Category: Zen

I believed you to be a quiet, reasonable perso…

I believed you to be a quiet, reasonable person, and now you suddenly seem intent on flaunting bizarre moods.

To be of great wit and conversational powers, …

To be of great wit and conversational powers, and simultaneously strong and serious and silent. To be generous and open and self-sacrificing, yet to be somewhat mysterious and sensitive and even a little bitter with melancholy. To be both light and dark. To harmonize this, to melt all this down into a single man – ah, there was something to be done.

I’ve found that there is always some beauty le…

I’ve found that there is always some beauty left—in nature, sunshine, freedom, in yourself; these can all help you.

I can get my head turned by a good-looking [so…

I can get my head turned by a good-looking [someone] as much as the next [person]. But sexy doesn’t impress me. Smart impresses me, strength of character impresses me. But most of all, I am impressed by kindness. Kindness, I think, comes from learning hard lessons well, from falling and picking yourself up. It comes from surviving failure and loss. It implies an understanding of the human condition, forgives its many flaws and quirks. When I see that in someone, it fills me with admiration.

I’m killing time while I wait for life to show…

I’m killing time while I wait for life to shower me with meaning and happiness.

Listen to what you know instead of what you fe…

Listen to what you know instead of what you fear.

Who has not asked himself at some time or othe…

Who has not asked himself at some time or other: am I a monster or is this what it means to be a person?

If I speak, I am condemned. If I stay silent, …

If I speak, I am condemned.
If I stay silent, I am damned!

The heart of another is a dark forest, always,…

The heart of another is a dark forest, always, no matter how close it has been to one’s own.

All my days I have longed equally to travel th…

All my days I have longed equally to travel the right road and to take my own errant path.