Zen Buddhism does not search for the meaning of life, but rather helps us overcome the difficulties of life. Teach us to be patient, to be aware of what is happening in each moment, and to focus on the here and now.

Here are 25 pieces of Zen Buddhist wisdom. We believe that they can show you the way to a different view of life that can provide answers to many of the most important questions you will face.

#25. The temptation to surrender is strongest just before the victory.

#24. The goal of life is to die young, but as late as possible.

#23. Don’t speak if it doesn’t improve with silence.

#22. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

#21. A strong man overcomes an obstacle, a wise man reaches the end.

#20. Don’t be afraid to go slowly. Be afraid of stopping.

#19. Even the happiness of a fool is a stupid kind of happiness.

#18. Even if you stumble and fall, it does not mean that you have chosen the wrong path.

#17. A hut full of laughter is richer than a palace full of sadness.

#16. Always look on the bright side of things. If you can’t understand this, buff what has become dull until it starts to shine.

#15. Whatever happens, it always happens at the right time.

#14. Someone who points out your faults is not necessarily your enemy. Someone who talks about your strengths is not necessarily your friend.

#13. Don’t be afraid of not knowing something. Be afraid of not finding out about it.

#12. A good teacher opens the door for you, but you must enter the room alone.

#11. A mountain never gives way to the wind, no matter how strong it is.

#10. Take it easy. The time will come when the flowers will bloom on their own.

#9. There is no friend who has no defects. But if you try to find all your faults, you will have no friends.

#8. Unhappiness enters through a door that has been left open.

#7. Nobody comes back from a long journey like before.

#6. A person who can blush cannot have a bad heart.

#5. It is better to be a person for one day than to be a shadow for a thousand days.

#4. Your home is where your thoughts find peace.

#3. The man who moved the mountain was the one who began to carry the smaller stones.

#2. If you have made a mistake, it is better to laugh at it.

#1. The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.