Quotes attributed to Buddha on Love and other Sayings
2. The thought manifests as 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.
3. 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.
4. Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule.
5. 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.
6. If you truly loved yourself, you could never hurt another.
7. Let him radiate boundless love towards the entire world — above, below, and across — unhindered, without ill will, without enmity. (Karaniya Metta Sutta: The Discourse on Loving-kindness
translated from the Pali by Piyadassi Thera)
Excerpt from Wikipedia: Siddhārtha Gautama (Sanskrit: सिद्धार्थ गौतम; Pali:सिद्धाथ गोतम Siddhattha Gotama) was a spiritual teacher from the north eastern region of South Asia who founded Buddhism. In most Buddhist traditions, he is regarded as the Supreme Buddha (P. sammāsambuddha, S. samyaksaṃbuddha ) of our age, “Buddha” meaning “awakened one” or “the enlightened one.” The time of his birth and death are uncertain: most early 20th-century historians dated his lifetime as c. 563 BCE (Before Common Era) to 483 BCE; more recently, however, at a specialist symposium on this question, the majority of those scholars who presented definite opinions gave dates within 20 years either side of 400 BCE for the Buddha’s death, with others supporting earlier or later dates.
Gautama, also known as Śākyamuni or Shakyamuni (“sage of the Shakyas”), is the key figure in Buddhism, and accounts of his life, discourses, and monastic rules are believed by Buddhists to have been summarized after his death and memorized by his followers. Various collections of teachings attributed to Gautama were passed down by oral tradition, and first committed to writing about 400 years later.
Sayings by Buddha
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. All wrong-doing arises because of mind. If mind is transformed can wrong-doing remain?
5. An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace.
9. Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.
10. Do not overrate what you have received, nor envy others. He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind.
11. Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely.
12. Every human being is the author of his own health or disease.
13. Have compassion for all beings, rich and poor alike; each has their suffering. Some suffer too much, others too little.
14. Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.
15. 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.
16. However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them?
17. It is a man’s own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways.
18. 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.
19. 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.
20. No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.
21. Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.
22. Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.
23. 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.
24. Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace.
25. To live a pure unselfish life, one must count nothing as one’s own in the midst of abundance.
26. Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill.
27. The tongue like a sharp knife… Kills without drawing blood.
28. To conquer oneself is a greater task than conquering others.
29. You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.
30. In the end these things matter most: How well did you love? How fully did you live? How deeply did you let go?
31. 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.
32. Every morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.
33. There is no path to happiness: happiness is the path.
34. Your purpose in life is to find your purpose and give your whole heart and soul to it.
35. 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 these.
36. When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.
37. What we think, we become.
38. If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly our whole life would change.
39. Do not look for a sanctuary in anyone except your self.
40. As rain falls equally on the just and the unjust, do not burden your heart with judgments but rain your kindness equally on all.
Live purely. Be quiet.
Do your work with mastery.
Like the moon, come out
from behind the clouds!
42. If we fail to look after others when they need help, who will look after us?
43. Set your heart on doing good. Do it over and over again, and you will be filled with joy.
44. Nothing is permanent except change.
45. With our thoughts we make the world.
46. As you walk and eat and travel, be where you are. Otherwise you will miss most of your life.
47. 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.
48. We must be diligent today. To wait until tomorrow is too late. Death comes unexpectedly. How can we bargain with it?
49. Happiness comes when your work and words are of benefit to others.
50. Even as a solid rock is unshaken by the wind, so are the wise unshaken by praise or blame.
51. By oneself is evil done;
by oneself is one defiled.
By oneself is evil left undone;
by oneself is one made pure.
Purity and impurity depend on oneself;
no one can purify another.
Attavagga: The Self” (Dhp XII), translated from the Pali by Acharya Buddharakkhita. Access to Insight (Legacy Edition), 30 November 2013
52. Conquer anger by love, evil by good; conquer the miser with liberality, and the liar with truth.
53. When you come upon a path that brings benefit and happiness to all, follow this course as the moon journeys through the stars.
54. If you light a lamp for somebody, it will also brighten your path.
55. Remembering a wrong is like carrying a burden on the mind.
56. Few among men are they who cross to the further shore. The others merely run up and down the bank on this side.
57. If you propose to speak always ask yourself, is it true, is it necessary, is it kind.
58. There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.
59. When a man has pity on all living creatures then only is he noble.
60. Overcome the angry by non-anger; overcome the wicked by goodness; overcome the miser by generosity; overcome the liar by truth. (“Kodhavagga: Anger” (Dhp XVII), translated from the Pali by Acharya Buddharakkhita. Access to Insight)