One of my biggest peeves is seeing quotes attributed to the Lord Buddha that are not real. I think my problem with it is how casually they are used. In reality, sayings from the Buddha were given to his followers and are meant to teach real knowledge. So with this in mind, I wanted to share 9 of my favorite real quotes from the Buddha.
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I also want to pass along a great resource for those wanting to check to see if a quote is real or not. Real Buddha Quotes is a website you can visit to research if a quote actually comes from Buddhist texts. Yes, it will even list the text that the quote came from which is really fantastic. Not only that, but you can see fake quotes and learn more about how they came to fruition. It’s the site I used to gather the following quotes…
“Attachment is the root of suffering.”
This one is well-known in the Buddhist world due to it being one of the Four Noble Truths. Read more about Buddhism in Thailand. It’s a constant reminder to Buddhists of one of Buddha’s main teachings.
“Conquer anger with non-anger.
Conquer badness with goodness.
Conquer meanness with generosity.
Conquer dishonesty with truth.”
Remain positive no matter what others do upon you. Stay happy, kind, and truthful.
“May all beings have happy minds.”
Wouldn’t it be nice if everybody was happy all of the time. A happy mind creates a happy life.
“I do not dispute with the world; rather it is the world that disputes with me.”
Another goodie. I think it means that the Buddha was sharing the knowledge that he attained, but in doing so he never claimed that it was the one right way. Others are welcome to believe in whatever they want to believe in.
“Peace is the highest bliss.”
Another easy one to credit to the Buddha as this is one of the main teachings. Nirvana is the ultimate goal of the Buddhist. Want to know more about Nirvana and other Concepts of Buddhism?
“Ardently do today what must be done. Who knows? Tomorrow, death comes.”
I love the call for immediacy in these words. Do not keep putting it off, do it today.
“Radiate boundless love towards the entire world.”
Because who has the time or energy to harbor hatred? Be positive and loving. Give off those same energies that you choose to receive.
“Whatever has the nature of arising has the nature of ceasing.”
Arising is another one of the Four Noble Truths in Buddhism. Craving temporary things leads to constant new beginnings. It teaches us to not focus on those material things that will one day cease.
“A disciplined mind brings happiness.”
A great lesson about meditation. Not only that, but all of the Buddhist teachings. Stay focused so you can accomplish goals and thus happiness.
Which one of these is your favorite? Perhaps, you have a different one? I would love to hear it. Also, I created all of these graphics using Canva. If you like them, how about pinning them to Pinterest?