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

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.

Watering the flowers and the trees, whispering to them, talking to them. Then, they will grow to be more bright and luxuriant.

Whatever an enemy might do to an enemy, or a foe to a foe, the ill-directed mind can do to you even worse.

When need arises, pleasant (is it to have) friends. Pleasant is it to be content with just this and that. Pleasant is merit when life is at an end. Pleasant is the shunning of all ill.

While a man desires a woman, his mind is bound as closely as a calf to its mother. As you would pluck an autumn lily, pluck the arrow of desire. For he who is awake has shown you the way of peace. Give yourself to the journey.

Words do not express thoughts very well; everything immediately becomes a little different, a little distorted, a little foolish. And yet it also pleases me and seems right that what is of value and wisdom of one man seems nonsense to another.

You cannot travel on the path before you have become the Path itself.

We are formed and molded by our thoughts. Those whose minds are shaped by selfless thoughts give joy when they speak or act. Joy follows them like a shadow that never leaves them.

Whatever is felt is within suffering.

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.

Who you are is what you have been. Who you'll be is what you do now.

Words have the power to both destroy and heal. When words are both true and kind, they can change our world. Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care, for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill.

You create what you defend against.

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

Whatever is subject to origination is all subject to cessation.

When sitting quietly, reflect upon our own faults. When speaking with friends do not discuss the rights and wrongs of others.

Whoever follows impure thoughts suffers in this world and the next. In both worlds he suffers and how greatly. Understand that the body is merely the foam of a wave, the shadow of a shadow.

Work out your own salvation with diligence.

You have no cause for anything but gratitude and joy.

We are what we think, having become what we thought.

Whatever suffering there is in this world, all arises from desiring only myself to be happy. And whatever joy there is in this world, all arises from desiring to share my happiness with everyone.

When someone goes wrong, it is right for his real friends to move him, even by force, to do the right thing... Do not examine the limitations of others. Examine how you can change your own.

Whoever lives looking for pleasure only, his senses uncontrolled, immoderate in his enjoyments, idle and weak, the tempter will certainly overcome him, as the wind blows down a weak tree.

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

You must leave righteous ways behind, not to speak of unrighteous ways.

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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