Inspiration comes from everywhere. A mundane conversation with a friend, a blooming flower, an act of kindness, a joyful smile of a child, a story etc can instantly lift up our spirits. The story of Robert the Bruce of Scotland comes to mind. He led his forces against England six times and each time his army was crushed by the British. Dejected, he went away and sat in a cave. He had lost hope and confidence that his army would ever win against the British. Just then, he saw a spider weaving a web. The spider was having a hard time weaving the web across a space and was falling repeatedly. But it did not give up, no matter how many times it fell. Fascinated, King Bruce sat there for a long time watching the spider finish weaving the web with great care. This incident greatly inspired him to round up his forces again and march against England. This time he emerged victorious and won independence for Scotland. To this day Scotland’s victory is credited to the spider who never gave up.
This story has inspired many in times of dejection, when in need of a ray of hope within. It is true that our day to day living becomes very easy when we are inspired. Being inspired brings joy and lightness to the being. Even a mundane and repetitive task becomes enjoyable when basking in inspiration. Our energy gets a bigger charge and it enables us to accomplish things with a flourish.
Below are a few deeply insightful and inspirational quotes from the Buddha. These quotes are applicable to people in all walks of life. Words uttered by enlightened beings like the Buddha have the power to move us forward in whatever path we have chosen for ourselves. Hope the quotes spark your inner light and inspiration.
“Happiness will never come to those who fail to appreciate what they already have.”
“Better than a thousand hollow words is one word that brings peace.”
“It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you.”
“If you light a lamp for somebody, it will also brighten your path.”
“Set your heart on doing good. Do it over and over again and you will be filled with joy.”
“If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.”
“The mind is the source of happiness and unhappiness.”
“Your body is precious. It is our vehicle for awakening. Treat it with care.”
“Every human being is the author of his own health or disease.”
“If you are facing in the right direction, all you need to do is keep on walking.”
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