Buddha Quotations

-The Noble Eightfold Path: Right Views, Right Thoughts, Right Speech, Right Conduct, Right Livelihood, Right Effort, Right Mindfulness, Right Concentration….

-Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it.

-Without health life is not life; it is only a state of languor and suffering – an image of death.

-All conditioned things are impermanent. Work out your own salvation with diligence.

-We do not learn by experience, but by our capacity for experience.

-I gained nothing at all from supreme enlightenment, and for that very reason it is called supreme enlightenment.

-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.

-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.

-One who conquers himself is greater than another who conquers a thousand times a thousand on the battlefield.

-Decay is inherent in all compounded things. Strive on with diligence.

-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.

-An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.

-Whosoever has heard the law of virtue and vice is as one who has eyes and carries a lamp, seeing everything and will become completely wise.

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

-Turn your mind away from things which are not permanent.

– I have not explained that the world is eternal or not eternal. I have not explained that the world is finite or infinite.

-The sixth step of the Eightfold Path is Right Effort, meaning to abstain from all evil states of mind and to foster and maintain virtuous states of mind: compassion, pity, sympathy, calmness and tranquility.

-I teach that the multitudinousness of objects have no reality in themselves but are only seen of the mind and, therefore, are of the nature of maya and a dream. …It is true that in one sense they are seen and discriminated by the senses as individualized objects; but in another sense, because of the absence of any characteristic marks of self-nature, they are not seen but are only imagined. In one sense they are graspable, but in another sense, they are not graspable.

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

-Whatever a mother, father or other kinsman might do for you, the well-directed mind can do for you even better.

-Heedful among the heedless,
wakeful among those asleep,
just as a fast horse advances,
leaving the weak behind:
so the wise.

-Whatever an enemy might do to an enemy, or a foe to a foe, the ill-directed mind can do to you even worse.

-Unlike those who don’t realize that we’re here on the verge of perishing, those who do, their quarrels are stilled.

-Conquer anger with lack of anger; bad, with good; stinginess, with a gift; a liar, with truth.

-All conditioned things are impermanent – When one sees this with wisdom, one turns away from suffering. This is the path to purification.

-If you’re respectful by habit, constantly honoring the worthy, four things increase: long life, beauty, happiness, strength.

-Let go of the past! Let go of the future! Let go of the present and cross over to the farther shore of existence. With your mind wholly liberated, you shall come no more to birth and death.

-Irrigators guide the water. Fletchers shape the arrow shaft. Carpenters shape the wood. The wise control themselves.

-Holding onto anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.

-When anger arises, whoever keeps firm control, as if with a racing chariot: him, I call a master charioteer. Anyone else, a rein-holder that’s all.

-It’s not good,the doing of the deed that, once it’s done, you regret, whose result you reap crying, your face in tears.

-Better than if there were thousands of meaningless verses is one meaningful verse that on hearing brings peace.

-Live your life in happiness, even though those around you lead lives which are unhealthy, and wish to spread their illness to you. Be Happiness itself.

-Who ranks as the highest? One who does not harm anything. One who never retaliates. One who is always at peace regardless of the other person’s disposition.

-Through initiative, heedfulness, restraint, & self-control, the wise would make an island no flood can submerge.

-The fifth step of the Eightfold Path is Right Livelihood, meaning to abstain from all evil living and all manner of ill-gotten gain or means of livelihood….

-How very happily we live, free from hostility among those who are hostile. Among hostile people, free from hostility we dwell.

-The seventh step of the Eightfold Path is Right Mindfulness, meaning to regard everything as being impermanent, ill and corrupt.

-Just as the dawn is the forerunner, the vanguard of the rising sun, so too, possession of virtue is the forerunner, the vanguard of the rising of the Noble Eightfold Path.

-All tremble at the rod, all are fearful of death. Drawing the parallel to yourself, neither kill nor get others to kill.

-Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace.

-If you knew what I know about the power of giving, you would not let a single meal pass without sharing it in some way.

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