225 Buddha Quotes That Will Make You Smarter


1. “Work out your own salvation. Do not depend on others.” ― Buddha

2. “If anything is worth doing, do it with all your heart.” ― Buddha

3. “When watching after yourself, you watch after others. When watching after others, you watch after yourself.” ― Buddha

4. “All that we are is the result of what we have thought.” ― Buddha

5. “Happiness comes when your work and words are of benefit to yourself and others.” ― Buddha

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

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

8. “Radiate boundless love towards the entire world.” ― Buddha

9. “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

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

11. “A disciplined mind brings happiness.” ― Buddha

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

13. “Purity or impurity depends on oneself. No one can purify another.” ― Buddha

14. “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.” ― Buddha

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

16. “Ambition is like love, impatient both of delays and rivals.” ― Buddha

17. “The enlightened one, intent on jhana, should find delight in the forest, should practice jhana at the foot of a tree, attaining his own satisfaction.” ― Buddha

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

19. “What you think you create, what you feel you attract, what you imagine you become.” ― Buddha

20. “Those who cling to perceptions and views wander the world offending people.” ― Buddha

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

22. “It is better to travel well than to arrive.” ― Buddha

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

24. “Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened.

25. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” ― Buddha

26. “There is no path to happiness: happiness is the path.” ― Buddha

27. “I will not look at another’s bowl intent on finding fault: a training to be observed.” ― Buddha

28. “It is in the nature of things that joy arises in a person free from remorse.” ― Buddha

29. “The instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves.” ― Buddha

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

31. “Should a person do good, let him do it again and again. Let him find pleasure therein, for blissful is the accumulation of good.” ― Buddha

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

33. “May all beings have happy minds.” ― Buddha

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

35. “In whom there is no sympathy for living beings: know him as an outcast.” ― Buddha

36. “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

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

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

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

40. “Some do not understand that we must die, but those who do realize this settle their quarrels.” ― Buddha

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

42. “A family is a place where minds come in contact with one another.” ― Buddha

43. “There has to be evil so that good can prove its purity above it.” ― Buddha

44. “Whatever precious jewel there is in the heavenly worlds, there is nothing comparable to one who is Awakened.” ― Buddha

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

46. “Should a person do good, let him do it again and again. Let him find pleasure therein, for blissful is the accumulation of good.” ― Buddha

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

48. “All tremble at violence; all fear death. Putting oneself in the place of another, one should not kill nor cause another to kill.” ― Buddha

49. “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

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

51. “I do not dispute with the world; rather it is the world that disputes with me.” ― Buddha

52. “The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows.” ― Buddha

53. “When you like a flower, you just pluck it. But when you love a flower, you water it daily.” ― Buddha

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

55. “Virtue is persecuted more by the wicked than it is loved by the good.” ― Buddha

56. “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

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

58. “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

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

60. “Understanding is the heartwood of well-spoken words.” ― Buddha

61. “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”.” ― Buddha

62. “Nothing ever exists entirely alone; everything is in relation to everything else.” ― Buddha

63. “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

64. “They blame those who remain silent, they blame those who speak much, they blame those who speak in moderation.” ― Buddha

65. “There is none in the world who is not blamed.” ― Buddha

66. “Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life.” ― Buddha

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

68. “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

69. “Those who cling to perceptions and views wander the world offending people.” ― Buddha

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

71. “Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think. Joy follows a pure thought like a shadow that never leaves.” ― Buddha

72. “Ceasing to do evil, cultivating the good, purifying the heart: this is the teaching of the Buddhas.” ― Buddha

73. “People with opinions just go around bothering each other.” ― Buddha

74. “In whom there is no sympathy for living beings: know him as an outcast.” ― Buddha

75. “Whoever doesn’t flare up at someone who’s angry wins a battle hard to win.” ― Buddha

76. “If you knew what I know about the power of giving, you would not let a single meal pass without sharing it in some way.” ― Buddha

77. “Looking deeply at life as it is in this very moment, the meditator dwells in stability and freedom.” ― Buddha

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

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

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

81. “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

82. “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.” ― Buddha

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

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

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

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

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

88. “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.” ― Buddha

89. “Neither fire nor wind, birth nor death can erase our good deeds.” ― Buddha

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

91. “The root of suffering is attachment.” ― Buddha

92. “He is able who thinks he is able.” ― Buddha

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

94. “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

95. “Should you find a wise critic to point out your faults, follow him as you would a guide to hidden treasure.” ― Buddha

