56 Beautiful Dalai Lama Quotes on Love & Happiness

Kindness. Empathy. Love. Compassion. Simplicity. Happiness. Optimism.

Long before I even knew who His Holiness the Dalai Lama was, I began noticing simple, yet thought-provoking quotes around.

And I started collecting them.

I love the Dalai Lama’s ‘common sense’ quotes and endearing words of wisdom.

Here are 56 Dalai Lama quotes on love and happiness.

Read them. Absorb them. Ponder them.

Perhaps even try to remember the ones that particularly resonate with you, in this moment.



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


The ultimate source of my mental happiness is my peace of mind. Nothing can destroy this except my own anger.


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


There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow. Today is the right day to love, believe, do and mostly live.


You have to start giving first and expect absolutely nothing.


Love is the absence of judgement.


If you don’t love yourself, you cannot love others. You will not be able to love others. If you have no compassion for yourself then you are not able of developing compassion for others.


If your heart has peace, nothing can disturb you.


I believe the very purpose of our life is to seek happiness. Whether one believes in religion or not, whether one believes in that religion or this religion, we are all seeking something better in life. So, I think, the very motion of our life is towards happiness.


Smile if you want a smile from another face.


Forget the failures. Keep the lessons.


A truly compassionate attitude toward others does not change even if they behave negatively or hurt you.


Inner peace is the key: if you have inner peace, the external problems do not affect your deep sense of peace and tranquillity, without this inner peace, no matter how comfortable your life is materially, you may still be worried, disturbed, or unhappy because of circumstances.


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


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.


Choose to be optimistic, it feels better.


Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.


An open heart is an open mind.


Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.


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; if you cannot do anything, then there is also no need to worry.


In the practice of tolerance, one’s enemy is the best teacher.


Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives. The important thing is to make it meaningful: a meaningful friend – or a meaningful day.


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


Home is where you feel at home and are treated well.


When you practice gratefulness, there is a sense of respect toward others.


To conquer oneself is a greater victory than to conquer thousands in a battle.


When we are motivated by compassion and wisdom, the results of our actions benefit everyone, not just our individual selves or some immediate convenience. When we are able to recognize and forgive ignorant actions of the past, we gain strength to constructively solve the problems of the present.


It is very important to generate a good attitude, a good heart, as much as possible. From this, happiness in both the short term and the long term for both yourself and others will come.


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


I find hope in the darkest of days and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe.


The purpose of our lives is to be happy.


Calm mind brings inner strength and self-confidence, so that’s very important for good health.

Too much self-centred attitude, you see, brings, you see, isolation. Result: loneliness, fear, anger. The extreme self-centred attitude is the source of suffering.


Anger is the ultimate destroyer of your own peace of mind.


Happiness doesn’t always come from a pursuit. Sometimes it comes when we least expect it.


One great question underlies our experience, whether we think about it or not: what is the purpose of life? . . . From the moment of birth every human being wants happiness and does not want suffering. Neither social conditioning nor education nor ideology affects this. From the very core of our being, we simply desire contentment. . . Therefore, it is important to discover what will bring about the greatest degree of happiness.


What surprises me most is “Man”, because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he doesn’t enjoy the present; The result being he doesn’t live in the present or the future; He lives as if he’s never going to die, and then he dies having never really lived.


Look at situations from all angles, and you will become more open.


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.


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


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


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


Just one small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day.


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


The ultimate source of happiness is not money and power, but warm-heartedness.


Look at children. Of course, they may quarrel, but generally speaking they do not harbor ill feelings as much or as long as adults do. Most adults have the advantage of education over children, but what is the use of an education if they show a big smile while hiding negative feelings deep inside? Children don’t usually act in such a manner. If they feel angry with someone, they express it, and then it is finished. They can still play with that person the following day.


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.


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


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.


To conquer oneself is a greater victory than to conquer thousands in a battle.


My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.


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.


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


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



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