88 of The Best Quotes by Buddha

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The spiritual teacher Gautama Buddha, born in the Indian subcontinent as Prince Siddhartha, was the founder of Buddhism.

According to Buddhist tradition, Gautama’s life, his discourses, and his monastic rules were summed up after his death and memorized by his disciples. About 400 years ago, various collections of his teachings were first committed to writing.

According to historians from the early 20th century, Gautama was born around 563 BCE and died between 483 BCE and 486 BCE, but more recent scholarship dates his death to the period between 411 and 400 BCE. Nonetheless, a specialist symposium held in Göttingen in 1988 revealed that the majority of scholars presenting opinions on the question gave a date for the Buddha’s death either within 20 years of 400 BCE or earlier. Other historians have not yet accepted these alternative chronologies.

Quotes by Buddha -The Monk Mindset

The Best Quotes by Buddha: 

1. “However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them?”

Buddha

2. “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.”

Buddha

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

Gautama Buddha

4. “All that we are is the result of what we have thought: it is founded on our thoughts and made up of our thoughts. If a man speak or act with an evil thought, suffering follows him as the wheel follows the hoof of the beast that draws the wagon…. If a man speak or act with a good thought, happiness follows him like a shadow that never leaves him.”

Gautama Buddha

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

Siddhārtha Gautama

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

Gautama Buddha

7. “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.”

Buddha Siddhartha Guatama Shakyamuni

8. “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

“Doubt everything. Find your own light.”

Gautama Buddha

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

Buddha

10. “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.”

Buddha

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

Buddha

12. “There is no path to happiness: happiness is the path.”

Buddha

13. “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 Siddhartha Guatama Shakyamuni

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

Buddha

15. “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.”

Dhammapada

16. “You will not be punished for your anger; you will be punished by your anger.”

Gautama Buddha

17. “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.

Siddhārtha Gautama

18. “Now, Kalamas, don’t go by reports, by legends, by traditions, by scripture, by logical conjecture, by inference, by analogies, by agreement through pondering views, by probability, or by the thought, ‘This contemplative is our teacher.’ When you know for yourselves that, ‘These qualities are skilful; these qualities are blameless; these qualities are praised by the wise; these qualities, when adopted & carried out, lead to welfare & to happiness’ — then you should enter & remain in them.

[Kalama Sutta, AN 3.65]”

Gautama Buddha

“Greater in battle

than the man who would conquer

a thousand-thousand men,

is he who would conquer

just one —

himself.

Better to conquer yourself

than others.

When you’ve trained yourself,

living in constant self-control,

neither a deva nor gandhabba,

nor a Mara banded with Brahmas,

could turn that triumph

back into defeat.”

Buddha

19. “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 Siddhartha Guatama Shakyamuni

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

Siddhārtha Gautama

21. “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

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

Buddha

23. “Do not look for a sanctuary in anyone except your self.”

Buddha Siddhartha Guatama Shakyamuni

24. “Whatever a monk keeps pursuing with his thinking and pondering, that becomes the inclination of his awareness.”

Siddhārtha Gautama

25. “Meditate.

Live purely. Be quiet.

Do your work with mastery.

Like the moon, come out

from behind the clouds!

Shine”

Siddhārtha Gautama

26. “Words do not express thoughts very well; every thing immediately becomes a little different, a little distorted, a little foolish. And yet it also pleases me and seems right that what is of value and wisdom of one man seems nonsense to another.”

Siddhartha Gautama

27. “These… things, householder, are welcome, agreeable, pleasant, & hard to obtain in the world:

Long life is welcome, agreeable, pleasant, & hard to obtain in the world.

Beauty is welcome, agreeable, pleasant, & hard to obtain in the world.

Happiness is welcome, agreeable, pleasant, & hard to obtain in the world.

Status is welcome, agreeable, pleasant, & hard to obtain in the world.

…Now, I tell you, these… things are not to be obtained by reason of prayers or wishes. If they were to be obtained by reason of prayers or wishes, who here would lack them? It’s not fitting for the disciple of the noble ones who desires long life to pray for it or to delight in doing so. Instead, the disciple of the noble ones who desires long life should follow the path of practice leading to long life. In so doing, he will attain long life…

[Ittha Sutta, AN 5.43]”

Buddha

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

Buddha

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

Gautama Buddha

30. “There is no fire like passion, there is no shark like hatred, there is no snare like folly, there is no torrent like greed.”

Siddharta Gautama

31. “Purity or impurity depends on oneself,

No one can purify another.”

Tipitaka. Suttapitaka. Khuddakanikaya. Dhammapada. English & Pali

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

Siddhārtha Gautama, The Dhammapada: The Sayings of the Buddha

33. “True love is born from understanding.”

The Buddha

34. “Nothing is forever except change.”

