Dalai Lama Quotes

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The Dalai Lama's Little Book of Inner Peace: The Essential Life and Teachings      How to Practice: The Way to a Meaningful Life      The Art of Happiness, 10th Anniversary Edition: A Handbook for Living     The Universe in a Single Atom: The Convergence of Science and Spirituality

His Holiness the Dalai Lama is greatly revered in the Buddhist World, and is also highly respected as an international statesman, and as a man of peace and great wisdom. His quotes convey a mixture of great profundity, earthy practicality, and also not a little humour.

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A compassionate attitude opens our inner door, and as a result it is much easier to communicate with others.

— Dalai Lama

A genuine, affectionate smile is very important in our day to day lives.

— Dalai Lama

A great rock is not disturbed by the wind; the mind of a wise man is not disturbed by either honour or abuse.

— Dalai Lama

A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.

— Dalai Lama

A positive future cannot emerge from the mind of anger and despair.

— Dalai Lama

A truly compassionate attitude toward others does not change even if they behave negatively or hurt you.

— Dalai Lama

A universal approach to World problems is the only sound basis for peace.

— Dalai Lama

Always embrace the common humanity that lies at the heart of us all.

— Dalai Lama

Anger, jealousy, impatience, and hatred are the real troublemakers, with them problems cannot be solved.

— Dalai Lama

Anything that contradicts experience and logic should be abandoned.

— Dalai Lama

As long as anger dominates our disposition, there is no possibility of lasting happiness.

— Dalai Lama

As you breathe in cherish yourself. As you breathe out cherish all beings.

— Dalai Lama

Attachment constrains our vision so that we are not able to see things from a wider perspective.

— Dalai Lama

Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.

— Dalai Lama

Be optimistic. It feels better.

— Dalai Lama

By being inattentive to the needs of others, inevitably we end up harming them.

— Dalai Lama

By changing our outlook towards things and events, all phenomena can become friends or sources of happiness.

— Dalai Lama

By changing your thoughts, you immediately get inner peace.

— Dalai Lama

By using common sense, wisdom and compassion I have a powerful argument with which to defeat anger.

— Dalai Lama

Compassion and happiness are not a sign of weakness but a sign of strength.

— Dalai Lama

Compassion diminishes fright about your own pain and increases inner strength.

— Dalai Lama

Compassion is the radicalism of our time.

— Dalai Lama

Don’t let a little dispute injure a friendship.

— Dalai Lama

Even a small act of compassion grants meaning and purpose to our lives.

— Dalai Lama

First one must change. I first watch myself, check myself, then expect changes from others.

— Dalai Lama

Follow the three Rs: Respect for self, Respect for others and Responsibility for all your actions.

— Dalai Lama

Freedom is the very source of creativity for both individuals and society.

— Dalai Lama

Happiness comes through taming the mind; Without taming the mind there is no way to be happy.

— Dalai Lama

Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.

— Dalai Lama

Happiness mainly comes from our own attitude, rather than from external factors.

— Dalai Lama
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