119 Inspiring Dalai Lama Quotes for Living a peaceful life

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Dalai Lama is a simple Tibetan Buddhist monk as well as a spiritual leader of Tibet. Dalai Lama was born on 6 July 15, 1935, in a small village called Taktser in northeastern Tibet. His Holiness Dalai Lama quotes and saying are very popular across the world.

Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso devoted his life to spreading peace in the world. He is one of the most beloved and spiritual personalities who was honored with the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.

He is also called Man of Peace and he is currently living in Dharmashala, India after the Chinese military occupation of the province in 1959.
He is constantly working for the liberation of Tibet through non-violence and peace.

Here are 119 inspiring Dalai Lama Quotes for living peaceful life

Dalai Lama quotes on love and compassion

  • “what is Love? Love is the absence of judgment.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama

  • “Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama

  • “Compassion is the wish to see others free from suffering.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama

  • “If you don’t love yourself you cannot love others.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama
  • “A truly compassionate attitude toward others does not change even if they behave negatively or hurt you.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama
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  • “The 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.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama

  • “It is not enough to be compassionate we must act.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama

  • “Today is the right day to love, believe, do and mostly live.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama

  • Give the ones you love wings to fly, roots to come back and reasons to stay.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama

  • “From the very moment of our conception, our parents’ love is directly in our creation” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama

  • “If there is love, there is hope that one may have real families, real brotherhood, real equanimity, real peace.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama
  • “The foundation of all spiritual practice is love. That you practice this well is my only request.” – His Holiness the Dalai Lama
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  • “No material object, however beautiful or valuable, can make us feel loved.” – His Holiness the Dalai Lama

  • “When we feel love and kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel love and cared for it, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace.” – His Holiness the Dalai Lama

  • “We do not necessarily need to become religious, nor even believe in an ideology. We need only to develop our good human qualities and know that love and compassion are the most essential concepts for human survival.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama

  • “You 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.”  His Holiness the Dalai Lama

  • “Compassion naturally creates a positive atmosphere, and as a result you feel peaceful and content.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama

  • “Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama

  • “The more you are motivated by love, the more fearless and free your action will be.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama

  • “Only the development of compassion and understanding for others can bring us the tranquility and happiness we all seek.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama
  • “Love and compassion are the true religions to me. But to develop this, we do not need to believe in any religion.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama
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  • “Compassion is the radicalism of our time.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama

  • “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama

  • “Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.”–  His Holiness the Dalai Lama

  • “Peace 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.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama

  • “The whole purpose of religion is to facilitate love and compassion, patience, tolerance, humility, and forgiveness.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama

  • “By learning to be more warm-hearted we can create a more compassionate world.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama

  • “Compassion enhances our inner strength, reduces fear, and causes friends to gather around us.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama

  • “Compassion brings self-confidence and an ability to act transparently. It strengthens trust which is the ground for friendship.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama

  • “Compassion and tolerance are not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama quotes on never give up

  • “Never give up. No matter what is happening, no matter what is going on around you, never give up.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama
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His Holiness the Dalai Lama quotes on health

  • “Scientists today are discovering that while anger and hatred eat into our immune system, warm-heartedness and compassion are good for our health.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama

  •  “Happiness comes through taming the mind. Without taming the mind there is no way to be happy.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama

  •  “We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama
  • “A skillful, balanced approach is helpful for one’s physical and emotional health, and it applies to one’s spiritual growth as well.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama
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  • “Even modern medical researchers have come to the conclusion that peace of mind is vital for good health.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama

  •  “Sleep is the best meditation.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama
  •  “calm mind brings inner strength and self-confidence, so that is very important for good health.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama
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  •  “What 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.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama
  •  “I really feel that some people neglect and overlook compassion because they associate it with religion. Of course, everyone is free to choose whether they pay religion any regard, but to neglect compassion is a mistake because it is the source of our own well-being.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama

His Holiness the Dalai Lama Quotes on Happiness

  •  “To be contented human beings we need trust and friendship, which tends to develop much better once we realise that all beings have a right to happiness, just as we do.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama
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  •  “The purpose of our lives is to be happy.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama

  • “Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama
  •  “The ultimate source of happiness is not money and power, but warm-heartedness.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama
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  • “We need to learn to distinguish emotions like anger and attachment that are destructive from positive ones like compassion that are a source of happiness.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama

