What you think you become.— Gautama Buddha
Grateful Wise Buddhist quotations
Do not correct a fool or he will hate you. Correct a wise man and he will appreciate you.
Ultimately, happiness comes down to choosing between the discomfort of becoming aware of your mental afflictions and the discomfort of being ruled by them.
The answer lies within ourselves. If we can't find peace and happiness there, it's not going to come from the outside.
Any fool can know. The point is to understand.
Good men and bad men differ radically.
Bad men never appreciate kindness shown them, but wise men appreciate and are grateful. Wise men try to express their appreciation and gratitude by some return of kindness, not only to their benefactor, but to everyone else
You are never alone or helpless. The force that guides the stars guides you too.
When a wise man is advised of his errors, he will reflect on and improve his conduct. When his misconduct is pointed out, a foolish man will not only disregard the advice but rather repeat the same error.
Be strong enough to stand alone, be yourself enough to stand apart, but be wise enough to stand together when the time comes.
Do not give your attention to what others do or fail to do; give it to what you do or fail to do.
Whatever we do lays a seed in our deepest consciousness, and one day that seed will grow.
For ages this idea has been proclaimed in the consummately wise teachings of religion, probably not alone as a means of insuring peace and harmony among men, but as a deeply founded truth. The Buddhist expresses it in one way, the Christian in another, but both say the same: We are all one.
Fools live to regret their words, the wise regret their silence.
The fragrance of sandalwood and rosebay does not travel far.
But the fragrance of virtue rises to the heavens.
There is no fire like passion No crime like hatred, No sorrow like separation, No sickness like hunger, And no joy like the joy of freedom.
The wise say that it is not an iron, wooden or fiber fetter which is a strong one, but the besotted hankering after trinkets, children and wives, that, say the wise, is the strong fetter. It drags one down, and loose as it feels, it is hard to break. Breaking this fetter, people renounce the world, free from longing and abandoning sensuality.
A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.
Doubt everything. Find your own light.
The tongue like a sharp knife ... Kills without drawing blood.
There has to be evil so that good can prove its purity above it.
A wise man never knows all, only fools know everything.
Mind is everything. What we think, we become.
Our future experiences will be colored by the choices we make in the present.
All that we are is the result of what we have thought; what we think we become.
The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise man grows it under his feet.
Master your words. Master your thoughts. Never allow your body to do harm. Follow these three roads with purity And you will find yourself upon the one way, The way of wisdom.
We work on ourselves in order to help others, but also we help others in order to work on ourselves.
Just as a solid rock is not shaken by the storm, even so the wise are not affected by praise or blame.
Fools take the knife and stab people in the back. The wise take a knife, cut the cord and free themselves from the fools.
With gentleness overcome anger. With generosity overcome meanness. With truth overcome deceit.
It is under the greatest adversity that there exists the greatest potential for doing good, both for oneself and others.
Joy comes not through possession or ownership but through a wise and loving heart.
Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.
To understand everything is to forgive everything.
The root of suffering is attachment
Drop by drop is the water pot filled.
Likewise, the wise man, gathering it little by little, fills himself with good.
To admit you were wrong is to declare you are wiser now than before.
A wise man, recognizing that the world is but an illusion, does not act as if it is real, so he escapes the suffering.
Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own unguarded thoughts.
There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt.
Doubt separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant.
Knowledge is like underwear. It is useful to have it, but not necessary to show it off.
Concentrate the mind on the present moment.
Anger will never disappear so long as thoughts of resentment are cherished in the mind.
Have compassion for all beings, rich and poor alike;
each has their suffering. Some suffer too much, others too little.
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.
Through vigilance, restraint and control the wise will construct and island that no flood will overcome.