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

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.

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.

Turn away from mischief. Again and again, turn away. Before sorrow befalls you. Set your heart on doing good.

Were there a mountain all made of gold, doubled that would not be enough to satisfy a single man: know this and live accordingly.

When a man is stimulated by his own thoughts, full of desire and dwelling on what is attractive, his craving increases even more. He is making the fetter even stronger. But he who takes pleasure in stilling his thoughts, practicing the contemplation of what is repulsive, and remaining recollected, now he will make an end of craving, he will snap the bonds of Mara. His aim is accomplished, he is without fear, rid of craving and without stain. He has removed the arrows of changing existence. This is his last body.

When we free ourselves of desire, we will know serenity and freedom.

Why since I am myself subject to birth, ageing, disease, death, sorrows and defilement, do I seek after what is also subject to these things? Suppose, being myself subject these things, seeking danger in them, I were to seek the unborn, unageing, und

You are a seeker. Delight in the mastery of your hands and your feet, of your words and your thoughts. Delight in meditation and in solitude.

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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