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.


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

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Conservation is not merely a question of morality, but a question of our own survival.     

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Compassion and tolerance are not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength.     

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Simplicity is extremely important for happiness. Having few desires, feeling satisfied with what you have, is very vital.     

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

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Remember that sometimes, not getting what you want is 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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The ultimate way to solve human problems is with nonviolence.     

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Nonviolence is the only way. Even if you achieve your goal by violent means there are always side effects, and these can be worse than the problem. Violence is against human nature.     

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For change to happen in any community, the initiative must come from the individual.     

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Reincarnation is not an exclusively Hindu or Buddhist concept, but it is part of the history of human origin. It is proof of the mindstream's capacity to retain knowledge of physical and mental activities. It is related to the theory of interdependent origination and to the law of cause and effect.     

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If you wish to experience peace, provide peace for another.     

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The ultimate authority must always rest with the individual's own reason and critical analysis.     

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Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.     

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A calm mind helps our human intelligence to assess the situation realistically.     

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

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A zero itself is nothing, but without a zero you cannot count anything; therefore, a zero is something, yet zero.     

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

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Compassion and love constitute non-violence in action. They are the source of all spiritual qualities: forgiveness, tolerance, all the virtues. They give meaning to our activities and makes them constructive. There is nothing amazing about being rich or highly educated; only when the individual has a warm heart do these attributes become worthwhile.     

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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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It is very rare or almost impossible that an event can be negative from all points of view.     

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For Tibetans, the real strength of our struggle is truth - not size, money, or expertise.     

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Out of 6 billion humans, the troublemakers are just a handful.     

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It is our collective and individual responsibility to preserve and tend to the environment in which we all live.     

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

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Contemplating the suffering which is unbearable to us, and is unbearable to others, too, can produce awake mind, which arises from the compassion that wishes to free all living beings from suffering.     

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Politicians need religion even more than a hermit in retreat. If a hermit acts out of bad motivation, he harms no one but himself. But if someone who can directly influence the whole of society acts with bad motivation, then a great number of people will be adversely affected.     

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The more you nurture a feeling of loving kindness, the happier and calmer you will be.     

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Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects.     

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