90+ Inspirational Quotes From The Dalai Lama To Change Your Perspective On Life (2023)

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December 22, 2020

Raquel Sharpe

The Dalai Lama is one of the wisest people in the world. Over the years, his words of wisdom have become remarkable quotes from the Dalai Lama that will inspire you to look at the world from a different perspective. By meditating, you can offer a new perspective on life with a clear and thoughtful mind. In this article, we have collected some of the most beautiful quotes from the Dalai Lama about life, love, health, compassion, happiness and much more.

90+ Inspirational Dalai Lama Quotes to Change Your Perspective on Life

Dalai Lama Quotes

  1. "Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck."
  2. “If you think you're too small to make a difference… try sleeping with a mosquito in your room.”
  3. "There are always problems to face, but it makes a difference if our minds are calm."
  4. "Silence is sometimes the best answer."
  5. “Optimism does not mean that you are blind to the reality of the situation. This means that you are motivated to find a solution to any problem that arises.”
  6. “Our main purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them."
  7. “As you breathe in, take care of yourself. As you exhale, appreciate all beings.
  8. "If you're feeling 'burned out', if you're feeling demoralized and exhausted, it's best, for everyone's sake, to retire and recover."
  9. "Choose to be optimistic, it's better."
  10. "Through violence, you may 'solve' one problem, but sow the seeds of another."

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  1. "People were created to be loved. Things were created to be used. The reason the world is in chaos is because things are being loved and people are being used."
  2. “Tough times breed determination and inner strength. Through them, we can also assess the futility of anger. Instead of getting angry, cultivate a deep affection and respect for troublemakers because, by creating such difficult circumstances, they provide us with invaluable opportunities to practice tolerance and patience.”
  3. "The moment of greatest gain in wisdom and inner strength is usually the moment of greatest difficulty."
  4. “There are only two days in the year when nothing can be done. One is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow, so today is the right day to love, believe, do and above all live.
  5. "Our visit to this planet is short, so we must use our time meaningfully, which we can do by helping others whenever possible."
  6. “We have to make a continual effort, time and time again, to cultivate the positive aspects within ourselves.”
  7. "Judge your success by what you had to give up to get it."
  8. "When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate action to correct it."
  9. “I find hope in the darkest days and focus on the brightest. I don't judge the universe."
  10. "If you shift your focus from yourself to others, extend your concern to others, and cultivate the thought of caring for the welfare of others, it will have the immediate effect of opening up your life and helping you to achieve it."
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Dalai Lama quotes about life

  1. "Once a year, go somewhere you've never been before."
  2. "Nothing is permanent."
  3. "Just one positive thought at the mall in the morning can change your whole day."
  4. "Open your arms to change, but don't compromise your values."
  5. "Someone else's actions should not determine your response."
  6. “When you think that everything is someone else's fault, you will suffer a lot. When you realize that everything comes from you alone, you will learn both peace and joy.
  7. "Know the rules well, so you can break them effectively."
  8. “It is our collective and individual responsibility…. To preserve and care for the world we all live in.”
  9. "Remember that the best relationship is one where your love for each other outweighs your need for each other."
  10. "Every day, when you wake up, think, 'I'm lucky to be alive. I have a precious human life. I'm not going to waste it.'

Dalai Lama health quotes

  1. "There's no benefit to worrying."
  2. "Happiness is the highest form of health."
  3. “Compassion adapts to our physical condition, while anger, fear and distrust are detrimental to our well-being. So just as we learned the importance of physical hygiene for physical health, to ensure healthy minds, we need to learn some form of emotional hygiene."
  4. “Material development only gives us sensory pleasure, but to be lastingly happy we need to develop our minds. We need quiet minds."
  5. "A calm mind brings inner strength and self-confidence, so it's very important for good health."
  6. “The Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, replied: ‘Man. Because he sacrifices his health to earn money. So he sacrifice money for his health. And then you are so anxious about the future that you don't like the present; the result is that he lives neither in the present nor in the future; live as if he will never die and then die without ever really living.

Dalai Lama quotes about love

  1. "Give those you love wings to fly, roots to go back to and reasons to stay."
  2. "The more you are motivated by love, the more fearless and free your action will be."
  3. “If you don't love yourself. You cannot love others."
  4. “The planet doesn't need more successful people. The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and lovers of all kinds."
  5. "What is love? Love is the absence of judgment."
  6. "Remember that great love and great achievement involve great risk."
  7. "True change in the world will only come from a change of heart."
  8. "It's not enough to have a smart brain, we also need a warm heart."
  9. "When you practice gratitude, there is a sense of respect for others."
  10. "Being aware of a single flaw in yourself is more useful than being aware of a thousand in someone else."

