Quotes

Those who try to teach others while ignoring themselves are opposed. Those who teach others after having rectified themselves are obeyed. Opposition beckons disorder, obedience is key to order.

— Huang Shigong

It is said, “Appoint the intelligent, employ the capable, and business will show a profit before long; make rules clear and directions precise, and business will be auspicious without divination; honor achievement and support hard work, and prosperity will be attained without prayer.”

It is also said, “The timing of the heavens is not as good as the advantage of the earth; the advantage of the earth is not as good as harmony among people.” What sages value is human management.

— Master Wei Liao

After the game, the king and the pawn go into the same box.

— Italian Proverb

People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.

— Thich Nhat Hanh

If the problem has a solution, worrying is pointless, in the end the problem will be solved. If the problem has no solution, there is no reason to worry, because it can’t be solved.

— Zen Proverb

In fact, the truth of Zen is the truth of life, and life means to live, to move, to act; not merely to reflect.

— D.T. Suzuki

Just as parents care for their children, you should bear in mind the whole universe.

— Dōgen

Before we can forgive one another, we must understand one another.

— Emma Goldman

Change is never painful, only the resistance to change is painful.

— Buddha

When you paint Spring, do not paint willows, plums, peaches, or apricots, but just paint Spring. To paint willows, plums, peaches, or apricots is to paint willows, plums, peaches, or apricots – it is not yet painting Spring.

— Dōgen

The baby looks at things all day without winking; that is because his eyes are not focused on any particular object. He goes without knowing where he is going, and stops without knowing what he is doing. He merges himself within the surroundings and moves along with it. These are the principles of mental hygiene.

— Zhuangzi

In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.

— Shunryu Suzuki

That our pains and longings are thousandfold and can be anesthetized in a thousand different ways is as commonplace a truth as that, in the end, they are all one, and can only be overcome in one way. What you most need is to feel.

— Dag Hammarskjöld

Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.

— Dalai Lama

Water and words…Easy to pour, impossible to recover.

— Chinese Proverb

We took a bus to the nearby monastery of one of the last great Tang dynasty Chan masters, Yun-men. Yun-men was known for his pithy one word Zen. When asked What is the highest teaching of the Buddha? he replied: An appropriate statement. On another occasion, he answered: Cake. I admired his directness.

— Stephen Batchelor

A walk with a two-year-old is very Zen; it is not about the end but the journey. He needs to pet the dog someone is walking; to roll down the slight incline to the church basement, and then roll again, and again, and again; to remind me of the place where the wasps (he calls them bees) live, then zoom past it.

— Marc Aronson

If you believe everything you read, you better not read.

— Japanese Proverb

Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.

— Marie Curie

Without accepting the fact that everything changes, we cannot find perfect composure. But unfortunately although it is true it is difficult for us to accept it. Because we cannot accept the truth of transience, we suffer.

— Shunryu Suzuki

I have discovered that all of mans unhappiness derives from only one source, not being able to sit quietly in a room.

— Blaise Pascal

The journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.

— Lao Tzu

The ultimate authority must always rest with the individual’s own reason and critical analysis.

— Dalai Lama

The spirit of defeating a man is the same for ten million men. The strategist makes small things into big things, like building a great Buddha from a one foot model.

— Miyamoto Musashi