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Inspiring Dalai Lama Quotes That Will Change the Way You See the World

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The Dalai Lama is the spiritual leader of Tibet, held in high regard around the globe. His name is Tenzin Gyatso, and he is the 14th to hold the title. Born in 1935 and called to political power in 1950, at the age of 16, he is the longest-reigning (and longest-living) Dalai Lama in history. He has also suggested he might be the last.

Although he doesn’t travel as much in his older age, the Dalai Lama has provided spiritual counsel all over the world. In fact, his vast knowledge has largely been informed by his exposure to different cultures, and that’s perhaps why Dalai Lama quotes on life have so much to teach us as travelers. His words on compassion can help us become more conscientious, while other nuggets of wisdom inspire us to explore new places and ways of thinking.


Whether you’re searching for affirmations to share with your partner or looking for meaning on a solo trip, here are 47 inspiring Dalai Lama quotes to enlighten your travels.

Dalai Lama Quotes to Think About As You Travel

“Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.”

“Open your arms to change but don’t let go of your values.”

“We share the earth not only with our fellow human beings, but with all the other creatures.”

“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.”

“Let us try to recognize the precious nature of each day.”

“Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.”

“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.”

“We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.”

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

“Consider carefully, what prevents you from living the way you want to live your life?”

“As you breathe in, cherish yourself. As you breathe out, cherish all beings.”

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Dalai Lama Quotes on Compassion

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

“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.”

“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.”

“The whole purpose of religion is to facilitate love and compassion, patience, tolerance, humility, and forgiveness.”

“Only the development of compassion and understanding for others can bring us the tranquility and happiness we all seek.”

“Compassion is the radicalism of our time.”

“Compassion naturally creates a positive atmosphere, and as a result, you feel peaceful and content.”

“Love and compassion are the true religions to me. But to develop this, we do not need to believe in any religion.”

“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.”

“Compassion and tolerance are not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength.”

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Dalai Lama Quotes on Life

“Sometimes one creates a dynamic impression by saying something, and sometimes one creates as significant an impression by remaining silent.”

“Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace.”

“The way to change others’ minds is with affection and not anger.”

“Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.”

“An open heart is an open mind.”

“Know the rules well, so you can break them effectively.”

“There is a saying in Tibetan, ‘Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.’ No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that’s our real disaster.”

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Inspiring Dalai Lama Quotes

“It is very rare or almost impossible that an event can be negative from all points of view.”

“Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.”

“Choose to be optimistic, it feels better.”

“A disciplined mind leads to happiness, and an undisciplined mind leads to suffering.”

“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.”

“It is under the greatest adversity that there exists the greatest potential for doing good, both for oneself and others.”

Dalai Lama Quotes on Love

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

“The more you are motivated by love, the more fearless and free your action will be.”

“Love is the absence of judgment.”

“We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection.”

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Dalai Lama Quotes on Happiness

“The purpose of our lives is to be happy.”

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

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

“Happiness is determined more by one’s state of mind than by external events.”

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

“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.”

“We don’t need more money, we don’t need greater success or fame, we don’t need the perfect body or even the perfect mate. Right now, at this very moment, we have a mind, which is all the basic equipment we need to achieve complete happiness.”

“Happiness is the highest form of health.”

“We need to learn how to want what we have, not to have what we want in order to get steady and stable happiness.”


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