The Best Buddha Quotes
Be where you are; otherwise you will miss your life.
Drop by drop is the water pot filled. Likewise, the wise man, gathering it little by little, fills himself with good.
Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace.
Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely.
The mind is everything. What you think you become.
If you truly loved yourself, you could never hurt another.
Even as a solid rock is unshaken by the wind, so are the wise unshaken by praise or blame. Click to tweet
Every morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.
Nothing can harm you as much as your own thoughts unguarded.
Life is so very difficult. How can we be anything but kind?
If you find no one to support you on the spiritual path, walk alone.
What you are is what you have been. What you’ll be is what you do now.
If you propose to speak always ask yourself, is it true, is it necessary, is it kind.
Doubt everything. Find your own light. (This is one of my favorite Buddha quote. Leave a reply and let me know what’s yours!)
Top 3 Buddha Quotes With Images
Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without. Buddha Click to tweet
A man is not called wise because he talks and talks again; but if he is peaceful, loving and fearless then he is in truth called wise. Buddha Click to tweet
All that we are is the result of what we have thought. Buddha Click to tweet
Part 2. Buddha Quotes That ARE…
Buddha Quotes That Are Inspirational And Deep
Stop, stop. Do not speak. The ultimate truth is not even to think.
Endurance is one of the most difficult disciplines, but it is to the one who endures that the final victory comes.
No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.
We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.
Long is the night to him who is awake; long is a mile to him who is tired; long is life to the foolish who do not know the true law.
Like a fine flower, beautiful to look at but without scent, fine words are fruitless in a man who does not act in accordance with them.
Our theories of the eternal are as valuable as are those which a chick which has not broken its way through its shell might form of the outside world.
When you realize how perfect everything is you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky.
An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.
It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.
However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them?
Chaos is inherent in all compounded things. Strive on with diligence.
Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it. Click to tweet
Short Buddha Quotes (for social status, tattoos, self-talk, quick inspiration)
Attachment leads to suffering.
What we think, we become.
Born out of concern for all beings.
I am the miracle.
Work out your own salvation. Do not depend on others.
You only lose what you cling to.
A jug fills drop by drop.
One who acts on truth is happy in this world and beyond.
The foot feels the foot when it feels the ground.
Every human being is the author of his own health or disease.
The tongue like a sharp knife… Kills without drawing blood.
The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart. Click to tweet
It is better to travel well than to arrive.
Part 3. Buddha Quotes ABOUT…
Buddha Quotes About Life, Family And Friendship
Live every act fully, as if it were your last. Click to tweet
Virtue is persecuted more by the wicked than it is loved by the good.
Nothing ever exists entirely alone; everything is in relation to everything else.
Purity or impurity depends on oneself. No one can purify another.
If we fail to look after others when they need help, who will look after us?
To support mother and father, to cherish wife and child and to have a simple livelihood; this is the good luck.
To live a pure unselfish life, one must count nothing as one’s own in the midst of abundance.
She who knows life flows, feels no wear or tear, needs no mending or repair.
An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast; a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind.
Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill.
To be idle is a short road to death and to be diligent is a way of life; foolish people are idle, wise people are diligent.
If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.
Buddha Sayings On Love And Gratitude
True love is born from understanding. Click to tweet
You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.
Ambition is like love, impatient both of delays and rivals.
Love is a gift of one’s inner most soul to another so both can be whole.
We will develop and cultivate the liberation of mind by lovingkindness, make it our vehicle, make it our basis, stabilize it, exercise ourselves in it, and fully perfect it.
Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule.
As rain falls equally on the just and the unjust, do not burden your heart with judgments but rain your kindness equally on all.
He who loves 50 people has 50 woes; he who loves no one has no woes.
Kindness should become the natural way of life, not the exception.
Being deeply learned and skilled, being well trained and using well spoken words: this is good luck.
Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, 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.
When you like a flower, you just pluck it. But when you love a flower, you water it daily.
