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  You only lose what you cling to.  
 -  Buddha
  

  Love the whole world as a mother loves her only child.  
 -  Buddha
  

  Anger will never disappear so long as thoughts of resentment are cherished in the mind. Anger will disappear just as soon as thoughts of resentment are forgotten.  
 -  Buddha
  

  I do not care to know your various theories about God. What is the use of discussing all the subtle doctrines about the soul? Do good and be good. And this will take you to freedom and to whatever truth there is....  
 -  Buddha
  

  We are shaped by our THOUGHTS.. We become what we THINK.. When the mind is PURE, JOY follows like a SHADOW that never leaves.  
 -  Buddha
  

  A wise man, recognizing that the world is but an illusion, does not act as if it is real, so he escapes the suffering  
 -  Buddha
  

  Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. 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
  

  Do not overrate what you have received, nor envy others. He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind.  
 -  Buddha
  

  However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them?  
 -  Buddha
  

  To keep the body in good health is a duty...otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.  
 -  Buddha
  

  Reverence, humility, contentment, gratitude and hearing the good Dhamma, this is the best good luck  
 -  Buddha
  

  To support mother and father, to cherish wife and child and to have a simple livelihood; this is the good luck.  
 -  Buddha
  

  He who loves 50 people has 50 woes; he who loves no one has no woes.   
 -  Buddha
  

  Being deeply learned and skilled, being well trained and using well spoken words; This is good luck  
 -  Buddha
  

  What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow: Our life is the creation of our mind.  
 -  Buddha
  

  What is the noble truth of suffering? Birth is suffering, ageing is suffering and sorrow and lamentation, pain, grief and despair are suffering.  
 -  Buddha
  

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

  Everything is changeable, everything appears and disappears; there is no blissful peace until one passes beyond the agony of life and death.  
 -  Buddha
  

  Let us rise up and 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.  
 -  Buddha
  

  A man may conquer a million men in battle but one who conquers himself is, indeed, the greatest of conquerors  
 -  Buddha
  

  Being generous, just helping one's relatives and being blameless in one's actions; this is the best good luck.  
 -  Buddha
  

  It is surprising, in the welter of questions that one gets at (languor), how few actually relate to the performance of the company, or the decisions taken by the board in particular areas.  
 -  Buddha
  

  When one has the feeling of dislike for evil, when one feels tranquil, one finds pleasure in listening to good teachings; when one has these feelings and appreciates them, one is free of fear.  
 -  Buddha
  

  Someone who has set out in the vehicle of a Bodhisattva should decide that `I must lead all the beings to nirvana, into that realm of nirvana which leaves nothing behind'. What is this realm of nirvana which leaves nothing behind ?  
 -  Buddha
  

  To be idle is a short road to death and to be diligent is a way of life. Foolish people are idle, wise people are diligent.  
 -  Buddha
  

  Happiness comes when your work and words are of benefit to others.  
 -  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
  

  Unity can only be manifested by the Binary. Unity itself and the idea of Unity are already two.  
 -  Buddha
  

  Resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant with the weak and wrong. Sometime in your life, you will have been all of these.  
 -  Buddha
  

  No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.  
 -  Buddha
  

  To live a pure unselfish life, one must count nothing as one's own in the midst of abundance.  
 -  Buddha
  

  Work out your own salvation. Do not depend on others.  
 -  Buddha
  

  Let yourself be open and life will be easier. A spoon of salt in a glass of water makes the water undrinkable. A spoon of salt in a lake is almost unnoticed.  
 -  Buddha
  

  If you truly loved yourself, you could never hurt another.  
 -  Buddha
  

  A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.  
 -  Buddha
  

  He is able who thinks he is able.  
 -  Buddha
  

  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.  
 -  Buddha
  

  A man should first direct himself in the way he should go. Only then should he instruct others.  
 -  Buddha
  

  When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.  
 -  Buddha
  

  The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.  
 -  Buddha
  

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

  It is better to spend one day contemplating the birth and death of all things than a hundred years never contemplating beginnings and endings.  
 -  Buddha
  

