Quotes by Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso)

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8302Love is the absence of judgment.
8245The best way to resolve any problem in the human world is for all sides to sit down and talk.
8275World peace must develop from inner peace. Peace is not just mere absence of violence. Peace is, I think, the manifestation of human compassion.
8330The way to overcome negative thoughts and destructive emotions is to develop opposing, positive emotions that are stronger and more powerful.
8336As our own peace of mind grows, so the atmosphere around us becomes more peaceful.
8295Inner peace is the key: if you have inner peace, the external problems do not affect your deep sense of peace and tranquility…without this inner peace, no matter how comfortable your life is materially, you may still be worried, disturbed, or unhappy because of circumstances.
8222Sometimes one creates a dynamic impression by saying something, and sometimes one creates as significant an impression by remaining silent.
8324Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects.
8362What is the meaning of life? To be happy and useful.
8351Non-violence means dialogue, using our language, the human language. Dialogue means compromise; respecting each other’s rights; in the spirit of reconciliation there is a real solution to conflict and disagreement. There is no hundred percent winner, no hundred percent loser—not that way but half-and-half. That is the practical way, the only way.
8276All suffering is caused by ignorance. People inflict pain on others in the selfish pursuit of their own happiness or satisfaction.
8236I have always had this view about the modern education system: we pay attention to brain development, but the development of warmheartedness we take for granted.
8233Too much self-centered attitude, you see, brings, you see, isolation. Result: loneliness, fear, anger. The extreme self-centered attitude is the source of suffering.
8288Happiness doesn’t always come from a pursuit. Sometimes it comes when we least expect it.
8338In this century we have made remarkable material progress, but basically we are the same as we were thousands of years ago. Our spiritual needs are still very great.
8316I want to be just a pure spiritual leader.
8349If scientific analysis were conclusively to demonstrate certain claims in Buddhism to be false, then we must accept the findings of science and abandon those claims.
8238Look at situations from all angles, and you will become more open.
8315I think governments can't do much.
8254The goal is not to be better than the other man, but your previous self.
8313When we feel love and kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace.
8244Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace.
8306Love and Compassion are the true religions to me. But to develop this, we do not need to believe in any religion.
8329Never give up. No matter what is happening, no matter what is going on around you, never give up.
8261In our struggle for freedom, truth is the only weapon we possess.
8234Home is where you feel at home and are treated well.
8301If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.
8317World belongs to humanity, not this leader, that leader or that king or prince or religious leader. World belongs to humanity.
8359True change is within; leave the outside as it is.
8354A genuine, affectionate smile is very important in our day-to-day lives.
8353Whether you believe in God or not does not matter much, whether you believe in Buddha or not does not matter so much; as a Buddhist, whether you believe in reincarnation or not does not matter so much. You must lead a good life.
8251I think technology really increased human ability. But technology cannot produce compassion.
8237More compassionate mind, more sense of concern for other's well-being, is source of happiness.
8347Nowadays, we are confronted by a huge gap between rich and poor. This is not only morally wrong, but practically a mistake. It leads to the rich living in anxiety and the poor living in frustration, which has the potential to lead to more violence. We have to work to reduce this gap. It's truly unfair that some people should have so much while others go hungry.
8292Peace does not mean an absence of conflicts; differences will always be there. Peace means solving these differences through peaceful means; through dialogue, education, knowledge; and through humane ways.
8303It is under the greatest adversity that there exists the greatest potential for doing good, both for oneself and others.
8328If your heart has peace, nothing can disturb you.
8256Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
8296You must not hate those who do wrong or harmful things; but with compassion, you must do what you can to stop them — for they are harming themselves, as well as those who suffer from their actions.
8308When 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.
8252I always tell people that religious institutions and political institutions should be separate. So while I'm telling people this, I myself continue with them combined. Hypocrisy!
8274When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
8279The creatures that inhabit this earth-be they human beings or animals-are here to contribute, each in its own particular way, to the beauty and prosperity of the world.
8224Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.
8339Wisdom is the best guide and faith is the best companion.
8250Out of 6 billion humans, the troublemakers are just a handful.
8226Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.
8340Without technology humanity has no future, but we have to be careful that we don’t become so mechanised that we lose our human feelings.
