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Zen Quotes To Inspire You

Updated on September 27, 2014

Zen Quotations And Zen Sayings To Guide You

The beauty of zen quotes on life lies in its simplicity.The zen philosophy quotes guide us with their profound words.

I turn to them whenever I want to slow down and understand how to react to the situations in my life that will spike my stress.

Zen way of living helps you become more aware of yourself and acknowledge the importance of the present moment.Practicing zen methods like mindfulness meditation and focused breathing brings you in touch with the now.You can learn to simplify life by concentrating on the work on hand and tune your mind for peace.

The Zen Quotations have much depth and we can learn a lot by studying the thoughtful zen sayings.Zen proverb quotes guide you to know your truest self and make you realize that only you are responsible for your happiness.

I present you a collection of zen sayings to inspire and guide you...

BE HERE NOW is one of the profound principles learned from zen mindfulness.

Quotes About Zen Philosophy~1-5

1."Move and the way will open."


2."No snowflake ever falls in the wrong place."


3."When the student is ready the teacher will appear."


4."Those who know don't tell and those who tell don't know."


5."An angry man catches no fish"


Zen And the Art of Happiness

Zen and the Art of Happiness
Zen and the Art of Happiness

Happiness is within your reach and the zen way of mastering this art is beautifully written in this book.


Zen Quotes Sayings~6 to 10

6."First thought, best thought."


7."Be master of mind rather than mastered by mind."


8."When walking, walk. When eating, eat."


9."Before enlightenment; chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment; chop wood, carry water."


10."When you reach the top, keep climbing."



Zen Quotes On Life ~11 to 15

11."Sitting quietly, doing nothing, spring comes, and the grass grows by itself"


12."The infinite is in the finite of every instant."


13."Do not seek the truth, only cease to cherish your opinions."


14."The obstacle is the path."


15."The tighter you squeeze, the less you have."


Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life

Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life
Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life

Thich Nhat Hanh's words will make you look at the world with new eyes.


Zen Quotes On Soul~16 to 20

16."Better to see the face than to hear the name."


17."Pain is inevitable.Suffering is optional."


18."A visit will always bring pleasure, whether on the arrival or the departure."


19."If you can't improve on silence, don't speak."


20."He who seeds a thought, harvests a destiny."


Zen Philosophy Quotes~21-25

21."We should find perfect existence through imperfect existence."


22."Moment after moment, everyone comes out from nothingness.This is the true joy of life."


23."If you understand, things are just as they are;

if you do not understand, things are just as they are."


24."When you seek it, you cannot find it."


25."One moon shows in every pool; in every pool, the one moon."


Please share your zen thoughts!

Your Views On Zen Proverb Quotes

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      tonyleather 4 years ago

      I just love the simplicity of these inspirational quotes. Very nice lens, thanks a lot!

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      halvmarathonJes 4 years ago

      As a long distance runner I relay on meditation to keep moving. It's simple. One step at a time. I visualize my races and when the running gets though I have been there in my head. Sorry I had to share that :-)

      Great lens, thanks for sharing.

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      kaseyrivenburgh 4 years ago

      Great lens. Thanks for sharing.

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      John Dyhouse 4 years ago from UK

      Great lens, I love some of these quotes, especially #19. "If you can't improve on silence, don't speak."

      Thanks for the chance to read these

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      semas 4 years ago

      @Gypzeerose: Thank you for sharing a true story to show the power of zen meditation.

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      I know that Zen is a very powerful practice. One of my dearest friends had a brother who was a heroin addict. He let him stay at a place he had one time and he told him: "I will not tell you to not shoot up heroin, that would be ridiculous. But what I will require is that you sit in Zen meditation for twenty minutes in the morning and in the night." Zen meditation proved to be a powerful tool. The brother was able to leave heroin addiction, start living profitably and become a nurse. He has raised a family and had a happy life. Nice lens, pinned to my quotes board, and my spirituality board and out by digg.

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      grannysage 5 years ago

      I'd like to take each quote and just sit with it for a day. Very nicely presented.

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      wattyan 5 years ago

      WoW! I love this "If you can't improve on silence, don't speak."

      Thanks for sharing.

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      RadaFrancis LM 5 years ago

      Beautiful quotes *Blessed*

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      meditationhowto1 5 years ago

      Wonderful quotes! I love Zen meditation and have found my practice moving even deeper since I moved to Japan. I have been very fortunate because I now have easy access to temples such as Ryoan-ji, Kennin-ji and Tenryuu-ji, the atmosphere within them is amazing as indeed you would expect of a Zen temple. Thanks again for the reminder these quotes bring, the wisdom behind them has changed my life.

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      semas 5 years ago

      @rohishetty: Thank you for sharing a beautiful zen quote.

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      rohishetty 5 years ago

      Here's a quotation that I like: âZen is not some kind of excitement but concentration on our usual everyday routine.â Shunryu Suzuki

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      leafspirit lm 5 years ago

      Wow! I've seen some of these before, but this is very extensive. Appreciate your effort!

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      Dickstucki1 5 years ago

      These were good also

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      Scriber1 LM 6 years ago

      Fantastic lens! I will be bookmarking this and returning again and again for inspiration! Thanks for this!

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      Matstar LM 6 years ago

      great lens thank you loved the quote "Pain is inevitable.Suffering is optional."

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      Vallygems1 6 years ago

      "A visit will always bring pleasure, whether on the arrival or the departure."

      Loved the quote above

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      How beautiful glad i popped by.

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      Northwestphotos 6 years ago

      "Think deeply and you won't be shallow."

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      Bernie 6 years ago from Corbin, KY

      i wish my religion would put them into practice

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      TapIn2U 6 years ago

      Do not seek the truth, only cease to cherish your opinions. - Yes! Love this collection of zen quotes. Fantastic lens! Sundae ;-)

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      RocklawnArts 6 years ago

      Always dig a good quote. :)

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      jstarley 6 years ago

      I'm a quote freak! Thanks so much for the wonderful lens!

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      littlelotus 6 years ago

      beautiful quotes and layout :) featuring one of your meditation lens in mine ;)

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      MindPowerProofs1 6 years ago

      "Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional". I do not get it why some people choose to suffer everyday. It is always our decision to torture ourselves.

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      CaseyStudio 7 years ago

      Ah......ZEN! Beautiful!

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      Jhangora LM 7 years ago

      Been trying to learn more about Zen and Shinto, as I have decided to focus on the Japanese culture on Hubpages. This Lens is a real help. Thumbs up for the simple and beautiful quotes.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I love reading all these quotes.

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      PeaceLoveBeads 7 years ago

      Wonderful, I love the philosophy of zen.

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      Renaissance Woman 7 years ago from Colorado

      Wonderful food for the spirit. Thank you!

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      tandemonimom lm 7 years ago

      Lots of lovely thoughts here!

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      Lee Hansen 7 years ago from Vermont

      I found so much inspiration and thoughtful wisdom in your collection of Zen proverb quotes. I'm your newest fan and giving this wonderfully simple yet delightfully zen lens a blessing.

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      Marelisa 7 years ago

      It's amazing how much wisdom there is in these short quotes. I enjoyed this lens very much.

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      Patricia 7 years ago

      I love this lens! I am lensrolling it to my affirmations lens and my Gratitude Journal lens and blessing it!

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      Light-in-me 7 years ago


      This lens looks beautiful and I love the quotes. My favorite is "Move and the way will open."

      Nice Job,

      Robin :)

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      myraggededge 7 years ago

      What a lovely collection. You have been blessed by a Zen-Angel :-)