Stories of Wisdom

Beautiful, inspirational, motivational and enlightening stories for every one. This is a personal collection of great stories that I have gathered after a considerable amount of time. The goal is to provide wisdom from every corner of our beautiful planet to you. Wisdom to enlighten you in your everyday life and to strengthen your convictions in what ever you desire to get out of life!

The Wise Woman's Stone A wise woman who was traveling in the mountains found a precious stone in a stream.
The next day she met... Read full story »
The Moon Cannot be Stolen Ryokan, a Zen master, lived the simplest kind of life in a little hut at the foot of a mountain. One evening a thief visited the hut only to discover there was nothing in it to steal... Read full story »
Seeing and Opening "Is there such a thing as One Minute Wisdom?"
"There certainly is," said the master... Read full story »
Tasting Life Before the young man began his studies, he wanted assurance from the Master.
"Can you teach me the goal of human life?"... Read full story »
Test of Socrates In ancient Greece, Socrates was reputed to hold knowledge in high esteem.One day an acquaintance met the great philosopher and said, "Do you know what I just heard about your friend?"... Read full story »
Skill and the Mind After winning several archery contests, the young and rather boastful champion challenged a Zen master who was renowned for his skill as an archer... Read full story »
The Rock An old farmer had plowed around a large rock in one of his fields for years. He had broken several plowshares and a cultivator on it and had grown rather morbid about the rock... Read full story »
Sands of Forgiveness A story tells that two friends were walking through the desert. During some point of the journey they had an argument, and one friend slapped the other one in the face... Read full story »
The Cave of the Best Warrior There was once a very strong and very tall man who used to be a soldier. He called himself the Best Warrior. He was in many wars and killed lots of people. In his little nation he was a hero... Read full story »
Within Us The Creator gathered all of Creation and said,
"I want to hide something from the humans until they are ready for it. It is the realization that they create their own reality."... Read full story »
Darkness Te-shan was sitting outside doing zazen. 
Lung-t'an asked him why he didn't go back home... Read full story »
The Wise Sage There once was a wise sage who wandered the countryside. One day, as he passed near a village, he was approached by a woman who told him of a sick child nearby. She beseeched him to help this child... Read full story »
The Donkey in the Well One day a farmer's donkey fell down into a well.
The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do... Read full story »
Is That So? The Zen master Hakuin was praised by his neighbors as one living a pure life.
A beautiful Japanese girl whose parents owned a food store lived near him. Suddenly, without any warning, her parents discovered she was with child... Read full story »
The Starfish Strolling along the edge of the sea, a man catches sight of a young woman who appears to be engaged in a ritual dance. She stoops down... Read full story »
Socrates the Wise Socrates believed that the wise person would instinctively lead a frugal life... Read full story »
The Deaf Frog A group of frogs were traveling through the woods, when two of them fell into a deep pit. All the other frogs gathered around the pit. When they saw how deep it was, they told the two frogs that they were as good as dead... Read full story »
The Stone Mind Hogen, a Chinese Zen teacher, lived alone in a small temple in
the country. One day four traveling monks appeared and asked
if they might make a fire in his yard to warm themselves. Read full story »
Aloneness To a disciple who was always seeking answers from him the Master said, "You have within yourself the answer to every question you propose - if you only knew how to look for it."... Read full story »
Wonders of the World A certain shopkeeper sent his son to learn about the secret of happiness from the wisest man in the world. The lad wandered through the desert for forty days, and finally came upon a beautiful castle, high atop a mountain. It was there that the wise man lived... Read full story »
Acceptance "How can I be a great man-like you?"... Read full story »
Drop of Water A Zen master named Gisan asked a young student to bring him a pail of water to cool his bath... Read full story »
A Parable Buddha told a parable in sutra:
A man traveling across a field encountered a tiger. He fled, the tiger after him... Read full story »
House of Thousand Mirrors Long ago in a small, far away village, there was a place known as the House of 1000 Mirrors. A small, happy little dog learned of this place and decided to visit... Read full story »
Obstacles in our Paths In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a roadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock... Read full story »
Distinction The Master was strolling with some of his disciples along the bank of a river.
He said, "See how the fish keep darting about wherever they please. That's what they really enjoy... Read full story »
Hang in There Nicolo Paganini was a well-known and gifted nineteenth century violinist. He was also well known as a great showman with a quick sense of humor... Read full story »
Nothing Exists Yamaoka Tesshu, as a young student of Zen, visited one master after another. He called upon Dokuon of Shokoku... Read full story »
The Story of Two Wolves A Grandfather from the Cherokee Nation was talking with his grandson.
"A fight is going on inside me," he said to the boy.
"It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves."... Read full story »
A Cup of Tea Nan-in, a Japanese master during the Meiji era (1868-1912), received a university professor who came to inquire about Zen... Read full story »
A Bundle of Sticks A farmer who had a quarrelsome family called his sons and told them to lay a bunch of sticks before him... Read full story »
The Most Valuable Thing Sozan, a Chinese Zen master, was asked by a student: 
"What is the most valuable thing in the world?"... Read full story »
The Scorpion and the Frog A scorpion and a frog meet on the bank of a stream and the scorpion asks the frog to carry him across on its back because the scorpion cannot swim. The frog asks, "How do I know you won't sting me?"... Read full story »
The Bamboo Tree You take a little seed, plant it, water it, and fertilize it for a whole year, and nothing happens... Read full story »
Prosperity A rich man asked a Zen master to write something down that could encourage the prosperity of his family for years to come... Read full story »
You Are Not Me One day Chuang Tzu and a friend were walking along a riverbank.
"How delightfully the fishes are enjoying themselves in the water!" Chuang Tzu exclaimed... Read full story »
The Trouble Tree The carpenter I hired to help me restore an old farmhouse had just finished a rough first day on the job. A flat tire made him lose an hour of work, his electric saw quit, and now his ancient pickup truck refused to start. While I drove him home, he sat in stony silence... Read full story »
The Wooden Coffin A farmer got so old that he couldn't work the fields anymore. So he would spend the day just sitting on the porch. His son, still working the farm, would look up from time to time and see his father sitting there... Read full story »

To survive, you must tell stories.
Umberto Eco

Stories can conquer fear, you know. They can make the heart bigger.
Ben Okri

Some stories are true that never happened.
Elie Wiesel

To hell with facts! We need stories!
Ken Kesey

Be amusing: never tell unkind stories; above all, never tell long ones.
Benjamin Disraeli

The seaman tells stories of winds, the ploughman of bulls; the soldier details his wounds, the shepherd his sheep.
Laurence J. Peter

There have been great societies that did not use the wheel, but there have been no societies that did not tell stories.
Ursula K. LeGuin

People did not wait until there was writing before they told stories and sang songs.
Albert Bates Lord

The lies we live will always be confessed in the stories that we tell.
Orison Scott Card

I heard stories from my mother's mother who was an American Indian. She was spiritual, although she did not go to church, but she had the hum. She used to tell me stories of the rivers.
Tina Turner

If you don’t know the trees you may be lost in the forest, but if you don’t know the stories you may be lost in life.
Siberian Elder

The greatest stories are those that resonate our beginnings and intuit our endings, our mysterious origins and our numinous destinies, and dissolve them both into one.
Ben Okri

The answer is always in the entire story, not a piece of it.
Jim Harrison

People are hungry for stories. It’s part of our very being. Storytelling is a form of history, of immortality too. It goes from one generation to another.
Studs Terkel

Stories live in your blood and bones, follow the seasons and light candles on the darkest night-every storyteller knows she or he is also a teacher... 
Patti Davis