Gautama Buddha Quotes

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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.
β€” Gautama Buddha

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Believe nothing merely because you have been told it. Do not believe what your teacher tells 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 β€” that doctrine believe and cling to, and take it as your guide.
β€” Gautama Buddha

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Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth and faithfulness the greatest relationship.
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buddhist contentment health

We do not possess our home, our children, or even our own body. They are only given to us for a short while to treat with care and respect.
β€” Gautama Buddha

possessions

In a man's family, respect and listening are the source of harmony.
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family listening respect

Though a fool spend all his life with wise men, he will know the truth no more than a spoon knows the taste of the soup.
β€” Gautama Buddha (The Dhammapadaβ€”5:64-65)

foolishness

Life is accessible only in the present moment.
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present moment

Forgiveness is primarily for our own sake, so that we no longer carry the burden of resentment. But to forgive does not mean we will allow injustice again.
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forgiveness

I taught you not to believe merely because you have heard, but when you believed of your consciousness, then to act accordingly and abundantly.
β€” Gautama Buddha

faith

Life is a bridge, build no house upon it; it is a river, cling not to its banks; it is a gymnasium, use it to develop the mind on the apparatus of circumstance; it is a journey, take it and walk on.
β€” Gautama Buddha (Buddha and the Rasava, by Kumaraswamiji (1958))

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Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it - even if I have said it - unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.
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beliefs common sense

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.
β€” Gautama Buddha

present moment

Learn to let go. That is the key to happiness.
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letting go

In wisdom be a lamp, a light unto yourself.
β€” Gautama Buddha

self-reliance

Anger will never disappear so long as thoughts of resentment are cherished in the mind.  Anger will disappear just as soon as thoughts of resentment are forgotten.
β€” Gautama Buddha (The Teachings of Buddha (The Buddhist Bible): A Compendium of Many Scriptures)

anger resentment

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.
β€” Gautama Buddha

buddhist interconnectedness

One who is not happy with nothing, will not be happy with anything.
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contentment happiness

Not getting what you desire and getting what you desire can both be disappointing.
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desire

The only effort by any intelligent being in this world is to know something that can not be destroyed by death.
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death

Everything is changeable, everything appears and disappears; there is no blissful peace until one passes beyond the agony of life and death.
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impermanence nirvana

As you travel through life, offer good wishes to each being you meet.
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good wishes

Take time everyday to sit quietly and listen.
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meditation

However many holy words you read, how many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act upon them?
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action religion

You are all the Buddha.
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buddhist

No matter how difficult the past, you can always begin today.
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the past today

Do not disregard the accumulation of goodness, saying, 'This will come to nothing.' By the gradual falling of raindrops, a jar is filled. The wise man becomes full of good, even if he gathers it little by little.
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Goodness

Do not be attached to the judgments of others, for your interpretation in the end will be the most important.
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what others think

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.
β€” Gautama Buddha

happiness

If you take care of each moment, you will take care of all time.
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present moment

Always have the support of a joyful mind in all situations.
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joy

Help men but don't get in the way of men being able to help themselves.
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helping others

Everything in moderation, including moderation.
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moderation

Do not draw attention to yourself as you perform good works.
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credit

Do not expect thanks.
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gratitude

Life is so hard, how can we be anything but kind?
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kindness

He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind.
β€” Gautama Buddha (Heritage of Buddha: The Story of Siddhartha Gautama)

envy inner peace

We are not independent but interdependent.
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Learn to respond, not react.
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Better to conquer yourself than to conquer thousands in battle.
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the self

Simplicity brings more happiness than complexity.
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simplicity

Even death is not to be feared by he who has lived wisely.
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death wisdom

The more fully we give our energy, the more it returns to us.
β€” Gautama Buddha

Giving

A jug fills drop by drop.
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Be a light unto yourself.
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self-reliance

What we think, we become.
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thoughts

There is no joy like peace.
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inner peace

The greatest prayer is patience.
β€” Gautama Buddha

patience prayer

The mind contains all possibilities.
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mind

Do not work to make money for money's sake.
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money

It is better to travel well than to arrive.
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Travel

Only by nonviolence is excellence achieved.
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nonviolence

The trouble is that you think you have time.
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That which is time, is timeless, is found now.
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present moment

In all circumstances, try to cultivate virtue.
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virtue

The greatest word in any language is nobility.
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Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.
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inner peace

The foot feels the foot when it feels the ground.
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When you walk, just walk; when you eat, just eat.
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mindfulness

Do not expect truth to prevail in all situations.
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truth

Give up all hope for results and be in the moment.
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present moment

To understand everything is to forgive everything.
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forgiveness

Only the moment you reject all help are you freed.
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self-reliance

