¯ Do not think you will necessarily be aware of your own
¯ Do not follow the ideas of others, but learn to listen to the voice
within yourself. Your body and mind will become clear and you will realize the
unity of all things.
¯ Do not arouse disdainful mind when you prepare a broth of wild
grasses; do not arouse joyful mind when you prepare a fine cream soup
¯ If you hire only those people you understand, the company will never
get people better than you are. Always remember that you often find outstanding
people among those you don't particularly like.
¯ There is a Japanese proverb that literally goes 'Raise the sail with
your stronger hand,' meaning you must go after the opportunities that arise in
life that you are best equipped to do.
¯ We are all inclined to judge ourselves by our ideals; others by
¯ Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one's thoughts
into action is the most difficult thing in the world.
¯ A merchant’s happiness hangs upon chance, winds, and waves.
¯ Adversity is the foundation of virtue.
¯ An accomplishment sticks to a person.
¯ An excess of courtesy is discourtesy.
¯ Deceive the rich and powerful if you will, but don't insult them.
¯ Deceiving a deceiver is no knavery.
¯ Even a sheet of paper has two sides.
¯ Fast Ripe, Fast Rotten.
¯ Forgiving the unrepentant is like drawing pictures on water.
¯ If a man deceive me once, shame on him; if he deceive me twice,
shame on me.
¯ If my shirt knew my design, I'd burn it.
¯ If neither animal nor vegetable you be, then mineral you are.
¯ If you believe everything you read, better not read.
¯ If you understand everything, you must be misinformed.
¯ If you want a thing done well, do it yourself.
¯ It is a beggar's pride that he is not a thief.
¯ Knowledge without wisdom is a load of books on the back of an ass.
¯ Laughter is the hiccup of a fool.
¯ Laughter cannot bring back what anger has driven away.
¯ Life without endeavor is like entering a treasure filled jewel-mine and coming out
with empty hands.
¯ Never trust the advice of a man in difficulty. It is upto you to judge his difficulty not merely by what he says.
¯ One kind word can warm three winter months.
¯ One kindness is the price of another.
¯ One who smiles rather than rages is always the stronger.
¯ Only lawyers and painters can turn white to black or vice cersa.
¯ The crow that mimics a cormorant is drowned.
¯ The day you decide to do it is your lucky day.
¯ The go-between wears out a thousand sandals.
¯ The inarticulate speak longest.
¯ The mouth is the door of evil.
¯ The pebble in the brook secretly thinks itself a precious stone.
¯ The reverse side also has a reverse side.
¯ The smallest good deed is better than the grandest good intention.
¯ Time spent laughing is time spent with the gods.
¯ To teach is also to learn To tell tales out of school.
¯ Transactions in Hell also depend upon money.
¯ Virtue is not knowing but doing. It is awareness not knowledge itself.
¯ Vision with action is a daydream; action without vision is a
¯ We are no more than candles burning in the wind.
¯ We learn little from victory, much from defeat.
¯ We've arrived, and to prove it we're here.
¯ When the time comes, even a rat becomes a tiger.
¯ While we consider when to begin, it becomes too late.
¯ Wisdom and virtue are like the two side-wheels of a cart.
¯ Humans are the only creatures that appreciate irony.
¯ Knowledge is often mistaken for intelligence. This is like mistaking
a cup of milk for a cow.
¯ If you wish to convince people of something, it is more useful to be
entertaining than to be right.
¯ A major source of conflict in the world is the common misconception
that words can be true or false.
¯ There are a lot of judgemental people in the world, and I think all
those people are worthless dirtballs.
¯ There is much that cannot be understood by the poor soul that thinks
words are the same as thoughts.
¯ If you never fail, you're not trying hard enough.
¯ Change is inevitable; progress is optional.
¯ Man is harder than iron, stronger than stone, and more fragile than
¯ Only when you can be extremely pliable and soft can you be extremely
hard and strong.
¯ The meek shall inherit the earth. The rest of us will go to the
¯ Do not attribute any action to malice that can be explained by
¯ To talk goodness is not good. Only to do it is.
¯ The superior person uses his mind like a mirror: it accepts all, it
reflects all. It receives, but it does not keep.
¯ Why not seize the pleasure at once? How often is happiness destroyed
by preparation, foolish preparation!
¯ If you must argue, remember that it is impossible to defeat an
ignorant man in argument.
¯ In the world, there is nothing more submissive and weak than water.
Yet for attacking that which is hard and strong, nothing can surpass it.
¯ Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a
child at play.
¯ All our words are but crumbs that fall down from the feast of the
¯ The only real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new
landscapes but in having new eyes.
¯ Blessed is he who expects nothing; for he shall not be disappointed.
¯ Contrary to popular opinion, the plural of 'anecdote' is not 'fact'.
¯ We can seldom get our children to do what we tell them, but they
almost never fail to imitate us.
¯ Worry is like a rocking chair - it gives you something to do, but it
doesn't get you anywhere.
¯ Death is nature's way of telling you to slow down.
¯ Things should be made as simple as possible, and not simpler.
¯ Wise sayings often fall on barren ground; but a kind word is never
¯ The journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.
¯ If you understand, things are just as they are; if you do not
understand, things are just as they are.
¯ He who asks a question is a fool for a minute; he who does not
remains a fool forever
¯ All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is
everything. What we think we become.
¯ We cannot see our reflection in running water. It is only in still
water that we can see.
¯ One moon shows in every pool in every pool the one moon.
¯ Student says I am very
discouraged. What should I do?" Master says, encourage others.
¯ The path of the enlightened one leaves no track- it is like the path
of birds in the sky.
¯ Although gold dust is precious, when it gets in your eyes, it
obstructs your vision.
¯ A jug fills drop by drop.
¯ What is the path? the Zen Master Nan-sen was asked. Everyday life is
the path, he answered. The obstacle is the path.
¯ At any moment, you have a choice, that either leads you closer to
your spirit or further away from it.
¯ However many holy words you read, how many you speak, what good will
they do you if you do not act upon them?.
¯ It isn't until you come to a spiritual understanding of who you are-not
necessarily a religious feeling, but deep down, the spirit within-that you can
begin to take control.
¯ Mature mind is the one which understands the impossibility of knowing
the ultimate, and with this understanding there is a new dimension: the
dimension of being.
¯ There are many paths to enlightenment. Be sure to take one with a
¯ Don't think of God in terms of forms, because forms are limited and
God is unlimited.
¯ To see the universal and all-pervading Spirit of Truth face to face,
one must be able to love the meanest of all creation as oneself.
¯ The kingdom
of Heaven is within
you... Seek ye first the kingdom
of Heaven and all things
will be added unto you.
¯ Spirit is an invisible force made visible in all life.
¯ You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can
make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul.
¯ Your profession is not what brings home your paycheck. Your
profession is what you were put on earth to do. With such passion and such
intensity that it becomes spiritual in calling.
¯ Move and the way will open.
¯ No snowflake ever falls in the wrong place.
¯ When you reach the top, keep climbing.
¯ The infinite is in the finite of every instant.
¯ Do not seek the truth, only cease to cherish your opinions.
¯ Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.
¯ We should find perfect existence through imperfect existence.
¯ Moment after moment, everyone comes out from nothingness.This is the
true joy of life.
"What is mind?" "No matter." "What is
matter?" "Never mind."