These Buddha quotes perfectly reflect the philosophy of living a meaningful life through thoughtful speech, action, understanding and awareness.
Enjoy this selection of deeply meaningful words from Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism.
It is a man’s own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways.
Let no one deceive another
or despise anyone anywhere,
or through anger or irritation
wish for another to suffer
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.
The wise have mastered
Body, word and mind.
They are the true masters.
Never speak harsh words
For they will rebound upon you.
Angry words hurt
And the hurt rebounds.
Like a broken gong.
With gentleness overcome anger.
With generosity overcome meanness.
With truth overcome deceit.
Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.
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.
You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.
Master your words.
Master your thoughts.
Never allow your body to do harm.
Follow these three roads with purity
And you will find yourself upon the one way,
The way of wisdom.
It is better to do nothing
Than to do what is wrong.
For whatever you do, you do to yourself.
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.
There is no fire like passion
No crime like hatred,
No sorrow like separation,
No sickness like hunger,
And no joy like the joy of freedom.
Speak or act with an impure mind
And trouble will follow you.
Wise Buddha Quotes On Which to Reflect
Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coalwith the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.
The whole secret of existence is to have no fear.
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.
Let us rise up and be thankful,
for if we didn’t learn a lot today, 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.
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.
If you knew what I know about the power of giving, you would not let a single meal pass without sharing it in some way.
Live purely. Be quiet.
Do your work with mastery.
Like the moon, come out
from behind the clouds!
You can only lose what you cling to.
Pay no attention to the faults of others,
things done or left undone by others.
Consider only what by oneself is done or left undone.
Words have the power to both destroy and heal. When words are both true and kind, they can change our world.
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.
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.
Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue.
The tongue like a sharp knife… Kills without drawing blood.
Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.
Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill.