More Quotes
that have Changed my Life

  1. For there is a growing apprehension that existence is a rat-race in a trap: living organisms, including people, are merely tubes which put things in at one end and let them out at the other, which which both keeps them doing it and in the long run wears them out. So to keep the farce going, the tubes find ways of making new tubes, which also put things in at one end and let them out at the other. At the input end they develop ganglia of nerves called brains, with eyes and ears, so they can more easily scrounge around for things to swallow. As and when they get enough to eat, they use up their surplus energy by wiggling in complicated patterns, making all sorts of noises by blowing air in and out of the input hole, and gathering together in groups to fight with other groups. In time, the groups grow such and abundance of attached appliances that they are hardly recognizeable as as mere tubes, and they manage to do this in a staggering array of forms. There is a vague rule not to eat tubes of your own form, but in general there is serious competition as to who is going to be the top type of tube. All this seems marvelously futile, and yet, when you begin to think about it, it begins to be more marvelous than futile. Indeed, it seems extremely odd.
    - Alan W. Watts - from: The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are.

  2. I too realize that the less I preach the more likely I am to be heard.

    - Alan W. Watts - from: The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are.

  3. I'd rather have him inside the tent pissing out, then outside the tent pissing in.
    - Lyndon B. Johnson

  4. This grasped, all's dust - The sermon for today. Lands, seas. Awakened, You walk the earth alone.
    - Seigensai

  5. Success is never certain, failure is never final.
    - Jeff MckEever - Micro Age

  6. If you don't know where you're going, you're liable to end up somewhere else.
    - Lawrence J. Peters

  7. From Ron Fitch

    If you don't know where you are going, you won't know where you are when you get there.
    If you don't know where you're going, you're liable to end up there.
    WHO You Are, is Who you are Today!
    WHAT You are is Who you've been.
    It's OK to Breathe!
    Be Here Now! (But don't get STUCK in it)
    Experience is what you get when you don't like what you want.
    Decisions don't Exact a price; Choices Do!
    If there's no risk, it ain't worth it!
    When you pit Logic against Emotions, Logic usually loses.
    Backwards always seems backwards to Backwards.
    When you don't understand, it gets Personal.  When you DO Understand, it's not Personal anymore.


  8. From John F. Kennedy:

    The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie - deliberate, contrived and dishonest - but the myth - persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic.
  9. One day Chuang-Tzu and a friend were walking along a riverbank. "How delightfully the fishes are enjoying themselves in the water, Chuang-Tzu exclaimed. "You are not a fish, how do you know whether or not the fishes are enjoying themselves?" "You are not me", Chuang-Tzu replied. "How do you know that I do not know that the fishes are enjoying themselves?"
    - Taoist Mondo

  10. The less you bet, the more you lose when you win.
    - Unknown

  11. From Unknown:

    The less you bet, the more you lose when you win.
    Great Minds Focus on Ideas... 
    Average Minds pay attention to Events....
    Weak Minds are driven by Drama.
    There are Two Secrets to Success:
    1. Don't tell ANYONE Everything you know
  12. If you have to ask what Jazz is, you'll never know.
    - Louis Armstrong

  13. Passion unattended, is a flame that burns to its own destination.
    - Kahil Gibran

  14. From Yang Wan-Li

    I drink alone in my study, huddled close to the brazier.
    The wine is fresh - just strained this evening.
    The candle is short - left over from last night.
    I chew on a piece of sugar cabe as big as a rafter and eat tangerines sweeter than honey.
    When the wine takes effect, a poem comes to me;
    I grope for my brush, but I'm too high to write it down.
    Don't read books!
    Don't chant poems!
    When you read books, your eyeballs whither away, leaving the bare sockets.
    When you chant poems your heart leaks out slowly with each word.
    People say reading books is enjoyable.
    People say chanting poems is fun.
    But if your lips constantly make a sound
    like an insect chirping in autumn,
    you will only turn into a haggard old man.
    And even if you don't turn into a haggard old man,
    it is annoying for others to have to hear you.
    It is much better
    to close your eyes, sit in your study,
    lower the curtains, sweep the floor, burn incense.
    It's beautiful to listen to the wind, listen to the rain,
    take a walk when you feel energetic,
    and when you're tired go to sleep.


  15. When we ask for advice we are usually looking for an accomplice.
    - Marquis de la Grange

  16. As I grew up I became increasingly interested in philosophy, or which [his family] profoundly disapproved. Everytime the subject came up they repeated with unfailing regularity, "What is mind? No matter. What is matter? Never mind." After some fifty or sixty repititions, this remark ceased to amuse me.

    - Bertrand Russell

  17. The nature of God is a circle of which the center is everywhere and the circumference is nowhere.
    - Empedocles

  18. Everyday people are straying away from church and going back to God.
    - Lenny Bruce

  19. I asked the boy beneath the pines...
    He said, "The Master's gone alone
    herb-gathering somewhere on the mount,
    cloud-hidden, whereabouts unknown".
    - Chia Tao

  20. The eye with which I see God is the same eye with which God sees me.

    - Meister Eckhart

  21. Computers are useless - they can only give you answers.

    - Pablo Picasso

  22. A monk asked Yueh-shan, "What does one think of while sitting?"
    "One thinks of not-thinking", the Master replied.
    "How does one think of not-thinking?"
    "Without thinking", the Master said.

