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87 Inspiring Quotes by Gautama Buddha

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Wikipedia Summary for Gautama Buddha

Gautama Buddha, popularly known as the Buddha(also known as Siddhattha Gotama or Siddhārtha Gautama or Buddha Shakyamuni), was a philosopher, mendicant, meditator, spiritual teacher, and religious leader who lived in ancient India (c. 5th to 4th century BCE). He is revered as the founder of the world religion of Buddhism and recognized by most Buddhist schools as the Enlightened One who is believed to have transcended Karma and escaped the cycle of birth and rebirth. He taught for around 45 years and built a large following, both monastic and lay. His teaching is based on his insight into duḥkha (typically translated as "suffering") and the end of duhkha—the state called Nibbāna or Nirvana.

The Buddha was born into an aristocratic family in the Shakya clan but eventually renounced lay life. According to Buddhist tradition, after several years of mendicancy, meditation, and asceticism, he awakened to understand the mechanism which keeps people trapped in the cycle of rebirth. The Buddha then traveled throughout the Ganges plain teaching and building a religious community. The Buddha taught a middle way between sensual indulgence and the severe asceticism found in the Indian śramaṇa movement. He taught a spiritual path that included ethical training and meditative practices such as jhana and mindfulness. The Buddha also critiqued the practices of Brahmin priests, such as animal sacrifice, caste system and belief in creator(God).

A couple of centuries after his death he came to be known by the title Buddha, which means "Awakened One" or "Enlightened One". Gautama's teachings were compiled by the Buddhist community in the Suttas, which contain his discourses, and the Vinaya, his codes for monastic practice. These were passed down in Middle-Indo Aryan dialects through an oral tradition. Later generations composed additional texts, such as systematic treatises known as Abhidharma, biographies of the Buddha, collections of stories about the Buddha's past lives known as Jataka tales, and additional discourses, i.e. the Mahayana sutras.

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

--Gautama Buddha

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Before enlightenment; chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment; chop wood, carry water.

--Gautama Buddha

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

--Gautama Buddha

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In a world become blind, I beat the drum of the Deathless.

--Gautama Buddha

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

--Gautama Buddha

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

--Gautama Buddha

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Give, even if you only have a little.

--Gautama Buddha


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Sitting alone, sleeping alone, acting alone, let the diligent one enjoy the forest, taming the self alone.

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

--Gautama Buddha

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

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Attention is living; inattention is dying. The attentive never stop. The inattentive are dead already.

--Gautama Buddha

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Do not overrate what you have received, nor envy others. He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind.

--Gautama Buddha

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

--Gautama Buddha

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A man asked Lord Buddha "I want happiness." Lord Buddha said -- first remove "I" -- that's ego. Then remove "Want" -- that's desire. See now you are left with only "Happiness."

--Gautama Buddha

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

--Gautama Buddha

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The greatest prayer is patience.

--Gautama Buddha

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The root of all suffering is attachment.

--Gautama Buddha

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The foot feels the foot when it feels the ground.

--Gautama Buddha

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Better than a hundred years of idleness, is one day spent in determination.

--Gautama Buddha

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The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.

--Gautama Buddha



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You have no cause for anything but gratitude and joy.

--Gautama Buddha

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What we think, we become.

--Gautama Buddha

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

--Gautama Buddha

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When words are both true and kind, they can change the world.

--Gautama Buddha

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

--Gautama Buddha

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Do not look for a sanctuary in anyone except yourself.

--Gautama Buddha



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The mind is everything. What you think, you become.

--Gautama Buddha

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No one outside ourselves can rule us inwardly. When we know this, we become free.

--Gautama Buddha

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You should respect each other and refrain from disputes; you should not, like water and oil, repel each other, but should, like milk and water, mingle together.

--Gautama Buddha

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As a bee gathering nectar does not harm or disturb the color and fragrance of the flower; so do the wise move through the world.

--Gautama Buddha

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Being deeply learned and skilled, being well trained and using well-spoken words: this is good luck.

--Gautama Buddha

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Every human being is the author of his own health and disease.

--Gautama Buddha

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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.

--Gautama Buddha

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If you let cloudy water settle, it will become clear. If you let your upset mind settle, your course will also become clear.

--Gautama Buddha

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

--Gautama Buddha

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

--Gautama Buddha


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

--Gautama Buddha

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

--Gautama Buddha

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The world is afflicted by death and decay. But the wise do not grieve, having realized the nature of the world.

--Gautama Buddha

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The mind that perceives the limitation is the limitation.

--Gautama Buddha


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Patience is the highest asceticism.

--Gautama Buddha

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

--Gautama Buddha

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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?

--Gautama Buddha

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

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An insincere 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.

--Gautama Buddha

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He who experiences the unity of life sees his own self in all beings, and all being in his own self, and looks on everything with an impartial eye.

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Craving and desire are the cause of all unhappiness. Everything sooner or later must change, so do not become attached to anything. Instead devote.

--Gautama Buddha


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Serenity comes when you trade expectations for acceptance.

--Gautama Buddha

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

--Gautama Buddha

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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.

--Gautama Buddha

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When angry we let others' mistakes punish us. To forgive others is to be kind to yourself.

--Gautama Buddha


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

--Gautama Buddha

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Before giving, the mind of the giver is happy; while giving, the mind of the giver is made peaceful; and having given, the mind of the giver is uplifted.

--Gautama Buddha

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

--Gautama Buddha

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The moment you see how important it is to love yourself, you will stop making others suffer.

--Gautama Buddha

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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.

--Gautama Buddha

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Like a beautiful flower that is colorful but has no fragrance, even well spoken words bear no fruit in one who does not put them into practice.

--Gautama Buddha

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We are formed and molded by our thoughts. Those whose minds are shaped by selfless thoughts give joy when they speak or act. Joy follows them like a shadow that never leaves them.

--Gautama Buddha

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Neither fire nor wind, birth nor death, can erase our good deeds.

--Gautama Buddha

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Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.

--Gautama Buddha

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Mind is everything. What we think, we become.

--Gautama Buddha


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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.

--Gautama Buddha

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

--Gautama Buddha

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Our work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it.

--Gautama Buddha

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

--Gautama Buddha

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Let yourself be open and life will be easier.

--Gautama Buddha

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

--Gautama Buddha

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

--Gautama Buddha

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

--Gautama Buddha

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

--Gautama Buddha

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Those who act with few desires are calm, without worry or fear.

--Gautama Buddha

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We must be diligent today. To wait until tomorrow is too late. Death comes unexpectedly. How can we bargain with it?

--Gautama Buddha

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You can only lose what you cling to.

--Gautama Buddha

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Mirror mirror on the wall, show the real me or naught at all.

--Gautama Buddha

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

--Gautama Buddha

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

--Gautama Buddha

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