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.


Mutual respect is the foundation of genuine harmony.     

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I remain convinced that most human conflicts can be solved through genuine dialogue conducted with a spirit of openness and reconciliation.     

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True compassion is universal in scope. It is accompanied by a feeling of responsibility.     

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Just as rust, which arose from the iron itself, wears out the iron, likewise, performing an action without examination would destroy us by projecting us into a negative state of existence.     

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In pluralistic, democratic societies, there is the freedom to adopt the religion of your choice. This is good. This lets curious people like you run around on the loose!      

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Encountering sufferings will definitely contribute to the elevation of your spiritual practice, provided you are able to transform calamity and misfortune into the path.     

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The more contact we have with one another and the more we come to understand each other's values, the greater will be our mutual respect.     

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The basic condition of human life is happiness.     

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

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It is not enough simply to wish that love and compassion should increase in us. We need to make a sustained effort, again and again, to cultivate the positive aspects within us - and the key here is constant familiarity. The nature of human thoughts and emotions is such that the more you engage in them, the more you consciously develop them, the more powerful they become.     

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Through constant familiarity, we can definitely establish new behavior patterns, using our tendency to form habits to our advantage. If we make a steady effort, I think we can overcome any form of negative conditioning and make positive changes in our lives. But we need to remember that genuine change doesn't happen overnight.     

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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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Indulgence in resentment and vengeance will only further increase miseries to oneself and others in this life and in lives to come.     

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If at the beginning and end of our lives we depend upon the kindness of others, why in the middle of our lives should we not act kindly toward them? It is the pragmatic choice.     

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If we are in a good mood when we get up in the morning, if there is a warm-hearted feeling within, automatically our inner door is opened for that day.     

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If your mind is scattered, it is quite powerless.     

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Anger cannot coexist with inner peace, which is the principal characteristic of happiness.     

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Whether we are rich or poor, educated or uneducated, whatever our nationality, colour, social status or ideology may be, the purpose of our lives is to be happy.     

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I always say that people should not rush to change religions. There is real value in finding the spiritual resources you need in your home religion.     

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

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