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85 Quotes

Hits 1539 | Created 2007-05-23 | Modified 2007-05-23

85 Quotes From Various Sources. [Note, this is from the first website I ever had, about 10 years or so ago]



Gautama Buddha



"The Tempter masters the lazy and irresolute man who dwells on the attractive side of things, ungoverned in his senses, and unrestrained in his food, like the wind overcomes a rotten tree. - Gautama Buddha"

"The Tempter cannot master a man who dwells on the distasteful side of things, self-controlled in his senses, moderate in eating, resolute and full of faith, like the wind cannot move a mountain crag. - Gautama Buddha"

"The man who wears the yellow-dyed robe but is not free from stains himself, without self-restraint and integrity, is unworthy of the robe. - Gautama Buddha"

"In the same way that rain breaks into a house with a bad roof, desire breaks into the mind that has not been practising meditation. - Gautama Buddha"

"Attention leads to immortality. Carelessness leads to death. Those who pay attention will not die, while the careless are as good as dead already. - Gautama Buddha"

"Foolish, ignorant people indulge in careless lives, whereas a clever man guards his attention as his most precious possession. - Gautama Buddha"

"Don't indulge in careless behaviour. Don't be the friend of sensual pleasures. He who meditates attentively attains abundant joy. - Gautama Buddha"

"Careful amidst the careless, amongst the sleeping wide-awake, the intelligent man leaves them all behind, like a race-horse does a mere hack. - Gautama Buddha"

"With his mind free from the inflow of thoughts and from restlessness, by abandoning both good and evil, an alert man knows no fear. - Gautama Buddha"

"Seeing your body as no better than an earthen pot, make war on Mara with the sword of wisdom, and setting up your mind as a fortress, defend what you have won, remaining free from attachment. - Gautama Buddha"

"Death carries off a man busy picking flowers with an besotted mind, like a great flood does a sleeping village. - Gautama Buddha"

"Like a fine flower, beautiful to look at but without scent, fine words are fruitless in a man who does not act in accordance with them. - Gautama Buddha"

"Just as one can make a lot of garlands from a heap of flowers, so man, subject to birth and death as he is, should make himself a lot of good karma. - Gautama Buddha"

"Sandalwood, tagara, lotus, jasmine -- the fragrance of virtue is unrivalled by such kinds of perfume. - Gautama Buddha"

"Long is the night for the sleepless. Long is the road for the weary. Long is samsara (the cycle of continued rebirth) for the foolish, who have not recognised the true teaching. - Gautama Buddha"

"'I've got children', 'I've got wealth.' This is the way a fool brings suffering on himself. He does not even own himself, so how can he have children or wealth? - Gautama Buddha"

"A fool who recognises his own ignorance is thereby in fact a wise man, but a fool who considers himself wise -- that is what one really calls a fool. - Gautama Buddha"

"Even if a fool lived with a wise man all his life, he would still not recognise the truth, like a wooden spoon cannot recognise the flavour of the soup. - Gautama Buddha"

"A fool thinks it like honey so long as the bad deed does not bear fruit, but when it does bear fruit he experiences suffering. - Gautama Buddha"

"Like fresh milk a bad deed does not turn at once. It follows a fool scorching him like a smouldering fire. - Gautama Buddha"

"One may desire a spurious respect and precedence among one's fellow monks, and the veneration of outsiders. "Both monks and laity should think it was my doing. They should accept my authority in all matters great or small." This is a fool's way of thinking. His self-seeking and conceit just increase. - Gautama Buddha"

"Navvies channel water, fletchers fashion arrows, and carpenters work on wood, but the wise disciple themselves. - Gautama Buddha"

"Few are those among men who have crossed over to the other shore, while the rest of mankind runs along the bank. However those who follow the principles of the well-taught Truth will cross over to the other shore, out of the dominion of Death, hard though it is to escape. - Gautama Buddha"

"Journey over, sorrowless, freed in every way, and with all bonds broken -- for such a man there is no more distress. - Gautama Buddha"

"The recollected go forth to lives of renunciation. They take no pleasure in a fixed abode. Like wild swans abandoning a pool, they leave one resting place after another. - Gautama Buddha"

"He whose inflowing thoughts are dried up, who is unattached to food, whose dwelling place is an empty and imageless release -- the way of such a person is hard to follow, like the path of birds through the sky. - Gautama Buddha"

"Better than a thousand pointless words is one saying to the point on hearing which one finds peace. - Gautama Buddha"

"Though one were to live a hundred years without wisdom and with a mind unstilled by meditation, the life of a single day is better if one is wise and practises meditation. - Gautama Buddha"

"Be urgent in good; hold your thoughts off evil. When one is slack in doing good the mind delights in evil. - Gautama Buddha"

"Do not think lightly of evil that not the least consequence will come of it. A whole waterpot will fill up from dripping drops of water. A fool fills himself with evil, just a little at a time. - Gautama Buddha"

"One should avoid evil like a merchant with much goods and only a small escort avoids a dangerous road, and like a man who loves life avoids poison. - Gautama Buddha"

