130 Best Quotes of Buddha about Life

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Discover our collection of the best Buddha phrases about life, happiness and attachment.

About 2600 years ago a prince named Siddharta Gautama was born. As the young prince grew up he began to realize that his life as a prince could not protect him from suffering. In the same way, he began to understand that the privileged life could not provide him with the lasting happiness he sought. As a result of this fact, the young prince decided to leave his family and his palatial life. His multiple encounters with the outside world began to teach him important lessons about life. Little by little he began to get important ideas about the nature of suffering. As he became more adept at meditation, he was finally able to enter a state free of distractions. In this state of deep meditation he found the lasting happiness he sought. To share with you the valuable and wise lessons of the Buddha.

buddha quotes about life

Throughout his life, Buddha taught that all our struggles in life originate from the same source. According to him, our frustration, anger, anxiety, sadness and depression come from the same root. According to Buddha, all these issues originate from being strongly attached to something.

“The root of suffering is attachment.” 
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Siddhartha Gautama taught that being overly attached to something leads to suffering. When we are too tied to the result of a certain action, we can feel frustrated when things come differently. When we are too attached to our possessions, we can fear anxiously that we could lose it all day. The same goes for a variety of other areas of life. In short, when we are strongly attached to something, some form of discomfort or suffering may arise in our lives.

The following Buddha’s phrases will show you the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama.

Therefore, by learning to reduce our attachment to things that do not really matter, we can gain a great level of freedom in life. Let’s look at what Siddhartha Gautama had to say about life, death, anger and non-attachment.

Buddha Quotes About Life:

Throughout his life, Siddhartha Gautama warned his followers to always question their lessons and teachings. Instead of taking their words as blind faith, he encouraged them to confirm their teachings through experience.

Here are wise quotes from Buddha about Life:

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“Thousands of candles can be lit with just one candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never diminishes when shared. ”

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“Holding on to anger is like grabbing a hot coal with the intention of throwing it at someone else; You are the one who burns. ”

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“Peace comes from within, do not look for it outside.”

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“There are three things that can not be hidden for long: The sun, the moon and the truth.”

5.

“Greater than the conquest in battle of a thousand times a thousand men is the conquest of oneself … Better to conquer oneself than to conquer others.”

6

“No matter how many holy words you read, or how many words you speak, what are you worth if you do not act according to them?”

7

“A moment can change a day, a day can change a life and a life can change the world.”

8

“The greatest prayer is patience .”

9

“Nobody saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one should. We ourselves must travel the road. ”

10

“Our life is shaped by our mind; We become what we think. Suffering follows an evil thought as the wheels of a chariot follow the oxen that pull on it. Our life is formed by our mind; We become what we think. Joy follows a pure thought like a shadow that never goes away. ”

11.

“Health is the greatest gift, joy the greatest wealth, fidelity the best relationship.”

12

“May everything that has life be freed from suffering.”

13

“When walking, eating and traveling , this is where you are. Otherwise you will lose most of your life. ”

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“We are what we think. Everything we are comes from our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world. ”

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“To live a purely altruistic life, one should not count anything as one’s own in the midst of abundance.”

16

“Insisting on a spiritual practice that served you in the past is like carrying a raft on your back after crossing the river.”

17

“Just as a solid rock is unbreakable by the wind, the wise are unshaken by praise or blame.”

18

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

19

“Remembering an error is like putting a burden on the mind.”

20

“Imagine that all people except you are enlightened. They are all your teachers, each one does exactly what you need to help you learn patience, perfect wisdom, perfect compassion. ”

21

“Just as a snake gets rid of its skin, so we must get rid of the past, over and over again.”

22

“Be a light to yourself.”

23

“Decadence is inherent in all conditioned things. Seek your salvation, diligently. ”

24

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

25

“Life is a river that always flows. Do not cling to things. Work hard.”

26

“The wise man makes an island of himself that no flood can overwhelm.”

27

“Long is the night for him who is awake; Long is a mile for the one who is tired; Long is life for fools who do not know the true law. ”

28

“He who is capable is capable.”

