Best Buddha Quotes on Life and Happiness

Buddha’s teaching very often comes to us in form of short, memorable sentences: wise words said by a wise man. We can’t be 100% sure that every sentence you’ll read has been said by Siddhārtha Gautama but trust me, they are worth a reading.

There is no doubt that the right words, said at the right time, have the power to soothe and heal our broken soul. They may offer a different perspective, teaching us patience or love or forgiveness. Life and happiness have been discussed since ever by philosophers, thinkers, and scientists are we’re still far away from any straight answers.

The following Buddha quotes don’t offer simple solutions, rather challenge us to question ourselves!

Flowing with the Universe

“If you are quiet enough, you will hear the flow of the universe. You will feel its rhythm. Go with this flow. Happiness lies ahead. Meditation is key.”

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



“Nothing is permanent.”

“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened.”

“A jug fills drop by drop.”

“The mind is everything. What we think, we become.”

“Nothing ever exists entirely alone; everything is in relation to everything else.”

Living in the Present Moment

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

“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.”

“The foot feels the foot when it feels the ground.”



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

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

About Happiness

“Happiness never decreases by being shared.”

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

“What we think, we become. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.”

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

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



“You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”

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

“A disciplined mind brings happiness.”


About Fear and Anger

“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.”

“I teach one thing and one only: that is, suffering and the end of suffering.”

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

“You will not be punished for your anger; you will be punished by your anger.”



“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.”

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

“Hate is never conquered by hate; hate is only conquered by love.”


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