Last Updated November 24th 2017
Of course the above quote or saying “Wisdom is knowing which Buddha quotes are truly authentic” is definitely not from Buddha.
There are lots of bogus Buddha quotes and quotations wrongly attributed to Buddha in many established quote websites and books.
Beware: Do not simply copy any of these so-called Buddha quotes from those popular quotation websites or even books.
Make sure the quotes are properly verified and come with reliable sources stated.
The word “Buddha” is actually NOT the name of the Indian prince or the sage who founded the Buddhist religion is called Buddha Shakyamuni.
The word Buddha means “awakened one” or “the enlightened one“. It is a principle, not a person.
Teaching Of Buddha
The man who founded Buddhism teachings was Siddhārtha Gautama.
He was born a royal prince in a place called Lumbini (present-day Nepal).
He mastered all the traditional arts and sciences on his own.
Besides skilled at mathematics, he also knew sixty-four different languages.
It was his trips outside his protective palace, that he witnessed many old people and sick people, and on one occasion he saw a decaying corpse.
Gautama realized that people experience these sufferings not just once, but again and again because of reincarnation.
To stop all living beings trapped in this vicious circle of suffering, he developed a wish to free all of them from their never-ending pains.
One way to do this was he has to be a fully enlightened Buddha, then only he has the wisdom and the power to help all living beings.
Then left the comfort palace and retire to the solitude of the forest under a pipal tree (now known as the Bodhi tree) where he engaged in deep meditation.
It was after 49 days, he found the truth and attained enlightenment.
Buddhism Is A Way Of Life
Remember Buddhism is NOT a religion. It is a way of life.
It does not ask you to replace your present religious beliefs, only to supplement them with its profound psychological principles.
There is this interesting book entitled “Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom” which you like to check it out.
For those who like to learn more about the teachings of Buddha, you can get this easy-to-understand book “The Essence of Buddhism“.
Verified Authentic Buddha Sayings
In the meantime, here is a list of selected verified authentic Buddha sayings on life, love, life, joy, enlightenment, forgiveness and other topics from the Dhammapada also known as Buddhist scriptures and Mangala Sutta.
“One should not despise what one has received, nor envy the gains of others. The monk who envies the gains of others does not attain to meditative absorption.” – Buddha
*Nibbana means “liberated mind“.
“The mind is difficult to control; swiftly and lightly, it moves and lands wherever it pleases. It is good to tame the mind, for a well-tamed mind brings happiness.” – Buddha
“They blame those who remain silent, they blame those speak much, they blame those who speak in moderation. There is none in the world who is not blamed.” – Buddha
“ ‘All conditioned things are impermanent’ — when one sees this with wisdom, one turns away from suffering. This is the path to purification. ” – Buddha
“Ardently doing what should be done today. Who knows? Tomorrow, death.” – Buddha
“It is in the nature of things that joy arises in a person free from remorse.” – Buddha
“Should a seeker not find a companion who is better or equal, let them resolutely pursue a solitary course.” – Buddha
“When watching after yourself, you watch after others. When watching after others, you watch after yourself.” – Buddha
“Whatever precious jewel there is in the heavenly worlds, there is nothing comparable to one who is Awakened.” – Buddha
“Those who grasp at perceptions & views go about butting their heads in the world.” – Buddha
“Speak the truth; yield not to anger; when asked, give even if you only have a little. By these three means can one reach the presence of the gods.” – Buddha
“There is no fear for an awakened one, whose mind is not sodden (by lust) nor afflicted (by hate), and who has gone beyond both merit and demerit.” – Buddha
“Just as a solid rock is not shaken by the storm, even so the wise are not affected by praise or blame.” – Buddha
“Calm is his thought, calm his speech, and calm his deed, who, truly knowing, is wholly freed, perfectly tranquil and wise.” – Buddha
“Acquisition is the root of stress.” – Buddha
“Hatred is never appeased by hatred in this world. By non-hatred alone is hatred appeased. This is a law eternal.” – Buddha
“Just as rain breaks through an ill-thatched house, so passion penetrates an undeveloped mind.” – Buddha
“Speak not harshly to anyone, for those thus spoken to might retort. Indeed, angry speech hurts, and retaliation may overtake you.” – Buddha
