36 inspirational Dalai Lama quotes for enlightenment

Dalai Lama is the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people. Tenzin Gyatso is the 14th Dalai Lama, and has been in power since 1950.

Here are 36 of the most inspirational Dalai Lama quotes for spiritual enlightenment.

  1. If you think you are too small to make a difference, pursue sleeping with a mosquito.”
  2. Silence is sometimes the best answer.”
  3. I defeat my enemies when I make them my friends.”
  4. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.”
  5. Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.”
  6. The way to transform others’ consciences is with affection, and not anger.”
  7. If a problem is fixable, if a situation is such that you can do something about it, then there is no need to worry. If it’s not fixable, then there is no help in worrying. There is no benefit in worrying whatsoever.”
  8. “Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.”
  9. All suffering is caused by ignorance. People inflict pain on others in the selfish pursuit of their own happiness or satisfaction.”
  10. There is only one important point you need to keep in your conscience and let it be your guide. No matter what people call you, you are just who you are. Keep to this truth. You need to ask yourself how is it you want to live your life. We live and we die, this is the truth that we can only face alone. No one can help us, not even Buddha. So consider carefully, what prevents you from living the way you want to live your life?
  11. If you can, help others; if you cannot do that, at least do not harm them.
  12. My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.”
  13. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.”
  14. Choose to be optimistic, it feels better.”
  15. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.”
  16. 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.”
  17. 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.
  18. Because we all share this planet earth, we need to learn to live in harmony and peace with each other and with nature. This is not just a dream, but a necessity.”

  1. 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; but if you cannot do anything, then there is also no need to worry.”
  2. 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 challenging circumstances they provide us with invaluable opportunities to practice tolerance and patience.
  3. Only the development of compassion and understanding for others can bring us the tranquility and happiness we all seek.”
  4. It is under the greatest adversity that there exists the greatest potential for doing good, both for oneself and others.”
  5. 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.”
  6. Give the ones you love wings to fly, roots to come back and reasons to stay.”
  7. A spoon cannot taste of the food it carries. Likewise, a foolish man cannot understand the wise man’s wisdom even if he associates with a sage.”
  8. People take different roads seeking fulfilment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.”
  9. The purpose of all the major religious traditions is not to construct big temples on the outside, but to create temples of goodness and compassion inside, in our hearts.”
  10. Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.”
  11. Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives. The important aspect is to make it meaningful: a meaningful friend – or a meaningful day.”
  12. I will not propose to you that my way is best. The decision is up to you. If you find some point which may be suitable to you, then you can carry out experiments for yourself. If you find that it is of no use, then you can discard it.”
  13. Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.”
  14. Although you may not always be able to avoid difficult situations, you can modify the extent to which you can suffer by how you choose to respond to the situation.
  15. 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.”
  16. We need to learn how to want what we have NOT to have what we want in order to get steady and stable Happiness.”
  17. The creatures that inhabit this earth-be they human beings or animals-are here to contribute, each in its own particular way, to the beauty and prosperity of the world.”
  18. As you breathe in, cherish yourself. As you breathe out, cherish all Beings.”


February 23, 2022


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