Here is an ultimate collection of 200+ inspirational Buddha quotes you need to know.

Buddha is also known as Siddhartha Gautama was a philosopher, mendicant, meditator, spiritual teacher, and religious leader who lived in Ancient India.

Buddha is revered as the founder of the world religion of Buddhism and built a large following both monastic and lay. Siddhartha taught for 45 years and his teaching is based on his insight into duḥkha and the end of dukkha – the state called Nibbāna or Nirvana.

Below are some inspiring Buddha quotes that will lead you to the path to enlightenment.

Best Buddha Quotes of All Time

“Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.” – Buddha

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

“All that we are is the result of what we have thought.” – Buddha

“It is a man’s own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways.” – Buddha

“Most problems, if you give them enough time and space, will eventually wear themselves out.” – Buddha

“Hatred does not cease through hatred at any time. Hatred ceases through love. This is an unalterable law.” – Buddha

“To keep the body in good health is a duty; otherwise, we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.” – Buddha

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

“The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows.” – Buddha

“Be vigilant; guard your mind against negative thoughts.” – Buddha

Buddha Motivational Quotes

“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.” – Buddha

“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.” – Buddha

“Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.” – Buddha

“If you light a lamp for somebody, it will also brighten your path.” – Buddha

“In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.” – Buddha

“As rain falls equally on the just and the unjust, do not burden your heart with judgments but rain your kindness equally on all.” – Buddha

“The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart.” – Buddha

“The tongue is like a sharp knife… Kills without drawing blood.” – Buddha

“A jug fills drop by drop.” – Buddha

“An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.” – Buddha

“Every human being is the author of his own health or disease.” – Buddha

“If you are facing in the right direction, all you need to do is keep on walking.” – Buddha

“Doubt everything. Find your own light.” – Buddha

“Rule your mind or it will rule you.” – Buddha

Buddha Inspirational Quotes

“Be greatly aware of the present.” – Buddha

“Awake. Be the witness of your thoughts. You are what observes, not what you observe.” – Buddha

“Three things can not hide for long: the Moon, the Sun and the Truth.” – Buddha

“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 learn perfect patience, perfect wisdom, perfect compassion.” – Buddha

“Your actions are your only belongings.” – Buddha

“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

“Nothing is forever except change.” – Buddha

“Even as a solid rock is unshaken by the wind, so are the wise unshaken by praise or blame.” – Buddha

“The less you have, the less you have to worry about.” – Buddha

“You must make the effort yourself. The Masters only point the way.” – Buddha

“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.” – Buddha

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

“Those who have failed to work toward the truth have missed the purpose of living.” – Buddha

“The greatest prayer is patience.” – Buddha

“Every experience, no matter how bad it seems, holds within it a blessing of some kind. The goal is to find it.” – Buddha

Buddha Quotes on Gratitude

“Good men and bad men differ radically. Bad men never appreciate kindness shown them, but wise men appreciate and are grateful. Wise men try to express their appreciation and gratitude by some return of kindness, not only to their benefactor, but to everyone else.” – Buddha

“Pain in life is inevitable but suffering is not. Pain is what the world does to you, suffering is what you do to yourself [by the way you think about the ‘pain’ you receive]. Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional. [You can always be grateful that the pain is not worse in quality, quantity, frequency, duration, etc].” – Buddha

“A noble person is mindful and thankful for the favors he receives from others.” – Buddha

“Reverence, humility, contentment, gratitude and hearing the good Dhamma, this is the best good luck.” – Buddha

“Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little.” – Buddha

“You have no cause for anything but gratitude and joy.” – Buddha

“The mind is the source of happiness and unhappiness by what it chooses to compare the experience with. If it chooses to compare it to something worse then it will create happiness, gratitude and pride but if it chooses to compare it to something better then it will create unhappiness, bitterness and envy.” – Buddha

“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without. It can be argued that peace and happiness comes from the subjective internalised perspective of realizing things could be worse and being grateful they aren’t. The alternative view that peace and happiness comes from the objective external perspective of having more and better things than at present, while important for growth, can be a never-ending source of jealousy, dissatisfaction and disappointment. A balance of the two, where people are grateful for what they have while striving for more seems the best blended perspective.” – Buddha

“When you realize how perfect [or at least better than it could be] everything is, you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky.” – Buddha

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

“One who possesses four qualities is deposited in heaven as if brought there. What four? Bodily good conduct, verbal good conduct, mental good conduct, and gratitude or thankfulness. One possessing these four qualities is deposited in heaven as if brought there.” – Buddha

“In the light of his vision that is the perspective that allows him to be grateful that things are not worse he has found his freedom and joy: his thoughts are peace, his words are peace and his work is peace.” – Buddha

Buddha Quotes on Change

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

“Just as a snake sheds its skin, we must shed our past over and over again.” – Buddha

