The Four Agreements by Miguel Ruiz

The Four Agreements

In The Four Agreements, don Miguel Ruiz reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, the Four Agreements offer a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love. The Four Agreements are: Be Impeccable With Your Word, Don't Take Anything Personally, Don't Make Assumptions, Always Do Your Best.

Details The Four Agreements

TitleThe Four Agreements
Release DateSep 14th, 2001
PublisherAmber-Allen Publishing
GenreSelf Help, Nonfiction, Spirituality, Philosophy

Reviews The Four Agreements

  • Jim Mitchell
    I am reading this book, and even though it is a small book, when I finish page 129, I start over again on page 1. I have been reading it for about seventeen years now, and I suspect I will continue reading it for as long as I can read. A few pages at a time is more than enough to give me something to kick around in my head for a few days or a week. This is a book that challenges one to live up to four simple truths, and offers transformational re...
  • Jessica
    I was surprised. I thought I would really like this book. A friend of mine told me the basic ideas were to be impeccable with your word, don't take things personally, don't make assumptions,and always do your best. To me, these sounded great: be honest, be forgiving, give others a chance to say what they think and try your best...or so I thought!The ideas were actually more along the lines of: don't send out poisonous words that put spells on peo...
  • Mikaela
    I'd like to propose this book as required reading for the course, Life. Make four simple agreements with yourself and living becomes so much easier, so much lighter:1. Be impeccable with your wordSpeak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.2. Dont take anything personallyNothing others do is because of you. Wha...
  • Diana
    OK. So. I liked several parts of this book very much. I love that happiness is a choice. I especially appreciated reading about the third agreement: Don't Make Assumptions because communication is something I can always work on. I loved the parts about accepting and loving yourself and others. There is some amazing advise in this little book and I can see how it can be life changing for many people.But.I'm going to be honest and admit that Ruiz a...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom, A Toltec Wisdom Book, Miguel RuizThe Four Agreements, was published in 1997 and has sold around 5.2 million copies in the U.S. and has been translated into 38 languages. The book advocates personal freedom from beliefs and agreements that we have made with ourselves and others that are creating limitation and unhappiness in our lives. The Four Agreements are: 1 - Be impeccable with your ...
  • Suz
    This is my second time reading this book and I picked it up again because I felt I was compromising too much in my life and it was affecting my core. I have a chapter to go but here's the summary:The book cites four agreements that, with practice, will lead you to a happier state of living, essentially and dramatically, lead you out of your living hell. The idea is focused 100% on you. You can only control yourself and only honor yourself.1. Be i...
  • Chris
    I never thought I would fall for a book by someone who would allow this picture of himself to adorn the back cover:I can't explain it. I'm not one to be floored by silly, little self-help books full of spirituality and cliches and horrible stories and simple advice. But I was. This book might just change my life.I'll hand the rest of this review over to David Foster Wallace:"It seems to me that the intellectualization and aestheticizing of princi...
  • Holly
    Trivial introduction to New Age ethics with a large side order of third-rate, rancid leftovers from Jean-Jacques Rousseau, all written for a third-grade reading comprehension.Considering that the first agreement is "be impeccable with your word," it's ironic and even more horrifying that the words in this book are so lazy, careless, contradictory, infantile, incoherent, and devoid of integrity.Miguel Ruiz thinks that the ideal human is--get this-...
  • Heidi The Reader
    The Four Agreements is a simple and short presentation of some very deep wisdom. In a world filled with spiritual reading material, this one's a goodie. It just made a lot of sense to me.These lessons come from the shaman culture of Central America. "Toltec knowledge arises from the same essential unity of truth as all the sacred esoteric traditions found around the world. Though it is not a religion, it honors all the spiritual masters who have ...
  • Fabian {Councillor}
    Miguel Ruiz' self-help nonfictional work could easily be summarized in a few words, and if - upon reading the book's blurb here on Goodreads, which basically provides such a summary - you find nothing worth investigating in this novel, then maybe you should rather choose another book. Ruiz' ideas are very insightful and thought-provoking, but in their core nothing ground-breaking and some of his examples are actually rather questionable.Ruiz basi...
  • Carmen
    Every human is a magician, and we can either put a spell on someone with our word or we can release someone from a spell. We cast spells all the time with our opinions. An example: I see a friend and give him an opinion that just popped into my mind. I say, "Hmmm! I see that kind of color in your face in people who are going to get cancer." If he listens to the word, and if he agrees, he will have cancer in less than one year. That is the power o...
  • BookOfCinz
    2020: January As with every year I try to re-read this gem of a book. Will this be the year I practice all four agreements? Stay tuned to find out. 2019: NovemberAccording to Goodreads, this is my 6th time reading this book. Every time I pick it up I feel renewed that I need to find a way to implement all four agreements. 2019One of my favorite books to re-read at the start of the year. 2018There are four simple agreements, if we are able to stic...
  • Adam
    This book is juvenile. The universally acceptable platitudes that make up the four agreements are the only useful phrases in the book. Every explanation is conclusory, circular, and intentionally unclear. His conclusions aren't drawn from any deductive reasoning or analysis, and nothing rings true. I suppose you could find solace in the book if you wanted to blame your parents and society for your unhappiness, but I am not unhappy and I don't bel...
  • Jackye Stephens
    Ruiz used to be a surgeon, until he fell asleep at the wheel one night and crashed into a wall. He recalls being outside of his physical body pulling two people from the wreckage. The near-death experience woke Ruiz to the teachings of his people, The Totecs, and thus renewed his original commitment to learn the Four Agreements.This book spoke to me on a universal level because its principles are in harmony with the methodology of many other tran...
  • Yuki Shimmyo
