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The Buddha Quotes

  1. Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.
  2. All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become.
  3. Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.
  4. To understand everything is to forgive everything.
  5. You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.
  6. 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.
  7. Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace.
  8. However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them?
  9. We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.
  10. You cannot travel the path until you have become the path itself.
  11. An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.
  12. When you realize how perfect everything is you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky.
  13. A jug fills drop by drop.
  14. The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows.
  15. 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.
  16. Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely.
  17. 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.
  18. The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart.
  19. Have compassion for all beings, rich and poor alike; each has their suffering. Some suffer too much, others too little.
  20. Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.
  21. 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.
  22. No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.
  23. There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.
  24. Virtue is persecuted more by the wicked than it is loved by the good.
  25. 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.
  26. The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.
  27. Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it.
  28. Work out your own salvation. Do not depend on others.
  29. 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.
  30. To conquer oneself is a greater task than conquering others
  31. Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace.
  32. He who loves 50 people has 50 woes; he who loves no one has no woes.
  33. To keep the body in good health is a duty... otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.
  34. There has to be evil so that good can prove its purity above it.
  35. Life is suffering.
  36. Hatred does not cease through hatred at any time. Hatred ceases through love. This is an unalterable law.
  37. Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill.
  38. Every human being is the author of his own health or disease.
  39. 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.
  40. All wrong-doing arises because of mind. If mind is transformed can wrong-doing remain?
  41. Ambition is like love, impatient both of delays and rivals.
  42. Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace.
  43. Chaos is inherent in all compounded things. Strive on with diligence.
  44. The tongue like a sharp knife... Kills without drawing blood.
  45. Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.
  46. Do not overrate what you have received, nor envy others. He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind.
  47. Every human being is the author of his own health or disease.
  48. Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule.
  49. He is able who thinks he is able.
  50. 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.
  51. Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.
  52. 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.
  53. 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.
  54. I never see what has been done; I only see what remains to be done.
  55. In a controversy the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves.
  56. In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west; people create distinctions out of their own minds and then beleive them to be true.
  57. It is a man's own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways.
  58. 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.
  59. 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.
  60. Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.
  61. The foot feels the foot when it feels the ground.
  62. The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows.
  63. The wise ones fashioned speech with their thought, sifting it as grain is sifted through a sieve.
  64. Unity can only be manifested by the Binary. Unity itself and the idea of Unity are already two.

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