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16 Dalai Lama Quotes To Live By


Tenzin Gyatso, who turns eighty on the 6th July 2015, is the longest living Dalai Lama to date.

In 1989, he won the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to restore peace to Tibet. He is renowned across the world as being a prominent campaigner for compassion and peace. He makes an effort to promote compromise between conflicting ideologies wherever possible and is known as the one of most progressive religious leaders in modern times.

The teachings he offers the modern world are based on humility, kindness and above all, love. He speaks clearly and his lessons are simple.

As a modern moral authority, he teaches people to live without judgement and to embrace humanity.

Here I have compiled a short list of Dalai Lama Quotes for you to enjoy.

“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.”

“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.”

“People take different roads seeking fulfilment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.”

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”

“Give the ones you love wing to fly, roots to come back and reasons to stay.”

“If 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.”

“The purpose of all major religious traditions is not to construct big temples of the outside, but to create temples of goodness and compassion inside, in our hearts.”

“Because we all share this planet earth, we have to learn to live in harmony and peace with each other and with nature. This not just a dream, but a necessity.”

“The true hero is one who conquers his own anger and hatred.”

“I defeat my enemies when I make them my friends.”

“Compassion is not religious business, it is human business.”

“We human beings are social beings. We come into the world as a 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.”

“In my own limited experience, I have found that the more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being. Cultivating a close, warmhearted feeling for others automatically puts the mind at ease.”

“The goal is not to be better than the other man, but your previous self.”

“If the goal is noble, whether or not it is realised within our lifetime is largely irrelevant. What we must do therefore is to strive and persevere and never give up.”

“Whether 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.”

What are your favourite Dalai Lama Quotes, share with me below!

Kirstie Summers,

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3 Comments

  • I think you are missing a word in this quote:

    “If there is a solution to the problem then don’t waste time worrying about it. If there is NO solution to the problem then don’t waste time worrying about it.”

    • Hi Medalla,

      Thank you so much for bringing that to our attention, we have amended the post.

      Thanks again!
      James 🙂

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