  You should respect each other and refrain from disputes; you should not, like water and oil, repel each other, but should, like milk and water, mingle together.  
 -  Buddha
  

  Four misfortunes befall a heedless man who commits adultery: acquisition of demerit, disturbed sleep, thirdly blame, and fourthly a state of woe.  
 -  Buddha
  

  An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast; a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind.  
 -  Buddha
  

  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.  
 -  Buddha
  

  In the end these things matter most: How well did you love? How fully did you live? How deeply did you let go?  
 -  Buddha
  

  There has to be evil so that good can prove its purity above it.  
 -  Buddha
  

  Pain is certain, suffering is optional.  
 -  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. Water surrounds the lotus flower, but does not wet its petals.  
 -  Buddha
  

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

  All wrong-doing arises because of mind. If mind is transformed, can wrong-doing remain?  
 -  Buddha
  

  Those who have failed to work toward the truth have missed the purpose of living.  
 -  Buddha
  

  In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins - not through strength, but through persistence.  
 -  Buddha
  

  Doubt everything. Find your own light.  
 -  Buddha
  

  Greed is an imperfection that defiles the mind; hate is an imperfection that defiles the mind; delusion is an imperfection that defiles the mind.  
 -  Buddha
  

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

  Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.  
 -  Buddha
  

  This existence of ours is as transient as autumn clouds. To watch the birth and death of beings is like looking at the movements of a dance. A lifetime is a flash of lightning in the sky. Rushing by, like a torrent down a steep mountain.  
 -  Buddha
  

  If you light a lamp for someone else it will also brighten your path.  
 -  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
  

  The teacher comes to point the way and the student ends up worshipping the pointer.  
 -  Buddha
  

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

  Believe nothing merely because you have been told it. Do not believe what your teacher tells you merely out of respect for the teacher. But whatsoever, after due examination and analysis, you find to be kind, conducive to the good, the benefit, the welfare of all beings - that doctrine believe and cling to, and take it as your guide.  
 -  Buddha
  

  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
  

  Nothing is forever. Except change.  
 -  Buddha
  

  Friendship is the only cure for hatred, the only guarantee of peace.  
 -  Buddha
  

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

  You will not be punished for your anger. You will be punished by your anger.  
 -  Buddha
  

  If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly our whole life would change.  
 -  Buddha
  

  Neither fire nor wind, birth nor death can erase our good deeds.  
 -  Buddha
  

  It is easy to see the faults of others, but difficult to see once own faults. One shows the faults of others like chaff winnowed in the wind, but one conceals one's own faults as a cunning gambler conceals his dice.  
 -  Buddha
  

  Nothing can harm you as much as your own thoughts unguarded.  
 -  Buddha
  

  There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts; it is a sword that kills.  
 -  Buddha
  

  What we think, we become.  
 -  Buddha
  

  The tongue like a sharp knife. It kills without drawing blood.  
 -  Buddha
  

  The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. Never fear what will become of you, depend on no one. Only the moment you reject all help are you freed.  
 -  Buddha
  

  Every morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.  
 -  Buddha
  

  Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace.  
 -  Buddha
  

  It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.  
 -  Buddha
  

  Do not look for a sanctuary in anyone except your self.  
 -  Buddha
  

  Set your heart on doing good. Do it over and over again, and you will be filled with joy.  
 -  Buddha
  

  There is no path to happiness: happiness is the path.  
 -  Buddha
  

  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
  

  Ambition is like love, impatient both of delays and rivals.  
 -  Buddha
  

  If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.  
 -  Buddha
  

  If a traveller does not meet with one who is his better, or his equal, let him firmly keep to his solitary journey; there is no companionship with a fool.  
 -  Buddha
  

  As a solid rock is not shaken by the wind, the wise are not moved by praise or blame.  
 -  Buddha
  

  To force oneself to believe and to accept a thing without understanding is political, and not spiritual or intellectual.  
 -  Buddha
  

  Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely.  
 -  Buddha
  

  If we fail to look after others when they need help, who will look after us?  
 -  Buddha
  

