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No matter what your personal belief, no one seems to touch a chord so consistently with people as much as Buddha. There is something about the messages, the tone, and the inspiration of Buddha’s words, which rings true with people.
Everyone seems to have their favorite quotes – and there are so many I could not possibly list them all here. They have a tone that is encouraging in nature. That is what I want to gather here, in hopes that you have a list at your disposal to motivate you when the need arises.
So, please enjoy some of my favorite inspirational Buddha quotes below:
Buddha Quotes On Being Present
1.) “Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” – Buddha
2.) “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
3.) “I teach one thing and one only: that is, suffering and the end of suffering.” – Buddha
4.) “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
5.) “Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own unguarded thoughts.” – Buddha
6.) “You will not be punished for your anger; you will be punished by your anger.” – Buddha
7.) “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
8.) “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
9.) “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
10.) “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
Buddha Quotes On Happiness and Health
11.) “Happiness never decreases by being shared.” – Buddha
12.) “Everything that has a beginning has an ending. Make your peace with that and all will be well.” – Buddha
13.) “You cannot travel the path until you have become the path itself.” – Buddha
14.) “An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.” – Buddha
15.) “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
16.) “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
17.) “The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.” – Buddha
18.) “What we think, we become. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.” – Buddha
19.) “Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely.” – Buddha
20.) “Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.” – Buddha
Inspirational Buddha Quotes about Life
21.) “Remembering a wrong is like carrying a burden on the mind.” – Buddha
22.) “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
23.) “Every morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.” – Buddha
24.) “Hate is never conquered by hate; hate is only conquered by love.” – Buddha
25.) “Nothing is permanent.” – Buddha
26.) “Virtue is persecuted more by the wicked than it is loved by the good.” – 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.) “Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened.” – Buddha
29.) “A jug fills drop by drop.” – Buddha
30.) “No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.” – Buddha
31.) “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 speak or act with an evil thought, suffering follows him as the wheel follows the hoof of the beast that draws the wagon…. If a man speak or act with a good thought, happiness follows him like a shadow that never leaves him.” – Buddha
32.) “You are the community now. 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
33.) “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.” – Buddha
34.) “A family is a place where minds come in contact with one another. If these minds love one another the home will be as beautiful as a flower garden. But if these minds get out of harmony with one another it is like a storm that plays havoc with the garden.” – Buddha
35.) “The forest is a peculiar organism of unlimited kindness and benevolence that makes no demands for its sustenance and extends generously the products of its life activity; it affords protection to all beings, offering shade even to the axe-man who destroys it.” – Buddha
Which of these Buddha quotes struck you the most, and why?
Hopefully, you enjoyed reading some of the common, but also lesser known Buddha quotes. Hang them on your mirror, keep them on your fridge, hide them in your desk drawer, or keep them in your planner. Anywhere they might come in handy.
There is just something about Buddha that has a way of saying something in a way that resonates. I hope that something here did that for you.