A Husband for a Mouse – A Moral Story About Marriage

Once upon a time, in a family of ordinary mice, a baby mouse was born. Few years passed, and she grew up to become a dazzling beauty. When it was her turn to get married, her parents started looking for a suitable mate. But how could they find one? Who was special enough to deserve […]

Worth While

An Inspirational Poem For Hard Times   by Elia Wheeler Wilcox   It is easy enough to be pleasant When life flows by like a song, But the man worthwhile is the one who will smile When everything goes dead wrong. For the test of the heart is trouble, And it always comes with the […]


An Inspirational Poem In the Face of Adversity   by William Ernest Henley   Out of the night that covers me, Black as the pit from pole to pole, I thank whatever gods may be For my unconquerable soul.   In the fell clutch of circumstance I have not winced nor cried aloud. Under the […]


An Inspirational Poem About Never Giving Up   by Walter D. Wintle   If you think you are beaten, you are, If you think you dare not, you don’t, If you’d like to win, but you think you can’t, It’s almost certain you won’t.   If you think you’ll lose, you’ve lost, For out in […]

The By-Products of Life

Motivational Story About the Value of By-Products   It often happens that a by-product of a manufacturing process proves worthier than the original product of that process. For example, many people know the name of the most famous product of the Bayer Chemical Corporation of Germany. But few are aware that it was discovered by […]

The Gift of the Magi

Inspiring Story About Love… and Gifts   After O. Henry   I. The Couple Delia and James were a poor twenty-something couple living in a modest apartment. They owned almost nothing and took pride in merely two of their few belongings: Delia’s beautiful brown hair and Jim’s prized gold watch, given to him as a […]

The Dance

A True Story Without a Moral   In Oriental Mythology, the second volume of his comparative study The Masks of God, the famous American mythologist and lecturer Joseph Campbell retells an amusing story. It concerns a Shinto priest and a Western sociologist who met at a conference in Japan in the late 1950s. The Japanese […]

My Creed

An Inspirational Poem About Life Goals   by Edgar Albert Guest   To live as gently as I can; To be, no matter where, a man; To take what comes of good or ill And cling to faith and honor still; To do my best, and let that stand The record of my brain and […]

The Muddy Road

A True Story About Judging People   Hara Tanzan was a Soto Buddhist monk who lived for most of the nineteenth century. He was well revered in life and even before his death, there were many stories retold about him. It’s hard to distinguish which of them are true and which are not. This, nevertheless, […]

Debt Repaid

A Motivational Story About Self-Control and Good Deeds   I. The Debt of a Fisherman One day, a samurai went to visit a fisherman who had borrowed money from him a while ago. “The time has come, my friend,” said the samurai, “to repay your debts.” “I’m sorry to disappoint you,” the fisherman replied, “but […]

In the Blink of an Eye

An Inspiring Story About Having Nothing to Lose   During the feudal Civil Wars of the nineteenth century, an army took over the control of a small and peaceful Japanese village. All of its inhabitants ran away – all, except an aged Zen master. The general of the conquering army was amazed to hear this […]

A Spider

A Motivational Story About Facing Your Deepest Fears   One evening, as he was meditating, a young Tibetan monk suddenly noticed a small spider crawling slowly towards him from the corner of the ceiling. He tried to shake off his fear, but couldn’t do it, so he had to end his meditation early. He tried […]

The Most Difficult Game of Chess

An Inspirational Story About the Most Important Things in Life   I. The Young Man Without a Purpose… Some time ago, a desperate young man headed towards a distant monastery to find a purpose in life. When he arrived, he explained to an elder monk: “I can find no pleasure in life. I am incapable […]

In the Land of Dreams

A Funny Story with a Moral   I. Confucius and the Power of Dreams It is often said that, in his later years, the great Chinese sage Confucius developed a habit of taking a short nap in moments of anxiety. Seconds after waking up, he would gather his pupils once again and share with them […]

Would You Mind Coming Back Tomorrow?

A Motivational Story About Dedication   At the advice of his respected mentor, a young student of philosophy retreated to his room and decided to spend the rest of his life reading and studying. He was determined to find the answers to the most important questions in life. Every night, his mentor would visit him […]

The Thief Who Became a Disciple

An Inspiring Story About the Quality of Mercy   It was a quiet night when the prayers of a Buddhist monk, famous for always telling the truth, were disturbed by the rustling of leaves in his front yard. Few moments later, a thief rushed into his room with a knife in his hand, asking for […]

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The Gates of Heaven

Inspirational Story About Anger and Remorse   Once upon a time, a samurai warrior named Nobushige traveled a long way to visit a wise Zen master in order to finally learn the answer to a question he had struggled with his whole life. “Are there Heaven and Hell?”, he asked immediately. “And may I know […]

The Consultant

A shepherd was herding his flock in a remote pasture when suddenly a brand-new BMW advanced out of the dust cloud towards him. The driver, a young man in a Broni suit, leaned out the window and asked the shepherd, “If I tell you exactly how many sheep you have in your flock, will you […]


There is a story about a man who, as he was passing some elephants, suddenly stopped, confused by the fact that these huge creatures were being held by only a small rope tied to their front leg. No chains, no cages. It was obvious that the elephants could, at any time, break away from their […]

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The blind beggar

An old blind man was sitting on a busy street corner in the rush-hour begging for money. On a cardboard sign, next to an empty tin cup, he had written: ‘Blind – Please help’. No-one was giving him any money. A young advertising writer walked past and saw the blind man with his sign and […]

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