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Buddha Quotes – 50 Wisdoms & Sayings From The Founder Of Buddhism

Looking for inspirational Buddha quotes? Then you've come to the right place! The term "Buddha" means "enlightened one" and is the honorary name of Siddhartha Gautama, who founded the world religion of Buddhism. His teachings and guidelines inspire not only Buddhist followers today, but everyone.

In this article I would like to give you the most valuable, short, Buddhist wisdom, sayings and quotes. Let's go!

My please: Keep in mind that many of the Buddha quotes have been translated. I cannot guarantee that it is the original quote in each case. Therefore, double check them and feel free to leave a corrective comment. If you like and share any of the quotes in the internet, please link this elaborately created collection. Thank you for your support!

50 Buddha Quotes And Wisdom

Buddhism is one of the oldest religions in the world. Whether about Happiness, love, suffering or time – die Lehren, die Siddhartha Gautama nach seinem „Erwachen“ mit seinen Anhängern teilte, inspirieren heute Millionen von Menschen. Wie genau er das machte, erfährst du im Buch How Siddharta Gautama Became Buddha* by Thich Nhat Hanh. It offers you the ideal introduction to Buddhism.

Here, however, I would rather give you Buddha's most important words of wisdom as a personal source of inspiration.

Buddha quotes 1 - 10

  1. "You have two choices, to control your mind or to let your mind control you."
  2. "Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule."
  3. "The path is not heaven. The path is in your heart."
  4. "Sometimes, simply by sitting, the soul collects wisdom."
  5. "Blessed is the man who lives in peace with himself. There is no greater happiness on earth." 
  6. "What you think you create, what you feel you attract, what you imagine you become."
  7. "No fire is so fierce as passion, no fetter holds so tightly as hatred, no net can compare with folly, and no tide is so raging as desire."
  8. "There is no path to happiness: happiness is the path."
  9. "Have compassion for all beings, rich and poor alike; each has their suffering. Some suffer too much, others too little."
  10. "Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment."

Tip: Buddha stands for a mindful lifestyle. You can find out exactly how this works in the linked article.

Buddha quotes 11 - 20

  1. "Ceasing to do evil, Cultivating the good, Purifying the heart: This is the teaching of the Buddhas."
  2. "If with a pure mind a person speaks or acts, happiness follows them like a never-departing shadow."
  3. "All that we are is the result of what we have thought: it is founded on our thoughts and made up of our thoughts."
  4. "The trouble is you think you have time."
  5. "If you want to know who you were, then look who you are. If you want to know who you will be, then look what you do."
  6. "With mindfulness, strive on."
  7. "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."
  8. "Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without."
  9. "A man is not considered a good man because he is a good talker."
  10. "To keep the body in good health is a duty... otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear."

Buddha quotes 21 - 30

  1. "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."
  2. "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."
  3. "It's better to travel well than to arrive."
  4. "The mind is everything. What you think, you become."
  5. "Man suffers because he desires to possess and keep things which by their nature are perishable."
  6. "You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection."
  7. "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."
  8. "Nothing can harm you as much as your own thoughts unguarded."
  9. "All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world."
  10. "As the bee collects nectar and departs without injuring the flower, or its color or fragrance, so let the sage dwell on earth."

Tip: Karma is considered one of the most important principles of Buddhism. It states that every action brings with it a corresponding consequence. How you ensure good karma you can find out in the linked article.

Buddha quotes 31 - 40

  1. "Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it."
  2. "Thousands of candles can be lit by the light of one candle without its light dimming. Joy does not diminish when it is shared."
  3. "No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path."
  4. "The greatest prayer is patience."
  5. "The ignorant man is an ox. He grows in size, not in wisdom."
  6. "One is not called noble who harms living beings. By not harming living beings one is called noble."
  7. "Radiate boundless love towards the entire world."
  8. "Irrigators channel waters; fletchers straighten arrows; carpenters bend wood; the wise master themselves."
  9. "It is better to defeat yourself than to win a thousand battles."
  10. "The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows."

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"You have two choices, to control your mind or to let your mind control you." (Quote from Buddha,  Siddhartha Gautama )

Buddha quotes 41 - 50

  1. "Learn this from water: loud splashes the brook but the oceans depth are calm."
  2. "How can I smile when I am filled with so much sorrow? It is natural - you must smile to your sorrow, for you are more than your sorrow."
  3. "What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and present thoughts build our life of tomorrow: our life is the creation of our own mind."
  4. "Rule your mind or it will rule you."
  5. "The secret of happiness lies in the mind's release from worldly ties."
  6. "Meditation brings wisdom; lack of meditation leaves ignorance."
  7. "If something is worth doing, do it wholeheartedly."
  8. "A moment can change a day, a day can change a life, and a life can change the world."
  9. "Every morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most."
  10. "A disciplined mind brings happiness."
  11. "If the problem can be solved why worry? If the problem cannot be solved worrying will do you no good."

