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Karma Quotes: 86 Amazing Quotes About Karma To Inspire You

Karma quotes help remind us that karma is a powerful force, and can shape our lives in ways we never thought possible.

Karma quotes help remind us that karma is a powerful force, and can shape our lives in ways we never thought possible.

Sometimes bad things happen to good people and there’s nothing we can do

These 86 quotes about karma listed below will inspire you to live your life with intention, and to be mindful of the actions you take.

What does karma mean?

As Alicia Keys once sang, “What goes around comes around / What goes up must come down.”

And indeed, that’s what the word “karma” is all about. It’s a Sanskrit term that refers to the Hindu concept of cause and effect.

In other words, what you put out into the world will come back to you.

Positive karma means good things will happen to you because you’ve done good things, while negative karma means bad things will happen to you because you’ve done bad things.

The history of karma: from East to West

Karma is a central tenet of Hinduism, Buddhism, and other traditional Eastern religions. But the concept has also been adopted by Westerners in recent years.

In the West, karma is often seen as a kind of cosmic justice system.

So if something bad happens to someone, it’s because they must have done something bad in a past life.

Likewise, if someone is very successful, it’s because they did good deeds in a previous life.

This way of thinking about karma can be helpful because it reminds us that we’re not always in control of what happens to us.

Why does karma matter?

It’s important to note that karma isn’t just about revenge or getting even with someone. It’s about the idea that your actions have consequences, and those consequences will come back to you eventually.

So if you want good things to happen to you, it’s important to be a good person and do good deeds. The same goes for if you want bad things to happen to you.

What are the 3 types of karma?

There are three main types of karma:

  1. Sanchita Karma: this is the sum total of all the karma you’ve ever accumulated in your past lives. It’s like a bank account that you can’t see, but it’s there nonetheless…
  2. Prarabdha Karma: this is the portion of your Sanchita Karma that’s ready to be experienced in this lifetime. Think of it as the interest that’s been accrued on your karma bank account.
  3. Kriyamana Karma: this is the karma you’re creating in this lifetime. Every time you do something, good or bad, you’re adding to your Kriyamana Karma.

So remember, what goes around, comes around. Be careful of the actions you take and the words you speak, because they will have consequences… eventually.

The 86 most inspiring karma quotes

  1. “A boomerang returns back to the person who throws it.” — Vera Nazarian
  2. “A man is born alone and dies alone; and he experiences the good and bad consequences of his karma alone; and he goes alone to hell or the Supreme abode.” — Chanakya
  3. “Before you act, you have freedom, but after you act, the effect of that action will follow you whether you want it to or not. That is the law of karma.” — Paramahansa Yogananda
  4. “But this was what happened when you didn’t want to visit and confront the past: The past starts visiting and confronting you.” — Bret Easton Ellis
  5. “By each crime and every kindness, we birth our future.” — David Mitchell
  6. “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” — Robert Louis Stevenson
  7. “Each individual is solely responsible for his or her own actions, and every action will produce a reaction equal in every way to the suit of the action.” — Stephen Arroyo
  8. “Even chance meetings are the result of karma… Things in life are fated by our previous lives. That even in the smallest events there’s no such thing as coincidence.” — Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore
  9. “Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely.” — Buddha
  10. “Every act is done, no matter how insignificant, will eventually return to the doer with equal impact. Good will be returned with good; evil with evil.” — Nishan Panwar

