10 Inspirational Dalai Lama Quotes to Brighten Your Day

Words of wisdom about life, love and happiness from the Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader

Jul 6, 2014

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Considered one of the world’s most influential humanitarians, the 14th Dalai Lama stands as a symbol for peace and nonviolence. The Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader travels the world spreading his message of compassion and peace. To celebrate his birthday on July 6, here are 10 of his most inspirational quotes about life.

1. ON HAPPINESS
"Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions."

2. ON KINDNESS
"My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness."

3. ON MAKING A DIFFERENCE
"If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito."

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

5. ON PEACE
"We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves."

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

7. ON PROBLEM SOLVING
“If a problem can be solved it will be. If it can not be solved there is no use worrying about it.”

8. ON THE ENVIRONMENT
“It is our collective and individual responsibility to preserve and tend to the environment in which we all live.”

9. ON COMPASSION
“Compassion is not religious business, it is human business, it is not luxury, it is essential for our own peace and mental stability, it is essential for human survival.”

10. ON AFFECTION
"We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection."

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