Buddha Sayings On Fear
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.
There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts; it is a sword that kills.
Men, driven on by thirst, run about like a snared hare; let therefore mendicant drive out thirst, by striving after passionlessness for himself.
When one has the feeling of dislike for evil, when one feels tranquil, one finds pleasure in listening to good teachings; when one has these feelings and appreciates them, one is free of fear.
The instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves.
Buddha Sayings On Mind And Mastering Yourself
He is able who thinks he is able. Click to tweet
It is a man’s own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways.
Everything is based on mind, is led by mind, is fashioned by mind. If you speak and act with a polluted mind, suffering will follow you, as the wheels of the oxcart follow the footsteps of the ox.
There is nothing so disobedient as an undisciplined mind, and there is nothing so obedient as a disciplined mind.
To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.
All wrong-doing arises because of mind. If mind is transformed can wrong-doing remain?
Mind precedes all mental states. Mind is their chief; they are all mind-wrought. If with a pure mind a person speaks or acts happiness follows him like his never-departing shadow.
What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow: Our life is the creation of our mind.
The one who has conquered himself is a far greater hero than he who has defeated a thousand times a thousand men.
Transcendental intelligence rises when the intellectual mind reaches its limit and if things are to be realized in their true and essential nature, its processes of thinking must be transcended by an appeal to some higher faculty of cognition.
The external world is only a manifestation of the activities of the mind itself, and the mind grasps it as an external world simply because of its habit of discrimination and false-reasoning. The disciple must get into the habit of looking at things truthfully.
On Happiness And Joy
There is no path to happiness: happiness is the path. Click to tweet
Happiness comes when your work and words are of benefit to yourself and others.
Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared. Buddha
Do not look for a sanctuary in anyone except your self.
Set your heart on doing good. Do it over and over again, and you will be filled with joy.
We are formed and molded by our thoughts. Those whose minds are shaped by selfless thoughts give joy when they speak or act. Joy follows them like a shadow that never leaves them.
Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.
On Peace, Forgivenesss And Letting Go
Just as a snake sheds its skin, we must shed our past over and over again.
Indeed, the sage who’s fully quenched rests at ease in every way; no sense desire adheres to him whose fires have cooled, deprived of fuel. All attachments have been severed, the heart’s been led away from pain; tranquil, he rests with utmost ease. The mind has found its way to peace.
Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace. Click to tweet
A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.
There has to be evil so that good can prove its purity above it.
On Meditation And Spirituality
Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life.
Whatever a monk keeps pursuing with his thinking and pondering, that becomes the inclination of his awareness.
Meditate. Live purely. Be quiet. Do your work with mastery. Like the moon, come out from behind the clouds! Shine.
Meditation brings wisdom; lack of mediation leaves ignorance. Know well what leads you forward and what hold you back, and choose the path that leads to wisdom.
On Wisdom And Virtues
I never see what has been done; I only see what remains to be done.
The greatest gift is to give people your enlightenment, to share it. It has to be the greatest. Click to tweet
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.
Unity can only be manifested by the Binary. Unity itself and the idea of Unity are already two.
What is the appropriate behavior for a man or a woman in the midst of this world, where each person is clinging to his piece of debris? What’s the proper salutation between people as they pass each other in this flood?
Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.
The wise ones fashioned speech with their thought, sifting it as grain is sifted through a sieve.
The virtues, like the Muses, are always seen in groups. A good principle was never found solitary in any breast.
On Karma And Nirvana
Someone who has set out in the vehicle of a Bodhisattva should decide that ‘I must lead all the beings to nirvana, into that realm of nirvana which leaves nothing behind’. What is this realm of nirvana which leaves nothing behind ?
On Change, Failure And Suffering
Nothing is forever except change.
May all that have life be delivered from suffering.
Every experience, no matter how bad it seems, holds within it a blessing of some kind. The goal is to find it.