“Endurance is one of the most difficult disciplines, but it is to the one who endures that the final victory comes.” – Buddha

“You only lose what you cling to.” – Buddha

“Ambition is like love, impatient both of delays and rivals.” – Buddha

“Chaos is inherent in all compounded things. Strive on with diligence.” – Buddha

“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 … a sword that kills.” – Buddha

“If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.” – Buddha

“You yourself must strive. The Buddhas only point the way.” – Buddha

“She who knows life flows, feels no wear or tear, needs no mending or repair.” – Buddha

“One moment can change a day, one day can change a life, and one life can change the world.” – Buddha

Buddha Quotes on Anger

“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

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

“To be angry is to let others’ mistakes punish yourself.” – Buddha

“An outside enemy exists only if there is anger inside.” – Buddha

“Suppose an enemy has hurt you in his own domain, why should you annoy yourself and hurt your mind in your own domain?” – Buddha

“When it is impossible for anger to arise within you, you find no outside enemies anywhere.” – Buddha

“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.” – Buddha

“There is no fire like passion. No crime like hatred. No sorrow like separation. No sickness like hunger, and no joy like the joy of freedom.” – Buddha

“Whoever doesn’t flare up at someone who’s angry wins a battle hard to win.” – Buddha

“There are those who discover they can leave behind destructive reactions and become patient as the earth, unmoved by fires of anger or fear, unshaken as a pillar, unperturbed as a clear and quiet pool.” – Buddha

“Speak the truth, do not become angered and give when asked, even be it a little. By these three conditions one goes to the presence of the gods.” – Buddha

“The man that is dominated by Anger Doth not know what is seemly and seeth not the Law; That man whom Hate doth accompany, Becometh like unto murky darkness.” – Buddha

Buddha Quotes on Suffering

“Both formerly and now, it is only suffering that I describe, and the cessation of suffering.” – Buddha

“The root of suffering is attachment.” – Buddha

“‘All conditioned things are impermanent’ — when one sees this with wisdom, one turns away from suffering.” – Buddha

“It is more important to prevent animal suffering, rather than sit to contemplate the evils of the universe praying in the company of priests.” – Buddha

“Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think. Suffering follows an evil thought as the wheels of a cart follow the oxen that draws it. Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think. Joy follows a pure thought like a shadow that never leaves.” – Buddha

“May all that have life be delivered from suffering.” – Buddha

“Attachment leads to suffering.” – Buddha

“It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles.” – Buddha

“Thoughtfulness is the way to deathlessness, thoughtlessness the way to death. The thoughtful do not die: the thoughtless are as if dead already.” – Buddha

“Mind precedes all phenomena, mind matters most, everything is mind-made. If with an impure mind, you speak or act, then suffering follows you as the cartwheel follows the foot of the draft animal. If with a pure mind, you speak or act, then happiness follows you as a shadow that never departs.” – Buddha

“Those who are truly wise will remain unmoved by feelings of happiness and suffering, fame and disgrace, praise and blame, gain and loss.They will remain calm like the eye of a hurricane.” – Buddha

“Pain is certain, suffering is optional.” – Buddha

“Suffering is wishing things were other than they are.” – Buddha

“The cause of all pain and suffering is ignorance.” – Buddha

“He who walks in the company of fools suffers much. Company with fools, as with an enemy, is always painful. Company with the wise is pleasure, like meeting with kinfolk.” – Buddha

“Understand the suffering of worldly existence. Abandon its causes of ignorance and selfishness. Practice the path of meditation and compassion. Awaken from suffering within Great Peace.” – Buddha

“I’ve got children’, ‘I’ve got wealth.’ This is the way a fool brings suffering on himself. He does not even own himself, so how can he have children or wealth?” – Buddha

“Letting go of our suffering is the hardest work we will ever do.” – Buddha

Buddha Quotes on Karma

“Not even death can wipe out our good deeds.” – Buddha

“Just as one can make a lot of garlands from a heap of flowers, so man, subject to birth and death as he is, should make himself a lot of good karma.” – Buddha

“When action comes out of nothing it creates no karma.” – Buddha

“One who previously made bad karma, but who reforms and creates good karma, brightens the world like the moon appearing from behind a cloud.” – Buddha

“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.” – Buddha

“Once you know the nature of anger and joy is empty and you let them go, you free yourself from karma.” – Buddha

“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.” – Buddha

“Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace.” – Buddha

“If with a pure mind a person speaks or acts happiness follows him like his never-departing shadow.” – Buddha

“Set your heart on doing good. Do it over and over again, and you will be filled with joy.” – Buddha

“All that we are is the result of what we have thought. If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him. If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him.” – Buddha

