Buddha Quotes

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Below are many Gautama Buddha quotes of life wisdom.  Rather than seeking spirituality as an external preoccupation with a deity, the wisdom that Christ spoke of when urging people to find God within themselves is the true spirit of the entire Buddhism, which urges people to go within and find their “I Am” full range of experiencing life fully from the simplest actions (i.e., carrying water, chopping wood, peeling potatoes, or washing dishes) to the most complex tasks in life.  This wisdom of Spirit was given voice by monks from different faiths, such as Thomas Merton, a Catholic Trappist monk, and Thich Nhat Hahn, a Zen monk.  Their mystic quotes are part of this same spiritual quotes section.

“The way is not in the sky.  The way is in the heart.”
― Gautama Buddha

“The wise man makes an island of himself that no flood can overwhelm.”
― Gautama Buddha

“Monks, even if bandits were to savagely sever you, limb by limb, with a double-handled saw, even then, whoever of you harbors ill will at heart would not be upholding my Teaching. Monks, even in such a situation you should train yourselves thus: 'Neither shall our minds be affected by this, nor for this matter shall we give vent to evil words, but we shall remain full of concern and pity, with a mind of love, and we shall not give in to hatred. On the contrary, we shall live projecting thoughts of universal love to those very persons, making them as well as the whole world the object of our thoughts of universal love — thoughts that have grown great, exalted and measureless. We shall dwell radiating these thoughts which are void of hostility and ill will.' It is in this way, monks, that you should train yourselves.”
― Gautama Buddha

“All that we are is the result of what we have thought: it is founded on our thoughts and made up of our thoughts. If a man speak or act with an evil thought, suffering follows him as the wheel follows the hoof of the beast that draws the wagon . . . If a man speak or act with a good thought, happiness follows him like a shadow that never leaves him.”
― Gautama Buddha, The Dhammapada

“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.”
― Gautama Buddha

“In the end these things matter most:
How well did you love?
How fully did you live?
How deeply did you let go?”
― Gautama Buddha

“However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them?”
― Gautama Buddha

“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.”
― Gautama Buddha

“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection”
― Gautama Buddha quote

“All that we are is the result of what we have thought. If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him. If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him.”
― Gautama Buddha

“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.”
― Gautama Buddha quote

“Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot 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.”
― Gautama Buddha

“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.”
― Gautama Buddha

“You only lose what you cling to.”
― Gautama Buddha quote

“Peace comes from within.  Do not seek it without.”
― Gautama Buddha

“Three things can not hide for long: the Moon, the Sun and the Truth.”
― Gautama Buddha

“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.”
― Gautama Buddha

“Doubt everything. Find your own light.”
― Gautama Buddha quote

“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.”
― Gautama Buddha

“Every morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.”
― Gautama Buddha

“There is no path to happiness: happiness is the path.”
― Gautama Buddha

“Your purpose in life is to find your purpose and give your whole heart and soul to it”
― Gautama Buddha

“If you truly loved yourself, you could never hurt another.”
― Gautama Buddha quote

“Resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant with the weak and wrong. Sometime in your life, you will have been all of these.”
― Gautama Buddha

“When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.”
― Gautama Buddha

“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.”
― Gautama Buddha quote

“A man is not called wise because he talks and talks again; but if he is peaceful, loving and fearless then he is in truth called wise.”
― Gautama Buddha quote, The Dhammapada: The Sayings of the Buddha

“What we think, we become.”
― Gautama Buddha

“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.”
― Gautama Buddha quote

“You will not be punished for your anger; you will be punished by your anger.”
― Gautama Buddha

“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.”
― Gautama Buddha

“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.”
― Gautama Buddha quote

“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.”
― Gautama Buddha, Sayings Of Buddha

“If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.”
― Gautama Buddha

“Pain is certain, suffering is optional.”
― Gautama Buddha

“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 value and wisdom of one man seems nonsense to another.”
― Gautama Buddha quote

“If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly our whole life would change.”
― Gautama Buddha

“Do not look for a sanctuary in anyone except your self.”
― Gautama Buddha

“As rain falls equally on the just and the unjust, do not burden your heart with judgments but rain your kindness equally on all. ”
― Gautama Buddha

