We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world.

It is man’s own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways.

Though one should conquer a thousand times a thousand men in battle, he who conquers his own self, is the greatest of all conquerers.

Victory breeds hatred. The defeated live in pain. Happily the peaceful live, giving up victory and defeat.

Hate is not overcome by hate; by love alone is hate appeased. This is an eternal law.

Though one should live a hundred years without wisdom and control, yet better, indeed, is a single day’s life of one who is wise and meditative.

Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.

No one saves us but ourselves, no one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path but Buddhas clearly show the way.

One truly is the protector of oneself; who else could the protector be? With oneself fully controlled, one gains a mastery that is hard to gain.

To cease from all evil, to cultivate good, to purify one’s mind: This is the advice of all Buddhas.

Neither fire, nor moisture, nor wind can destroy the blessing of good deeds, and blessings enlighten the whole world.

‘All created things perish,’ he who knows and sees this becomes passive in pain; this is the way to purity.

The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.

Let go the past. Let go the future. Let go the present. Crossing to the farther shore of existence, with mind released from everything, do not again undergo birth and decay.

Related links

  • Dhammapada, a collection of teachings of Gautama Buddha.