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Always be mindful of the kindness and not the faults of others.

Buddha on Truth

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

Delusions, errors and lies are like huge, gaudy vessels, the rafters of which are rotten and worm eaten, and those who embark in them are fated to be shipwrecked.

Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.

In a controversy the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves.

In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west; people create distinctions out of their own minds and then believe them to be true.

In a controversy the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves.

Long is the night to him who is awake; long is a mile to him who is tired; long is life to the foolish who do not know the true law.

Conquer anger by love, evil by good; Conquer the miser with liberality, and the liar with truth.

Buddha Sayings about Self Love

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

Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it.

Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.

You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere.

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

Your body is precious. It is our vehicle for awakening.
Treat it with care.

If you truly loved yourself, you could never hurt another.

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Buddha Sayings on Anger and Hatred

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

There is no fire like passion, there is no shark like hatred, there is no snare like  like folly, , there is no torrent like greed.

Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule.

You will not be punished for your anger; you will be punished by your anger.

Friendship is the only cure for hatred, the only guarantee of peace.

Buddha Sayings about the Power of Thought

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

To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.

There is nothing so disobedient as an undisciplined mind, and there is nothing so obedient as a disciplined mind.

All that we are is the result of what we have thought.

He is able who thinks he is able.

It is a man’s own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways.

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

The wise ones fashioned speech with their thought, sifting it as grain is sifted through a sieve.

The thought manifests as the word; The word manifests as the deed; The deed develops into habit; And habit hardens into character. So watch the thought and its ways with care, And let it spring from love born out of concern for all beings.

What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow: Our life is the creation of our mind.

Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own unguarded thoughts.

As the fletcher whittles and makes straight his arrows, so the master directs his straying thoughts.

Buddha sayings and quotes on Happiness

The mind is the source of happiness and unhappiness.

Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.

Happiness comes when your work and words are of benefit to others.

Craving and desire are the cause of all unhappiness. Everything sooner or later must change, so do not become attached to anything. Instead devote yourself to purifying your mind and finding true, lasting happiness.

If a man who enjoys a lesser happiness beholds a greater one, let him leave aside the lesser to gain the greater.

Happiness follows sorrow, sorrow follows happiness, but when one no longer discriminates happiness and sorrow, a good deal and a bad deed, one is able to realize freedom.

Inspirational Buddha Sayings and Quotes

It is better to travel well than to arrive.

An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.

Why do what you will regret? Why bring tears upon yourself? Do only what you do not regret, And fill yourself with joy.

Endurance is one of the most difficult disciplines, but it is to the one who endures that the final victory comes.

Always be mindful of the kindness and not the faults of others.

Fashion your life as a garland of beautiful deeds.

If you light a lamp for someone else it will also brighten your path.

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.

Let yourself be open and life will be easier. A spoon of salt in a glass of water makes the water undrinkable. A spoon of salt in a lake is almost unnoticed.
If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.

Live every act fully, as if it were your last.

You have no cause for anything but gratitude and joy.

It is you who must make the effort. Masters only point the way.

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

Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.

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

Other Great Buddha Sayings

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.

Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue.

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

As a solid rock is not shaken by a strong gale, so wise persons remain unaffected by praise or censure.

There has to be evil so that good can prove its purity above it.

A jug fills drop by drop

I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act.

All things appear and disappear because of the concurrence of causes and conditions. Nothing ever exists entirely alone; everything is in relation to everything else.

Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace.

To understand everything is to forgive everything.

Every human being is the author of his own health or disease.

Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.

To be idle is a short road to death and to be diligent is a way of life; foolish people are idle, wise people are diligent.

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.

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

To live a pure unselfish life, one must count nothing as one’s own in the midst of abundance.

Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life.

You only lose what you cling to.

Have compassion for all beings, rich and poor alike; each has their suffering. Some suffer too much, others too little.

Purity or impurity depends on oneself, No one can purify another.

Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely.

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.

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.

He who experiences the unity of life sees his own Self in all beings, and all beings in his own Self, and looks on everything with an impartial eye.

A family is a place where minds come in contact with one another. If these minds love one another, the home will be as beautiful as a flower garden. But if these minds get out of harmony with one another it is like a storm that plays havoc with the garden.

When you realize how perfect everything is you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky.

Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace.

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

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

Attachment leads to suffering.

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

A noble person is mindful and thankful for the favors he receives from others.

Remembering a wrong is like carrying a burden on the mind.

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