  The greatest prayer is patience.  
 -  Buddha
  

  Kindness should become the natural way of life, not the exception.  
 -  Buddha
  

  To insist on a spiritual practice that served you in the past is to carry the raft on your back after you have crossed the river.  
 -  Buddha
  

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

  I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act.  
 -  Buddha
  

  It is a man's own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways.  
 -  Buddha
  

  We are formed and molded by our thoughts. Those whose minds are shaped by selfless thoughts give joy when they speak or act. Joy follows them like a shadow that never leaves them.  
 -  Buddha
  

  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
  

  Believe not because some old manuscripts are produced, believe not because it is your national belief, believe not because you have been made to believe from your childhood, but reason truth out, and after you have analyzed it, then if you find it will do good to one and all, believe it, live up to it and help others live up to it.  
 -  Buddha
  

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

  Rage is a powerful energy that with diligent practice can be transformed into fierce compassion. However much we disagree with our enemies, our task is to identify with them. They too feel justified in their point of view.  
 -  Buddha
  

  What you are is what you have been. What you’ll be is what you do now.  
 -  Buddha
  

  Speak the truth, do not become angered and give when asked, even be it a little. By these three conditions one goes to the presence of the gods.  
 -  Buddha
  

  Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.  
 -  Buddha
  

  Do not think of how big the universe is, it will merely hurt your head.  
 -  Buddha
  

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

  Love is a gift of one's inner most soul to another so both can be whole.  
 -  Buddha
  

  Misfortune tests friends, and detects enemies  
 -  Buddha
  

  A good friend who points out mistakes and imperfections and rebukes evil is to be respected as if he reveals a secret of hidden treasure.  
 -  Buddha
  

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

  Love lasts when the relationship comes first.  
 -  Buddha
  

  I understand with love comes pain, but why did I have to love so much?  
 -  Buddha
  

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

  To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one's family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one's own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.  
 -  Buddha
  

  Through zeal, knowledge is gotten, through lack of zeal, knowledge is lost; let a man who knows this double path of gain and loss thus place himself that knowledge may grow.  
 -  Buddha
  

  Hatred is never ended by hatred but by love  
 -  Buddha
  

  We already have perfect compassion, perfect wisdom, perfect joy. We only need to settle our minds so they can arise from deep within us.  
 -  Buddha
  

  The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, not to anticipate the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.  
 -  Buddha
  

  Not one or two, Subhuti, not one or two, but all the beings - men, women, animals, birds, trees, rocks. All the beings in the world. One should create such a determination that 'I will lead all of them into nirvana'.  
 -  Buddha
  

  To be idle is a short road to death and to be dilligent is a way of life. Foolish people are idle, wise people are dilligent.  
 -  Buddha
  

  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.  
 -  Buddha
  

  Nothing is forever. Except change.  
 -  Buddha
  

  The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. Never fear what will become of you, depend on no one.  
 -  Buddha
  

  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
  

  An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast; a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind.  
 -  Buddha
  

  Friendship is the only cure for hatred, the only guarantee of peace.  
 -  Buddha
  

  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.  
 -  Buddha
  

  It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.  
 -  Buddha
  

  Kindness should become the natural way of life, not the exception.  
 -  Buddha
  

  In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins - not through strength, but through persistence.  
 -  Buddha
  

  The greatest prayer is patience.  
 -  Buddha
  

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

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

  Neither fire nor wind, birth nor death can erase our good deeds.  
 -  Buddha
  

  Believe nothing merely because you have been told it. Do not believe what your teacher tells you merely out of respect for the teacher. But whatsoever, after due examination and analysis, you find to be kind, conducive to the good, the benefit, the welfare of all beings - that doctrine believe and cling to, and take it as your guide.  
 -  Buddha
  

  He is able who thinks he is able.  
 -  Buddha
  

  Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.  
 -  Buddha
  

  It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.  
 -  Buddha
  

  This existence of ours is as transient as autumn clouds. To watch the birth and death of beings is like looking at the movements of a dance. A lifetime is a flash of lightning in the sky. Rushing by, like a torrent down a steep mountain.  
 -  Buddha
  

  As a solid rock is not shaken by the wind, the wise are not moved by praise or blame.  
 -  Buddha
  

