Quotes by Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso)

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8293We need to learn how to want what we have NOT to have what we want in order to get steady and stable Happiness.
8287The way to change others’ minds is with affection, and not anger.
8354A genuine, affectionate smile is very important in our day-to-day lives.
8337The root of happiness is altruism - the wish to be of service to others.
8317World belongs to humanity, not this leader, that leader or that king or prince or religious leader. World belongs to humanity.
8302Love is the absence of judgment.
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.
8240Calm mind brings inner strength and self-confidence, so that's very important for good health.
8303It is under the greatest adversity that there exists the greatest potential for doing good, both for oneself and others.
8288Happiness doesn’t always come from a pursuit. Sometimes it comes when we least expect it.
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.
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.
8298Anger is the ultimate destroyer of your own peace of mind.
8305What surprises me most is “Man”, because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he doesn’t enjoy the present; The result being he doesn’t live in the present or the future; He lives as if he’s never going to die, and then he dies having never really lived.
8238Look at situations from all angles, and you will become more open.
8352It is not enough to be compassionate, we must act.
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.
8356When something needs to be done in the world to rectify the wrongs, if one is really concerned with benefiting others, one needs to be engaged, involved. This is action out of compassion.
8319Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.
8235The ultimate authority must always rest with the individual's own reason and critical analysis.
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.
8300Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.
8316I want to be just a pure spiritual leader.
8284To conquer oneself is a greater victory than to conquer thousands in a battle.
8280A truly compassionate attitude toward others does not change even if they behave negatively or hurt you.
8234Home is where you feel at home and are treated well.
8294Through violence, you may ‘solve’ one problem, but you sow the seeds for another.
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.
8270Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
8242With realization of one's own potential and self-confidence in one's ability, one can build a better world.
8273Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.
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.
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.
8243The important thing is that men should have a purpose in life. It should be something useful, something good.
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.
8267People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.
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.
8304I defeat my enemies when I make them my friends.
8315I think governments can't do much.
8230Whether you call it Buddhism or another religion, self-discipline, that's important. Self-discipline with awareness of consequences.
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.
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.
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.
8329Never give up. No matter what is happening, no matter what is going on around you, never give up.
8241Fear and trust cannot go together.
8271Look at children. Of course they may quarrel, but generally speaking they do not harbor ill feelings as much or as long as adults do. Most adults have the advantage of education over children, but what is the use of an education if they show a big smile while hiding negative feelings deep inside? Children don’t usually act in such a manner. If they feel angry with someone, they express it, and then it is finished. They can still play with that person the following day.
8370There is nothing I can't live without. I learned this attitude when I was a child.
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.
8237More compassionate mind, more sense of concern for other's well-being, is source of happiness.
8344A sense of concern for others gives our lives meaning; it is the root of all human happiness
8333A great rock is not disturbed by the wind; the mind of a wise man is not disturbed by either honor or abuse.
8254The goal is not to be better than the other man, but your previous self.
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.
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.
8332We have a responsibility to look after our planet. It is our only home.
8369The more we think of others, the happier we are. The more we think of ourselves, the more suffering we feel.
8322When you talk you are only repeating something you already know. But, if you listen you may learn something new.
8365When you lose, don't lose the lesson.
8266It is very rare or almost impossible that an event can be negative from all points of view.
8250Out of 6 billion humans, the troublemakers are just a handful.
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.
8357I do not judge the universe.
8232When you practice gratefulness, there is a sense of respect toward others.
8367Don't let a little dispute injure a great relationship.
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.
8228Sleep is the best meditation.
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.
8371Happiness mainly comes from our own attitude, rather than from external factors.
8251I think technology really increased human ability. But technology cannot produce compassion.
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.
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.
8222Sometimes one creates a dynamic impression by saying something, and sometimes one creates as significant an impression by remaining silent.
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.
8366Follow the three R's: - Respect for self. - Respect for others. - Responsibility for all your actions.
8336As our own peace of mind grows, so the atmosphere around us becomes more peaceful.
8307Someone else’s action should not determine your response.
8341Concern yourselves more with the needs of others, with the needs of all humanity, and you'll have peace of mind.
8249Whether one believes in a religion or not, and whether one believes in rebirth or not, there isn't anyone who doesn't appreciate kindness and compassion.
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.
8368A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.
8312Although you may not always be able to avoid difficult situations,you can modify the extent to which you can suffer by how you choose to respond to the situation.
8226Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.
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.
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.
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.
8290Compassion is the radicalism of our time.
8259Silence is sometimes the best answer.
8358If I am only happy for myself, many fewer chances for happiness. If I am happy when good things happen to other people, billions more chances to be happy!
8221We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.
8244Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace.
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.
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.
8256Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
8282The more you are motivated by Love, The more Fearless & Free your action will be.
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.
8223The purpose of our lives is to be happy.
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.
8326Each individual has a universal responsibility to shape institutions to serve human needs.
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.
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