Buddha, Gautama Buddha, or The Buddha, also Gotama Buddha, Siddhārtha Gautama Buddha and Buddha Śākyamuni

Buddha, Gautama Buddha, or The Buddha, also Gotama Buddha, Siddhārtha Gautama Buddha and Buddha Śākyamuni
c. 560 B.C.
c. 480 B.C.

Hindu Religious Teacher, Founder of Buddhism

Author Quotes

Real wealth is not gold but mind.

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

The first steps toward spiritual freedom from the worldly bonds and fetters are to control one's mind, to stop idle talk, and to be somewhat pensive.

All life is sorrowful.

The greatest prayer is patience.

Believe nothing, O Monk, merely because you have been told it. But believe what, after due examination and analysis, you find conducive to the welfare of all beings

Work out your own salvation. Do not depend on others.

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

Everything is a succession of appearances whose source is the accumulation of causes and conditions.

Everything is based on mind, is led by mind, is fashioned by mind. If you speak and act with pure mind, happiness will follow you, as a shadow clings to a form.

Happiness never decreases by being shared.

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

Human beings tend to move in the direction of their thoughts.

If a man speaks and acts with a good mind, happiness follows him like his shadow.

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

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.

Mind is everything... We become what we think.

Never in this world can hatred be stilled by hatred; it will be stilled only by non-hatred - this is the law eternal.

Nothing ever exists entirely alone; everything is in relation to everything else... Since things do not differ in their essential nature, there can be no duality.

Wherever we go, wherever we remain, the results of our actions follow us.

Wonderful it is to train the mind so swiftly moving, seizing whatever it wants. Good is it to have a well-trained mind, for a well-trained mind brings happiness.

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.

Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own thoughts, unguarded. But once mastered, no one can help you as much, not even your father or your mother.

Wakefulness is the way to life. The fool sleeps as if he were already dead, but the Master is awake and he lives forever. He watches. He is clear. How happy he is! For he sees that wakefulness is life. How happy he is, following the path of the awakened. With Great perseverance he meditates, seeking freedom and happiness.

What you are is what you have been, and what you will be is what you do now.

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First Name
Buddha, Gautama Buddha, or The Buddha, also Gotama Buddha, Siddhārtha Gautama Buddha and Buddha Śākyamuni
Birth Date
c. 560 B.C.
Death Date
c. 480 B.C.

Hindu Religious Teacher, Founder of Buddhism