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.


A sense of concern for others gives our lives meaning; it is the root of all human happiness.     

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Compassion suits our physical condition, whereas anger, fear and distrust are harmful to our well-being. Therefore, just as we learn the importance of physical hygiene to physical health, to ensure healthy minds, we need to learn some kind of emotional hygiene.      

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If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in bed with a mosquito.     

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A great rock is not disturbed by the wind; the mind of a wise man is not disturbed by either honor or abuse.     

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Afflictive emotions - our jealousy, anger, hatred, fear - can be put to an end. When you realize that these emotions are only temporary, that they always pass on like clouds in the sky, you also realize they can ultimately be abandoned.     

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

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A mind that is characterized by unrest will not be tranquil even in the presence of great calm.     

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Consider that not only do negative thoughts and emotions destroy our experience of peace, they also undermine our health.     

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The way to overcome negative thoughts and destructive emotions is to develop opposing, positive emotions that are stronger and more powerful.     

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An enemy is indeed a precious teacher.      

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

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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.     

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Determination, with an optimistic attitude is the key to success.     

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Appearance is something absolute, but reality is not that way - everything is interdependent, not absolute.     

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Look at situations from all angles, and you will become more open.     

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Altruism is the best source of happiness. There is no doubt about that.     

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Infinite altruism is the basis of peace and happiness. If you want altruism, you must control hate and you must practice patience. The main teachers of patience are our enemies.     

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The root of happiness is altruism - the wish to be of service to others.     

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The practice of altruism is the authentic way to live as a human being, and it is not just for religious people. As human beings, our purpose is to live meaningful lives, to develop a warm heart. There is meaning in being everyone's friend. The real source of peace amongst our families, friends and neighbours is love and compassion.     

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A simple smile. That’s the start of opening your heart and being compassionate to 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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World peace begins with inner peace.     

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Without changing one's self, without peace in one's self, world peace is not possible.     

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Universal responsibility is the key to human survival. It is the best foundation for world peace.     

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We begin from the recognition that all beings cherish happiness and do not want suffering. It then becomes both morally wrong and pragmatically unwise to pursue only one’s own happiness oblivious to the feelings and aspirations of all others who surround us as members of the same human family. The wiser course is to think of others when pursuing our own happiness.     

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

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According to Buddhist psychology, most of our troubles stem from attachment to things that we mistakenly see as permanent.     

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A great rock is not disturbed by the wind; the mind of a wise man is not disturbed by either honor or abuse.      

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Limitless like the ocean are your excellent qualities.     

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Someone else's action should not determine your response.     

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