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Wat Phra Singh in Chiang Mai is one of the biggest Buddhist temples in the city and houses the Phra Buddha Sihing, an important Buddha statue.

In the Wat compound there are famous Buddhist quotes and sayings attached to trees throughout the garden, which makes for an enlightened walk around the Wat. On my walks around the old city of I would often make a detour to this garden to ponder these Buddhist quotes on life.


[If everything is gotten dreamily, it will go away dreamily too.]


[Dhamma is systematic practice for a man at every stage of his life.]


[Flattering words are but honey-coated poison.]


[Light dispels darkness. Wisdom dispels ignorance.]


[With Dhamma established in the mind, even bare rice is delicious enough.]


[Those with good eye are inclined to fall into deep well.]


[As you sow so you reap.]


[Until death there is nothing enough.]


[There is no glory for a lazy person however good looking.]


[Without recognition of death, how can there be any knowledge of it.]


[Mans death is the least of all things material. What is left to the world is virtues and vices.]


[The simplicity of the good man is hard to follow. The simplicity of the evil man is easy to follow.]


[Physical charms attract the eyes, goodness attracts the mind.]


[Failure teaches a man how to succeed.]


[Poverty with dignity is better than wealth based on shame.]


[Never is there any effect like that of merit.]


[Without a beginning, there is nothing to worry about the end.]


[The most valuable service is one rendered to our fellow humans.]


[Do not neglect recollection of death.]


[Don’t escape when you have a problem because there always is a way to solve it.]


[Ignorance is the real evil.]


[If there nothing that you like, you must like the things that you have.]


[Better is to speak unpleasant truth than to tell lies.]


[It is easy to know man’s face, but it is difficult to know his thought.]


[Peace is the highest bliss.]


[Eat to live but (don’t) live to eat.]


[In time of suffering, only dhamma is real friend of the mind.]


[Merit making calculated to impress is not real merit.]


[Do try to do good but not to be great, otherwise you will be in danger.]


[Everyone may be a fool but nobody is a fool forever.]


[No other foes are greater than birth and death. No other friends are greater than merits.]


[With mindfulness, a person always prospers.]


[There is no saturating the fire with fuel.]


[The skilled man does not show off, but the man without knowledge usually show off.]


[Crying with the wise is better than laughing with the fool.]


[Anxiety shortens life.]


[Not only to be receiver, but also to be provider.]


[Time and tide wait for no man.]


[Living without hope is like burying oneself.]


[Education is a guide, knowledge is a key.]


[Selfishness is the father of all evil.]


[To defeat others is the starting point of hatred and vengeance.]


[Constant dripping wears away the stone.]


[Every honest work is honourable work.]


[Clean, clear, calm; these are characteristics of a noble person.]


[Good to forgive, the best to forget.]


[It is flooded water that makes mud; it is clean water that wipes away mud.]


Merit is to accumulated, evil is to be abandoned.


Selfishness is the real enemy of peace


[Today is better than two tomorrows.]


[To do good and evil unseen by others are always seen by oneself.]


[A man who will be the public leader, must know how to be the public follower.]

For more Buddha quotes check out 365 Days of Inspirational Quotes and Sayings in Buddhism.

If you are considering to visit Chiang Mai read the guide on where to stay in Chiang Mai.


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100+ Clever Buddha Quotes Really Worth To Read

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Buddha Quotes

Buddha was a wise man, it cannot be said otherwise. Here is
an extensive collection of Buddha quotes and sayings attributed to
Siddharta Gauma.

Buddha lived more than 2500 years ago. He is the founder of Buddhism.
(see my page on Buddhism
and facts for more information on him.) He was a wise teacher
and taught for over 40 years after attaining enlightment in his
thirties. For this reason, we know that he has a huge body of teachings
and most of it was recorded after his death in the form of texts called
sutras.

Here is a collection of Buddha quotes attributed to him. Some
might have actually been said by sages succeeding him but are now
attributed to him.

First, I’ll start with my favorite Buddha Quote, the one I
live for:

“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

The reason I like this Buddha Quote is
that so many religious teachings in this world contradict each other
and all say that they ARE the truth. I strive to believe -or reject-
none of them unless I understand them and see if they fit in my own
view of Creation.

Even more Buddha Quotes

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

A jug fills drop by drop.
-Buddha 

I do not believe in a
fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate
that falls on them unless they act.

Buddha

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

Buddha

In a controversy the
instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth,
and have begun striving for ourselves.

Buddha

Just as a candle cannot
burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life

Buddha

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.

Buddha

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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

Buddha

Without health life is not
life; it is only a state of langour and suffering – an image of death.

Buddha

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

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.

Buddha

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.

Buddha

The virtues, like the
Muses, are always seen in groups. A good principle was never found
solitary in any breast.

Buddha

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These Buddha Quotes are about
anything from family life to love and death.

There has to be evil so
that good can prove its purity above it.

Buddha

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

Chaos is inherent in all
compounded things. Strive on with diligence.

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

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
not act on upon them?

Buddha

Three things cannot be
long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.

Buddha

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

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 keep the body in good
health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind
strong and clear.

Buddha

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

Buddha

What we think, we
become.

Buddha

Peace comes from within.
Do not seek it without

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

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
deserve your love and affection.

Buddha

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
deserve your love and affection-
Buddha

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
– 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

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.

Buddha

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?

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; it is a sword that kills.

Buddha

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

It is better to travel
well than to arrive.

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

The wise ones fashioned
speech with their thought, sifting it as grain is sifted through a
sieve.

