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Being surrounded by the wrong people is the loneliest thing in the world Wisdom Life Loneliness Quote ~ Kim Culbertson. Third Eye Transcend · Buddhist.

Looking for inspirational Buddha quotes and sayings about life?

Siddhartha Gautama, more commonly known as Buddha (which means “enlightened one” or “the awakened”), is a spiritual leader and teacher during the 6th century B.C.

While the events of his life are still debated by scholars to this day, it cannot be doubted that his teachings have had a tremendous influence on a lot of people.

Personal note: Ever since moving [Update: “moved”, after 2 amazing years in India, I’m back in NYC] to India to live and teach, quotes from Buddha have taken on a whole new meaning.

Having the privilege to travel through India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Myanmar have allowed me to witness these powerful words in action.

I hope you enjoy our latest collection of uplifting Buddha quotes!

 Inspirational Buddha quotes on karma, peace, and love

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

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

3.) “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

4.) “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.” – Buddha

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

6.) “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

7.) “Those who consider the unessential to be essential, and see the essential as unessential, don’t reach the essential, living in the field of wrong intention.” – Buddha

8.) “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

9.) “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.” – Buddha

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

Buddha quotes about loving your life

11.) “What we think, we become.” – Buddha

12.) “Our theories of the eternal are as valuable as are those that a chick which has not broken its way through its shell might form of the outside world.” – Buddha

13.) “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

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

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

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

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

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

19.) “All wrong-doing arises because of mind. If the mind is transformed can wrong-doing remain?” – Buddha

20.) “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

Buddha quotes and sayings about being present and calm

21.) “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

22.) “Inward calm cannot be maintained unless physical strength is constantly and intelligently replenished.”- Buddha

23.) “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

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

25.) “The foot feels the foot when it feels the ground.” – Buddha

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

27.) “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

28.) “To conquer oneself is a greater task than conquering others.” – Buddha

29.) “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

30.) “Believe nothing, merely because you have been told it. Do not believe what your teacher tells you merely out of respect for the teacher. But whatsoever, after due examination and analysis, you find to be kind, conducive to the good, the benefit, the welfare of all beings that doctrine believe and cling to, and take it as your guide.” – Buddha

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

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

33.) “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

Buddha quotes on happiness, meditation, and spirituality

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

35.) “What you think, you become. What you feel, you attract. What you imagine, you create.” – Buddha

36.) “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

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

38.) “There is no path to happiness: happiness is the path.” – Buddha

39.) “Meditate. Live purely. Be quiet. Do your work with mastery. Like the moon, come out from behind the clouds! Shine.” – Buddha

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

Buddha quotes on death

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

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

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

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

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

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

47.) “This world is shrouded in darkness. Here, only a few can see their way free. These few birds escape from the net, and fly away to the heavens.” – Buddha

Buddha quotes on change

48.) “Words have the power to both destroy and heal. When words are both true and kind, they can change our world.” – Buddha

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

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

51.) “Everything changes, nothing remains without change.” – Buddha

52.) “The universe itself is change and life itself is but what you deem it” – Buddha

Other inspirational Buddha quotes

53.) “Resolutely train yourself to attain peace.” – Buddha

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

55.) “Three things cannot hide for long: the Moon, the Sun and the Truth.” – Buddha

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

57.) “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

58.) “You can only make two mistakes when traveling on the road to truth: not starting, and not going all the way.” – Buddha

59.) “Better to conquer yourself than a thousand battles. Only then can the victory truly be yours. No one can take it away from you – not heaven, hell, demons or angels.” – Buddha

60.) “Never envy others or take what you have for granted. Those who envy others will never find peace of mind.” – Buddha

What insights did you gain from these Buddha quotes?

Buddha’s sayings are a great source of inspiration and motivation, especially to entrepreneurs, dreamers, and innovators.

It doesn’t matter where you are in life, you can surely find a quote or two that you can relate with your current situation today.

What other Buddha quotes would you add to the list? Tell us in the comment section below!

Enjoy our collection of Buddha quotes. These have been around for hundreds of years but are still applicable today.

Buddhist Wisdom Quotes

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Zen Quotes

"You should study not only that you become a mother when your child is born, but also that you become a child."
- Dogen Zenji

"The one who is good at shooting does not hit the center of the target."
- Anonymous

"When an ordinary man attains knowledge, he is a sage; when a sage attains understanding, he is an ordinary man."
- Anonymous

"Think with your whole body."
- Taisen Deshimaru

"What is the sound of one hand clapping?"
- Anonymous

"If you have a glass full of liquid you can discourse forever on its qualities, discuss whether it is cold, warm, whether it is really and truly composed of H-2-O, or even mineral water, or sake. Meditation is Drinking it!"
- Taisen Deshimaru

"Harmonizing opposites by going back to their source is the distinctive quality of the Zen attitude, the Middle Way: embracing contradictions, making a synthesis of them, achieving balance."
- Taisen Deshimaru

