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

— 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

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

— 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

A compassionate attitude opens our inner door, and as a result it is much easier to communicate with others.

— Dalai Lama

A genuine, affectionate smile is very important in our day to day lives.

— Dalai Lama

A great rock is not disturbed by the wind; the mind of a wise man is not disturbed by either honour or abuse.

— Dalai Lama

A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.

— Dalai Lama

A positive future cannot emerge from the mind of anger and despair.

— Dalai Lama

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

— Dalai Lama

A universal approach to World problems is the only sound basis for peace.

— Dalai Lama

Always embrace the common humanity that lies at the heart of us all.

— Dalai Lama

Anger, jealousy, impatience, and hatred are the real troublemakers, with them problems cannot be solved.

— Dalai Lama

Anything that contradicts experience and logic should be abandoned.

— Dalai Lama

As long as anger dominates our disposition, there is no possibility of lasting happiness.

— Dalai Lama

As you breathe in cherish yourself. As you breathe out cherish all beings.

— Dalai Lama

Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.

— Dalai Lama

By being inattentive to the needs of others, inevitably we end up harming them.

— Dalai Lama

By changing your thoughts, you immediately get inner peace.

— Dalai Lama

By using common sense, wisdom and compassion I have a powerful argument with which to defeat anger.

— Dalai Lama

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

— Dalai Lama

Compassion diminishes fright about your own pain and increases inner strength.

— Dalai Lama

Don’t let a little dispute injure a friendship.

— Dalai Lama

Even a small act of compassion grants meaning and purpose to our lives.

— Dalai Lama

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

— Dalai Lama

Freedom is the very source of creativity for both individuals and society.

— Dalai Lama

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

— Dalai Lama

Happiness means calmness of mind.

— Dalai Lama

Happiness never decreases by being shared.

— Dalai Lama

Hard times build determination and inner strength. Through them we can also come to appreciate the uselessness of anger.

— Dalai Lama

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

— Dalai Lama

I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus on the brightest. I do not judge the universe.

— Dalai Lama

I try to treat whoever I meet as an old friend with dignity, with honour.

— Dalai Lama

If you can, help others; if you cannot do that, at least do not harm them.

— Dalai Lama

If your mind is scattered, it is quite powerless.

— Dalai Lama

In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.

— Dalai Lama

In the final analysis, the hope of every person is simply peace of mind.

— Dalai Lama

It is necessary to help others, not only in our prayers, but in our daily lives.

— Dalai Lama

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

— Dalai Lama

Laughing in full abandonment is very good for your health.

— Dalai Lama

Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.

— Dalai Lama

Live a good, honourable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time.

— Dalai Lama

Love and compassion open our own inner life, reducing stress, distrust, and loneliness.

— Dalai Lama
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