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A collection of Gautam Buddha quotes on life, karma, happiness, death, religion, forgiveness, meditation, peace, mind, truth, spirituality, love, wisdom and more.

100 Inspiring Gautam Buddha Quotes That Guide Us Through Life

Quick Facts

Famous As
Founder of Buddhism

Born On
563 BC

Died On
483 BC

Born In
Lumbini, Nepal

Died At Age
80

Siddhartha Gautam, also known as Buddha ‘The enlightened (or awakened) one’ was the spiritual leader and founder of Buddhism. Gautam was born in the royal family of Lumbini (Nepal) in fifth century BC. He spent his childhood in the laps of luxury. During childhood, some saints predicted that he would either be a renowned spiritual leader or a noble king. Despite losing his mother at a tender age, his father kept him away from worldly miseries. He grew up and led a happy family life until he came across a corpse, a hermit, an old man and a sick person on one of his trips through the city. This opened his eyes to the sorrows and sufferings of the world. Thus, began a journey of self-discovery. After several years of meditation and contemplation, he sat under a tree where he finally attained nirvana. He understood the role of everything from a speck of dust to the heavenly bodies. He realized the deeper truths of life and formed ‘Four Noble Truths’ and the ‘Eightfold path’ to preach his findings through the newly formed religion of Buddhism. He preached the true meaning of life and inspired his followers to control their desire, sins and wrongdoings to end their sufferings as a means to attain mental peace. The thoughts and teachings propagated by Gautama Buddha are life-changing. We have excerpted Gautama Buddha’s quotes from his sermons and teachings. A collection of Gautam Buddha quotes and sayings on life, karma, happiness, death, religion, forgiveness, meditation, peace, mind, truth, spirituality, love, wisdom and more.

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.

- Gautama Buddha

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

- Gautama Buddha

In the end these things matter most: How well did you love? How fully did you live? How deeply did you let go?

- Gautama 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?

- Gautama Buddha

Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.

- Gautama Buddha

No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.

- Sayings Of Buddha, Gautama Buddha

You only lose what you cling to.

- Gautama Buddha

Three things can not hide for long: the Moon, the Sun and the Truth.

- Gautama 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.

- Gautama Buddha

Doubt everything. Find your own light.

- Gautama Buddha

Every morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.

- Gautama Buddha

Your purpose in life is to find your purpose and give your whole heart and soul to it

- Gautama Buddha

There is no path to happiness: happiness is the path.

- Gautama Buddha

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.

- Gautama Buddha

If you truly loved yourself, you could never hurt another.

- Gautama Buddha

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.

- The Dhammapada: The Sayings of the Buddha, Gautama Buddha

You will not be punished for your anger; you will be punished by your anger.

- Gautama Buddha

If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.

- Gautama Buddha

Pain is certain, suffering is optional.

- Gautama 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.

- Gautama Buddha

Whatever a monk keeps pursuing with his thinking and pondering, that becomes the inclination of his awareness.

- Gautama Buddha

Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.

- Gautama Buddha

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

- Gautama Buddha

Do not look for a sanctuary in anyone except your self.

- Gautama Buddha

If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading

- Gautama Buddha

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

- Gautama Buddha

Nothing can harm you as much as your own thoughts unguarded.

- Gautama Buddha

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. [Verse 223]

- The Dhammapada, Gautama Buddha

Nothing ever exists entirely alone; everything is in relation to everything else.

- Gautama Buddha

The past is already gone, the future is not yet here. There's only one moment for you to live, and that is the present moment

- Gautama Buddha

Purity or impurity depends on oneself, No one can purify another.

- Gautama Buddha

As rain falls equally on the just and the unjust, do not burden your heart with judgements but rain your kindness equally on all.

- Gautama Buddha

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

- Gautama Buddha

Nothing is forever except change.

- Gautama Buddha

As you walk and eat and travel, be where you are. Otherwise you will miss most of your life.

- Gautama Buddha

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

- The Dhammapada: The Sayings of the Buddha, Gautama Buddha

There is no fire like passion, there is no shark like hatred, there is no snare like folly, there is no torrent like greed.

- Gautama Buddha

Set your heart on doing good. Do it over and over again, and you will be filled with joy.

- Gautama Buddha

With our thoughts we make the world.

- Gautama Buddha

A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.

- Gautama Buddha

If we fail to look after others when they need help, who will look after us?

- Gautama 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.

- Gautama Buddha

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.

- Gautama Buddha

Attachment leads to suffering.

