Quotes from HH The Dalai Lama

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His Holiness the Dalai Lama is greatly revered in the Buddhist World, and is also highly respected as an international statesman, and as a man of peace and great wisdom. His quotes convey a mixture of great profundity, earthy practicality, and also not a little humour.

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You have to start giving first and expect absolutely nothing. — Dalai Lama

With realization of one’s own potential & self confidence in one’s ability, one can build a better world. — Dalai Lama

When you practice contentment you can say to yourself, ‘Oh yes I already have everything that I really need’. — Dalai Lama

What unites all beings is their desire for happiness. — Dalai Lama

We must all live harmoniously with our neighbors. Your happiness depends on it. — Dalai Lama

We have to make a sustained effort, again and again, to cultivate the positive aspects within us. — Dalai Lama

We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves. — Dalai Lama

True compassion is not just an emotional response but a firm commitment founded on reason. — Dalai Lama

Through money or power you cannot solve all problems. The problem in the human heart must be solved first. — Dalai Lama

The ultimate source of happiness is our mental attitude. — Dalai Lama

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

The more you nurture a feeling of loving kindness, the happier and calmer you will be. — Dalai Lama

Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk. — Dalai Lama

Spend some time alone every day. — Dalai Lama

Smile if you want a smile from another face. — Dalai Lama

See the positive side, the potential, and make an effort. — Dalai Lama

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

Peace does not come through prayer, we human beings must create peace. — Dalai Lama

Our purpose in life is to be happy. From the very core of our being, we simply desire contentment. — Dalai Lama

Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before. — Dalai Lama

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  1. i surely have bookmarked this page. most of the quotes written on this page struck a chord in me. about giving, contentment, solving first the problems of the heart, mental attitude as the ultimate source of happiness, and many others! the timing is so perfect. i may not be a Buddhist, but the teachings of the Dalai Lama surely have their own way of penetrating my life.

  2. my favorite dalai lama quote, is that if you lose, don’t lose the lesson… here is a funny joke I saw about the Dalai Lama retiring,

  3. Excellent said. The best take away that i have is the “Don’t let a little dispute injure a friendship.”. Thanks for the share

  4. Wonderful site! When all others fail, and my mood is intractably ugly, HH Dalai Lama has light for the path. Zen is a beautiful way. Thank you for the time you take putting this together. Namaste’. R

  5. i recently found the video related to dalai lama quotes i want to share you the link for that video

  6. A Great Wise Person. Learn to live a better happier life through reading his quotes. :)

  7. I like dalai lama quotes

  8. Is it okay if I can use these quotes for a book I am writing called “A better Life” and interpret them so as to be understood by the younger generation? Would appreciate a reply.

    • We don’t own the copyright so can’t give permission. Usually reproduction on the web is OK as it is disseminated for free, but reproduction in a commercial publication needs permission – you could ask the Dalai Lama’s office

  9. My favorite
    With realization of one’s own potential & self confidence in one’s ability, one can build a better world.
    It is own through realization that one can bring about change and invariably the change is always for the better. :o))


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