  •  “Genuine happiness requires peace of mind or a degree of mental composure. When this is present, hardship counts for nothing. With inner strength or mental stability, we can endure all kinds of adversity.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama

  • “Happiness depends on inner peace, which depends on warm-heartedness. There’s no room for anger, jealousy, or insecurity.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama

  •  “Happiness doesn’t always come from a pursuit. Sometimes it comes when we least expect it.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama

  • “It is very important to generate a good attitude, a good heart, as much as possible. From this, happiness in both the short term and the long term for both yourself and others will come.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama
  • “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.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama
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  • “You have to start giving first and expect absolutely nothing.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama

  • “I believe the very purpose of our life is to seek happiness. Whether one believes in a 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.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama
  • “Only the development of compassion and understanding for others can bring us the tranquility and happiness we all seek.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama
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  • “One great question underlies our experience, whether we think about it or not: what is the purpose of life? . . . From the moment of birth, every human being wants happiness and does not want suffering. Neither social conditioning nor education nor ideology affects 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.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama
  • “The ultimate source of my mental happiness is my peace of mind. Nothing can destroy this except my own anger.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama
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  • “We need to learn to want what we have, not to have what we want, in order to get stable and steady happiness.” – His Holiness the Dalai Lama

  • “People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama
  • “Certain desires are positive: a desire for happiness; for peace; for a more harmonious and friendlier world.” – His Holiness the Dalai Lama
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  • “Those 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.” – His Holiness the Dalai Lama
  •  “We 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.” – His Holiness the Dalai Lama

His Holiness the Dalai Lama quotes on relationship

  • “A 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.” – His Holiness the Dalai Lama
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  • “Cultivating a close, warm-hearted feeling for others automatically puts the mind at ease.” – His Holiness the Dalai Lama

  •  “If someone does not smile at you, be generous and offer your own smile. Nobody needs a smile more than the one that cannot smile to others.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama
  •  “Silence is sometimes the best answer.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama
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  •  “We do not necessarily need to become religious, nor even believe in an ideology. We need only to develop our good human qualities and know that love and compassion are the most essential concepts for human survival.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama
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Dalai Lama quotes on Forgiveness

  • “Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama
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  • “Compassion and love constitute non-violence in action. They are the source of all spiritual qualities: forgiveness, tolerance, all the virtues. They give meaning to our activities and makes them constructive. There is nothing amazing about being rich or highly educated; only when the individual has a warm heart do these attributes become worthwhile.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama

  •  “Learning to forgive is much more useful than merely picking up a stone and throwing it at the object of one’s anger, the more so when the provocation is extreme. For it is under the greatest adversity that there exists the greatest potential for doing good, both for oneself and others.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama

  •  “To be kind, honest and have positive thoughts; to forgive those who harm us and treat everyone as a friend; to help those who are suffering and never to consider ourselves superior to anyone else: even if this advice seems rather simplistic, make the effort of seeing whether by following it you can find greater happiness.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama

  • “Just as we take for granted the need to acquire proficiency in the basic academic subjects, I am hopeful that a time will come when we can take it for granted that children will learn, as part of the curriculum, the indispensability of inner values: love, compassion, justice, and forgiveness.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama

  •  “If we think only of ourselves, forget about other people, then our minds occupy very small area. Inside that small area, even tiny problem appears very big. But the moment you develop a sense of concern for others, you realize that, just like ourselves, they also want happiness; they also want satisfaction. When you have this sense of concern, your mind automatically widens. At this point, your own problems, even big problems, will not be so significant. The result? Big increase in peace of mind. So, if you think only of yourself, only your own happiness, the result is actually less happiness. You get more anxiety, more fear.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama

  •  “Compassion and love are the sources of all spiritual qualities: forgiveness, tolerance, all the virtues.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama
  • “All the major religious traditions carry the message of love, compassion, and forgiveness.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama
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  •  “If I develop bad feelings toward those who make me suffer, this will only destroy my own peace of mind. But if I forgive, my mind becomes calm. –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama
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XIV Dalai Lama quotes on peace

  • “We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama
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  •  “World peace must develop from inner peace. Peace is not just mere absence of violence. Peace is, I think, the manifestation of human compassion.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama 
  •   “Compassion 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.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama 
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  •  “Because 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.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama 
  •  “Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama 
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  • “Inner 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.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama 

