Collected quotes on living and learning

[We must produce better dwellings] “…without making them more costly; and the cost of a thing is the amount of what I will call life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run.” Thoreau

“To seek utility everywhere is most unsuitable to lofty and free natures,” Aristotle

The following from The Little Zen Calendar 2001
Your own road
You shall follow it
Your own truth
You shall learn it
Your own death
You shall endure it
Dag Hammarskjold

How I love the dying words of St. Thomas Aquinas: “All that I have written now seems so much straw!” Finally he saw. At the very last minute. He knew – and he was wordless. If it takes ninety-nine years to attain such a moment, fine!
Henry Miller

Truth has no special time of its own. Its hour is now – always.
Albert Schweitzer

I’ll tell you a big secret, my friend: Don’t wait for the Last Judgment. It happens every day.
Albert Camus

The most dangerous thing in the world is to think you understand something.
Zen saying

From naive simplicity we arrive at more profound simplicity.
Albert Schwietzer

Man is the only animal for whom its own existence is a problem which he has to solve.
Erich Fromm

Dying’s part of the wheel, right there next to being born…. Being part of the whole thing, that’s the blessing.
Natalie Babbit

Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such.
Henry Miller

“You’ve got to be able to make those daring leaps or you’re nowhere,” said Muskrat.
Russel Hoban

It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.
Earl Weaver

All questioning is a way of avoiding the real answer which, as Zen tells us, is really known already.
Zen saying

Don’t change the world, change worlds.
St. Francis of Assisi

The higher the truth, the simpler it is.
Abraham Isaac Kook

Words are the fog one has to see through.
Zen saying

God is in the details.
St. Augustine

The beginning is in the end and the end is in the beginning.
The Kabbalah

“An you ain’t gonna preach?” Tom asked.
“I ain’t gonna preach.”
“And you ain’t gonna baptize?” Ma asked.
“I ain’t gonna baptize. I’m gonna be near to folks. I ain’t gonna try to teach ’em nothin’. I’m gonna try to learn. Gonna learn why the folks walks in the grass, gonna hear ’em talk, gonna hear ’em sing. Gonna listen to kids eatin’ mush. Gonna hear husban’ an’ wife a-poundin’ the mattress in the night….Gonna curs an’ swear an’ hear the poetry of folks talkin’. All that’s holy, all that’s what I didn’ understan’….”
John Steinbeck

Knowledge will not always take the place of simple observation.
Arnold Lobel

In the womb, it is called a spirit; in the world, it is called a person. In the eyes it sees, in the ears it hears, in the nose it smells, in the mouth it talks, in the hands it grips, in the feet it walks. It appears everywhere, encompassing the universe, yet it is concentrated in a single atom.
Ancient Zen Master

Teach me to live, that I may dread the grave as little as my bed.
Bishop Thomas Ken

After all, when you come right down to it, how many people speak the same language even when they speak the same language?
Russell Hoban

To generalize is to be an idiot.
William Blake

Carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero.
Sieze today, and put as little trust as you can in the morrow.

Those who seek the easy way to not seek the true way.

We can easily forgive the child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.

To know that you know, and to know that you don’t know – that is the real wisdom.

In the last analysis, it is our conception of death which decides our answers to all the questions that life puts to us.
Dag Hammerskjold

Stand still. The trees ahead and the bush beside you are not lost.
Albert Einstein

Perfect does not mean perfect actions in a perfect world, but appropriate actions in an imperfect one.
R.H. Blyth

When we really let go, we become everything. At that point we are identified with all things: the flower, the oak tree, the morning star.
Dennis Genpo Merzel

Man always dies before he is fully born.
Erich Fromm

If everything you encounter is your life, you have to ask yourself, what kinds of “life food” am I eating, digesting, making into my marrow and bones? It’s not a matter of using fewer things in order to simplify, or more things in order to elaborate, but paying attention to the circumstances of life. How can we respond to our world with respect?
Jisho Warner

All that we are is the product of what we have thought.
The Dhammapada

I neglect God and his Angels, for the noise of a fly, for the rattling of a coach, for the whining of a door.
John Donne

The beginning of wisdom is calling things by their right name.
Chinese proverb

The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn.
Gloria Steinem

All that is gold does not glitter; not all those that wander are lost.
J.R.R. Tolkein

Many eyes go through the meadow, but few see the flowers in it.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

If I own a cow, the cow owns me.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The wise man said, “It can’t be done.” The fool came and did it.
Folk Zen

Is it so small a thing
To have enjoyed the sun,
To have lived light in the spring,
To have loved, to have thought,
to have done?
Matthew Arnold

The ten thousand questions are one question. If you cut through the one question, then the ten thousand questions disappear.
Zen saying

The Road has two rules only: Begin and Continue, and the Buddha left us a detailed guidebook for the Way.
Christmas Humphries

We don’t receive wisdom; me must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us.
Marcel Proust

The sound of the water says what I think.

As evening draws near, you regret that you did not practice early in the morning. The worldly pleasure which you enjoy now becomes the suffering in the future. Why then are you attached to this pleasure? One moment of practice becomes lasting pleasure. Why then do you not practice?
Won Hyo


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