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101 Dalai Lama Quotes That Will Change Your Life

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101 Dalai Lama Quotes That Will Change Your Life

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Born as Lhamo Thondup in 1935 to a peasant family in northeastern Tibet, he was anointed the 14th Dalai Lama at age 2, following Tibetan Buddhist traditions. He began his religious education at age 6, and at age 16 assumed full power as the political leader of Tibet.

In 1959, the young Dalai Lama’s activism for a free and democratic Tibet led to a Chinese military occupation. This forced him into exile in India, where he has lived ever since.

Since then the Dalai Lama has dedicated his life to humanitarian and environmental causes, global peace and dialogue between religions and people from all backgrounds.

The Dalai Lama is one of the most beloved and inspirational figures of the last century. He has written numerous bestselling books and been awarded with countless awards and honors for his tireless efforts, including the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.

Below are 101 of the most inspirational Dalai Lama quotes which will change your life.

101 Dalai Lama Quotes

1. “Time passes unhindered. When we make mistakes, we cannot turn the clock back and try again. All we can do is use the present well.” – Dalai Lama

2. “We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.” – Dalai Lama

3. “The goal is not to be better than the other man, but your previous self.” – Dalai Lama

4. “An eye for an eye….we are all blind.” – Dalai Lama

5. “Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.” – Dalai Lama

6. “Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can.” – Dalai Lama

7. “Silence is sometimes the best answer.” – Dalai Lama

8. “In our struggle for freedom, truth is the only weapon we possess.” – Dalai Lama

9. “Know the rules well, so you can break them effectively.” – Dalai Lama

10. “Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.” – Dalai Lama

11. “Choose to be optimistic, it feels better.” – Dalai Lama

12. “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

13. “If a problem is fixable, if a situation is such that you can do something about it, then there is no need to worry. If it’s not fixable, then there is no help in worrying. There is no benefit in worrying whatsoever.” – Dalai Lama

14. “Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.” – Dalai Lama

15. “It is very rare or almost impossible that an event can be negative from all points of view.” – Dalai Lama

16. “Only the development of compassion and understanding for others can bring us the tranquillity and happiness we all seek.” – Dalai Lama

17. “Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.” – Dalai Lama

18. “Look at children. Of course they may quarrel, but generally speaking they do not harbor ill feelings as much or as long as adults do. Most adults have the advantage of education over children, but what is the use of an education if they show a big smile while hiding negative feelings deep inside? Children don’t usually act in such a manner. If they feel angry with someone, they express it, and then it is finished. They can still play with that person the following day.” – Dalai Lama

19. “Given the scale of life in the cosmos, one human life is no more than a tiny blip. Each one of us is a just visitor to this planet, a guest, who will only stay for a limited time. What greater folly could there be than to spend this short time alone, unhappy or in conflict with our companions? Far better, surely, to use our short time here in living a meaningful life, enriched by our sense of connection with others and being of service to them.” – Dalai Lama

20. “Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.” – Dalai Lama

21. “When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.” – Dalai Lama

22. “Let us try to recognize the precious nature of each day.” – Dalai Lama

23. “World peace must develop from inner peace. Peace is not just mere absence of violence. Peace is, I think, the manifestation of human compassion.” – Dalai Lama

24. “The creatures that inhabit this earth-be they human beings or animals-are here to contribute, each in its own particular way, to the beauty and prosperity of the world.” – Dalai Lama

25. “Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” – Dalai Lama

26. “A truly compassionate attitude toward others does not change even if they behave negatively or hurt you.” – Dalai Lama

27. “The more you are motivated by love, the more fearless and free your action will be.” – Dalai Lama

28. “Human potential is the same for all. Your feeling, “I am of no value”, is wrong. Absolutely wrong. You are deceiving yourself. We all have the power of thought – so what are you lacking? If you have willpower, then you can change anything. It is usually said that you are your own master.” – Dalai Lama

29. “Neither a space station nor an enlightened mind can be realized in a day.” – Dalai Lama

30. “Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” – Dalai Lama

31. “To conquer oneself is a greater victory than to conquer thousands in a battle.” – Dalai Lama

32. “The way to change others’ minds is with affection, and not anger.” – Dalai Lama