Buddha

Those who are free of
resentful thoughts surely find peace.

Buddha

Unity can only be
manifested by the Binary. Unity itself and the idea of Unity are
already two.

Buddha

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

Buddha

You will not be punished
for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.

Buddha

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

Buddha

An idea that is developed
and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as
an idea

Buddha

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

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

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

Buddha

All wrong-doing arises
because of mind. If mind is transformed can wrong-doing remain?

Buddha

He who loves 50 people has
50 woes; he who loves no one has no woes.

Buddha

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

Buddha

Peace comes from within.
Do not seek it without.

Buddha

Continue for more Buddha Quotes

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

The foot feels the foot
when it feels the ground.

Buddha

The way is not in the
sky. The way is in the heart.

Buddha

Better than a thousand
hollow words, is one word that brings peace.

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

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

Buddha

Virtue is persecuted more
by the wicked than it is loved by the good.

Buddha

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

Buddha

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

Buddha

Work out your own
salvation. Do not depend on others.

Buddha

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

Buddha

The mind is everything.
What you think you become.

Buddha

There are plenty of other Buddha quotes out there, so if you
are interested, you can make a search for them.

I strongly recommend learning about the principles
of Buddhism though as Buddha quotes are nice but they do not
explain the core of the teachings of Buddha.


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Buddha Quotes, sayings

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“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

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60 Buddha quotes about life, death, peace, and love

wise buddhist sayings

If you want to see the best Buddha quotes in one place, then you’ll LOVE this post.

I’ve personally gone through hundreds of Buddha quotes to pick out his top 100.

And you can filter through the list below to find the topics that most interest you.

But first, a brief introduction about the great man named Gautama Buddha.

Who Was Gautama Buddha?

Buddha was a spiritual teacher who lived in India sometime between the sixth and fourth centuries BC.

His philosophy ended up creating the religion Buddhism, and tends to counter much of what we’re taught in the West.

After many years spent in deep meditation, he realized that attachment and desiring lead to unhappiness.

He believed that enlightenment, or “Nirvana“, was achieved when one’s mind is compassionate, free of attachment and focused on the present moment.

He spent his entire life teaching others how to free themselves from suffering and live a life of compassion, fearlessness and joy.

So without further ado, here are the most inspiring 50 quotes from Gautama Buddha:

On Living In The Present Moment

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

“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.”

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

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

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

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

On Achieving Enlightenment 

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

“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.”

“Purity or impurity depends on oneself, no one can purify another.”

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

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

“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.”

“To insist on a spiritual practice that served you in the past is to carry the raft on your back after you have crossed the river.”

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

“Stop, stop. Do not speak. The ultimate truth is not even to think.”

“The one in whom no longer exist the craving and thirst that perpetuate becoming; how could you track that Awakened one, trackless, and of limitless range.”

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

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

“The foot feels the foot when it feels the ground.”

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On Love

“True love is born from understanding.”

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

“You only lose what you cling to.”

“Radiate boundless love towards the entire world.”

“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.”

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

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

On Your Mind

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

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

“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.”

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

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

“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.”

“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.”

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

On Anger

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

“Anger will never disappear so long as thoughts of resentment are cherished in the mind.”

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

On Compassion

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

“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.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Life is so very difficult. How can we be anything but kind?”

“We will develop and cultivate the liberation of mind by loving kindness, make it our vehicle, make it our basis, stabilize it, exercise ourselves in it, and fully perfect it.”

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

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

On Your Words

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

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

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

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

“If you propose to speak always ask yourself, is it true, is it necessary, is it kind.”

“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.”

“Speak only endearing speech, speech that is welcomed. Speech, when it brings no evil to others, is a pleasant thing.”

On Doubt

“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.”

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

On Your Ideas

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

“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.”

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

“Just as the great ocean has one taste, the taste of salt, so also this teaching and discipline has one taste, the taste of liberation.”

“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.”

“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.”

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On Suffering

“Pain is certain, suffering is optional.”

“Have compassion for all beings, rich and poor alike; each has their suffering. Some suffer too much, others too little.”

“The root of suffering is attachment.”

Thich Nhat Hanh retells the life and teachings of Gautama Buddha in the highly recommended book, Old Path White Clouds: Walking in the Footsteps of the Buddha.

On Your Self

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

“Doubt everything. Find your own light.”

“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.”

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

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

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

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

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

“Irrigators channel waters; fletchers straighten arrows; carpenters bend wood; the wise master themselves.”

“Drop by drop is the water pot filled. Likewise, the wise man, gathering it little by little, fills himself with good.”

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

“Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it.”

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

“I am the miracle.”

On Gratitude

“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.”

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

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

(Do you want to read a counter-intuitive perspective on why gratitude isn’t as important as people think it is? Check out our interview with the world-renowned shaman Rudá Iandê. Read it here.).

On Fear

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

On Meditation

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

On Death

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

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

“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.”

On Happiness

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

“Happiness will never come to those who fail to appreciate what they already have.”

“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.’ ”

“To support mother and father, to cherish wife and child and to have a simple livelihood; this is the good luck.”

On Changing the World

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

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On Friends and Relationships

“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.”

“Should a seeker not find a companion who is better or equal, let them resolutely pursue a solitary course.”

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

On Being Noble

“One is not called noble who harms living beings. By not harming living beings one is called noble.”

“Being deeply learned and skilled, being well trained and using well spoken words: this is good luck.”

To learn more about meditation techniques and Buddhist wisdom, check out our no-nonsense guide to using Buddhism and eastern philosophy for a better life here.

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