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Top 72 Most Inspiring Dalai Lama Quotes (PEACE)

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Born on 6 July 1935, Tenzin Gyatso is the 14th Dalai Lama. A title that was given by the Tibetan people for the foremost spiritual leader of the Gelug.

The Dalai Lama, Tibet’s political leader, is currently living as a refugee in India (McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh) after striving to make Tibet an independent and democratic state from China more than 60 years ago.

His relentless effort in striving for peace led to him winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.

However, in December 2008, the Dalai Lama announced his semi-retirement after having gallstone surgery. (source)

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Below are the most powerful Dalai Lama quotes so you live a more compassionate life (and happier) and be flexible to change.

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14 Most Powerful Dalai Lama Quotes on Life & Happiness

This is my simple religion. No need for temples. No need for complicated philosophy. Your own mind, your own heart is the temple. Your philosophy is simple kindness.”

Dalai Lama
It is under the greatest adversity that there exists the greatest potential for doing good, both for oneself and others.
It is under the greatest adversity that there exists the greatest potential for doing good, both for oneself and others.
To conquer oneself is a greater victory than to conquer thousands in a battle.
To conquer oneself is a greater victory than to conquer thousands in a battle.
The goal is not to be better than the other man, but your previous self.
The goal is not to be better than the other man, but your previous self.
We need to learn to want what we have, not to have what we want, in order to get stable and steady happiness.
We need to learn to want what we have, not to have what we want, in order to get stable and steady happiness.
If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.

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.”

Dalai Lama
People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.
People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.
A disciplined mind leads to happiness, and an undisciplined mind leads to suffering.
A disciplined mind leads to happiness, and an undisciplined mind leads to suffering.
My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.
My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.
Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.
Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.
Real change in the world will only come from a change of heart.
Real change in the world will only come from a change of heart.
Only the development of compassion and understanding for others can bring us the tranquility and happiness we all seek.
Only the development of compassion and understanding for others can bring us the tranquility and happiness we all seek.

29 Uplifting Dalai Lama Quotes to Empower You

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
The more you are motivated by love, the more fearless and free your action will be.
The more you are motivated by love, the more fearless and free your action will be.
Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.
Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.
If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.
If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.
Sometimes one creates a dynamic impression by saying something, and sometimes one creates as significant an impression by remaining silent.
Sometimes one creates a dynamic impression by saying something, and sometimes one creates as significant an impression by remaining silent.
It is very rare or almost impossible that an event can be negative from all points of view.
It is very rare or almost impossible that an event can be negative from all points of view.

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
The world doesn’t belong to leaders. The world belongs to all humanity.
The world doesn’t belong to leaders. The world belongs to all humanity.
Love is the absence of judgement.
Love is the absence of judgement.
Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
True change is within; leave the outside as it is.
True change is within; leave the outside as it is.
Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
Know the rules well, so you can break them effectively.
Know the rules well, so you can break them effectively.
Silence is sometimes the best answer.
Silence is sometimes the best answer.
Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.
Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.
No matter how educated or wealthy you are, if you don’t have peace of mind, you won’t be happy.
No matter how educated or wealthy you are, if you don’t have peace of mind, you won’t be happy.
Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.
Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.

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
Just one small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day.
Just one small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day.
Open your arms to change but don’t let go of your values.
Open your arms to change but don’t let go of your values.
We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.
We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.
Give the ones you love wings to fly, roots to come back, and reasons to stay.
Give the ones you love wings to fly, roots to come back, and reasons to stay.
The true hero is one who conquers his own anger and hatred.
The true hero is one who conquers his own anger and hatred.
Choose to be optimistic, it feels better.
Choose to be optimistic, it feels better.
Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.
Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.
We all have to live together, so we might as well live together happily.
We all have to live together, so we might as well live together happily.
Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
The whole purpose of religion is to facilitate love and compassion, patience, tolerance, humility, and forgiveness.
The whole purpose of religion is to facilitate love and compassion, patience, tolerance, humility, and forgiveness.
World peace must develop from inner peace. Peace is not just mere absence of violence. Peace is, I think, the manifestation of human compassion.
World peace must develop from inner peace. Peace is not just mere absence of violence. Peace is, I think, the manifestation of human compassion.

29 Wise Dalai Lama Quotes to Enrich Your Life

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.”

Dalai Lama
I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe.
I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe.
I believe each human being has the potential to change, to transform one’s own attitude, no matter how difficult the situation.
I believe each human being has the potential to change, to transform one’s own attitude, no matter how difficult the situation.
The planet does not need more successful people. The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of all kinds.
The planet does not need more successful people. The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of all kinds.
We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection.
We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection.
All suffering is caused by ignorance. People inflict pain on others in the selfish pursuit of their own happiness or satisfaction.
All suffering is caused by ignorance. People inflict pain on others in the selfish pursuit of their own happiness or satisfaction.
To be aware of a single shortcoming in oneself is more useful than to be aware of a thousand in someone else.
To be aware of a single shortcoming in oneself is more useful than to be aware of a thousand in someone else.
Anger and hatred are signs of weakness, while compassion is a sure sign of strength.
Anger and hatred are signs of weakness, while compassion is a sure sign of strength.
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.
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.
I try to treat whoever I meet as an old friend. This gives me a genuine feeling of happiness. It is the practice of compassion.
I try to treat whoever I meet as an old friend. This gives me a genuine feeling of happiness. It is the practice of compassion.
When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
As individuals we can influence our own families. Our families can influence our communities and our communities can influence our nations.
As individuals we can influence our own families. Our families can influence our communities and our communities can influence our nations.
Our visit to this planet is short, so we should use our time meaningfully, which we can do by helping others wherever possible.
Our visit to this planet is short, so we should use our time meaningfully, which we can do by helping others wherever possible.
Compassion is the radicalism of our time.
Compassion is the radicalism of our time.
As you breathe in, cherish yourself. As you breathe out, cherish all beings.
As you breathe in, cherish yourself. As you breathe out, cherish all beings.
A truly compassionate attitude toward others does not change even if they behave negatively or hurt you.
A truly compassionate attitude toward others does not change even if they behave negatively or hurt you.
The ultimate source of happiness is not money and power, but warmheartedness.
The ultimate source of happiness is not money and power, but warmheartedness.
The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.
The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.
The remedy is to look deeper and recognize that we human beings are physically, mentally and emotionally the same.
The remedy is to look deeper and recognize that we human beings are physically, mentally and emotionally the same.
Compassion is the wish to see others free from suffering.
Compassion is the wish to see others free from suffering.
The way to change others’ minds is with affection, and not anger.
The way to change others’ minds is with affection, and not anger.
Happiness doesn’t always come from a pursuit. Sometimes it comes when we least expect it.
Happiness doesn’t always come from a pursuit. Sometimes it comes when we least expect it.
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.
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.
Love and Compassion are the true religions to me. But to develop this, we do not need to believe in any religion.
Love and Compassion are the true religions to me. But to develop this, we do not need to believe in any religion.
Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.
Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.
The purpose of all the major religious traditions is not to construct big temples on the outside, but to create temples of goodness and compassion inside, in our hearts.
The purpose of all the major religious traditions is not to construct big temples on the outside, but to create temples of goodness and compassion inside, in our hearts.
Like a lamp, dispelling the darkness of ignorance.
Like a lamp, dispelling the darkness of ignorance.
Irrespective of whether we are believers or agnostics, whether we believe in God or karma, moral ethics is a code which everyone is able to pursue.
Irrespective of whether we are believers or agnostics, whether we believe in God or karma, moral ethics is a code which everyone is able to pursue.
Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.
Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.

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