Buddha Quotes on Life, Karma and Happiness

Find all the quotes by Buddha in one place. Siddhārtha Gautama also, called Gautama Buddha or simply the Buddha (The wise one), was a monk, religious leader, philosopher, sage and teacher. Based on the teachings of Gautam Buddha, Buddhism was founded and is practiced by almost 488 million people across the world, with China being the predominant country of practice. He resided in the northeastern part of ancient Indian between the 6th and 4th Centuries BC. Let’s see all Buddha quotes on love, life, karma, and happiness.

Quotes by Buddha

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

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

You are like the yellow leaf. The messengers of death are at hand. You are to travel far away. What will you take with you?

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.

True love is born from understanding.

Follow the awakened and from among the blind the light of your wisdom will shine out, purely.

There is no fire like passion, there is no shark like hatred, there is no snare like folly, there is no torrent like greed.

Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.

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

You are the community now. Be a lamp for yourselves. Be your own refuge. Seek for no other. All things must pass. Strive on diligently. Don’t give up.

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

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

The mind is everything. What you think you become.

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

Love yourself and watch today, tomorrow … always. First, establish yourself in the way, then teach — and so defeat sorrow

Long is the night to him who is awake; long is a mile to him who is tired; long is life to the foolish who do not know the true law.

Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.

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.

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

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.

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

The world always finds a way to praise and a way to blame. It always has and it always will.

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

If the problem can be solved why worry? If the problem cannot be solved worrying will do you no good.

Our sorrows and wounds are healed only when we touch them with compassion.

It is better to travel well than to arrive.

We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.

Go beyond this way or that way, to the farthest shore where the world dissolves and everything becomes clear.

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

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

With the purified divine eye, surpassing that of men, a Buddha sees beings as they pass hence or come to be.

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

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

Go beyond likes and dislikes, passion and desire, sensuousness and lust, grief and fear, free yourself from attachment.

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

Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely.

As dust thrown against the wind, mischief is blown back in the face of the fool who wrongs the pure and harmless.

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

All wrong-doing arises because of mind. If mind is transformed can wrong-doing remain?

To be idle is a short road to death and to be diligent is a way of life; foolish people are idle, wise people are diligent.

Have compassion for all beings, rich and poor alike; each has their suffering. Some suffer too much, others too little.

The virtues, like the Muses, are always seen in groups. A good principle was never found solitary in any breast.

The mind released through wisdom here and now; knowing and realizing, one with the destruction of desires is a recluse.

Don’t blindly believe what others say. See for yourself what brings contentment, clarity & peace. That is the path for you to follow.

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?

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

If you have a person, you have something in him that is a part of yourself. What isn’t part of ourselves doesn’t disturb us.

We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.

The foot feels the foot when it feels the ground.

There is the taking on of a practice that is painful in the present but yields pleasure in the future.

Charity bestowed upon those who are worthy of it is like good seed sown on a good soil that yields an abundance of fruits. But alms given to those who are yet under the tyrannical yoke of the passions are like seed deposited in a bad soil. The passions of the receiver of the alms choke, as it were, the growth of merits.

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

A woman of the world is anxious to exhibit her form and shape, whether walking, standing, sitting, or sleeping. Even when represented as a picture, she desires to captivate with the charms of her beauty and, thus, to rob men of their steadfast heart.

Believe, meditate, see. Be harmless. Be blameless. Awake to the Dharma and from all sorrow free yourself.

He who gives away shall have real gain. He who subdues himself shall be free; he shall cease to be a slave of passions. The righteous man casts off evil, and by rooting out lust, bitterness, and illusion do we reach Nirvana.

Look not to the faults of others, nor to their omissions and commissions. But rather look to your own acts, to what you have done and left undone.

I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act.

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

There is no path to happiness. Happiness is the path.

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.

Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill.

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.

In our lives, change is unavoidable, a loss is unavoidable. In the adaptability and ease with which we experience change, lies our happiness and freedom.

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

It is better to do nothing than to do what is wrong. For whatever you do, you do to yourself.

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.

Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.

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

A family is a place where minds come in contact with one another. If these minds love one another the home will be as beautiful as a flower garden. But if these minds get out of harmony with one another it is like a storm that plays havoc with the garden.

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

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

A jug fills drop by drop.

To conquer oneself is a greater task than conquering others

The foolish man conceives the idea of ‘self.’ The wise man sees there is no ground on which to build the idea of ‘self;’ thus, he has a right conception of the world and well concludes that all compounds amassed by sorrow will be dissolved again, but the truth will remain.

Pain is certain, suffering is optional.

Let my skin and sinews and bones dry up, together with all the flesh and blood of my body! I welcome it! But I will not move from this spot until I have attained the supreme and final wisdom.

There is no fear for one whose mind is not filled with desires.

In separateness lies the world’s greatest misery; in compassion lies the world’s true strength.

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

The whole secret of existence is to have no fear.

Doubt everything. Find your own light.

Meditation brings wisdom; lack of meditation leaves ignorance.

Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace.

Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue.

To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.

The Buddha dissuades beings from the notion of a self, and then through emptiness liberates them from samsara.

I am not the first Buddha who came upon Earth, nor shall I be the last. In due time, another Buddha will arise in the world – a Holy One, a supremely enlightened One, endowed with wisdom in conduct, auspicious, knowing the universe, an incomparable leader of men, a master of angels and mortals.

The trouble is, you think you have time.

