"Harmonizing opposites by going back to their source is the distinctive quality of the Zen attitude, the Middle Way: embracing contradictions, making a synthesis of them, achieving balance."
- Taisen Deshimaru
"I come to realize that mind is no other than mountains and rivers and the great wide earth, the sun and the moon and stars."
- Dogen Zenji
"One who conquers himself is greater than another who conquers a thousand times a thousand on the battlefield."
"Zen is not some kind of excitement, but concentration on our usual everyday routine."
- Shunryu Suzuki
"Before enlightenment; chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment; chop wood, carry water."