Buddhism The Best Gautama Buddha Quotes  

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A list of the best Gautama Buddha quotes. This list is arranged by which famous Gautama Buddha quotes have received the most votes, so only the greatest Gautama Buddha quotes are at the top of the list. All the most popular quotes from Gautama Buddha should be listed here, but if any were missed you can add more at the end of the list. This list includes notable Gautama Buddha quotes on various subjects, many of which are inspirational and thought provoking.

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83 7
You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger. Gautama Buddha

127 17
Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared. Gautama Buddha

71 6
The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart. Gautama Buddha

70 6
Be vigilant; guard your mind against negative thoughts. Gautama Buddha

36 2
The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly. Gautama Buddha

69 7
Hatred does not cease through hatred at any time. Hatred ceases through love. This is an unalterable law. Gautama Buddha

67 7
Believe nothing merely because you have been told it. Do not believe what your teacher tells you merely out of respect for the teacher. But whatsoever, after due examination and analysis, you find to be kind, conducive to the good, the benefit, the welfare of all beings -- that doctrine believe and cling to, and take it as your guide. Gautama Buddha

49 4
'He insulted me, he cheated me, he beat me, he robbed me' -- those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace. Gautama Buddha

41 3
Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one getting burned. Gautama Buddha

24 1
Let the wise guard their thoughts, which are difficult to perceive, extremely subtle, and wander at will. Thought which is well guarded is the bearer of happiness. Gautama Buddha

62 7
There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts; it is a sword that kills. Gautama Buddha

23 1
The Buddhas do but tell the way; it is for you to swelter at the task. Gautama Buddha

44 4
Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship. Gautama Buddha

22 1
Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace. Gautama Buddha

34 3
Everything changes, nothing remains without change. Gautama Buddha

20 1
The rule of friendship means there should be mutual sympathy between them, each supplying what the other lacks and trying to benefit the other, always using friendly and sincere words. Gautama Buddha

33 3
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. Gautama Buddha

54 8
Love the whole world as a mother lovers her only child. Gautama Buddha

32 3
Through zeal, knowledge is gotten; through lack of zeal, knowledge is lost. Gautama Buddha

26 2
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. Gautama Buddha

25 2
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

41 6
Endurance is one of the most difficult disciplines, but it is to the one who endures that the final victory comes. Gautama Buddha

29 3
You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection. Gautama Buddha

10 0
michaelj72 added Doubt everything. Find your own light.

28 3
Fashion your life as a garland of beautiful deeds. Gautama Buddha

27 3
Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense. Gautama Buddha

9 0
When one has the feeling of dislike for evil, when one feels tranquil, one finds pleasure in listening to good teachings; when one has these feelings and appreciates them, one is free of fear. Gautama Buddha

25 3
Work out your own salvation. Do not depend on others. Gautama Buddha

20 2
Meditation brings wisdom; lack of mediation leaves ignorance. Know well what leads you forward and what hold you back, and choose the path that leads to wisdom. Gautama Buddha

20 2
You cannot travel on the path until you become the path itself. Gautama Buddha

19 2
There is nothing so disobedient as an undisciplined mind, and there is nothing so obedient as a disciplined mind. Gautama Buddha

14 1
michaelj72 added If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.

8 0
michaelj72 added Do not look for a sanctuary in anyone except your self.

22 3
Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule. Gautama Buddha

18 2
michaelj72 added The greatest prayer is patience.

18 2
As irrigators lead water where they want, as archers make their arrows straight, as carpenters carve wood, the wise shape their minds. Gautama Buddha

25 5
A jug fills drop by drop. Gautama Buddha

21 3
All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think, we become. Gautama Buddha

25 6
A family is a place where minds come in contact with one another. Gautama Buddha

17 2
A good friend who points out mistakes and imperfections and rebukes evil is to be respected as if he reveals a secret of hidden treasure. Gautama Buddha

20 3
Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it. Gautama Buddha

26 8
He is not the same, nor is he another. Gautama Buddha

19 3
What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow: Our life is the creation of our mind. Gautama Buddha

20 4
There has to be evil so that good can prove its purity above it. Gautama Buddha

12 1
Never in this world can hatred be stilled by hatred; it will be stilled only by non-hatred -- this is the law of eternal. Gautama Buddha

21 5
It is wrong to think that misfortunes come from the east or from the west; they originate within one's own mind. Therefore, it is foolish to guard against misfortunes from the external world and leave the inner mind uncontrolled. Gautama Buddha

18 3
We are what we think. All that we are arises With our thoughts. With our thoughts, We make our world. Gautama Buddha

19 5
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

15 2
Believe nothing, O monks, merely because you have been told it or because it is traditional, or because you yourselves have imagined it. Do not believe what your teacher tells you merely out of respect for the teacher. But whatsoever, after due examination and analysis, you find to be conducive to the good, the benefit, the welfare of all beingsthat doctrine believe and cling to, and take it as your guide. Gautama Buddha

11 1
michaelj72 added Virtue is persecuted more by the wicked than it is loved by the good.