33. “Instead of wondering why this is happening to you, consider why this is happening to you.” – Dalai Lama

34. “A disciplined mind leads to happiness, and an undisciplined mind leads to suffering.” – Dalai Lama

35. “Because we all share this planet earth, we have to learn to live in harmony and peace with each other and with nature. This is not just a dream, but a necessity.” – Dalai Lama

36. “Peace does not mean an absence of conflicts; differences will always be there. Peace means solving these differences through peaceful means; through dialogue, education, knowledge; and through humane ways.” – Dalai Lama

37. “Anger is the ultimate destroyer of your own peace of mind.” – Dalai Lama

38. “There is only one important point you must keep in your mind and let it be your guide. No matter what people call you, you are just who you are. Keep to this truth. You must ask yourself how is it you want to live your life. We live and we die, this is the truth that we can only face alone. No one can help us, not even the Buddha. So consider carefully, what prevents you from living the way you want to live your life?” – Dalai Lama

39. “Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.” – Dalai Lama

40. “If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.” – Dalai Lama

41. “It is under the greatest adversity that there exists the greatest potential for doing good, both for oneself and others.” – Dalai Lama

42. “I defeat my enemies when I make them my friends.” – Dalai Lama

43. “Our ancient experience confirms at every point that everything is linked together, everything is inseparable.” – Dalai Lama

44. “What surprises me most is “Man”, because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he doesn’t enjoy the present; The result being he doesn’t live in the present or the future; He lives as if he’s never going to die, and then he dies having never really lived.” – Dalai Lama

45. “Someone else’s action should not determine your response.” – Dalai Lama

46. “When we meet real tragedy in life, we can react in two ways–either by losing hope and falling into self-destructive habits, or by using the challenge to find our inner strength.” – Dalai Lama

47. “My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.” – Dalai Lama

48. “As people alive today, we must consider future generations: a clean environment is a human right like any other. It is therefore part of our responsibility toward others to ensure that the world we pass on is as healthy, if not healthier, than we found it.” – Dalai Lama

49. “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” – Dalai Lama

50. “Although you may not always be able to avoid difficult situations, you can modify the extent to which you can suffer by how you choose to respond to the situation.” – Dalai Lama

51. “We need to learn to want what we have, not to have what we want, in order to get stable and steady happiness.” – Dalai Lama

52. “Just one small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day.” – Dalai Lama

53. “I believe compassion to be one of the few things we can practice that will bring immediate and long-term happiness to our lives. I’m not talking about the short-term gratification of pleasures like sex, drugs or gambling (though I’m not knocking them), but something that will bring true and lasting happiness. The kind that sticks.” – Dalai Lama

54. “Inner peace is the key: if you have inner peace, the external problems do not affect your deep sense of peace and tranquillity…without this inner peace, no matter how comfortable your life is materially, you may still be worried, disturbed, or unhappy because of circumstances.” – Dalai Lama

55. “There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow. Today is the right day to love, believe, do and mostly live.” – Dalai Lama

56. “When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know; But when you listen, you may learn something new.” – Dalai Lama

57. “When you think everything is someone else’s fault, you will suffer a lot. When you realize that everything springs only from yourself, you will learn both peace and joy.” – Dalai Lama

58. “Be happy to change your goals, but never change your values.” – Dalai Lama

59. “Look at situations from all angles, and you will become more open.” – Dalai Lama

60. “There are always problems to face, but it makes a difference if our minds are calm.” – Dalai Lama

61. “The first step toward living a happy life is to treat every other human with kindness.” – Dalai Lama

62. “In order to carry a positive action we must develop here a positive vision.” – Dalai Lama

63. “It is necessary to help others not in our prayers but in our daily lives.” – Dalai Lama

64. “Do not avoid the responsibility of your actions.” – Dalai Lama

65. “When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.” – Dalai Lama

66. “True change is within. Leave the outside as it is.” – Dalai Lama

67. “In general, if we carefully examine any given situation in a very unbiased and honest way, we will realize that to a large extent we are also responsible for the unfolding of events.” – Dalai Lama

68. “It is lack of love for ourselves that inhibits our compassion toward others. If we make friends with ourselves, then there is no obstacle to opening our hearts and minds to others.” – Dalai Lama