"To study Buddhism is to study ourselves. To study ourselves is to forget ourselves."
- Dogen Zenji

"Those who see worldly life as an obstacle to Dharma see no Dharma in everyday actions. They have not yet discovered that there are no everyday actions outside of Dharma."
- Dogen Zenji

"I come to realize that mind is no other than mountains and rivers and the great wide earth, the sun and the moon and stars."
- Dogen Zenji

"Life and death are of supreme importance. Time swiftly passes by and opportunity is lost. Each of us should strive to awaken. Awaken. Take heed, do not squander your life."
- Dogen Zenji

"In a mind clear as still water, even the waves, breaking, are reflecting its light."
- Dogen Zenji

"You will not be punished for your anger; you will be punished by your anger."
- Buddha

"If you understand, things are just as they are... If you do not understand, things are just as they are..."
- Anonymous

"Zen is not some kind of excitement, but concentration on our usual everyday routine."
- Shunryu Suzuki

"A flower falls, even though we love it; and a weed grows, even though we do not love it."
- Dogen Zenji

"One who conquers himself is greater than another who conquers a thousand times a thousand on the battlefield."
- Buddha

"Before enlightenment; chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment; chop wood, carry water."
- Buddha

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

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Buddha Quotes

563BC - 483 BC



The teachings of Buddha have been passed down from century to century. Buddha was an Indian leader, many say a holy leader, who taught those who chose to listen and to believe.


All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think, we become.
Buddha
Inspirational Thoughts   |


Be where you are; otherwise you will miss your life.
Buddha
Being Yourself   |



Speak the truth, do not become angered, and give when asked, even be it a little.
Buddha
Honesty   |


By three things the wise person may be known. What three? He sees a shortcoming as it is. When he sees it, he tries to correct it. And when another acknowledges a shortcoming, the wise one forgives it as he should.
Buddha
Wise   |


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
Generosity   |


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
Experience   |  



Meditate. Live purely. Be quiet. Do your work with mastery. Like the moon, come out from behind the clouds! Shine.
Buddha
Work   |  


There is nothing so disobedient as an undisciplined mind, and there is nothing so obedient as a disciplined mind.
Buddha
Focus   |  


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
Happiness   |  


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
Health   |  



To support mother and father, to cherish wife and child and to have a simple livelihood; this is the good luck.
Buddha
Mother Quotes   |  


There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth - not going all the way, and not starting.
Buddha
Mistakes   |  


On a long journey of human life, faith is the best of companions; it is the best refreshment on the journey; and it is the greatest property.
Buddha
Faith   |  


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
Anger   |  


We must be diligent today. To wait until tomorrow is too late. death comes unexpectedly. How can we bargain with it?
Buddha
Death   |  



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


The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.
Buddha
Worry   |


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Buddha Quotes

"Money is like water, try to grab it and it flows away, open your hands and it will move towards you." ~ Buddha


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


"Your body is precious. It is our vehicle for awakening. Treat it with care." ~ Buddha


"Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most." ~ Buddha


"All we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think... we become." ~ Buddha


"There is only one moment in time when it is necessary to awaken. That moment is now." ~ Buddha


"It is your mind that creates this world." ~ Buddha


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


"When you realize how perfect everything is you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky." ~ Buddha


"Your suffering is my suffering and your happiness is my happiness." ~ Buddha


"What you are now is what you have been, what you will be is what you do now." ~ Buddha.


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"Let yourself be open and life will be easier. A spoon of salt in a glass of water makes the water undrinkable. A spoon of salt in a lake is almost unnoticed." ~ 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


"Three things cannot be long hidden: The Sun, The Moon and The Truth." ~ Buddha



"If a man's mind becomes pure, his surroundings will also become pure." ~ Buddha


"If you want to know the past, look at your present life. If you want to know the future, look at your present." ~ 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


"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


"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


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"If you want to know your past life, look at your present condition and if you want to know your future life, look at your present actions." ~ Buddha


"A jug fills drop by drop." ~ Buddha


"To stop suffering, stop greediness. Greediness is a source of suffering." ~ Buddha


"As a solid rock cannot be moved by the wind, the wise are not shaken by prsaise or blame." ~ 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 shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves." ~ Buddha


"Nothing ever exists entirely alone; everything is in relation to everything else." ~ Buddha


"Fools wait for a lucky day, but every day is a lucky day for an industrious man." ~ Buddha


"Little by little a person becomes evil, as a pot of water is filled by drops of water… Little by little a person becomes good, as a pot of water is filled by drops of water." ~ Buddha


"Mindfulness, I declare, is useful everywhere." ~ Buddha


"Goodwill toward all beings is the true religion; cherish in your hearts boundless goodwill to all that lives." ~ Buddha


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Being surrounded by the wrong people is the loneliest thing in the world Wisdom Life Loneliness Quote ~ Kim Culbertson. Third Eye Transcend · Buddhist.

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