Quotes To Live By
These Buddha quotes are all positive, inspirational words of wisdom. You don't need to be a Buddhist to appreciate the wonderfully insightful words of Buddha. The word Buddha means awakened one or the enlightened one.
The primary figure in Buddhism is Siddhartha Gautama Buddha who was born about 624BC (the exact dates of his birth and death are unknown) in Lumbini which is now Nepal. Siddhartha was a Prince, his parents were King Suddhodana and Queen Maha Maya and although he spent many years being provided with everything he could want or need, Siddhartha felt that material wealth was not life's ultimate goal. At the age of twenty nine he left his palace to live amoung the people and began to live an ascetic life. After almost dying of starvation Siddhartha realized that the extremes of self-indulgence and self-mortification were not the way. At the age of thirty five Siddhartha found enlightenment after sitting under a Bodhi tree vowing not to get up until he found the truth. After forty nine days he had complete insight into the cause of suffering and the steps to take to eliminate it. This became known as the Four Noble Truths.
For the rest of his life Buddha travelled teaching all people, he died around 543BC in Kushinagar, now India.
Buddha Quotes: A
All that we are is a result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become.
Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.
Buddha was speaking in a village one day, when one of the inhabitants started to abuse him. Buddha paused and said to the man,
"If you offer me a piece of paper and I refuse to accept it, what happens to the paper?"
"Why, it stays with me, of course," the villager replied.
Buddha smiled gently, "And that is exactly what I am doing with your abuse," he said.
"I am not accepting it, therefore it stays with you."
Buddha Quotes: E
Each morning we are born again.
What we do today is what matters most.
Every human being is the author of his own health or disease.
Everything that has a beginning has an end.
Make your peace with that and all will be well.
Happiness does not depend on what you have or who you are...
It solely relies on what you think.
He is able... who thinks he is able.
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.
Buddha Quotes: I
If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.
If you light a lamp for someone else, it will also brighten your path.
Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, man cannot live without a spiritual life.
Meditate - Live purely - Be quiet. Do your work with mastery. Like the moon, come out from behind the clouds… Shine.
One of his students asked Buddha, "Are you the Messiah?"
"No," answered Buddha.
"Then are you a healer?"
"No," Buddha replied.
"Then are you a teacher?" the student persisted.
"No, I am not a teacher."
"Then what are you?" asked the student exasperated.
"I am awake," Buddha replied.
Our own worst enemy cannot harm us as much as our unwise thoughts. No one can help us as much as our own compassionate thoughts.
Peace comes from within, do not seek it without.
Buddha Quotes: T
Teach this triple truth to all: a generous heart, kind speech and a life of service and compassion are things which renew humanity.
The greatest treasures are those invisible to the eye and found by the heart.
The heart of a child is like that of Buddha.
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 the word. The word manifests as the deed. The deed develops into habit. And the 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.
The way is not in the sky.. The way is in the heart.
There is no way to happiness... Happiness is the way.
There is only one time when it is essential to Awaken...
that time is.... NOW.
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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 can not be long hidden... The sun, the moon, the truth.
Buddha Quotes: W
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.
What you are is what you have been.
What you'll be is what you do now.
When you go into the space of nothingness, everything becomes known.
When you realize how perfect everything is, you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky.
Buddha Quotes: Y
You cannot travel on the path until you become the path itself.
You only lose what you cling to.
You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire Universe, deserve your love and affection.
May I become, at all times, both now and forever...
A Protector for those without protection.
A Guide for those who have lost their way.
A Ship for those with oceans to cross.
A Bridge for those with rivers to cross.
A Sanctuary for those in danger.
A Lamp for those without light.
A Place Of Refuge for those who lack shelter.
And a Servant to all in need.