“How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.” – Buddha

“Nothing can harm you as much as your own thoughts unguarded.” – Buddha

“Meditate… do not delay, lest you later regret it.” – Buddha

“What you are is what you have been. What you’ll be is what you do now.” – Buddha

“Be a lamp for yourselves. Be your own refuge. Seek for no other. All things must pass. Strive on diligently. Don’t give up.” – Buddha

Buddha Quotes on Peace & Wisdom

“Resolutely train yourself to attain peace.” – Buddha

“Give up anger, give up pride, and free yourself from worldly bondage. No sorrow can befall those who never try to possess people and things as their own.” – Buddha

“Purity and impurity depend on oneself; no one can purify another.” – Buddha

“One who conquers himself is greater than another who conquers a thousand times a thousand men on the battlefield.” – Buddha

“There is no fear for one whose mind is not filled with desires.” – Buddha

“If anything is worth doing, do it with all your heart.” – Buddha

“Those who have destroyed the roots of jealousy have peace of mind always.” – Buddha

“There is no impurity greater than ignorance.” – Buddha

“One is not wise because he talks a good deal. They are wise who are patient, and free from hate and fear.” – Buddha

“One is not noble who injures living creatures. They are noble who hurt no one.” – Buddha

“Guard your thoughts, words, and deeds. These three disciplines will speed you along the path to pure wisdom.” – Buddha

“Should you find a wise critic to point out your faults, follow him as you would a guide to hidden treasure.” – Buddha

“Do not give your attention to what others do or fail to do; give it to what you do or fail to do.” – Buddha

“When are you living in darkness, why don’t you look for light?” – Buddha

“When watching after yourself, you watch after others. When watching after others, you watch after yourself.” – Buddha

“Make your mind pure as a silversmith blows away the impurities of silver, little by little, instant by instant.” – Buddha

“Don’t try to build your happiness on the unhappiness of others. You will be enmeshed in a net of hatred.” – Buddha

“The wise are disciplined in body, speech, and mind. They are well controlled indeed.” – Buddha

“Light the lamp within; strive hard to attain wisdom.” – Buddha

“Give, even if you only have a little.” – Buddha

“Just as a solid rock is not shaken by the storm, even so the wise are not affected by praise or blame.” – Buddha

“Don’t waste a moment, for wasted moments send you on the downward course.” – Buddha

“If you forget the joy of life and get caught in the pleasures of the world, you will come to envy those who put meditation first.” – Buddha

Buddha Quotes on Spirituality

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

“It is better to travel well than to arrive.” – Buddha

“Be where you are; otherwise you will miss your life.” – Buddha

“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.” – Buddha

“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.” – Buddha

“If you find no one to support you on the spiritual path, walk alone.” – Buddha

“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.” – Buddha

“Just as a mother would protect her only child with her life, even so, let one cultivate a boundless love toward all beings.” – Buddha

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

“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.” – Buddha

“There is nothing so disobedient as an undisciplined mind, and there is nothing so obedient as a disciplined mind.” – Buddha

Buddha Quotes on Happiness

“One who acts on truth is happy in this world and beyond.” – Buddha

“A man asked Gautama Buddha, ‘I want happiness.’ Buddha said, ‘First, remove I. That’s ego. Then remove want. That’s desire. Now you are left with only happiness.’” – Buddha

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

“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.” – Buddha

“It is in the nature of things that joy arises in a person free from remorse.” – Buddha

“A disciplined mind brings happiness.” – Buddha

“Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.” – Buddha

“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.” – Buddha

“To live a pure unselfish life, one must count nothing as one’s own in the midst of abundance.” – Buddha

“If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.” – Buddha

“Happiness comes when your work and words are of benefit to yourself and others.” – Buddha

“Happiness is a journey, not a destination.” – Buddha

“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.” – Buddha

“Routinely train yourself to attain peace.” – Buddha

“The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart.” – Buddha

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

Buddha Quotes on Love & Relationship

“You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserves your love and affection.” – Buddha

“He who loves 50 people has 50 woes; he who loves no one has no woes.” – Buddha

“Virtue is persecuted more by the wicked than it is loved by the good.” – Buddha

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

“If we fail to look after others when they need help, who will look after us?” – Buddha

“If you knew what I know about the power of giving, you would not let a single meal pass without sharing it in some way.” – Buddha

“Some do not understand that we must die, but those who do realize this settle their quarrels.” – Buddha

“True love is born from understanding.” – Buddha

“Radiate boundless love towards the entire world.” – Buddha

“Love is a gift of one’s innermost soul to another so both can be whole.” – Buddha

“Let all-embracing thoughts for all beings be yours.” – Buddha

“Avoid evil deeds as a man who loves life avoids poison.” – Buddha

“If you truly loved yourself, you could never hurt another.” – Buddha

“Silence the angry man with love. Silence the ill-natured man with kindness. Silence the miser with generosity. Silence the liar with truth.” – Buddha