“Nothing ever exists entirely alone; everything is in relation to everything else.”
― Gautama Buddha

“Rage is a powerful energy that with diligent practice can be transformed into fierce compassion. However much we disagree with our enemies, our task is to identify with them. They too feel justified in their point of view.”
― Gautama Buddha quote

“The tongue like a sharp knife... Kills without drawing blood.”
― Gautama Buddha

“If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading”
― Gautama Buddha quote

“Meditate.
Live purely. Be quiet.
Do your work with mastery.
Like the moon, come out
from behind the clouds!
Shine”
― Gautama Buddha

“Nothing can harm you as much as your own thoughts unguarded.”
― Gautama Buddha

“If we fail to look after others when they need help, who will look after us?”
― Gautama Buddha quote

“NOTHING IS FOREVER EXCEPT CHANGE.”
― Gautama Buddha

“Set your heart on doing good. Do it over and over again, and you will be filled with joy.”
― Gautama Buddha

“A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.”
― Gautama Buddha

“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”
― Gautama Buddha quote

“Purity or impurity depends on oneself.  No one can purify another.”
― Gautama Buddha

“As you walk and eat and travel, be where you are. Otherwise you will miss most of your life.”
― Gautama Buddha

“With our thoughts we make the world.”
― Gautama Buddha

“Our life is a creation of our mind.”
― Gautama Buddha quote

“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.”
― Gautama Buddha

“Conquer anger by love, evil by good; conquer the miser with liberality, and the liar with truth.”
― Gautama Buddha

“Better than a thousand hollow words is one word that brings peace.”
― Gautama Buddha

“Even as a solid rock is unshaken by the wind, so are the wise unshaken by praise or blame.”
― Gautama Buddha quote

“Happiness comes when your work and words are of benefit to others.”
― Gautama Buddha

“Those who have failed to work toward the truth have missed the purpose of living.”
― Gautama Buddha

“Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule.”
― Gautama Buddha, The Dhammapada: The Sayings of the Buddha

“Praise and blame, gain and loss, pleasure and sorrow come and go like the wind. To be happy, rest like a giant tree in the midst of them all”
― Gautama Buddha quote

“There is no fire like passion, there is no shark like hatred, there is no snare like folly, there is no torrent like greed.”
― Gautama Buddha

“All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become.”
― Gautama Buddha

“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.”
― Gautama Buddha

“You throw thorns, falling in my silence they become flowers.”
― Gautama Buddha quote

“She who knows life flows, feels no wear or tear, needs no mending or repair.”
― Gautama Buddha

“In separateness lies the world's greatest misery; in compassion lies the world's true strength.”
― Gautama Buddha

“Wear your ego like a loose fitting garment.”
― Gautama Buddha

“Attachment leads to suffering.”
― Gautama Buddha

“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.”
― Gautama Buddha

“Kindness should become the natural way of life,not the exception.”
― Gautama Buddha quote

“When you come upon a path
that brings benefit
and happiness to all,
follow this course
as the moon
journeys through the stars.”
― Gautama Buddha

“A family is a place where minds come in contact with one another. If these minds love one another the home will be as beautiful as a flower garden. But if these minds get out of harmony with one another it is like a storm that plays havoc with the garden.”
― Gautama Buddha

“Friendship is the only cure for hatred, the only guarantee of peace.”
― Gautama Buddha

“There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.”
― Gautama Buddha quote

“You are the community now. Be a lamp for yourselves. Be your own refuge. Seek for no other. All things must pass. Strive on diligently. Don’t give up.”
― Gautama Buddha

“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.
Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think. Joy follows a pure thought like a shadow that never leaves.”
― Gautama Buddha

“The greatest prayer is patience.”
― Gautama Buddha quote

“If a traveller does not meet with one who is his better, or his equal, let him firmly keep to his solitary journey; there is no companionship with a fool.”
― Gautama Buddha

“Speak the truth do not become angered and give when asked, even be it a little. By these three conditions one goes to the presence of the gods.”
― Gautama Buddha

“There are no chains like hate...dwelling on your brother's faults multiplies your own. You are far from the end of your journey.”
― Gautama Buddha

“He is able who thinks he is able.”
― Gautama Buddha quote

“May all that have life be delivered from suffering”
― Gautama Buddha

“Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.”
― Gautama Buddha

“When you realize how perfect everything is you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky”
― Gautama Buddha

