Quotes by Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso)

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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.
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.
8244Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace.
8270Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
8261In our struggle for freedom, truth is the only weapon we possess.
8371Happiness mainly comes from our own attitude, rather than from external factors.
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.
8255An eye for an eye….we are all blind
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.
8331Forget the failures. Keep the lessons.
8221We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.
8248If you have a particular faith or religion, that is good. But you can survive without it.
8282The more you are motivated by Love, The more Fearless & Free your action will be.
8273Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.
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.
8310We 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.
8341Concern yourselves more with the needs of others, with the needs of all humanity, and you'll have peace of mind.
8344A sense of concern for others gives our lives meaning; it is the root of all human happiness
8274When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
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.
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.
8224Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.
8259Silence is sometimes the best answer.
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.
8258The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation.
8250Out of 6 billion humans, the troublemakers are just a handful.
8254The goal is not to be better than the other man, but your previous self.
8319Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.
8357I do not judge the universe.
8307Someone else’s action should not determine your response.
8317World belongs to humanity, not this leader, that leader or that king or prince or religious leader. World belongs to humanity.
8360Once a year go somewhere you have never been before.
8345I believe all suffering is caused by ignorance.
8323Give the ones you love wings to fly, roots to come back and reasons to stay.
8301If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.
8330The way to overcome negative thoughts and destructive emotions is to develop opposing, positive emotions that are stronger and more powerful.
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.
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.
8370There is nothing I can't live without. I learned this attitude when I was a child.
8262Know the rules well, so you can break them effectively.
8328If your heart has peace, nothing can disturb you.
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.
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.
8253An open heart is an open mind.
8260The true hero is one who conquers his own anger and hatred.
8315I think governments can't do much.
8266It is very rare or almost impossible that an event can be negative from all points of view.
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.
8294Through violence, you may ‘solve’ one problem, but you sow the seeds for another.
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.
8263As you breathe in, cherish yourself. As you breathe out, cherish all Beings.
8335The more we are concerned for the well being of others, the closer we will feel to each other.
8275World peace must develop from inner peace. Peace is not just mere absence of violence. Peace is, I think, the manifestation of human compassion.
8276All suffering is caused by ignorance. People inflict pain on others in the selfish pursuit of their own happiness or satisfaction.
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.
8333A great rock is not disturbed by the wind; the mind of a wise man is not disturbed by either honor or abuse.
8367Don't let a little dispute injure a great relationship.
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.
8265Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
8222Sometimes one creates a dynamic impression by saying something, and sometimes one creates as significant an impression by remaining silent.
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.
8299So consider carefully, what prevents you from living the way you want to live your life?
8242With realization of one's own potential and self-confidence in one's ability, one can build a better world.
8228Sleep is the best meditation.
8283Neither a space station nor an enlightened mind can be realized in a day.
8227There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness.
8339Wisdom is the best guide and faith is the best companion.
8329Never give up. No matter what is happening, no matter what is going on around you, never give up.
8316I want to be just a pure spiritual leader.
8366Follow the three R's: - Respect for self. - Respect for others. - Responsibility for all your actions.
8364Anything that contradicts experience and logic should be abandoned.
8361When educating the minds of our youth, we must not forget to educate their hearts.
8354A genuine, affectionate smile is very important in our day-to-day lives.
8300Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.
8298Anger is the ultimate destroyer of your own peace of mind.
8267People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.
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.
8359True change is within; leave the outside as it is.
8322When you talk you are only repeating something you already know. But, if you listen you may learn something new.
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.
8280A truly compassionate attitude toward others does not change even if they behave negatively or hurt you.
8337The root of happiness is altruism - the wish to be of service to others.
8238Look at situations from all angles, and you will become more open.
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.
8226Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.
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.
8245The best way to resolve any problem in the human world is for all sides to sit down and talk.
8269Only the development of compassion and understanding for others can bring us the tranquility and happiness we all seek.
8291If someone has a gun and is trying to kill you, it would be reasonable to shoot back with your own gun.
8287The way to change others’ minds is with affection, and not anger.
8368A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.
8324Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects.
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.
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.
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.
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.
8284To conquer oneself is a greater victory than to conquer thousands in a battle.
8223The purpose of our lives is to be happy.
8239We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection.
8327In Buddhism, ignorance as the root cause of suffering refers to a fundamental misperception of the true nature of the self and all phenomena.
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