This page will collect quotes that I come across that (in my opinion) express thoughts related to Buddhism by people or authors that I think are/were not Buddhist.
This page will be updated on an irregular basis as I encounter more quotes.
She has an illusion and you have reality. May you find your way as pleasant.
– The Keeper, Star Trek: The Cage, after restoring Vina’s beauty (as well as creating an illusory Christopher Pike to keep her company)
If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs…
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting…
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim…
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you…
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it.
– lines from Rudyard Kipling’s If
Seek freedom and become captive of your desires. Seek discipline and find your liberty.
― Frank Herbert, Chapterhouse: Dune
All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone
– Blaise Pascal
Too many people dream of places they’ll never go, wish for things they’ll never have, instead of paying adequate attention to their real lives.
– Odo, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, “If Wishes Were Horses”
Big Jim wants all people to be enlightened.
Standing Bodhisattva Maitreya (Buddha of the Future), ca. 3rd–4th century Pakistan (ancient region of Gandhara) at the Metropolitan Museum, assumed allowed under Fair Use.