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Quotes by Buddha

A jug fills drop by drop
- Buddha

All that we are is the result of what we have thought
- Buddha

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

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

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

He is able who thinks he is able
- Buddha

What you think you become
- Buddha

Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship
- Buddha

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
- Buddha

I never see what has been done; I only see what remains to be done
- Buddha

It is better to travel well than to arrive
- Buddha

The foot feels the foot when it feels the ground
- Buddha

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

The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows
- Buddha

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

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

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

You will not be punished for your anger; you will be punished by your anger
- Buddha

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

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


Quotes by Confucius

A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions
- Confucius

Ability will never catch up with the demand for it
- Confucius

Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without
- Confucius

By nature, men are nearly alike; by practice, they get to be wide apart
- Confucius

By three methods we may learn wisdom:
First, by reflection, which is noblest;
Second, by imitation, which is easiest;
and third by experience, which is the bitterest
- Confucius

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life
- Confucius

Do not impose on others what you yourself do not desire
- Confucius

Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it
- Confucius

He who learns but does not think, is lost! He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger
- Confucius

He who speaks without modesty will find it difficult to make his words good
- Confucius

Heaven means to be one with God
- Confucius

Hold faithfulness and sincerity as first principles
- Confucius

I hear, I know. I see, I remember. I do, I understand
- Confucius

I want you to be everything that's you, deep at the center of your being
- Confucius

If we don't know life, how can we know death?
- Confucius

If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the peope
- Confucius

It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop
- Confucius

It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love... All good things are difficult to achieve; and bad things are very easy to get
- Confucius

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall
- Confucius

Respect yourself and others will respect you
- Confucius

Silence is a true friend who never betrays
- Confucius

Things that are done, it is needless to speak about.things that are past, it is needless to blame
- Confucius

To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it
- Confucius

To see and listen to the wicked is already the beginning of wickedness
- Confucius

We should feel sorrow, but not sink under its oppression
- Confucius

When anger rises, think of the consequences
- Confucius

When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps
- Confucius

When you have faults, do not fear to abandon them
- Confucius

Wherever you go, go with all your heart
- Confucius

Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men
- Confucius


Quotes by Dalai Lama

Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible
- Dalai Lama

I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe
- Dalai Lama

If you can, help others; if you cannot do that, at least do not harm them
- Dalai Lama

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion
- Dalai Lama

In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher.
- Dalai Lama

Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive
- Dalai Lama

My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness
- Dalai Lama

The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness
- Dalai Lama

We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves
- Dalai Lama

Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions
- Dalai Lama

The ultimate authority must always rest with the individual's own reason and critical analysis
- Dalai Lama

We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves
- Dalai Lama

Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace
- Dalai Lama

With realization of one's own potential and self-confidence in one's ability, one can build a better world
- Dalai Lama


Lao Tzu Quotes

The journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step
- Lao Tzu

A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving
- Lao Tzu

An ant on the move does more than a dozing ox
- Lao Tzu

Anticipate the difficult by managing the easy
- Lao Tzu

Be the chief but never the lord
- Lao Tzu

Because of a great love, one is courageous
- Lao Tzu

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage
- Lao Tzu

From caring comes courage
- Lao Tzu

Great acts are made up of small deeds
- Lao Tzu

He who conquers others is strong; He who conquers himself is mighty
- Lao Tzu

He who does not trust enough, Will not be trusted
- Lao Tzu

He who is contented is rich
- Lao Tzu

He who knows himself is enlightened
- Lao Tzu

He who knows others is wise. He who knows himself is enlightened
- Lao Tzu

He who knows that enough is enough will always have enough
- Lao Tzu

He who talks more is sooner exhausted
- Lao Tzu

Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment
- Lao Tzu

Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it
- Lao Tzu

Silence is a source of great strength
- Lao Tzu

To love someone deeply gives you strength. Being loved by someone deeply gives you courage
- Lao Tzu

 

Zen Proverbs

Move and the way will open
- Zen Proverbs

From the withered tree, a flower blooms
- Zen Proverbs

Be master of mind rather than mastered by mind
- Zen Proverbs

Before enlightenment; chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment; chop wood, carry water
- Zen Proverbs

The infinite is in the finite of every instant
- Zen Proverbs

When walking, walk. When eating, eat
- Zen Proverbs



Miscellaneous Buddhist Quotes

The only Zen you find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there.
- Robert M. Pirsig

The quieter you become, the more you can hear.
– Baba Ram Dass

You must neither strive for truth nor seek to lose your illusions.
– The Shodoka

Zen is not some kind of excitement, but merely concentration on our usual everyday routine.
– Shunryu Suzuki

The most important point is to accept yourself and stand on your two feet.
– Shunryu Suzuki

Don’t seek reality, just put an end to opinions
– Sheng-ts' an

When you get there, there isn’t any there there
– Gertrude Stein

Water which is too pure has no fish
– Ts'ai Ken T'an

Nothing is exactly as it seems, nor is it otherwise
– Alan Watts

The instant you speak about a thing, you miss the mark
– Wu-men

Only a crystal clear question yields a transparent answer
– Zen Proverb

All of the significant battles are waged within the self
– Sheldon Kopp

Life is the only thing worth living for
– Zen Proverb


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