“Na jaccā vasalo hoti na jaccā hoti brāhmaṇo, Kammanā vasalo hoti kammanā hoti brāhmaṇo.”
“Not by birth does one become an outcast, not by birth does one become a brahmin. By one’s action one becomes an outcast, by one’s action one becomes a brahmin.”
–Siddhartha Gautama, The Buddha
Quote Number: 784
Source: Sutta Nipata. “Vasala Sutta.” Sn 136.
Pali text Online Here.
A different older English translation is Online Here. Swámy, M Coomára. Sutta Nipáta or Dialogues and Discourses of Gotama Buddha. Trübner & Co: London. 1874. Pg 36.
Source Notes: The Latinized Pali translation comes from the source above, however the Devanagari text was generated using Google Translate, translating the Latinized Pali from English into Hindi, so it may not be perfect.