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.
Love, compassion, and tolerance are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity will not survive.
More often than not, anger is actually an indication of weakness rather than of strength.
My earnest request is that you practice love and kindness whether you believe in a religion or not.
My message is the practice of compassion, love and kindness. Great compassion is the root of all forms of worship.
My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.
Nearly all of us receive our first lessons in peaceful living from our mothers.
Non-violence is a sign of strength, self-confidence and truth.
Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.
Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.
Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.
Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.
Peace can only last where human rights are respected, where the people are fed, and where individuals and nations are free.
Real inner peace and inner satisfaction ultimately depends on our mental attitude.
Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality.
Sleep is the best meditation.
The best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
The mind is brought under control by purifying our mistaken notion of reality.
The more we think of others, the happier we are. The more we think of ourselves, the more suffering we feel.
The more you are motivated by love, The more fearless and free your action will be.
The more you nurture a feeling of loving kindness, the happier and calmer you will be.
The period of greatest gain in knowledge and experience is the most difficult period in one’s life.
The purpose of our lives is to be happy.
The real source of inner joy is to remain truthful and honest.
The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.
The ultimate source of happiness is our mental attitude.
There is no need for temples… Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.
There is nothing I can’t live without. I learned this attitude when I was a child.
To be aware of a single shortcoming in oneself is more useful than to be aware of a thousand in someone else.
True compassion is not just an emotional response but a firm commitment founded on reason.
Ultimately, the source of happiness and joyfulness is within ourselves.
Under the greatest adversity there exists the greatest potential for doing good, both for oneself and others.
Universal concern is essential in solving global problems.
We are all here on this planet as tourists. None of us can live here forever.
We can live without religion and meditation but we cannot survive without human affection.
We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.
We can never obtain peace in the world if we neglect the inner world and don’t make peace with ourselves.
We can wake ourselves up, discover in ourselves an energy that was hidden there, and act with more clarity, more force.
We have to make a sustained effort, again and again, to cultivate the positive aspects within us.
We must all live harmoniously with our neighbours. Our happiness depends on it.
What unites all beings is their desire for happiness.
When we are committed to honesty, we help reduce the level of misunderstanding, doubt, and fear throughout society.
When you lose, do not lose the lesson.
When you practice contentment you can say to yourself, ‘Oh yes I already have everything that I really need’.
Whenever there is a challenge, there is also an opportunity to face it, to demonstrate and develop our will and determination.
Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace.
With genuine love and compassion, another person’s appearance or behaviour has no affect on your attitude.
With realization of one’s own potential and self confidence in one’s ability, one can build a better world.
Without love, our society is in a very difficult state; in the future, we will face tremendous problems.
Without the human community, one single human being cannot survive.
World peace begins with inner peace.
World peace must develop out of inner peace.
You are the people who are shaping a better world. One of the secrets of inner peace is the practice of compassion.
You have to start giving first and expect absolutely nothing.