69. “Follow the three R’s: – Respect for self. – Respect for others. – Responsibility for all your actions.” – Dalai Lama

70. “Forget the failures. Keep the lessons.” – Dalai Lama

71. “If you don’t love yourself, you cannot love others. You will not be able to love others. If you have no compassion for yourself then you are not able of developing compassion for others.” – Dalai Lama

72. “When we are caught up in a destructive emotion, we lose one of our greatest assets: our independence.” – Dalai Lama

73. “If it can be solved, there’s no need to worry, and if it can’t be solved, worry is of no use.” – Dalai Lama

74. “Pain can change you, but that doesn’t mean it has to be a bad change. Take that pain and turn it into wisdom.” – Dalai Lama

75. “Smile if you want a smile from another face.” – Dalai Lama

76. “Don’t ever mistake my silence for ignorance, my calmness for acceptance or my kindness for weakness. Compassion and tolerance are not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength.” – Dalai Lama

77. “In order to become prosperous, a person must initially work very hard, so he or she has to sacrifice a lot of leisure time.” – Dalai Lama

78. “There is a saying in Tibetan, ‘Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.’ No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that’s our real disaster.” – Dalai Lama

79. “The important thing is that men should have a purpose in life. It should be something useful, something good.” – Dalai Lama

80. “Too much self-centered attitude, you see, brings, you see, isolation. Result: loneliness, fear, anger. The extreme self-centered attitude is the source of suffering.” – Dalai Lama

81. “The best way to resolve any problem in the human world is for all sides to sit down and talk.” – Dalai Lama

82. “We are but visitors on this planet. We are here for ninty or one hundred years at the very most. During that period, we must try to do something good, something useful with our lives. If you contibute to other people’s happiness, you will find the true goal, the true meaning of life.” – Dalai Lama

83. “With realization of one’s own potential and self-confidence in one’s ability, one can build a better world.” – Dalai Lama

84. “If I am only happy for myself, many fewer chances for happiness. If I am happy when good things happen to other people, billions more chances to be happy!” – Dalai Lama

85. “The motivation of all religious practice is similar: love, sincerity, honesty. The way of life of practically all religious persons is consistent. The teachings of tolerance, love, and compassion are the same.” – Dalai Lama

86. “If we do nothing to restrain our angry, spiteful, and malicious thoughts and emotions, happiness will elude us.” – Dalai Lama

87. “Our life depends on others so much that at the root of our existence there is a fundamental need for love. That is why it is good to cultivate an authentic sense of our responsibility and a sincere concern for the welfare of others.” – Dalai Lama

88. “When life becomes too complicated and we feel overwhelmed, it’s often useful just to stand back and remind ourselves of our overall purpose, our overall goal. When faced with a feeling of stagnation and confusion, it may be helpful to take an hour, an afternoon, or even several days to simply reflect on what it is that will truly bring us happiness, and then reset our priorities on the basis of that. This can put our life back in proper context, allow a fresh perspective, and enable us to see which direction to take.” – Dalai Lama

89. “We don’t need more money, we don’t need greater success or fame, we don’t need the perfect body or even the perfect mate. Right now, at this very moment, we have a mind, which is all the basic equipment we need to achieve complete happiness.” – Dalai Lama

90. “Human happiness and human satisfaction most ultimately come from within oneself.” – Dalai Lama

91. “Happiness is determined more by one’s state of mind than by external events.” – Dalai Lama

92. “What is the meaning of life? To be happy and useful.” – Dalai Lama

93. “The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being…” – Dalai Lama

94. “The ultimate source of a happy life is the attention we pay to our inner values.” – Dalai Lama

95. “Without your effort, it is impossible for blessings to come.” – Dalai Lama

96. “When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” – Dalai Lama

97. “If you have a basic concern for others, even failure cannot disturb your mind.” – Dalai Lama

98. “We have to make a sustained effort, again and again, to cultivate the positive aspects within us.” – Dalai Lama

99. “The more you nurture a feeling of loving kindness, the happier and calmer you will be.” – Dalai Lama

100. “Spend some time alone everyday.” – Dalai Lama

101. “The mind is like a parachute. It works best when it’s open.” – Dalai Lama

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