Gautama Buddha Quotes

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

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.

However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them?

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.

Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.

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

Do not believe in anything simply because you have 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 found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.

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.

Doubt everything. Find your own light.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Now, Kalamas, don’t go by reports, by legends, by traditions, by scripture, by logical conjecture, by inference, by analogies, by agreement through pondering views, by probability, or by the thought, ‘This contemplative is our teacher.’ When you know for yourselves that, ‘These qualities are skillful; these qualities are blameless; these qualities are praised by the wise; these qualities, when adopted & carried out, lead to welfare & to happiness’ — then you should enter & remain in them.

It is like a lighted torch whose flame can be distributed to ever so many other torches which people may bring along; and therewith they will cook food and dispel darkness, while the original torch itself remains burning ever the same. It is even so with the bliss of the Way.

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

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.

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

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

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

Words do not express thoughts very well; every thing immediately becomes a little different, a little distorted, a little foolish. And yet it also pleases me and seems right that what is of value and wisdom of one man seems nonsense to another.


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

These… things, householder, are welcome, agreeable, pleasant, & hard to obtain in the world:

Long life is welcome, agreeable, pleasant, & hard to obtain in the world.

Beauty is welcome, agreeable, pleasant, & hard to obtain in the world.

Happiness is welcome, agreeable, pleasant, & hard to obtain in the world.

Status is welcome, agreeable, pleasant, & hard to obtain in the world.

…Now, I tell you, these… things are not to be obtained by reason of prayers or wishes. If they were to be obtained by reason of prayers or wishes, who here would lack them? It’s not fitting for the disciple of the noble ones who desires long life to pray for it or to delight in doing so. Instead, the disciple of the noble ones who desires long life should follow the path of practice leading to long life. In so doing, he will attain long life…

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

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

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

True love is born from understanding.

Purity or impurity depends on oneself,

No one can purify another.

Nothing is forever except change.

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

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

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.

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

With our thoughts we make the world.

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

Attachment leads to suffering.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think. Suffering follows an evil thought as the wheels of a cart follow the oxen that draws it.

Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think. Joy follows a pure thought like a shadow that never leaves.


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

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

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.

A man asked Gautama Buddha, “I want happiness.

Buddha said, “First remove “I,” that’s Ego, then remove “want,” that’s Desire.

See now you are left with only “Happiness.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

The greatest prayer is patience.

May all that have life be delivered from suffering.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

Wear your ego like a loose fitting garment.

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

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

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

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.

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

When you come upon a path

that brings benefit

and happiness to all,

follow this course

as the moon

journeys through the stars.

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

People with opinions just go around bothering one another.

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.

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

He is able who thinks he is able.

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

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

Those who attempt to conquer hatred by hatred are like warriors who take weapons to overcome others who bear arms. This does not end hatred, but gives it room to grow. But, ancient wisdom has advocated a different timeless strategy to overcome hatred. This eternal wisdom is to meet hatred with non-hatred. The method of trying to conquer hatred through hatred never succeeds in overcoming hatred. But, the method of overcoming hatred through non-hatred is eternally effective. That is why that method is described as eternal wisdom.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

One moment can change a day, one day can change a life and one life can change the world.

It is better to travel, than to arrive.

What you think, you become.

What you feel, you attract.

What you imagine, you create.

‎Imagine that every person in the world is enlightened but you. They are all your teachers, each doing just the right things to help you learn perfect patience, perfect wisdom, perfect compassion.

All things appear and disappear because of the concurrence of causes and conditions. Nothing ever exists entirely alone; everything is in relation to everything else.


All descriptions of reality are temporary hypotheses.

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

Learn this from water: loud splashes the brook but the oceans depth are calm.

Happiness does not depend on what you have or who you are, it solely relies on what you think.

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.

The Gift of Truth excels all other Gifts.

Look not to the faults of others, nor to their omissions and commissions. But rather look to your own acts, to what you have done and left undone.

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

Though one should live a hundred years without wisdom and control, yet better, indeed, is a single day’s life of one who is wise and meditative.

When you like a flower, you just pluck it.

But when you love a flower, you water it daily.

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

Few among men are they who cross to the further shore.

The others merely run up and down the bank on this side.

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.

He who loves 50 people has 50 woes; he who loves no one has no woes.

The ignorant man is an ox. He grows in size, not in wisdom.

Do not overlook tiny good actions, thinking they are of no benefit; even tiny drops of water in the end will fill a huge vessel.

Do not overlook negative actions merely because they are small; however small a spark may be, it can burn down a haystack as big as a mountain.

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.

The teaching is simple. Do what is right. Be Pure.

Awake. Be the witness of your thoughts. You are what observes, not what you observe.

The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows.

From a withered tree, a flower blooms.

Victory breeds hatred. The defeated live in pain.

Happily the peaceful live

giving up victory and defeat.

A jug fills drop by drop.

Work out your own salvation. Do not depend on others.

Whoever sees me sees the teaching, and whoever sees the teaching sees me.

The virtuous man delights in this world and he delights in the next.

If you are facing in the right direction, all you need to do is keep on walking.

Resolutely train yourself to attain peace.

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

Just to say ‘I believe’ or ‘I do not doubt’ does not mean that you understand and see. To force oneself to see and accept a thing without understanding is political and not spiritual or intellectual.

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

Following the Noble Path is like entering a dark room with a light in the hand; the darkness will all be cleared away, and the room will be filled with light.

Contentment is the greatest wealth.

In this world

Hate never yet dispelled hate

Only love dispels hate

This is the law

Ancient and inexhaustible

You to shall pass away

Knowing this,how can you quarrel.

It is in a man’s own mind, not his enemy or foe, that leads him to evil ways.

Every experience, no matter how bad it seems, holds within it a blessing of some kind. The goal is to find it.

Do not give your attention to what others do or fail to do; give it to what you do or fail to do.

Books by Gautam Buddha

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  1. 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


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