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  11. “Every action of our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity.” — Edwin Hubbell Chapin
  12. “Every moment of your life, you perform an action—physically, mentally, emotionally, and energy-wise. Each action creates a certain memory. That is karma.” — Sadhguru
  13. “Everyone gets dumped, and everyone gets hurt, and there’s karma to love in regards to what you’ve done to other people.” — Marina and the Diamonds
  14. “How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.” – Wayne Dyer
  15. “I believe in karma, and I believe if you put out positive vibes to everybody, that’s all you’re going to get back.” — Kesha
  16. “I believe in Karma. If the good is sown, the good is collected. When positive things are made, that returns well.” – Yannick Noah
  17. “I never kill insects. If I see ants or spiders in the room, I pick them up and take them outside. Karma is everything.” — Holly Valance
  18. “I try to live with the idea that karma is a very real thing. So I put out what I want to get back.” – Megan Fox
  19. “I want revenge, but I don’t want to screw up my karma.” — Susan Colasanti
  20. “I’m a true believer in karma. You get what you give, whether it’s bad or good.” — Sandra Bullock
  21. “I’m a very firm believer in karma and put it this way: I get a lot of good parking spots.” — Al Jourgensen
  22. “If karma doesn’t catch up, God will surely pick up the slack.” ― Anthony Liccione
  23. “If you give a good thing to the world, then over time your karma will be good, and you’ll receive good.” – Russell Simmons
  24. “If you give your best to someone it will most definitely come back to you, often from a different person altogether.” ― Hrishikesh Agnihotri
  25. “If you truly loved yourself, you could never hurt another.” — Buddha
  26. “If you’re really a mean person, you’re going to come back as a fly and eat poop.” — Kurt Cobain
  27. “If your actions were to boomerang back on you instantly, would you still act the same?” —Alexandra Katehakis
  28. “In the long run, every man will pay the penalty for his own misdeeds. The man who remembers this will be angry with no one, indignant with no one, revile no one, blame no one, offend no one, hate no one.” ― Epictetus
  29. “It is impossible to build one’s own happiness on the unhappiness of others. This perspective is at the heart of Buddhist teachings.” —Daisaku Ikeda
  30. “It’s called karma, and it’s pronounced ha ha.” — Unknown
  31. “Karma bides its time. You will always have to watch out. Karma is unforgiving and always gets payback.” – Benjamin Bayani
  32. “Karma has a surprising way of taking care of situations. All you have to do is to sit back and watch.” — Unknown
  33. “Karma has no problem getting back in touch with you when need be.” — Unknown
  34. “Karma is a tricky thing. To serve karma, one must repay good karma to others. To serve karma well, one must sometimes deliver bad karma where it is due.” — M.R. Mathias
  35. “Karma is extremely efficient, if one is extremely patient.” ― Efrat Cybulkiewicz
  36. “Karma is justice. It does not reward or punish, because we have to earn all that we receive.” — Mary T. Brown
  37. “Karma is like a rubber band. You can only stretch it so far before it comes back and smacks you in the face.” — Unknown
  38. “Karma is not just about the troubles, but also about surmounting them.” — Rick Springfield
  39. “Karma, when properly understood, is just the mechanics through which consciousness manifests.” — Deepak Chopra
  40. “Karma: getting what you deserve and deserving what you get.” — Unknown
  41. “Life is an echo. What you send out, comes back. What you sow, you reap.” — Zig Ziglar
  42. “Like gravity, karma is so basic we often don’t even notice it.” ― Sakyong Mipham
  43. “Live a good and honorable life. Then, when you are older, you can look back and enjoy it a second time.” — the Dalai Lama
  44. “Men are not punished for their sins but by them.” — Kin Hubbard
  45. “Men are not punished for their sins, but by them.” – Elbert Hubbard
  46. “Most times, how you treat your children is how they grow up to treat you.” — Terry Mark
  47. “My actions are my only true belongings. I cannot escape the consequences of my actions. My actions are the ground upon which I stand.” — Thich Nhat Hanh
  48. “Often when someone hurts you, they aren’t hurting you because you are you. They are hurting you because they are them.” — Karen Salmansohn
  49. “One never escapes karma every action is stored subconsciously.” ― Deeksha Arora
  50. “Our lives are not our own. We are bound to others, past and present, and by each crime and every kindness, we birth our future.” ― David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas
  51. “People pay for what they do, and still more, for what they have allowed themselves to become. And they pay for it simply: by the lives they lead.” — Edith Wharton
