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Buddhist Quotes

May you find these motivational Buddhist Quotes helpful in your career and in reaching your personal goals in life.

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile,
but sometimes your smile
can be the source of your joy.
- Thich Nhat Hanh

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What we think, we become.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts, we make the world.
- The Buddha

The purpose of our lives is to be happy.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

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 Buddha

 

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.
- The Buddha

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

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


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Hate is never conquered by hate,
Hate is only conquered by love.
- The Buddha

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.
If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle,
and the life of the candle will not be shortened.
Happiness never decreases by being shared.
- The Buddha

He is able who thinks he is able.
- The Buddha

Just as a candle cannot burn without fire,
men cannot live without a spiritual life.
- The Buddha

An idea that is developed and put into action
is more important than
an idea that exists only as an idea.
- The Buddha

Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Work out your own salvation.
Do not depend on others.
- The Buddha

Love is the absence of judgment.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Unity can only be manifested by the Binary.
Unity itself and the idea of Unity are already two.
- The Buddha

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

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 Buddha

There is no need for temples,
no need for complicated philosophies.
My brain and my heart are my temples;
my philosophy is kindness.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

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

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

Be gentle with the earth.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Our prime purpose in this life is to help others.
And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Where ignorance is our master,
there is no possibility of real peace.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

If you can, help others;
if you cannot do that, at least do not harm them.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

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

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

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

A jug fills drop by drop.
- The Buddha

In the practice of tolerance,
one's enemy is the best teacher.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Without health, life is not life;
it is only a state of languor and suffering -
an image of death.
- The Buddha

The mind is everything.
What you think you become.
- The Buddha

When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.
- Buddhist Proverb

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.
- The Buddha

Your work is to discover your world
and then with all your heart give yourself to it.
- The Buddha

Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

If you wish to experience peace,
provide peace for another.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Remember that not getting what you want
is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

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

We receive this food in gratitude to all beings
Who have helped to bring it to our table,
And vow to respond in turn to those in need
With wisdom and compassion.
- Buddhist Blessing

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

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.
- The Buddha

Chaos is inherent in all compounded things.
Strive on with diligence.
- The Buddha

When someone has a strong intuitive connection,
Buddhism suggests that it's because of karma,
some past connection.
- Richard Gere

Spend some time alone every day.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.
- Buddhist proverb

Happiness is not something ready made.
It comes from your own actions.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

A dog is not considered a good dog because he is a good barker.
A man is not considered a good man because he is a good talker.
- The Buddha

Open your arms to change, but don't let go of your values.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

He who experiences the unity of life
sees his own Self in all beings,
and all beings in his own Self,
and looks on everything with an impartial eye.
- The Buddha

If you have a particular faith or religion,
that is good. But you can survive without it.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

The ultimate authority must always rest
with the individual's own reason and critical analysis.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Health is the greatest gift,
contentment the greatest wealth,
faithfulness the best relationship.
- The Buddha

In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west;
people create distinctions out of their own minds
and then believe them to be true.
- The Buddha

It is better to travel well than to arrive.
- The Buddha

I find hope in the darkest of days,
and focus in the brightest.
I do not judge the universe.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

What we think, we become.
- The Buddha

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

There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth
- not going all the way and not starting.
- The Buddha

All major religious traditions
carry basically the same message,
that is love, compassion and forgiveness.
The important thing is they should
be part of our daily lives.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.
- The Buddha

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.
- The Buddha

This is my simple religion.
There is no need for temples;
no need for complicated philosophy.
Our own brain, our own heart is our temple;
the philosophy is kindness.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as
your own unguarded thoughts.
- The Buddha

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

Hate is only conquered by love.
- The Buddha

Ambition is like love,
impatient both of delays and rivals.
- The Buddha

Through violence, you may 'solve' one problem,
but you sow the seeds for another.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

The more we care for the happiness of others,
the greater is our own sense of well-being.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

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


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