108 Inspirational Quotes by Dalai Lama


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Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama is the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people. It is a title. Dalai Lamas are important monks of the Gelug school, the newest school of Tibetan Buddhism.

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The more you are motivated by Love, The more Fearless and Free your action will be.

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This is my simple religion. No need for temples. No need for complicated philosophy. Your own mind, your own heart is the temple. Your philosophy is simple kindness.

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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.

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The whole purpose of religion is to facilitate love and compassion, patience, tolerance, humility, and forgiveness.

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Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.

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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.

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The goal is not to be better than the other man, but your previous self.

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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.

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When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.

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Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.

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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.

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An open heart is an open mind.

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Irrespective of whether we are believers or agnostics, whether we believe in God or karma, moral ethics is a code which everyone is able to pursue.

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The ultimate source of happiness is not money and power, but warm-heartedness

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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.

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We need to learn to want what we have, not to have what we want, in order to get stable and steady happiness.

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The world doesn’t belong to leaders. The world belongs to all humanity.

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Choose to be optimistic, it feels better.

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Anger or hatred is like a fisherman’s hook. It is very important for us to ensure that we are not caught by it.

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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.

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

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All suffering is caused by ignorance. People inflict pain on others in the selfish pursuit of their own happiness or satisfaction

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Through violence, you may ‘solve’ one problem, but you sow the seeds for another.

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If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.

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The way to change others’ minds is with affection, and not anger.

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Love and Compassion are the true religions to me. But to develop this, we do not need to believe in any religion.

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Compassion is the radicalism of our time.

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I don’t know whether the universe, with its countless galaxies, stars and planets, has a deeper meaning or not, but at the very least, it is clear that we humans who live on this earth face the task of making a happy life for ourselves. Therefore, it is important to discover what will bring about the greatest degree of happiness.

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Cultivating a close, warmhearted feeling for others automatically puts the mind at ease. It helps remove whatever fears or insecurities we may have and gives us the strength to cope with any obstacles we encounter. It is the principal source of success in life. Since we are not solely material creatures, it is a mistake to place all our hopes for happiness on external development alone. The key is to develop inner peace.

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It is under the greatest adversity that there exists the greatest potential for doing good, both for oneself and others.

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Give the ones you love wings to fly, roots to come back, and reasons to stay.

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Someone else’s action should not determine your response.

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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.

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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.

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Compassion naturally creates a positive atmosphere, and as a result you feel peaceful and content.

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To conquer oneself is a greater victory than to conquer thousands in a battle.

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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.

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Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.

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If someone has a gun and is trying to kill you, it would be reasonable to shoot back with your own gun.

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In our struggle for freedom, truth is the only weapon we possess.

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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.

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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.

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Neither a space station nor an enlightened mind can be realized in a day.

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Let us try to recognize the precious nature of each day.

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World peace must develop from inner peace. Peace is not just mere absence of violence. Peace is, I think, the manifestation of human compassion.

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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.

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We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection.

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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.

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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.

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What surprises me most is Man, because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he doesn’t enjoy the present; The result being he doesn’t live in the present or the future; He lives as if he’s never going to die, and then he dies having never really lived.

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No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that’s our real disaster.

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Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.

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Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.

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Anger is the ultimate destroyer of your own peace of mind.

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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.

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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.

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Sometimes, not getting what you want is a superb stroke of luck

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Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.

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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.

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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.

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My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.

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Hard times build determination and inner strength. Through them we can also come to appreciate the uselessness of anger. Instead of getting angry nurture a deep caring and respect for troublemakers because by creating such trying circumstances they provide us with invaluable opportunities to practice tolerance and patience.

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A disciplined mind leads to happiness, and an undisciplined mind leads to suffering.

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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.

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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.

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Peace does not mean an absence of conflicts; differences will always be there. Peace means solving these differences through peaceful means; through dialogue, education, knowledge; and through humane ways.

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I will not propose to you that my way is best. The decision is up to you. If you find some point which may be suitable to you, then you can carry out experiments for yourself. If you find that it is of no use, then you can discard it.

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Love is the absence of judgment.

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Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.

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Human potential is the same for all. Your feeling, I am of no value, is wrong. Absolutely wrong. You are deceiving yourself. We all have the power of thought – so what are you lacking? If you have willpower, then you can change anything. It is usually said that you are your own master.

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Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.

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When we meet real tragedy in life, we can react in two ways–either by losing hope and falling into self-destructive habits, or by using the challenge to find our inner strength.

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It is very rare or almost impossible that an event can be negative from all points of view.

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Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace.

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The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation.

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In the practice of tolerance, one’s enemy is the best teacher.

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Just one small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day.

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Instead of wondering WHY this is happening to you, consider why this is happening to YOU.

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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.

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Given the scale of life in the cosmos, one human life is no more than a tiny blip. Each one of us is a just visitor to this planet, a guest, who will only stay for a limited time. What greater folly could there be than to spend this short time alone, unhappy or in conflict with our companions? Far better, surely, to use our short time here in living a meaningful life, enriched by our sense of connection with others and being of service to them.

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Know the rules well, so you can break them effectively.

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The true hero is one who conquers his own anger and hatred.

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A truly compassionate attitude toward others does not change even if they behave negatively or hurt you.

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Happiness doesn’t always come from a pursuit. Sometimes it comes when we least expect it.

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The main purpose of life is to be happy

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Sometimes one creates a dynamic impression by saying something, and sometimes one creates as significant an impression by remaining silent.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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The ultimate authority must always rest with the individual’s own reason and critical analysis.

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Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.

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Our ancient experience confirms at every point that everything is linked together, everything is inseparable.

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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.

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The purpose of our lives is to be happy.

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I defeat my enemies when I make them my friends.

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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.

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Only the development of compassion and understanding for others can bring us the tranquility and happiness we all seek.

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An eye for an eye ... we are all blind.

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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.

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Silence is sometimes the best answer

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If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.

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We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves

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Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.

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A simple smile. That's the start of opening your heart and being compassionate to others.

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Smile if you want a smile from another face.

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A source of trouble is our unruly minds. We can counter that by developing a warm heart. We need to effect an inner transformation, to understand that love and affection are a real source of joy.

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It is very 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.

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My practice when I see someone, is to smile.

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