In his life Siddhartha Gautama was famous not only for his work but also for quotations and sayings, some of which are quite popular and listed here.

Quotes By Gautama Buddha

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There are a few great men who have inspired us to embrace non-violence even in the most turbulent situations and one of those eminent people is Lord Gautama Buddha. A perfect paradigm of this nature is narrated in an instance that resulted in a confrontation between a businessman and the Lord himself. One day, while Buddha was in the middle of his daily assemblage, an infuriated business man stormed into the court and paced straight towards Buddha. The businessman was miffed because every day his children had chosen to spend hours together in meditation with Lord Gautama rather than help him with his business, and the situation proved incredulous to him. Raged by the unprecedented fix, the man stood in front of Buddha and spat on the latter in the face. Though the followers of Buddha had already clenched their fists, readying to retaliate and only waiting for orders from their master, Buddha opened his eyes, looked at the man and only smiled. Baffled by the riposte of the Lord, the man darted out of the court, disconcert. For the first time in his life he had encountered a man who replied with a smile after being treated with disrespect. The man spent a night in sleeplessness; tossing and turning while the incident replayed in his head over and over again. While the man was forced into vigilance through the night until dawn, he felt a sudden transformation, one spurred by forgiveness. Trembling from what seemed like an anomalous situation to the man; he returned to the court of Buddha, fell at his feet and begged for forgiveness. In response to the gesture of repentance, Buddha replied, I cannot excuse you. To this response, the businessman and the followers of Gautama were left startled. Buddha then started speaking again to explain his choice of words. He curled his lips and exclaimed, You have done nothing wrong. On hearing this, the businessman tried explaining the mistake committed by him the previous day. Buddha responded, Oh! That person is not there now. If I ever meet that person whom you spat on, I will tell him to excuse you. To this person who is here, you have done no wrong. He only referred to the soul transformation that the man went through as a concomitant of his act of non-violence, a retaliation that proved greater than ferity itself.

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

- Gautama 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.

- Gautama Buddha

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

- Gautama Buddha

You cannot travel the path until you have become the path itself.

- Gautama Buddha

A jug fills drop by drop.

- Gautama Buddha

The tongue like a sharp knife... kills without drawing blood.

- Gautama 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.

- Gautama Buddha

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

- Gautama Buddha

Have compassion for all beings, rich and poor alike; each has their suffering. Some suffer too much, others too little.

- Gautama Buddha

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

- Sayings Of Buddha , Gautama Buddha

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

- Gautama Buddha

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

- Gautama 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.

- Gautama Buddha

Without health life is not life; it is only a state of languor and suffering - an image of death.

- Gautama Buddha

Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life.

- Gautama 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.

- Gautama Buddha

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

- Gautama 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.

- Gautama Buddha

The foot feels the foot when it feels the ground.

- Gautama Buddha

The mind is everything. What you think you become.

- Gautama Buddha

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

- Gautama Buddha

On life's journey Faith is nourishment, Virtuous deeds are a shelter, Wisdom is the light by day and Right mindfulness is the protection by night. If a man lives a pure life nothing can destroy him; If he has conquered greed nothing can limit his freedom.

- Gautama Buddha

The whole purpose of religion is to facilitate love and compassion, patience, tolerance, humility, forgiveness.

- Gautama Buddha

We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make our world.

- Gautama 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.

- Gautama Buddha

Fools wait for a lucky day but every day is a lucky day for an industrious man

- Gautama Buddha

Don't give way to heedlessness or to intimacy with sensual delight-- for a heedful person, absorbed in jhana, attains an abundance of ease.

- Gautama Buddha

Just as the great oceans have but one taste, the taste of salt, so too there is but one taste fundamental to all true teachings of the way, and this is the taste of freedom.

- Gautama Buddha

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