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Quotes and Sayings of Buddha

Updated on June 6, 2011

Siddhartha Gautama, or Buddha as he was more commonly known, was a spiritual teacher who founded Buddhism back in the early centuries. The word "Buddha" means "awakened one" or "the enlightened one".

Being born into royalty, Buddha left his regal life as a Prince at the age 29, as the suffering he saw around him made him want to search for peace and enlightenment. He practiced meditation, and continued his search for enlightenment, as he believed once he had reached that level he would be able to repay all the kindness of all living things.

Buddha left the Palace in which he lived and became a Monk, and travelled to many different places, including India. He reached his quest of enlightenment and founded Buddhism.

Here are a list of my favourite Buddha quotes and sayings.

  • A jug fills drop by drop
  • 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
  • Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace
  • Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment
  • Do not overrate what you have received, nor envy others. He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind
  • Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule
  • Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship
  • Holding onto anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned
  • I never see what has been done; I only see what remains to be done
  • It is a man's own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways
  • It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell
  • What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow; our life is the creation of our mind
  • 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
  • The thought manifests as the word. The word manifests as the deed. The deed develops into habit. And the habit hardens into character. So watch the thought and its ways with care. And let it spring from love, born out of concern for all beings
  • Meditation brings wisdom; lack of meditation leaves ignorance. Know well what leads you forward and what holds you back, and choose the path that leads to wisdom
  • Meditate. Live purely. Be quiet. Do your work with mastery. Like the moon, come out from behind the clouds! Shine
  • Words have the power to both destroy and heal. When words are both true and kind, they can change our world
  • All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we 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
  • You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger
  • You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection
  • Three things cannot be hidden; the sun, the moon, and the truth
  • Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace
  • To understand everything is to forgive everything
  • It is better to travel well than arrive
  • No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path
  • Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without
  • The foot feels the foot when it feels the ground
  • The tongue like a sharp knife...kills without drawing blood
  • 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
  • There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting
  • There has to be evil so that good can prove its purity above it
  • There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt seperates people. It is a poison that disintergrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts; it is a sword that kills
  • 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
  • You cannot travel the path until you have become the path itself
  • An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea
  • When you realise how perfect everything is you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky
  • 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
  • A dog is not considered a good dog because it is a good barker. A man is not considered a good man because he is a good talker
  • To keep the body in good health is a duty...otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear
  • To live a pure unselfish life, one must count nothing as one's own in the midst of abundance
  • Work out your own salvation. Do not depend on others
  • Have compassion for all beings, rich and poor alike; each has their suffering. Some suffer too much, others too little
  • Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it
  • To conquer oneself is a greater task than conquering others
  • Every human being is the author of his own health or disease

 

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    • GJ56 profile imageAUTHOR

      GJ56 

      7 years ago

      Hi, that's a great interpretation, so true! Thankyou for your comment, glad you enjoyed it : )

    • Rod Marsden profile image

      Rod Marsden 

      7 years ago from Wollongong, NSW, Australia

      I'll vote up. Some nice sayings here. 'You cannot travel the path until you have become the path itself' cuts pretty close to what a writer needs to know about writing.

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