    "Happiness is a choice, and so is suffering." The Toltec wisdom of this book is commonsense which we all have heard, but do not always believe and apply every moment. As I read each section, specific relationships (of mine or others) came vividly to mind, esp. "negative" or "toxic" people I have had to walk away from; and the ones we can't leave (family) but can learn not to blame for their sickness. It's a very quick read, and I plan to re-read ...
  • Illyria
    I know this little book is the type of cliché self-help item that makes its way to the impulse-purchase-friendly shelves by the registers at Barns and Nobel around Christmas time and subsequently gathers dust on bookshelves across the nation unread by recipients because they are not the "type of person who reads self-help books." But please don't judge this book by it's section.The writing is a bit choppy and the use of repetition can be annoyin...
  • Carrie
    The Four Agreements1. Be impeccable with your word.2. Dont take anything personally.3. Dont make assumptions.4. Always do your best. I was given this book as a Birthday present from my little brother. He said its teachings can be life changing. I ENJOYED it a lot!!! As with any self help type of book you gotta "take some" and "leave some" if you know what I mean? For me this was a definite TAKE way more than leave. My brother and I have similar p...
  • Emily
    Struggling somewhat to rate this one. There were a few nuggets that were very enlightening but a lot of unoriginal concepts or overly fluffy statements as well.I found myself thinking "hey, that reminds me of..." very frequently while reading this book. The book reads like retreads of various scriptures, warm fuzzy stories, and self-help manuals. It's not a new concept that words are powerful and we should think and speak positively about ourselv...
  • Mindi Rosser
    Promoted as A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom, The Four Agreements was not my first choice to read in my spare time. Upon request of a dear friend, I forcibly attempted this 138-page book mustering somewhat of an open mind. Already, I have wasted many years as an idealist, grasping at wishful thinking as a way to truth. Being a childhood survivor of religious indocrination, I now err on the side of skepticism before embracing any proposal as ...
  • Camie
    I think most everyone has read this book . Basically it tells us to be true to our real selves, look for the good, not bad, live in the moment, not to accept others opinions of you as true. Don't make assumptions, tell people what you need. Don't take things personally - in short who could be a better judge of who you are than yourself. In my experience it's much easier to be yourself as an " older" person. You've had those extra years to figure ...
  • Amirh
    The Four Agreements are:1. Be Impeccable with your Word: Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the Word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your Word in the direction of truth and love.2. Dont Take Anything PersonallyNothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you w...
  • Claudia
    This quick read was interesting in that I gained a new perspective on how others view the world. The book itself is quite simply written and very repetitive, and although brief, could have been about 1/8 the length to get the main points across. There are definitely some good takeaways that we should all apply to our lives. I always struggle with individualistic worldviews, even if the goal is to love others, so that might have been difficult for...
  • Anita
    New age psycho babble that nearly had me giving up, but it was so short I persevered. The middle part was good, how to change your life with the four agreements: speak impeccably, don't take things personally, do your best and some live each moment or something. Good stuff, but not ground breaking or earth shattering. We know all this stuff, but it is nice to be reminded and hopefully inspired to do better. Unfortunately it ended with more new ag...
  • Krystal
    This was quite insightful and full of practical wisdom and ideas that really make you think.I like that it's short and easy to read, though to be honest it does seem to repeat itself a fair bit. I think that's intentional to kind of help the message sink in, but it had the opposite effect for me and made me want to skim.It's an accessible kind of book that is a nice easy introduction to opening the mind. It essentially teaches strategies for look...
  • Rosie Nguyễn
    Beautiful words, with practical ideas, to live a better life and to have more freedom. A friend recommended this book to me a long time ago, but only recently I had the time to finish it. And it didn't disappoint me. However, I didn't like the book at the first sight, and it took me half of the pages to really immerse myself in it. The Four Agreements includes the essential principles of life: be impeccable with your word, don't take things perso...
  • Renee
    Positives: -It's good to be reminded not to assume why people treat you a certain way. It is often not personal. -I liked the thought that if you shouldn't take negative comments personally, you also shouldn't take positive comments personally. Trying to believe one side and not the other is contradictory, and our views of ourselves should be maintained on our own. Negatives:-I felt there was a lot of filler fluff and repetition. -The author trie...
  • Jon Nakapalau
    There are so many lessons we can learn from past cultures...this book is rich with wisdom that comes from the past, yet still can guide us to a better future.
  • Nat K
    Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans."- John LennonYou can say yes, or you can say no whatever you choose without guilt or self-judgement. You can choose to follow your heart always. 3.5 ★ for me. Leaning towards 4 ★ Often were our own worst enemies with our mindset. Opportunities missed through inertia (or fear). Making the same mistakes repeatedly. Wasnt it Albert Einstein who said something along the lines of ...
  • Tammy
    I have mixed feelings about this book. I thought there were some good messages spread throughout it but I had such a hard time getting past the author's writing style. To me, it seemed like a lot of short sentences using similar words. For example, it starts, "What you are seeing and hearing right now is nothing but a dream. You are dreaming right now in this moment. You are dreaming with the brain awake. Dreaming is the main function of the mind...
  • Carol (Bookaria)
    A short, helpful guide on adopting four principles that will help you live a more fulfilling life. The principles, referred to as "agreements" in the book are: Be Impeccable With Your Word, Don't Take Anything Personally, Don't Make Assumptions, Always Do Your Best.It is definitely better to read the book and have them explained by the author, I did find the advice helpful and insightful. I don't know what took me so long to pick up this book bu...