The mind is everything. What you think you become.
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mind

Joy and openness come from our own contented heart.
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contentment

The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart.
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enlightenment

Blessings come from care, troubles from carelessness.
β€” Gautama Buddha

mindfulness

Work out your own salvation. Do not depend on others.
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nirvana self-reliance

Free your heart. Travel like the moon among the stars.
β€” Gautama Buddha

letting go

If you do not care for each other, who will care for you?
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brotherhood of man helping others

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

Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely.
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The tongue like a sharp knife ... Kills without drawing blood.
β€” Gautama Buddha

words

Do not make someone else do the work that you should be doing.
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duty

Neither fire nor wind, birth nor death can erase our good deeds.
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Goodness

There has to be evil so that good can prove its purity above it.
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good and evil

Study the teachings of the great sages of all sects impartially.
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religion

Don't keep searching for the truth, just let go of your opinions.
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letting go opinions

Purity and impurity belong to oneself; no one can purify another.
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I never see what has been done; I only see what remains to be done.
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work

Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace.
β€” Gautama Buddha

words

He who loves 50 people has 50 woes; he who loves no one has no woes.
β€” Gautama Buddha

detachment

If a man's mind becomes pure, his surroundings will also become pure.
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mind

Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.
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truth

Chaos is inherent in all compounded things. Strive on with diligence.
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Virtue is persecuted more by the wicked than it is loved by the good.
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virtue

Holy is the forest. Holy is that place where the senses are at peace.
β€” Gautama Buddha

nature

The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows.
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There is the path of fear and the path of love. Which will you follow?
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fear

Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.
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today

Observe proper action at all times, even at the risk of your own life.
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being good

Do not seek perfection in a changing world. Instead, perfect your love.
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perfection

Desire blinds us, like the pickpocket who sees only the saint's pockets.
β€” Gautama Buddha

desire

Let me not look for allies in life's battlefield but to my own strength.
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self-reliance

An upright posture and a few relaxed breaths can make a great difference.
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Our sorrows and wounds are healed only when we touch them with compassion.
β€” Gautama Buddha

compassion

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

At the bottom of things, most people want to be understood and appreciated.
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human nature

Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule.
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hate

What you are is what you have been, and what you will be is what you do now.
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You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.
β€” Gautama Buddha

anger

Inner freedom is not guided by our efforts; it comes from seeing what is true.
β€” Gautama Buddha

inner peace

Whatever we cultivate in time of ease, we gather as strength for time of change.
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Weigh the true advantages of forgiveness and resentment to the heart. Then choose.
β€” Gautama Buddha

forgiveness resentment

The only way to bring peace to the earth is to learn to make our own life peaceful.
β€” Gautama Buddha
We do not need more knowledge but more wisdom. Wisdom comes from our own attention.
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knowledge and wisdom wisdom

Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart give yourself to it.
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purpose of life

Do not judge yourself harshly. Without mercy for ourselves we cannot love the world.
β€” Gautama Buddha

self-acceptance

Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life.
β€” Gautama Buddha

spiritual

All wrongdoing arises because of mind. If mind is transformed can wrongdoing remain?
β€” Gautama Buddha

mind

You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection.
β€” Gautama Buddha

self-acceptance

If you can't find the truth right where you are, where else do you think you will find it?
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No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.
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self-reliance

Be grateful to all men for the teachings they give, be it in understanding or in tolerance.
β€” Gautama Buddha

gratitude

All great teachings have the single purpose of controlling the ego to create a better world.
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ego

To live a pure unselfish life, one must count nothing as one's own in the midst of abundance.
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detachment possessions wealth

Without health life is not life; it is only a state of langour and sufferingβ€”an image of death.
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health

A man should first direct himself in the way he should go. Only then should he instruct others.
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Everything that has a beginning has an ending. Make your peace with that, and all will be well.
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impermanence

Seek friends who have beliefs and habits like thine own and in whom thou canst place thy trust.
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friendship

Unity can only be manifested by the Binary. Unity itself and the idea of Unity are already two.
β€” Gautama Buddha
Just as a picture is drawn by an artist, surroundings are created by the activities of the mind.
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mind

The wise ones fashioned speech with their thought, sifting it as grain is sifted through a sieve.
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speech

Do not dwell in the past. Do not dream of the future. Concentrate the mind on the present moment.
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present moment

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.
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how to live life present moment

Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.
β€” Gautama Buddha

contentment health

Constantly maintain alertness of consciousness in walking, in sitting, in eating, and in sleeping.
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mindfulness

The smallest good deed done unselfishly is more precious than innumerable good deeds done selfishly.
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helping others selfishness

