These are a few of my favorite quotes to meditated on/with. (I know I sound like some crystal loving hippy chick but I’m really not.) Most of the quotes are from Buddha. However I am not a Buddhist. I practice a philosophy of meditation called Zazen. I believe in reason and critical thinking. We evolved these brains for something. Lets see what they can do.

We can’t overcome anger and hatred by simply suppressing them. We need to actively cultivate their antidotes – patience and tolerance.-The Dalai Lama

“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive — to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.” —M Aurelius (via @DanielFlorien)

“Time you enjoyed wasting was not wasted.” ~John Lennon

“Faith does not give you the answers, it just stops you asking the questions.” ~ Frater Ravus

“It is far better to grasp the universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.” ~ Carl Sagan

“At the most desperate hour, trust that you will be there for yourself. Trust you will stand up when your number is called. Trust yourself.” –Kunal Nayyar

“If you fear something you give it power over you.” –African Proverb

“Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. Because believing that the dots will connect down the road, will give you the confidence to follow your heart. Even when it leads you off the well worn path and that will make all the difference.” – Steve Jobs

“All thinking men are atheists.”  –Ernest Hemingway

“We are the dreamers. We are the dancers. Life is the music. Love is the song.” –Leonard Nimoy

“I hate it when I can’t tell if I’m being paranoid or perceptive.” –Joey aka ZenMonkey

“Those who believe in telekinesis, raise my hand.” –Kurt Vonnegut

“Because of the profoundly interconnected reality of today’s world, we need to relate to the challenges we face as a single human family” –The Dalai Lama

“Paintings are not to decorate the walls of a room, but are instruments of war against brutality and darkness.” –Picasso

It is a very mixed blessing to be brought back from the dead–Kurt Vonnegut

“Ah therapists, you’re the psychic friends network of the bourgeoisie.” — Craig Ferguson

“I don’t mind people thinking I’m an asshole, I just don’t want to be an asshole” — Jonathan Ross

“If you wish to see the truth, then hold no opinion for or against.”

“Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else;
you are the one who gets burned.” –Buddha

The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. Never fear what will become of you, depend on no one. Only the moment you reject all help are you freed. –Buddha

No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may.  We ourselves must walk the path.

All things appear and disappear because of the concurrence of causes and conditions.  Nothing ever exists entirely alone; everything is in relation to everything else. –Buddha

… any mundane activity can become meditative. Digging a hole in the garden, planting new roses in the garden – you can do it with such tremendous love and compassion, you can do it with the hands of a buddha. There is no contradiction … I say unto you, your every act should be a ceremony. If you can bring your consciousness, your awareness, your intelligence to the act, if you can be spontaneous, then there is no need for any other religion: life itself will be the religion. –Hyakujo: The Everest of Zen

“Anger makes dull men witty, but it keeps them poor.”  –Francis Bacon

“Chaos is inherent in all compounded things. Strive on with diligence.” –Buddha

“In a controversy the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves.” –Buddha

“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. ” –Buddha

“I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act.” –Buddha

“Ecstasy is our very nature; not to be ecstatic is simply unnecessary. To be ecstatic is natural, spontaneous. It needs no effort to be ecstatic; it needs a great effort to be miserable. That’s why you look too tired, because misery is really hard work; to maintain it is really difficult, because you are doing something against nature.” –Osho

“Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.” –Buddha

“Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.” –Buddha

“Anger will never disappear so long as thoughts of resentment are cherished in the mind. Anger will disappear just as soon as thoughts of resentment are forgotten.” –John Dryden

The mind is everything. What you think you become. –Buddha

“It was good of Friedrich Nietzsche to declare ‘God dead’ – I declare that he has never been born. It is a created fiction, an invention, not a discovery. Do you understand the difference between invention and discovery? A discovery is about truth, an invention is manufactured by you. It is man-manufactured fiction. Certainly it has given consolation, but consolation is not the right thing! Consolation is opium. It keeps you unaware of the reality, and life is flowing past you so quickly – seventy years will be gone soon. Anybody who gives you a belief system is your enemy, because the belief system becomes the barrier for your eyes, you cannot see the truth. The very desire to find the truth disappears. But in the beginning it is bitter if all your belief systems are taken away from you. The fear and anxiety which you have been suppressing for millennia, which is there, very alive, will surface immediately. No God can destroy it, only the search for truth and the experience of truth – not a belief – is capable of healing all your wounds, of making you a whole being. And the whole person is the holy person to me.” –Osho  God is Dead, Now Zen is the Only Living Truth (1989)

“Fools laugh at others. Wisdom laughs at itself.”

“He who loves 50 people has 50 woes; he who loves no one has no woes.” –Buddha

“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.” –Buddha

“Anger is the most impotent of passions. It effects nothing it goes about, and hurts the one who is possessed by it more than the one against whom it is directed.” –Carl Sandburg

All that we are is the result of what we have thought.
If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him.
If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him.

“Not thinking about anything is zen. Once you know this walking, standing, sitting or lying down, everything you do is zen. To know that the mind is empty is to see the buddha. The buddhas of the ten directions have no mind. To see no mind is to see the buddha.”


I will update this page as I find new quotes that move me.

You can also find wonderful quotes on The Richard Dawkins Foundation for reason and science website.


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