96. “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.” ― Buddha

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

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

99. “As an elephant in the battlefield withstands arrows shot from bows all around, even so shall I endure abuse.” ― Buddha

100. “Wear your ego like a loose fitting garment.” ― Buddha

101. “Resolutely train yourself to attain peace.” ― Buddha

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

103. “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

104. “I never see what has been done; I only see what remains to be done.” ― Buddha

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

106. “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.” ― Buddha

107. “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

108. “He who sits alone, sleeps alone, and walks alone, who is strenuous and subdues himself alone, will find delight in the solitude of the forest.” ― Buddha

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

110. “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.” ― Buddha

111. “Delight in heedfulness! Guard well your thoughts!” ― Buddha

112. “The foot feels the foot when it feels the ground.” ― Buddha

113. “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

114. “Do not turn away what is given you, nor reach out for what is given to others, lest you disturb your quietness.” ― Buddha

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

116. “Delight in meditation and solitude. Compose yourself, be happy. You are a seeker.” ― Buddha

117. “A mind unruffled by the vagaries of fortune, from sorrow freed, from defilements cleansed, from fear liberated — this is the greatest blessing.” ― Buddha

118. “The greatest gift is to give people your enlightenment, to share it. It has to be the greatest.” ― Buddha

119. “Silence the angry man with love. Silence the ill-natured man with kindness. Silence the miser with generosity. Silence the liar with truth.” ― Buddha

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

121. “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

122. “Know from the rivers in clefts and in crevices: those in small channels flow noisily, the great flow silent.

123. Whatever’s not full makes noise. Whatever is full is quiet.” ― Buddha

124. “Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace.” ― Buddha

125. “Better it is to live one day seeing the rise and fall of things than to live a hundred years without ever seeing the rise and fall of things.” ― Buddha

126. “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.” ― Buddha

127. “Life is so very hard. How can we be anything but kind?” ― Buddha

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

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

130. “He who loves 50 people has 50 woes; he who loves no one has no woes. ― Buddha

131. “The fool who knows he is a fool is that much wiser.” ― Buddha

132. “You are a seeker. Delight in the mastery of your hands and your feet, of your words and your thoughts.” ― Buddha

133. “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

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

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

136. “See them, floundering in their sense of mine, like fish in the puddles of a dried-up stream — and, seeing this, live with no mine, not forming attachment for states of becoming.” ― Buddha

137. “Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.” ― Buddha

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

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

140. “Whatever has the nature of arising has the nature of ceasing.” ― Buddha

141. “To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.” ― Buddha

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

143. “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

144. “Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely.” ― Buddha

145. “Unity can only be manifested by the Binary. Unity itself and the idea of Unity are already two.” ― Buddha

146. “As I am, so are these. As are these, so am I.’ Drawing the parallel to yourself, neither kill nor get others to kill.” ― Buddha

147. “We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.” ― Buddha

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

149. “True love is born from understanding.” ― Buddha

150. “Without health life is not life; it is only a state of languor and suffering – an image of death.” ― Buddha

151. “Let none find fault with others; let none see the omissions and commissions of others. But let one see one’s own acts, done and undone.” ― Buddha

152. “If we destroy something around us we destroy ourselves. If we cheat another, we cheat ourselves.” ― Buddha

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

154. “The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, not to anticipate the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.” ― Buddha

155. “All experiences are preceded by mind, having mind as their master, created by mind.” ― Buddha

156. “I am the miracle.” ― Buddha

157. “The true master lives in truth, in goodness and restraint, non-violence, moderation, and purity.” ― Buddha

158. “Radiate boundless love towards the entire world.” ― Buddha

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

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

161. “May all beings have happy minds.” ― Buddha

162. “A jug fills drop by drop.” ― Buddha

163. “Love is a gift of one’s inner most soul to another so both can be whole.” ― Buddha

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

165. “My doctrine is not a doctrine but just a vision. I have not given you any set rules, I have not given you a system.” ― Buddha

166. “Offend in neither word nor deed. Eat with moderation. Live in your heart. Seek the highest consciousness. Master yourself according to the law. This is the simple teaching of the awakened.” ― Buddha

