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The Moon Cannot Be Stolen:
by Zen Koan

The Moon Cannot Be Stolen:
A thief entered the little hut of a Zen Master,
but discovered there was nothing to steal.
The Zen Master discovered the thief.
"You have come a long way to visit me," he told the prowler,
"and you should not return empty-handed.
Please take my clothes as a gift."
The thief was bewildered,
but he took the clothes and slunk away.
The Zen Master sat naked, watching the moon.
"Poor fellow," he mused,
"I wish I could have given him this beautiful moon."
- Traditional Zen Koan

The True Path is the path on which
there is no coming and no going.
- Traditional Zen Koan

What is the Sound of One Hand Clapping?
- Traditional Zen Koan

Overflowing Cup of Tea:
The Zen Master poured his visitor's teacup full, and then kept pouring.
The visitor watched until he could no longer restrain himself.
"It is overfull. No more will go in!"
"Like this cup," the Zen Master said,
"you are full of your own opinions and assumptions.
How can you learn truth until you first empty your cup?"
- Traditional Zen Koan

 

Time to Die:
A Zen teacher had a rare and priceless teacup.
One day, his precocious student accidentally broke the cup.
Hearing the footsteps of his teacher,
the student held the pieces of the cup behind his back.
When the master appeared, he asked: "Why do people have to die?"
"This is natural," explained the teacher.
"Everything has to die and has just so long to live."
The student showed the shattered cup, saying,
"It was time for your cup to die."
- Traditional Zen Koan

The Sweetest Strawberry:
A man traveling across a field encountered a tiger.
He fled, the tiger after him.
Coming to a precipice,
he caught hold of the root of a wild vine
and swung himself over the edge.
The tiger sniffed at him from above.
Trembling, the man looked down to where,
far below, another tiger was waiting to eat him.
Only the vine sustained him.
Two mice, one white and one black,
little by little started to gnaw away the vine.
The man then saw a luscious strawberry near him.
Grasping the vine with one hand,
he plucked the strawberry with the other.
How sweet it tasted.
- Zen Koan

Shoot for the moon.
Even if you miss,
you'll land among the stars.
- Les Brown

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Three things cannot be long hidden:
the sun, the moon, and the truth.
- The Buddha

I am not the same having seen the moon shine
on the other side of the world.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side
which he never shows to anybody.
- Mark Twain

When I admire the wonders of a sunset
or the beauty of the moon,
my soul expands in the worship of the creator.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

We need to find God, and he cannot
be found in noise and restlessness.
God is the friend of silence.
See how nature - trees, flowers, grass-
grows in silence; see the stars,
the moon and the sun, how they move in silence...
We need silence to be able to touch souls.
- Mother Teresa

The youth gets together his materials
to build a bridge to the moon,
or, perchance, a palace or temple on the earth,
and, at length, the middle-aged man
concludes to build a woodshed with them.
- Henry David Thoreau

From now on we live in a world where man has walked on the Moon.
It's not a miracle; we just decided to go.
- Tom Hanks

Yeah we all shine on, like the moon,
and the stars, and the sun.
- John Lennon

Wine and cheese are ageless companions,
like aspirin and aches, or June and moon,
or good people and noble ventures.
- M. F. K. Fisher

We return thanks to our mother,
the earth, which sustains us.
We return thanks to the rivers and streams
which supply us with water.
We return thanks to all herbs, which furnish medicines
for the cure of our diseases.
We return thanks to the corn, and to her sisters,
the beans and squashes, which give us life.
We return thanks to the bushes and trees,
which provide us with fruit.
We return thanks to the wind,
which, moving the air, has banished diseases.
We return thanks to the moon and the stars,
which have given us their light when the sun was gone.
We return thanks to our grandfather He-no,
that he has protected his grandchildren from witches and reptiles,
and has given us his rain.
We return thanks to the sun,
that he has looked upon the earth with a beneficent eye.
Lastly, we return thanks to the Great Spirit,
in whom is embodied all goodness,
and who directs all things for the good of his children.
- Iroquois traditional

I always wondered if you clone your wife and have the
cloned wife on the moon and the real wife down here,
would that be considered cheating?
- Luis Guzman

I've always loved airplanes and flight.
The space program was really important to me as a kid.
I still have a photo of Armstrong and Aldrin on the moon in my living room.
- Bill Nye

Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint
of light on broken glass.
- Anton Chekhov

I promise to be an excellent husband,
but give me a wife who, like the moon,
will not appear every day in my sky.
- Anton Chekhov

We will build new ships to carry man forward into the universe,
to gain a new foothold on the moon and to prepare for
new journeys to the worlds beyond our own.
- George W. Bush

Summer ends, and Autumn comes, and he who would have
it otherwise would have high tide always and a full moon every night.
- Hal Borland

There is more He-3 energy on the Moon than we have
ever had in the form of fossil fuels on Earth.
All we have to do is to go there and get it.
- Wilson Greatbatch

We knew it was going to be difficult to get to the moon.
We didn't know how difficult.
- Alan Bean

I believe that the only way that the human race is
gonna survive is to start colonizing space and setting up colonies on the moon,
and then space stations.
- Ace Frehley

