One of the most esteemed and inspiring figures in the last century is Dalai Lama 14th. As the spiritual and political leader of China’s Tibet province, he has become one of the largest moral leaders in the world through his decades-long bridge building, peace-seeking work and Tibetan independence activism. He has uncountable admirers and supporters worldwide.

In accordance with the Tibetan Buddhist traditions, Lhamo Thondup, born in 1935 was anointed at the age of 2 as Dalai Lama the 14th. He started his religious training at the age of 6 and came to power at the age of 16 as Tibet’s political leader. In 1959, the Chinese military invasion of China, triggered by the activism of the young Dalai Lama for democratic and free Tibet, forced him and his government supporters into Indian exile, where he lives ever since.

Take a look at these inspiring Dalai Lama Quotes:

 

Dalai Lama Quotes:

1. “We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves” – Dalai Lama

2. “The goal is not to be better than the other man, but your previous self.” – Dalai Lama

3. “A spoon cannot taste of the food it carries. Likewise, a foolish man cannot understand the wise man´s wisdom even if he associates with a sage.” – Dalai Lama

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4. “Time passes unhindered. When we make mistakes, we cannot turn the clock back and try again. All we can do is use the present well.” – Dalai Lama

5. “There is a saying in Tibetan, ‘Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.’ No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that’s our real disaster.” – Dalai Lama

6. “Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.” – Dalai Lama

7. “Silence is sometimes the best answer” – Dalai Lama

8. “Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can.” – Dalai Lama

9. “Know the rules well, so you can break them effectively.” – Dalai Lama

10. “The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation.” – Dalai Lama

11. “Choose to be optimistic, it feels better.” – Dalai Lama

12. “Know the rules well, so you can break them effectively.” – Dalai Lama

13. “To remain indifferent to the challenges we face is indefensible. If the goal is noble, whether or not it is realized within our lifetime is largely irrelevant. What we must do therefore is to strive and persevere and never give up.” – Dalai Lama

14. “If a problem is fixable, if a situation is such that you can do something about it, then there is no need to worry. If it’s not fixable, then there is no help in worrying. There is no benefit in worrying whatsoever.” – Dalai Lama

15. “Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.” – Dalai Lama

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16. “The ultimate source of happiness is not money and power, but warm-heartedness” – Dalai Lama

17. “Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.” – Dalai Lama

18. “The ultimate source of happiness is not money and power, but warm-heartedness” – Dalai Lama

19. “Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.” – Dalai Lama

20. “The whole purpose of religion is to facilitate love and compassion, patience, tolerance, humility, and forgiveness.” – Dalai Lama

21. “It is very rare or almost impossible that an event can be negative from all points of view.” – Dalai Lama

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22. “People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.” – Dalai Lama

23. “Only the development of compassion and understanding for others can bring us the tranquility and happiness we all seek.” – Dalai Lama

24. “One great question underlies our experience, whether we think about it or not: what is the purpose of life? . . . From the moment of birth every human being wants happiness and does not want suffering. Neither social conditioning nor education nor ideology affects this. From the very core of our being, we simply desire contentment. . . Therefore, it is important to discover what will bring about the greatest degree of happiness.” – Dalai Lama

25. “The ultimate authority must always rest with the individual’s own reason and critical analysis.” – Dalai Lama

26. “Look at children. Of course they may quarrel, but generally speaking they do not harbor ill feelings as much or as long as adults do. Most adults have the advantage of education over children, but what is the use of an education if they show a big smile while hiding negative feelings deep inside? Children don’t usually act in such a manner. If they feel angry with someone, they express it, and then it is finished. They can still play with that person the following day.” – Dalai Lama

27. “When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.” – Dalai Lama

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28. “Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.” – Dalai Lama

29. “Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.” – Dalai Lama

30. “Let us try to recognize the precious nature of each day.” – Dalai Lama

31. “The purpose of all the major religious traditions is not to construct big temples on the outside, but to create temples of goodness and compassion inside, in our hearts.” – Dalai Lama

32. “All suffering is caused by ignorance. People inflict pain on others in the selfish pursuit of their own happiness or satisfaction” – Dalai Lama

33. “Compassion is not religious business, it is human business, it is not luxury, it is essential for our own peace and mental stability, it is essential for human survival.” – Dalai Lama

34. “World peace must develop from inner peace. Peace is not just mere absence of violence. Peace is, I think, the manifestation of human compassion.” – Dalai Lama

35. “The creatures that inhabit this earth-be they human beings or animals-are here to contribute, each in its own particular way, to the beauty and prosperity of the world.” – Dalai Lama