There is no fire like passion, there is no shark like hatred, there is no snare like folly, there is no torrent like greed.
It is easy to see the faults of others, but difficult to see once own faults. One shows the faults of others like chaff winnowed in the wind, but one conceals one’s own faults as a cunning gambler conceals his dice.
The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows. Click to tweet
On Anger And Jealousy
You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger. Click to tweet
Wear your ego like a loose fitting garment.
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.
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.
Do not overrate what you have received, nor envy others. He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind.
Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule.
On Success, Patience And Strength
Neither fire nor wind, birth nor death can erase our good deeds.
Be a lamp for yourselves. Be your own refuge. Seek for no other. All things must pass. Strive on diligently. Don’t give up.
Praise and blame, gain and loss, pleasure and sorrow come and go like the wind. To be happy, rest like a giant tree in the midst of them all
In separateness lies the world’s greatest misery; in compassion lies the world’s true strength.
If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.
Better it is to live one day seeing the rise and fall of things than to live a hundred years without ever seeing the rise and fall of things.
Quotes By Buddha On Health
Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship. Buddha
To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.
Without health life is not life; it is only a state of langour and suffering – an image of death.
The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, not to anticipate the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.
Quotes By Buddha On Truth
Those who have failed to work toward the truth have missed the purpose of living.
Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.
There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth…not going all the way, and not starting.
Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.
Conquer the angry one by not getting angry; conquer the wicked by goodness; conquer the stingy by generosity, and the liar by speaking the truth.
Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.
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.
My doctrine is not a doctrine but just a vision. I have not given you any set rules, I have not given you a system.
Part 4. Quotes About Buddha
A Buddha is someone who finds freedom in good fortune and bad. Bodhidharma
And the Buddha is the person who’s free: free of plans, free of cares. Bodhidharma
As long as you look for a Buddha somewhere else, you’ll never see that your own mind is the Buddha. Bodhidharma
Buddha means awareness, the awareness of body and mind that prevents evil from arising in either. Bodhidharma
Buddhas don’t practice nonsense. Bodhidharma
Buddhas move freely through birth and death, appearing and disappearing at will. Bodhidharma
But deluded people don’t realize that their own mind is the Buddha. They keep searching outside. Bodhidharma
If you use your mind to look for a Buddha, you won’t see the Buddha. Bodhidharma
To find a Buddha all you have to do is see your nature. Bodhidharma
No one can force us to transform our minds, not even Buddha. We must do so voluntarily. Therefore Buddha stated, ‘You are your own master’. Dalai Lama
The color of the mountains is Buddha’s body; the sound of running water is his great speech. Dogen
The Buddha and all sentinent beings are nothing but expressions of the one mind. There is nothing else. Huang Po
To awaken suddenly to the fact that your own Mind is the Buddha, that there is nothing to be attained or a single action to be performed. This is the Supreme Way. Huang Po
The words of the Buddha offer this truth: Hatred never ceases by hatred but by love alone is healed. Jack Kornfield
Respect Buddha and the gods without counting on their help. Miyamoto Musashi
Even the buddha does not want anyone to follow him. Even the greatest masters cannot give you a single commandment. They see you so uniquely you, they see your freedom to be so uniquely for you. Osho
Just two small things: meditation and let-go. Remember these two key words: meditation and surrender. Meditation will take you in, and surrender will take you into the whole. And this is the whole of religion. Within these two words Buddha has condensed the whole essence of religion. Osho
There is no need for God! If you want to meditate you can meditate without God. Buddha meditated without God; he had no belief in God. Osho
A Buddha is a Buddha, a Krishna is a Krishna, and you are you. Osho
He taught virtue, mindfulness, and wisdom. These are the three pillars of Buddhist practice, as well as the wellsprings of everyday well-being, psychological growth, and spiritual realization. Rick Hanson
If you cannot bow to Buddha, you cannot be a Buddha. It is arrogance. Shunryu Suzuki
Buddha says there are two kinds of suffering: the kind that leads to more suffering and the kind that brings an end to suffering. Terry Tempest Williams
