Buddha, also known as Gautama Buddha, Siddhārtha Gautama, or Śhakyamuni Buddha, is the primary figure in Buddhism, revered not as a god or prophet but as an enlightened holy man. Scholars are reluctant to make detailed claims about the facts of his life, but most believe he lived and taught in the eastern part of ancient India between the sixth and fourth centuries BCE. There are a number of Buddha quotes passed down by oral tradition that reflect his teachings and offer wisdom that is relevant to the challenges we face in the modern world.
Buddha believed that loving yourself was an essential part of being fulfilled as person, although his idea of self-worth goes beyond the superficial modern concept of self-esteem. Buddha believed that when you're content with who you are and who you're becoming, you're free to focus on sending positive energy out to the world. "You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection," he said.
Buddha's belief in loving yourself extends to loving others as well. It's an understandable impulse to want to lash out when someone has wronged you or hurt your feelings, but Buddha urges us to treat others with compassion and kindness. "Hatred has never stopped hatred. Only love stops hate. This is the eternal law," he said.
Mindfulness, or focusing one's awareness on the present moment while acknowledging current feelings and bodily sensations, is another common theme in Buddha quotations. This reminds us to slow down and take a deep breath when life feels hectic. "Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment," he said.
A paraphrase of Section 10 of the Sutra of 42 Sections, a Chinese text.
Better than a thousand useless words is one useful word, hearing which one attains peace.Buddha
A man is not called wise because he talks and talks again; but if he is peaceful, loving, and fearless then he is in truth called wise.Buddha
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.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
If with a pure mind a person speaks or acts, happiness follows them like a never-departing shadow.Buddha
Understanding is the heartwood of well-spoken words.Buddha
Ardently do today what must be done. Who knows? Tomorrow, death comes.Buddha
Give, even if you only have a little.Buddha
Should a seeker not find a companion who is better or equal, let them resolutely pursue a solitary course.Buddha
One is not called noble who harms living beings. By not harming living beings one is called noble.Buddha
There is no fear for one whose mind is not filled with desires.Buddha
A disciplined mind brings happiness.Buddha
Ceasing to do evil, cultivating the good, purifying the heart: This is the teaching of the Buddhas.Buddha
Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life.Buddha