Renew thyself completely each day; do it again, and again, and forever again.
The mind of the past is ungraspable; the mind of the future is ungraspable; the mind of the present is ungrasaspable.
(The Chinese Diamond Sutra, the oldest known dated printed book in the world, printed in the 9th year of Xiantong Era of the Tang Dynasty, or 868 CE)
The simplest things give me ideas.
(Spanish painter, whose surrealist works, with their subject matter drawn from the realm of memory and imaginative fantasy, are some of the most original of the 20th century.)
Without staring death in the eye, as the perpetually reverse side of life, we cannot live fully and completely.
(A Rinzai Zen roshi (1925-1995). He was head of Hanazono University and abbot of Daishu-in in Kyoto, one of the twenty-four sub-temples of the Daitoku-ji temple complex)
Dare to be naive.
r. buckminster fuller
(one of the most fascinating and original minds of his century. Born in 1895 in Milton, Massachusetts, he was the latest--if not the last--of the New England Transcendentalists. Like the transcendentalists, Fuller rejected the established religious and political notions of the past and adhered to an idealistic system of thought based on the essential unity of the natural world and the use of experiment and intuition as a means of understanding it. But, departing from the pattern of his New England predecessors, he proposed that only an understanding of technology in the deepest sense would afford humans a proper guide to individual conduct and the eventual salvation of society.)
Stop, stop. Do not speak. The ultimate truth is not even to think.
(Buddhism started with the Buddha. The word ‘Buddha’ is a title, which means ‘one who is awake’ — in the sense of having ‘woken up to reality’. The Buddha was born as Siddhartha Gautama in Nepal around 2,500 years ago. He did not claim to be a god or a prophet. He was a human being who became Enlightened, understanding life in the deepest way possible.)
How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone.
(Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel (August 19, 1883 - January 10, 1971 ) fashion designer, executive. She adopted the name Coco during a brief career as a cafe and concert singers 1905-1908.)
We all want to be famous people, and the moment we want to BE something we are no longer free.
(Jiddu Krishnamurti (b. May 12, 1895, Madanapalle, Andhra Pradesh, India, d. February 18, 1986, Ojai, California) born of middle-class Brahmin parents, was recognized at age fourteen by the Theosophists Annie Besant and C.W. Leadbeater as the coming World Teacher. Mrs. Besant adopted the boy and took him to England, where he was educated and prepared for his coming role)
Do not seek for the truth, only stop having an opinion.
(Seng-ts'an lived in the late sixth century. He was the third patriarch of the early Chan (Zen) lineage in China)
The best way out is always through.
(A kind of unofficial poet laureate of the US. "I would have written of me on my stone: I had a lover's quarrel with the world," Frost once said. In his poems Frost depicted the fields and farms of his surroundings, observing the details of rural life, which hide universal meaning. His independent, elusive, half humorous view of the world produced such remarks as "I never take my side in a quarrel", or "I'm never serious except when I'm fooling." )
He dideach single thing as if he did nothing else.
(Charles John Huffam Dickens) was born in Landport, Portsmouth, on February 7, 1812. "He was a sympathiser to the poor, the suffering, and the oppressed; and by his death, one of England's greatest writers is lost to the world.")
When you try to understand everything, you will not understand anything. The best way is to understand yourself, and then you will understand everything.
(May 18, 1904 - December 4, 1971) was a Soto Zen priest born in the Kanagawa Prefecture of Japan. Suzuki was occasionally mistaken for the Zen scholar D.T. Suzuki, to which Suzuki would reply, "No, he's the big Suzuki, I'm the little Suzuki.")