31 Best His Holiness Dalai Lama Quotes

Though the world has heard a lot about the Enlightened Siddhartha, aka the Lord Gautam Buddha. And as human beings, we haven’t seen him in person. But, we are all aware of the living epitome of Buddha, i.e., His Holiness the Dalai Lama of Tibet. In fact, multitudes have received the blessings of the living Buddha. And these quotes by the Dalai Lama will not only enlighten us about his views on happiness, religion, planet earth, and spirituality. However, it also motivates us to make a positive contribution to society and the world at large.


Dalai Lama Quotes

1. I sometimes think that the act of bringing food is one of the basis roots of all relationship.

Dalai Lama quote on relationship


2. The selfish pursuit of personal interest amongst those in high office can have repercussions affecting the fate of a country.

Quote on selfishness or mean behaviour


3. Religion has a lot to tell us, no matter what situation we find ourselves in.

Dalai Lama religion quote


4. For us Tibetans, India is Aryabhumi, The Land of the Holy.

Dalai Lama quote about India


5. The selection for important positions should never be based on the question of gender, only on the quality and aptitude of the candidate.

Quote on merit


6. Universal Responsibility. It seems to me to be the key to human development. Without such a sense of Universal Responsibility, there can be only unequal development in the world.

Quote on responsibility


7. The only result of war, tremendous human suffering.

Dalai Lama war quote


8. I myself had learned at an early age that anyone who wishes to lead must remain close to the common people.

Dalai Lama leadership quote


9. One observation about animals I have is that, even as pets and despite having all facilities, they tend to run away, given the chance. This reinforces my belief that the desire for freedom is fundamental to all living beings.

Dalai Lama on animals and freedom


10. Material prosperity alone cannot bring about lasting happiness.

Quote on materialism


11. It is my firm belief that all religions aim at making people better human beings and that, despite philosophical differences, some of them fundamental, they all aim at helping humanity to find happiness.

His Holiness Dalai Lama quote about religions


12. I look on religion as a medicine. For different complaints, doctors will prescribe different remedies. Therefore, because not everyone’s spiritual ‘illness’ is the same, different spiritual medicines are required.

Dalai Lama religion quote


13. People have a right to their own opinions and I do not see it as my role to try to change their minds.

Quote about opinions


14. Sectarianism is poison.

Quote on sectarianism


15. Spirituality is so deeply rooted in the human mind that it is very difficult, if not totally impossible, to eradicate.

Dalai Lama spirituality quote


16. Learning to forgive is much more useful than merely picking up a stone and throwing it at the object of one’s anger, the more so when the provocation is extreme.

Quote about forgiveness


17. Taking care of our planet is like taking care of our houses.

Quote about planet earth


18. True happiness comes from a sense of inner peace and contentment, which in turn must be achieved through cultivation of altruism, of love, of compassion, and through the elimination of anger, selfishness and greed.

Quote on happiness


19. The aim of all religions are essentially the same, namely to make us better, less selfish and ultimately happier human beings.

Quote on religions


20. Only through the development of mutual respect, and in a spirit of truth, can friendship come about. By these means it is possible to move human minds, but never by force.

Quote on friendship


21. Lal Bahadur Shastri has left a powerful impression on my memory for, although he was a small, rather weak and ineffectual-looking man, he had a powerful mind and spirit. Despite his frail appearance, he was an outstanding leader. Unlike so many people who holds positions of great responsibility, he was bold and decisive, he did not allow events to carry him along, but did his best to direct them.

Quote on Lal Bahadur Shastri


22. Whenever I do meet people, my aim is to help in any way that I can, and also to learn what I can.

Quote about learning


23. Politicians need religion even more than a hermit on retreat. If a hermit acts out of bad motivation, he harms no one but himself. But if someone who can directly influence the whole of society acts with bad motivation, then a great number of people will be adversely affected.

Quote about politicians


24. I believe that the most important thing for humankind is its own creativity. I further believe that, in order to be able to exercise this creativity, people need to be free.

Dalai Lama on freedom


25. If I were actually to vote in an election it would be for one of the Environmental parties. 

Quote about environmental parties.


26. Power that comes from the barrel of a gun can be effective only for a short time. In the end, people’s love for truth, justice, freedom and democracy will triumph. No matter what governments do, the human spirit will always prevail.

Dalai Lama power quote


27. Although it is difficult to bring about positive change in society itself, it is undoubtedly worthwhile to try. It is possible. This is my firm belief. Whether or not we succeed is a different matter, what is important is that we do our best.

Quote on positivity


28. Religious pluralism is a necessity.

Quote on religious pluralism


29. I believe that our Tibetan ability to combine spiritual qualities with a realistic and practical attitude with enable us to make a special contribution, in however a modest way.

His Holiness Dalai Lama on People of Tibet


30. As a Buddhist monk, I feel that belief in the concept of Karma is very useful in the conduct of daily life. Once you believe in the connection between motivation and its effect, you will become more alert to the effects which your own actions have upon yourself and others.

Quote on Karma


31. Human beings are in a sense children of the earth. And, whereas up until now our common Mother tolerated her children’s behavior, she is presently showing us that she has reached the limit of her tolerance.

Quote on mother earth



I hope you like these quotes by Dalai Lama. Thanks for reading. Jai Hind.

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Yash Sharma

Namaste reader, My name is Yash, and books for me are like a medicine, which removes my ignorance and also helps me in behaving more like a human.Though I live in the world’s largest democracy, India, but when I look around, I realized that this democratic nation of mine has turned into a kind of feudal oligarchy or kleptocracy, where people from a particular community or I would say particular surname has hijacked this democracy, and the political parties in India has turned itself into a kind of family enterprises where the family members are the only shareholders. And I want to change this, and books are a weapon which is helping me, so that I can help others and my nation.Shukriya for reading this Thought of mine.

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