Buddha Quotes to Promote Personal Growth
Gaudama Buddha, or simply Buddha, was a man of wisdom that lived somewhere between the 6th and the 4th century B.C.
Buddhism is based on his teachings, but you don’t have to be a Buddhist to gather inspiration and help from them. He sought to find what makes a life wholesome and fulfilling and his quotes may help you understand the broad lines of his philosophy.
I’m not an expert on Buddha. I just gathered his most beautiful quotes and present them to you, along with some of my thoughts. These quotes have helped me in different situations. I use them as tools to make my life more happiness oriented. I truly hope that they will be equally or more useful for you and will help you keep your faith in life and humanity.
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Awake. Be the witness of your thoughts.
You are what observes, not what you observe.
This quote reminds me of Freud to tell the truth. And Freud was a really
educated man, who had a very insightful knowledge of the eastern philosophies.
The awakening happens when you start observing yourself. When you
don’t simply react but take notice of your motives. And our motives
are more important than our actual actions, because they direct our behavior
and most of the times greatly influence the outcome of our actions. By observing
ourselves we start to understand ourselves. And by understanding
and distinguishing what moves us to take action we can choose to act
only when our motives are beneficial to ourselves and refrain from actions that
although are disguised as good, in reality they are harmful for us, like the habits
and behaviors we learned in our family when we were little
and they don’t have any usefulness any more now that we are adults.
Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest
wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.
Holding on to anger is like drinking poison
and expecting the other person to die.
Yes. Anger is toxic. It only feels your heart and soul with negative feelings.
And these feelings even affect your body. I thing the word “poison” in
this quote is not a metaphor. Anger is poison indeed. It makes
your body ache and your normal bodily functions like sleeping and eating
may be severely disturbed. Just refrain from anger.
Try to flee from it or fight it, but don’t give in.
It will only make your life miserable.
How well did you love?
How fully did you life?
How deeply did you let go?
If we fail to look after others when they need help, who will look after us?
This quote is definitely one of my favorites. It is simple and in just
a few words summarizes what a mistake it would be to care only for ourselves.
People in need did not necessarily do something wrong. And even if they did,
they deserve another chance because everyone deserves another chance.
If we only think our lives and recognize that we actually have had
this kind of help and support many times, and that this really helped us, we should
not deny this help from others that are now in need just as we were
in need sometimes in our lives.
If you truly loved yourself, you could never hurt another.
This is so true! Love starts when we start loving ourselves. If we don’t think
we deserve love, and we don’t love ourselves we cannot accept the love of other people,
we treat other people the same way we treat ourselves: without love,
thus hurting people like we hurt ourselves when we don’t love who we are.
If compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.
This quote actually repeats in other words, what was stated
on the previous one: love yourself! And then you will be able to love others too!
Nothing can harm you as much as your own thoughts unguarded
The greatest prayer is patience.
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.
You will not punished for your anger; You will be punished by your anger.
You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.