8255An eye for an eye….we are all blind
8300Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.
8229We all have to live together, so we might as well live together happily.
8322When you talk you are only repeating something you already know. But, if you listen you may learn something new.
8247I have done one thing that I think is a contribution: I helped Buddhist science and modern science combine. No other Buddhist has done that. Other lamas, I don't think they ever pay attention to modern science. Since my childhood, I have a keen interest.
8319Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.
8337The root of happiness is altruism - the wish to be of service to others.
8277Compassion 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.
8367Don't let a little dispute injure a great relationship.
8364Anything that contradicts experience and logic should be abandoned.
8262Know the rules well, so you can break them effectively.
8289I believe the very purpose of our life is to seek happiness. Whether one believes in religion or not, whether one believes in that religion or this religion, we are all seeking something better in life. So, I think, the very motion of our life is towards happiness.
8323Give the ones you love wings to fly, roots to come back and reasons to stay.
8266It is very rare or almost impossible that an event can be negative from all points of view.
8259Silence is sometimes the best answer.
8327In Buddhism, ignorance as the root cause of suffering refers to a fundamental misperception of the true nature of the self and all phenomena.
8281I don’t know whether the universe, with its countless galaxies, stars and planets, has a deeper meaning or not, but at the very least, it is clear that we humans who live on this earth face the task of making a happy life for ourselves. Therefore, it is important to discover what will bring about the greatest degree of happiness.
8246My main hope is eventually, in modern education field, introduce education about warm-heartedness, not based on religion, but based on common experience and a common sort of sense, and then scientific finding.
8333A great rock is not disturbed by the wind; the mind of a wise man is not disturbed by either honor or abuse.
8221We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.
8257Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can.
8260The true hero is one who conquers his own anger and hatred.
8286I will not propose to you that my way is best. The decision is up to you. If you find some point which may be suitable to you, then you can carry out experiments for yourself. If you find that it is of no use, then you can discard it.
8355Irrespective of whether we are believers or agnostics, whether we believe in God or karma, moral ethics is a code which everyone is able to pursue.
8297Those who have little interest in spirituality shouldn’t think that human inner values don’t apply to you. The inner peace of an alert and calm mind are the source of real happiness and good health. Our human intelligence tells us which of our emotions are positive and helpful and which are damaging and to be restrained or avoided.
8314Disagreement is something normal.
8363Compassion is the wish for another being to be free from suffering; love is wanting them to have happiness.
8331Forget the failures. Keep the lessons.
8273Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.
8242With realization of one's own potential and self-confidence in one's ability, one can build a better world.
8293We need to learn how to want what we have NOT to have what we want in order to get steady and stable Happiness.
8335The more we are concerned for the well being of others, the closer we will feel to each other.
8311The topic of compassion is not at all religious business; it is important to know it is human business, it is a question of human survival.
8304I defeat my enemies when I make them my friends.
8258The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation.
8348If there is no solution to the problem then don't waste time worrying about it. If there is a solution to the problem then don't waste time worrying about it.
8334Because we all share this planet earth, we have to learn to live in harmony and peace with each other and with nature. This is not just a dream, but a necessity.
8231Because of lack of moral principle, human life becomes worthless. Moral principle, truthfulness, is a key factor. If we lose that, then there is no future.
8241Fear and trust cannot go together.
8248If you have a particular faith or religion, that is good. But you can survive without it.
8361When educating the minds of our youth, we must not forget to educate their hearts.
8332We have a responsibility to look after our planet. It is our only home.
8343The greater the level of calmness of our mind, the greater our peace of mind, the greater our ability to enjoy a happy and joyful life.
8368A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.
8320When you think everything is someone else's fault, you will suffer a lot. When you realize that everything springs only from yourself, you will learn both peace and joy.
8365When you lose, don't lose the lesson.
8371Happiness mainly comes from our own attitude, rather than from external factors.
8267People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.
8263As you breathe in, cherish yourself. As you breathe out, cherish all Beings.
8360Once a year go somewhere you have never been before.
8282The more you are motivated by Love, The more Fearless & Free your action will be.
8326Each individual has a universal responsibility to shape institutions to serve human needs.
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