These 101 Buddha Quotes Will Help You Find Inner Peace

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The world is filled with chaos outside—and mostly inside every one of us. We often find ourselves wrapped up in destructive thoughts, painful doubts, and worldly problems which shroud us in unhappiness and anger and manifest in negative behaviors.

Let us help you take away these negativities with these powerful Buddha quotes that should help you find your inner peace.

101 Inspiring Buddha Quotes for Inner Peace

1. “To conquer oneself is a greater task than conquering others.”– Buddha

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.”– Buddha

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

4. “Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future; concentrate the mind on the present moment.”– Buddha

5. “What we think, we become.”– Buddha

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

7. “Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace.”– Buddha

8. “Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.”– Buddha

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

10. “Anger will never disappear so long as thoughts of resentment are cherished in the mind. Anger will disappear just as soon as thoughts of resentment are forgotten.”– Buddha

11. “No one saves us but ourselves. No one can, and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.”– Buddha

12. “Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.”– Buddha

13. “There is nothing so disobedient as an undisciplined mind, and there is nothing so obedient as a disciplined mind.”– Buddha

14. “You cannot travel the path until you have become the path itself.”– Buddha

15. “All wrong-doing arises because of mind. If mind is transformed can wrong-doing remain?”– Buddha

16. “All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything.”– Buddha

17. “Your work is to discover your work, and then with all your heart to give yourself to it.”– Buddha

18. “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.”– Buddha

19. “The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows.”– Buddha

20. “You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.”– Buddha

21. “Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely.”– Buddha

22. “You will always be getting praise and blame, but do not let either affect the poise of the mind.”– Buddha

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

24. “One who conquers himself is greater than another who conquers a thousand times a thousand on the battlefield.”– Buddha

25. “Inward calm cannot be maintained unless physical strength is constantly and intelligently replenished.”– Buddha

26. “Happiness never decreases by being shared.”– Buddha

27. “Those who have destroyed the roots of jealousy have peace of mind always.”– Buddha

28. “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.”– Buddha

29. “Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace.”– Buddha

30. “Let a man avoid evil deeds as a man who loves life avoids poison.”– Buddha

31. “It is better to do nothing, than to do what is wrong. For whatever you do, you do to yourself.”– Buddha

32. “Be where you are; otherwise you will miss your life.”– Buddha

33. “Make your mind pure as a silversmith blows away the impurities of silver, little by little, instant by instant.”– Buddha

34. “The mind is the source of happiness and unhappiness.”– Buddha

35. “Let yourself be open and life will be easier. A spoon of salt in a glass of water makes the water undrinkable. A spoon of salt in a lake is almost unnoticed.”– Buddha

36. “Each morning, we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.”– Buddha

37. “However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them?”– Buddha

38. “If a man who enjoys a lesser happiness beholds a greater one, let him leave aside the lesser to gain the greater.”– Buddha

39. “There is no path to happiness. Happiness is the path.”– Buddha

40. “Happiness is a journey, not a destination.”– Buddha

41. “As the fletcher whittles and makes straight his arrows, so the master directs his straying thoughts.”– Buddha

42. “In a controversy, the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth and have begun striving for ourselves.”– Buddha

43. “When you realize how perfect everything is, you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky.”– Buddha

44. “And so, with a boundless heart should one cherish all living beings.”– Buddha

45. “Chaos is inherent in all compounded things. Strive on with diligence.”– Buddha

46. “A wise man, recognizing that the world is but an illusion, does not act as if it is real, so he escapes the suffering.”– Buddha

47. “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.”– Buddha

48. “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.”– Buddha

49. “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.”– Buddha

50. “Happiness comes when your work and words are of benefit to yourself and others.”– Buddha

51. “What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow. Our life is the creation of our mind.”– Buddha

52. “The thought manifests as the word. The word manifests as the deed. The deed develops into 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.”– Buddha

53. “To understand everything is to forgive everything.”– Buddha

54. “The tongue like a sharp knife… Kills without drawing blood.”– Buddha

55. “The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart.”– Buddha

56. “Every human being is the author of his own health and disease.”– Buddha

57. “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.”– Buddha

58. “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.”– Buddha

59. “Hatred does not cease through hatred at any time. Hatred ceases through love. This is an unalterable law.”– Buddha

60. “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.”– Buddha

61. “He who loves 50 people has 50 woes; he who loves no one has no woes.”– Buddha

62. “There has to be evil so that good can prove its purity above it.”– Buddha

63. “Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care, for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill.”– Buddha

64. “Every human being is the author of his own health or disease.”– Buddha

65. “If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.”– Buddha

66. “The root of suffering is attachment.”– Buddha

67. “Everything that has a beginning has an ending. Make your peace with that and all will be well.”– Buddha

68. “Those who act with few desires are calm, without worry or fear.”– Buddha

69. “If a man’s mind becomes pure, his surroundings will also become pure.”– Buddha

70. “If you want to fly, give up everything that weighs you down.”– Buddha

71. “Do not learn how to react, learn how to respond.”– Buddha

72. “If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.”– Buddha

73. “Purity or impurity depends on oneself. No one can purify another.”– Buddha

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

75. “Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own unguarded thoughts.”– Buddha

76. “Wear your ego like a loose fitting garment.”– Buddha

77. “A man may conquer a million men in battle, but one who conquers himself is, indeed, the greatest of conquerors.”– Buddha

78. “No matter how hard the past, you can always begin again.”– Buddha

79. “When we meet real tragedy in life, we can react in two ways- either by losing hope and falling into self-destructive habits, or by using the challenge to find our inner strength.”– Buddha

80. “It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.”– Buddha

81. “Don’t rush anything. When the time is right, it’ll happen.”– Buddha

82. “It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.”– Buddha

83. “People with opinions just go around bothering one another.”– Buddha

84. “Speak or act with an impure mind and trouble will follow you.”– Buddha

85. “If the problem can be solved, why worry? If the problem cannot be solved, worrying will do you no good.”– Buddha

86. “What you think, you become; what you feel, you attract. What you imagine, you create.”– Buddha

87. “Happiness or sorrow – whatever befalls you, walk on untouched, unattached.”– Buddha

88. “All human unhappiness comes from not facing reality squarely, exactly as it is.”– Buddha

89. “In separateness lies the world’s greatest misery; in compassion lies the world’s true strength.”– Buddha

90. “Quiet the mind, and the soul will speak.”– Buddha

91. “In the end these things matter most: How well did you love? How fully did you live? How deeply did you let go?”– Buddha

92. “True love is born from understanding.”– Buddha

93. “Even as a solid rock is unshaken by the wind, so are the wise unshaken by praise or blame.”– Buddha

94. “The less you respond to negative people, the more peaceful your life will become.”– Buddha

95. “Pain is certain, suffering is optional.”– Buddha

96. “Remembering a wrong is like carrying a burden on the mind.”– Buddha

97. “Every morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.”– Buddha

98. “Happiness does not depend on what you have or who you are. It solely relies on what you think.”– Buddha

99. “You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection.”– Buddha

100. “Before giving, the mind of the giver is happy; while giving, the mind of the giver is made peaceful; and, having given, the mind of the giver is uplifted.”– Buddha

101. “Be a lamp to yourself. Be your own confidence. Hold on to the truth within yourself as to the only truth.”– Buddha

Final Thoughts

The principles of Buddha are ones that we can live by, whatever your beliefs are. The Buddha teaches us peace to ourselves and to others and helps us discover happiness in this world full of negativities and unhappiness.