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.


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

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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.     

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Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.     

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

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

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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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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.     

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

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The mind is everything. What you think you become.     

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Thousand of candles can be lighted from a single candle. Happiness never decreases by being shared.     

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

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A man may conquer a million men in battle but one who conquers himself is, indeed, the greatest of conquerors.     

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The mind that perceives the limitation is the limitation.     

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

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

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

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

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

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Thoughtfulness is the way to deathlessness, thoughtlessness the way to death. The thoughtful do not die: the thoughtless are as if dead already.     

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Make an island of yourself, make yourself your refuge; there is no other refuge. Make truth your island, make truth your refuge; there is no other refuge.     

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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.     

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The tongue like a sharp knife... Kills without drawing blood.     

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An insincere and evil 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.     

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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.     

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Make an island of yourself, make yourself your refuge; there is no other refuge. Make truth your island, make truth your refuge; there is no other refuge.     

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Not about the perversities of others, not about their sins of commission or omission, but about his own misdeeds and negligences alone should a sage be worried.     

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The foolish and the ignorant give themselves over to negligence; whereas the wise treasure mindfulness as a precious jewel.     

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Truth is majestic and sweet. In the world there is no other savior but the truth.     

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Do not think of how big the universe is, it will merely hurt your head.     

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Awake. Be the witness of your thoughts. You are what observes, not what you observe.     

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