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Endurance is one of the most difficult disciplines, but it is to the one who endures that the final victory comes.

Buddha (c.563-483 BC) Indian mystic, philosopher [b. Siddharta Gautama]
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To utter pleasant words without practicing them, is like a fine flower without fragrance.

Buddha (c.563-483 BC) Indian mystic, philosopher [b. Siddharta Gautama]
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Just as a picture is drawn by an artist, surroundings are created by the activities of the mind.

Buddha (c.563-483 BC) Indian mystic, philosopher [b. Siddharta Gautama]
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Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.

Buddha (c.563-483 BC) Indian mystic, philosopher [b. Siddharta Gautama]
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Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one getting burned.

Buddha (c.563-483 BC) Indian mystic, philosopher [b. Siddharta Gautama]
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To insist on a spiritual practice that served you in the past is to carry the raft on your back after you have crossed the river.

Buddha (c.563-483 BC) Indian mystic, philosopher [b. Siddharta Gautama]
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It is wrong to think that misfortunes come from the east or from the west; they originate within one’s own mind. Therefore, it is foolish to guard against misfortunes from the external world and leave the inner mind uncontrolled.

Buddha (c.563-483 BC) Indian mystic, philosopher [b. Siddharta Gautama]
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Believe nothing because it is written in books. Believe nothing because wise men say it is so. Believe nothing because it is religious doctrine. Believe it only because you yourself know it to be true.

Buddha (c.563-483 BC) Indian mystic, philosopher [b. Siddharta Gautama]
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The mind is everything; what you think, you become.

Buddha (c.563-483 BC) Indian mystic, philosopher [b. Siddharta Gautama]
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There are only two mistakes one can make on the road to truth: not going all the way and not starting.

Buddha (c.563-483 BC) Indian mystic, philosopher [b. Siddharta Gautama]
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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.

Buddha (c.563-483 BC) Indian mystic, philosopher [b. Siddharta Gautama]
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In The Teaching of Buddha [The Buddhist Bible] (1934) by the Federation of All Young Buddhist Associations of Japan.
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Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.

Buddha (c.563-483 BC) Indian mystic, philosopher [b. Siddharta Gautama]
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Not authoritatively sourced.
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A good friend who points out mistakes and imperfections and rebukes evil is to be respected than though he revealed a secret of hidden treasure.

Buddha (c.563-483 BC) Indian mystic, philosopher [b. Siddharta Gautama]
A Buddhist Bible [ed. Dwight Goddard (1932)]
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The ocean has only one taste, the taste of salt.
Truth has only one taste, the taste of liberation.

Buddha (c.563-483 BC) Indian mystic, philosopher [b. Siddharta Gautama]
The Dhammapada [tr. P. Lal (1967)]
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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.

Buddha (c.563-483 BC) Indian mystic, philosopher [b. Siddharta Gautama]
The Kalama Sutta
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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.

Buddha (c.563-483 BC) Indian mystic, philosopher [b. Siddharta Gautama]
In Bukkyõ Dendõ Kyõkai, The Teaching of Buddha (1966)

Likely a paraphrase of a variety of the Buddha's teachings.
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