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Quotations by Gautama Buddha
BuddhaBelieve nothing, no matter where - Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.

Deserve your love and affection - You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.

The tongue like a sharp knife - The tongue like a sharp knife... Kills without drawing blood.

Being a good talker - A dog is not considered a good dog because he is a good barker. A man is not considered a good man because he is a good talker.

Words we utter should be chosen with care - Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill.

No one saves us but ourselves - No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.

We are what we think - We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world.

Set your heart on doing good - Set your heart on doing good. Do it over and over again, and you will be filled with joy.

In the end these things matter most - In the end these things matter most: How well did you love? How fully did you live? How deeply did you let go?

However many holy words you read - However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them?

The dreadful habit of doubt - 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.

Do not believe in anything simply because... - Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.

Holding on to anger - Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.

Path to happiness - There is no path to happiness: happiness is the path.

Resolve to be tender, compassionate, sympathetic - Resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant with the weak and wrong. Sometime in your life, you will have been all of these.

Compassion and self - If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.

An insincere and evil friend - An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast; a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind.

If you do not change direction. . . - If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.

The secret of health for mind and body - The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.

Liberty, courtesy, benevolence. . . - Liberty, courtesy, benevolence, unselfishness, under all circumstances towards all people--these qualities are to the world what the linchpin is to the rolling chariot.

Do not think lightly of good - Let no man think lightly of good, saying in his heart, It will not benefit me. Even by the falling of water drops a water-pot is filled; the wise man becomes full of good, even if he gather it little by little.