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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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    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
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    81
    4

    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
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    91
    13

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

    Gautama Buddha
  • 4
    78
    6

    Everything changes, nothing remains without change.

    Gautama Buddha
  • 5
    77
    8

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

    Gautama Buddha
  • 6
    73
    6

    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
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    70
    6

    Through zeal, knowledge is gotten; through lack of zeal, knowledge is lost.

    Gautama Buddha
  • 8
    65
    6

    Fashion your life as a garland of beautiful deeds.

    Gautama Buddha
  • 9
    64
    6

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

    Gautama Buddha
  • 10
    64
    6

    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
  • 11
    62
    5

    Be vigilant; guard your mind against negative thoughts.

    Gautama Buddha
  • 12
    57
    2

    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
  • 13
    59
    4

    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
  • 14
    55
    2

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

    Gautama Buddha
  • 15
    56
    4

    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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    52
    2

    Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace.

    Gautama Buddha
  • 17
    57
    7

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

    Gautama Buddha
  • 18
    54
    10

    A jug fills drop by drop.

    Gautama Buddha
  • 19
    48
    6

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

    Gautama Buddha
  • 20
    44
    2

    You cannot travel on the path until you become the path itself.

    Gautama Buddha
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    44
    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
  • 22
    58
    17

    The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart.

    Gautama Buddha
  • 23
    46
    6

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

    Gautama Buddha
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    53
    12

    A family is a place where minds come in contact with one another.

    Gautama Buddha
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    41
    4

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

    Gautama Buddha