Buddha quotes page 1
Born Siddhartha Gautama, Buddha was a wise man alive between 563 B.C.E and
483 B.C.E. His teachings are the foundation for Buddhism, a belief system that teaches a “middle way” of life –
moderation from self-indulgence. Buddha was born in what is now Nepal, the son of a clan chief and a princess. His
mother died after his birth, and Siddhartha Gautama went on to be raised be his mother's sister. Siddhartha
embarked on a quest for enlightenment after seeing the suffering of his people. In attempts to find answers to his
questions, he tried many paths. He studied yoga, and self-mortification, denying himself food until he was weakened
and starving. After accepting pudding from a village girl, he attempted another course. Gautama decided to meditate
under a Bodhi tree until he had the answers he was looking for. After meditating for forty-nine days, he attained
enlightenment. After this spiritual awakening, he became known as the Buddha to his followers. Buddha means
“awakend one”, and spoke to his new enlightenment. According to his teachings, enlightenment showed him the root
causes of all suffering in the world. He was also shown the way to eliminate all of this suffering, through what
are called the “four noble truths”. These truths are used in the pursuit of nirvana, or ultimate enlightenment and
are the essential teachings on which Buddhism is based. Attaining nirvana is to be said to be attaining complete
peace of mind. Buddha went on to share his beliefs and teachings with those who would
However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you
if you do not act on upon them?
To be idle is a short road to death and to be dilligent is a way of life. Foolish people are idle,
wise people are dilligent.
Happiness comes when your work and words are of benefit to others.
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.
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
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.
If you truly loved yourself, you could never hurt another.
A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which
He is able who thinks he is able.
Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle. And the life of the candle
be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.
When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.
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.
Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart give yourself to it.
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.
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 the end these things matter most: How well did you love? How fully did you live? How
deeply did you let go?
There has to be evil so that good can prove its purity above it.
Pain is certain, suffering is optional.
There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth: Not going all the way, and
All wrong-doing arises because of mind. If mind is transformed, can wrong-doing remain?
Those who have failed to work toward the truth have missed the purpose of
In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins - not
strength, but through persistence.
everything. Find your own light.
an imperfection that defiles the mind; hate is an imperfection that defiles the mind;
delusion is an imperfection that defiles the mind.
Better than a thousand hollow words is one word that brings peace.
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.
This existence of ours is as transient as autumn clouds. To watch the birth and
beings is like looking at the movements of a dance. A lifetime is a flash of lightning in the sky.
Rushing by, like a torrent down a steep mountain.
If you light a lamp for someone else it will also brighten your path.
A man is not called wise because he talks and talks again; but if he is peaceful,
fearless then he is in truth called wise.
The teacher comes to point the way and the student ends up worshipping the
Believe nothing merely because you have been told it. Do not believe what your
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.
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.
Nothing is forever. Except change.
Friendship is the only cure for hatred, the only guarantee of peace.