Buddha quotes

Born
c. 563 BCE or c. 480 BCE.

Died
c. 483 BCE or c. 400 BCE.

Occupation
Ascetic, sage. 

Buddha was an ascetic (śramaṇa) and sage, on whose teachings Buddhism was founded. He is believed to have lived and taught mostly in the eastern part of Ancient India sometime between the sixth and fourth centuries BCE.

Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life.
– Buddha

Unity can only be manifested by the Binary. Unity itself and the idea of Unity are already two.
– Buddha

He who walks in the eightfold noble path with unswerving determination is sure to reach Nirvana.
– Buddha

The virtues, like the Muses, are always seen in groups. A good principle was never found solitary in any breast.
– Buddha

With fools, there is no companionship. Rather than to live with men who are selfish, vain, quarrelsome, and obstinate, let a man walk alone.
– Buddha

Virtue is persecuted more by the wicked than it is loved by the good.
– Buddha

When one has the feeling of dislike for evil, when one feels tranquil, one finds pleasure in listening to good teachings; when one has these feelings and appreciates them, one is free of fear.
– Buddha

What we think, we become.
– Buddha

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.
– Buddha

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

Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely.
– Buddha

In a controversy the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves.
– Buddha

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.
– Buddha

You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.
– Buddha

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

Chaos is inherent in all compounded things. Strive on with diligence.
– Buddha

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

To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.
– Buddha

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

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

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.
– Buddha

Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.
– Buddha

The foot feels the foot when it feels the ground.
– Buddha

We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.
– Buddha

Without health life is not life; it is only a state of langour and suffering – an image of death.
– Buddha

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

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

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

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

The mind is everything. What you think you become.
– Buddha

Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace.
– Buddha

All wrong-doing arises because of mind. If mind is transformed can wrong-doing remain?
– Buddha

I was born into the world as the king of truth for the salvation of the world.
– Buddha

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

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.
– Buddha

A jug fills drop by drop.
– Buddha

I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act.
– Buddha

A woman of the world is anxious to exhibit her form and shape, whether walking, standing, sitting, or sleeping. Even when represented as a picture, she desires to captivate with the charms of her beauty and, thus, to rob men of their steadfast heart.
– Buddha

You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.
– Buddha

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.
– Buddha

Of those beings who live in ignorance, shut up and confined, as it were, in an egg, I have first broken the eggshell of ignorance and alone in the universe obtained the most exalted, universal Buddhahood.
– Buddha

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

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.
– Buddha

Better than worshiping gods is obedience to the laws of righteousness.
– Buddha

The wise ones fashioned speech with their thought, sifting it as grain is sifted through a sieve.
– Buddha

Let my skin and sinews and bones dry up, together with all the flesh and blood of my body! I welcome it! But I will not move from this spot until I have attained the supreme and final wisdom.
– Buddha

It is better to travel well than to arrive.
– Buddha

What is the appropriate behavior for a man or a woman in the midst of this world, where each person is clinging to his piece of debris? What’s the proper salutation between people as they pass each other in this flood?
– Buddha

To live a pure unselfish life, one must count nothing as one’s own in the midst of abundance.
– Buddha

He who gives away shall have real gain. He who subdues himself shall be free; he shall cease to be a slave of passions. The righteous man casts off evil, and by rooting out lust, bitterness, and illusion do we reach Nirvana.
– Buddha

Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill.
– Buddha

Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.
– Buddha

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.
– Buddha

We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.
– Buddha

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

Difficulties mastered are opportunities won.
– Buddha