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.


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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Our purpose in life is to be happy. From the very core of our being, we simply desire contentment.     

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The purpose of our lives is to be happy.     

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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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Hard times build determination and inner strength. Through them we can also come to appreciate the uselessness of anger.     

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Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.     

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Through violence, you may “solve” one problem, but you sow seeds for another.     

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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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Developing concern for others, thinking of them as part of us, brings self-confidence, reduces our sense of suspicion and mistrust, and enables us to develop a calm mind.     

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

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When our mind is calm, we're better able to find peace of mind and live a joyful life.     

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A calm mind is good for our physical health, but it also enables us to see things more realistically.     

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When we speak of a calm state of mind or peace of mind, we shouldn't confuse that with an insensitive state of apathy. Having a calm or peaceful state of mind doesn't mean being spaced out or completely empty. Peace of mind or a calm state of mind is rooted in affection and compassion and is sensitive and responsive to others.     

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

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

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We must each lead a way of life with self awareness and compassion, to do as much as we can. Then, whatever happens we will have no regrets.     

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

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An open heart is an open mind.     

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

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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.     

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When selflessness is seen in objects, the seed of cyclic existence is destroyed.     

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

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Once a year, go somewhere you have never been before.     

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Constructiveness is the human way.     

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To be aware of a single shortcoming in oneself is more useful than to be aware of a thousand in someone else.     

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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.     

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

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

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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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