Authentic Buddhist Quotes

I am making a catalogue of AUTHENTIC Buddhist quotes for a university project. I am looking for ones that capture the essence of Buddhist teaching no matter if it is Zen, Theravada, Mahayana, Vajrayana. And of course I need the source.

Please see below for an example of the type of quotes:

You can read up to get quotes you like.

For other traditions you might have more response in r/Buddhism.

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“Śāriputra, all the beings who hear that Dharma from those tathāgatas, arhats, perfectly enlightened buddhas will attain the highest, supreme enlightenment."

-༄༅། །དམ་པ་ས་པད་མ་དཀར་།, The White Lotus of the Good Dharma, Saddharmapuṇḍarīka. Chapter 2: Skill in Methods.

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Probably best to read this book first: The Authenticity of the Early Buddhist Texts by Bhante Sujato and Ajahn Brahmali.


Well, @Bodhipaksa has already compiled

And then there’s the “common buddhist text” which contains quotes from Sutras in many traditions:


Thanks for your comments, I know there are lots of online sources - I am particularly interested in peoples personal favourites as this makes the selection less bias than only incorporating ones that I personally find meaningful.

There’s some good ones posted in this thread

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