Quotes – Buddha


Gautama Buddha, also known as Siddhārtha Gautama, Shakyamuni, or simply the Buddha, was a sage on whose teachings Buddhism was founded. He is believed to have lived and taught mostly in eastern India sometime between the sixth and fourth centuries BCE.

Disclaimer: These quotes came primarily from the internet and while being some great quotes there is no way to know if they came from the actual Buddha. I will be adding to this section with quotes that are cited in the near future.

“There is no path to happiness: Happiness is the path.” Buddha

“If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.” Buddha

“The mind is everything. What you think you become.” Buddha

“Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely.”  Buddha

“Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life.”  Buddha

“Do not overrate what you have received, nor envy others. He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind.”  Buddha

“However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do no act upon them?”  Buddha

“Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule.”  Buddha

“You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” Buddha

“What you think you become. What you feel you attract. What you imagine you create.” Buddha

“No matter how hard the past you can always begin again” Buddha

“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”  Buddha

“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.”  – Buddha

“Meditation brings wisdom; lack of meditation leaves ignorance. Know well what leads you forward and what hold you back, and choose the path that leads to wisdom.”  Buddha

Buddha was asked, “What have you gained from meditation?” He replied, “Nothing!” “However, Buddha said, let me tell you what I lost: Anger, Anxiety, Depression, Insecurity, Fear of Old Age and Death.”

“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.” Buddha

“To understand everything is to forgive everything.” Buddha

“We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.” Buddha

“Serenity comes when you trade expectations for acceptance” Buddha

“Neither fire nor wind, birth nor death can erase our good deeds” Buddha

“At the end of the way is freedom. Until then, patience.” Buddha

“You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger” Buddha

“You only lose what you cling to.” Buddha

“A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things that renew humanity.” Buddha

“Health is the greatest gift, Contentment is the greatest wealth, A trusted friend is the best relative, Liberated mind is the greatest bliss.” Buddha

“Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.” Buddha

“The thought manifests as the word; the word manifests as the deed; the deed develops into a habit; and habit hardens into character. So watch the thought and its ways with care, and let it spring from love born out of concern for all beings.” Buddha

“A man who conquers himself is greater than one who conquers a thousand men in battle.” Buddha

“A heart is like a garden. It can grow compassion or fear, resentment or love. What seeds will you plant there?” Buddha

“Do not learn how to react, learn how to respond.” Buddha

“When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.” Buddha

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