If a man speaks or acts with pure thought, happiness follows him like a shadow that never leaves him.
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thoughts

We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.
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thoughts

Words have the power to destroy or heal. When words are both true and kind, they can change the world.
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words

The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. Never fear what will become of you, depend on no one.
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fear

Be a lamp to yourself. Be your own confidence. Hold to the truth within yourself, as to the only truth.
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self-determination

Love in the past is only a memory. Love in the future is a fantasy. Only here and now can we truly love.
β€” Gautama Buddha

present moment

Begin each day with the idea of being able to generate compassion and understanding the whole day through.
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how to live life

There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.
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enlightenment

Do not overrate what you have received, nor envy others. He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind.
β€” Gautama Buddha

envy inner peace

To keep the body in good health is a duty ... otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.
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health

The virtues, like the Muses, are always seen in groups. A good principle was never found solitary in any breast.
β€” Gautama Buddha

virtue

The heart is like a garden. It can grow compassion or fear, resentment or love. What seeds will you plant there?
β€” Gautama Buddha

heart

Endurance is one of the most difficult disciplines, but it is to the man who endures that the final victory comes.
β€” Gautama Buddha

perseverance

In business, reinvest a portion of all you make, keep a portion for your use, and save a portion for those in need.
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business

If you have a friend sober, pure, and wise, let nothing hold you back β€” find delight and instruction in his company.
β€” Gautama Buddha
However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them?
β€” Gautama Buddha

action

All that we are is the result of what we have thought: it is founded on our thoughts, it is made up of our thoughts.
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thoughts

Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill.
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words

Although a cloth be washed a hundred time, how can it be rendered clean and pure if it be washed in water which is dirty?
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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.
β€” Gautama Buddha

diligence laziness

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

thoughts

Our own worst enemy cannot harm us as much as our unwise thoughts. No man can help us as much as our own compassionate thoughts.
β€” Gautama Buddha

thoughts

In a controversy the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves.
β€” Gautama Buddha

anger arguments

Foolish to think that truth is in untruth, equally foolish that untruth is in truth β€” truth is always truth, untruth always untruth.
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In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west; people create distinctions out of their own minds and then believe them to be true.
β€” Gautama Buddha

mind objectivity

Fear is always an anticipation of what has not yet come. Our fear and separation are great, but the truth of our connection is greater still.
β€” Gautama Buddha

interconnectedness

Praise and blame, gain and loss, pleasure and sorrow come and go like the wind. To be happy, rest like a great tree in the midst of them all.
β€” Gautama Buddha

equanimity

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.
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bad company friendship

For a man who understandeth thoroughly the teachings which he hath received, it is the same whether he meets with good fortune or with bad fortune.
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equanimity misfortune

It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.
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the self

When one has the feeling of dislike for evil, when one feels tranquil, one finds pleasure in listening to good teachings; when one has these feelings and appreciates them, one is free of fear.
β€” Gautama Buddha

fear

What is the appropriate behaviour for a man or a woman in the midst of this world, where each person is clinging to his piece of debris? What's the proper salutation between people as they pass each other in this flood?
β€” Gautama Buddha

detachment

A man that cleaves to wealth had better cast it away than allow his heart to be poisoned by it; but a man who does not cleave to wealth, and possessing riches, uses them rightly, will be a blessing unto his fellow humans.
β€” Gautama Buddha

wealth

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.
β€” Gautama Buddha

doubt

It is wrong to think that misfortunes come from the east or from the west; they originate within one's own mind. Therefore, it is foolish to guard against misfortunes from the external world and leave the inner mind uncontrolled.
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mind misfortune

Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so let us all be thankful.
β€” Gautama Buddha

gratitude

The charitable man is loved by all; his friendship is prized highly; in death his heart is at rest and full of joy, for he suffers not from repentance; he receives the opening flower of his reward and the fruit that ripens from it.
β€” Gautama Buddha

charity

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.
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virtue wisdom

Giving brings happiness at every stage of its expression. We experience joy in forming the intention to be generous, we experience joy in the actual act of giving something, and we experience joy in remembering the fact that we have given.
β€” Gautama Buddha

Giving

To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one's family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one's own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.
β€” Gautama Buddha

self-control

To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one's family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one's own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.
β€” Gautama Buddha

enlightenment health mind parenting

You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection.
β€” Gautama Buddha

self-care

Avoid these two extremes . . . which two? On the one hand, low, vulgar, ignoble, and useless indulgence in passion and luxury; and on the other, painful, ignoble and useless practice of self-torture and mortification. Take the Middle Path for it leads to insight and peace, wisdom and enlightenment, and to Nirvana.
β€” Gautama Buddha

buddhist

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.
β€” Gautama Buddha

beliefs