70 Quotes About Unplugging And Embracing A Digital Detox

Woman sitting at the edge of a lake enjoying a digital detox

In today’s fast-paced, digitally-driven world, the concept of ‘unplugging’ has become more than just a luxury; it’s a necessity for maintaining our mental and emotional well-being. To unplug means to consciously detach ourselves from the constant buzz of technology and the daily stressors that keep us perpetually connected and often, inadvertently, disconnected from ourselves. This practice of stepping back, of taking a breather from our screens and gadgets, isn’t just about avoiding digital overload; it’s about rediscovering the joys and tranquility of the non-digital world.

  1. “Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.” – Anne Lamott
  2. “Spend some time disconnected from technology and reconnected with the world around you. It’s worth it.” – Germany Kent
  3. Technology should improve your life, not become your life.” – Billy Cox
  4. “The most important, the primordial relationship in your life is your relationship with the Now.” – Eckhart Tolle
  5. “We need to build pauses into our lives, where we can, collectively and individually, think about who we are as people.” – William Powers
  6. “Getting information off the Internet is like taking a drink from a fire hydrant.” – Mitchell Kapor
  7. “Technology challenges us to assert our human values, which means that first of all, we have to figure out what they are.” – Sherry Turkle
  8. “Clarity about what matters provides clarity about what does not.” – Cal Newport
  9. “Disconnecting from our technology to reconnect with ourselves is absolutely essential for wisdom.” – Arianna Huffington
  10. “The net is designed to be an interruption system, a machine geared to dividing attention.” – Nicholas Carr
  11. “Attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. Stay eager.” – Susan Sontag
  12. “The information we consume online is the mental equivalent of fast food.” – Tim Ferriss
  13. “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life.” – Henry David Thoreau
  14. “Our life is frittered away by detail… Simplify, simplify.” – Henry David Thoreau
  15. “It is the framework which changes with each new technology and not just the picture within the frame.” – Marshall McLuhan
  16. “True silence is the rest of the mind; it is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment, and refreshment.” – William Penn
  17. “In the age of technology, there is constant access to vast amounts of information. The basket overflows; people get overwhelmed; the eye of the storm is not so much what goes on in the world, it is the confusion of how to think, feel, digest, and react to what goes on.” – Criss Jami
  18. “The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.” – Hans Hofmann
  19. “The more ways we have to connect, the more many of us seem desperate to unplug.” – Pico Iyer
  20. “To log off is to unplug not from the network, but from the distractions, the noise, and the endless onslaught of demands.” – Alex Soojung-Kim Pang
  21. “I find myself seeing the world through a screen and not my eyes.” – Ed Sheeran
  22. “I did it because I thought, you know, if I can live without this, how much better will my life be, and it is a lot better.” – Simon Cowell:
  23. “It’s so important to engage and be present in your own life.” – Emma Stone
  24. “I have a rule about cell phones at the table, so we can be present with each other.” – Gwyneth Paltrow:
  25. “Sometimes, the noise of life can be just too much. It can be liberating to disconnect and focus on the here and now.” – Ariana Grande
  26. “Technology is a good servant but a bad master.” – Justin Timberlake
  27. “I really like to be in my own space. So technology has helped me to keep my distance.” – Kendrick Lamar
  28. “I have girlfriends who are addicted to their phones and I see how it affects their long-distance relationships.” – Kerry Washington
  29. “It’s crucial to step back and remember that we are not defined by our online presence.” – Chris Hemsworth
  30. “I cannot live on my phone, I need to feel grounded.” – Jennifer Lawrence
  31. “Technology doesn’t just do things for us. It does things to us, changing not just what we do but who we are.” – Sherry Turkle
  32. “There is a difference between being connected and being present.” – Simon Sinek
  33. “You don’t need a digital detox; you need a digital diet.” – Cal Newport
  34. “The fiercest need of the age is to keep one’s inner life alive.” – William Powers
  35. “Disconnecting from the digital world will help you reconnect with your wisdom, intuition, and creativity.” – Arianna Huffington
  36. “Focus on being productive instead of busy.” – Tim Ferriss
  37. “When we are constantly distracted and interrupted, as we tend to be online, our brains are unable to forge the strong and expansive neural connections that give depth and distinctiveness to our thinking.” – Nicholas Carr
  38. “The most important, the primordial relationship in your life is your relationship with the Now.” – Eckhart Tolle
  39. “Silence remains, inescapably, a form of speech.” – Susan Sontag
  40. “In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you.” – Deepak Chopra
  41. “The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  42. “Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the NOW the primary focus of your life.” – Eckhart Tolle
  43. “The best way to capture moments is to pay attention. This is how we cultivate mindfulness.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn
  44. “The present moment is the only time over which we have dominion.” – Pema Chödrön
  45. “Mindfulness isn’t difficult, we just need to remember to do it.” – Sharon Salzberg
  46. “In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you.” – Deepak Chopra
  47. “Live in the present, forget the past. Do not speculate about the future, it has not come.” – S.N. Goenka
  48. “The invitation of mindfulness is to recognize that every moment is an opportunity to awaken.” – Tara Brach
  49. “The things that matter most in our lives are not fantastic or grand. They are moments when we touch one another.” – Jack Kornfield
  50. “It’s not about stopping thoughts or emotions; it’s about learning to observe them without judgment.” – Andy Puddicombe
  51. “Take time to disconnect and find the wonder in the world around you. Nature does not require a Wi-Fi connection.” – Jane Goodall
  52. “Sometimes, turning off your phone gives you the peace you’ve been desperately searching for.” – Tara Brach
  53. “Daring to set boundaries is about having the courage to love ourselves, even when we risk disappointing others.” – Brene Brown
  54. “Your device should be a tool you use, not a tool that uses you. Make time to disconnect and experience real life.” – Jim Kwik
  55. “It is essential sometimes to go into retreat, to stop everything that you have been doing, to stop your experiences completely, and look at them anew.” – Dalai Lama
  56. “I have a new philosophy. I’m only going to dread one day at a time.” – Oprah Winfrey
  57. “I take a regular ‘think week’ where I disconnect from the digital world to get a deeper understanding of my thoughts and actions.” – Bill Gates
  58. “I’m taking a break from my phone, emails, and all social media for a while. I’m detoxing and it feels great.” – Emma Watson
  59. “Unplugging is not about running away from the world but giving yourself a chance to run into yourself.” – Matthew McConaughey
  60. “It’s all about balance. Balancing work, family, and time for yourself is essential, and that means occasionally unplugging from the digital world.” – Michelle Obama
  61. “Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” – Lao Tzu
  62. “Silence is the language of god, all else is poor translation.” – Rumi
  63. “Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  64. “Calm mind brings inner strength and self-confidence, so that’s very important for good health.” – Dalai Lama
  65. “Inner peace begins the moment you choose not to allow another person or event to control your emotions.” – Pema Chödrön
  66. “To understand the immeasurable, the mind must be extraordinarily quiet, still.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti
  67. “Every person needs to take one day away. A day in which one consciously separates the past from the future.” – Maya Angelou
  68. “Within you, there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself.” – Hermann Hesse
  69. Nowhere can man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than in his own soul.” – Marcus Aurelius

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