Zen is not effort. Effort is tension, effort is work, effort is to achieve something. Zen is not something to achieve.
Great effort is required to arrest decay and restore vigor. One must exercise proper deliberation, plan carefully before making a move, and be alert in guarding against relapse following a renaissance.
All religion is nothing but that: an effort to become more conscious, an effort to become more aware,an effort to bring more alertness, more attentiveness to your life.
I was never a quick writer, but composed with great care and efforts.
It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed. In this life we get nothing save by effort.
Much effort, much prosperity.
Again, it may be said, that to love justice and equality the people need no great effort of virtue; it is sufficient that they love themselves.
Zen is not a scholarly study. Zen is an existential quantum leap. It is not of the mind. It is going beyond the mind.
The one thing that matters is the effort.
Only that day dawns to which we are awake.
Success - keeping your mind awake and your desire asleep.
Young people can learn from my example that something can come from nothing. What I have become is the result of my hard efforts.
It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things.
Good character is not formed in a week or a month. It is created little by little, day by day. Protracted and patient effort is needed to develop good character.
I am accustomed to sleep and in my dreams to imagine the same things that lunatics imagine when awake.
To listen is an effort, and just to hear is no merit. A duck hears also.
Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.
It is my aim, and every effort bent, that the sum and history of my life, which in the same sentence is my obit and epitaph too, shall be them both: He made the books and he died.
I hate this fast growing tendency to chain men to machines in big factories and deprive them of all joy in their efforts - the plan will lead to cheap men and cheap products.
No great intellectual thing was ever done by great effort.
Civil strife is as much a greater evil than a concerted war effort as war itself is worse than peace.
Children are our future we must take care of them with maximum effort.
The bamboo is very much loved by the Zen poets for its tremendous quality of being hollow. Out of this hollowness of the bamboo, a flute can be made. The bamboo will not sing, but it can allow any song to pass through it.
Enthusiasm is the mother of effort, and without it nothing great was ever achieved.
The light which puts out our eyes is darkness to us. Only that day dawns to which we are awake. There is more day to dawn. The sun is but a morning star.