“To become vegetarian is to step into the stream which leads to nirvana.”
― Gautama Buddha

“To force oneself to believe and to accept a thing without understanding is political, and not spiritual or intellectual.”
― Gautama Buddha quote

“Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship. ”
― Gautama Buddha

“If you light a lamp for somebody, it will also brighten your path. ”
― Gautama Buddha

“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”
― Gautama Buddha

“Make of yourself a light.”
― Gautama Buddha

“The one who has conquered himself is a far greater hero than he who has defeated a thousand times a thousand men.”
― Gautama Buddha quote, The Dhammapada: The Sayings of the Buddha

“To insist on a spiritual practice that served you in the past is to carry the raft on your back after you have crossed the river.”
― Gautama Buddha

“There has to be evil so that good can prove its purity above it.”
― Gautama Buddha

“There isn't enough darkness in all the world to snuff out the light of one little candle.”
― Gautama Buddha

“People with opinions just go around bothering one another.”
― Gautama Buddha

“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.”
― Gautama Buddha quote, The Dhammapada: The Sayings of the Buddha

“What you are is what you have been. What you'll be is what you do now.”
― Gautama Buddha

“More than those who hate you, more than all your enemies, an undisciplined mind does greater harm.”
― Gautama Buddha

“What is evil? Killing is evil, lying is evil, slandering is evil, abuse is evil, gossip is evil, envy is evil, hatred is evil, to cling to false doctrine is evil; all these things are evil. And what is the root of evil? Desire is the root of evil, illusion is the root of evil.”
― Gautama Buddha

“Remembering a wrong is like carrying a burden on the mind.”
― Gautama Buddha

“A man traveling across a field encountered a tiger. He fled, the tiger after him. Coming to a precipice, he caught hold of the root of a wild vine and swung himself down over the edge. The tiger sniffed at him from above. Trembling, the man looked down to where, far below, another tiger was waiting to eat him. Only the vine sustained him.   Two mice, one white and one black, little by little started to gnaw away the vine. The man saw a luscious strawberry near him. Grasping the vine with one hand, he plucked the strawberry with the other. How sweet it tasted! ”
― Gautama Buddha quote, The Dhammapada: Verses on the Way

“Life is a river always flowing. do not hold onto things. work hard.”
― Gautama Buddha

“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.”
― Gautama Buddha

“Anger will never disappear so long as thoughts of resentment are cherished in the mind.”
― Gautama Buddha

“Be greatly aware of the present.”
― Gautama Buddha

“Those who attempt to conquer hatred by hatred are like warriors who take weapons to overcome others who bear arms. This does not end hatred, but gives it room to grow. But, ancient wisdom has advocated a different timeless strategy to overcome hatred. This eternal wisdom is to meet hatred with non-hatred. The method of trying to conquer hatred through hatred never succeeds in overcoming hatred. But, the method of overcoming hatred through non-hatred is eternally effective. That is why that method is described as eternal wisdom. ”
― Gautama Buddha

“All that we ARE is the result of what we have thought”
― Gautama Buddha quote

“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.”
― Gautama Buddha

“If you find no one to support you on the spiritual path, walk alone. There is no companionship with the immature.”
― Gautama Buddha, The Dhammapada

“If you propose to speak always ask yourself, is it true, is it necessary, is it kind.”
― Gautama Buddha

“How wonderful! How wonderful! All things are perfect, exactly as they are.”
― Gautama Buddha

“It is a man's own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways.”
― Gautama Buddha quote

“Greed is an imperfection that defiles the mind; hate is an imperfection that defiles the mind; delusion is an imperfection that defiles the mind.”
― Gautama Buddha

“True love is born from understanding.”
― Gautama Buddha

“All descriptions of reality are temporary hypotheses.”
― Gautama Buddha

“Every human being is the author of his own health or disease.”
― Gautama Buddha

“The Gift of Truth excels all other Gifts.”
― Gautama Buddha quote

“Wakefulness is the way to life.
The fool sleeps
As if he were already dead,
But the Master is awake
And he lives forever.
He watches.
He is clear.
How happy he is!
For he sees that wakefulness is life.
How happy he is,
Following the path of the awakened.
With Great perseverance
He meditates, seeking
Freedom and happiness. ”
― Gautama Buddha

