This is actually a post I started back in late 2008 but somehow never finished. I posted a lot of commented quotes on this site so far, and it’s funny how those get a lot of interested readers both from search engines and social media …

The reason for me posting them is that many quotes are a kind of essence of what these intelligent and wise people learned throughout their lives. That’s why I also think it’s very worthwhile to think about them ourselves. I studied “The Art of Happiness” by the Dalai Lama already here, and here are the best 10 Dalai Lama quotes …

1. “In our struggle for freedom, truth is the only weapon we possess.” [Tweet this!]

That’s a very powerful quote. Only by being true to yourself you can make progress to being free. Truth is the ultimate fire that burns down everything that is false and opens the way toward happy states.

2. “My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.” [Tweet this!]

On the one hand that shows that religion at it’s core can be very simple. It is important that this kindness is very powerful and is not coming from a weak state. Instead it’s a natural expression coming from a well developed mind. And it is the basis for being successful together.

3. “Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.” [Tweet this!]

Helping others provides ultimate happiness.

4. “Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.” [Tweet this!]

That points to the reality that without love and compassion, humans can’t feel connected and can’t recognize themselves in another. Therefore selfish behavior against “the other” could potentially destroy even this planet. Feeling this connection on the other hand makes it easy to live successful together.

5. “With realization of one’s own potential and self-confidence in one’s ability, one can build a better world.” [Tweet this!]

Only if you have truly worked on yourself and got the best out of yourself, you will not only be much more happier and realize your human potential, this will also give you a strong self-confidence. Using this will naturally have a positive impact on others and can build a better world.

6. “Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” [Tweet this!]

You won’t get happy by laziness. But it can flow naturally from right actions. For those you have to learn and act, and then learn from that experience again. In other words: do personal development.

7. “When you think everything is someone else’s fault, you will suffer a lot. When you realize that everything springs only from yourself, you will learn both peace and joy.” [Tweet this!]

Pointing out the mistakes of others, making them responsible for your current “bad situation” is the easy way out. But not really of course. Since that moves you into the powerless corner, where you basically have no control over your life anymore. Taking complete responsibility for yourself and your own environment gives you the ability to influence your life the way you want it. While it can be hard at first, this is a true move to power and the necessary first step in your personal growth.

8. “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.” [Tweet this!]

True change comes from inside of yourself. In order to love someone on the outside you first have to love yourself. You basically can’t give what you don’t have. So cultivate love and compassion for yourself.

9. “Through violence, you may ‘solve’ one problem, but you sow the seeds for another.” [Tweet this!]

10. “Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace.” [Tweet this!]

Both quotes are based in ignorance, that means in having a selfish and narrow perspective on things. It’s not thinking Win-Win, but thinking Win or Win-Lose. Which ultimately leads to a Lose Situation.
The Dalai Lama: “I believe all suffering is caused by ignorance. People inflict pain on others in the selfish pursuit of their happiness or satisfaction. Yet true happiness comes from a sense of peace and contentment, which in turn must be achieved through the cultivation of altruism, of love and compassion, and elimination of ignorance, selfishness, and greed.”
Only by broadening our perspective, including seeing the world through the eyes of the other, and by educating and improving ourselves we can remove ignorance.

Outro by the Dalai Lama:

“When I meet people in different parts of the world, I am always reminded that we are all basically alike: we are all human beings. Maybe we have different clothes, our skin is of a different colour, or we speak different languages. That is on the surface. But basically, we are the same human beings.

Human beings by nature want happiness and do not want suffering. With that
feeling everyone tries to achieve happiness and tries to get rid of suffering, and everyone has the basic right to do this. In this way, all here are the same, whether rich or poor, educated or uneducated, Easterner or Westerner, believer or non-believer, and within believers whether Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and so on. Basically, from the viewpoint of real human value we are all the same.

Human happiness and human satisfaction must ultimately come from within oneself. It is wrong to expect some final satisfaction to come from money or from a computer.

How can we eliminate the deepest source of all unsatisfactory experience? Only by cultivating certain qualities within our mindstream. Unless we possess high spiritual qualifications, there is no doubt that the events life throws upon us will give rise to frustration, emotional turmoil, and other distorted states of consciousness. These imperfect states of mind in turn give rise to imperfect activities, and the seeds of suffering are ever planted in a steady flow. On the other hand, when the mind can dwell in the wisdom that knows the ultimate mode of being, one is able to destroy the deepest root of distortion, negative karma and sorrow.”


