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10 Meaningful Buddha Quotes For Difficult Times

It’s easy to be motivated, inspired, and full of energy if you are currently happy about your life.

And I wish I could say that every day is a good day – but I would be lying. Some days just suck. Some weeks suck. Maybe even months. But they eventually pass.

During life, we incur a lot of pain, disappointment, and a lot of failure. They shape us into who we are today.

All of these experiences are double-edged swords.

Sometimes it takes years to see what you learned from a painful experience that happened 10 years ago. Maybe you are not even there yet and you can’t see anything positive about it to this day. And that’s okay. We are not meant to be always happy even though we keep being force-fed positivity from every corner nowadays.

Imagine this: if you were only happy, how would you appreciate your happiness? You would not even know what is suffering, and so you would not understand the beauty of being happy. Our world is dual for a reason.

I am not going to bullshit you about how you have to think positively and how helpful it’s going to be.

But know that there are ways how to comfort yourself even in tough times.

So, if you are currently facing difficult times, all I can tell you is that these moments didn’t come to stay, they came to pass. But that does not mean that you have to stay in some apathetic state and wait it out doing nothing. You can actively try to make yourself feel better.

Now quotes have a special place in my life. When I could not calm myself down because of my anxiety and unsettling feelings, I stumbled upon a book with Buddha Quotes. And it helped me immensely.

Who was Buddha?

Siddhartha Gautama is the founder of Buddhism who later became known as the Buddha (The Awakened One). He was a philosopher, mendicant, meditator, spiritual teacher, and religious leader.

Gautama lived sometime between the 6th to 4th century B.C. and was born into an aristocratic family in the Shakya clan localized in present-day Nepal.

The earliest sources claim that he started seeking spiritual answers after being disillusioned with lay life.

There are various biographies regarding his life.

The most legendary one says that Gautama was born as a prince and his father shielded him from the outside world and human suffering. After leaving the palace for the first time, he was shocked to encounter human suffering which later brought him to seek a spiritual path instead of an easy life in the palace.

I hope that these 10 Quotes from Buddha will help you through difficult times as they did in my case.

1. “Do not look for a sanctuary in anyone except your self.”


Dive in deep and fully acknowledge your feelings. You are the only person in this world who has the access to your own inner healing process.

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


We are in charge of our destiny. Despite wishing for a savior, we are the only ones who can save ourselves.

3. “What you are is what you have been. What you’ll be is what you do now.”


Whether we like it or not, life around us can not be stopped. What we do at this point is what’s going to decide our future.

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


A simple act of giving can brighten the day.

Some people think that receiving is the ultimate thing that enriches us. This could not be further from the truth. Giving is associated with support, kindness, and empathy for other people around us. It inspires others to give and makes the world a better place for everyone.

On top of that, the act of giving also promotes social connection, strengthens bonds with others, and makes us feel truly happy.

5. “Nothing can harm you as much as your own thoughts unguarded.”


Thoughts can benefit or weaken you. The best part about them is that you are the one controlling them.

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


Self-love is extremely important. First of all, people who don’t love themselves can’t truly love others either. Second of all, if you feel love for yourself, you perceive things that happen to you differently.

7. “We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.”


You can make yourself feel better even without external factors. By thinking differently.

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


While it’s not healthy to suppress our emotions, it is healthy to realize what they are causing. In this case, more suffering.

9. “An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.”


As long as you have some goals or dreams, you have a reason to live. Generally speaking, everyone has dreams.

Now it’s up to you whether you are going to invest time in making them happen or leave them in your mind.

Your lost motivation can be returned if you decide to.

10. “Set your heart on doing good. Do it over and over again, and you will be filled with joy.”


Act of kindness does not benefit just other people. We are releasing positivity for ourselves as well thanks to interconnectedness with others.

If you find yourself feeling bad, also try to remember that you are not alone. All beings experience pain – after all, it’s our universal experience.

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