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

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.

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.

Until he has unconditional and unbiased love for all beings, man will not find peace.

What is most needed is a loving heart.

When Buddha was on his death bed he noticed his young disciple Anan was weeping. 'Why are you weeping, Anan?' he asked. 'Because the light of the world is about to be extinguished and we will be in darkness.' The Buddha summoned up all his remaining energy and spoke what were to be his final words on earth: 'Anan, Anan, be a light unto yourself.'

When you know for yourselves that, 'These qualities are skillful; these qualities are blameless; these qualities are praised by the wise; these qualities, when adopted & carried out, lead to welfare & to happiness' — then you should enter & remain in them.

With good will for the entire cosmos, cultivate a limitless heart: Above, below, and all around, unobstructed, without hostility or hate.

You are the community now. Be a lamp for yourselves. Be your own refuge. Seek for no other. All things must pass. Strive on diligently. Don’t give up.

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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.
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Hindu Religious Teacher, Founder of Buddhism