- Series: Compass
- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books; 1St Edition edition (November 1, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140195602
- ISBN-13: 978-0140195606
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 7.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,178,860 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Laurence G. Boldt is a writer, career consultant, and lifetime student of Eastern philosophies, with more than a decade of experience helping people shape their dreams into practical realities. He is the bestselling author of Zen and the Art of Making a Living, How to Find the Work You Love, and Zen Soup. He lives in Santa Barbara, California..
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I really like this author's style. He's not New Agey, nor does he limit himself to traditional Zen content.
The quote selections by topic are just excellent, but some of my favorite stuff is in the author's short topic introductions.
Great wisdom, not sappy, and lots of variety so you can find the kind of wisdom or inspiration you're looking for at particular times.
I should say first that this little booklet is not limited to sharing Zen wisdom, specifically. It’s well in the spirit of Zen, and there are among the many quotes also those from Zen masters. But there are also quotes from Abraham Lincoln, Albert Einstein, Seneca, George Bernhard Shaw, Thomas Merton, Ralph Waldo Emerson—to name only these.
This book in my view belongs in a business library more than in a Zen library because it contains not only wisdom quotes but also smart and pointed introductions into each of the 25 chapters. Only reading over the chapter titles, you will see that the booklet is something like a companion guide to the two reviewed before in that it has a strong and purposeful orientation toward the career path.
I say this because there might be many interested in wisdom who are not particularly attracted to the teaching and the practice of Zen.
You will find yourself reading it over and over.
Just reviewing a few quotes a day will bring energy and spiritual nourishment to that day.
My favorite author, by far. Can't say enough about Boldt. Especially in this age of bs blogs. He takes so much wisdom from history and sorts it out for you efficiently. Be sure to read all of his books.
The book is divided into 25 different sections, each of them covering a quality associated with the Zen tradition e.g. Be Here Now, Beginner's Mind, Responsibility, Compassion, Joy, Discipline, The Game Of Life, Selfless Service, Letting Go, Everyday Zen. There is a brief introduction to each quality, then a selection of associated quotes.
Many readers of self-development books and spiritual ideas will be familiar with some of these sayings, but as befits the Zen emphasis, the quality and depth of these quotes really makes an impact. Some of the people quoted several times are Krishnamurti, Confucius, Mahatma Gandhi, Albert Einstein, Lao-Tzu, Goethe, Carl Jung, Albert Camus and texts from every major religion.
Be here now,Be yourself,Work,Creativity,compassion,joy,perseverance mindfullness, ....etc, etc, etc.
I love quotes as much as the next quote lovin' gal. The sub title "Tasty Morsels of Wisdom from Great Minds East & West" actually means that there are quotes from everybody, everywhere. Great minds, yes. There are a lot of really good quotes here. But, it is a book of quotes. If that's what your looking for, then it's a great book!