Buddha Quotes on Life

“Live every act fully, as if it were your last.” – Buddha

“Purity or impurity depends on oneself. No one can purify another.” – Buddha

“Nothing ever exists entirely alone; everything is in relation to everything else.” – Buddha

“Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill.” – Buddha

“Your purpose in life is to find your purpose and give your whole heart and soul to it.” – Buddha

“As you walk and eat and travel, be where you are. Otherwise you will miss most of your life.” – Buddha

“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.” – Buddha

“Kindness should become the natural way of life,not the exception.” – Buddha

“Life is a river always flowing. do not hold onto things. work hard.” – Buddha

“He who experiences the unity of life sees his own Self in all beings, and all beings in his own Self, and looks on everything with an impartial eye.” – Buddha

Buddha Quotes on Family & Friends

“Mutual respect and mutual listening are the foundations of harmony within the family.” – Buddha

“A family is a place where minds come in contact with one another. If these minds love one another the home will be as beautiful as a flower garden. But if these minds get out of harmony with one another it is like a storm that plays havoc with the garden.” – Buddha

“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.” – Buddha

“To support mother and father, to cherish wife and children, and to be engaged in peaceful occupation — this is the greatest blessing.” – Buddha

“Love the whole world as a mother loves her only child.” – Buddha

“Good people keep on walking whatever happens. They do not speak vain words and are the same in good fortune and bad. If one desires neither children nor wealth nor power nor success by unfair means, know such a one to be good, wise, and virtuous.” – Buddha

“Train your eyes and ears; train your nose and tongue. The senses are good friends when they are trained. Train your body in deeds, train your tongue in words, train your mind in thoughts. This training will take you beyond sorrow.” – Buddha

“Friendship is the only cure for hatred, The only guarantee of peace.” – Buddha

“A friend is someone who knows everything about your life and still loves you.” – Buddha

“Always love your friends from your heart and not from your needs.” – Buddha

“Many people will walk in and out of your life. But only true friends will leave footprints in your heart.” – Buddha

“Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.” – Buddha

“A sweet friendship refreshes the soul.” – Buddha

“The most valuable gift you can receive is an honest friend.” – Buddha

“A true Friend’s silence hurts more than an enemy’s rough words.” – Buddha

“It can be one of the hardest things in life to lose your best friend.” – Buddha

“Good friends are like stars. You don’t always see them, But you know they are there.” – Buddha

Buddha Quotes on Death

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

“Good health is simply the slowest way a human being can die.” – Buddha

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

“Ardently do today what must be done. Who knows? Tomorrow, death comes.” – Buddha

“Many do not realize that we here must die. For those who realize this, quarrels end.” – Buddha

“Perhaps the deepest reason why we are afraid of death is because we do not know who we are.” – Buddha

“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.” – Buddha

“Everything is changeable, everything appears and disappears; there is no blissful peace until one passes beyond the agony of life and death.” – Buddha

“The world is afflicted by death and decay. But the wise do not grieve, having realized the nature of the world.” – Buddha

“All tremble at violence; all fear death. Putting oneself in the place of another, one should not kill nor cause another to kill.” – Buddha

Famous Buddha Quotes

“With our thoughts we make the world.” – Buddha

“It is like a lighted torch whose flame can be distributed to ever so many other torches which people may bring along; and therewith they will cook food and dispel darkness, while the original torch itself remains burning ever the same. It is even so with the bliss of the Way.” – Buddha

“The darkest night is ignorance.” – Buddha

“Joy comes not through possession or ownership but through a wise and loving heart.” – Buddha

“When you like a flower, you just pluck it. But when you love a flower, you water it daily.” – Buddha

“Do not look for a sanctuary in anyone except yourself.” – Buddha

“Better than a thousand hollow words is one word that brings peace.” – Buddha

“In separateness lies the world’s greatest misery; in compassion lies the world’s true strength.” – Buddha

“The trouble is, you think you have time.” – Buddha

“The one who has conquered himself is a far greater hero than he who has defeated a thousand times a thousand men.” – Buddha

Buddha Quotes – FAQs

Here are some frequently asked questions about Buddha quotes.

Buddha is also known as Siddhartha Gautama was a philosopher, mendicant, meditator, spiritual teacher, and religious leader who lived in Ancient India.

Buddha is revered as the founder of the world religion of Buddhism and built a large following both monastic and lay. Siddhartha taught for 45 years and his teaching is based on his insight into duḥkha and the end of dukkha – the state called Nibbāna or Nirvana.

He became the Buddha when Mara, an evil demon attempted to claim the enlightened state of Buddha as his own and as he asked the Earth to bear witness to his enlightenment and banished Mara and finally saw the answer to the questions of suffering that he had been seeking for so many years.

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