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Top 100 Buddha Quotes

Let the spiritual Buddha quotes inspire you in life.

100 Buddha Quotes

Gautama Buddha was an Indian monk, teacher, religious and spiritual leader, and philosopher who founded Buddhism. He believed and wanted to show the world how to achieve enlightenment.

Read these inspirational Buddha quotes on happiness, compassion, spirituality and peace.

1
“Be where you are; otherwise you will miss your life.”
2
“The past is already gone, the future is not yet here. There’s only one moment for you to live.”
3
“To conquer oneself is a greater task than conquering others.”
4
“The trouble is, you think you have time.”
5
“What you think, you become. What you feel, you attract. What you imagine, you create.”
6
“Every morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.”
7
“Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.”
8
“Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.”
9
“What you are is what you have been. What you’ll be is what you do now.”
10
“Nothing is permanent.”
11
“Happiness will never come to those who fail to appreciate what they already have.”
12
“You only lose what you cling to.”
13
“If you truly loved yourself, you could never hurt another.”
14
“Anger will never disappear so long as thoughts of resentment are cherished in the mind. Anger will disappear just as soon as thoughts of resentment are forgotten.”
15
“There isn’t enough darkness in all the world to snuff out the light of one little candle.”
16
“Avoid evil deeds as a man who loves life avoids poison.”
17
“Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.”
18
“Those who have failed to work toward the truth have missed the purpose of living.”
19
“There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.”
20
“If you are quiet enough, you will hear the flow of the universe. You will feel its rhythm. Go with this flow. Happiness lies ahead. Meditation is key.”
21
“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.”
22
“There has to be evil so that good can prove its purity above it.”
23
“This world is shrouded in darkness. Here, only a few can see their way free. These few birds escape from the net, and fly away to the heavens.”
24
“He who loves 50 people has 50 woes; he who loves no one has no woes.”
25
“Even as a solid rock is unshaken by the wind, so are the wise unshaken by praise or blame.”
26
“You cannot travel the path until you have become the path itself.”
27
"Imagine that every person in the world is enlightened but you. They are all your teachers, each doing just the right things to help you."
28
“Everything that has a beginning has an ending. Make your peace with that and all will be well.”
29
“Your purpose in life is to find your purpose and give your whole heart and soul to it.”
30
“To be angry is to let others’ mistakes punish yourself.”
31
“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.”
32
“The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows.”
33
“If you light a lamp for somebody, it will also brighten your path.”
34
“In separateness lies the world’s greatest misery; in compassion lies the world’s true strength.”
35
“Work out your own salvation. Do not depend on others.”
36
“Just as a mother would protect her only child with her life, even so let one cultivate a boundless love towards all beings.”
37
“It is a man’s own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways.”
38
“You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”
39
“Ambition is like love, impatient both of delays and rivals.”
40
“You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.”
41
“Be vigilant; guard your mind against negative thoughts.”
42
“To understand everything is to forgive everything.”
43
“In the end these things matter most: How well did you love? How fully did you live? How deeply did you let go?”
44
“It is better to travel well than to arrive.”
45
“Pain is certain, suffering is optional.”
46
“Have compassion for all beings, rich and poor alike; each has their suffering. Some suffer too much, others too little.”
47
“Generosity brings happiness at every stage of its expression. We experience joy in forming the intention to be generous. We experience joy in the actual act of giving something. And we experience joy in remembering the fact that we have given.”
48
“Happiness comes when your work and words are of benefit to yourself and others.”
49
“Let us rise up and be thankful. For if we didn’t learn a lot at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.”
50
“If anything is worth doing, do it with all your heart.”
51
“A disciplined mind brings happiness.”
52
“Our theories of the eternal are as valuable as are those that a chick which has not broken its way through its shell might form of the outside world.”
53
“The world is afflicted by death and decay. But the wise do not grieve, having realized the nature of the world.”
54
“Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace.”
55
“Happiness never decreases by being shared.”
56
“Hatred does not cease through hatred at any time. Hatred ceases through love. This is an unalterable law.”
57
“True love is born from understanding.”
58
“The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart. ”
59
"Happiness is not having a lot. Happiness is giving a lot."
60
“The root of suffering is attachment.”
61
“Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace.”
62
“To live a pure unselfish life, one must count nothing as one’s own in the midst of abundance.”
63
“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”
64
“An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.”
65
“On life’s journey faith is nourishment, virtuous deeds are a shelter, wisdom is the light by day and right mindfulness is the protection by night. If a man lives a pure life, nothing can destroy him.”
66
“The universe itself is change and life itself is but what you deem it”
67
“Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill.”
68
“A jug fills drop by drop.”
69
“Nothing ever exists entirely alone; everything is in relation to everything else.”
70
“Remembering a wrong is like carrying a burden on the mind.”
71
“A dog is not considered a good dog because he is a good barker. A man is not considered a good man because he is a good talker.”
72
“If the problem can be solved why worry? If the problem cannot be solved worrying will do you no good.”
73
"Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely."
74
“Speak or act with an impure mind and trouble will follow you.”
75
“Those who consider the unessential to be essential, and see the essential as unessential, don’t reach the essential, living in the field of wrong intention.”
76
“In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west; people create distinctions out of their own minds and then believe them to be true.”
77
“When you like a flower, you just pluck it. But when you love a flower, you water it daily.”
78
“All wrong-doing arises because of mind. If the mind is transformed can wrong-doing remain?”
79
“Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue.”
80
"To keep the body in good health is a duty; otherwise, we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear."
81
“Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.”
82
“Everything is changeable, everything appears and disappears; there is no blissful peace until one passes beyond the agony of life and death.”
83
“Many do not realize that we here must die. For those who realize this, quarrels end.”
84
“Good health is simply the slowest way a human being can die”
85
“However many holy words you read, However many you speak, What good will they do you If you do not act on upon them?”
86
“Words have the power to both destroy and heal. When words are both true and kind, they can change our world.”
87
“Resolutely train yourself to attain peace.”
88
“Three things cannot hide for long: the Moon, the Sun and the Truth.”
89
“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.”
90
“Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own unguarded thoughts.”
91
“If you find no one to support you on the spiritual path, walk alone. There is no companionship with the immature.”
92
“If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.”
93
“Purity or impurity depends on oneself. No one can purify another.”
94
“The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. Never fear what will become of you, depend on no one. Only the moment you reject all help are you freed.”
95
“One should strive to understand what underlies sufferings and diseases – and aim for health and well-being while gaining in the path.”
96
“Your body is precious. It is our vehicle for awakening. Treat it with care.”
97
“For soon the body is discarded, then what does it feel? A useless log of wood, it lies on the ground. Then what does it know? Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own thoughts, unguarded. But once mastered, No one can help you as much, Not even your father or your mother.”
98
“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.”
99
“Meditation brings wisdom; lack of meditation leaves ignorance. Know well what leads you forward and what holds you back, and choose the path that leads to wisdom.”
100
“Every human being is the author of his own health or disease.”
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