Quotes from Buddha are probably one of the most profound and precise quotes you can find if you’re looking for word of wisdom. Buddha quotes have included many different topics, which include anger, life, death, love, truth and friendship. Over the years, I’ve come across in several Buddha quotes in different websites and social media. Most of them are really inspiring and enlightening.

I remember when I faced a certain struggle in my life, I searched for quotes that could be fit to describe how I feel that time. I stumbled upon different quotes but Buddha’s stand out. Well, that’s not surprising since Buddha is known for his enlightening words of wisdom. So, to share the inspiration I got from the quotes by Buddha, I’ve come up with my own collection of his quotes. I hope they inspire and enlighten you too.


Famous Buddha Quotes


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


Nothing is permanent. – Buddha

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.


Reverence, humility, contentment,
Gratitude and hearing the good Dhamma,
This is the best good luck.


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


Health is the greatest gift,
Contentment the greatest wealth,
Faithfulness the best relationship.


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


The wise have mastered
Body, word and mind.
They are the true masters.

The thought manifests as the word;
The word manifests as the deed;
The deed develops into habit;
And habit hardens into character.
So watch the thought and its ways with care,
And let it spring from love born out of concern for all beings.


A jug fills drop by drop. – Buddha


Health is the greatest gift,
Contentment the greatest wealth,
Faithfulness the best relationship.


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.


It is better to travel well than to arrive. – 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.


Inspirational Buddha Quotes


Let us rise up and be thankful,
For if we didn’t learn a lot today, 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.


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


Peace comes from within.
Do not seek it without.


A noble person is mindful and thankful
For the favors he receives from others.


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


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


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


To conquer oneself is a greater task than conquering others.

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


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


Buddha Quotes on Love


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


Until he has unconditional and unbiased love for all beings,
Man will not find peace


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


Always be mindful of the kindness
and not the faults of others.

All things appear and disappear
Because of the concurrence of causes and conditions.
Nothing ever exists entirely alone;
Everything is in relation to everything else.


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


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


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


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 Quotes on Life


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


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


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


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


I never see what has been done;
I only see what remains to be done.


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

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.


I never see what has been done;
I only see what remains to be done.


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.


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.

Do not go around lamenting to others
how hard it is for you to live in this world.
To do so is an act utterly unbecoming to a worthy man.


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

We living beings, right down to crickets, ants, mosquitoes , and flies,
all possess life that is without beginning or end.


The foot feels the foot when it feels the ground. – Buddha


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


Buddha Quotes on Happiness


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.


Happiness follows sorrow, sorrow follows happiness,
But when one no longer discriminates happiness and sorrow,
A good deal and a bad deed, one is able to realize freedom.


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.


You have no cause for anything but gratitude and joy.


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


Buddha Quotes on Anger, Buddha Quotes on Death


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.


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


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


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


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


To understand everything is to forgive everything. – Buddha

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


Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely. – 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 Quotes on Friendship


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.


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.


If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly,
Our whole life would change.


You should respect each other and refrain from disputes;
You should not, like water and oil, repel each other,
But should, like milk and water, mingle together.


Friendship is the only cure for hatred,
The only guarantee of peace.


A good friend who points out mistakes and imperfections
And rebukes evil is to be respected
As if he reveals a secret of hidden treasure.

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


Your worst enemy
Cannot harm you as much
As your own unguarded thoughts.

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