"If there is no wound on one's hand, one can handle poison. Poison has no effect where there is no wound. There is no evil for the non-doer. - Gautama Buddha"

"All fear violence, all are afraid of death. Seeing the similarity to oneself, one should not use violence or have it used. - Gautama Buddha"

"If you don't disturb yourself, like a broken gong does not vibrate, then you have achieved nirvana. Irritability no longer exists for you. - Gautama Buddha"

"Like a cowherd driving cows off to the fields, so old age and death take away the years from the living. - Gautama Buddha"

"Neither naked asceticism, matted hair, dirt, fasting, sleeping on the ground, dust and mud, nor prolonged sitting on one's heels can purify a man who is not free of doubts. - Gautama Buddha"

"What is this laughter, what is this delight, forever burning (with desires) as you are? Enveloped in darkness as you are, will you not look for a lamp? - Gautama Buddha"

"Look at the decorated puppet, a mass of wounds and of composite parts, full of disease and always in need of attention. It has no enduring stability. - Gautama Buddha"

"An ignorant man ages like an ox. His flesh may increase, but not his understanding. - Gautama Buddha"

"Those who have not lived the holy life, and have not acquired wealth in their youth, grow old like withered cranes beside a fishless pool. - Gautama Buddha"

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Lao Tzu



"The men of old knew that life comes without warning, and as suddenly goes. They denied none of their natural inclinations, and repressed none of their bodily desires. They never felt the spur of fame. They sauntered through life gathering its pleasures as the impulse moved them. Since they cared nothing for fame after death, they were beyond the law. For name and praise, sooner or later, a long life or short one, they cared not at all. -- Lao Tzu"

"To regard the fundamental as the essence, to regard things as coarse, to regard accumulation as deficiency, and to dwell quietly alone with the spiritual and the intelligent -- herein lie the techniques of Tao of the ancients. -- Lao Tzu"

"What is man's life for? What pleasure is there in it? Is it for beauty and riches? Is it for sound and colour? But there comes a time when beauty and riches no longer answer the needs of the heart, and when a surfeit of sound and colour becomes a weariness to the eyes and a ringing in the ears. -- Lao Tzu"

"The five colours blind the eye. The five tones deafen the ear. The five flavours dull the taste. Racing and hunting madden the mind. Precious things lead one astray. -- Lao Tzu"

"The Taoist sage has no ambitions, therefore he can never fail. He who never fails always succeeds. And he who always succeeds is all- powerful. -- Lao Tzu"

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Sun Tzu



"Entice away the enemy's best and wisest men, so that he may be left without counselors. Introduce traitors into his country, that the government policy may be rendered futile. Foment intrigue and deceit, and thus sow dissension between the ruler and his ministers. By means of every artful contrivance, cause deterioration amongst his men and waste of his treasure. Corrupt his morals by insidious gifts leading him into excess. Disturb and unsettle his mind by presenting him with lovely women. -- Sun Tzu"

"There are not more than five musical notes, yet the combinations of these five give rise to more melodies than can ever be heard. -- Sun Tzu"

"The direct and the indirect lead on to each other in turn. It is like moving in a circle - you never come to an end. Who can exhaust the possibilities of their combination? -- Sun Tzu"

"Energy may be likened to the bending of a crossbow; decision, to the releasing of a trigger. -- Sun Tzu"

"Simulated disorder postulates perfect discipline, simulated fear postulates courage; simulated weakness postulates strength. -- Sun Tzu"

"If you wish to feign confusion in order to lure the enemy on, you must first have perfect discipline; if you wish to display timidity in order to entrap the enemy, you must have extreme courage; if you wish to parade your weakness in order to make the enemy over-confident, you must have exceeding strength. -- Sun Tzu"

"'So long as victory can be attained, stupid haste is preferable to clever dilatoriness.' -- Sun Tzu"

"To fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting. -- Sun Tzu"

"The skillful employer of men will employ the wise man, the brave man, the covetous man, and the stupid man. For the wise man delights in establishing his merit, the brave man likes to show his courage in action, the covetous man is quick at seizing advantages, and the stupid man has no fear of death. -- Sun Tzu"

"'With a superior force, make for easy ground; with an inferior one, make for difficult ground.' -- Sun Tzu"

"If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. -- Sun Tzu"

"Fishes must be left in the water; the sharp weapons of a state must be left where none can see them. -- Sun Tzu"

"He who only sees the obvious, wins his battles with difficulty; he who looks below the surface of things, wins with ease. -- Sun Tzu"

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Chuang Tzu



"The universe is the unity of all things. If one recognizes his identity with this unity, then the parts of his body mean no more to him than so much dirt, and death and life, end and beginning, disturb his tranquillity no more than the succession of day and night. - Chuang Tzu"

"Take the human body with all its hundred bones, nine external cavities and six internal organs, all complete. Which part of it should I love best? Do you not cherish all equally, or have you a preference? Do these organs serve as servants of someone else? Since servants cannot govern themselves, do they serve as master and servants by turn? Surely there is some soul which controls them all. -- Chuangtse"

