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Zen Koan Quotes and Sayings

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

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

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 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

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

A system of morality which is based
on relative emotional values
is a mere illusion, a thoroughly vulgar conception
which has nothing sound in it and nothing true.
- Socrates

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Visualize your end result as having already been accomplished.
Let the image of your success play on the giant screen
in full color with surround sound -
so real you can smell and taste it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A day spent without the sight or sound of beauty,
the contemplation of mystery,
or the search of truth or perfection
is a poverty-stricken day; and a succession
of such days is fatal to human life.
- Lewis Mumford

The primal rhythmic power
and resonant sound of waves on the shore
are like the earth's heartbeat,
and become our connection with the body of nature.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

True friendship is like sound health;
the value of it is seldom known until it be lost.
- Charles Caleb Colton

It couldn't sound like a dog, because K9 isn't a dog,
but I made it sound as mechanical as possible.
- John Leeson

Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for
the education of its virtue.
- Plato

Music is what feelings sound like.
- Anonymous

Creationists make it sound as though a "theory'
is something you dreamt up after being drunk all night.
- Isaac Asimov

He has the finest, fundamentally sound golf swing I've ever seen.
- Jack Nicklaus

It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are
punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.
- Voltaire

Adding sound to movies would be like putting lipstick on the Venus de Milo.
- Mary Pickford

I knew that as a DJ from 1970 on up that I would eventually come with this sound.
I brought out all these other break beats that you
hear so much on a lot of these records.
- Afrika Bambaataa

One forgets too easily the difference between a man and his image,
and that there is none between the sound of his voice
on the screen and in real life.
- Bertolt Brecht

To me, there is nothing better than me going into the
studio with a live band and hearing those violins and
that echo and that sound.
I mean I loved it.
- Bobby Vinton

This continuity of sound and form was something that
I became really interested in from working with Ligeti.
He was always going on about how form has to be continuous.
- Esa-Pekka Salonen

I don't know many singers who actually do like the
sound of their own voice.
- Roger Daltrey

I don't think anyone has exhausted the range of sound
possible in a conventional rock band,
but people do become slaves to their own easiest techniques.
- Steve Albini

If I were asked for a one-sentence sound bite on religion,
I would say I was against it.
- Salman Rushdie

Sound is the vocabulary of nature.
- Pierre Schaeffer

Theaters are great.
They're designed to sound good, not for basketball.
- Les Claypool

This may sound trite, but bad things happen to good people,
and when you're facing terrorism, natural disaster,
you can have every wonderful plan in place,
but I am a realist.
- Warren Rudman

It was rehearsing in the studio, at which point they
were setting up the sound,
and once we'd got the thing together they'd actually record it,
without us knowing sometimes!
- Noel Redding

The fuss that actors began making about the difficulty
of shifting to sound struck me as perfectly foolish.
- Gloria Swanson

You'll find that empty vessels make the most sound.
- Johnny Rotten

Listen to the sound of silence.
- Paul Simon

The Sound of Music was just such an honour to be in,
because it was a movie that appeals to so many people,
and they just loved it so much and they still love it to this day.
- Angela Cartwright

You do your work as fully as you can,
and the ones who hear the sound join in.
- Lance Henriksen

Sometimes I write them down in musical notation as
a trigger to remind me about certain directions to go.
Or I can be specific about a sound I'm looking for.
- Harold Budd

When I first came out, like a lot of the artists at that time,
I had a very polished, very overproduced sound.
- Taylor Dayne

People say that the Beavis voice doesn't sound like me or some other voices.
Butt-Head I think sounds like me.
- Mike Judge

At one time they've been the most important thing to me.
So I can't hear our records on the radio,
I can't stand it, because they sound so out of what everyone else is doing.
- Ray Davies

The residents and elected officials of Long Island
have fought vigorously for many years and spent millions
of dollars to preserve the quality of life that the
Long Island Sound offers.
- Tim Bishop

He who wants to persuade should put his trust not in the right argument,
but in the right word.
The power of sound has always been greater than the power of sense.
- Joseph Conrad

