Wise And Inspiring Quotes From Buddha

Here are some of my favourite wise and inspiring quotes attributed to 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
There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.
Buddha
To live a pure unselfish life, one must count nothing as one’s own in the midst of abundance.
Buddha
The virtues, like the Muses, are always seen in groups. A good principle was never found solitary in any breast.
Buddha
No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.
Buddha
It is better to travel well than to arrive.
Buddha
Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace.
Buddha
A jug fills drop by drop.
Buddha
Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.
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
You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.
Buddha
Virtue is persecuted more by the wicked than it is loved by the good.
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
He who loves 50 people has 50 woes; he who loves no one has no woes.
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
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
Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life.
Buddha
Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely.
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
Do not overrate what you have received, nor envy others. He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind.
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
The wise ones fashioned speech with their thought, sifting it as grain is sifted through a sieve.
Buddha
The tongue like a sharp knife… Kills without drawing blood.
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
Unity can only be manifested by the Binary. Unity itself and the idea of Unity are already two.
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
Work out your own salvation. Do not depend on others.
Buddha
Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.
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 foot feels the foot when it feels the ground.
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
It is a man’s own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways.
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
The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart.
Buddha
In a controversy the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves.
Buddha
Without health life is not life; it is only a state of langour and suffering – an image of death.
Buddha
Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace.
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
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
I never see what has been done; I only see what remains to be done.
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
All wrong-doing arises because of mind. If mind is transformed can wrong-doing remain?
Buddha
There has to be evil so that good can prove its purity above it.
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
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
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
Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.
Buddha
The mind is everything. What you think you become.
Buddha
Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.
Buddha
Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule.
Buddha
The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows.
Buddha
There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.
Buddha
To live a pure unselfish life, one must count nothing as one’s own in the midst of abundance.
Buddha
The virtues, like the Muses, are always seen in groups. A good principle was never found solitary in any breast.
Buddha
No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.
Buddha
It is better to travel well than to arrive.
Buddha
Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace.
Buddha
A jug fills drop by drop.
Buddha
Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.
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
You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.
Buddha
Virtue is persecuted more by the wicked than it is loved by the good.
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
He who loves 50 people has 50 woes; he who loves no one has no woes.
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
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
Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life.
Buddha
Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely.
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
Do not overrate what you have received, nor envy others. He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind.
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
The wise ones fashioned speech with their thought, sifting it as grain is sifted through a sieve.
Buddha
The tongue like a sharp knife… Kills without drawing blood.
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
Unity can only be manifested by the Binary. Unity itself and the idea of Unity are already two.
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
Work out your own salvation. Do not depend on others.
Buddha
Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.
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 foot feels the foot when it feels the ground.
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
It is a man’s own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways.
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
The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart.
Buddha
In a controversy the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves.
Buddha
Without health life is not life; it is only a state of langour and suffering – an image of death.
Buddha
Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace.
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
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
I never see what has been done; I only see what remains to be done.
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
All wrong-doing arises because of mind. If mind is transformed can wrong-doing remain?
Buddha
There has to be evil so that good can prove its purity above it.
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
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
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
Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.
Buddha
The mind is everything. What you think you become.
Buddha
Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.
Buddha
Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule.
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

To share happiness.
And to have done something good
Before leaving this life is sweet
Buddha

Master your words.
Master your thoughts.
Never allow your body to do harm.
Follow these three roads with purity
And you will find yourself upon the one way,
The way of wisdom.
Buddha

The fragrance of sandalwood and rosebay
Does not travel far.
But the fragrance of virtue
Rises to the heavens.
Buddha

With gentleness overcome anger.
With generosity overcome meanness.
With truth overcome deceit.
Buddha

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

Think: Happy, at rest,
may all beings be happy at heart.
Whatever beings there may be,
weak or strong, without exception,
long, large,
middling, short,
subtle, blatant,
seen & unseen,
near & far,
born & seeking birth:
May all beings be happy at heart.
Buddha

As a mother would risk her life
to protect her child, her only child,
even so should one cultivate a limitless heart
with regard to all beings.
With good will for the entire cosmos,
cultivate a limitless heart:
Above, below, & all around,
unobstructed, without hostility or hate.
Whether standing, walking,
sitting, or lying down,
as long as one is alert,
one should be resolved on this mindfulness.
This is called a sublime abiding
here & now.
Buddha

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