Can you think of any other Buddhist wisdom that should not be missing here under any circumstances? Then I look forward to your suggestions in the comments!

Who is Buddha?

In Buddhism, a Buddha is a person who has experienced enlightenment (Bodhi). According to Buddhist belief, anyone can become a Buddha. However, the historical Buddha is Siddhartha Gautama - he is considered the founder of the Buddhist teachings. That is why he is known today by the honorary name Buddha.

What is Buddhism?

Buddhism is a religion, but not a religion of faith. Rather, it is an experiential religion and doctrine that aims to develop one's own mind in order to attain enlightenment.

It is based, among other things, on the principle of karma, according to which every action, every thought and every speech also has an effect. The most famous Buddhist in the world is the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of the Tibetans.

How do Buddhists live?

Buddhists walk the path of the Buddha and follow his teachings. As a rule, they live a life of abstinence and are content with few things - and refer to the so-called five silas, the basic rules of virtue and morality of Buddhist ethics.

These include not killing or harming any living being, not lying or speaking unwholesomely and not clouding one's own consciousness with intoxicants.

Use Buddha quotes and wisdom as a constant source of inspiration!

Buddhism is all about achieving the perfection of one's own spirit and realizing the full potential of oneself. I hope that I have been able to inspire you further with these Buddha quotes.

Maybe you feel like doing a to keep such a mindfulness diary* and make your everyday life more positive. Record your thoughts in it and take a few minutes every day to do so. You will quickly realize what a positive influence this measure has on your Gratitude, your Self-reflection, your Self-love and your Optimism will have.

Finally, I would like to further contributions that fit in with the Buddhist teachings and can promote your personal development:

Do you have any questions or can you think of any other stirring Buddha quotes? Then I look forward to your comment!

Stay inspired,

Christoph from CareElite - Plastic-free living

PS: Buddha inspires us to live more mindfully and consciously. I have also given you another Saying Collection With Mindfulness Quotes compiled. Feel free to take a look there as well!

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Christoph Schulz

Christoph Schulz

I'm Christoph, an environmental scientist and author - and here at CareElite I'm campaigning against plastic waste in the environment, climate change and all the other major environmental problems of our time. Together with other environmentally conscious bloggers, I want to give you tips & tricks for a naturally healthy, sustainable life as well as your personal development.

3 thoughts on “Buddha Zitate – 50 inspirierende, Weisheiten & Sprüche vom Begründer des Buddhismus”

  1. Hi,
    great collection of quotes from Buddha, really very thoughtful and great choice!
    Thanks for this, greetings 🙂

    1. Hello Christoph,
      I think your basic idea is certainly well-intentioned, but let me express a few thoughts.
      I got to know Thich Nhat Hanh personally during a visit to France. His ideas and the implementation of these were not always easy for me to understand and logical, but I would probably have had to study Buddhist philosophy a little more intensively. Two weeks in France in Plum Village had a huge impact on me and my attitude to life in general. It was an experience that I would not want to miss and that I will "always" benefit from.
      The wisdom you have listed from Siddhartha Gautama is well suited for selling, for copying, for dragging and dropping ... but unfortunately only for that. You are a salesman and have not really understood the meaning of Buddha, but I believe in you and that you too will understand this at some point.
      Jumping on the bandwagon of "sustainability" and "climate" and "plastic-free" and "vegan" and and and ... is unfortunately "in" these days and, in my opinion, is not evidence of "sustainability" but of "obedience" to the system, or "going with the flow and making some money".
      I would like to leave you with a song by Hannes Wader: "It's about time"
      With this in mind, I wish you a Merry Christmas and peace in the world! Ukraine, Yemen, Israel ...
      Regards M.

      1. Hi Mathias! I am an author and environmental scientist and have been actively campaigning for environmental protection and greater environmental awareness in our society for over 7 years. So I'm not just spontaneously jumping on any bandwagon here. What's more, "sustainability", "vegan" and the like are not just bandwagons, but future-oriented developments in our society. They are part of a mindful way of life that you, too, inspired by Thich Nhat Hanh, would surely like to exemplify.

        The quotes mentioned are also a good inspiration for this. Also for taking a closer look at the things you comment on. I hope that you too will understand this at some point 😉.

        Happy holidays and a happy new year to you too.

        Many greetings

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