Dalai Lama Quotes on Life

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Dalai Lama is the title given to the head of state and the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people. The 14th Dalai Lama, also known as Tenzin Gyatso, he is one of the most influential figures in the world today. His wisdom is widely valued not only by his Buddhist followers but also by people from all over the world.

At age 82 years, he has spent his life spreading the word about happiness, success, peace, and so much more. Here are some of Dalai Lama’s quotes that have inspired millions to achieve peace of mind, have a strong spiritual foundation, and overall well-being of the mind, the body, and the soul.

88 Quotes by the Dalai

  1. The goal is not to be better than the other man, but your previous self.
  2. 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.
  3. Never give up. No matter what is happening, no matter what is going on around you, never give up.
  4. Give the ones you love wings to fly, roots to come back and reasons to stay.
  5. Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.
  6. Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.
  7. Love is the absence of judgment.
  8. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
  9. If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.
  10. The more you are motivated by love, the more fearless & free your action will be.
  11. The ultimate source of my mental happiness is my peace of mind. Nothing can destroy this except my own anger.
  12. We need to learn to want what we have, not to have what we want, in order to get stable and steady happiness.
  13. Man surprised me most about humanity. 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 does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.
  14. Through difficult experiences, life sometimes becomes more meaningful.
  15. 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.
  16. Calm mind brings inner strength and self-confidence, so that’s very important for good health.
  17. Live with an open heart.
  18. The true hero is one who conquers his own anger and hatred.
  19. My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.
  20. I pray for all of us, oppressor and friend, that together we succeed in building a better world through human understanding and love, and that in doing so we may reduce the pain and suffering of all sentient beings.
  21. 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.
  22. When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
  23. Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.
  24. It is under the greatest adversity that there exists the greatest potential for doing good, both for oneself and others.
  25. 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.
  26. Follow the three R’s: – Respect for self. – Respect for others. – Responsibility for all your actions.
  27. An open heart is an open mind.
  28. Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.
  29. The more compassionate you are, the happier you are.
  30. 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.
  31. The foundation of all spiritual practice is love. That you practice this well is my only request.
  32. Silence is sometimes the best answer.
  33. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
  34. You have to start giving first and expect absolutely nothing.
  35. Compassion is the radicalism of our time.
  36. Whether one is rich or poor, educated or illiterate, religious or nonbelieving, 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.
  37. If your heart has peace, nothing can disturb you.
  38. We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.
  39. In order to carry a positive action, we must develop here a positive vision.
  40. Put first things first, which is humanity.
  41. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
  42. Know the rules well, so you can break them effectively.
  43. No material object, however beautiful or valuable, can make us feel loved.
  44. Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.
  45. The ultimate source of happiness is not money and power, but warm-heartedness.
  46. 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.
  47. To conquer oneself is a greater victory than to conquer thousands in a battle.
  48. Just one small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day.
  49. The ultimate source of my mental happiness is my peace of mind. Nothing can destroy this except my own anger.
  50. An eye for an eye…we are all blind.
  51. If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
  52. Choose to be optimistic, it feels better.
  53. When we feel love and kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for it, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace.
  54. 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.
  55. The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation.
  56. 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.
  57. People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.
  58. The planet does not need more successful people. The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of all kinds.
  59. Forget the failures. Keep the lessons.
  60. A spoon cannot taste the food it carries. Likewise, a foolish man cannot understand the wise man’s wisdom even if he associates with a sage.
  61. 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.
  62. A truly compassionate attitude toward others does not change even if they behave negatively or hurt you.
  63. 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.
  64. Because we all share an identical need for love, it is possible to feel that anybody we meet, in whatever circumstances, is a brother or sister.
  65. 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.
  66. Smile if you want a smile from another face.
  67. It is very rare or almost impossible that an event can be negative from all points of view.
  68. Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.
  69. When we are caught up in a destructive emotion, we lose one of our greatest assets: our independence.
  70. In our struggle for freedom, the truth is the only weapon we possess.
  71. Sleep is the best meditation.
  72. I find hope in the darkest of days and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe.
  73. Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.
  74. World peace must develop from inner peace. Peace is not just mere absence of violence. Peace is, I think, the manifestation of human compassion.
  75. The world doesn’t belong to leaders. The world belongs to all humanity.
  76. Pain can change you, but that doesn’t mean it has to be a bad change. Take that pain and turn it into wisdom.
  77. As you breathe in, cherish yourself. As you breathe out, cherish all Beings.
  78. Neither a space station nor an enlightened mind can be realized in a day.
  79. 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.
  80. We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection.
  81. In the practice of tolerance, one’s enemy is the best teacher.
  82. Home is where you feel at home and are treated well.
  83. 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.
  84. Open your arms to change but don’t let go of your values.
  85. The period of greatest gain in knowledge and experience is the most difficult period in one’s life.
  86. 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.
  87. Let us try to recognize the precious nature of each day.
  88. Happiness doesn’t always come from a pursuit. Sometimes it comes when we least expect it.

The pursuit of happiness, peace, and love is something that we humans strive for. We aim for a better life but sometimes, disappointment gets in the way. Let these quotes from one of the world’s most loved spiritual leader guide us in our daily lives.

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