55 Buddha Quotes on Life, Peace and Happiness

The Buddha was born Siddhartha Gautama in the sixth century BCE in what is now Nepal. He grew up in a wealthy family and had everything he could ever want.

However, he was not content and felt that there must be more to life than just pleasure and luxury. He decided to leave his family and embark on a journey of discovery.

For six years, Siddhartha tried various spiritual practices, but none of them satisfied him. Finally, he sat down under a tree and meditated.

He had a profound spiritual experience in which he realized the nature of reality. He became the Buddha, or the “Enlightened One.”

The Buddha then spent the rest of his life teaching others what he had learned. He was a kind and compassionate man, and his teachings have helped millions of people to find peace and happiness.

To spread his teachings, we have compiled a list of the most powerful quotes from Buddha about life, love, peace, and happiness.

 

Buddha Quotes:

1. “Radiate boundless love towards the entire world.”

2. “A disciplined mind brings happiness.”

3. “Give, even if you only have a little.”

4. “Conquer anger with non-anger. Conquer badness with goodness. Conquer meanness with generosity. Conquer dishonesty with truth.”

5. “May all beings have happy minds.”

6. “Delight in heedfulness! Guard well your thoughts!”

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7. “Should you find a wise critic to point out your faults, follow him as you would a guide to hidden treasure.”

8. “Better it is to live one day seeing the rise and fall of things than to live a hundred years without ever seeing the rise and fall of things.”

9. “All conditioned things are impermanent—when one sees this with wisdom, one turns away from suffering.”

10. “Resolutely train yourself to attain peace.”

11. “They blame those who remain silent, they blame those who speak much, they blame those who speak in moderation. There is none in the world who is not blamed.”

12. “Just as the great ocean has one taste, the taste of salt, so also this teaching and discipline has one taste, the taste of liberation.”

13. “If with a pure mind a person speaks or acts, happiness follows them like a never-departing shadow.”

14. “The root of suffering is attachment.”

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15. “It is in the nature of things that joy arises in a person free from remorse.”

16. “All experiences are preceded by mind, having mind as their master, created by mind.”

17. “Purity and impurity depend on oneself; no one can purify another.”

18. “There is no fear for one whose mind is not filled with desires.”

19. “Whatever is not yours: let go of it. Your letting go of it will be for your long-term happiness & benefit.”

20. “Meditate … do not delay, lest you later regret it.”

21. “Resolutely train yourself to attain peace.”

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22. “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.”

23. “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 draw it. Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think. Joy follow a pure thought like a shadow that never leaves.”

24. “Good people keep on walking whatever happens. They do not speak vain words and are the same in good fortune and bad. If one desires neither children nor wealth nor power nor success by unfair means, know such a one to be good, wise, and virtuous.”

25. “One who conquers himself is greater than another who conquers a thousand times a thousand men on the battlefield. Be victorious over yourself and not over others.”

26. “Your own self is your master; who else could be? With yourself well controlled, you gain a master very hard to find.”

27. “Conquer anger through gentleness, unkindness through kindness, greed through generosity, and falsehood by truth.”

28. “Train your eyes and ears; train your nose and tongue. The senses are good friends when they are trained. Train your body in deeds, train your tongue in words, train your mind in thoughts. This training will take you beyond sorrow.”

29. “Like someone pointing to treasure is the wise person who sees your faults and points them out. Associate with such a sage.”

30. “All wrong-doing arises because of mind. If mind is transformed can wrong-doing remain?”

31. “Whatever is not yours: let go of it. Your letting go of it will be for your long-term happiness & benefit.”

32. “Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it.”

33. “You cannot travel the path until you have become the path itself.”

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

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

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

37. “Be truthful; do not yield to anger. Give freely, even if you have but little. The gods will bless you.”

38. “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.”

39. “If anything is worth doing, do it with all your heart.”

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40. “It is easy to see the faults of others, but difficult to see one’s own faults. One shows the faults of others like chaff winnowed in the wind, but one conceals one’s own faults as a cunning gambler conceals his dice.”

41. “Meditation brings wisdom; lack of meditation leaves ignorance.”

42. “When you attain victory over yourself, not even the gods can turn it into defeat.”

43. “Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace.”

44. “What we think, we become.”

45. “Silence the angry man with love. Silence the ill-natured man with kindness. Silence the miser with generosity. Silence the liar with truth.”

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

47. “Nothing remains without change.”

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

49. “Faith and prayer both are invisible, but they make impossible things possible.”

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50. “The way to happiness is: keep your heart free from hate, your mind from worry. Live simply, give much. Fill your life with love. Do as you would be done by.”

51. “If the problem can be solved why worry? If the problem cannot be solved worrying will do you no good.”

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

52. “You must love yourself before you love another. By accepting yourself and fully being what you are, your simple presence can make others happy.”

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

54. “Everything that happens to us is the result of what we ourselves have thought, said, or done. We alone are responsible for our lives.”

51. “It is better to do nothing, than to do what is wrong. For whatever you do, you do to yourself.

 

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