“Be where you are; otherwise you will miss your life.”
― Gautama Buddha

“Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.”
― Gautama Buddha quote

“Few among men are they who cross to the further shore. The others merely run up and down the bank on this side.”
― Gautama Buddha

“Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.”
― Gautama Buddha

“Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think.”
― Gautama Buddha

“Though one should live a hundred years without wisdom and control, yet better, indeed, is a single day’s life of one who is wise and meditative.”
― Gautama Buddha quote

“A man asked Gautama Buddha, "I want happiness."  Buddha said, "First remove "I," that's Ego, then remove "want," that's Desire.  See now you are left with only "Happiness.”
― Gautama Buddha, Sayings Of Buddha

“Nothing remains without change.”
― Gautama Buddha

“It is better to travel, than to arrive”
― Gautama Buddha

“Through countless births in the cycle of existence
I have run, not finding
although seeking the builder of this house;
and again and again I faced the suffering of new birth.
Oh housebuilder! Now you are seen.
You shall not build a house again for me.
All your beams are broken,
the ridgepole is shattered.
The mind has become freed from conditioning:
the end of craving has been reached.”
― Gautama Buddha quote

“The forest is a peculiar organism of unlimited kindness and benevolence that makes no demands for its sustenance and extends generously the products of its life activity; it affords protection to all beings, offering shade even to the axe-man who destroys it.”
― Gautama Buddha

“To understand everything is to forgive everything”
― Gautama Buddha

“Most problems, if you give them enough time and space, will eventually wear themselves out”
― Gautama Buddha, Sayings of the Buddha

“Learn this from water: loud splashes the brook but the oceans depth are calm.”
― Gautama Buddha

“Generosity brings happiness at every stage of its expression. We experience joy in forming the intention to be generous. We experience joy in the actual act of giving something. And we experience joy in remembering the fact that we have given.”
― Gautama Buddha quote

“The trouble is, you think you have time.”
― Gautama Buddha

“Three things can not be long hidden, the sun, the moon and the truth.”
― Gautama Buddha

“Silence the angry man with love. Silence the ill-natured man with kindness. Silence the miser with generosity. Silence the liar with truth.”
― Gautama Buddha

“Happiness never decreases by being shared .”
― Gautama Buddha

“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. ”
― Gautama Buddha

“With our mind we make the world”
― Gautama Buddha

“Whoever sees me sees the teaching, and whoever sees the teaching sees me.”
― Gautama Buddha quote

“Believe nothing
No matter where you read it
Or who has said it
Unless it agrees with your own reason
And your own common sense”
― Gautama Buddha

“Bahujanahitāya bahujanasukhāya lokānukampāya:  For the good of the many, for the happiness of the many, out of compassion for the world.”
― Gautama Buddha quote

“Following the Noble Path is like entering a dark room with a light in the hand; the darkness will all be cleared away, and the room will be filled with light.”
― Gautama Buddha

“We are what we think, having become what we thought.”
― Gautama Buddha, The Dhammapada: The Sayings of the Buddha

“Be vigilant; guard your mind against negative thoughts.”
― Gautama Buddha

“I never see what has been done; I only see what remains to be done.”
― Gautama Buddha quote

“He who loves 50 people has 50 woes; he who loves no one has no woes.”
― Gautama Buddha

“The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart.”
― Gautama Buddha

“We are what we think.”
― Gautama Buddha

“Just to say 'I believe' or 'I do not doubt' does not mean that you understand and see. To force oneself to see and accept a thing without understanding is political and not spiritual or intellectual.”
― Gautama Buddha quote

“Victory breeds hatred. The defeated live in pain. Happily the peaceful live, giving up victory and defeat.”
― Gautama Buddha

“There is nothing so disobedient as an undisciplined mind, and there is nothing so obedient as a disciplined mind.”
― Gautama Buddha

“Ennui has made more gamblers than avarice, more drunkards than thirst, and perhaps as many suicides as despair.”
― Gautama Buddha

“Contentment is the greatest wealth”
― Gautama Buddha quote

“The non-doing of any evil,
the performance of what's skillful,
the cleansing of one's own mind:
this is the teaching of the Awakened. ”
― Gautama Buddha quote, The Dhammapada

