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But truly, it is not strange that human beings should die.
Buddha (Digha Nikaya)
Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace.
Buddha
All compounded things are subject to decay. Strive with diligence!
Buddha (Mahaparinibbana Sutta)
Nothing brings joy as does a
tamed, controlled, attended and restrained heart.
This heart brings joy.
Buddha
A fool associating himself with a wise man all his life sees not the truth, just as the spoon does not enjoy the taste of the soup.
Buddha (Dhammapada)
Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.
Buddha
To keep the body in good health is a duty, for otherwise we shall not be able to trim the lamp of wisdom, and keep our mind strong and clear.
Buddha
Better it is to live one day wise and meditative than to live a hundred years foolish and uncontrolled. 
Buddha (Dhammapada)
Do not overrate what you have received, nor envy others. He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind.
Buddha
Can there be joy and laughter When always the world is ablaze? Enshrouded in darkness Should you not seek a light?
Buddha (Dhammapada)
Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.
Buddha
To live a pure unselfish life, one must count nothing as one's own in the midst of abundance.
Buddha
Do not go by revelation;
Do not go by tradition;
Do not go by hearsay;
Do not go on the authority of sacred texts;
Do not go on the grounds of pure logic;
Do not go by a view that seems rational;
Do not go by reflecting on mere appearances.
Buddha (Kalama Sutta)
Mind precedes all mental states. Mind is their chief; they are all mind-wrought. If with an impure mind a person speaks or acts suffering follows him like the wheel that follows the foot of the ox.
Buddha (Dhammapada)
A family is a place where minds come in contact with one another. If these minds love one another the home will be as beautiful as a flower garden. But if these minds get out of harmony with one another it is like a storm that plays havoc with the garden.
Buddha (Quoted in The Teachings of Buddha, 2005)
Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.
Buddha (Dhammapada)
All that we are is the result of what we have thought. If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him. If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him.
Buddha (Dhammapada)
Attraction is wholeness;
repulsion is unwholesomeness;
the most tormenting pain is bad conscience;
the height of bliss is redeemed awakening.
Buddha (Quoted in The Gospel of Buddha, 1894)
Conquerors are those like me
who have reached fermentations' end.
I've conquered evil qualities,
and so, Upaka, I'm a conqueror.
Buddha
Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.
Buddha (Kalama Sutta)
We are what we think.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts we make the world.
Buddha (Dhammapada)
Earnestness is the path of immortality,
thoughtlessness the path of death. 
Those who are in earnest do not die,
those who are thoughtless are as if dead already.
Buddha (Dhammapada)
You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection.
Buddha
Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue.
Buddha (Quoted in The Teachings of Buddha, 2005)
The thought manifests as the word;
The word manifests as the deed;
The deed develops into habit;
And habit hardens into character;
So watch the thought and its ways with care,
And let it spring from love
Born out of concern for all beings…
As the shadow follows the body,
As we think, so we become.
Buddha (Dhammapada)
However young,
The seeker who sets
out upon the way
Shines bright over the
world.
  But day and night
The man who is awake 
Shines in the radiance
of the spirit.
  Meditate. 
Live purely.
Be quiet. 
Do your work, with mastery. 
  Like the moon,
Come out from behind
the clouds! 
Shine.
Buddha (Dhammapada)
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Buddha Biography

Born: 563 BCE
Died: 483 BCE

Gautama Buddha was a spiritual teacher from ancient India. He was the founder of the philosophy and religion Buddhism. He is therefore the primary figure in Buddhism.

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