I've been doing a lot of Buddhist readings and research in my travels for Truth.
I thought I might share some inspiring quotes I have found along the way
There is nothing noble about being superior to some other person. True nobility lies in being superior to your former self.
Every second you spend thinking about someone else's dreams you take time away from your own.
With fools there is no companionship. Rather than to live with men who are selfish, vain, quarrelsome, and obstinate let a man walk alone.
If you propose to speak, always ask yourself:
Is it true?
Is it necessary?
Is it kind?
The thought manifests as the word. The word manifests as the deed. The deed develops into habit. And the habit hardens into character.
Remembering death brings life into focus . . . It sorts out your priorities, so you do not live a trivial life . . . It helps you take care of the most important things in life first. Don't worry about dying; that will happen successfully whether you worry about it or not.
Men tremble in the presence of death, yet they do their utmost to be reborn; they keep plunging deeper and deeper into the very pit they fear. If it is an act of piety to mortify the flesh, then it must be impious to indulge in sensuality, but mortifications in this world are followed by gratifications in the next, and thus the reward of piety is impiety.
Suffering is born of desire, for no man has ever gratified all his desires. But they that seek wisdom, they that ponder the true faith, they are the ones that find peace. Who drinks salt water increases his thirst; who flees from desire finds his thirst appeased. I no longer know desire. I seek the true law.
The thirst for power, the thirst for pleasure, the thirst for existence; there, O monks, is the origin of suffering.
And what, my friend, is the root of the good? Freedom from desire is the root of the good; freedom from hatred and freedom from illusion; these things, my friends, are the root of the good.
Because it teaches that every man gets, under the operations of unerring karma, exactly that reward or punishment which he has deserved, no more and no less. No good deed or bad deed, however trifling, and however secretly committed, escapes the evenly-balanced scales of Karma.
Let no man ever take into consideration whether a thing is pleasant or unpleasant. The love of pleasure begets grief and the dread of pain causes fear; he who is free from the love of pleasure and the dread of pain knows neither grief nor fear.