Siddhartha Gautama, known as the Buddha, or “Enlightened One,” died in 480 B.C. his wisdom lives on.
“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”
“Nothing ever exists entirely alone; everything is in relation to everything else.”
“Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.”
“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.”
“Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace.”
“Every human being is the author of his own disease.”
“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.”
“It is a man’s own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways.”
“We are what we think.”
“Let us be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die. So, let us all be thankful.”
“There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.”
“Work out your own salvation. Do not depend on others.”
“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”
“Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it.