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Gautama Buddha Quotes


Gautama Buddha, also known as Siddhartha Gautama, was a Hindu religious teacher and believed to be the founder of Buddhism.
(c. 563 - c. 483 BC)

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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.
 

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.
 

A jug fills drop by drop.
 

A man should first direct himself in the way he should go. Only then should he instruct others.
[Teaching]
 

All created things are impermanent. Strive on with diligence.
 

All that we are is the result of what we have thought. If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him. If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him.
[Acts]
 

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.
 

All wrong-doing arises because of mind. If mind is transformed can wrong-doing remain?
[Mind]
 

Ambition is like love, impatient both of delays and rivals.
[Ambition]
 

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

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.
[Friendship]
 

As the flectcher whittles and makes straight his arrows, so the master directs his straying thoughts.
 

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.
[Believe]
 

Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace.
[Better]
 

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

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.
 

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.
[Dream]
 

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

Do not speak harshly to any one; those who are spoken to will answer thee in the same way. Angry speech is painful: blows for blows will touch thee.
 

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


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