Following are popular Dalai Lama quotes and sayings. We’ve compiled the best collection of Dalai Lama quotes on life, love, being happy, never giving up and more. We are confident that all these sayings will be very useful and become the greatest life lessons. Each quote is full of wisdom.

Popular Dalai Lama Quotes On Better Life, Happiness, Positive Thinking


110

“You have to start giving first and expect absolutely nothing.”

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109

“Never give up. No matter what is happening, no matter what is going on around you, never give up.”


108

“Through difficult experiences, life sometimes becomes more meaningful.”


107

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


106

“If your heart has peace, nothing can disturb you.”


105

“The ultimate source of my mental happiness is my peace of mind. Nothing can destroy this except my own anger.”


104

“Forget the failures. Keep the lessons.”


103

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


102

“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.”


101

“If you have peace of mind, when you meet with problems and difficulties they won’t disturb your inner peace. You’ll be able to employ your human intelligence more effectively. But, if your mental state is disturbed, full of emotion, it is very difficult to cope with problems, because the mind that is full of emotion is biased, unable to see reality. So whatever you do will be unrealistic and naturally fail.”


100

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

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99

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


98

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


97

“Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.”


96

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


95

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


94

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


93

“True happiness comes from having a sense of inner peace and contentment, which in turn must be achieved by cultivating altruism, love and compassion, and by eliminating anger, selfishness and greed.”


92

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


91

“Everyone wants a happy life without difficulties or suffering. We create many of the problems we face. No one intentionally creates problems, but we tend to be slaves to powerful emotions like anger, hatred and attachment that are based on misconceived projections about people and things. We need to find ways of reducing these emotions by eliminating the ignorance that underlies them and applying opposing forces.”


90

“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.”

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89

“A disciplined mind leads to happiness, and an undisciplined mind leads to suffering.”


88

“When you talk you are only repeating something you already know. But, if you listen you may learn something new.”


87

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


86

“Hard times build determination and inner strength. Through them we can also come to appreciate the uselessness of anger. Instead of getting angry nurture a deep caring and respect for troublemakers because by creating such trying circumstances they provide us with invaluable opportunities to practice tolerance and patience.”


85

“Smile if you want a smile from another face.”


84

“The planet does not need more successful people. The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of all kinds.”


83

“The topic of compassion is not at all religious business; it is important to know it is human business, it is a question of human survival.”


82

“When reason ends, then anger begins. Therefore, anger is a sign of weakness.”


81

“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.”


80

“Happiness doesn’t always come from a pursuit. Sometimes it comes when we least expect it.”

dalai lama quote on happiness


79

“Give the ones you love wings to fly, roots to come back and reasons to stay.”


78

“Anger is the ultimate destroyer of your own peace of mind.”


77

“The whole purpose of religion is to facilitate love and compassion, patience, tolerance, humility, and forgiveness.”


76

“Choose to be optimistic, it feels better.”


75

“Sometimes one creates a dynamic impression by saying something, and sometimes one creates as significant an impression by remaining silent.”


74

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


73

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


72

“Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives. The important thing is to make it meaningful: a meaningful friend – or a meaningful day.”


71

“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.”


70

“The ultimate source of happiness is not money and power, but warm-heartedness.”

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69

“To conquer oneself is a greater victory than to conquer thousands in a battle.”


68

“When we feel love and kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace.”


67

“It is very important to generate a good attitude, a good heart, as much as possible. From this, happiness in both the short term and the long term for both yourself and others will come.”


66

“Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.”


65

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


64

“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.”


63

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


62

“Compassion is not religious business, it is human business, it is not luxury, it is essential for our own peace and mental stability, it is essential for human survival.”


61

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


60

“A good friend who points out mistakes and imperfections and rebukes evil is to be respected as if he reveals the secret of some hidden treasure.”

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59

“Silence is sometimes the best answer.”


58

“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.”