  It is to see the faults of others, but difficult to see once own faults. One shows the faults of others like chaff winnowed in the wind, but one conceals one's own faults as a cunning gambler conceals his dice.  
 -  Buddha
  

  To be idle is a short road to death and to be diligent is a way of life. Foolish people are idle, wise people are diligent.  
 -  Buddha
  

  Rage is a powerful energy that with diligent practice can be transformed into fierce compassion. However much we disagree with our enemies, our task is to identify with them. They too feel justified in their point of view.  
 -  Buddha
  

  Be a lamp unto yourself. Work out your liberation with diligence.  
 -  Buddha
  

  It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.  
 -  Buddha
  

  It is a man's own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways.  
 -  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
  

  It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.  
 -  Buddha
  

  Speak the truth, do not become angered and give when asked, even be it a little. By these three conditions one goes to the presence of the gods.  
 -  Buddha
  

  Greed is an imperfection that defiles the mind; hate is an imperfection that defiles the mind; delusion is an imperfection that defiles the mind.  
 -  Buddha
  

  To be idle is a short road to death and to be diligent is a way of life. Foolish people are idle, wise people are diligent.  
 -  Buddha
  

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

  In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins - not through strength, but through persistence.  
 -  Buddha
  

  Resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant with the weak and wrong. Sometime in your life, you will have been all of these.  
 -  Buddha
  

  Believe nothing merely because you have been told it. Do not believe what your teacher tells you merely out of respect for the teacher.  
 -  Buddha
  

  The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.  
 -  Buddha
  

  A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.  
 -  Buddha
  

  When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.  
 -  Buddha
  

  Four misfortunes befall a heedless man who commits adultery: acquisition of demerit, disturbed sleep, thirdly blame, and fourthly a state of woe.  
 -  Buddha
  

  To keep the body in good health is a duty...otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.  
 -  Buddha
  

  If you truly loved yourself, you could never hurt another.  
 -  Buddha
  

  We are shaped by our THOUGHTS.. We become what we THINK.. When the mind is PURE, JOY follows like a SHADOW that never leaves.  
 -  Buddha
  

  Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.  
 -  Buddha
  

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

  What is the appropriate behavior for a man or a woman in the midst of this world, where each person is clinging to his piece of debris? What's the proper salutation between people as they pass each other in this flood?  
 -  Buddha
  

  Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees wth your own reason and your own common sense.  
 -  Buddha
  

  To support mother and father, to cherish wife and child and to have a simple livelihood; this is the good luck.  
 -  Buddha
  

  Anger will never disappear so long as thoughts of resentment are cherished in the mind. Anger will disappear just as soon as thoughts of resentment are forgotten.  
 -  Buddha
  

  In seperateness lies the world's great misery, in compassion lies the world's true strength.  
 -  Buddha
  

  Neither fire nor wind, birth nor death can erase our good deeds.  
 -  Buddha
  

  Endurance is one of the most difficult disciplines, but it is to the one who endures that the final victory comes.  
 -  Buddha
  

  Being generous, just helping one's relatives and being blameless in one's actions; this is the best good luck.  
 -  Buddha
  

  The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, not to anticipate the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.  
 -  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
  

  Let us rise up and 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.  
 -  Buddha
  

  I am the miracle.  
 -  Buddha
  

  We already have perfect compassion, perfect wisdom, perfect joy. We only need to settle our minds so they can arise from deep within us.  
 -  Buddha
  

  It is surprising, in the welter of questions that one gets at (languor), how few actually relate to the performance of the company, or the decisions taken by the board in particular areas.  
 -  Buddha
  

  Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees wth your own reason and your own common sense.  
 -  Buddha
  

  Love is a gift of one's inner most soul to another so both can be whole.  
 -  Buddha
  

  What is the noble truth of suffering? Birth is suffering, ageing is suffering and sorrow and lamentation, pain, grief and despair are suffering.  
 -  Buddha
  

  Unity can only be manifested by the Binary. Unity itself and the idea of Unity are already two.  
 -  Buddha
  

  The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, not to anticipate the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.  
 -  Buddha