29

“Do not live in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind in the present moment. The road is not in heaven. The way is in the heart. ”

30

“Work your own salvation. Do not depend on others. ”

31

“Victory breeds hatred; the defeated live in pain; the peaceful live happily, because they renounce victory and defeat. ”

32

“There is not enough darkness in the whole world to turn off the light of a small candle.”

33

“Every experience, no matter how bad it may seem, has a blessing of some kind inside it. The goal is to find it. ”

34.

“Stand up and be thankful, because if we do not learn a lot we will at least learn a little, and if we do not learn a little, at least we do not get sick and if we get sick, at least we do not die; So let us be grateful. ”

35

” Friendship is the only cure for hate, the only guarantee of peace.”

36

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

37

“He who has conquered himself is a hero much greater than he who has defeated a thousand men a thousand times.”

38

“Silence the angry man with love. Silence the malevolent man with kindness. Silence the miser with generosity. Silence the liar with the truth. ”

39

“Be very aware of the present.”

40

“Do not believe in anything simply because you’ve heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything, simply because it is written in religious books. Do not believe in anything simply because of the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions, which have been handed down from generation to generation. If not until after observation and analysis, when you find that something is in accordance with the reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of each and every one, then accept it and live according to it. ”

41

“If you really love yourself, you could never hurt another.”

42

“He who experiences the unity of life sees his own being in all beings and all beings in his own being, and looks at everything with an impartial eye.”

43

“What is evil? To kill is bad, to lie is bad, to slander is bad, to insult is bad, to murmur is bad, to envy is bad, to hate is bad, to cling to false doctrine is bad; All these things are bad. And what is the root of evil? Desire is the root of evil, illusion is the root of evil. ”

44

“Know well what drives you and what holds you back, and choose the path that leads to wisdom.”

45.

“Be attentive; Protect your mind against negative thoughts . ”

46

“In what you think you become. What you feel, you attract. What you imagine, believe it. ”

47

“All things appear and disappear due to the concurrence of causes and conditions. Nothing exists completely alone; Everything is related to everything else. ”

48

“In heaven there are no distinctions between east and west; it is the people who create those distinctions in their own minds and then think they are true. ”

49

“When you like a flower, you simply pull it out. But when you love a flower, you take care of it and water it daily. ”

50.

“Doubt everything. Find your own light. ”

51

“To be idle is a short path to death and to be diligent is a way of life; Foolish people are idle, wise people are diligent. ”

52

“Better than a thousand hollow words, it’s a word that brings peace.”

53

“When you throw thorns at me, falling into my silence they become flowers.”

54

“If you do not find anyone to support you on the spiritual path, walk alone. There is no companionship in immaturity. ”

55

“The Gift of truth stands out above all other gifts.”

56

“As the rain falls equally upon the righteous and the unjust, do not burden your heart with judgments, but rain your goodness equally upon all.”

57

“Everything is burning. What is ‘all’ that is burning? The eye is burning, the visual forms are burning, the visual consciousness is burning, the visual sensation is burning. It is also burning every pleasant or painful sensation, or neither painful nor pleasant that arises because of the visual impression. Burning with what? Burning with the fire of passion, burning with the fire of hatred, burning with the fire of ignorance. I say that it burns with birth, old age and death; with regret, lamentation, pain, affliction and despair. ”

58

“There is no fire like passion, there is no shark like hatred, there is no bond like madness, there is no torrent like greed. True love is born of understanding. ”

59

“The foot feels the foot when it feels the ground.”

60

“The mind is everything. Whatever you think, in that you become. ”

61

“If you light a lamp for someone, it will also light your way.”

62

“Monks, even if bandits had savagely cut you limb after limb with the double-edged handsaw, the one that would allow hatred towards them to arise in your mind, I could not carry out my teaching. Therefore, monks, you should exercise in this way: ‘Our minds will remain unaffected, and we will not have a single inappropriate word; we will remain compassionate for their welfare, with the mind submerged in benevolent love, without inner hatred; we will impregnate this person with benevolent love and, from it, we will impregnate the whole world with the mind submerged in benevolent love, abundant, exalted, immeasurable, lacking in hostility and animosity. This is how you should exercise, monks. ”

63

“All evil deeds arise from the mind. If the mind were transformed could there be any bad action? ”

64

“There are only two mistakes that can be made on the way to the truth: Do not start, and do not get to the end.”