57

“As you breathe in, cherish yourself. As you breathe out, cherish all Beings.”


56

“Instead of wondering WHY this is happening to you, consider why this is happening to YOU.”


55

“Even when we have physical hardships, we can be very happy.”


54

“People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.”


53

“The true hero is one who conquers his own anger and hatred.”


52

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


51

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


50

“Love is the absence of judgment.”

dalai lama quote on love


49

“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.”


48

“If you have a particular faith or religion, that is good. But you can survive without it.”


47

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


46

“I defeat my enemies when I make them my friends.”


45

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


44

“If you can cultivate the right attitude, your enemies are your best spiritual teachers because their presence provides you with the opportunity to enhance and develop tolerance, patience and understanding.”


43

“Even an animal, if you show genuine affection, gradually trust develops… If you always showing bad face and beating, how can you develop friendship?”


42

“Only the development of compassion and understanding for others can bring us the tranquility and happiness we all seek.”


41

“Calm mind brings inner strength and self-confidence, so that’s very important for good health.”


40

“We all have to live together, so we might as well live together happily.”

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39

“More compassionate mind, more sense of concern for other’s well-being, is source of happiness.”


38

“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.”


37

“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.”


36

“Someone else’s action should not determine your response.”


35

“To remain indifferent to the challenges we face is indefensible. If the goal is noble, whether or not it is realized within our lifetime is largely irrelevant. What we must do therefore is to strive and persevere and never give up.”


34

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


33

“In order to carry a positive action we must develop here a positive vision.”


32

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


31

“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.”


30

“This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.”

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29

“The purpose of our lives is to be happy.”


28

“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.”


27

“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.”


26

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


25

“I believe the very purpose of our life is to seek happiness. Whether one believes in religion or not, whether one believes in that religion or this religion, we are all seeking something better in life. So, I think, the very motion of our life is towards happiness.”


24

“Sleep is the best meditation.”


23

“When we are motivated by compassion and wisdom, the results of our actions benefit everyone, not just our individual selves or some immediate convenience. When we are able to recognize and forgive ignorant actions of the past, we gain strength to constructively solve the problems of the present.”


22

“All suffering is caused by ignorance. People inflict pain on others in the selfish pursuit of their own happiness or satisfaction.”


21

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


20

“My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.”

dalai lama quote on religion


19

“Whether one is rich or poor, educated or illiterate, religious or non-believing, man or woman, black, white, or brown, we are all the same. Physically, emotionally, and mentally, we are all equal. We all share basic needs for food, shelter, safety, and love. We all aspire to happiness and we all shun suffering. Each of us has hopes, worries, fears, and dreams. Each of us wants the best for our family and loved ones. We all experience pain when we suffer loss and joy when we achieve what we seek. On this fundamental level, religion, ethnicity, culture, and language make no difference.”


18

“When you practice gratefulness, there is a sense of respect toward others.”


17

“Because of lack of moral principle, human life becomes worthless. Moral principle, truthfulness, is a key factor. If we lose that, then there is no future.”


16

“A lack of transparency results in distrust and a deep sense of insecurity.”


15

“Some mischievous people always there. Last several thousand years, always there. In future, also.”


14

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


13

“Home is where you feel at home and are treated well.”


12

“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.”


11

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


10

“Inner peace is the key: if you have inner peace, the external problems do not affect your deep sense of peace and tranquility… 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 quote on peace


9

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


8

“Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.”


7

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


6

“If someone has a gun and is trying to kill you, it would be reasonable to shoot back with your own gun.”


5

“Generally speaking, if a human being never shows anger, then I think something’s wrong. He’s not right in the brain.”


4

“My faith helps me overcome such negative emotions and find my equilibrium.”


3

“Death means change our clothes. Clothes become old, then time to come change. So this body become old, and then time come, take young body.”


2

“True friendship develops not as a result of money or power but on the basis of genuine human affection.”


1

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