almost all, who have been to school, grow up with a fair and firm knowledge of the bare facts of the budha's life and the essential features of his teachings. so well is the chapter on the budha in our history book taught or, more to the point, so well is this chapter examined, that these details remain with us, long after practically everything else in our text books has been forgotten. we all know that sidharth was a prince of the shakya clan. that his father was the powerful suddhodana and his mother the beautiful maya. we know that the prince was born in the garden at lumbini, while maya was on her way from kapilavastu to her parents' home for the childbirth. a wise sage asita predicted that the little boy would grow up, either to be a very powerful king or, after renouncing the world, a great teacher. to pre-empt the second possibility, suddhodana kept the young prince cloistered in a beautiful palace and provided him with all the pleasures of the world. bored by the idleness of his life, sidhartha asked his attendant, channa, to drive him through the city. three excursions came in quick succession and on these three excursions he saw three sights which were to influence the course of his life and fulfill the second part of the sage's prophecy. first he saw an old man, bent with age, shuffling painfully along the road. this book is a compilation of 101 quotes of his most famous quotes. .