  52. “People pay for what they do, and, still more, for what they have allowed themselves to become. And they pay for it simply: by the lives they lead.” — James Baldwin
  53. “Realize that everything connects to everything else.” — Leonardo da Vinci
  54. “Remember the unkindness, dishonesty, and deception you display toward others… don’t be shocked when it comes back to bite you.” — Sarah Moore
  55. “Remember to honor the hand which reached out for you when you needed it, by being that hand to someone else who is struggling.” ― Greg Dutilly
  56. “Show a little faith in someone when they need it. It’s amazing how it comes back around to you.” ― Garon Whited, Knightfall
  57. “Sometimes you get the karma. Sometimes you are the karma.” — Amie Kissel
  58. “Sometimes you get what’s coming around. And sometimes you are what’s coming around.” ― Jim Butcher, Grave Peril
  59. “Stop blaming others for the pains and sufferings you have. They are because of you, your karma, and your own disposition.” ― Girdhar Joshi
  60. “That game of consequences to which we all sit down, the hanger-back not least.” — Robert Louis Stevenson
  61. “The love you send into the world, you will find, is the love that returns to you.” ― Avina Celeste
  62. “The meaning of karma is in the intention. The intention behind action is what matters.” — the Bhagavad Gita
  63. “The more love you give away, the more love you will receive.” — Unknown
  64. “The ones you judge today may be the judgments you endure tomorrow.” — Unknown
  65. “The universe does not carry debts. It always returns back to you what you gave it.” ― Drishti Bablani
  66. “There are the waves, and there is the wind, seen and unseen forces. Everyone has these same elements in their lives, the seen and unseen, karma and free will.” — Kuan Yin
  67. “There is a wonderful mythical law of nature that the three things we crave most in life — happiness, freedom, and peace of mind — are always attained by giving them to someone else.” — Peyton Conway March
  68. “There’s a natural law of karma that vindictive people, who go out of their way to hurt others, will end up broke and alone.” — Sylvester Stallone
  69. “This is your karma. You do not understand now, but you will understand later.” — Raven Rose, Shadow Selves
  70. “Violence does, in truth, recoil upon the violent, and the schemer falls into the pit which he digs for another.” ― Arthur Conan Doyle
  71. “What you hate, you re-create; and what you bless, you put to rest.” ― Eric Micha’el Leventhal
  72. “When karma comes back to punch you in the face, I want to be there. Just in case it needs help.” — Unknown
  73. “When karma lands, it lands hard.” — Tom Fitton
  74. “When someone has a strong intuitive connection, Buddhism suggests that it’s because of karma, some past connection.” — Richard Gere
  75. “When the karma of a relationship is done, only love remains. Let go. It’s safe.” — Elizabeth Gilbert
  76. “When you carry out acts of kindness, you get a wonderful feeling inside. It is as though something inside your body responds and says, ‘Yes, this is how I ought to feel.’” — Harold Kushner
  77. “When you plant a seed of love, it is you that blossoms.” — Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati, The Karmic Spaces
  78. “When you see a good person, think of becoming like her/him. When you see someone not so good, reflect on your own weak points.” ― Confucius
  79. “When you truly understand karma, then you realize you are responsible for everything in your life.” — Keanu Reeves
  80. “You cannot control the results, only your actions.” ― Allan Lokos, Patience: The Art of Peaceful Living
  81. “You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson
  82. “You cannot do harm to someone because someone has done harm to you. You will pay just like they will.” — Ericka Williams
  83. “You might have burned me with your lies, but karma is about to set you on fire.” —Unknown
  84. “You reap what you sow: Life is like a boomerang. Our thoughts, deeds and words return to us sooner or later, with astounding accuracy.” — Grant M. Bright
  85. “Your believing or not believing in karma has no effect on its existence, nor on its consequences to you. Just as a refusal to believe in the ocean would not prevent you from drowning.” ― F. Paul Wilson, The Tomb
  86. “Your karma should be good, and everything else will follow. Your good karma will always win over your bad luck.” — Rohit Shetty

Conclusion: how knowing more about karma can improve your own life

Karma is a powerful force, and understanding it can help you live a better life.

If you want good things to happen to you, make sure you’re doing good deeds. Likewise, if you don’t want bad things to happen to you, avoid doing bad deeds.

It’s also important to remember that we’re not always in control of what happens to us.

Sometimes bad things happen to good people, and there’s nothing we can do about it.

But knowing that karma exists can help us make peace with the difficult moments in our lives.

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