I see ‘philosophy’ as the intelligent application of knowledge—moment by moment—something to be tested in everyday life.
For me adventure is when everything goes wrong…that’s when the adventure starts.
Yvon Choinard, Patagonia Founder and CEO
I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.
Henry David Thoreau
To bankrupt a fool, give him information.
No person has the power to have everything they want, but it is in their power not to want what they don’t have, and to cheerfully put to good use what they do have.
Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.
The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.
The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.
Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it!
William Hutchison Murray, Scottish mountaineer
We want to be poets of our life – first of all in the smallest most everyday matters.
We must not cease from exploration. And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we began and to know the place for the first time.
Inscribed in the Temple of Apollo at Delphi
In all activities of life, the secret of efficiency lies in an ability to combine two seemingly incompatible states: a state of maximum activity and a state of maximum relaxation.
The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
George Bernard Shaw
Simple can be harder than complex. You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.
Behind every impossible achievement is a dreamer of impossible dreams.
Robert K. Greenleaf
There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.
Wisdom begins with wonder.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
Stuckness shouldn’t be avoided. It’s the psychic predecessor of all real understanding.
Robert M. Pirsig, from “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance”
Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?
I have known a thousand scamps; but I never met one who considered himself so. Self-knowledge isn’t so common.
In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.
Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Master
Nothing in this world is good or bad, but thinking makes it so.
What is the hardest thing of all? That which seems easiest for your eyes to see. That which lies before your eyes.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
If anyone can refute me—show me I’m making a mistake or looking at things from the wrong perspective—I’ll gladly change. It’s the truth I’m after, and the truth never harmed anyone.
That’s essentially what Zen practice is about: functioning from moment to moment.
Charlotte Joko Beck, Zen Master
Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.
I find that the sensation of myself as an ego inside a bag of skin is really a hallucination.
Alan W. Watts
All my life I wanted to be somebody. Now I see I should have been more specific.
Each one of you is perfect as you are. And you all could use a little bit of improvement.
Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Master
You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn how to surf.
Jon Kabat-Zinn, Mindfulness Expert
Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery.
The important thing is to not stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.
The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.
Leonardo Da Vinci
The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.
What people think of as the moment of discovery is really the discovery of the question.
Jonas Salk, discovered one of the first successful polio vaccines
One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself.
Leonardo Da Vinci
It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just isn’t so.
Unknown (but often attributed to Mark Twain)
To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.
You cannot understand a system unless you change it.
Dr. Otto Scharmer
You were born with potential. You were born with goodness and trust. You were born with ideals and dreams. You were born with greatness. You were born with wings. You are not meant for crawling, so don’t. You have wings. Learn to use them and fly.
Rumi (Sufi poet and mystic)
No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.
If you cannot risk, you cannot grow. If you cannot grow, you cannot become your best. If you cannot become your best, you cannot be happy. And if you cannot be happy, what else matters?
Dr. David Viscott
Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
The unexamined life is not worth living.
When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.
We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.
The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.
Life is a perpetual instruction in cause and effect.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
True effectiveness requires balance.
Stephen R. Covey
Worrying is a misuse of the imagination.
I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.
If we did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.
It is impossible for anyone to begin to learn what he thinks he already knows.
Epictetus (Greek philosopher)
Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space lies our freedom and power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.
Viktor E. Frankl in “Man’s Search For Meaning”
When you get rid of your fear of failure, your tensions about succeeding…you can be yourself. Relaxed. You’ll no longer be driving with your brakes on.
Anthony De Mello
Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing themselves.
The important thing is this: To be ready in every moment to sacrifice who we are for who we could become.
Charles Du Bos
First, say to yourself what you would be; then do what you have to do.
What are you complicating right now?
Dave Robens, Men’s Group Vancouver
You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.
It’s not about perfection.
Eshin Godfrey, Zen Master, Zen Centre of Vancouver
You have capacities within you that are phenomenal, if you only knew how to release them.
David Bohm, legendary quantum physicist
Love, work and knowledge are the wellsprings of our life. They should also govern it.
Dr. Wilhelm Reich – Pioneering Scientist and Psychotherapist
Often it isn’t the mountains ahead that wear you out, it’s the little pebble in your shoe.
The most dangerous risk of all: The risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet that you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.
Allan W. Watts
If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.
You’ll never change your life until you change something that you do daily. The secret to your success is found in your daily routine.
John C. Maxwell
An experiment is a question which science poses to Nature, and a measurement is the recording of Nature’s answer.
Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain’t going away.
The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.
The only Zen you find on tops of mountains is the Zen you bring there.
Robert M. Pirsig
In every moment of life you have a choice; to live the life of spiritual practice, or retreat into comfort and security.
Human excellence is a state of mind.
You don’t have to be a fantastic hero to do certain things – to compete. You can just be an ordinary chap, sufficiently motivated to reach challenging goals.
Sir Edmund Hillary, first man to reach the top of Mount Everest
Power is the ability to control the way others play; strength is the ability to allow others to play as they wish.
James P. Carse (from the book “Finite and Infinite Games”)
Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes; but no plans.
Mastery is practice.
It’s not enough to be busy; so are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?
Henry David Thoreau
This is the real secret of life — to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.
Alan W. Watts, Philosopher
Be the change you wish to see.
We don’t see things as they are; we see them as we are.