"Is it true Nagasena, that the Buddha was endowed with the 32 bodily marks of a great man, and graced with the 80 subsidiary characteristics; that he was golden in color with a skin like gold, and that there spread around him a glorious halo of fathom's length?
"Such, O king was the Blessed One."
- The Milindapahna page:129.
"His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters."- Revelation 1:15.
"The king said: Venerable Nagasena, does he who does not receive Nirvana, does he know of how happy a state Nirvana is?"
"Yes, he knows it."
"But how can he know that without receiving it?"
Now what do you think o king? Do those whose hands and feet have not been cut off know how sad a thing it is to have them cut off?"
"Yes sir, that they know."
"But how do they know it?"
"Well, by hearing the sound of the lamentation of those whose hands and feet have been cut off, they know it."
"Just so great king, it is by hearing the glad words of those who have seen Nirvana, that they who have not received it know how happy a state it is.
- The Milindapahna page:114.
"The king said: "He who is born, Nagasensa, does he remain the same or become another (after death)?"
"Neither the same nor another."
"Give me an illustration."
"It is like milk when once taken from the cow, turns, after a lapse of time, first to curds, and then from curds to butter, and then from butter to ghee. Now would it be right to say that the milk was the same thing as the curds, or the butter, or the ghee?"
"Certainly not; but they are produced out of it."
"Just so o king, is the continuity of a person or thing maintained. One comes into being, another passes away; and rebirth is, as it were, simultaneous. Thus neither as the same nor as another does a man go on to the last phase of his self-consciousness."- The Milindaphana (questions of Kind Menander) pages 45-46.