Historians believe he was born Prince Siddhartha Gautama in the 5th or 6th Century BC in Nepal. In his 20s, the prince experienced realities of the outside world that led him on a quest for enlightenment. He left the palace to search for it and eventually attained enlightenment.

It was then that he became Buddha. Gautama Buddha quotes have the power to show us how he attracted a following and dedicated the rest of his life teaching the path of enlightenment and awakening to them.

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Inspirational Buddha Quotes on Happiness, Change and Peace

Since Buddhism teaches us enlightenment and to be at one with ourselves, words of wisdom from Buddha give us great insight about peace and happiness. Here is the Buddha quotes on peace, life and happiness. Take a look below and let us know your favorite quotes in the comment section. You can also enjoy Grand Jedi Master Yoda’ wise quotes and get some insight.

  • “Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.”
  • “Your purpose in life is to find your purpose and give your whole heart and soul to it”
  • “Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace.”
  • “There has to be evil so that good can prove its purity above it. ”
  • “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 die; so, let us all be thankful.”
  • “To conquer oneself is a greater task than conquering others.”
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  • “Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”
  • “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 something. And we experience joy in remembering the fact that we have given.”
  • “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.”
  • “The mind is everything. What you think you become.”
  • 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.”
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  • “All wrong-doing arises because of mind. If mind is transformed can wrong-doing remain?”
  • “To conquer oneself is a greater task than conquering others.”
  • “No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.”
  • “Everything that has a beginning has an ending. Make your peace with that and all will be well.”
  • “The root of suffering is attachment.”
  • “There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.”
  • “There is nothing so disobedient as an undisciplined mind, and there is nothing so obedient as a disciplined mind.”
  • “The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows.”
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  • “You cannot travel the path until you have become the path itself.”
  • “Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely.”
  • “People with opinions just go around bothering one another.”
  • “One moment can change a day, one day can change a life and one life can change the world.”
  • “Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill.”
  • “If you find no one to support you on the spiritual path, walk alone. There is no companionship with the immature.”
  • “In separateness lies the world’s greatest misery; in compassion lies the world’s true strength.”
  • “There is no path to happiness: happiness is the path.”
  • “You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.”
  • “The whole secret of existence is to have no fear.”

Best Buddha Sayings on Karma, Spirituality and Mindfulness

In the Buddhist tradition, karma refers to action driven by intention which leads to future consequences. Lord Buddha offers ancient wisdom on spirituality and mindfulness to enlighten and bring you inner peace within karma.

  • For, owners of their deeds (karma) are the beings, heirs of their deeds; their deeds are the womb from which they sprang; with their deeds they are bound up; their deeds are their refuge. Whatever deeds they do-good or evil-of such they will be the heirs. And wherever the beings spring into existence, there their deeds will ripen; and wherever their deeds ripen, there they will earn the fruits of those deeds, be it in this life, or be it in the next life, or be it in any other future life.
  • Hate is never conquered by hate,
    Hate is only conquered by love.
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  • You will not be punished for your anger,
    you will be punished by your anger.
  • 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.
  • Surely if living creatures saw the results of all their evil deeds, they would turn away from them in disgust. But selfhood blinds them, and they cling to their obnoxious desires. They crave pleasure for themselves and they cause pain to others; when death destroys their individuality, they find no peace; their thirst for existence abides and their selfhood reappears in new births. Thus they continue to move in the coil and can find no escape from the hell of their own making.
  • All that we are is the result of what we have thought.
    If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him.
    If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows him,
    like a shadow that never leaves him.
  • Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own unguarded thoughts.
  • I am the owner of my actions, heir to my actions, born of my actions, related through my actions, and have my actions as my arbitrator. Whatever I do, for good or for evil, to that I will fall heir.
  • “What you think, you become. What you feel, you attract. What you imagine, you create.”
  • “There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.”
  • “No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.”
  • “If a man’s thoughts are muddy, If he is reckless and full of deceit, How can he wear the yellow robe? Whoever is master of his own nature, Bright, clear and true, He may indeed wear the yellow robe.”
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  • “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.”
  • “For soon the body is discarded, Then what does it feel? A useless log of wood, it lies on the ground, Then what does it know? Your worst enemy cannot harm you As much as your own thoughts, unguarded. But once mastered, No one can help you as much, Not even your father or your mother.”
  • “One should strive to understand what underlies sufferings and diseases – and aim for health and well-being while gaining in the path.”
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  • “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.”
  • How is mindfulness an authority? Once mindfulness is established internally: “In just such a way, I will experience through liberation the Dharma that I have not yet experienced or assist with wisdom in various respects the Dharma that I have experienced.” It is in this way that mindfulness is an authority.
  • With mindfulness as his gatekeeper, the noble one abandoned the unwholesome and develops the wholesome, abandoned what is blameworthy and develops what is blameless.
  • “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.”
  • “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.”

Lord Buddha Quotes on Love, Relationships and Mariage

Quotes of wisdom from Buddha show us how we love, Buddha-style impartial to all, free from excessive attachment or false hope and expectation; accepting, tolerant, and forgiving. Buddha knew a thing or two about love.

  • “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.”
  • Until he has unconditional and unbiased love for all beings, man will not find peace.
  • The man who foolishly does me wrong, I will return to him the protection of my most ungrudging love; and the more evil comes from him, the more good shall go from me.
  • Whoever makes love grow boundless, and sets his mind for seeing the end of birth, his fetters are worn thin. If he loves even a single being, Good will follow. But the Noble One with compassionate heart for all mankind, generates abounding good.
  • Love lasts when the relationship comes first
  • Don’t give way to heedlessness
    or to intimacy
    with sensual delight–
    for a heedful person,
    absorbed in jhana,
    attains an abundance of ease.
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  • You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.
  • Love is a gift of one’s inner most soul to another so both can be whole.
  • When you realize how perfect everything is you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky.
  • I understand with love comes pain, but why did I have to love so much?Silence the angry man with love. Silence the ill-natured man with kindness. Silence the miser with generosity. Silence the liar with truth.
  • Radiate boundless love towards the entire world — above, below, and across — unhindered, without ill will, without enmity.
  • If you truly loved yourself, you could never hurt another.
  • 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.

Gautama Buddha Quotes About Life And Death

  • “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.”
  • Life is uncertain; death is certain.
  • Of all footprints, that of the elephant is supreme. Similarly, of all mindfulness meditations, that on death is supreme.
  • Death carries off a man busy picking flowers with an besotted mind, like a great flood does a sleeping village.
  • We must be diligent today. To wait until tomorrow is too late. Death comes unexpectedly. How can we bargain with it?
  • 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.
  • Here will I live in the rainy season, here in the autumn and in the summer: thus muses the fool. He realizes not the danger (of death).
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  • “To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.”
  • “To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline 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 will naturally come to him.”
  • “Your purpose in life is to find your purpose and give your whole heart and soul to it”

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