65

“The virtuous man delights in this world and delights in the next.”

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“Kindness must be the natural way of life, not the exception.”

67

“All descriptions of reality are temporary hypotheses.”

68

“Most problems, if you give them enough time and space, will eventually disappear.”

69

“A family is a place where minds come in contact with each other. If these minds love each other, the house will be as beautiful as a flower garden. But if these minds come out of harmony with each other, it is like a storm that wreaks havoc in the garden. ”

70

“Awake! Be a witness to your thoughts. You are the one who observes, not what is observed. ”

71

“When we are in the right direction, all we have to do is keep walking.”

72

“To be vegetarian is to take a step in the current that leads to nirvana.”

73

“The teaching is simple. Do the right. Be pure. ”

74

“Attachment leads to suffering.”

75

“Words have both the power to destroy and to heal. When words are true and kind, they can change our world. ”

76

“What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts build our tomorrow’s life: our life is the creation of our own mind.”

77

“Anger will never disappear while the thoughts of resentment are appreciated in the mind.”

78

“Do not believe anything, no matter where you read it, or who said it, it does not matter if I said it, unless you agree with your own reason and common sense.”

79

“The past is gone, the future is not here yet. There is only one moment in which you live, and that is the present moment. ”

80

“The darkest night is ignorance.”

81

“A dog is not considered a good dog because he is a good barker. A man does not consider himself a good man because he is a good speaker. ”

82

“Conquest of an angry man through love; conquer the man of ill will through kindness; conquer the miser through generosity; conquer the liar by truth. ”

83

“If a traveler does not meet with one that is better or the same, let him firmly travel alone; There is no fellowship with a fool. ”

84

“The only real failure in life is not being true to what one knows.”

85

“Your actions are your only belongings.”

86

“If you do not change direction, you can finish where you’re going.”

87

“If an intelligent person associates himself with a wise person for only a minute, he will soon perceive the truth, just as the tongue feels the taste of the soup.”

88

“There must be evil so that good can prove its purity above it.”

89

“If you knew what I know about the power to give, you would not miss a single meal without sharing it in some way.”

90

“If a person has faith, he keeps the truth when he says: ‘My faith is like that.’ But he still does not reach the definitive conclusion that “only this is true; everything else lacks value. ” Up to this point, Bharadvaja, there is a protection of the truth. Up to this point one protects the truth. I describe this as the protection of the truth. But it is not yet an awakening towards the truth. ”

91

“He who loves 50 people has 50 problems; He who does not love anyone has no problems. ”

92

“It’s like a burning torch, whose flame can be distributed to so many other torches people can bring; And with them they will prepare food and dispel the darkness, while the original torch will continue to burn always the same. The same goes for the joy of the road. ”

93

“Now you are the community. Be a lamp for yourself. Be your own refuge. Do not look for something else. All things must pass. Strive diligently. Do not give up.”

94

“A flower blooms from a withered tree.”

95

“Opinion, O disciples, is a disease; the opinion is a tumor; opinion is a sore. He who has overcome all opinion, O disciples, is called a wise saint. ”

96

“The road is not in heaven; The Way is in the heart. ”

97

“When you come across a path that brings benefits and happiness to all, follow that path while the moon travels through the stars.”

98

“A jug fills little by little, drop by drop. As a wise man, it gradually fills with good. ”

99

“The forest is a peculiar organism of unlimited kindness and benevolence that does not demand its sustenance and is generous with all that its vitality produces, offering shade even to the falcon that destroys it. ”

100

“Hatred does not cease through hate but only through love, this is the eternal rule.”

101

“How wonderful! How wonderful! All things are perfect exactly as they are. ”

102

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

103

“It is the man’s own mind, not his enemy or adversary that attracts him to evil paths.”

