listening“Tension is who you think you should be.  Relaxation is who you are.” Chinese Proverb

I have compiled a list of timeless relaxing Zen quotes for your reading pleasure. Take a deep breath, relax and enjoy these terrific quotes from Zen masters and artists alike. Please feel free to add any comments or quotes you would like to share below.

Timeless Relaxing Zen quotes to soothe your being:

“When we are unable to find tranquility within ourselves, it is useless to seek it elsewhere.” Francois de La Rochefoucauld

“Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths.” Etty Hillesum

painted-autumn-sunrise“There is more to life than increasing its speed.” Gandhi

“Nothing is permanent in this wicked world – not even our troubles.” Charlie Chaplin

“The tighter you squeeze, the less you have.” Ma-Tsu

“The quieter you become, the more you can hear.” Baba Ram Dass

“It is better to practice a little than talk a lot.” Muso Kokushi

“A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety.” Aesop

“Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.” Ovid

“For fast-acting relief try slowing down.”  Lily Tomlin

The only Zen you find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there.” Robert M. Pirsig


“The whole moon and the entire sky are reflected in one dewdrop on the grass.” Dogen

“Whether talking or remaining silent, Whether moving or standing quiet, The Essence itself is ever at ease.”  Daishi

“This is the Zen approach: nothing is there to be done. There is nothing to do. One has just to be. Have a rest and be ordinary and be natural. “ Osho

“Don’t seek, don’t search, don’t ask, don’t knock, don’t demand – relax. If you relax, it comes. If you relax, it is there. If you relax, you start vibrating with it.”  Osho

“God is a synergetic experience. Science can never reveal it, philosophy can never come to it – only a poetic approach, a very passive, very loving approach, can.” Osho

“Zen is not a philosophy, it is poetry. It does not propose, it simply persuades. It does not argue, it simply sings its own song. “  Osho

“No matter how much pressure you feel at work, if you could find ways to relax for at least five minutes every hour, you’d be more productive.” Dr. Joyce Brothers

“He enjoys true leisure who has time to improve his soul’s estate.” Henry David

“Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer.” William S. Burroughs

“If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there’d be a shortage of fishing poles.” Doug Larson

“This art of resting the mind and the power of dismissing from it all care and worry is probably one of the secrets of energy in our great men.” Captain J. A. Hadfield

“Ten thousand flowers in spring

the moon in autumn,

a cool breeze in summer,

snow in winter.

If your mind isn’t clouded by unnecessary things,

this is the best season of your life.” Wu-men


“To what shall

I liken the world?

Moonlight, reflected

In dewdrops,

Shaken from a crane’s bill.”  Dogen

“The wind has settled, the blossoms have fallen; Birds sing, the mountains grow dark —This is the wondrous power of Buddhism.” Ryokan


“Calm in quietude is not real calm. When you can be calm in the midst of activity, this is the true state of nature. Happiness in comfort is not real happiness. When you can be happy in the midst of hardship, then you see the true potential of the mind.” Huanchu Daoren

“Sometimes it’s important to work for that pot of gold. But other times it’s essential to take time off and to make sure that your most important decision in the day simply consists of choosing which color to slide down on the rainbow.” Douglas Pagels

“Before I had studied Zen for thirty years, I saw mountains as mountains, and waters as waters. When I arrived at a more intimate knowledge, I came to the point where I saw that mountains are not mountains, and waters are not waters. But now that I have got its very substance I am at rest. For it’s just that I see mountains once again as mountains, and waters once again as waters.”  Ching-yuan

“Zen does not confuse spirituality with thinking about God while one is peeling potatoes. Zen spirituality is just to peel the potatoes.” Alan Watts

“Said the river to the seeker, “Does one really have to fret about enlightenment? No matter which way I turn, I’m homeward bound.” Anthoney De Mello

“Surfing soothes me, it’s always been a kind of Zen experience for me. The ocean is so magnificent, peaceful, and awesome. The rest of the world disappears for me when I’m on a wave.” Paul Walker

“And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.”  T.S. Eliot

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24 Responses to Timeless Relaxing Zen quotes to soothe your being

  1. The Baldchemist says:

    Wishfull thinking. I find that most seek peace in Asia on mountain tops and places of healing. As said if you cant find it at home its of little use seeking it elsewhere.
    Most of Asia or the World for that matter, who live under Budhist, Hindu, Judaism, Catholic, Christian or Muslim, live under fear of not being saved if they do not live in accordance with the teachings.
    Treat people as you wish to be treated and live your life. Don’t be guided by religion or cults which have done nothing for harmony, understanding of others views and beliefs, peace or love for that matter.
    Get and give as much joy as you can everyday and stop searching for things that may not exist; and if it does, how will you recognise it? Thanks for the word. The Baldchemist

  2. Ken says:

    I love reading wise, feel-good stuff like that.

    “All truly wise thoughts have been thought already thousands of times; but to make them truly ours, we must think them over again honestly, till they take root in our personal experience.” – Johann von Goethe (1749-1832)

  3. Nancy Ough says:

    I love this site … in this crazy busy world … its really nice to come across a site like this one kuddo’s
    I love it .

  4. Thanks for another great collection. How do you find the time to compile all these??? Anyway, I’ll add a couple of Christian women mystics – a totally different tradition, but I think these particular quotes are pretty Zen:

    Pain is never permanent. – Saint Teresa of Avila

    Reason, you’ll always be half-blind – Marguerite Porete

  5. Swamp Angel (Ellie) says:

    A perfect way to start the day! The Quotes are wonderful. If we are patient, what we need for our mind will come. It did, this will be a better day.

  6. If you are in a hurry sit down for a while.

    Chinese Proverb

  7. Dinah Lynn says:

    This is absolutely such a wonderful site. I just found it and am more than enthusiastic to see that so many others understand or are coming to understand the meanings of life, harmony and most of all.. love. Beautiful!

  8. Wonderful site dedicated to support emotional energy, much needed in this fast paced place! Thank you. i am so grateful I have found this. Namaste.

  9. martha says:

    this is very nice, just reading those quotes makes me much more relaxed

  10. riann says:

    I love your site. I just discovered this while searching quotes that would make me feel relax at this worry full night. Accidentally clicked on, wonder whats is. And just the name itself it is really enlightening! Its nice to realize i got many reason to smile. Thanks for all your post.

  11. Bhu says:

    Great compilation of great quotes! Thank you! Thank you!

  12. Rufffryder1223 says:

    peace be to all who search . Peace be to everything in which searches . Peace be to all who realize that peace is everywhere .

  13. TracyP says:

    And peace to you all.

  14. noonoo says:

    i heard this somewhere

    happiness is an oasis only to be found by dreaming camels.

  15. Monica says:

    I needed peace this morning and thanks to this wonderful website, I now feel peaceful!!!

  16. Robert Fields says:

    Love the site and the quotes, just what I need to start the day.

    Thank you.

    May your spirit be blessed.

  17. PSL9 says:

    Can you tell me where the lilies photograph came from?

  18. Rory says:

    Just so wonderful. To open my heart up each day & water the seeds of life.1. Love 2. Compassion 3. Kindness. To see all the world with the eyes of compassion. I very greatful. Thank you.

  19. Ray says:

    Thanks. This is better than aspirin….

  20. Anonymous says:

    good stuff. .thanx for posting it!!

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