50 Most Popular Dalai Lama Quotes

1. “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

2. “Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace.” – Dalai Lama

3. “In our struggle for freedom, truth is the only weapon we possess.” – Dalai Lama

4. “Human beings will continue to deceive and overpower one another. Basically, everyone exists in the very nature of suffering, so to abuse or mistreat each other is futile. The foundation of all spiritual practice is love. That you practice this well is my only request.” – Dalai Lama

5. “Give the ones you love wings to fly, roots to come back and reasons to stay.” – Dalai Lama

6. “Let us try to recognize the precious nature of each day.”- Dalai Lama XIV

7. “Someone else’s action should not determine your response.”- Dalai Lama

8. “I describe myself as a simple Buddhist monk. No more, no less.” – Dalai Lama

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

10. “The important thing is that men should have a purpose in life. It should be something useful, something good.” – Dalai Lama

11. “A good friend who points out mistakes and imperfections and rebukes evil is to be respected as if he reveals the secret of some hidden treasure.”- Dalai Lama

12. “In order to carry a positive action we must develop here a positive vision.” – Dalai Lama

13. “Love is the absence of judgment.” ? Dalai Lama XIV

14. “Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” – Dalai Lama

15. “With realisation of one’s own potential and self-confidence in ones ability, one can build a better world.” – Dalai Lama

16. “In the present circumstances, no one can afford to assume that someone else will solve their problems. Every individual has a responsibility to help guide our global family in the right direction. Good wishes are not sufficient; we must become actively engaged.” – Dalai Lama

17. It is important to generate a good attitude, a good heart as much as possible. From this, happiness in both the short-term and the long-term for both yourself and others will come. – Dalai Lama

18. “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

19. “I became the Dalai Lama not on a volunteer basis.” – Dalai Lama

20. “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

21. “Compassion is the radicalism of our time.” ? Dalai Lama

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

23. “Love and kindness are the very basis of society. If we lose these feelings, society will face tremendous difficulties; the survival of humanity will be endangered.” – Dalai Lama

24. “Without your effort, it is impossible for blessings to come.” – Dalai Lama

25. “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

26. “A good friend who points out mistakes and imperfections and rebukes evil is to be respected as if he reveals the secret of some hidden treasure.” ? – Dalai Lama

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

28. “Three qualities enable people to understand the teachings: objectivity, which means an open mind; intelligence, which is the critical faculty to discern the real meaning by checking the teachings of Buddha; and interest and commitment, which means enthusiasm.” – Dalai Lama

29. “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 XIV

30. “Neither a space station nor an enlightened mind can be realized in a day.” – Dalai Lama

31. “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 XIV

32. “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

33. “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

34. “In order to carry a positive action we must develop here a positive vision.” – Dalai Lama

35. As people alive today, we must consider future generations: a clean environment is a human right like any other. It is therefore part of our responsibility toward others to ensure that the world we pass on is as healthy, if not healthier, than we found it. – Dalai Lama XIV

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

37. “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

38. “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 XIV

39. “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

40. “Out of 6 billion humans, the troublemakers are just a handful.” -Dalai Lama

41. “If you can cultivate the right attitude, your enemies are your best spiritual teachers because their presence provides you with the opportunity to enhance and develop tolerance, patience and understanding.” ? Dalai Lama XIV

42. “The more you are motivated by Love, The more Fearless & Free your action will be.” ? Dalai Lama

43. “If you have fear of some pain or suffering, you should examine whether there is anything you can do about it. If you can, there is no need to worry about it; if you cannot do anything, then there is also no need to worry.” ? – Dalai Lama

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

45. “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

46. “We don’t need more money, we don’t need greater success or fame, we don’t need the perfect body or even the perfect mate. Right now, at this very moment, we have a mind, which is all the basic equipment we need to achieve complete happiness.” – Dalai Lama

47. “A good general not only sees the way to victory; he also knows when victory is impossible.” – Polybius

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

49. Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. – Dalai Lama XIV

50. “Calm mind brings inner strength and self-confidence, so that’s very important for good health.” – Dalai Lama


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