Grappling with fate is like meeting an expert wrestler: to escape, you have to accept the fall when you are thrown. The only thing that counts is whether you get back up.— Ming-Dao Deng
The most colorful Ming-Dao Deng quotes that may be undiscovered and unusual
All teachings are mere references. The true experience is living your own life. Then, even the holiest of words are only words.
It is too facile to say that the way to follow Tao is to simply go along with the flow of life. Sometimes, like the carp, we must know when to go it alone.
Whether we remain the ash or become the phoenix is up to us.
Some Warriors look fierce, but are mild.
Some seem timid, but are vicious. Look beyond appearances; position yourself for the advantage.
The moon does not fight. It attacks no one. It does not worry. It does not try to crush others. It keeps to its course, but by its very nature, it gently influences. What other body could pull an entire ocean from shore to shore? The moon is faithful to its nature and its power is never diminished.
Rain scatters plum petals; Weeping stains the earth. One can only take shelter And wait for clearing.
The appreciation of life does not require wealth or plenty.
It requires only gratitude for the beauty of the world.
A tree uses what comes its way to nurture itself.
By sinking its roots deeply into the earth, by accepting the rain that flows towards it, by reaching out to the sun, the tree perfects its character and becomes great. ... Absorb, absorb, absorb. That is the secret of the tree.
Money is never more important than your body and mind, but you must work and support yourself. Never depend on others for your livelihood.
A moving door hinge never corrodes. Flowing water never grows stagnant.
Those truly linked don't need correspondence.
When they meet again after many years apart, Their friendship is as true as ever.
Muddy water will become clear if allowed to stand undisturbed, and so too will the mind become clear if it is allowed to be still.
Expression is never helped by suppression.
Those who don't know how to suffer are the worst off.
There are times when the only correct thing we can do is to bear out troubles until a better day.
By being receptive, we can avail ourselves of the spiritual wealth available to us. By being open, we can receive things beyond what we ourselves might imagine.
An ancient gnarled tree: Too fibrous for a logger's saw, Too twisted to fit a carpenter's square, Outlasts the whole forest.
Once you have seen the face of God, you see the same face on everyone you meet.
Did you measure to attain your height? Did you use geometry to radiate your limb? Did you lament storm-torn branches? Did you inventory your leaves for the sun? You did none of these things, yet man in his cleverness Cannot match your perfection.
Use a mirror in difficult times. You will see both cause and resolution.
There is no language of the holy. The sacred lies in the ordinary.
Who you are is always right.
It is said that if one chooses to pray to a rock with enough devotion, even that rock will come alive.
Cooperation with others. Perception, experience, tenacity. Know when to lead and when to follow.
A funeral is for those left behind. Sometimes, one wonders if the weeping is more out of fear for ourselves than it is sympathy for the deceased.
When it is time to part, then it is time to part.
There should be no regrets. The beauty of marriage is like the fleeting perfection of a snowflake.
The idea that each of us can be directly spiritual is radical.
Most religions are based not on teaching adherents to be directly spiritual, but in persuading them to trust in the intercession of ministers or priests. The problem with this approach is that we cannot gain access to spirituality except through the medium of a fallible human being. If we want to see Tao, we need only open our eyes and trust what we see.
Eventually, the time of action must come.
When this happens, be a winner! Don't settle for mediocre results. Don't try to stay even. Go for it all!
We need faith, not because there are beings who will punish us or reward us, but because gods are a wonderful way of describing things that are happening to us.
Build your life brick upon brick, Live a life of truth, And you will look back on a life of truth. Live a life of fantasy, And you will look back on delusion.
If you have a good idea, use it so that you will not only accomplish something, but so that you can make room for new ones to flow into you.
Self-discipline leads to higher spiritual states only if practiced with under- standing. The clearer the goal, the greater the result.
Reject labels. Reject identities. Reject conformity. Reject convention. Reject definitions. Reject names.
The sages say that life is illusion, but does that change its poignancy?
You may be capable of great things, But life consists of small things.
The follower of Tao is always flexible and adaptable to circumstance.
Worry is an addiction that interferes with compassion.
Let us be sad; it is feeling that makes us human.
Trees in winter lose their leaves. Some trees may even fall during storms, but most stand patiently and bear their fortune.
if i dont want to be known, i cannot be known.
the best actor can divide role from self.the best liar can divide truth from falsity.
Once we make our decision, all things will come to us.
Auspicious signs are not a superstition, but a confirmation. They are a response.
Knowing the steps to create living growth: that is art.
Do you want to know how spirituality works? Breathe.
We may be floating on Tao, but there is nothing wrong with steering.
If Tao is like a river, it is certainly good to know where the rocks are.