30 of the best Dalai Lama Inspirational Quotes

Inspirational Quotes from the Dalai Lama 

If you’re looking for inspirational quotes, it’s hard to look much further than those from the Dalai Lama

His common-sense quotes cut through the fluff and will inspire and motivate you to carry on, grow, forgive and search for inspiration even in the tough times.

Here is a list of 30 of the best Dalai Lama Inspirational Quotes:


“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.” ― Dalai Lama


“The ultimate authority must always rest with the individual’s own reason and critical analysis.” Dalai Lama


“Instead of wondering WHY this is happening to you, consider why this is happening to YOU.” Dalai Lama


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


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


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


“Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.”     Dalai Lama

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“To conquer oneself is a greater victory than to conquer thousands in a battle.” Dalai Lama


“When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.” Dalai Lama


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


“If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.” Dalai Lama


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


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


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

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“Choose to be optimistic, it feels better.” Dalai Lama


“If you can cultivate the right attitude, your enemies are your best spiritual teachers because their presence provides you with the opportunity to enhance and develop tolerance, patience and understanding.” Dalai Lama


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


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

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“Just one small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day.” Dalai Lama


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


“Silence is sometimes the best answer.” Dalai Lama


“An eye for an eye..we are all blind” Dalai Lama


“When we meet real tragedy in life, we can react in two ways – either by losing hope and falling into self-destructive habits, or by using the challenge to find our inner strength.” Dalai Lama

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


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


“Time passes unhindered. When we make mistakes, we cannot turn the clock back and try again. All we can do is use the present well.” Dalai Lama


“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. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can.” Dalai Lama


“To remain indifferent to the challenges we face is indefensible. If the goal is noble, whether or not it is realized within our lifetime is largely irrelevant. What we must do therefore is to strive and persevere and never give up.” Dalai Lama


“Someone else’s action should not determine your response.” Dalai Lama


“In order to carry a positive action we must develop here a positive vision.” Dalai Lama


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