Zen Quotes

Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.
“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.”
I follow four dictates: face it, accept it, deal with it, then let it go.
“I follow four dictates: face it, accept it, deal with it, then let it go.”
Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.
“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”
If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”
Sometimes you've got to be able to listen to yourself and be okay with no one else understanding.
“Sometimes you've got to be able to listen to yourself and be okay with no one else understanding.”
Smile, breathe, and go slowly.
“Smile, breathe, and go slowly.”
Today I refuse to stress myself out over things I can't control or change.
“Today I refuse to stress myself out over things I can't control or change.”
Muddy water is best cleared by leaving it alone.
“Muddy water is best cleared by leaving it alone.”
There are only two ways to live your life. One is as if nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is a miracle.
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as if nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is a miracle.”
You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind.
“You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind.”
When you realize nothing is lacking, the whole world belongs to you.
“When you realize nothing is lacking, the whole world belongs to you.”
Wherever you are, be there totally.
“Wherever you are, be there totally.”
Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.”
Through sleep, you disconnect from the world so that you can reconnect with your soul.
“Through sleep, you disconnect from the world so that you can reconnect with your soul.”
The ability to hold two competing thoughts in one's mind and still be able to function is the mark of a superior mind.
“The ability to hold two competing thoughts in one's mind and still be able to function is the mark of a superior mind.”
Life is a balance of holding on and letting go.
“Life is a balance of holding on and letting go.”
What the superior man seeks is in himself; what the small man seeks is in others.
“What the superior man seeks is in himself; what the small man seeks is in others.”
Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.
“Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.”
Sleep is the best meditation.
“Sleep is the best meditation.”
Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know.
“Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know.”
Neither seek nor avoid, take what comes.
“Neither seek nor avoid, take what comes.”
He who is contented is rich.
“He who is contented is rich.”
Peace of mind is that mental condition in which you have accepted the worst.
“Peace of mind is that mental condition in which you have accepted the worst.”
Love all. Serve all. Help ever. Hurt never.
“Love all. Serve all. Help ever. Hurt never.”
Even monkeys fall from trees.
“Even monkeys fall from trees.”
You are exactly where you need to be.
“You are exactly where you need to be.”
If it comes; let it. If it goes; let it.
“If it comes; let it. If it goes; let it.”
Everything that happens to you is a form of instruction if you pay attention.
“Everything that happens to you is a form of instruction if you pay attention.”
Life begins where fear ends.
“Life begins where fear ends.”
Confine yourself to the present.
“Confine yourself to the present.”
Man suffers only because he takes seriously what the gods made for fun.
“Man suffers only because he takes seriously what the gods made for fun.”
The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness.
“The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness.”
All things are difficult before they are easy.
“All things are difficult before they are easy.”
The first and the best victory is to conquer self.
“The first and the best victory is to conquer self.”
Let go, or be dragged.
“Let go, or be dragged.”
Inhale the future. Exhale the past.
“Inhale the future. Exhale the past.”
The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.
“The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.”
To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it.
“To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it.”
The quieter you become, the more you can hear.
“The quieter you become, the more you can hear.”
Become comfortable with not knowing.
“Become comfortable with not knowing.”
Wise men don't judge - they seek to understand.
“Wise men don't judge - they seek to understand.”
Act without expectation.
“Act without expectation.”
Rest and be kind, you don't have to prove anything.
“Rest and be kind, you don't have to prove anything.”
The less you try to impress, the more peaceful you can be.
“The less you try to impress, the more peaceful you can be.”
Roads were made for journeys not destinations.
“Roads were made for journeys not destinations.”
Relax. Nothing is under control.
“Relax. Nothing is under control.”
Don't curse the darkness, light a candle.
“Don't curse the darkness, light a candle.”
Every experience is a lesson. Every loss is a gain.
“Every experience is a lesson. Every loss is a gain.”
The true purpose of Zen is to see things as they are, to observe things as they are, and to let everything go as it goes.
“The true purpose of Zen is to see things as they are, to observe things as they are, and to let everything go as it goes.”
If you chase two rabbits, you catch none.
“If you chase two rabbits, you catch none.”