November 30, 2016

Gautama Buddha Quotes

“A family is a place where minds come in contact with one another.”

“A good friend who points out mistakes and imperfections and rebukes evil is to be respected as if he reveals a secret of hidden treasure.”

“A jug fills drop by drop.”

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

“All wrong-doing arises because of mind. If mind is transformed can wrong-doing remain?”

“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.”

“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.”

“Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it – even if I have said it – unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.”

“Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace.”

“Chaos is inherent in all compounded things. Strive on with diligence.”

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

“Do not overrate what you have received, nor envy others. He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind.”

“Endurance is one of the most difficult disciplines, but it is to the one who endures that the final victory comes.”

“Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely.”

“Hatred does not cease by hatred at any time; hatred ceases by love; this is an old rule.”

“Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule.”

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

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

“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.”

“I never see what has been done; I only see what remains to be done.”

“I reached in experience the nirvana which is unborn, unrivalled, secure from attachment, undecaying and unstained. This condition is indeed reached by me which is deep, difficult to see, difficult to understand, tranquil, excellent, beyond the reach of mere logic, subtle, and to be realized only by the wise.”

“If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows him like a shadow that never leaves him.”

“If you wish to know the divine, feel the wind on your face and the warm sun on your hand.”

“In a controversy the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves.”

“In a world become blind, I beat the drum of the Deathless.”

“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.”

“It is a man’s own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways.”

“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.”

“It is better to travel well than to arrive.”

“Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life.”

“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.”

“Know well what leads you forward and what holds you back, and choose the path that leads to wisdom.”

“Let a man avoid evil deeds as a man who loves life avoids poison.”

“Let no man think lightly of good, saying in his heart, It will not benefit me. Even by the falling of waterdrops a water-pot is filled; the wise man becomes full of good, even if he gather it little by little.”

“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.”

“Let yourself be open and life will be easier. A spoon of salt in a glass of water makes the water undrinkable. A spoon of salt in a lake is almost unnoticed.”

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

“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.”

“Open are the doors to the Deathless to those with ears. Let them show their conviction.”

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

“Rather than continuing to seek the truth, simply let go of your views.”

“The foot feels the foot when it feels the ground.”

“The mind is everything. What you think you become.”

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

“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.”

“The thought manifests as the word; The word manifests as the deed; The deed develops into habit; And habit hardens into character; So watch the thought and its ways with care, And let it spring from love Born out of concern for all beings? As the shadow follows the body, As we think, so we become.”

“The tongue like a sharp knife… Kills without drawing blood.”

“The virtues, like the Muses, are always seen in groups. A good principle was never found solitary in any breast.”

“The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart.”

“The wise ones fashioned speech with their thought, sifting it as grain is sifted through a sieve.”

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

“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.”

“They are not following dharma who resort to violence to achieve their purpose. But those who lead others through nonviolent means, knowing right and wrong, may be called guardians of the dharma.”

“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.”

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

“Through zeal knowledge is gotten, through lack of zeal knowledge is lost; let a man who knows this double path of gain and loss thus place himself that knowledge may grow.”

“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.”

“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.”

“To him in whom love dwells, the whole world is but one family.”

“To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.”

“True charity occurs only when there are no notions of giving, giver, or gift.”

“Unity can only be manifested by the Binary. Unity itself and the idea of Unity are already two.”

“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.”

“We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world.”

“We forgive principally for our own sake, so that we may cease to bear the burden of rancour.”

“What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow: Our life is the creation of our mind.”

“Whatever is felt is within suffering.”

“Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill.”

“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.”

“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.”

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

“Without health life is not life; it is only a state of langour and suffering – an image of death.”

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

“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.”

“You cannot travel on the path until you become the path itself.”

“You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.”

“You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”