Zen Related Quotes



They were a group of two dozen nurses completely surrounded by 100,000 unattached American men.

James A. Michener


“The infinite is in the finite of every instant”

Zen Proverb


“I tried Zen and Ching, numerology, tarot cards and astrology. I tried to look back into the Bible, and could not find anything. At this time I did not know anything about Islam, and then, what I regarded as a miracle occurred. My brother had visited the mosque in Jerusalem, and was greatly impressed that while on the one hand it throbbed with life.”

Yusuf Islam


“The best part of Zen is that it ends with a full-stop and a smiley.”

Pravin Prajapati


“Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the men of old; seek what they sought.”

Matsuo Basho


“All of us should treasure his (John Dillinger) Oriental wisdom and his preaching of a Zen-like detachment, as exemplified by his constant reminder to clerks, tellers, or others who grew excited by his presence in their banks: "Just lie down on the floor and keep calm."”

Robert Anton Wilson


“We could say that meditation doesn't have a reason or doesn't have a purpose. In this respect it's unlike almost all other things we do except perhaps making music and dancing. When we make music we don't do it in order to reach a certain point, such as the end of the composition. If that were the purpose of music then obviously the fastest players would be the best. Also, when we are dancing we are not aiming to arrive at a particular place on the floor as in a journey. When we dance, the journey itself is the point, as when we play music the playing itself is the point. And exactly the same thing is true in meditation. Meditation is the discovery that the point of life is always arrived at in the immediate moment.”

Alan Watts


“Zen does not confuse spirituality with thinking about God while one is peeling potatoes. Zen spirituality is just to peel the potatoes.”

Alan Watts


“The purpose of Zen is the perfection of character”

Yasutani Roshi


Don't write too much. Concentrate your sweat on one story, rather than dissipate it over a dozen.

Jack London