“One by one, little by little, moment by moment, a wise man should remove his own impurities, as a smith removes his dross from silver.” – Buddha
“There is no fire like lust; there is no grip like hatred; there is no net like delusion; there is no river like craving.” – Buddha
“Follow not the vulgar way; live not in heedlessness; hold not false views; linger not long in worldly existence.” – Buddha
“Whoever is overcome by this wretched and sticky craving, his sorrows grow like grass after the rains.” – Buddha
“Just as a single creeper strangles the tree on which it grows, even so, a man who is exceedingly depraved harms himself as only an enemy might wish.” – Buddha
“Better it is to live one day strenuous and resolute than to live a hundred years sluggish and dissipated.” – Buddha
“Of all the fragrances — sandal, tagara, blue lotus and jasmine — the fragrance of virtue is the sweetest.” – Buddha
“He who has no attachment whatsoever for the mind and body, who does not grieve for what he has not — he is truly called a monk.” – Buddha
“He who clings to nothing of the past, present and future, who has no attachment and holds on to nothing — him do I call a holy man.” – Buddha
“Those who discern the wrong as wrong and the right as right — upholding right views, they go to realms of bliss.” – Buddha
“You yourselves must strive; the Buddhas only point the way. Those meditative ones who tread the path are released from the bonds of Mara*.” – Buddha
Note: Mara* is the demon that tempted Gautama Buddha by trying to seduce him with the vision of beautiful women.)
“Wisdom springs from meditation; without meditation wisdom wanes. Having known these two paths of progress and decline, let a man so conduct himself that his wisdom may increase.” – Buddha
“Better it is to live alone; there is no fellowship with a fool. Live alone and do no evil; be carefree like an elephant in the elephant forest.” – Buddha
“One is not wise because one speaks much. He who is peaceable, friendly and fearless is called wise.” – Buddha
“Difficult is life for the modest one who always seeks purity, is detached and unassuming, clean in life, and discerning.” – Buddha
“One should give up anger, renounce pride, and overcome all fetters. Suffering never befalls him who clings not to mind and body and is detached.” – Buddha
“Happy indeed we live, free from avarice amidst the avaricious. Amidst the avaricious men we dwell free from avarice.” – Buddha
“To avoid all evil, to cultivate good, and to cleanse one’s mind — this is the teaching of the Buddhas.” – Buddha
“Lead a righteous life; lead not a base life. The righteous live happily both in this world and the next.” – Buddha
“Let one not neglect one’s own welfare for the sake of another, however great. Clearly understanding one’s own welfare, let one be intent upon the good.” – Buddha
“The man of little learning grows old like a bull. He grows only in bulk, but, his wisdom does not grow.” – Buddha
“Think not lightly of evil, saying, “It will not come to me.” Drop by drop is the water pot filled. Likewise, the fool, gathering it little by little, fills himself with evil.” – Buddha
“Like fine dust thrown against the wind, evil falls back upon that fool who offends an inoffensive, pure and guiltless man.” – Buddha
“For so long as the underbrush of desire, even the most subtle, of a man towards a woman is not cut down, his mind is in bondage, like the sucking calf to its mother.” – Buddha
“Any loose act, any corrupt observance, any life of questionable celibacy — none of these bear much fruit.” – Buddha
“Those who see something to fear where there is nothing to fear, and see nothing to fear where there is something to fear — upholding false views, they go to states of woe.” – Buddha
“Beset by craving, people run about like an entrapped hare. Held fast by mental fetters, they come to suffering again and again for a long time.” – Buddha
“Weeds are the bane of fields, lust is the bane of mankind. Therefore, what is offered to those free of lust yields abundant fruit.” – Buddha
“Good is restraint over the eye; good is restraint over the ear; good is restraint over the nose; good is restraint over the tongue.” – Buddha
“There are those who do not realize that one day we all must die. But those who do realize this settle their quarrels.” – Buddha
“Understanding is the heartwood of well-spoken words.” – Buddha
“Should one find a man who points out faults and who reproves, let him follow such a wise and sagacious person as one would a guide to hidden treasure. It is always better, and never worse, to cultivate such an association.” – Buddha
“He is not noble who injures living beings. He is called noble because he is harmless towards all living beings.” – Buddha
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