    - Zen Mondo

  23. If you cannot find the truth right where you are, where else do you expect to find it?
    - Zen Master Dogen

  24. The fundamental delusion of humanity is to suppose that I am here and you are out there.
    - Yasutani Roshi

  25. The map is not the territory.
    - Alfred Korzybski

  26. The poet must work with brush and paper,but this is not what makes the poem.
    A man does not go in search of a poem -
    the poem comes in search of him.

    - Yang Wan Li

  27. In truth, a satisfying orgasm is a spiritual realization more than a technical accomplishment.

    - Thadeus Golas - The Lazy Man's guide to Enlightment

  28. Just before she died, Gertrude Stein asked: "What is the answer?" - No answer came. She laughed asked: "In that case what is the question?"; after which, she died.

  29. One sees great things from the valley, only small things from the peak.
    - G.K. Chesterton

  30. In an utter Emptiness anything can take place.
    - John Cage

  31. God made everything out of nothing. But the nothingness shows through.
    - Paul Valery

  32. Truth knocks at our door and we say "Go'way! I'm looking for the truth!", and the truth goes away - Puzzled.

    - Robert Pirsig - Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenence

  33. I'm astounded by people who want to "know" the universe when it's hard enough to find your way around Chinatown.
    - Woody Allen

  34. How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone.
    - Coco Chanel

  35. Life is what happens when you're making other plans.
    - John Lennon

  36. Chop wood, carry water - a Zen saying

  37. The most terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely.
    - Carl Jung

  38. As regards the quietude of the sage, he is not quiet because quietness is said to be good. He is quiet because the multitude of things cannot disturb his quietude. When water is still, one's beard and eyebrows are reflected in it. A skilled carpenter uses it in a level to obtain a measurement. If still water is so clear how much more are the mental faculties!
    The mind of a sage is the mirror of heaven and earth in which all things are reflected.
    - Chuang-Tzu

  39. The Zen Master said, "Who binds you?" The seeker of liberation said "No one binds me." The Master asked, "Then why seek liberation?"
    - Zen Mondo

  40. How can you think and hit at the same time?
    - Yogi Berra

  41. The mystical is not how the world is, but that it is.
    - Ludwig Wittgenstein

  42. You can only find truth with logic if you have already found truth without it.
    - G. K. Chesterton

  43. Don't read the sutras - practice meditation.
    Don't take up the broom - practice meditation.
    Don't plant tea seeds - practice meditation.
    - Ikkyu

  44. Those who arrive at the end of the journey are not those who began.
    - T.S. Elliot

  45. Angels fly because they take themselves lightly.
    - G. K. Chesterton

  46. Suzuki said "my Zen is very ordinary". I say, ordinary Zen can produce Extra-ordinary results,until you attempt to define results; at which time it is no longer ordinary.
    - Ronald Allen

