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Dalai Lama Quotes

Here's an inspiring series of Dalai Lama quotes.

Often refer to as His Holiness, he's the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet. He is both the head of state and the spiritual leader of Tibet.

Read through these Dahli Lama quotes and you'll quickly realize that love, kindness, compassion, peace and happiness are often mentioned in his teachings.

I've read one of his books before and His Holiness comes across as a very kind and compassionate spiritual teacher. May you find peace and inspiration from his quotes.

Please enjoy these Dalai Lama quotes!




An affectionate disposition not only makes the mind more peaceful and calm, but it affects our body in a positive way too.
-- Dalai Lama

Basically we are all the same human beings with the same potential to be a good human being or a bad human being ... The important thing is to realize the positive side and try to increase that; realize the negative side and try to reduce. That's the way.
-- Dalai Lama

Be kind whenever possibleā€¦It is always possible.
-- Dalai Lama

Compassion and tolerance are not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength.
-- Dalai Lama

First one must change. I first watch myself, check myself, then expect changes from others.
-- Dalai Lama

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

Human beings are of such nature that they should have not only material facilities but spiritual sustenance as well. Without spiritual sustenance, it is difficult to get and maintain peace of mind.
-- Dalai Lama

I believe all suffering is caused by ignorance. People inflict pain on others in the selfish pursuit of their happiness or satisfaction. Yet true happiness comes from a sense of peace and contentment, which in turn must be achieved through the cultivation of altruism, of love and compassion, and elimination of ignorance, selfishness, and greed.
-- Dalai Lama

I believe that the very purpose of life is to be happy. From the very core of our being, we desire contentment. In my own limited experience I have found that the more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being.
-- Dalai Lama

I feel that the essence of spiritual practice is your attitude toward others. When you have a pure, sincere motivation, then you have right attitude toward others based on kindness, compassion, love and respect.
-- Dalai Lama

I truly believe that individuals can make a difference in society. Since periods of change such as the present one come so rarely in human history, it is up to each of us to make the best use of our time to help create a happier world.
-- Dalai Lama

If the love within your mind is lost and you see other beings as enemies, then no matter how much knowledge or education or material comfort you have, only suffering and confusion will ensue.
-- Dalai Lama

If there is love, there is hope to have real families, real brotherhood, real equanimity, real peace. If the love within your mind is lost, if you continue to see other beings as enemies, then no matter how much knowledge or education you have, no matter how much material progress is made, only suffering and confusion will ensue.
-- Dalai Lama

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
-- Dalai Lama

In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher.
-- Dalai Lama

It is easy to point out the mistakes of others, while it is hard to admit oneĀ“s own mistakes. A man broadcasts the sins of others without thinking, but he hides his own sins as a gambler hides his extra dice.
-- Dalai Lama

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

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

My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.
-- Dalai Lama

My message is the practice of compassion, love and kindness. Compassion can be put into practice if one recognizes the fact that every human being is a member of humanity and the human family regardless of differences in religion, culture, color and creed. Deep down there is no difference.
-- Dalai Lama

Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives. The important thing is to make it meaningful: a meaningful friend - or a meaningful day.
-- Dalai Lama

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

Share your knowledge. It's a way to achieve immortality.
-- Dalai Lama

Sleep is the best meditation.
-- Dalai Lama

Spend some time alone every day.
-- Dalai Lama

The purpose of our lives is to be happy.
-- Dalai Lama

The realization that we are all basically the same human beings who seek happiness and try to avoid suffering is very helpful in developing a sense of brotherhood and sisterhood; a warm feeling of love and compassion for others.
-- Dalai Lama

The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.
-- Dalai Lama

This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.
-- Dalai Lama

Today, more than ever before, life must be characterized by a sense of Universal responsibility, not only nation to nation and human to human, but also human to other forms of life.
-- Dalai Lama

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

When we are young and again when we are old, we depend heavily on the affection of others. Between these stages we usually feel that we can do everything without help from others and that other peopleĀ“s affection is simply not important. But at this stage I think it is very important to keep deep human affection.
-- Dalai Lama

When you think everything is someone elseĀ“s fault, you will suffer a lot. When you realize that everything springs only from yourself, you will learn both peace and joy. Pride leads to violence and evil. The truly good gaze upon everything with love and understanding.
-- Dalai Lama

Whether one believes in a religion or not, and whether one believes in rebirth or not, there isn't anyone who doesn't appreciate kindness and compassion.
-- Dalai Lama

With the realization of one's own potential and self-confidence in one's ability, one can build a better world.
-- Dalai Lama

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