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Authors: Dalai Lama Quotes, Inspirational Sayings of Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
I believe that the purpose of life is to be happy. From the moment of birth, every human being wants happiness and does not want suffering. Neither social conditioning nor education nor ideology affect this. From the very core of our being, we simply desire contentment. Therefore, it is important to discover what will bring about the greatest degree of happiness
Dalai Lama XIV

My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness
Dalai Lama XIV

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

If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito
Dalai Lama XIV

Love is the absence of judgment
Dalai Lama XIV

The greatest degree of inner tranquility comes from the development of love and compassion. The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater our own sense of well-being becomes
Dalai Lama XIV

Every 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
Dalai Lama XIV

The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness
Dalai Lama XIV

We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection
Dalai Lama XIV

I have to accept failure
Dalai Lama XIV
On his efforts to negotiate greater autonomy for Tibet with Chinese government during week-long visit to Japan, November 2008.

Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible
Dalai Lama XIV

When I meet people from other cultures I know that they too want happiness and do not want suffering, this allows me to see them as brothers and sisters
Dalai Lama XIV

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion
Dalai Lama XIV

Head fine. Bowels not so good
Dalai Lama XIV
Asked by TV’s Michael Palin whether he suffered from jet lag after a trip to New York.

The very purpose of spirituality is self-discipline. Rather than criticizing others, we should evaluate and criticize ourselves. Ask yourself, what am I doing about my anger, my attachment, my pride, my jealousy? These are the things we should check in our day to day lives
Dalai Lama XIV

The need for love lies at the very foundation of human existence
Dalai Lama XIV

We want Peace on Earth! Peace can only last where human rights are respected, where the people are fed, and where individuals and nations are free
Dalai Lama XIV

If one assumes a humble attitude, one’s own good qualities will increase. Whereas if one is proud, one will become jealous of others, one will look down on others, and due to that there will be unhappiness in society
Dalai Lama XIV

Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace
Dalai Lama XIV

We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves
Dalai Lama XIV

Whether you believe in God or not does not matter so much, whether you believe in Buddha or not does not matter so much. You must lead a good life
Dalai Lama XIV

I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe
Dalai Lama XIV

What is the meaning of life? To be happy and useful
Dalai Lama XIV

The many factors which divide us are actually much more superficial than those we share. Despite all of the things that differentiate us – race, language, religion, gender, wealth and so on – we are all equal concerning our fundamental humanity
Dalai Lama XIV

This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness
Dalai Lama XIV

If you have a sincere and open heart, you naturally feel self- worth and confidence, and there is no need to be fearful of others
Dalai Lama XIV

I believe that to meet the challenges of our times, human beings will have to develop a greater sense of universal responsibility. Each of us must learn to work not just for oneself, one's own family or nation, but for the benefit of all humankind. Universal responsibility is the key to human survival. It is the best foundation for world peace
Dalai Lama XIV

It is vital that young people, the guardians of our future, develop a strong awareness of the futility of violence and war. They can learn from the examples of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr., that non-violence is the best way to ensure peace in the long term. Because the twentieth century was a century of violence, let us make the twenty-first a century of dialogue
Dalai Lama XIV

The basic thing is that everyone wants happiness, no one wants suffering. And happiness mainly comes from our own attitude, rather than from external factors. If your own mental attitude is correct, even if you remain in a hostile atmosphere, you feel happy
Dalai Lama XIV

The first drawback of anger is that it destroys your inner peace; the second is that it distorts your view of reality. If you think about this and come to understand that anger is really unhelpful, that it is only destructive, you can begin to distance yourself from anger
Dalai Lama XIV

If we ourselves remain angry and then sing world peace, it has little meaning. First, our individual self must learn peace. This we can practice. Then we can teach the rest of the world
Dalai Lama XIV

When we are angry we are blind to reality. Anger may bring us a temporary burst of energy, but that energy is blind and it blocks the part of our brain that distinguishes right from wrong. To deal with our problems, we need to be practical and realistic. If we are to be realistic, we need to use our human intelligence properly, which means we need a calm mind
Dalai Lama XIV

If you can, help others; if you cannot do that, at least do not harm them
Dalai Lama XIV

A good motivation is what is needed: compassion without dogmatism, without complicated philosophy; just understanding that others are human brothers and sisters and respecting their human rights and dignities. That we humans can help each other is one of our unique human capacities
Dalai Lama XIV

Love, kindness, compassion and tolerance are qualities common to all the great religions, and whether or not we follow any particular religious tradition, the benefits of love and kindness are obvious to anyone
Dalai Lama XIV

Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck
Dalai Lama XIV

To be aware of a single shortcoming in oneself is more useful than to be aware of a thousand in someone else
Dalai Lama XIV

In today’s materialistic world there is a risk of people becoming slaves to money, as though they were simply cogs in a huge money-making machine. This does nothing for human dignity, freedom, and genuine well-being. Wealth should serve humanity, and not the other way around
Dalai Lama XIV

When 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
Dalai Lama XIV

Come together and think in terms of one world
Dalai Lama XIV

Through violence, you may ‘solve’ one problem, but you sow the seeds for another
Dalai Lama XIV

If you don't love yourself, you cannot love others. You will not be able to love others. If you have no compassion for yourself then you are not able of developing compassion for others
Dalai Lama XIV

All major religious traditions carry basically the same message, that is love, compassion and forgiveness the important thing is they should be part of our daily lives
Dalai Lama XIV

We must recognize that the suffering of one person or one nation is the suffering of humanity. That the happiness of one person or nation is the happiness of humanity
Dalai Lama XIV

To conquer oneself is a greater victory than to conquer thousands in a battle
Dalai Lama XIV

As people alive today, we must consider future generations: a clean environment is a human right like any other. It is therefore part of our responsibility toward others to ensure that the world we pass on is as healthy, if not healthier, than we found it
Dalai Lama XIV

Dalai Lama XIV - Tenzin Gyatso is the 14h Dalai Lama and Tibetan Buddist leader. He was born in Taktser, Qinghai, Tibet, on July 6, 1935. He fled to India during the 1959 Tibetan uprising against Chinese rule and established a Tibetan government in exile. He has been a lifelong advocate for the rights and welfare of Tibetans. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.



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