36. “The creatures that inhabit this earth-be they human beings or animals-are here to contribute, each in its own particular way, to the beauty and prosperity of the world.” – Dalai Lama

37. “A truly compassionate attitude toward others does not change even if they behave negatively or hurt you.” – Dalai Lama

38. “One problem with our current society is that we have an attitude towards education as if it is there to simply make you more clever, make you more ingenious… Even though our society does not emphasize this, the most important use of knowledge and education is to help us understand the importance of engaging in more wholesome actions and bringing about discipline within our minds. The proper utilization of our intelligence and knowledge is to effect changes from within to develop a good heart.” – Dalai Lama

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39. “When we feel love and kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace.” – Dalai Lama

40. “We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection.” – Dalai Lama

41. “Although you may not always be able to avoid difficult situations,you can modify the extent to which you can suffer by how you choose to respond to the situation.” – Dalai Lama

42. “The topic of compassion is not at all religious business; it is important to know it is human business, it is a question of human survival.” – Dalai Lama

43. “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” – Dalai Lama

44. “Whether one is rich or poor, educated or illiterate, religious or non-believing, man or woman, black, white, or brown, we are all the same. Physically, emotionally, and mentally, we are all equal. We all share basic needs for food, shelter, safety, and love. We all aspire to happiness and we all shun suffering. Each of us has hopes, worries, fears, and dreams. Each of us wants the best for our family and loved ones. We all experience pain when we suffer loss and joy when we achieve what we seek. On this fundamental level, religion, ethnicity, culture, and language make no difference.” – Dalai Lama

45. “My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.” – Dalai Lama

46. “I believe compassion to be one of the few things we can practice that will bring immediate and long-term happiness to our lives. I’m not talking about the short-term gratification of pleasures like sex, drugs or gambling (though I’m not knocking them), but something that will bring true and lasting happiness. The kind that sticks.” – Dalai Lama

47. “We begin from the recognition that all beings cherish happiness and do not want suffering. It then becomes both morally wrong and pragmatically unwise to pursue only one’s own happiness oblivious to the feelings and aspirations of all others who surround us as members of the same human family. The wiser course is to think of others when pursuing our own happiness.” – Dalai Lama

48. “Someone else’s action should not determine your response.” – Dalai Lama

49. “Our ancient experience confirms at every point that everything is linked together, everything is inseparable.” – Dalai Lama

50. “I defeat my enemies when I make them my friends.” – Dalai Lama

51. “It is under the greatest adversity that there exists the greatest potential for doing good, both for oneself and others.” – Dalai Lama

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52. “If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.” – Dalai Lama

53. “Compassion naturally creates a positive atmosphere, and as a result you feel peaceful and content. – Dalai Lama

54. “There is only one important point you must keep in your mind and let it be your guide. No matter what people call you, you are just who you are. Keep to this truth. You must ask yourself how is it you want to live your life. We live and we die, this is the truth that we can only face alone. No one can help us, not even the Buddha. So consider carefully, what prevents you from living the way you want to live your life?” – Dalai Lama

55. “Anger is the ultimate destroyer of your own peace of mind” – Dalai Lama

56. “You must not hate those who do wrong or harmful things; but with compassion, you must do what you can to stop them — for they are harming themselves, as well as those who suffer from their actions.” – Dalai Lama

57. “Through violence, you may ‘solve’ one problem, but you sow the seeds for another.” – Dalai Lama

58. “Inner peace is the key: if you have inner peace, the external problems do not affect your deep sense of peace and tranquility…without this inner peace, no matter how comfortable your life is materially, you may still be worried, disturbed, or unhappy because of circumstances.” – Dalai Lama

59. “We need to learn how to want what we have NOT to have what we want in order to get steady and stable Happiness” – Dalai Lama

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60. “If someone has a gun and trying to kill you, it would be reasonable to shoot back with your own gun.” – Dalai Lama

61. “I believe the very purpose of our life is to seek happiness. Whether one believes in religion or not, whether one believes in that religion or this religion, we are all seeking something better in life. So, I think, the very motion of our life is towards happiness” – Dalai Lama

62. “Happiness doesn’t always come from a pursuit. Sometimes it comes when we least expect it.” – Dalai Lama

63. “When we are motivated by compassion and wisdom, the results of our actions benefit everyone, not just our individual selves or some immediate convenience. When we are able to recognize and forgive ignorant actions of the past, we gain strength to constructively solve the problems of the present.” – Dalai Lama

64. “A disciplined mind leads to happiness, and an undisciplined mind leads to suffering.” – Dalai Lama

65. “Because we all share this planet earth, we have to learn to live in harmony and peace with each other and with nature. This is not just a dream, but a necessity.” – Dalai Lama

 

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