Gautama Buddha Quotes
He is able who thinks he is able.
Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely.
Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.
Anger will never disappear so long as thoughts of resentment are cherished in the mind. Anger will disappear just as soon as thoughts of resentment are forgotten.
With our thoughts we make the world.
No one can purify another.
Attachment leads to suffering.
Purity or impurity depends on oneself, It is better to travel well than to arrive.
Through zeal, knowledge is gotten, through lack of zeal, knowledge is lost; let a man who knows the double path of gain and loss thus place himself that knowledge may grow.
Hunger for things is the supreme disease.
Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.
The cause of all pain and suffering is ignorance.
The foot feels the foot when it feels the ground.
The mind is everything. What you think you become.
There is no way to happiness, happiness is the way
The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart.
Work out your own salvation. Do not depend on others.
Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely.
Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace.
The tongue like a sharp knife… Kills without drawing blood.
Every human being is the author of his own health or disease.
Everyone is gifted – but some people never open their package.
As soon as we think we are safe, something unexpected happens.
There has to be evil so that good can prove its purity above it.
All living beings have the Buddha nature and can become Buddhas.
The wise ones fashioned speech with their thought, sifting it as grain is sifted through a sieve.
I never see what has been done; I only see what remains to be done.
Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace.
He who loves 50 people has 50 woes; he who loves no one has no woes.
Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.
Chaos is inherent in all compounded things. Strive on with diligence.
Better than a thousand hollow words is one word that brings peace.
Happiness comes when your work and words are of benefit to others.
Virtue is persecuted more by the wicked than it is loved by the good.
The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows.
To become vegetarian is to step into the stream which leads to nirvana.
It is a man’s own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways.
Life is dear to all beings. They have the right to live the same as we do.
What we think, we become.
Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule.
You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.
There have been many Buddhas before me and will be many Buddhas in the future.
If we fail to look after others when they need help, who will look after us?
Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule.
Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.
Awake. Be the witness of your thoughts. You are what observes, not what you observe.
Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life.
Those who have failed to work toward the truth have missed the purpose of living.
Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it.
All wrong-doing arises because of mind. If mind is transformed can wrong-doing remain?
No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.
Set your heart on doing good. Do it over and over again, and you will be filled with joy.
Life can only take place in the present moment. If we lose the present moment, we lose life.
Even as a solid rock is unshaken by the wind, so are the wise unshaken by praise or blame.
To live a pure unselfish life, one must count nothing as one’s own in the midst of abundance.
As you walk and eat and travel, be where you are. Otherwise you will miss most of your life.
Unity can only be manifested by the Binary. Unity itself and the idea of Unity are already two.
Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.
Without health, life is not life; it is only a state of languor and suffering – an image of death.
If we destroy something around us, we destroy ourselves. If we cheat another, we cheat ourselves.
Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.
Love is what makes two people sit in the middle of a bench when there is plenty of room at both ends
We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.
Neither my life of luxury in the palace nor my life as an ascetic in the forest is the way to freedom.
All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become.
Friendship is a treasured gift, and every time I talk with you I feel as if I’m getting richer and richer
An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.
There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.
A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.
Words have the power to both destroy and heal. When words are both true and kind, they can change our world.
Do not overrate what you have received, nor envy others. He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind.
No one can escape death and unhappiness. If people expect only happiness in life, they will be disappointed.
To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.
Ennui has made more gamblers than avarice, more drunkards than thirst, and perhaps as many suicides as despair.
To support mother and father, to cherish wife and child and to have a simple livelihood; this is the good luck.
The virtues, like the Muses, are always seen in groups. A good principle was never found solitary in any breast.
My doctrine is not a doctrine but just a vision. I have not given you any set rules, I have not given you a system.
However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them?
A wise man, recognizing that the world is but an illusion, does not act as if it is real, so he escapes the suffering.
Have compassion for all beings, rich and poor alike; each has their suffering. Some suffer too much, others too little.
Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think. Joy follows a pure thought like a shadow that never leaves.
Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill.
To be idle is a short road to death and to be diligent is a way of life; foolish people are idle, wise people are diligent.
I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act.
There is no fire like passion, there is no shark like hatred, there is no snare like folly, there is no torrent like greed.
A dog is not considered a good dog because he is a good barker. A man is not considered a good man because he is a good talker.
In a controversy the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves.
Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.
The past is already gone, the future is not yet here. There’s only one moment for you to live, and that is the present moment”
As rain falls equally on the just and the unjust, do not burden your heart with judgement but rain your kindness equally on all.
Long is the night to him who is awake; long is a mile to him who is tired; long is life to the foolish who do not know the true law.
Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.
In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west; people create distinctions out of their own minds and then believe them to be true.
An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast; a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind.
Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.
Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think. Suffering follows an evil thought as the wheels of a cart follow the oxen that draws it.
Conquer the angry one by not getting angry; conquer the wicked by goodness; conquer the stingy by generosity, and the liar by speaking the truth.
We are the same as plants, as trees, as other people, as the rain that falls. We consist of that which is around us, we are the same as everything.
He who experiences the unity of life sees his own Self in all beings, and all beings in his own Self, and looks on everything with an impartial eye.
Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.
The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. Never fear what will become of you, depend on no one. Only the moment you reject all help are you freed.
Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.
The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.
Meditation brings wisdom; lack of mediation leaves ignorance. Know well what leads you forward and what hold you back, and choose the path that leads to wisdom.
It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.
All things appear and disappear because of the concurrence of causes and conditions. Nothing ever exists entirely alone; everything is in relation to everything else.
We are formed and molded by our thoughts. Those whose minds are shaped by selfless thoughts give joy when they speak or act. Joy follows them like a shadow that never leaves them.
When one has the feeling of dislike for evil, when one feels tranquil, one finds pleasure in listening to good teachings; when one has these feelings and appreciates them, one is free of fear.
The world, indeed, is like a dream and the treasures of the world are an alluring mirage! Like the apparent distances in a picture, things have no reality in themselves, but they are like heat haze.
On life’s journey faith is nourishment, virtuous deeds are a shelter, wisdom is the light by day and right mindfulness is the protection by night. If a man lives a pure life, nothing can destroy him.
It is to see the faults of others, but difficult to see once own faults. One shows the faults of others like chaff winnowed in the wind, but one conceals one’s own faults as a cunning gambler conceals his dice.
What is the appropriate behavior for a man or a woman in the midst of this world, where each person is clinging to his piece of debris? What’s the proper salutation between people as they pass each other in this flood?
There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts; it is a sword that kills.
Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue.
Words do not express thoughts very well; every thing immediately becomes a little different, a little distorted, a little foolish. And yet it also pleases me and seems right that what is of
You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection.
To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.
Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.
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