100+ Powerful Buddha Quotes

"The mind is everything. What you think you become."
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100+ Powerful Buddha Quotes

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

 

After many years spent in deep meditation, he realized that attachment and desiring lead to unhappiness. It was this life philosophy that lead to the creation of Buddhism, the world's fourth-largest religion with over 520 million followers.

 

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

 

Here are the most powerful and inspiring 100+ quotes from Buddha:

1
“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”
2
“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.”
3
“Every morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.”
4
“Be where you are; otherwise you will miss your life.”
5
“What you are is what you have been. What you’ll be is what you do now.”
6
“It is better to travel well than to arrive.”
7
“True love is born from understanding.”
8
“You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”
9
“You only lose what you cling to.”
10
“Radiate boundless love towards the entire world.”
11
“Ambition is like love, impatient both of delays and rivals.”
12
“Love is a gift of one’s inner most soul to another so both can be whole.”
13
“Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule.”
14
“Just as a mother would protect her only child with her life, even so let one cultivate a boundless love towards all beings.”
15
“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.”
16
“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.”
17
“Purity or impurity depends on oneself; no one can purify another.”
18
“Just as a snake sheds its skin, we must shed our past over and over again.”
19
“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.”
20
“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.”
21
“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.”
22
“If you find no one to support you on the spiritual path, walk alone.”
23
“Stop, stop. Do not speak. The ultimate truth is not even to think.”
24
“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.”
25
“Endurance is one of the most difficult disciplines, but it is to the one who endures that the final victory comes.”
26
“When you realize how perfect everything is you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky.”
27
“The foot feels the foot when it feels the ground.”
28
“There is nothing so disobedient as an undisciplined mind, and there is nothing so obedient as a disciplined mind.”
29
“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.”
30
“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 speaks or acts with an evil thought, suffering follows him as the wheel follows the hoof of the beast that draws the wagon. If a man speaks or acts with a good thought, happiness follows him like a shadow that never leaves him.”
31
“Whatever a monk keeps pursuing with his thinking and pondering, that becomes the inclination of his awareness.”
32
“Nothing can harm you as much as your own thoughts unguarded.”
33
“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.”
34
“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.”
35
“Remembering a wrong is like carrying a burden on the mind.”
36
“You will not be punished for your anger; you will be punished by your anger.”
37
“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.”
38
“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."”
39
“Chaos is inherent in all compounded things. Strive on with diligence.”
40
“If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.”
41
“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.”
42
“Hatred does not cease through hatred at any time. Hatred ceases through love. This is an unalterable law.”
43
“As rain falls equally on the just and the unjust, do not burden your heart with judgement but rain your kindness equally on all.”
44
“A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.”
45
“If we fail to look after others when they need help, who will look after us?”
46
“Happiness comes when your work and words are of benefit to others.”
47
“Give, even if you only have a little.”
48
“Life is so very difficult. How can we be anything but kind?”
49
“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.”
50
“Kindness should become the natural way of life, not the exception.”
51
"The past is already gone, the future is not yet here. There's only one moment for you to live."
52
"To conquer oneself is a greater task than conquering others."
53
"The trouble is, you think you have time."
54
"What you think, you become. What you feel, you attract. What you imagine, you create."
55
"Holding on to anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die."
56
"Nothing is permanent."
57
"Happiness will never come to those who fail to appreciate what they already have."
58
"If you truly loved yourself, you could never hurt another."
59
"There isn't enough darkness in all the world to snuff out the light of one little candle."
60
"Avoid evil deeds as a man who loves life avoids poison."
61
"Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity."
62
"Those who have failed to work toward the truth have missed the purpose of living."
63
"There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting."
64
"If you're 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."
65
"There has to be evil so that good can prove its purity above it."
66
"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 heavens."
67
"He who loves 50 people has 50 woes; he who loves no one has no woes."
68
"Even as a solid rock is unshaken by the wind, so are the wise unshaken by praise or blame."
69
"You cannot travel the path until you have become the path itself."
70
"Imagine than every person in the world is enlightened but you. They are all your teachers, each doing just the right things to help you."
71
"Everything that has a beggining has an ending. Make your peace with that and all will be well."
72
"Your purpose in life is to fins your purpose and give your whole heart and soul to it."
73
"To be angry is to let others' mistakes punish yourself."
74
"The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows."
75
"If you light a lamp for somebody, it will also brighten your path."
76
"In separateness lies the world's greatest misery; in compassion lies the world's true strength."
77
"Work out your own salvation. Do not depend on others."
78
"It is a man's own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways."
79
"Be vigilant; guard your mind against negative thoughts."
80
"To understand everything is to forgive everything."
81
"In the end these things matter most: How well did you love? How fully did you live? How deeply did you let go?"
82
"Pain is certain, suffering is optional."
83
"Have compassion for all beings, rich and poor alike; each has their suffering. Some suffer too much, others too little."
84
"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 somehting. And we experience joy in remembering the fact that we have given."
85
"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 lie; so, let us all be thankful."
86
"If anything is worth doing, do it with all your heart."
87
"A disciplined mind brings happiness."
88
"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."
89
"The world is afflicted by death and decay. But the wise do not grieve, having realized the nature of the world."
90
"Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace."
91
"The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart."
92
"Happiness is not having a lot. Happiness is giving a lot."
93
"The root of suffering is attrachment."
94
"Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely fins peace."
95
"To live a pure unselfish life, one must count nothing as one's own in the midst of abundance."
96
"An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea."
97
"One life's journey faith is nourishment, virtuous deeds are a shelter, wisdom is the light by day and right mindfulness is the protection by night. If a man lives a pure life, nothing can destroy him."
98
"The universe itself is change and life itself is but what you deem it."
99
"Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill."
100
"A jug feels drop by drop."
101
"Nothing ever exists entirely alone; everything is in relation to everything else."
102
"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."
103
"If the problem can be solved who worry? If the problem cannot be solved worrying will do you no good."
104
"Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely."
105
"Speak or act with an impure mind and trouble will follow you."
106
"Those who consider the unessential to be essential, ad see the essential as unessential, don't reach the essential, living in the field of wrong intention."

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