Buddha Quotes and Sayings
1. Searching all directions with one’s awareness, one finds no one dearer than oneself. In the same way, others are fiercely dear to themselves. So one should not hurt others if one loves oneself.
2. The Buddha said, “Those who rejoice in seeing others observe the Way will obtain great blessing.” A Sramana asked the Buddha, “Would this blessing be destroyed?” The Buddha replied, “It is like a lighted torch whose flame can be distributed to ever so many other torches which people may bring along; and therewith they will cook food and dispel darkness, while the original torch itself remains burning ever the same. It is even so with the bliss of the Way.”
#3 & #4 Karaniya Metta Sutta
3. Let him radiate boundless love towards the entire world — above, below, and across — unhindered, without ill will, without enmity.
4. Just as a mother would protect her only child with her life even so let one cultivate a boundless love towards all beings.
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.”
1. Should a seeker not find a companion who is better or equal, let him resolutely pursue a solitary course; there is no fellowship with the fool.
2. Better than a thousand useless words is one useful word, hearing which one attains peace.
#3 The Pali: Atītaṃ nānusocanti nappajappanti’nāgataṃ,
Paccuppannena yāpenti tena vaṇṇo pasīdati.
3. They do not mourn for the past, they do not yearn for the future, they live on the present; therefore they are of good complexion.
#4 Yammakavagga: “The Pairs”
4. Mind precedes all mental states. Mind is their chief; they are all mind-wrought. If with an impure mind a person speaks or acts suffering follows him like the wheel that follows the foot of the ox.
5. One should not despise what one has received, nor envy the gains of others. The monk who envies the gains of others does not attain to meditative absorption.
6. Health is the greatest gift, contentment is the greatest wealth, a trusted friend is the best relative, Nibbana is the greatest bliss. (Narada Maha Thera’s translation of verse 204 of The Dhammapada)
#7 Kucchivikara-vatthu: The Monk with Dysentery, by Thanissaro Bhikkhu [S]
7. If you don’t tend to one another, who then will tend to you? Whoever would tend to me, should tend to the sick.
8. Much though he recites the sacred texts, but acts not accordingly, that heedless man is like a cowherd who only counts the cows of others — he does not partake of the blessings of the holy life.
9. “Monks, a statement endowed with five factors is well-spoken, not ill-spoken. It is blameless & unfaulted by knowledgeable people. Which five?
“It is spoken at the right time. It is spoken in truth. It is spoken affectionately. It is spoken beneficially. It is spoken with a mind of good-will.
“A statement endowed with these five factors is well-spoken, not ill-spoken. It is blameless & unfaulted by knowledgeable people.”
10. “He abused me, he struck me, he overpowered me, he robbed me.” Those who do not harbor such thoughts still their hatred.
11. Speak not harshly to anyone, for those thus spoken to might retort. Indeed, angry speech hurts, and retaliation may overtake you. (Verse 133 of The Dhammapada)
#12 The Dhammapada
12. Few among men are those who cross to the farther shore. The rest, the bulk of men, only run up and down the hither bank.
#13-#15, Kodhavagga: Anger (Dhp XVII)
13. Overcome the angry by non-anger; overcome the wicked by goodness; overcome the miser by generosity; overcome the liar by truth.
14. Speak the truth; yield not to anger; when asked, give even if you only have a little. By these three means can one reach the presence of the gods.
15. One should give up anger, renounce pride, and overcome all fetters. Suffering never befalls him who clings not to mind and body and is detached.
16. Let a man overcome anger by love, let him overcome evil by good; let him overcome the greedy by liberality, the liar by truth! (Verse 223 of The Dhammapada)
#17 Samyutta Nikaya
17. You make things worse when you flare up at someone who’s angry. Whoever doesn’t flare up at someone who’s angry wins a battle hard to win.
#18 Access to Insight, 30 November 2013
18. 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.
19. He who is meditative, stainless and secluded, he who has done his duty and is free from corruptions, he who has attained the Highest Goal—him I call a brāhmaṇa. (Narada Thera translated this verse 386 of The Dhammapada)
20. As a mountain of rock is unshaken by wind, so also, the wise are unperturbed by blame or by praise. (Verse 81 of The Dhammapada)
21. It is in the nature of things that joy arises in a person free from remorse. (Cetana Sutta, Anguttara Nikaya)
22. Ardently do today what must be done. Who knows? Tomorrow, death comes. (Bhaddekaratta Sutta)
23. Should you find a wise critic to point out your faults, follow him as you would a guide to hidden treasure. (Verse 76 of the Dhammapada)
Quotes attributed to Buddha
1. Set your heart on doing good. Do it over and over again, and you will be filled with joy.
2. We must be diligent today. To wait until tomorrow is too late. Death comes unexpectedly. How can we bargain with it?
3. Though one may conquer a thousand times a thousand men in battle, yet he indeed is the noblest victor who conquers himself.
4. When you come upon a path that brings benefit and happiness to all, follow this course as the moon journeys through the stars.