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

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

Learn this from water: loud splashes the brook but the oceans depth are calm.

If you knew what I know about the power of giving you would not let a single meal pass without sharing it in some way.

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.

The five skandhas are the holding mass of matter, feelings, perceptions, impulses and the holding mass of consciousness.

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

About Gautama Buddha

Siddhartha Gautam was born as a prince to King Suddhodana and Queen Mahamaya in Kapilawaththu. At the age of sixteen, once he completed his education, he was married to Princess Yasodara and Siddhartha Gautam was handed over the reign of his father’s empire. Growing up, Siddhartha was shielded from religious teaching and human suffering. He stayed with his family till the age of 29; he even had a son named Rahula; however, Siddhartha Gautam had the urge to learn more and knew it in this mind that material wealth was not the ultimate happiness or the goal of life.


At the age of 29, despite his father’s server efforts, he did come across an older man; which is when his charioteer Channa explained to him, that eventually all people grow old, and there is suffering in this world. Initially, he strived to bring about a change and combat aging, sickness, and death. So, along with his Channa and his horse Kanthaka, Siddhartha quit his palace for the life of a mendicant.

Siddhartha practised meditation under two hermit teachers of yogic meditation. He mastered the teachings of Alara Kalama and was asked to succeed in Kalama. However, he was not satisfied by the practice, and moved on to become a student of yoga with Udaka Ramaputta; under the influence of his current master, he achieved high levels of meditative consciousness and was then again asked to take reign after his teacher; however, he decided not to do so.

Soon Siddhartha realized that Dhyana was the path to awakening; however, he also understood that extreme self-discipline did not work for everyone; which is when Gautam Buddha paved the way for Buddhism, that carves a Mid-way between the extremes of self-indulgence and self- mortification.

According to sutras of the Pali canon, during the time of his awakening he received insight into the Four Noble Truths, hence conquering liberation from samsara, the endless cycle of rebirth, suffering and dying again. Per various scholars, this story of the awakening and the focus on “liberating insight” eventually developed Buddhist traditions; where Buddha regarded the practice of Dhyana as the path to nirvana and moksha.

Nirvana is considered the complete eradication of desire, hatred, and ignorance; in which one renounces personal identity and the mind is not limited. According to one of the stories mentioned in the Āyācana Sutta; after his awakening, Buddha contemplated whether he should teach dharma to people, as there is no clear way to get through to humans who are engrossed in the material world, which is when Brahmā Sahampati convenience him to keep teaching, stating, at least some might grasp on to his teachings.

Sangha and Life after

After his awakening, Buddha met Taphussa and Bhallika, who became his first disciples. It is said that they were given hairs from Buddha’s head which are now placed and enshrined as relics in the Shwe Dagon Temple in Rangoon, Burma. Buddha also wanted to meet with his teachers and share with them his findings, however, they had already passed by then.

The Wheel of Dharma, which is popular in Buddhism, was set in motion once Buddha travelled to Varanasi, by delivering his first sermon and together with his five companions was formed the first Sangha. After which all five of these companions became arahants and eventually this number grew, and there were 60 arahants. After which three brothers names Kassapa and their 200,300 and 500 disciples followed respectively. Hence turning the sangha number to more than 1000 disciples.

After this, Buddha travelled extensively and spread the word of Buddhism wherever he went. According to the Mahaparinibbana Sutta of the Pali canon, at the age of 80, Buddha announced that he would soon reach parinirvana, or the final deathless state and leave his mortals remain behind. Fast after Buddha ate his last meal, which was offered to him by a blacksmith named Cunda. Buddha fell severely ill; Buddha told his attendant Ānanda to convince blacksmith that the meal consumed has nothing to do with his death. And that one day this served meal would count as one of his most significant merits. However, experts such as Mettanando and von Hinüber have argued that the Buddha passed away of mesenteric infarction, a symptom of old age, rather than food poisoning. He was leaving behind his teachings, quotes, and legacy forever.


The nine virtues; these are among the 40 Buddhist meditation subjects. The nine virtues of the Buddha appear throughout the Tipitaka; they include:

Buddho – AwakenedSammasambuddho – Someone who is perfectly self-awakenedVijja-carana-sampano – bestowed with higher knowledge and ideal conduct.Sugato –Well-spoken.Lokavidu –The one who knows many worlds.Anuttaro Purisa-damma-sarathi – Trainer of untrained people.Satthadeva-Manussanam – Teacher of gods and humans.Bhagavathi – The Blessed oneAraham –An Arahant is the one whose faults are destroyed, who lives a holy life.

According to Buddhism, Karma means “action” or “doing”. In the Buddhist tradition, karma is the action driven by intention, which leads to future consequences. These intentions are the determining factor; rebirth in samsara, the cycle of birth and death.

His quotes and motivational teachings have always been an inspiration and have had a great impact on those who don’t follow any religious practices.

Many Hindu Texts regard Buddha as the 9th Avatar of Vishnu. However, Buddha’s teachings have no connection to the Vedas and the concept of Brahman-Atman. Old Sunni Scholars state that Buddhist idols where brought from Afghanistan to Baghdad in the 9Th century. Some believe Buddha to be a divine incarnate, and some say him to be sent by God to save the human race.

Even today, teachings and quotes by Buddha stay relevant because views are not superimposed; they are provided and are to be followed. His teaching resonates with people because they teach not only about the divine and spirituality, they also teach about life, karma and eternal happiness.

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