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