Punk is not just the sound, the music.
Punk is a lifestyle.
- Billie Joe Armstrong

I hear a lot of bad TV commercials that try to sound like Where It's At.
That pretty much turned me off from using the electric
piano for a lot of years.
- Beck

I saw The Sound of Music when I was 10 and thought
that it was the most beautiful singing I had ever heard.
- Lesley Garrett

My sound is very smooth.
Not to be to cliche, but really sensual and sultry.
- Paul Taylor

I think I was first to do live performances on a modern
electronic sound synthesizer.
- John Eaton

I think that every band tries to mature their sound through their existence,
you know?
- Adam Rich

Well, you know it was so different from when you rehearsed.
You're out there with your guitar and trying to get a sound,
but it doesn't sound anything like what you expect!
- Jonathan Richman

Gene Autry was the most.
It may sound like a joke - Go and have a look in my bedroom,
It's covered with Gene Autry posters.
He was my first musical influence.
- Ringo Starr

Since I was doing all of it myself, I had to decide
where I wanted to go with the songs,
how to proceed with the chords, if the sound was alright,
and all that detail on my own.
- Utada Hikaru

If you're dealing with a musical in which you're trying to tell a story,
it's got to sound like speech.
At the same time it's got to be a song.
- Stephen Sondheim

For me it's always contingent on getting a sound-the
sound always suggests what kind of melody it should be.
So it's always sound first and then the line afterwards.
- Brian Eno

Or in other works I have also projected the sound in a cube of loudspeakers.
The sound can move vertically and diagonally at all
speeds around the public.
- Karlheinz Stockhausen

We can't afford big symphonies but we commission works
that sound rich and symphonic because of the nature
of the instrumentation and the people we work with.
- Graeme Murphy

For there is a sound reasoning upon all flowers.
For flowers are peculiarly the poetry of Christ.
- Christopher Smart

It's really the sound of the voices,
the sound of the words,
the sound of the sound that we're interested in.
- Anne Dudley

I'm starting to play all the melodies with kind of
keyboard sound but playing it from the bass guitar.
- Tom Jenkinson

I thought the best thing you were supposed to do was
find somebody and try to sound like them.
- Ruth Brown

Death is the sound of distant thunder at a picnic.
- W. H. Auden

Kids now are so used to surround sound and the power in theater speakers,
that the concert hall is a disappointment to them.
- David Ogden Stiers

I don't mean to sound - I don't want it to come out funny,
but I don't like show business.
I love - I love acting in films.
I love it.
- Gene Wilder

It's almost like he's started to sound even more exotic
the more people started doing him.
I don't know why, but there's just something about
Al Gore that makes me laugh.
- Dana Carvey

If I play anything that sounds like a solo,
it's gonna sound like a lyric.
- Adam Jones

It is quite annoying that we have to change the sound
we invented just to avoid sounding like people who simply copy us,
but...
it is flattering and of course challenging.
- Jonathan Davis

My sense of divine brings with it a strange sound of music with its glories,
a marvellous melody sounding like a multitude of flutes.
- Paul Twitchell

Whether I sound like Sammy or not is purely coincidence.
You have got to hand it to him, he sings his ass off.
There is no moss on that stone.
- Gary Cherone

To become a thoroughly good man is the best prescription
for keeping a sound mind and a sound body.
- Francis Bowen

A sound discretion is not so much indicated by never
making a mistake as by never repeating it.
- Christian Nestell Bovee

I'm sick to death of people saying we've made 11 albums
that sounds exactly the same,
Infact, we've made 12 albums that sound exactly the same.
- Angus Young

I hate to sound like Julie the cruise director but
it's people that I think about all the time.
- Bruce McCulloch

For example, after developing a sound similar to an elephant trumpeting,
I wrote the song Elephant Talk which gave my elephant
sound an appropriate place to live.
- Adrian Belew

It has a sound and rational circulating medium,
a real and definite representative of wealth.
- Josiah Warren


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