  1. Comment by Shannon Johnson

    Shannon Johnson Reply August 15, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    I do not identify as a Buddhist but still can say that my spiritual framework is summed up by #’s 2-4 . I recently started a blog, and my post, Surrendering to Self Actualization (http://selfactualizer-blog4personaldevelopment.com/2011/06/06/surrendering-to-self-actualization) talks about my recent return to a spiritual path. This post is very helpful food for thought in expanding my understanding of the role ‘religion’ can play in personal development. Per the quotes above, my religion is kindness, compassion is not optional, my prime purpose in life is to help others, and a no harm philosophy is at the center of all of that and keeps me on a positive path in life. Thanks!

  2. Comment by Myrko

    Myrko Reply August 17, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    Shannon, and quote #5 is actually about self-actualization!

  3. Comment by David@sell textbooks

    David@sell textbooks Reply September 3, 2011 at 7:28 am

    I love #6! Nowadays, many people are looking to “be happy” — happy this, happy that, and they’re saying they want to be and feel happy. But just waiting around for this “happiness” to show up just doesn’t cut it, does it!? It really does flow from “right action,” and furthermore, when performing right action, doesn’t “happiness” — the way most people define it — along with the opposite-of-happiness simply cease existing? That would be how I define happy.

  4. Comment by Fred

    Fred Reply October 9, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    Thanks for sharing this. Truly inspiring Quotes

  5. Comment by Elizabeth Rose

    Elizabeth Rose Reply October 27, 2011 at 10:49 am

    Great post, we can all draw some much inspiration from these quotes. I know these are definitely getting saved to my PC so I can look at them again and again

  6. Comment by sonam arti

    sonam arti Reply December 28, 2011 at 3:35 am

    thanks …. very helpfull

  7. Comment by Roshan Mathew

    Roshan Mathew Reply September 4, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Myrko Thum needs to be encouraged in his pursuit to lift a fellow human to higher level of Personal Development.
    The select quotes & his interpretation of the quotes helps to understand the sublime nature of Great Thoughts.
    Our life is entwined in the Parables of this inimitable thoughts.

  8. Comment by srinivas.D

    srinivas.D Reply September 2, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    The Dalai Lama has some very insightful verses. I’ve gathered my favorite quotes from the Tibetan leader about a variety of topics such as love, compassion, peace, humanity, violence, and the environment. It’s a very interesting read. Enjoy ;) :

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

    2- If you can, help others; if you cannot do that, at least do not harm them.

    3- If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.

    4- My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.

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

    6- The ultimate authority must always rest with the individual’s own reason and critical analysis.

    7- We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection.

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  10. Comment by kisan

    kisan Reply July 27, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    What is the aim of buddha for us or another one??

  11. Comment by Susanta Dutta

    Susanta Dutta Reply August 26, 2014 at 6:50 am

    give respect then take respect.

  12. Comment by Susanta Dutta

    Susanta Dutta Reply August 26, 2014 at 6:52 am

    @kisan: don’t waste your energy to find the aim of BUDDHA. because you can’t follow the rule of Buddha

  13. Comment by Awake

    Awake Reply September 9, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    its amazing and gave me much self-faith and the number 7 what gave me much understanding of life with new eyes. And thanks to Srinivas and others who commented here :)
    I wanted to quote one message: “knowing others is wisdom, knowing self is enlightenment.” nothing will happen if we don’t know about someone, but it is very very important to know one-self. Instead of questioning as who they are, 1st question should be “who am i ?” and “why?”.. god is so intelligent universally that it created as whole and as individual too. well both are one only but in its own unique way. The only point to understand is, god already made me, so i must respect self, so that i can understand that everything else is actually just a reflection of god it-self as me but actually its about “we”. As so above, so below. There is no hell, its just our ignorance and not feeling as vast as universe, where there are no accidents. Only heavens can be, only life is and only creation is possible. We create so we glow and light up every corner of this world. have peaceful and happy life…… <3

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