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The Sweetest Strawberry:
by 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

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 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

Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone,
and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.
- John Quincy Adams

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Sweetest Lord, make me appreciative
of the dignity of my high vocation,
and its many responsibilities.
Never permit me to disgrace it by giving way
to coldness, unkindness, or impatience.
- Mother Teresa

Flowers are the sweetest things God ever made and forgot to put a soul into.
- Henry Ward Beecher

And now, this is the sweetest and most glorious day
that ever my eyes did see.
- Donald Cargill

Isn't it the sweetest mockery to mock our enemies?
- Sophocles

The poorest people are the sweetest people.
- Denzel Washington

Success is counted sweetest by those who never succeed.
- Emily Dickinson

Not knowing anything is the sweetest life.
- Sophocles

The sweetest of all sounds is praise.
- Xenophon

The sweetest thing a guy said is that I look pretty with or without makeup.
- Vanessa Hudgens

Religion can emerge in all forms of feeling:
here wild anger,
there the sweetest pain; here consuming hatred,
there the childlike smile of serene humility.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Cancer Boy probably has the saddest,
noblest,
sweetest heart of any character I've ever done.
- Bruce McCulloch

Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

The fruit derived from labor is the sweetest of pleasures.
- Luc de Clapier

Lena Horne is the sweetest and most adorable woman in the world.
- Alvin Ailey

There was a train that would come by our house every night,
and I'd hear the whistle blow.
That is the sweetest memory I have.
- Cassandra Wilson

The sweetest of all sounds is that of the voice of the woman we love.
- Jean de la Bruyere

Sweet as sweetest Grecian honey will my song be when I sing,
O Beloved, in the season of the Spring!
- Ruben Dario

My sweetest hope is to lose hope.
- Pierre Corneille

All that's bright must fade, The brightest still the fleetest;
All that's sweet was made But to be lost when sweetest.
- Robert Bulwer-Lytton

The sweetest joy, the wildest woe is love.
What the world really needs is more love and less paperwork.
- Pearl Bailey

I couldn't have found a better man than Brad.
He still opens doors for me and brings me flowers.
He's the sweetest goofball on the planet.
- Jennifer Aniston

They have most satisfaction in themselves,
and consequently the sweetest relish of their creature comforts.
- Matthew Henry

Stolen kisses are always sweetest.
- Leigh Hunt

The sweetest noise on earth, a woman's tongue;
A string which hath no discord.
- Barry Cornwall

Its liquor is like the sweetest dew from Heaven.
- Lu Yu

Success is the sweetest revenge.
- Vanessa Williams

We look before and after, And pine for what is not;
Our sincerest laughter With some pain is fraught;
Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Gay people are the sweetest, kindest,
most artistic, warmest and most thoughtful people in the world.
And since the beginning of time all they've ever been is kicked.
- Little Richard

Victory is sweetest when you've known defeat.
- Malcolm Forbes

Literature and butterflies are the two sweetest passions known to man.
- Vladimir Nabokov

The things hardest to bear are sweetest to remember.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

All our sweetest hours fly fastest.
- Virgil

The sweetest two words are 'next time.'
The sourest word is 'if.'
- Chi Chi Rodriguez

Of all duties, prayer certainly is the sweetest and most easy.
- Laurence Sterne

You are always new, The last of your kisses was ever the sweetest.
- John Keats

Marilyn and I were rumored to be an item.
We were friends.
Nothing more.
Marilyn was one of the sweetest creatures that ever lived.
- Sammy Davis, Jr.

I think this is the sweetest tribute I have ever seen in this town.
- Don Ameche

My mother was the dearest, sweetest angel.
She didn't talk; she sang.
She was a tower of strength.
- Jayne Meadows

The flower that smells the sweetest is shy and lowly.
- William Wordsworth

I am a most noteworthy sinner, but I have cried out
to the Lord for grace and mercy,
and they have covered me completely.
I have found the sweetest consolation since I made
it my whole purpose to enjoy His marvellous Presence.
- Christopher Columbus

You really get the most out of sweet corn if you pick
the corn off the stalk and rush it to a pot of boiling water.
The longer you wait, the more sugar you lose.
But if you get it in the first half hour,
that is the sweetest corn ever.
- Sam Donaldson

To every people the land is given on condition.
Perceived or not, there is a Covenant,
beyond the constitution, beyond sovereign guarantee,
beyond the nation's sweetest dreams of itself.
- Leonard Cohen

Darryl Strawberry has been voted to the Hall of Fame five years in a row.
- Ralph Kiner

A girl told me my lips looked like somebody had pressed
strawberry yogurt against my face.
- Katherine Heigl

Every child comes with the message
that God is not yet discouraged of man.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Talent is God-given; be humble.
Fame is man-given; be thankful.
Conceit is self-given; be careful.
- John Wooden

All things share the same breath -
the beast, the tree, the man...
the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports.
- Chief Seattle (attributed)

The full measure of a man is
not to be found in the man himself,
but in the colors and textures that
come alive in others because of him.
- Albert Schweitzer

The wise man does not lay up his own treasures.
The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own.
- Lao Tzu

Man is least himself when he talks in his own person.
Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.
- Oscar Wilde

Nearly all men can stand adversity,
but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
- Abraham Lincoln

Circumstance does not make the man: it reveals him to himself.
- James Allen

Adventure is not outside man; it is within.
- George Eliot

The wise man in the storm prays God,
not for safety from danger,
but for deliverance from fear.
It is the storm within which endangers him,
not the storm without.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

If a man is called to be a street sweeper,
he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.
He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts
of heaven and earth will pause to say,
here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men
who walked through the huts comforting others,
giving away their last piece of bread...
They offer sufficient proof that everything
can be taken from a man but one thing:
to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances,
to choose one's own way.
- Viktor E. Frankl

The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was:
"If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?"
But... the good Samaritan reversed the question:
"If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?"
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Two things a man should never be angry at:
what he can help,
and what he cannot help.
- Thomas Fuller

If a man empties his purse into his head,
no man can take it away from him.
An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.
- Benjamin Franklin

Money has never made man happy, nor will it,
there is nothing in its nature to produce happiness.
The more of it one has the more one wants.
- Benjamin Franklin

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear,
but the triumph over it.
The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid,
but he who conquers that fear.
- Nelson Mandela

There are other measures of self-respect for a man,
than the number of clean shirts he puts on every day.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The quality of a man's life is in direct proportion
to his commitment to excellence,
regardless of his chosen field of endeavor.
- Vince Lombardi

All the works of man have their origin in creative fantasy.
What right have we then to depreciate imagination.
- Carl Jung


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