Gautama Buddha aka “Siddhārtha Gautama” was an ascetic and sage, on whose teachings Buddhism was founded. His death anniversary is celebrated in many parts of the world as Buddha Purnima.
Here are some famous and inspirational quotes from Gautama Buddha that will help you in every aspect, throughout your life.
22 Inspirational and Famous Buddha Quotes
It is a man’s own mind, not his enemy or foe; that lures him to evil ways.
True to the core, nobody can, and nobody will ever be able to control your feelings completely. All your decision is yours, and you, therefore, cannot blame anyone, but your self.
No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.
Pretty much sums up everything in the shortest possible sentences. You were born alone and you will die alone. You need to find your life path by your own, and walk over it, on your own. Depending on someone else to save you, is pure foolishness.
You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.
Do not let anyone tell you that you are not worthy of affection or you are unlovable. You deserve as much love as everyone does, and sometimes even more. If nobody likes you, start loving yourself, your self will thank you for doing so.
All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything.
Whether you are successful, unhappy or broke, it all happened because of the thoughts you manifested. If you want a happy tomorrow, think happy thoughts. Of course, it won’t happen overnight, but it will happen over time.
What we think, we become.
The same as the above quote. If believe that you will have health, wealth, love, and happiness, you will have it; nothing can stop you. On the other hand, if you think your life will suck, it will suck to the core, and you’ll regret your words. Choose your words wisely.
The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart.
Being a human, we mostly think and believe what we can see from our eyes, but that’s not the right way. Don’t look outside, look inside, and you will find all your answers.
The tongue like a sharp knife… Kills without drawing blood.
Your fist can break someone’s jaw, but your words can break their heart (FOREVER!). People won’t remember the fistfight after a year, but they will surely remember what you said, till the day they are alive. So, pick your words carefully.
Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.
When wealth is lost, little is lost. When health is lost, ALL is lost! Your health is your greatest asset, take care of it, like you would take care of your biggest possession.
Ambition is like love, impatient both of delays and rivals.
When you fall in love, you can’t wait for anything, and you can’t stand competition. Same goes for ambition. (via)
Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.
The Past is already gone; future is unknown. Why do you care about them? Our lives are so unpredictable; we don’t even know if we will be able to see the next hour or not. There is no point in worrying about past and future, just find what’s good in the present moment.
To live a pure, unselfish life, one must count nothing as one’s own in the midst of abundance.
If you wish to live an unselfish life, you need to stop saying it’s “MINE.” Nothing is yours’ forever, and nothing will be. What you have now, was someone else’s once and will be someone else’s later. Help those in need, as you cannot have it forever, but helping will make sure that you receive something more priceless.
Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill.
Everything has two sides: positive and negative, and you cannot do anything about it. Choose your words very carefully so that people don’t get influenced with the negative.
He who loves 50 people has 50 woes; he who loves no one has no woes.
If you don’t want to have woes in your life, you need to surrender yourself to God. Stop loving anyone, and you will be free from all sorts of sorrows. SORRY TO SAY, Not loving anyone certainly is a woe unto itself. I didn’t like this quote anyway.
A jug fills drop by drop.
You can’t be successful overnight. Everything takes time and perseverance. Without doing what you should be, don’t expect magic to happen in your life. If you wish to be the CEO of a company, start preparing and working for it.
If anything is worth doing, do it with all your heart.
If something interests you. You should be doing it with all your heart. If not, stop it, right now. Don’t do anything half-hearted.
It is better to travel well than to arrive.
Enjoy the journey instead of waiting for the destination. If you don’t enjoy the journey as much as you would/want to enjoy the destination, then there is almost no point in traveling in the first place. This quote isn’t confined to travel only, the journey here refers to your life journey. Don’t wait to enjoy after you achieve “XYZ,” enjoy now!
The root of suffering is attachment.
Be happy with what you have, but don’t be too attached to anything as it is sure to be taken away from you. Everything you own will be of someone else’s someday.
Every morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.
You have 18250 chances to do what you have always wanted to, and if you are still unable to do it, I should be feeling pity for you. Com’on 18250 chances, they are way more than enough. How did I come up with 18250? Well, I took 70 years as the average lifespan and subtracted the first 20 years from it.
An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.
Many people have ideas in their mind, but only a few can put it into action. Putting it into action is the only thing that matters.
Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.
If you are happy with yourself, the whole world will seem happy. The problem is not with the world, but it is with you and the mindset you own. Change it, and you’ll change the world.
Updated: June 2018.