167. “Born out of concern for all beings.” ― Buddha

168. “There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth…not going all the way, and not starting.” ― Buddha

169. “All wrong-doing arises because of mind. If mind is transformed can wrong-doing remain?” ― Buddha

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

171. “Every experience, no matter how bad it seems, holds within it a blessing of some kind. The goal is to find it.” ― Buddha

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

173. “Life is like the harp string, if it is strung too tight it won’t play, if it is too loose it hangs, the tension that produces the beautiful sound lies in the middle.” ― Buddha

174. “The calmed say that what is well-spoken is best; second, that one should say what is right, not unrighteous; third, what’s pleasing, not displeasing; fourth, what is true, not false.” ― Buddha

175. “Let all-embracing thoughts for all beings be yours.” ― Buddha

176. “Nothing is forever except change.” ― Buddha

177. “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

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

179. “The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart.” ― Buddha

180. “Every human being is the author of his own health or disease.” ― Buddha

181. “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.” ― Buddha

182. “The wise ones fashioned speech with their thought, sifting it as grain is sifted through a sieve.” ― Buddha

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

184. “Doubt everything. Find your own light.” ― Buddha

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

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

187. “Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.” ― Buddha

188. “Attachment leads to suffering.” ― Buddha

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

190. “Both formerly and now, it is only suffering that I describe, and the cessation of suffering.” ― Buddha

191. “I will not look at another’s bowl intent on finding fault: a training to be observed.” ― Buddha

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

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

194. “May all that have life be delivered from suffering.” ― Buddha

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

196. “You can only lose what you cling to.” ― Buddha

197. “The mind is everything. What you think you become.” ― Buddha

198. “Mind precedes all mental states. Mind is their chief; they are all mind-wrought.” ― Buddha

199. “Those attached to the notion ‘I am’ and to views roam the world offending people.” ― Buddha

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

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

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

203. “Men, driven on by thirst, run about like a snared hare; let therefore mendicant drive out thirst, by striving after passionlessness for himself.” ― Buddha

204. “If with a pure mind a person speaks or acts happiness follows him like his never-departing shadow.” ― Buddha

Quotes About Buddha

205. “And the Buddha is the person who’s free: free of plans, free of cares.” ― Bodhidharma

206. “Buddhas don’t practice nonsense.” ― Bodhidharma

207. “No one can force us to transform our minds, not even Buddha. We must do so voluntarily. Therefore Buddha stated, ‘You are your own master’.” ― Dalai Lama

208. “A Buddha is someone who finds freedom in good fortune and bad.” ― Bodhidharma

209. “To follow Buddha is to not follow Buddha.” ― Sven Schnieders

210. “The color of the mountains is Buddha’s body; the sound of running water is his great speech.” ― Dogen

211. “To find a Buddha all you have to do is see your nature.” ― Bodhidharma

212. “Buddhas move freely through birth and death, appearing and disappearing at will.” v Bodhidharma

213. “To awaken suddenly to the fact that your own Mind is the Buddha, that there is nothing to be attained or a single action to be performed. This is the Supreme Way.” ― Huang Po

214. “The Buddha and all sentient beings are nothing but expressions of the one mind. There is nothing else.” Huang Po

215. “Buddha means awareness, the awareness of body and mind that prevents evil from arising in either.” ― Bodhidharma

216. “If you use your mind to look for a Buddha, you won’t see the Buddha.” ― Bodhidharma

217. “Respect Buddha and the gods without counting on their help.” ― Miyamoto Musashi

218. “The words of the Buddha offer this truth: Hatred never ceases by hatred but by love alone is healed.” ― Jack Kornfield

219. “As long as you look for a Buddha somewhere else, you’ll never see that your own mind is the Buddha.” ― Bodhidharma

220. “If you cannot bow to Buddha, you cannot be a Buddha. It is arrogance.” ― Shunryu Suzuki

221. “Every man is at war with himself, except a Buddha.” ― Naval Ravikant

222. “You need to have confidence that you have the capacity to become a Buddha, the capacity of transformation and healing.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh

223. “There is no need for God! If you want to meditate you can meditate without God. Buddha meditated without God; he had no belief in God.” ― Osho

224. “But deluded people don’t realize that their own mind is the Buddha. They keep searching outside.” ― Bodhidharma

225. “A Buddha is a Buddha, a Krishna is a Krishna, and you are you.” ― Osho

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