Gautama Buddha

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

Siddhārtha Gautama

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

Buddha

37. “The tongue like a sharp knife… Kills without drawing blood.”

Buddha

38. “The past is already gone, the future is not yet here. There’s only one moment for you to live, and that is the present moment”

Buddha

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

Buddha Siddhartha Guatama Shakyamuni

40. “With our thoughts we make the world.”

Buddha

41. “Attachment leads to suffering.”

Buddha

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

Buddha

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

Buddha

44. “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.”

Siddhārtha Gautama

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

Buddha

46. “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.”

Buddha

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

Dhammapada

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

Buddha Siddhartha Guatama Shakyamuni

49. “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.”

Gautama Buddha

50. “Happiness comes when your work and words are of benefit to others.”

Buddha

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

Siddhārtha Gautama

52. “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”

Buddha

53. “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.”

Gautama Buddha

54. “You are the community now. 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

55. “The Way is not in the sky; the Way is in the heart.”

Gautama Buddha

56. “What is evil? Killing is evil, lying is evil, slandering is evil, abuse is evil, gossip is evil, envy is evil, hatred is evil, to cling to false doctrine is evil; all these things are evil. And what is the root of evil? Desire is the root of evil, illusion is the root of evil.”

Buddha

57.“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.”

Gautama Buddha

58. “There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.”

Gautama Buddha

59. “The greatest prayer is patience.”

Siddharta Gautama

60.“If you find no one to support you on the spiritual path, walk alone. There is no companionship with the immature.”

Siddhārtha Gautama

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

Buddha

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

Dhammapada

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

Buddha Siddhartha Guatama Shakyamuni

64. “You throw thorns, falling in my silence they become flowers.”

Buddha Siddhartha Guatama Shakyamuni

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

Gautama Buddha

66. “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

67. “When you realize how perfect everything is you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky”

Siddhārtha Gautama

68. “To force oneself to believe and to accept a thing without understanding is political, and not spiritual or intellectual.”

Siddhārtha Gautama

69. “To become vegetarian is to step towards the stream which leads to nirvana.”

Siddhārtha Gautama

70. “Wear your ego like a loose fitting garment.”

Buddha

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

Buddha

72. “friendship is the only cure for hatred, the only guarantee of peace.”

Buddha

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

Siddhārtha Gautama

74. “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 Siddhartha Guatama Shakyamuni

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

Gautama Buddha

76. “When you come upon a path

that brings benefit

and happiness to all,

follow this course

as the moon

journeys through the stars.”

Buddha

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

Buddha

78. “People with opinions just go around bothering one another.”

Buddha

79. “If a traveller does not meet with one who is his better, or his equal, let him firmly keep to his solitary journey; there is no companionship with a fool.”

Gautama Buddha

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

Siddhārtha Gautama

81. “He is able who thinks he is able.”

Buddha Siddhartha Guatama Shakyamuni

82. “life is a river always flowing. do not hold onto things. work hard.”

83. “There are no chains like hate…dwelling on your brother’s faults multiplies your own. You are far from the end of your journey.”

Buddha

84. “Those who attempt to conquer hatred by hatred are like warriors who take weapons to overcome others who bear arms. This does not end hatred, but gives it room to grow. But, ancient wisdom has advocated a different timeless strategy to overcome hatred. This eternal wisdom is to meet hatred with non-hatred. The method of trying to conquer hatred through hatred never succeeds in overcoming hatred. But, the method of overcoming hatred through non-hatred is eternally effective. That is why that method is described as eternal wisdom. ”

Siddhārtha Gautama

85. “Remembering a wrong is like carrying a burden on the mind.”

Buddha

86. “There isn’t enough darkness in all the world to snuff out the light of one little candle.”

Siddharta Gautama

87. “Be a lamp unto yourself. Work out your liberation with diligence.”

Gautama Buddha

88. “A man traveling across a field encountered a tiger. He fled, the tiger after him. Coming to a precipice, he caught hold of the root of a wild vine and swung himself down over the edge. The tiger sniffed at him from above. Trembling, the man looked down to where, far below, another tiger was waiting to eat him. Only the vine sustained him.

Two mice, one white and one black, little by little started to gnaw away the vine. The man saw a luscious strawberry near him. Grasping the vine with one hand, he plucked the strawberry with the other. How sweet it tasted! ”

Buddha

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Jacob is a passionate self-taught meditator and wants to share his discoveries with his Mindfulness practices. He fell in love with meditation which helped him overcome difficult life problems. Other things he loves dearly include his daughter & partner, morning coffees & Mexican cuisine.

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Jacob is a passionate self-taught meditator and wants to share his discoveries with his Mindfulness practices. He fell in love with meditation which helped him overcome difficult life problems. Other things he loves dearly include his daughter & partner, morning coffees & Mexican cuisine.

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