You need to have confidence that you have the capacity to become a Buddha, the capacity of transformation and healing. Thich Nhat Hanh
Part 5. Buddhism And Zen Quotes
Man suffers only because he takes seriously what the gods made for fun. Alan Watts
The only thing that is ultimately real about your journey is the step that you are taking at this moment. That’s all there ever is. Alan Watts
Learning to let go should be learned before learning to get. Life should be touched, not strangled. You’ve got to relax, let it happen at times, and at others move forward with it. Ray Bradbury
Even if things don’t unfold the way you expected, don’t be disheartened or give up. One who continues to advance will win in the end. Daisaku Ikeda
If we learn to open our hearts, anyone, including the people who drive us crazy, can be our teacher. Pema Chödrön
Awareness is the greatest agent for change. Huang Po Click to tweet
Zen has no business with ideas. Suzuki Roshi
To understand everything is to forgive everything. Osho
We are not going in circles, we are going upwards. The path is a spiral; we have already climbed many steps. Hermann Hesse
The secret of Buddhism is to remove all ideas, all concepts, in order for the truth to have a chance to penetrate, to reveal itself. Thich Nhat Hanh
If you want to change the world, start with the next person who comes to you in need. Maezumi Roshi
We are here to awaken from our illusion of separateness. Martin Luther King Jr.
When you do something, you should burn yourself up completely, like a good bonfire, leaving no trace of yourself. Eckhart Tolle
Wherever you are, be there totally. Eckhart Tolle
Only the hand that erases can write the true thing. Meister Eckhart
Treat every moment as your last. It is not preparation for something else. Shunryu Suzuki
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Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything – anger, anxiety, or possessions – we cannot be free. Thich Nhat Hanh
If in our daily life we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it. This is the most basic kind of peace work. Thich Nhat Hanh
It is possible to live happily in the here and now. So many conditions of happiness are available – more than enough for you to be happy right now. You don’t have to run into the future in order to get more. Thich Nhat Hanh
In a gentle way, you can shake the world. Mahatma Gandhi
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is an attribute of the strong. Mahatma Gandhi
Nobody can hurt me without my permission. Mahatma Gandhi
All know the way; few actually walk it. Bodhidharma
The mind’s capacity is limitless, and its manifestations are inexhaustible. Seeing forms with your eyes, hearing sounds with your ears, smelling odors with your nose, tasting flavors with your tongue, every movement or state is all your mind. Bodhidharma
To seek is to suffer. To seek nothing is bliss. Bodhidharma Click to tweet
Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. Confucius
It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop. Confucius Click to tweet
Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change. Confucius
Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. Dalai Lama
Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other. Dalai Lama
My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness. Dalai Lama
Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. Lao Tzu
Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend. Non-being is the greatest joy. Lao Tzu
Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power. Lao Tzu
Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something. Plato
We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. Plato
You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. Plato
Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom. Aristotle
Happiness depends upon ourselves. Aristotle
Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all. Aristotle
It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society. Jiddu Krisnamurti
If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation. Jiddu Krisnamurti
Tradition becomes our security, and when the mind is secure it is in decay. Jiddu Krisnamurti
You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul. Swami Vivekananda
We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far. Swami Vivekananda
Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life; dream of it; think of it; live on that idea. Let the brain, the body, muscles, nerves, every part of your body be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success, and this is the way great spiritual giants are produced. Swami Vivekananda
He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature. Socrates
Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel. Socrates
Friendship is the purest love. It is the highest form of Love where nothing is asked for, no condition, where one simply enjoys giving. Osho
Truth is not something outside to be discovered, it is something inside to be realized. Osho
Part 7. Conclusion
A man asked Gautama Buddha, “I want happiness.” Buddha said, “First remove “I,” that’s Ego, then remove “want,” that’s Desire. See now, you are left with only “Happiness”. Buddha
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