Twenty Dalai Lama Quotes To Live Your Life By

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If there’s one man on earth you should look to for an inspirational quote, it’s his holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, who was born Lhamo Thondup on this day in 1935.

To celebrate the 82nd birthday of Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, here are 20 of his shiniest pearls of wisdom.

“My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.”

“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.”

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

“If you think you’re too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.”

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

“Great love and great achievements involve great risk.”

“We can live without religion, but we cannot survive without human affection.”

“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 . . . I have been able to take this second way.”

“Silence is sometimes the best answer.”

“Whether one believes in a religion or not, there isn’t anyone who doesn’t appreciate kindness and compassion.”

“Know the rules well, so you can break them effectively.”

“Choose to be optimistic — it feels better.”

“We all have to live together, so we might as well live together happily.”

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

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

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

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

“Love is the absence of judgment.”

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

“Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It’s 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.”