“Though one should conquer a thousand times a thousand men in battle, he who conquers his own self, is the greatest of all conquerers.”
― Gautama Buddha

“A jug fills drop by drop.”
― Gautama Buddha

“Holding a grudge is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die”
― Gautama Buddha

“Awake. Be the witness of your thoughts. You are what observes, not what you observe”
― Gautama Buddha quote

“Of bones the city is made,
Plastered with flesh and blood,
Where decay and death are deposited,
And pride, and ingratitude.”
― Gautama Buddha

“The virtuous man delights in this world and he delights in the next”
― Gautama Buddha quote, The Dhammapada: The Sayings of the Buddha

“The mind is everything. What you think you become.”
― Gautama Buddha

“The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows.”
― Gautama Buddha

“From a withered tree, a flower blooms”
― Gautama Buddha quote

“‎Imagine that every person in the world is enlightened but you. They are all your teachers, each doing just the right things to help you learn perfect patience, perfect wisdom, perfect compassion.”
― Gautama Buddha

“‎Meditate. Live purely. Quiet the mind. Do your work with mastery. Like the moon, come out from behind the clouds! Shine.”
― Gautama Buddha

“Be a lamp unto yourself. Work out your liberation with diligence.”
― Gautama Buddha

“If the selflessness of phenomena is analyzed and if this analysis is cultivated, it causes the effect of attaining nirvana. through no other cause does one come to peace.”
― Gautama Buddha

“Those which arise dependently are free of inherent existence.”
― Gautama Buddha quote

“There is no way to happiness, happiness is the way.”
― Gautama Buddha

“The Way is not in the sky; the Way is in the heart.”
― Gautama Buddha quote

“All phenomena do not inherently exist because of being dependent-arisings. all phenomena do not inherently exist because of being dependently imputed.”
― Gautama Buddha

“Analyzing through special insight and realizing the lack of inherent existence constitute understanding of the signless.”
― Gautama Buddha quote

“It is in a man's own mind, not his enemy or foe, that leads him to evil ways.”
― Gautama Buddha

“Therefore, be ye lamps unto yourselves, be a refuge to yourselves. Hold fast to Truth as a lamp; hold fast to the truth as a refuge. Look not for a refuge in anyone beside yourselves. And those, who shall be a lamp unto themselves, shall betake themselves to no external refuge, but holding fast to the Truth as their lamp, and holding fast to the Truth as their refuge, they shall reach the topmost height.”
― Gautama Buddha

“Though one should conquer a million men in battlefield, yet indeed, he is the noblest victor who has conquered himself.”
― Gautama Buddha

“We are what we think. With our thoughts we make the world.”
― Gautama Buddha

"Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment."
― Gautama Buddha quote

“Not merely by rules of conduct and religious observances, nor by much learning either, nor even by attainment of concentration, nor by sleeping alone, do I reach the happiness of freedom, to which no worldlings attain. If you have not put an end to compulsions, nurse your faith”
― Gautama Buddha, The Dhammapada

“Those which are produced from causes are not produced. they do not have an inherent nature of production. those which depend on causes are said to be empty; those who know emptiness are aware.”
― Gautama Buddha

“Our theories of the eternal are as valuable as are those that a chick which has not broken its way through its shell might form of the outside world.”
― Gautama Buddha quote

“I consider the positions of kings and rulers as that of dust motes. I observe treasure of gold and gems as so many bricks and pebbles. I look upon the finest silken robes as tattered rags. I see myriad worlds of the universe as small seeds of fruit, and the greatest lake in India as a drop of oil on my foot. I perceive the teachings of the world to be the illusion of, magicians. I discern the highest conception of emancipation as golden brocade in a dream, and view the holy path of the illuminated one as flowers appearing in one's eyes. I see meditation as a pillar of a mountain, Nirvana as a nightmare of daytime. I look upon the judgment of right and wrong as the serpentine dance of a dragon, and the rise and fall of beliefs as but traces left by the four seasons.”
― Gautama Buddha quote

