40 Gautama Buddha Quotes On Happiness, Life, Anger, And Death

All living beings have the same basic wish, namely to be happy and avoid suffering, but very few people understand the real causes of happiness.

Usually, people misconstrue the source of happiness. They think that by pleasing their insatiable desire they can be happy. When people try to obtain happiness by pleasing these unlimited desires through means limited by space and time, they end up in frustration and losing whatever little relative happiness they have.

The real source of happiness is inner peace. If our mind is peaceful, we shall be happy all the time, regardless of external conditions, but if it is disturbed or troubled in any way, we shall never be happy, no matter how good our external conditions may be.

Here is a collection of 40 Gautama Buddha quotes on happiness, life, anger, and death:

#1 “A disciplined mind brings happiness.”

#2 “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.”

#3 “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.”

#4 “It is in the nature of things that joy arises in a person free from remorse.”

#5 “There is no path to happiness: happiness is the path.”

#6 “Whatever living beings there may be — feeble or strong, long, stout, or of medium size, short, small, large, those seen or those unseen, those dwelling far or near, those who are born as well as those yet to be born — may all beings have happy minds.”

#7 “A mind unruffled by the vagaries of fortune, from sorrow freed, from defilements cleansed, from fear liberated — this is the greatest blessing.”

#8 “One moment can change a day, one day can change a life and one life can change the world.”

#9 “Meditate … do not delay, lest you later regret it.”

#10 “When watching after yourself, you watch after others. When watching after others, you watch after yourself.”

#11 “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.”

#12 “We will develop and cultivate the liberation of mind by lovingkindness, make it our vehicle, make it our basis, stabilize it, exercise ourselves in it, and fully perfect it.”

#13 “To conquer oneself is a greater task than conquering others.”

#14 “To support mother and father, to cherish wife and children, and to be engaged in peaceful occupation — this is the greatest blessing.”

#15 ”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.”

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

#17 “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.”

#18 “Words have the power to both destroy and heal. When words are both true and kind, they can change our world.”

#19 “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.”

#20 “In whom there is no sympathy for living beings: know him as an outcast.”

#21 “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.”

#22 “Give, even if you only have a little.”

#23 ”Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.”

#24 “All conditioned things are impermanent — when one sees this with wisdom, one turns away from suffering.”

#25 “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.”shakyamuni buddha quotes on karma and mind

#26 “Meditate. Live purely. Be quiet. Do your work with mastery. Like the moon, come out from behind the clouds! Shine.”

#27 “Delight in heedfulness! Guard well your thoughts!”

#28 “Ceasing to do evil, cultivating the good, purifying the heart: this is the teaching of the Buddhas.”

#29 “Should a person do good, let him do it again and again. Let him find pleasure therein, for blissful is the accumulation of good.”

#30 ”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.”

#31 ”Without health life is not life; it is only a state of languour and suffering – an image of death.”

#32 ”Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace.”

#33 ”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.”

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

#35 ”It is better to travel well than to arrive.”

#36 “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.”

#37 ”Work out your own salvation. Do not depend on others.”

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

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

#40 “The thought manifests as the word. The word manifests as the deed. The deed develops into a habit. And the habit hardens into character. So watch the thought and its ways with care. And let it spring from love, born out of concern for all beings.”

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