I see ‘philosophy’ as the intelligent application of knowledge—moment by moment—something to be tested in everyday life.
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
It is impossible for anyone to begin to learn what he thinks he already knows.
Epictetus (Greek philosopher)
The only Zen you find on tops of mountains is the Zen you bring there.
Robert M. Pirsig
When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.
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”
The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.
One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself.
Leonardo Da Vinci
We want to be poets of our life – first of all in the smallest most everyday matters.
Mastery is practice.
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.
Love, work and knowledge are the wellsprings of our life. They should also govern it.
Dr. Wilhelm Reich – Pioneering Scientist and Psychotherapist
To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.
We don’t see things as they are; we see them as we are.
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
I have known a thousand scamps; but I never met one who considered himself so. Self-knowledge isn’t so common.
Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing themselves.
You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.
First, say to yourself what you would be; then do what you have to do.
Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain’t going away
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.
The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.
The important thing is this: To be ready in every moment to sacrifice who we are for who we could become.
Charles Du Bos
For me adventure is when everything goes wrong…that’s when the adventure starts.
Yvon Choinard, Patagonia Founder and CEO
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
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
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
You cannot understand a system unless you change it.
Dr. Otto Scharmer
The important thing is to not stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.
Be the change you wish to see.
It’s not about perfection.
Eshin Godfrey, Zen Master, Zen Centre of Vancouver
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
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
I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.
Henry David Thoreau
I find that the sensation of myself as an ego inside a bag of skin is really a hallucination.
Alan W. Watts
What are you complicating right now?
Dave Robens, Men’s Group Vancouver
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.
Each one of you is perfect as you are. And you all could use a little bit of improvement.
Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Master
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.
True effectiveness requires balance.
Stephen R. Covey
In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.
Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Master
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
In every moment of life you have a choice; to live the life of spiritual practice, or retreat into comfort and security.
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”)
Worrying is a misuse of the imagination.
No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.
You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn how to surf.
Jon Kabat-Zinn, Mindfulness Expert
Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.
An experiment is a question which science poses to Nature, and a measurement is the recording of Nature’s answer.
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 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.
We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.
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”
Wisdom begins with wonder.
Nothing in this world is good or bad, but thinking makes it so.
The unexamined life is not worth living.
That’s essentially what Zen practice is about: functioning from moment to moment.
Charlotte Joko Beck, Zen Master
There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.