“Yes, Kālāmas, it is proper that your have doubt, that you have perplexity, for a doubt has arisen in a matter which is doubtful. Now, look you Kālāmas, do not be led by reports, or traditions, or hearsay. Be not led by the authority of religious texts, not by the delight in speculative opinions, nor by seeming possibilities, not by the idea: 'this is our teacher'. But, O Kālāmas, when you know for yourself that certain things are unwholesome, and wrong, and bad, then give them up... And when you know for yourself that certain things are wholesome and good, then accept them and follow them.”
― Gautama Buddha

“When the Aggregates arise, decay and die, O bhikkhu, every moment you are born, decay, and die.”
― Gautama Buddha quote

“As a flower that is lovely and beautiful, but is scentless, even so fruitless is the well-spoken word of one who practices it not.”
― Gautama Buddha

“In this world
Hate never yet dispelled hate
Only love dispels hate
This is the law
Ancient and inexhaustible
You to shall pass away
Knowing this, how can you quarrel”
― Gautama Buddha

“The teaching is simple. Do what is right. Be Pure.”
― Gautama Buddha quote

“Subhuti, someone might fill innumerable worlds with the seven treasures and give all away in gifts of alms, but if any good man or any good woman awakens the thought of Enlightenment and takes even only four lines from this Discourse, reciting, using, receiving, retaining and spreading them abroad and explaining them for the benefit of others, it will be far more meritorious. Now in what manner may he explain them to others? By detachment from appearances-abiding in Real Truth. -So I tell you-

Thus shall you think of all this fleeting world:
A star at dawn, a bubble in a stream;
A flash of lightening in a summer cloud,
A flickering lamp, a phantom, and a dream.
When Buddha finished this Discourse the venerable Subhuti, together with the bhikshus, bhikshunis, lay-brothers and sisters, and the whole realms of Gods, Men and Titans, were filled with joy by His teaching, and, taking it sincerely to heart they went their ways.”
― Gautama Buddha quote, Diamond Sutra

“Look not to the faults of others, nor to their omissions and commissions. But rather look to your own acts, to what you have done and left undone.”
― Gautama Buddha quote

“Pure-limbed, white-canopied, one-wheeled, the cart roles on. See him that cometh: faultless, stream-cutter, bondless he.”
― Gautama Buddha

“Opinion, O disciples, is a disease; opinion is a tumour; opinion is a sore. He who has overcome all opinion, O disciples, is called a saint, one who knows.”
― Gautama Buddha, Buddhist Scriptures

“Whoever sees me sees the teaching.”
― Gautama Buddha mystic quote

“What we think, we become”
― Gautama Buddha quote

“I believe nothing just because a so-called wise person said it. Believe nothing just because a belief is generally held. Believe nothing just because it is said in ancient books. Believe nothing just because it is said to be of divine origin. Believe nothing just because someone else believes it. Believe only what you yourself test and judge to be true.”
― Gautama Buddha

“Will not be punished for your anger, your anger is the punishment.”
― Gautama Buddha

“All that we are is a result of what we have thought”
― Gautama Buddha

“All wrong-doing arises because of mind. If mind is transformed can wrong-doing remain”
― Gautama Buddha quote

“Words have the power to both destroy and heal. When words are both true and kind, they can change our world.”
― Gautama Buddha

“If you are facing in the right direction, all you need to do is keep on walking.”
― Gautama Buddha quote

“Be a lamp unto yourself.”
― Gautama Buddha, Sayings Of Buddha

“Pure limbed. white-canopied one-wheeled, the cart rolls on. See him that cometh: faultless, stream-cutter, boneless he.”
― Gautama Buddha

“Just as a snake sheds its skin, we must shed our past over and over again.”
― Gautama Buddha

“Those who consider the inessential to be essential
And see the essential as inessential
Don't reach the essential,
Living in the field of wrong intention”
― Gautama Buddha quote, The Dhammapada

“Work out your own salvation. Do not depend on others.”
― Gautama Buddha

“Believe nothing merely because you have been told it. Do not believe what your teacher tells you merely out of respect for the teacher. But whatsoever, after due examination and analysis, you find to be kind, conducive to the good, the benefit, the welfare of all beings -- that doctrine believe and cling to, and take it as your guide.”
― Gautama Buddha

“Tune as the sitthar, neither high nor low, and we will dance away the hearts of men.”
― Gautama Buddha

“Resolutely train yourself to attain peace.”
― Gautama Buddha

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