Dalai Lama quotes compassion

  1. "Anger and hatred are signs of weakness, while compassion is a sure sign of strength."
  2. "A good friend who points out mistakes and imperfections and rebukes evil should be respected as if he were revealing the secret of some hidden treasure."
  3. "In the practice of tolerance, the enemy is the best teacher."
  4. “Suffering should make us angry. That kind of anger leads us to angry compassion to act to end the suffering.
  5. "Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Humanity cannot survive without them."
  6. “True change is within; leave the outside as it is.
  7. "If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion."
  8. “We can reject everything else: religion, ideology, all received wisdom. But we cannot escape the need for love and compassion. This, then, is my true religion, my simple faith. In this sense, there is no need for temple or church, mosque or synagogue, nor for complicated philosophies, doctrines or dogmas. Our own heart, our own mind, is the temple. The doctrine is compassion. Love for others and respect for their rights and dignity, no matter who or what they are: ultimately that is all we need.”
  9. "Hatred expressed as anger will lead to destructive action, compassion expressed as anger will lead to positive change."
  10. "Compassion is the radicalism of our time."
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Dalai Lama Happiness Quotes

  1. "Happy people build their inner world, unhappy people blame their outer world."
  2. “If you make others happy, you will be happy. If you make others unhappy, you will be miserable."
  3. “I believe that compassion is one of the few things we can practice that will bring immediate and lasting happiness to our lives. I'm not talking about short-term gratification from pleasures like sex, drugs, or gambling (although I'm not criticizing those), but something that will bring true and lasting happiness. The kind that sticks.
  4. "The purpose of our lives is to be happy."
  5. "Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions."
  6. "Human happiness and human fulfillment ultimately come from within you."
  7. “People follow different paths in search of fulfillment and happiness. Just because they're not in your way doesn't mean they're lost."
  8. “The ultimate source of my mental happiness is my peace of mind. Nothing can destroy it except my own anger."
  9. "Everything you do has some effect, some impact."
  10. “When we feel love and kindness towards others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it also helps us develop happiness and inner peace.”

Dalai Lama Quotes on Kindness

  1. "My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness."
  2. “Be nice whenever possible. It's always possible.
  3. "If you have to choose between being nice and being right, choose being nice and you will always be right."
  4. “One of the basic points is kindness. With kindness, with love and compassion, with your feeling which is the essence of brotherhood, brotherhood, one will haveinner peace. This compassionate feeling is the foundation of inner peace.
  5. “There is no need for temples; there is no need for a complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; philosophy is kindness.”
  6. “When we feel love and kindness towards others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it also helps us develop happiness and inner peace.”
  7. “Silly and selfish people are always thinking about themselves and the result is always negative. Wise people think of others, helping them however they can, and the result is happiness. Love and compassion are beneficial to you and others. Through your kindness to others, your mind and heart will open to peace."
  8. "Whether or not you follow a particular spiritual tradition, the benefits of love and kindness are obvious to anyone."
  9. “The true essence of humanity is kindness. There are other qualities that come from education or knowledge, but it is essential, if one wants to be a genuine human being and make meaningful sense of one's existence, to have a good heart.
  10. “The more you cultivate a feeling of loving-kindness, the happier and calmer you will be.”

Dalai Lama quotes on peace

  1. “Every morning when I wake up, I dedicate myself to helping othersfind peace of mind. So when I meet people, I think of them as lifelong friends; I don't consider others as strangers.
  2. "Don't let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace."
  3. "If you want to experience peace, give peace to the other."
  4. "Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace."
  5. "We can never have peace in the outside world until we make peace with ourselves."
  6. "The true hero is the one who overcomes his own anger and hatred."
  7. "If every eight-year-old in the world learns to meditate, we will eliminate violence from the world in one generation."
  8. "The issue of world peace, the issue of family peace, the issue of peace between husband and wife, or the issue of peace between parents and children, all depend on this feeling of love and affection."
  9. “World peace must develop from inner peace. Peace is not just the mere absence of violence. Peace is, I believe, the manifestation of human compassion."
  10. “When we have inner peace, we can be at peace with those around us. When our community is in a state of peace, it can share that peace with neighboring communities."
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Dalai Lama quotes Never give up

  1. "There is a Tibetan saying that says 'tragedy should be used as a source of strength'."
  2. “To remain indifferent to the challenges we face is indefensible. Whether the goal is noble, whether it is realized or not in our lives is irrelevant. So what we must do is work hard and persevere and never give up.”
  3. “When we are faced with a real tragedy in life, we can react in two ways: lose hope and fall into self-destructive habits or use the challenge to find our inner strength.”
  4. “This generation has a responsibility to reshape the world. Start the task even if it is not fulfilled in your life. Even if it seems hopeless now, never give up. Offer a positive vision, with enthusiasm and joy, and an optimistic look.”
  5. "Sometimes things go wrong, that's normal, but we have a saying in Tibetan: 'Nine times you fail, nine times you try again.'"
  6. “If we get demoralized, sad and just complain, we won't solve our problems. If we just pray for a solution, we won't solve our problems. We need to face them, deal with them non-violently but confidently and never give up. If you take a nonviolent approach but also falter inside, you won't succeed. You have to be confident and keep up your efforts, i.e. never give up.”
  7. "Never give up. No matter what's going on, no matter what's going on around you, never give up."


We hope these inspiring Dalai Lama quotes have given you a new perspective on life. In this article, you have discovered some of the Dalai Lama's best quotes about kindness, never giving up, life, peace, happiness and much more. We hope you will take some time to reflect on these quotes to help you live a more mindful and peaceful life.

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