of attention and action that we bring to each moment determines the quality of our lives. ~ Dan Millman.

The secret of change consists in concentrating one’s energy to create the new, and not to fight against the old. ~ Dan Millman.

As a peaceful warrior, I would choose when, where and how I would behave. With that commitment, I began to live the life of a warrior. ~ Dan Millman.

Popular Dan Millman Quotes

If we lose touch with our heart’s wisdom, then no method avails; if we love, then nothing else is necessary. ~ Dan Millman.


There are no ordinary moments. ~ Dan Millman.

If you want a kinder world, then behave with kindness; if you want a peaceful world, make peace within. ~ Dan Millman.

Faith is the courage to live your life as if everything that happens does so for your highest good and learning. Like it or not. ~ Dan Millman.


Choice means giving up something you want for something else you want more. ~ Dan Millman.

Before you can see the Light, you have to deal with the darkness. ~ Dan Millman.

Words mean little unless you realize the truth of it yourself. And when you do, you’ll be free at last. ~ Dan Millman.

There is no path to Happiness. Happiness is the path. There is no path to Love. Love is the path. There is no path to Peace. Peace is the path. ~ Dan Millman.


While some of us act without thinking, too many of us think without acting. ~ Dan Millman.

Faith means living with uncertainty – feeling your way through life, letting your heart guide you like a lantern in the dark. ~ Dan Millman.

You can change your life with a simple shift of attention. But to make that simple shift, you have to find your heart. It’s the only way. Accept yourself, then transcend yourself. ~ Dan Millman.


The journey is what brings us happiness not the destination. ~ Dan Millman.

There are times to let things happen, and times to make things happen. Now is that time. You will either make things happen, watch what happens, or wonder what happened. ~ Dan Millman.

The time is now, the place is here. Stay in the present. You can do nothing to change the past, and the future will never come exactly as you plan or hope for. ~ Dan Millman.

Top Dan Millman Quotes

If you don’t get what you want, you suffer; if you get what you don’t want, you suffer; even when you get exactly what you want, you still suffer because you can’t hold on to it forever. ~ Dan Millman.


If you face just one opponent, and you doubt yourself, you’re out-numbered. ~ Dan Millman.

This moment deserves your full attention, for it will not pass your way again. ~ Dan Millman.

Willpower is the key to success. Successful people strive no matter what they feel by applying their will to overcome apathy, doubt or fear. ~ Dan Millman.

When you release your expectations that the world should fulfill you, your disappointments vanish. ~ Dan Millman.

Embrace the higher truth that everything comes to pass exactly as it should. Find peace and wisdom by accepting what is. ~ Dan Millman.

A little bit of something beats a lot of nothing. Break the largest of difficult tasks into the smallest of steps and it can be done. ~ Dan Millman.


The warrior acts, the fool reacts. ~ Dan Millman.

To rid yourself of old patterns, focus all your energy not on struggling with the old, but on building the new. ~ Dan Millman.

Bad people don’t go to hell, they are already there. ~ Dan Millman.

A warrior does not give up what he loves, he finds the love in what he does. ~ Dan Millman.

In life, stress happens when you resist what arises. ~ Dan Millman.


The only laws are paradox, humor and change. ~ Dan Millman.

Everything you need to know is within you. Listen. Feel. Trust the body’s wisdom. ~ Dan Millman.

Unless someone truly has the power to say no, they never truly have the power to say yes. ~ Dan Millman.


While you fear missing a meal, you aren’t fully aware of the meals you do eat. ~ Dan Millman.

You don’t have to control your thoughts; you just have to stop letting them control you. ~ Dan Millman.

Inspiring Dan Millman Quotes

Ships are safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for. So set sail on the stormy sea of love. You’re going to get soaked at times, but at least you’ll know you’re alive. ~ Dan Millman.

Although motivation comes and goes, you can always rely on your will. ~ Dan Millman.

Everything you’ll ever need to know is within you; the secrets of the universe are imprinted on the cells of your body. ~ Dan Millman.


I had lost my mind and fallen into my heart. ~ Dan Millman.

When in haste, rest in the present. Take a deep breath and come back to here and now. ~ Dan Millman.

Our sense of self-worth is the single most important determinant of the health, abundance, and joy we allow into our lives. ~ Dan Millman.


Freedom from mental distraction equals power. ~ Dan Millman.

When running up a hill, it is all right to give up as many times as you wish-as long as your feet keep on moving. ~ Dan Millman.

Conscious evolution begins as we take responsibility for clearing our own obstructions. ~ Dan Millman.


Wisdom is the use of knowledge. ~ Dan Millman.

No need to feel brave or confident; just behave that way. ~ Dan Millman.

Live with a peaceful heart; cultivate a warrior’s spirit. ~ Dan Millman.

Find the heart of it. Make the complex simple, and you can achieve mastery. ~ Dan Millman.


The conventions of language reveal the ways we see the world. ~ Dan Millman.

Consciousness is not in the body; the body is in consciousness. And you are that consciousness. ~ Dan Millman.

So these were the 77 quotes by Dan Millman.

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