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    One of the first representations of the Buddha, 1st-2nd century CE, Greco-Buddhist art of Gandhara.
    Standing Buddha sculpture, ancient region of Gandhara, northern Pakistan, 1st century CE, Musée Guimet.

    "Buddhism has done more for the advance of world civilization and true culture than any other influence in the chronicles of mankind." - H. G. Wells

    "Of the great religions of history I prefer Buddhism, especially in it's earliest forms, because it has had the smallest element of persecution." Bertrand Russell

    "If any question has to be considered, it has to be considered peacefully and democratically in the way taught by the Buddha." -Jawaharlal Nehru

    "It is my deliberate opinion that the essential part of the teachings of the Buddha now forms an integral part of Hinduism. It is impossible for Hindu India today to retrace her steps and go behind the great reformations that Gautama effected in Hinduism. By his immense sacrfice, by his great renuniation, and by the immaculate purity of his life he left an indelible impress upon Hinduism, and Hinduism owes an eternal debt of gratitude to the great teacher." -Mahatma Gandhi

    "In this sphere He gave expression to truths of everlasting value and advanced the ethics not of India alone but of humanity. Buddha was one of the greatest ethical men of genius ever bestowed upon the world." -Albert Schweitzer

    "Man is greater that the blind forces of nature because even though he is crushed by them he remains superior by virtue of his understanding of them. Again., Buddhism carries the truth further: it shows that by means of understanding man can also control his circumstances. He can cease to be crushed by them, and use their laws to raise himself." -Blaise Pascal

    "'Greater in battle than the man who would conquer a thousand-thousand men, is he who would conquer just one... himself.'" -Gautama Buddha

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