Dalai Lama Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old Dalai Lama quotes, Dalai Lama sayings, and Dalai Lama proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


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

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

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

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Sleep is the best meditation.     

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

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

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Once a year, go some place you've never been before.

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

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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.

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

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It is worth remembering that the time of greatest gain in terms of wisdom and inner strength is often that of greatest difficulty.     

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

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

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

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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.

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Compassion is the radicalism of our time.     

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Once a year go somewhere you have never been before.

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

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

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

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

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Mental happiness is more important than physical comfort. Physical comfort comes from the material. But material facilities cannot provide you with peace of mind.     

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

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In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher.

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When you practice gratefulness, there is a sense of respect towards others.     

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True enlightenment is nothing but the nature of one's own self being fully realized.

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The most important thing is transforming our minds, for a new way of thinking, a new outlook: we should strive to develop a new inner world.     

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It is the enemy who can truly teach us to practice the virtues of compassion and tolerance.     

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Killing animals for sport, for pleasure, for adventures, and for hides and furs is a phenomenon which is at once disgusting and distressing. There is no justification in indulging in such acts of brutality.     

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If one's life is simple, contentment has to come. Simplicity is extremely important for happiness. Having few desires, feeling satisfied with what you have, is very vital: satisfaction with just enough food, clothing, and shelter to protect yourself from the elements.

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