He who walks in the eightfold noble path with unswerving determination is sure to reach Nirvana.
Before enlightenment; chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment; chop wood, carry water.
Better than worshiping gods is obedience to the laws of righteousness.
In a world become blind, I beat the drum of the Deathless.
It is a man's own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways.
What you are is what you have been. What you'll be is what you do now.
Give, even if you only have a little.
Sitting alone, sleeping alone, acting alone, let the diligent one enjoy the forest, taming the self alone.
In a controversy the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves.
Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.
Attention is living; inattention is dying. The attentive never stop. The inattentive are dead already.
Do not overrate what you have received, nor envy others. He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind.
However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them?
A man asked Lord Buddha "I want happiness." Lord Buddha said -- first remove "I" -- that's ego. Then remove "Want" -- that's desire. See now you are left with only "Happiness."
If anything is worth doing, do it with all your heart.
The greatest prayer is patience.
The root of all suffering is attachment.
The foot feels the foot when it feels the ground.
Better than a hundred years of idleness, is one day spent in determination.
The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.
You have no cause for anything but gratitude and joy.
What we think, we become.
You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.
When words are both true and kind, they can change the world.
I never see what has been done; I only see what remains to be done.
Do not look for a sanctuary in anyone except yourself.
The mind is everything. What you think, you become.
No one outside ourselves can rule us inwardly. When we know this, we become free.
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.
As a bee gathering nectar does not harm or disturb the color and fragrance of the flower; so do the wise move through the world.
Being deeply learned and skilled, being well trained and using well-spoken words: this is good luck.
Every human being is the author of his own health and disease.
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.
If you let cloudy water settle, it will become clear. If you let your upset mind settle, your course will also become clear.
There is nothing so disobedient as an undisciplined mind, and there is nothing so obedient as a disciplined mind.
Happiness comes when your work and words are of benefit to others.
Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.
Virtue is persecuted more by the wicked than it is loved by the good.
The world is afflicted by death and decay. But the wise do not grieve, having realized the nature of the world.
The mind that perceives the limitation is the limitation.
Patience is the highest asceticism.
If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking.
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?
There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.
An insincere 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.
He who experiences the unity of life sees his own self in all beings, and all being in his own self, and looks on everything with an impartial eye.
Craving and desire are the cause of all unhappiness. Everything sooner or later must change, so do not become attached to anything. Instead devote.
Serenity comes when you trade expectations for acceptance.
With fools, there is no companionship. Rather than to live with men who are selfish, vain, quarrelsome, and obstinate, let a man walk alone.
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.
When angry we let others' mistakes punish us. To forgive others is to be kind to yourself.
Better than a thousand hollow words is one word that brings peace.
Before giving, the mind of the giver is happy; while giving, the mind of the giver is made peaceful; and having given, the mind of the giver is uplifted.
To keep the body in good health is a duty -- otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.
The moment you see how important it is to love yourself, you will stop making others suffer.
In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west; people create distinctions out of their own minds and then believe them to be true.
Like a beautiful flower that is colorful but has no fragrance, even well spoken words bear no fruit in one who does not put them into practice.
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.
Neither fire nor wind, birth nor death, can erase our good deeds.
Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.
Mind is everything. What we think, we become.
Of those beings who live in ignorance, shut up and confined, as it were, in an egg, I have first broken the eggshell of ignorance and alone in the universe obtained the most exalted, universal Buddhahood.
Your purpose in life is to find your purpose and give your whole heart and soul to it.
Our work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it.
You throw thorns, falling in my silence they become flowers.
Let yourself be open and life will be easier.
Chaos is inherent in all compounded things. Strive on with diligence.
The Way is not in the sky; the Way is in the heart.
Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.
The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows.
Those who act with few desires are calm, without worry or fear.
We must be diligent today. To wait until tomorrow is too late. Death comes unexpectedly. How can we bargain with it?
You can only lose what you cling to.
Mirror mirror on the wall, show the real me or naught at all.
I was born into the world as the king of truth for the salvation of the world.
The wise ones fashioned speech with their thought, sifting it as grain is sifted through a sieve.