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

There are no chains like hate...dwelling on your brother's faults multiplies your own. You are far from the end of your journey.

There is no wealth like knowledge, and no poverty like ignorance.

Things are not what they seem. Nor are they otherwise. Deeds exist, but no doer can be found.

Those which arise dependently are free of inherent existence.

Though through all his life a fool associates with a wise man, he yet understands not the Dharma, as the spoon, the flavor of soup.

To force oneself to believe and to accept a thing without understanding is political, and not spiritual or intellectual.

The fool who thinks he is wise is just a fool. The fool who knows he is a fool is wise indeed.

The man who awakes and follows the way. They are free from fear. They are free. They have crossed over the river of sorrow.

The past should not be followed after and the future not desired; what is past is dead and gone and the future is yet to come.

The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart

There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.

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.

Think not lightly of evil, saying, 'It will not come to me.' Drop by drop is the water pot filled. Likewise, the fool, gathering it little by little, fills himself with evil.

Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace.

Thoughts give joy when they speak or act. Joy follows them like a shadow that never leaves them.

To forgive others is to be good to yourself.

The foot feels the foot when it feels the ground.

The man who foolishly does me wrong, I will return to him the protection of my most ungrudging love; and the more evil comes from him, the more good shall go from me.

The pathway to liberation is to live in the present and free yourself from desiring to become anything.

The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. Never fear what will become of you, depend on no one. Only the moment you reject all help are you freed.

There are some who...all the time seek pleasure. They are immoderate. Like the drunk, they can't differentiate between the eternal and the temporary.

There is nothing more worthy than the virtue of selflessness. Selfless unites people. It is a healing herb that unifies strangers and brings families together. It is the love for others that is higher than self-love; It is our only hope.

Think: Happy, at rest, may all beings be happy at heart. Whatever beings there may be, weak or strong, without exception, long, large, middling, short, subtle, blatant, seen & unseen, near & far, born & seeking birth: May all beings be happy at heart.

Those who are truly wise will remain unmoved by feelings of happiness and suffering, fame and disgrace, praise and blame, gain and loss. They will remain calm like the eye of a hurricane.

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.

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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