Buddha Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old buddha quotes, buddha sayings, and buddha proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


There has to be evil so that good can prove its purity above it.     

Buddha

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

Buddha

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

Buddha

We are what we think     

Buddha

In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.     

Buddha

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.     

Buddha

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

Buddha

The mind is everything. What you think you become.      

Buddha

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

Buddha

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

Buddha

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

Buddha

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

Buddha

It is better to travel well than to arrive.     

Buddha

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

Buddha

No matter how hard the past, you can always begin again.     

Buddha

All that we are is the result of what we have thought.     

Buddha

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

Buddha

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

Buddha

One who conquers himself is greater than another who conquers a thousand times a thousand on the battlefield.     

Buddha

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

Buddha

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

Buddha

A wise man, recognizing that the world is but an illusion, does not act as if it is real, so he escapes the suffering.     

Buddha

The one who has conquered himself is a far greater hero than he who has defeated a thousand times a thousand men.     

Buddha

One who conquers himself is greater than another who conquers a thousand times a thousand on the battlefield.     

Buddha

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.     

Buddha

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.     

Buddha

Awake. Be the witness of your thoughts. The elephant hauls himself from the mud. In the same way drag yourself out of your sloth.     

Buddha

To conquer oneself is a greater task than conquering others.     

Buddha

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

Buddha

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

Buddha