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My favourite Buddhist quotes

Updated on January 8, 2013
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A few of my favourite Buddhist quotes and my rendition of what they mean

I was born and raised Hindu and still follow my religion very closely, however when I read the Teachings of Buddha some years ago, I felt very part of their way of life and seeing as most principles coincide with each other (Hinduism and Buddhism), I very much follow those teachings too. Just to clarify, I am open to all religions and their views, but chose to be guided by Hinduism and Buddhism as I relate most with them, we are not to judge or criticise anyone's beliefs. At the end of the day, it's about who you are, the morals you possess and the pure way you live your life.

Favourite quotes:

1. "Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule."

This is so true, an example from my own experience would be about my best friends husband, someone who wasn't treating my best friend fairly, however much this angered me and made me want to react with anger/hatred towards him, I kept reciting the Buddhist teachings as a way to eliminate any kind of anger/hatred I possessed. When I would meet him, I had to free myself, let go of all anger and instead just express kindness and love. Having to do this was not easy, but for the sake of my friend it had to be done. This continued for months, until one day, my friends husband realised what he was doing and how unfair he had been to his wife and her family. He understood that he is only causing himself remorse and unhappiness by being a person who is carrying hate within himself, he also realised how he made a mistake in judging my best friends family and friends without truly knowing them. We could have all easily shown hatred towards him, but then what good would come out of that. Therefore, this quote shows, any kind of hatred shown and reciprocated will end up going round and round in circles, whereas when love is intercepted, it will break that cycle of hatred.

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

Another beautiful quote. Material possessions, successful jobs, high status, awards, riches... These are all things you may be happy to receive but once overrated and bragged about you lose peace of mind, due to the fact that you let them become a part of you, like they equate to who you are. There is nothing more unattractive than being arrogant and boastful about what you possess, of course there is nothing wrong with receiving these attributes, however when you achieve things just to show it off; you lose yourself in things less worthy. What will you gain when overrating? If it's money, relationships, status, it will all be lost, because it's not from the heart or with purity. In addition, being envious of others too will make you lose yourself and gain no peace, given that peace omits any kind of jealousy, envious behaviour and vigilance.

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

Quite self explanatory, but I like to talk, so I'll give reason as to why it's one of my favourite quotes and what it means to me. Although I think good advice and talking to others helps a person a lot, it's up to the individual whether they want to take that advice and manifest it into their lives. More often than not, many people just listen, feel motivated by it one day and then forget the next. There are optimists and pessimists, of course the optimists quickly try to pick themselves up and carry on, whereas it's a little harder to lift the spirits of a pessimist (trust me, I've been there) luckily I'm patient, so I'll continue trying until they realise. It's good enough to make a person realise what they need to do, or how to do it, BUT only they can make that step and save themselves. Learning from your own mistakes is also a good way to save yourself, you'd have to have walked the path in order to realise your mistake and experience the consequences of it.

4. "If you live a pure life, nothing can destroy you."

The key part of this quote is how to obtain living a pure life. This could go into immense detail, so I won't elaborate right now, not because I don't want to, but simply because I don't want this blog to go on too long. The basics of living a pure life, would be:

  • Keeping your mind away from greed and your words faithful.
  • Suppress and control desires and temptations. Human desires are endless. It is like the thirst of a person who drinks salt water: one gets no satisfaction and one's thirst is only increased.
  • Respect each other and refrain from disputes; you should not like water and oil repel, but like milk and water mingle together.
  • Realise nothing is permanent and learn from it the emptiness of human life. Do not cherish the unworthy desire that the changeable might become unchanging.
  • Stay away from the three fires of the world - greed, anger and foolishness. Greed rises in want of satisfaction; anger rises in want of dissatisfaction; and foolishness rises from import thoughts.
  • Resist lust. Of all the worldly passions, lust is the most intense. All other worldly passions seem to follow in its train.
  • Serve others as if they're your own.
  • Don't judge.
  • Let go of ego

There are many more, but these are the main qualities of maintaining a pure life. Not that it's an easy task to change your thinking and way of life, but once you adapt your living, nothing or no one can destroy you.

I hope you found this a helpful or interesting blog. Thanks! x


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      Rayne123 2 years ago

      Hi Anika

      I have read most of your hubs, but never really had a chance to commet. I love quotes, some are so inspirational , others are written from their own experiences.

      Thank you for posting.

      Voted up

      Blessings.

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      Anik 4 years ago from London

      All religions are peaceful from the inside but no religions are peaceful from the outside..not even buddist are peaceful.. just look at Mayanmar and what they are doing to their minorities. I had been to Bangladesh just 2 weeks ago..that was very sad... people from Mayanmar were running into Bangladesh trying to save their life

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      Emmanuel Kariuki 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      You have inspired me to look for more of Budha's wisdom. Thanks and keep this up - shared!

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      mizjo 4 years ago from New York City, NY

      Lord Buddha, like all great teachers, taught by example, not by preachifying. He was a holy, peaceful, kind and giving man, with no attachments whatsoever to worldly possessions. His faithful followers too , attain peace through 'letting go of ego'.

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      Anika 4 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for your kind comments SidKemp, I'm glad you found my blog inspiring, that's exactly how I feel when reading the Buddhist quotes myself.

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      Sid Kemp 5 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

      Reading this a second time, Anika, I admire you deeply for your ability to listen to, and then apply, words of wisdom. I believe your friend's husband saw his error sooner because you refrained from judging him.

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      Sid Kemp 5 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

      I wish HubPages had a button for "inspiring"! But inspiration is useful - it keeps me going. Thank you for these beautiful reminders.

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      Anika 5 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you Denise, that's very kind of you to say. It's an honour coming from you, considering your background and knowledge on Eastern religions. Thanks again x

      Thanks Victoria, your comment is greatly appreciated. Glad you enjoyed my hub x

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Beautiful thoughts. I enjoyed this hub. Welcome to HubPages!

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      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Hello Anika, I'm happy you contacted me so I could see what wonderful writing you've created here. Welcome to Hubpages.

      Buddhism, as well as Hinduism, is dear to my heart. I've studied comparative religions in college and these Eastern religions have intrigued me enough to follow many of the wonderful teachings.

      Thank you for sharing, and I voted this one up and interesting.

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      Anika 5 years ago from London, UK

      Awww that's really sweet Mariale2003, thank you! I'm happy to hear it made you feel peaceful, you've given me motivation to write another hub about Buddhism.

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      mariale2003 5 years ago

      More than helpful Darling!!! It really make me feel a peaceful energy flowing around me...For me these quotes enclose the human sense...The golden rules for 2012...Thank you for share this with us.