I've never felt like I was born with a silver spoon at all,
although I've felt like howling at the moon a lot of times!
- Van Morrison

We could see that he was a charismatic guy who jumps
over the moon and is very competitive,
but nobody could have predicted what he would become to our culture.
- Phil Knight

I lost the ball in the moon.
- Hank Sauer

What will it profit this country if we...
put our man on the Moon by 1970 and at the same time
you can't walk down Woodward Avenue in this city without fear of some violence?
- Jerome Cavanagh

The wailing owl Screams solitary to the mournful moon.
- David Mallet

In the '20s they were telling us wed all have our own
private plane and take vacations to the moon.
- Jay Chiat

In a very real sense, it will not be one man going to the moon,
it will be an entire nation.
For all of us must work to put him there.
- John F. Kennedy

Go for the moon.
If you don't get it, you'll still be heading for a star.
- Willis Reed

For the first time in history, a private company is
organizing a mission to the moon.
This mission will inspire countries of the world,
citizens, our youth.
- Eric Anderson

Tell me what you feel in your room when the full moon
is shining in upon you and your lamp is dying out,
and I will tell you how old you are,
and I shall know if you are happy.
- Henri Frederic Amiel

The moon was a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas.
- Alfred Noyes

Shoot for the moon - if you miss you'll end up in the stars.
- Artie Shaw

I haven't shaken my fists at the moon.
- Ian Dury

But, truly, I have wept too much!
The Dawns are heartbreaking.
Every moon is atrocious and every sun bitter.
- Arthur Rimbaud

I think if Keith Moon was here today and you asked
him to recall most of his early life or most of his life,
he wouldn't be able to recall it.
- Roger Daltrey

But I'm the only one who can paint the moon,
because I'm the only one who knows whether that's right or not.
- Alan Bean

The moon is at her full, and riding high,
Floods the calm fields with light.
The airs that hover in the summer sky Are all asleep to-night.
- William C. Bryant

Kennedy had made a mess in Cuba at the Bay of Pigs.
He had to do something to look good.
The Apollo program of going to the Moon was quite a goal,.
- Wally Schirra

We did 'Erin Brockovich,' we did 'Man on the Moon,'
we did 'Living Out Loud,' but now I'm going to keep going.
- Danny DeVito

I have the LIFE magazine of the men walking on the moon.
- Christa McAuliffe

You can be the moon and still be jealous of the stars.
- Gary Allan

When a dog barks at the moon, then it is religion;
but when he barks at strangers,
it is patriotism!
- David Starr Jordan

They dined on mince, and slices of quince,
Which they ate with a runcible spoon;
And hand in hand,
on the edge of the sand, They danced by the light of the moon.
- Edward Lear

We'll go back to the moon by not learning anything new.
- Burt Rutan

Ryan finally came to my rescue.
He'd thought working together in Paper Moon would help us bond.
- Tatum O'Neal

Tonight I'm going to shower and then just walk for
about four hours and look at the moon.
- Rafer Johnson

We constantly learn new lessons up here.
The experiences we gather will enable us to establish
a long-term station on the moon and to go on to Mars.
- John Phillips

For a deeper interest in the Moon than I ever felt before.
- Warren De la Rue

The Moon and Mars were the two most likely candidates
for life in the solar system;
what exists beyond our solar system is mere guesswork.
- Walter Lang

My first two records were more energetic;
Phantom Moon is subtle,
quiet; so these various reactions are just something I expected.
- Duncan Sheik

I have a fine lot of telescopes.
I have one with which I can see the Mountains in the Moon.
- Ezra Cornell

Men are like the earth and we are the moon;
we turn always one side to them,
and they think there is no other, because they don't see it -
but there is.
- Olive Schreiner

I lived in England to learn English.
When I went to England for the first time,
it was like being on the Moon.
I had no friends, I couldn't speak the language.
I was very isolated.
- Jean Alesi

We got to the moon.
- Rusty Schweickart

There is nothing you can see that is not a flower;
there is nothing you can think that is not the moon.
- Matsuo Basho

A conservative is a man who will not look at the new
moon out of respect for that "ancient institution" the old one.
- Douglas Jerrold

If we can send a man to the moon, then why don't we send a woman?
- Kylie Bax

This is no job for a UN committee.
It needs the same kind of unwavering dedication and
the kinds of people that got us the first nuclear submarine
and the first man on the moon.
- Wilson Greatbatch

Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the Moon.
July 1969 AD.
We came in peace for all mankind.
- Neil Armstrong

Aim for the moon.
If you miss, you may hit a star.
- W. Clement Stone

Scientific man is already on the moon,
and yet we are still living with the moral concepts of Homer.
- Michelangelo Antonioni

Moon is also a naive native girl when she sets out for Carbuncle.
- Joan D. Vinge

You marvel at the economy and this choice of words.
How many ways can you describe the sky and the moon? After Sylvia Plath,
what can you say?
- Toni Morrison

A country so rich that it can send people to the moon
still has hundreds of thousands of its citizens who can't read.
That's terribly troubling to me.
- Charles Kuralt

I don't go along with going to Moon first to build
a launch pad to go to Mars.
We should go to Mars from Earth orbit.
We have already been to the Moon; we've already practiced.
- Wally Schirra


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