Quotations or Traditional Sayings

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madhusudan
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Quotations or Traditional Sayings

Post by madhusudan » Thu Feb 16, 2017 1:57 pm

I remember a teaching that any truth that agrees with Buddha's teaching is equal to Dharma. Do you know any traditional sayings, or quotes from famous people from history that echo Buddha's truths?

Here's one from my great grandmother: "And this too shall pass."

Another favorite: "First, do no harm." Hippocrates

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Re: Quotations or Traditional Sayings

Post by javier.espinoza.t » Wed Feb 22, 2017 6:09 pm

madhusudan wrote:I remember a teaching that any truth that agrees with Buddha's teaching is equal to Dharma. Do you know any traditional sayings, or quotes from famous people from history that echo Buddha's truths?

Here's one from my great grandmother: "And this too shall pass."

Another favorite: "First, do no harm." Hippocrates
"for every action there is a reaction" Isaac Newton haha

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Re: Quotations or Traditional Sayings

Post by madhusudan » Wed Mar 01, 2017 1:32 pm

Nice one, Javier.

"What goes around, comes around."

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Re: Quotations or Traditional Sayings

Post by Aemilius » Sat Jan 18, 2020 10:39 am

Imperare sibi maximum imperium est.
To rule yourself is the ultimate power. (Seneca)

Memento mori.
Remember that you are going to die.

Nocere facile est, prodesse difficile.
It is easy to do harm, difficult to do good.

Inopiae desunt multa, avaritiae omnia.
Poverty is the lack of many things, avarice is the lack of all things.
Publilius Syrus, 1st cent. AD, Roman author of maxims

All things are in the Universe, and the universe is in all things: we in it, and it in us; in this way everything concurs in a perfect unity.
Giordano Bruno, 1548-1600, Italian monk & philosopher
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"All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.
They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
Sarvē mānavāḥ svatantrāḥ samutpannāḥ vartantē api ca, gauravadr̥śā adhikāradr̥śā ca samānāḥ ēva vartantē. Ētē sarvē cētanā-tarka-śaktibhyāṁ susampannāḥ santi. Api ca, sarvē’pi bandhutva-bhāvanayā parasparaṁ vyavaharantu."
Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 1. (in english and sanskrit)

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Re: Quotations or Traditional Sayings

Post by well wisher » Fri Feb 14, 2020 6:25 pm

The below quotes are historical, but not necessarily from "famous" people.
“Change is the only constant in life” - Heraclitus
“Change is inevitable. Change is constant.” —Benjamin Disraeli

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Re: Quotations or Traditional Sayings

Post by Aemilius » Thu Mar 12, 2020 9:22 am

Tempus fugit
a Latin phrase, usually translated into English as "time flies"
The expression comes from Virgil's Georgics, 29 BCE
svaha
"All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.
They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
Sarvē mānavāḥ svatantrāḥ samutpannāḥ vartantē api ca, gauravadr̥śā adhikāradr̥śā ca samānāḥ ēva vartantē. Ētē sarvē cētanā-tarka-śaktibhyāṁ susampannāḥ santi. Api ca, sarvē’pi bandhutva-bhāvanayā parasparaṁ vyavaharantu."
Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 1. (in english and sanskrit)

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Re: Quotations or Traditional Sayings

Post by amanitamusc » Thu Mar 12, 2020 9:54 am

“Animals shouldn’t be hunted and nature shouldn’t be disturbed, even destroyed, to benefit the whims of mankind” Charles Manson

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Re: Quotations or Traditional Sayings

Post by Simon E. » Thu Mar 12, 2020 11:29 am

“What, me worry?” Alfred E.Neuman.
“You don’t know it. You just know about it. That is not the same thing.”

Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche to me.

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Re: Quotations or Traditional Sayings

Post by menver560 » Sun Apr 19, 2020 9:18 am

Since l'm famous at the forum by my angle :D here's my take;
"Practice makes the difference"

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Re: Quotations or Traditional Sayings

Post by PeterC » Mon May 11, 2020 9:23 am

话说天下大势 分久必合 合久必分

It is said that throughout the world, the trend [of history] is that whatever has long been divided must be united; and whatever has long been united must be divided.

First line of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms

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Re: Quotations or Traditional Sayings

Post by menver560 » Wed May 20, 2020 10:45 am

The more one ventures forth
The less one knows.
- Tao te Ching

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