"Men say there is no death --to what avail? The body decomposes, and the mind goes with it. Is this not a great cause for sorrow? Can the world be so dull as not to see this? Or is it I alone who am dull, and others not so? -- Chuangtse"

"For speech is not mere blowing of breath. It is intended to say some thing, only what it is intended to say cannot yet be determined. Is there speech indeed, or is there not? Can we, or can we not, distinguish it from the chirping of young birds? -- Chuangtse"

"How do I know that love of life is not a delusion after all? How do I know but that he who dreads death is not as a child who has lost his way and does not know his way home? -- Chuangtse"

"Those who dream of the banquet, wake to lamentation and sorrow. Those who dream of lamentation and sorrow wake to join the hunt. -- Chuangtse"

"Take no heed of time nor of right and wrong. Passing into the realm of the Infinite, take your final rest therein. -- Chuangtse"

"Human life is limited, but knowledge is limitless. To drive the limited in pursuit of the limitless is fatal; and to presume that one really knows is fatal indeed! -- Chuangtse"

"In doing good, avoid fame. In doing bad, avoid disgrace. Pursue a middle course as your principle. Thus you will guard your body from harm, preserve your life, fulfil your duties by your parents, and live your allotted span of life. -- Chuangtse"

"The true men of old slept without dreams and waked up without worries. They ate with indifference to flavour, and drew deep breaths. -- Chuangtse"

"When the pond dries up and the fishes are left upon the dry ground, rather than leave them to moisten each other with their damp and spittle it would be far better to let them forget themselves in their native rivers - and lakes. -- Chuangtse"

"A boat may be hidden in a creek, or concealed in a bog, which is generally considered safe. But at midnight a strong man may come and carry it away on his back. Those dull of understanding do not perceive that however you conceal small things in larger ones, there will always be a chance of losing them. But if you entrust that which belongs to the universe to the whole universe, from it there will be no escape. For this is the great law of things. -- Chuangtse"

"Joined toes and extra fingers seem to come from nature, yet, functionally speaking they are superfluous. Goiters and tumors seem to come from the body, yet in their nature, they are superfluous. And (similarly), to have many extraneous doctrines of charity and duty and regard them in practice as parts of a man's natural sentiments is not the true way of Tao. -- Chuangtse"

"Steal a hook and you hang as a crook; steal a kingdom and you are made a duke. -- Chuangtse"

"Therefore it is that there is often chaos in the world, and the love of knowledge is ever at the bottom of it. For all men strive to grasp what they do not know, while none strive to grasp what they already know; and all strive to discredit what they do not excel in, while none strive to discredit what they do excel in. -- Chuangtse"

"You cannot speak of ocean to a well-frog, which is limited by his abode. You cannot speak of ice to a summer insect, which is limited by his short life. -- Chuangtse"

"Dimensions are limitless; time is endless. Conditions are not constant; terms are not final. Thus, the wise man looks into space, and does not regard the small as too little, nor the great as too much; for he knows that there is no limit to dimensions. -- Chuangtse"

"What man knows is not to be compared with what he does not know. The span of his existence is not to be compared with the span of his non-existence. To strive to exhaust the infinite by means of the infinitesimal necessarily lands him in confusion and unhappiness. -- Chuangtse"

"In regard to function, if we say that something exists or does not exist, by its own standard of existence or non- existence, then there is nothing which does not exist, nothing which does not perish from existence. -- Chuangtse"

"'You not being a fish yourself,' said Hueitse, 'how can you know the happiness of the fish?". "And you not being I," retorted Chuangtse, 'how can you know that I do not know?'"

"Do the heaven's revolve? Does the earth stand still? Do the sun and the moon contend for their positions? Who has the time to keep them all moving? Is there some mechanical device that keeps them going automatically? Or do they merely continue to revolve, inevitably, of their own inertia? -- Chuangtse"

"The universe is the unity of all things. If one recognizes his identity with this unity, then the parts of his body mean no more to him than so much dirt, and death and life, end and beginning, disturb his tranquillity no more than the succession of day and night. -- Chuangtse"

"The sage has the sun and the moon by his side. He grasps the universe under his arm. He blends everything into a harmonious whole, casts aside whatever is confused or obscured, and regards the humble as honorable. -- Chuangtse"

"The mind of the perfect man is like a mirror. It does not lean forward or backward in response to things. It responds to things but conceals nothing of its own. Therefore it is able to deal with things without injury to its reality. -- Chuangtse"

"The universe gives me my body so that I may be carried, my life so I may toil; my old age so I may repose, and my death so I may rest. -- Chuangtse"

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Zen



"A new student approached the Zen master and asked how he should prepare himself for his training. 'Think of me a bell,' the master explained. 'Give me a soft tap, and you will get a tiny ping. Strike hard, and you'll receive a loud, resounding peal.' -- Zen"

"Once there was a well known philosopher and scholar who devoted himself to the study of Zen for many years. On the day that he finally attained enlightenment, he took all of his books out into the yard, and burned them all. -- Zen"

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