- Gautama Buddha

True love is born from understanding.

- Gautama Buddha

Better than a thousand hollow words is one word that brings peace.

- The Dhammapada, Gautama Buddha

Just as a snake sheds its skin, we must shed our past over and over again.

- Gautama Buddha

Even as a solid rock is unshaken by the wind, so are the wise unshaken by praise or blame.

- Gautama Buddha

Those who have failed to work toward the truth have missed the purpose of living.

- Gautama Buddha

Happiness comes when your work and words are of benefit to others.

- Gautama Buddha

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

- Gautama Buddha

The trouble is, you think you have time.

- Gautama Buddha

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.

- Gautama Buddha

You throw thorns, falling in my silence they become flowers.

- Gautama Buddha

She who knows life flows, feels no wear or tear, needs no mending or repair.

- Gautama Buddha

The greatest prayer is patience.

- Gautama Buddha

It is a man's own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways.

- Gautama Buddha

May all that have life be delivered from suffering

- Gautama Buddha

Wear your ego like a loose fitting garment.

- Gautama Buddha

Kindness should become the natural way of life,not the exception.

- Gautama Buddha

There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.

- Gautama Buddha

If you light a lamp for somebody, it will also brighten your path.

- Gautama Buddha

To become vegetarian is to step into the stream which leads to nirvana.

- Gautama Buddha

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

- Gautama Buddha

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

- Gautama Buddha

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.

- Gautama Buddha

The Way is not in the sky; the Way is in the heart.

- Gautama Buddha

In separateness lies the world's greatest misery; in compassion lies the world's true strength.

- Gautama Buddha

To force oneself to believe and to accept a thing without understanding is political, and not spiritual or intellectual.

- Gautama Buddha

The one who has conquered himself is a far greater hero than he who has defeated a thousand times a thousand men.

- The Dhammapada: The Sayings of the Buddha, Gautama Buddha

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

- Gautama Buddha

When you come upon a path that brings benefit and happiness to all, follow this course as the moon journeys through the stars.

- Gautama Buddha

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

- Gautama Buddha

Speak the truth do not become angered and give when asked, even be it a little. By these three conditions one goes to the presence of the gods.

- Gautama Buddha

If a traveller does not meet with one who is his better, or his equal, let him firmly keep to his solitary journey; there is no companionship with a fool.

- Gautama Buddha

Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.

- Gautama Buddha

If you propose to speak always ask yourself, is it true, is it necessary, is it kind.

- Gautama Buddha

If you find no one to support you on the spiritual path, walk alone. There is no companionship with the immature.

- The Dhammapada, Gautama Buddha

He is able who thinks he is able.

- Gautama Buddha

People with opinions just go around bothering one another.

- Gautama Buddha

Remembering a wrong is like carrying a burden on the mind.

- Gautama Buddha

There are no chains like hate...dwelling on your brother's faults multiplies your own. You are far from the end of your journey.

- Gautama Buddha

Life is a river always flowing. do not hold onto things. work hard.

- Gautama Buddha

Be a lamp unto yourself. Work out your liberation with diligence.

- Gautama Buddha

There has to be evil so that good can prove its purity above it.

- Gautama Buddha

He who experiences the unity of life sees his own Self in all beings, and all beings in his own Self, and looks on everything with an impartial eye.

- Gautama Buddha

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.

- Gautama Buddha

There isn't enough darkness in all the world to snuff out the light of one little candle.

- Gautama Buddha

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.

- Gautama Buddha

Silence the angry man with love. Silence the ill-natured man with kindness. Silence the miser with generosity. Silence the liar with truth.

- Gautama Buddha

More than those who hate you, more than all your enemies, an undisciplined mind does greater harm.

- Gautama Buddha

Most problems, if you give them enough time and space, will eventually wear themselves out

- Sayings of the Buddha, Gautama Buddha

Be where you are; otherwise you will miss your life.

- Gautama Buddha

Anger will never disappear so long as thoughts of resentment are cherished in the mind.

- Gautama Buddha

Every human being is the author of his own health or disease.

- Gautama Buddha

Be greatly aware of the present.

- Gautama Buddha

There is nothing so disobedient as an undisciplined mind, and there is nothing so obedient as a disciplined mind.

- Gautama Buddha

It is better to travel, than to arrive

- Gautama Buddha

How wonderful! How wonderful! All things are perfect, exactly as they are.

- Gautama Buddha

Be vigilant; guard your mind against negative thoughts.

- Gautama Buddha