Skip to Content

75 Powerful Zen Quotes To Bring You Inner Peace

These 75 Zen quotes and sayings will relax, uplift, and inspire you. As well as being about acceptance, finding peace and relaxation; Zen is also a form of Buddhism that emphasises enlightment through meditation.

As you read these Zen phrases, we hope that you will feel a sense of balance and grounding, whilst realizing that everything you need in life is exactly where you are; inside of you.

Read on to discover your Zen thought for the day and share your favorite image in Pinterest if you love our quotes. Love and light your way!

Zen Quotes

1. “Let go, or be dragged.” – Zen Proverb

Zen quotes

2. “Zen is not some fancy, special art of living. Our teaching is just to live, always in reality, in its exact sense.” – Shunryu Suzuki

Zen phrases

3. “When thoughts arise, then do all things arise. When thoughts vanish, then do all things vanish.” – Huang Po

Zen thoughts quotes

4. “Do not follow the idea of others, but learn to listen to the voice within yourself.” – Dōgen Zenji

Zen messages quote

5. “Each morning, we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.” – Buddha

Zen thought for the day

You Might Also Like:

6. “Wisdom says we are nothing. Love says we are everything. Between these two our life flows.” – Jack Kornfield

Zen wisdom quote

 7. “Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know.” – Pema Chödrön

Zen quote

8. “To live a pure unselfish life, one must count nothing as one’s own in the midst of abundance.” – Buddha

Zen one liners

9. “Respect life, revere life. There is nothing more holy than life, nothing more divine than life.” – Osho

Zen quotes about life

10. “Relax. Nothing’s missing.” – Maxime Lagacé

Quotes about zen

If you’re loving these so far, you might enjoy our Meditation Quotes and Quotes That Make You Think

11. “Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” – Dalai Lama

Zen sayings

12. “Man stands in his own shadow and wonders why it is dark.” – Zen Proverb

Zen proverbs

13. “Zen is not some kind of excitement, but concentration on our usual everyday routine.” – Shunryu Suzuki

Zen philosophy quotes

14. “Life is a balance of holding on and letting go.” – Rumi

Zen quotes on life

15. “Every experience is a lesson. Every loss is a gain.” – Sathya Sai Baba

Zen inspirational quotes

16. “Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.” – Dalai Lama

Zen quote of the day

17. “Those who are awake, live in a state of constant amazement.” – Buddha

Zen buddhist quotes

18. “Have a mind that is open to everything and attached to nothing.” – Tilopa

Short zen quotes

19. “Be master of mind rather than mastered by mind.” – Zen Proverb

Zen master quotes

20. “Wherever you are, be there totally.” – Eckhart Tolle

Daily zen sayings

Have you read our collection of Wise Quotes and Encouragement Quotes?

21. “The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness.” Eric Hoffer

Zen captions

22. “If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present.” – Lao Tzu

Quote zen

23. “To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.” – Thích Nhất Hạnh

Inspiring zen quotes

24. “Do not look for a sanctuary in anyone except your self.” – Buddha

Zen buddhism quotes

25. “The resistance to the unpleasant situation is the root of suffering.”– Ram Dass

Zen daily quotes

26. “The trouble is, you think you have time.” – Buddha

Zen garden quotes

27. “Life isn’t as serious as the mind makes it out to be.” – Eckhart Tolle

Zen success quotes

28. “Happiness is here, and now.” ― Thích Nhất Hạnh

Zen happiness quotes

29. “Awareness is the greatest agent for change.”  Eckhart Tolle

Zen quotes about change

30. “When you think everything is someone else fault, you will suffer a lot. When you realize that everything springs only from yourself, you will learn both peace and joy.” – Dalai Lama

Best zen quotes

31. “Wherever you are, it’s the place you need to be.” – Maxime Lagacé

32. “If you realize you have enough, you are truly rich.” – Lao Tzu

33. “To a mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.” – Chuang Tzu

34. “I don’t mind what happens. That is the essence of inner freedom.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti

35. “When I feel like dancing, I dance. I don’t care if anyone else is dancing or if everyone else is laughing at me. I dance.” Rachel Danson

36. “In a mind clear as still water, even the waves, breaking, are reflecting its light.” – Dōgen Zenji

37. “When you realize nothing is lacking, the whole world belongs to you.” – Lao Tzu

38. “To understand everything is to forgive everything.” – Buddha

39. “To think in terms of either pessimism or optimism oversimplifies the truth. The problem is to see reality as it is.” – Thich Nhat Hạnh

40. “To receive everything, one must open one’s hands and give.” – Taisen Deshimaru

41. “Only when you can be extremely pliable and soft can you be extremely hard and strong.”– Zen Proverb

42. “What was never lost can never be found.” – Zen Proverb

43. “Everything that happens to you is a form of instruction if you pay attention.” – Robert Greene

44. “The true miracle is not walking on water or walking in air, but simply walking on this earth.” – Thích Nhất Hạnh

45. “The place to improve the world is first in one’s own heart and head and hands.” – Robert M. Pirsig

46. “The feeling that any task is a nuisance will soon disappear if it is done in mindfulness.” – Thich Nhat Hahn 

47. “Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” – Lao Tzu

48. “To accept some idea of truth without experiencing it is like a painting of a cake on paper which you cannot eat.” – Suzuki Roshi

49. “To seek is to suffer. To seek nothing is bliss.” – Bodhidharma

Check out Silence Quotes and Alone Quotes

50. “The less you try to impress, the more peaceful you can be.” – Maxime Lagacé

51. “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Lao Tzu

52. “Peace of mind is that mental condition in which you have accepted the worst.” – Lin Yutang

53. “Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.” – Dalai Lama

54. “The purpose of our lives is to be happy.” – Dalai Lama

55. “When we discover that the truth is already in us, we are all at once our original selves.” – Dogen

57. “All that we are, is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think, we become.” ― Buddha

58. “Smile, breathe and go slowly.” – Thích Nhất Hạnh

59. “Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.” – Bruce Lee

60. “The most important point is to accept yourself and stand on your two feet.” – Shunryu Suzuki

61. “Learn to be comfortable in adversity but most importantly, learn to be comfortable when you’re bored.” – Maxime Lagacé

62. “Rest and be kind, you don’t have to prove anything.” – Jack Kerouac

63. “Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely.” – Buddha

64. “Self-realization is effortless. What you are trying to find is what you already are.”- Ramesh Balsekar

65. “The noble-minded are calm and steady. Little people are forever fussing and fretting.” – Confucius

66. “Don’t seek, don’t search, don’t ask, don’t knock, don’t demand – relax.” – Osho

67. “Wise men don’t judge – they seek to understand.” – Wei Wu Wei

68. “The real meditation is how you live your life.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn

69. “When walking, walk. When eating, eat.” – Zen Proverb

70. “There is no mistake in nature.”- Byron Katie

71. “When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” – Lao Tzu

72. “To seek is to suffer. To seek nothing is bliss.” – Bodhidharma

73. “We do not exist for the sake of something else. We exist for the sake of ourselves.” – Shunryu Suzuki

74. “What the superior man seeks is in himself; what the small man seeks is in others.” – Confucius

75. “Smile, breathe and go slowly.” – Thích Nhất Hạnh

If you loved these, you’ll love our One Liners About Life and Happiness Quotes