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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.

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

Nothing is permanent.

— Dalai Lama

Love and compassion are the pillars of world peace.

— Dalai Lama

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

— Dalai Lama

life must be characterized by a sense of universal responsibility..nation to nation..human to human..human to other forms of life.

— Dalai Lama

Kindness is the key to peace and harmony in family life.

— Dalai Lama

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

— Dalai Lama

It is necessary to combine knowledge born from study with sincere practice in our daily lives. These two must go together.

— Dalai Lama

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

— Dalai Lama

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

— Dalai Lama

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

— Dalai Lama

If you must be selfish, then be wise and not narrow-minded in your selfishness.

— Dalai Lama

If you have no compassion for yourself then you are not capable of developing compassion for others.

— Dalai Lama

I believe that we are fundamentally the same and have the same basic potential.

— Dalai Lama

Human potential is the same for all. If you have will power, then you can change anything.

— Dalai Lama

Happiness mainly comes from our own attitude, rather than from external factors.

— Dalai Lama

Happiness comes through taming the mind. Without taming the mind there is no way to be happy.

— Dalai Lama

Follow the three Rs: Respect for self, Respect for others, and Responsibility for all your actions.

— Dalai Lama

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

— Dalai Lama

Don’t let a little dispute injure a friendship.

— Dalai Lama

Compassion is the radicalism of our time.

— Dalai Lama

Compassion and happiness are not a sign of weakness but a sign of strength.

— Dalai Lama

By changing our outlook towards things and events, all phenomena can become friends or sources of happiness.

— Dalai Lama

Be optimistic. It feels better.

— Dalai Lama

Attachment constrains our vision so that we are not able to see things from a wider perspective.

— Dalai Lama

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12 Comments

  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, http://ponderingstuff.com/2011/03/19/dalai-lama-retires-groupon/

  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))

  10. Very simple quotes have applied in day to day life has worked wonders.

  11. A very Great and Inspiring Post…He is a Great Person and Inspiration for entire Generation….I have also Collected Some Great and Inspiring Dalai Lama Quotes Take a Look at The post….Thnx for Sharing….

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