33 Buddhist quotes on desire to go through & understand!

Buddhist quotes on desire


Buddhist quotes on desire. Every single being who is living and have a life will always have some desires. The one who is living will always want something or someone. It's actually the nature of life and it's present in each one of us. Even the speechless animals also have desires for food and shelter. Gautam Buddha is the ultimate saint and guru of Buddhism has always stated desire as the reason for unhappiness and problems. One who is free of any desire is literally free of problems. The man who doesn't have desires will always remain happy and smiling. To know more about it, just go through the following Buddhist quotes on desire.

1. "What is evil? Killing is evil, lying is evil, slandering is evil, abuse is evil, gossip is evil, envy is evil, hatred is evil, to cling to false doctrine is evil; all these things are evil. And what is the root of evil? Desire is the root of evil, illusion is the root of evil."  Gautama Buddha

2. "Surely if living creatures saw the results of all their evil deeds, they would turn away from them in disgust. But selfhood blinds them, and they cling to their obnoxious desires. They crave pleasure for themselves and they cause pain to others; when death destroys their individuality, they find no peace; their thirst for existence abides and their selfhood reappears in new births. Thus they continue to move in the coil and can find no escape from the hell of their own making." — Gautama Buddha

3. "If you sleep, Desire grows in you Like a vine in the forest. Like a monkey in the forest You jump from tree to tree, Never finding the fruit - From life to life, Never finding peace. If you are filled with desire Your sorrows swell Like the grass after the rain. But if you subdue desire Your sorrows shall fall from you Like drops of water from a lotus flower." — Gautama Buddha

4. "The world is full of suffering. Birth is suffering, decre- pitude is suffering, sickness and death are sufferings. To face a man of hatred is suffering, to be separated from a beloved one is suffering, to be vainly struggling to satisfy one's needs is suffering. In fact, life that is not free from desire and passion is always involved with suffering." — Gautama Buddha

5. "But when one masters this wretched desire, which is so hard to overcome, then one's sorrows just drop off, like a drop of water off a lotus." — Gautama Buddha


Buddhist quotes on desire

6. "I am, I am not, I will be, I will not be are vein thoughts which is a sickness and once all are eliminated no desire arises." — Gautama Buddha

7. "Men are tied up to their families and possessions more helplessly than in a prison. There is an occasion for the prisoner to be released, but householders entertain no desire to be relieved from the ties of family. When a man's passion is aroused nothing prevents him from ruining himself. Even into the jaws of a tiger will he jump. Those who are thus drowned in the filth of passion are called the ignorant. Those who are able to overcome it are saintly Arhats." — Gautama Buddha

8. "Those who act with few desires are calm, without worry or fear." — Gautama Buddha

9. "The gift of the Truth beats all other gifts. The flavour of the Truth beats all other tastes. The joy of the Truth beats all other joys, and the cessation of desire conquers all suffering." — Gautama Buddha

10. "Live joyfully, without desire." — Gautama Buddha

11. "One who, while seeking happiness, oppresses with violence other living beings who also desire happinesss, will not find happiness hereafter." — Gautama Buddha


Buddhist quotes on desire

12. "The end of desire is the end of sorrow." — Gautama Buddha

13. "The masters only point the way. But if you meditate And follow the dharma You will free yourself from desire. 'Everything arises and passes away.' When you see this, you are above sorrow. This is the shining way." — Gautama Buddha

14. "Moved by their selfish desires, people seek after fame and glory. But when they have acquired it, they are already stricken in years. If you hanker after worldly fame and practise not the Way, your labors are wrongfully applied and your energy is wasted. It is like unto burning an incense stick. However much its pleasing odor be admired, the fire that consumes is steadily burning up the stick." — Gautama Buddha

15. "In the same way that rain breaks into a house with a bad roof, desire breaks into the mind that has not been practising meditation." — Gautama Buddha


Buddhist quotes on desire

16. "When one is overcome by this wretched, clinging desire in the world, one's sorrows increase like grass growing up after a lot of rain." — Gautama Buddha

17. "Freed by full realization and at peace, the mind of such a man is at peace, and his speech and action peaceful. He has no need for faith who knows the uncreated, who has cut off rebirth, who has destroyed any opportunity for good or evil, and cast away all desire. He is indeed the ultimate man." — Gautama Buddha

18. "The good renounce everything. The pure don't babble about sensual desires. Whether touched by pleasure or pain, the wise show no change of temper." — Gautama Buddha

19. "Cut down the forest, not just a tree. Out of the forest of desire springs danger. By cutting down both the forest of desire and the brushwood of longing, be rid of the forest, bhikkhus." — Gautama Buddha

20. "One may desire a spurious respect and precedence among one's fellow monks, and the veneration of outsiders. "Both monks and laity should think it was my doing. They should accept my authority in all matters great or small." This is a fool's way of thinking. His self-seeking and conceit just increase." — Gautama Buddha


Buddhist quotes on desire

21. "When we free ourselves of desire, we will know serenity and freedom." — Gautama Buddha

22. "Sit Rest Work. Alone with yourself, Never weary. On the edge of the forest Live joyfully, Without desire." — Gautama Buddha

23. "Live contemplating the body through mindfulness. Live contemplating feelings. In this way you will be aware of and control wrong desires." — Gautama Buddha

24. "Do not vainly lament, but do wonder at the rule of transiency and learn from it the emptiness of human life. Do not cherish to unworthy desire that the changeable might become unchanging." — Gautama Buddha

25. "If desires are not uprooted, sorrows grow again in you." — Gautama Buddha

26. "There is no fire like passion. There are no chains like hate. Illusion is a net, Desire is a rushing river." — Gautama Buddha

27. "Whatsoever misfortunes there are Here in this world or in the next, They all have their root in Ignorance And in the accumulation of Longing and Desire." — Gautama Buddha



28. "Truth is always truth, untruth is always untruth. This is what matters, this is right desire." — Gautama Buddha

29. "Let your diet be spare, your wants moderate, your needs few. So, living modestly, with no distracting desires, you will find content." — Gautama Buddha

30. "Free from passion and desire, you have stripped the thorns from the stem." — Gautama Buddha

31. “A man asked Gautama Buddha, ‘I want happiness.’ Buddha said, ‘First, remove I. That’s ego. Then remove want. That’s desire. Now you are left with only happiness." — Buddha



32. “There is no fear for one whose mind is not filled with desires.”  Gautama Buddha

33. "Indeed, the sage who’s fully quenched rests at ease in every way; no sense desire adheres to him whose fires have cooled, deprived of fuel. All attachments have been severed, the heart’s been led away from pain; tranquil, he rests with utmost ease. The mind has found its way to peace." — Buddha

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