104

“A man traveling through a field encountered a tiger. And he fled while the tiger pursued him. When he reached a cliff, he grabbed the root of a vine and jumped to the other side. The tiger sniffed it from above. Trembling, the man looked down, where another tiger was waiting to devour him. Only the liana held him. Two mice, one white and one black, gradually began to gnaw the vine. The man saw a pretty strawberry nearby. Grabbing hold of the vine with one hand, with the other took the strawberry. How tasty It was! ”

105

“Happiness does not depend on what you have or who you are, but it depends solely on what you think.”

106

“Meditate. Live purely Be quiet. Do your work with mastery, like the moon rising behind the clouds. Shine. ”

107

“There is no road to happiness: happiness is the way.”

108

“To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to the family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline oneself and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind, he can find the way to enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue, of course, will come to him. ”

109

“If we do not serve others when they need help, who will take care of us?”

110

“Generosity brings happiness at every stage of its expression. We experience joy in forming the intention to be generous. We experience joy during the act of giving something. And we experience joy in remembering the fact that we have given. ”

111

“Boredom has made more players than greed, more drunk than thirst, and perhaps as many suicides as despair.”

112

“Those who try to overcome hate with hatred are like warriors who take up arms to defeat others who carry weapons. This does not end with hatred, but gives you room to grow. But, ancient wisdom has defended a different and timeless strategy to overcome hatred. This eternal wisdom is to satisfy hatred with non-hatred. The method of trying to conquer hatred through hate never succeeds in overcoming hatred. But, the method of overcoming hatred through non-hate is eternally effective. That is why that method is described as eternal wisdom. ”

113

“He who sees me sees the teaching, and he who sees the teaching sees me.”

114

“You will not be punished for your wrath, but your anger will punish you.”

115

“In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how kindly you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things that were not important to you.”

116

“Few are between the shoulders that reach the other shore; most of them run up and down these beaches. ”

117

“Everything we are is the result of what we have thought: it is based on our thoughts and formed by our thoughts. If a man speaks or acts with a bad thought, suffering follows him as the wheel follows the hoof of the beast that pulls the cart … If a man speaks or acts with a good thought, happiness follows him like a shadow that never let.”

118

“In the same way, friend, the purification of virtue is to achieve the purification of the mind; the purification of the mind is to achieve the purification of the point of view; the purification of the point of view is to achieve purification by overcoming doubt; purification by overcoming doubt is to achieve purification through knowledge and vision of what is the path and what is not the path; Purification through knowledge and vision of what is the path and what is not the path is to achieve purification through knowledge and the vision of the path; Purification through knowledge and vision of the path is to achieve purification through knowledge and vision; purification through knowledge and vision is to attain final Nibbana without attachment. It is with the purpose of final Nibbana without attachment that one lives this holy life under the Blessed One. ”

119

“Every human being is the author of his own health or illness.”

120

“Your worst enemy can not hurt you as much as your own unguarded thoughts.”

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

122

“Do not overlook small good actions thinking they are not beneficial; Even small drops of water, in the end, will fill a huge glass. Do not overlook negative actions simply because they are small; As small as a spark, it can burn a haystack as big as a mountain. ”

123

“Praise and guilt, gain and loss, pleasure and pain; They come and go like the wind. To be happy, it rests like a giant tree in the middle of all that. ”

124

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

125

“Following the noble path is like entering a dark room with a light in your hand; The darkness will disappear instantly and the room will be full of light. ”

126

“There is nothing more terrible than the habit of doubt. Doubt separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks pleasant relationships. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts; It is a sword that kills. ”

127

“A man is not called wise because he talks and talks again; But if he is peaceful, affectionate and courageous, then he is truly called wise. ”

128

“Purity or impurity depends on oneself, nobody can purify another.”

129

“An insincere and evil friend is more fearful than a wild beast; A wild beast can hurt your body, but a bad friend will hurt your mind. ”

130

“The tongue is like a sharp knife, it kills without drawing blood.”

What do you think about these Buddha Quotes?
The sayings of Buddha are a great source of inspiration and motivation especially for entrepreneurs, dreamers and innovators. No matter where you are in life, surely you can find one or two quotes that you can relate to your current situation and get wisdom from it

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