English: Plum Blossoms, hanging scroll, ink on...

English: Plum Blossoms, hanging scroll, ink on paper, 222.5 x 57.6 cm. Located at the Tianjin Fine Art Museum. 中文: 梅花圖 – 立軸 – 紙本墨筆 纵222.5厘米 横57.6厘米. 中国天津藝術博物館藏 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

To go into the dark with a light is to know the light.

To know the dark, go dark. Go without sight

And find that the dark, too, blooms and sings,

and is traveled by dark feet and dark wings.

-Wendell Barry-

 

Without the bitterest cold that penetrates to the very bone, how can plum blossoms send forth their fragrance all over the universe?

-Dogen-

 

Thus shall you think of all this fleeting world:

A star at dawn, a bubble in a stream;

A flash of lightning in a summer cloud,

A flickering lamp, a phantom, and a dream

-From the Diamond Sutra-

 

We should find perfect existence through imperfect existence.

-Shunryu Suzuki-

 

When the heart at last acknowledges how much pain there is in the mind, it turns like a mother toward a frightened child.

-Steven Levine, A Year To Live-

 

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For more inspirational quotes that I have collected see here and here;)

 

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