  47. What's th' Fucking Hurry?
    - generic

  48. It is never too late to give up your prejudices.
    - Henry David Thoreau

  49. He who confronts the paradoxical exposes himself to reality.
    - Friedrich Durrenmatt
  50. Two mirrors facing each other. There is no image in between.
    - Zen Proverb
  51. When a person is confused, he sees east as west.
    When he is enlightened, west itself is east.
  52. I can no longer tell the dream from reality.
    Into what world shall I awake, from this bewildering dream?
    - Akazome Emon
  53. Knock,
    And He'll open the door.
    And He'll make you shine like the sun.
    And He'll raise you to the heavens.
    Become nothing,
    And He'll turn you into everything!
    - Jelaluddin Rumi
  54. 1.Get enough food to eat, and eat it.
    2.Find a place to sleep where it is quiet, and sleep there.
    3.Reduce intellectual and emotional noise until you arrive
        at the silence of yourself, and listen to it.
    - Richard Brautigan
  55. If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live.
    - Lin Yu-T'ang
  56. He who knows how to shave the razor, will know how to erase the eraser.
    - Henri Michaux
  57. Every moment is nothing without end.
    - Octavio Paz
  58. Talking about Zen all the time is like looking for fish tracks in a dry riverbed.
    - Wu-Tzu
  59. We are all deep in a hell each moment of which is a miracle.
    - E.M. Cioran
  60. Genuine beginnings begin within us,
    even when they are brought to our attention
    by external opportunities.
    - William Bridges
  61. All Buddhas and ordinary people are just one mind.
    This mind is beyond all measurements, names, oppositions:
    this very being is it; as soon as you stir your mind you turn away from it.
    - Huang-Po
  62. We dance around in a ring and suppose,
    But the Secret sits in the middle and knows.
    - Robert Frost
  63. The priest Sung-yuan said, "Why does the enlightened man not stand on his feet and explain himself?" And he said, "It is not with the tongue that you speak.
    - Zen Koan
  64. If you scramble about in search of inner peace, you will lose your inner peace. - Lao-Tzu
  65. The purpose of a fish trap is to catch fish, and when the fish are caught the trap is forgotten.
    The purpose of a rabbit snare is to catch rabbits.
    When the rabbits are caught, the snare is forgotten.
    The purpose of words is to convey ideas.
    When the ideas are grasped, the words are forgotten.
    Where can I find a man who has forgotten words?
    He is the one I would like to talk to.
    - Chuang-Tzu
  66. No umbrella, getting soaked,
    I'll just use the rain as my raincoat.
    - Daito
  67. Between God and Me there is no "Between".
    - Meister Eckhart
  68. Wisdom is not communicable. The wisdom which a wise man tries to communicate always sounds foolish.
    - Hermann Hesse
  69. When you are deluded and full of doubt, even a thousand books of scripture are not enough.
    When you have realized understanding, even one word is too much.
    - Fen-Yang
  70. Abandoning things is superior, pursuing things is inferior.
    - Yen-T'ou
  71. In the end, everything is a gag.
    - Charlie Chaplin
  72. I've opened shop this time
    on the banks of the Kamo.
    Customers, sitting idly,
    Forget host and guest.
    They drink a cup of tea,
    Their long sleep is over;
    Awake they realize
    They're the same as before.
    - Baisao
  73. If I meet a hundred-year-old man and I have something to teach him, I will teach; if I meet an eight-year-old boy and he has something to teach me, I will learn.
    - Chao-Chou
  74. Act without doing; work without effort.
    - Tao The Ching
  75. Draw bamboos for ten years, become a bamboo, then forget all about bamboos when you are drawing.
    - Georges Duthuit
  76. Stop, stop. Do not speak. The ultimate truth is not even to think.
    - Buddha
  77. Zen is the unsymbolization of the world.
    R. H. Blyth
  78. Say something about a thing and already you are off the mark.
    - Nan-Yueh Huai-Jang
  79. The prayer of the man is not perfect until he no longer recognizes himself or the fact that that he is praying.
    - St. Anthony
  80. Just before she died, Gertrude Stein asked: "What is the answer?" No answer came.
    She laughed and said: "In that case what is the question?" Then she died.
  81. A monk asked Yueh-shan, "What does one think of while sitting?"
    "One thinks of not-thinking", the Master replied.
    "How does one think of not-thinking?" the monk asked?
    "Without thinking", the Master said.
  82. Enlightenment is not something you achieve. It is the absence of something. All your life you have been going forward after something, pursuing some goal. Enlightenment is dropping all that.
    - Charlotte Joko Beck
  83. Just as elephants don't travel on rabbit paths, great enlightenment isn't a matter of details.
  84. Among the great things which are to be found among us, the Being of Nothingness is the greatest.
    - Leonard Da Vinci
  85. If your mind isn't clouded by unnecessary things, this is the best season of your life.
    - Wu-Men
  86. We accept graceful falling
    Of Mountain cherry blossoms,
    But it is much gharder for us
    To fall away from our own
    Attachment to the world.
    - Rengetsu
  87. Everything leads us to believe that there exists a certain point of the intelligence at which life and death, the real and the imaginary, the past and the future... cease to be perceived as opposites.
    - Andre' Breton
  88. TODAY
    (Word carved on a stone on John Ruskin's desk)
  89. At any given moment, I open my eyes and exist.
    And before that, during all eternity, what was there? Nothing.
    - Ugo Betti
  90. Nothing is more real than nothing.
    - Samuel Beckett
  91. No one belongs to me; I belong to no one.
    There is no "I" or "mine"; all is blissful aloneless.
    - The Mahabharata
  92. The Meaning of Life is to see.
  93. I discovered the secret of the sea in meditation upon the dew drop.
    Kahil Gibran
  94. In rain during a dark night, enter that darkness.
    - Shiva
  95. If enlightenment is not where you are standing, where will you look?
    - Zen Saying
  96. Life was to be a search, or nothing! But it was the fear that it was nothing that drove me forward. Every encounter was an encounter with myself.
    John Le Carre'
  97. What lies behind us and what lies before us
    are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
    - Oliver Wendell Holmes
  98. If any man thinks he slays, and if another thinks he is slain, neither knows the ways of truth. The Eternal in man cannot kill: the Eternal in man cannot die.
    - Bhagavad Gita
  99. Siddhartha had often heard all this before, all these numerous voices in the river, but today they sounded different... They all belonged to each other: the lament of those who yearn, the laughter of the wise, the cry of indignation and the groan of dying...and all the voices, all the goals, all the pleasures, all the good and evil, all of them together was the world.
    - Hermann Hesse
  100. When one sees Eternity in things that pass away and Infinity in Finite things,
    then one has Pure Knowledge.
    - Bhagavad Gita

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