Gautama Buddha, also known as Buddha, was a Śramaṇa who lived in ancient India. He is the founder of Buddhism. The word buddha in itself means “the one who is enlightened.”
However, normally people refer to the Buddha as the man who created Buddhism, Gautama Buddha. Siddhartha Gautama was born in a royal family in Lumbini, Nepal.
He also lived a privileged life. However, A carriage ride outside of his palace changed his perspective and affected him so much that he abandoned materialistic pleasures for the sake of spiritual enlightenment.
Here are some of his best quotes:
Purity and impurity depend on oneself; no one can purify another.Buddha
Conquer anger with non-anger. Conquer badness with goodness. Conquer meanness with generosity. Conquer dishonesty with truth.Buddha
Drop by drop is the water pot filled. Likewise, the wise man, gathering it little by little, fills himself with good.Buddha
All experiences are preceded by mind, having mind as their master, created by mind.Buddha
Should a person do good, let him do it again and again. Let him find pleasure therein, for blissful is the accumulation of good.Buddha
Whatever precious jewel there is in the heavenly worlds, there is nothing comparable to one who is Awakened.Buddha
Should you find a wise critic to point out your faults, follow him as you would a guide to hidden treasure.Buddha
In whom there is no sympathy for living beings: know him as an outcast.Buddha
Live with no sense of ‘mine,’ not forming attachment to experiences.Buddha
Better it is to live one day seeing the rise and fall of things than to live a hundred years without ever seeing the rise and fall of things.Buddha
If a man going down into a river, swollen and swiftly flowing, is carried away by the current — how can he help others across?Buddha
One is not called noble who harms living beings. By not harming living beings one is called noble.Buddha
All conditioned things are impermanent—when one sees this with wisdom, one turns away from suffering.Buddha
The world is afflicted by death and decay. But the wise do not grieve, having realized the nature of the world.Buddha
Ardently do today what must be done. Who knows? Tomorrow, death comes.Buddha
To support mother and father, to cherish wife and children, and to be engaged in peaceful occupation — this is the greatest blessing.Buddha
They blame those who remain silent, they blame those who speak much, they blame those who speak in moderation. There is none in the world who is not blamed.Buddha
If with a pure mind a person speaks or acts, happiness follows them like a never-departing shadow.Buddha
Ceasing to do evil, Cultivating the good, Purifying the heart: This is the teaching of the Buddhas.Buddha
He who can curb his wrath as soon as it arises, as a timely antidote will check snake’s venom that so quickly spreads — such a monk gives up the here and the beyond, just as a serpent sheds its worn-out skin.Buddha
Know from the rivers in clefts and in crevices: those in small channels flow noisily, the great flow silent. Whatever’s not full makes noise. Whatever is full is quiet.Buddha
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