40+ Inspiring Quotes by Gautam Buddha to read on Buddha Purnima 2022

Gautam Buddha was an ascetic and spiritual teacher of South Asia who lived during the latter half of the first millennium BCE. He was the founder of Buddhism and is revered by Buddhists as an enlightened being.

Born in Lumbini (present day Nepal) in the clan of the Shakya, he spent the majority of his adult life in modern day Nepal and India, attaining enlightenment under the Bodhi tree at Bodh Gaya.

Buddha Purnima, also known as Buddha Jayanti or Vesak, marks the birth anniversary of Gautam Buddha. It is one of the biggest festivals for the followers of Buddhism.

On the occasion of Buddha Purnima, here are 40+ inspiring quotes by Gautam Buddha.

  • “No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.”
  • “Three things can not hide for long: the Moon, the Sun and the Truth.”
  • “Doubt everything. Find your own light.”
  • “Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule.”
  • “Nothing is forever except change.”
  • “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.”
  • “It is a man’s own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways.”
  • “In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.”
  • “There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.”
  • “If you light a lamp for somebody, it will also brighten your path.”
  • “Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”
  • “Be a lamp unto yourself. Work out your liberation with diligence.”
  • “There is nothing so disobedient as an undisciplined mind, and there is nothing so obedient as a disciplined mind.”
  • “Anger will never disappear so long as thoughts of resentment are cherished in the mind.”
  • “There has to be evil so that good can prove its purity above it.”
  • “To insist on a spiritual practice that served you in the past is to carry the raft on your back after you have crossed the river.”
  • “When you like a flower, you just pluck it. But when you love a flower, you water it daily.”
  • “The mind is everything. What you think, you become”
  • “The ignorant man is an ox. He grows in size, not in wisdom.”
  • “The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows.”
  • “The wise man makes an island of himself that no flood can overwhelm.”
  • “Every experience, no matter how bad it seems, holds within it a blessing of some kind. The goal is to find it.”
  • “The darkest night is ignorance.”
  • “The rain could turn to gold and still your thirst would not be slaked. Desire is unquenchable or it ends in tears, even in heaven.”
  • “Your actions are your only belongings.”
  • “The foot feels the foot when it feels the ground.”
  • “To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.”
  • “Anger is the punishment we give ourselves for someone else’s mistake.”
  • “Our life is shaped by our mind, for we become what we think.”
  • “Better it is to live alone; there is no fellowship with a fool. Live alone and do no evil; be carefree like an elephant in the elephant forest.”
  • “Ambition is like love, impatient of both delays and rivals”
  • “Love is a fleeting emotion, to reach true nirvana one must know themselves and forsake love, for it breeds contempt.”
  • “The moment you see how important it is to love yourself, you will stop making others suffer.”
  • “Joy comes not through possession or ownership but through a wise and loving heart.”
  • “Rather than continuing to seek the truth, simply let go of your views.”
  • “The trouble is, you think you have time.”
  • “The fool worries, thinking, “I have sons, I have wealth.” Indeed, when he himself is not his own, whence are sons, whence is wealth?”
  • “You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.”
  • “When people treat you like they don’t care, believe them!”
  • “From craving is born grief, from craving is born fear. For one freed from craving there’s no grief – so how fear?”
  • “However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them?”
  • “Your purpose in life is to find your purpose and give your whole heart and soul to it”
  • “Every morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.”
  • “There is no path to happiness: happiness is the path.”
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