Quotes by Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso)

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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.
8301If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.
8366Follow the three R's: - Respect for self. - Respect for others. - Responsibility for all your actions.
8285A good friend who points out mistakes and imperfections and rebukes evil is to be respected as if he reveals the secret of some hidden treasure.
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.
8346Mutual respect is the foundation of genuine harmony.
8244Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace.
8284To conquer oneself is a greater victory than to conquer thousands in a battle.
8327In Buddhism, ignorance as the root cause of suffering refers to a fundamental misperception of the true nature of the self and all phenomena.
8368A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.
8307Someone else’s action should not determine your response.
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.
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.
8318I have come to the conclusion that whether or not a person is a religious believer does not matter. Far more important is that they be a good human being.
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.
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!
8300Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.
8223The purpose of our lives is to be happy.
8363Compassion is the wish for another being to be free from suffering; love is wanting them to have happiness.
8226Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.
8235The ultimate authority must always rest with the individual's own reason and critical analysis.
8361When educating the minds of our youth, we must not forget to educate their hearts.
8280A truly compassionate attitude toward others does not change even if they behave negatively or hurt you.
8315I think governments can't do much.
8259Silence is sometimes the best answer.
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.
8370There is nothing I can't live without. I learned this attitude when I was a child.
8324Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects.
8321Don't ever mistake my silence for ignorance, my calmness for acceptance or my kindness for weakness. Compassion and tolerance are not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength.
8367Don't let a little dispute injure a great relationship.
8317World belongs to humanity, not this leader, that leader or that king or prince or religious leader. World belongs to humanity.
8329Never give up. No matter what is happening, no matter what is going on around you, never give up.
8364Anything that contradicts experience and logic should be abandoned.
8234Home is where you feel at home and are treated well.
8265Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
8344A sense of concern for others gives our lives meaning; it is the root of all human happiness
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.
8269Only the development of compassion and understanding for others can bring us the tranquility and happiness we all seek.
8278One problem with our current society is that we have an attitude towards education as if it is there to simply make you more clever, make you more ingenious… Even though our society does not emphasize this, the most important use of knowledge and education is to help us understand the importance of engaging in more wholesome actions and bringing about discipline within our minds. The proper utilization of our intelligence and knowledge is to effect changes from within to develop a good heart.
8266It is very rare or almost impossible that an event can be negative from all points of view.
8255An eye for an eye….we are all blind
8328If your heart has peace, nothing can disturb you.
8221We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.
8359True change is within; leave the outside as it is.
8330The way to overcome negative thoughts and destructive emotions is to develop opposing, positive emotions that are stronger and more powerful.
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.
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.
8262Know the rules well, so you can break them effectively.
8325We cannot learn real patience and tolerance from a guru or a friend. They can be practiced only when we come in contact with someone who creates unpleasant experiences. According to Shantideva, enemies are really good for us as we can learn a lot from them and build our inner strength.
8263As you breathe in, cherish yourself. As you breathe out, cherish all Beings.
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.
8316I want to be just a pure spiritual leader.
8273Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.
8352It is not enough to be compassionate, we must act.
8350We human beings are social beings. We come into the world as the result of others’ actions. We survive here in dependence on others. Whether we like it or not, there is hardly a moment of our lives when we do not benefit from others’ activities. For this reason, it is hardly surprising that most of our happiness arises in the context of our relationships with others.
8232When you practice gratefulness, there is a sense of respect toward others.
8248If you have a particular faith or religion, that is good. But you can survive without it.
8342Responsibility does not only lie with the leaders of our countries or with those who have been appointed or elected to do a particular job. It lies with each of us individually.
8339Wisdom is the best guide and faith is the best companion.
8258The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation.
8229We all have to live together, so we might as well live together happily.
8261In our struggle for freedom, truth is the only weapon we possess.
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.
8290Compassion is the radicalism of our time.
8268If you can cultivate the right attitude, your enemies are your best spiritual teachers because their presence provides you with the opportunity to enhance and develop tolerance, patience and understanding.
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.
8242With realization of one's own potential and self-confidence in one's ability, one can build a better world.
8314Disagreement is something normal.
8335The more we are concerned for the well being of others, the closer we will feel to each other.
8299So consider carefully, what prevents you from living the way you want to live your life?
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.
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.
8337The root of happiness is altruism - the wish to be of service to others.
8287The way to change others’ minds is with affection, and not anger.
8245The best way to resolve any problem in the human world is for all sides to sit down and talk.
8323Give the ones you love wings to fly, roots to come back and reasons to stay.
8275World peace must develop from inner peace. Peace is not just mere absence of violence. Peace is, I think, the manifestation of human compassion.
8240Calm mind brings inner strength and self-confidence, so that's very important for good health.
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.
8282The more you are motivated by Love, The more Fearless & Free your action will be.
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.
8250Out of 6 billion humans, the troublemakers are just a handful.
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.
8237More compassionate mind, more sense of concern for other's well-being, is source of happiness.
8260The true hero is one who conquers his own anger and hatred.
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.
8294Through violence, you may ‘solve’ one problem, but you sow the seeds for another.
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.
8272Given the scale of life in the cosmos, one human life is no more than a tiny blip. Each one of us is a just visitor to this planet, a guest, who will only stay for a limited time. What greater folly could there be than to spend this short time alone, unhappy or in conflict with our companions? Far better, surely, to use our short time here in living a meaningful life, enriched by our sense of connection with others and being of service to them.
8222Sometimes one creates a dynamic impression by saying something, and sometimes one creates as significant an impression by remaining silent.
8336As our own peace of mind grows, so the atmosphere around us becomes more peaceful.
8341Concern yourselves more with the needs of others, with the needs of all humanity, and you'll have peace of mind.
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.
8253An open heart is an open mind.
8239We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection.
8303It is under the greatest adversity that there exists the greatest potential for doing good, both for oneself and others.
8264If a problem is fixable, if a situation is such that you can do something about it, then there is no need to worry. If it’s not fixable, then there is no help in worrying. There is no benefit in worrying whatsoever.
8354A genuine, affectionate smile is very important in our day-to-day lives.
8267People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.
8230Whether you call it Buddhism or another religion, self-discipline, that's important. Self-discipline with awareness of consequences.
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