  • “Those 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.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama 
  •  “Anger is the ultimate destroyer of your own peace of mind.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama 
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  •  “We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama 

  • “Do not let the behaviour of others destroy your inner peace.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama 
  • “Hard times build determination and inner strength. Through them, we can also come to appreciate the uselessness of anger. Instead of getting angry nurture a deep caring and respect for troublemakers because by creating such trying circumstances, they provide us with invaluable opportunities to practice tolerance and patience.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama 

XIV Dalai Lama Quotes on Suffering

  • “If you have fear of some pain or suffering, you should examine whether there is anything you can do about it. If you can, there is no need to worry about it; if you cannot do anything, then there is also no need to worry.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama  
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  •  “Too much self-centered attitude, you see, brings, you see, isolation. Result: loneliness, fear, anger. The extreme self-centered attitude is the source of suffering.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama 
  • “If the love within your mind is lost, if you continue to see other beings as enemies, then no matter how much knowledge or education you have, no matter how much material progress is made, only suffering and confusion will ensue.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama
     
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  • “We are all basically the same human beings, who seek happiness and try to avoid suffering. Everybody is my peer group. Your feeling “I am of no value” is wrong. Absolutely wrong.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama 
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  • “All suffering is caused by ignorance. People inflict pain on others in the selfish pursuit of their own happiness or satisfaction.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama 
  • “The highest happiness is when one reaches the stage of liberation, at which there is no more suffering.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama
     
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  • “In olden times when there was a war, it was a human-to-human confrontation. The victor in battle would directly see the blood and suffering of the defeated enemy. Nowadays, it is much more terrifying because a person in an office can push a button and kill millions of people and never see the human tragedy that he or she has created. The mechanization of war, the mechanization of human conflict, poses an increasing threat to peace.”–  His Holiness the Dalai Lama
     
  •  “A disciplined mind leads to happiness, and an undisciplined mind leads to suffering.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama 
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  •  “Our attitude towards suffering becomes very important because it can affect how we cope with suffering when it arises.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama 

  • “In dealing with those who are undergoing great suffering, if you feel “burnout” setting in, if you feel demoralized and exhausted, it is best, for the sake of everyone, to withdraw and restore yourself. The point is to have a long-term perspective.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama
     
  • “The essence of compassion is a desire to alleviate the suffering of others and to promote their well-being.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama 
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  • “We often add to our pain and suffering by being overly sensitive, over-reacting to minor things, and sometimes taking things too personally.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama 
  • “Encountering sufferings will definitely contribute to the elevation of your spiritual practice, provided you are able to transform calamity and misfortune into the path.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama 
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  • “Unless we possess high spiritual qualifications, there is no doubt that the events life throws upon us will give rise to frustration, emotional turmoil, and other distorted states of consciousness. These imperfect states of mind in turn give rise to imperfect activities, and the seeds of suffering are ever planted in a steady flow.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama 

  • “Just as compassion is the wish that all sentient beings be free of suffering, loving-kindness is the wish that all may enjoy happiness.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama 
  •  “The realization that we are all basically the same human beings who seek happiness and try to avoid suffering is very helpful in developing a sense of brotherhood and sisterhood; a warm feeling of love and compassion for others.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama 

Dalai Lama on life and success

  • “The planet does not need more successful people. The planet needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of all kinds.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama 
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  • “Know the rules well, so you can break them effectively.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama 

  • “Do not avoid the responsibility of your actions.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama 
  • “Be happy to change your goals, but never change your values.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama 
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  • “When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know; But when you listen, you may learn something new.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama 
  • “To conquer oneself is a greater victory than to conquer thousands in a battle.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama 
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  • “I defeat my enemies when I make them my friends.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama 

  • “When you think everything is someone else’s fault, you will suffer a lot. When you realize that everything springs only from yourself, you will learn both peace and joy.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama 
  • “In order to carry a positive action, we must develop here a positive vision.”  –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama 
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  • “When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama 

  • “Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama 

  • “The seed of goodness is found in the soil of appreciation.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama 

  • “Home is where you feel at home and are treated well.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama 
  • “There are always problems to face, but it makes a difference if our minds are calm.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama 
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  • “I find hope in the darkest days, and focus in the brightest.” –  His Holiness the Dalai Lama 
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