Zen Quotes, Sayings and Proverbs

Today we bring together a collection of zen quotes by well known philosophers and authors. These quotes reflect the idea and philosophy behind the concept of Zen life.

“Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.”
Thich Nhat Hanh

“Each morning we are born again, what we do today is what matters most.”

The quieter you become, the more you can hear.

“Out beyond ideas of wrong doing and right doing there is a field. I’ll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass the world is too full to talk about.”

“These mountains that you are carrying, you were only supposed to climb.”
Najwa Zebian

“The quieter you become, the more you can hear.”

“If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present.”
Lao Tzu

“Stress is an ignorant state. It believes that everything is an emergency. Nothing is that important.”
Natalie Goldberg

“All that we are is the result of what we have thought”

“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves”

“Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.”
Dalai Lama

“Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking.”
Jackson Browne

Each morning we are born again, what we do today is what matters most.

“Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.”
Norman Vincent Peale

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”
Nelson Mandela

“The truth is, unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realize that that situation is over, you cannot move forward.”
Steve Maraboli

“How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.”-Wayne Dyer

“Upon awakening, let the words Thank You flow from your lips, for this will remind you to begin your day with gratitude and compassion.”
Wayne Dyer

“The purpose of life is a life of purpose “
Robert Byrne

“If you believe it will work out , you’ll see opportunities. If you believe it won’t you will see obstacles”.
Wayne Dyer

“Don’t waste your time with explanations: people only hear what they want to hear.”
Paulo Coelho

“Don’t take anything personally. Nothing other people do is because of you. It is because of themselves”
Don Miguel Ruiz

“Have patience. Wait until the mud settles and the water is clear. Remain unmoving until right action arises by itself.”
Lao Tzu

“Do not listen to those who weep and complain, for their disease is contagious.”
Og Mandino

“Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. It means you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.”

“The poor man is not he who is without a cent, but he who is without a dream.”
Harry Kemp

Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.

“The things we touch have no permanence. My master would say: there is nothing we can hold onto in this world. Only by letting go can we truly possess what is real.”
Crouching Tiger, hidden Dragon

“If you worry about what might be, and wonder what might have been, you will ignore what is.”

“Nothing is permanent in this wicked world – not even our troubles.”
Charlie Chaplin

“Presence is when you’re no longer waiting for the next moment, believing that the next moment will be more fulfilling than this one.”
Eckhart Tolle

“If you want to learn, teach. If you need inspiration, inspire others. If you’re sad, cheer someone up.”
Leo Babauta

“Walk away from anything or anyone who takes away from your joy. Life is too short to put up with fools.”

“It is the power of the mind to be unconquerable.”

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