Trying to define yourself is like biting your own teeth.
It is better to have a short life that is full of what you like doing, than a long life spent in a miserable way.
What I am really saying is that you don’t need to do anything, because if you see yourself in the correct way, you are all as much extraordinary phenomenon of nature as trees, clouds, the patterns in running water, the flickering of fire, the arrangement of the stars, and the form of a galaxy. You are all just like that, and there is nothing wrong with you at all.
Just as true humor is laughter at oneself, true humanity is knowledge of oneself.
This is the real secret of life – to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.
We seldom realize, for example, that our most private thoughts and emotions are not actually our own. For we think in terms of languages and images which we did not invent, but which were given to us by our society.
Muddy water is best cleared by leaving it alone.
We cannot be more sensitive to pleasure without being more sensitive to pain.
The meaning of life is just to be alive. It is so plain and so obvious and so simple. And yet, everybody rushes around in a great panic as if it were necessary to achieve something beyond themselves.
I owe my solitude to other people.
Man suffers only because he takes seriously what the Gods made for fun.
To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don’t grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and float.
No on one is more dangerously insane than one who is sane all the time.