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

— Dalai Lama

More often than not, anger is actually an indication of weakness rather than of strength.

— Dalai Lama

My earnest request is that you practice love and kindness whether you believe in a religion or not.

— Dalai Lama

My message is the practice of compassion, love and kindness. Great compassion is the root of all forms of worship.

— Dalai Lama

My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.

— Dalai Lama

Nearly all of us receive our first lessons in peaceful living from our mothers.

— Dalai Lama

Non-violence is a sign of strength, self-confidence and truth.

— Dalai Lama

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

— Dalai Lama

Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.

— Dalai Lama

Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.

— 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

Peace can only last where human rights are respected, where the people are fed, and where individuals and nations are free.

— Dalai Lama

Real inner peace and inner satisfaction ultimately depends on our mental attitude.

— Dalai Lama

Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality.

— Dalai Lama

Sleep is the best meditation.

— Dalai Lama

The best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.

— Dalai Lama

The mind is brought under control by purifying our mistaken notion of reality.

— Dalai Lama

The more we think of others, the happier we are. The more we think of ourselves, the more suffering we feel.

— Dalai Lama

The more you are motivated by love, The more fearless and free your action will be.

— Dalai Lama

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

— Dalai Lama

The period of greatest gain in knowledge and experience is the most difficult period in one’s life.

— Dalai Lama

The purpose of our lives is to be happy.

— Dalai Lama

The real source of inner joy is to remain truthful and honest.

— Dalai Lama

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

— Dalai Lama

The ultimate source of happiness is our mental attitude.

— Dalai Lama

There is no need for temples… Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.

— Dalai Lama

There is nothing I can’t live without. I learned this attitude when I was a child.

— Dalai Lama

To be aware of a single shortcoming in oneself is more useful than to be aware of a thousand in someone else.

— Dalai Lama

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

— Dalai Lama

Ultimately, the source of happiness and joyfulness is within ourselves.

— Dalai Lama

Under the greatest adversity there exists the greatest potential for doing good, both for oneself and others.

— Dalai Lama

Universal concern is essential in solving global problems.

— Dalai Lama

We are all here on this planet as tourists. None of us can live here forever.

— Dalai Lama

We can live without religion and meditation but we cannot survive without human affection.

— Dalai Lama

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

— Dalai Lama

We can never obtain peace in the world if we neglect the inner world and don’t make peace with ourselves.

— Dalai Lama

We can wake ourselves up, discover in ourselves an energy that was hidden there, and act with more clarity, more force.

— Dalai Lama

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

— Dalai Lama

We must all live harmoniously with our neighbours. Our happiness depends on it.

— Dalai Lama

What unites all beings is their desire for happiness.

— Dalai Lama

When we are committed to honesty, we help reduce the level of misunderstanding, doubt, and fear throughout society.

— Dalai Lama

When you lose, do not lose the lesson.

— Dalai Lama

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

— Dalai Lama

Whenever there is a challenge, there is also an opportunity to face it, to demonstrate and develop our will and determination.

— Dalai Lama

Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace.

— Dalai Lama

With genuine love and compassion, another person’s appearance or behaviour has no affect on your attitude.

— Dalai Lama

With realization of one’s own potential and self confidence in one’s ability, one can build a better world.

— Dalai Lama

Without love, our society is in a very difficult state; in the future, we will face tremendous problems.

— Dalai Lama

Without the human community, one single human being cannot survive.

— Dalai Lama

World peace begins with inner peace.

— Dalai Lama

World peace must develop out of inner peace.

— Dalai Lama

You are the people who are shaping a better world. One of the secrets of inner peace is the practice of compassion.

— Dalai Lama

You have to start giving first and expect absolutely nothing.

— Dalai Lama
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