One needn't be Buddhist to appreciate the wisdom that His Holiness The Dalai Lama has gained over his lifetime.

Below are 12 quotes from The Dalai Lama that, when reflected upon carefully, could make a huge impact on your life.


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

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

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


“Love is the absence of judgment.”

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

“Because we all share an identical need for love, it is possible to feel that anybody we meet, in whatever circumstances, is a brother or sister.”


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

“If you want others to be happy practice compassion; and if you want yourself to be happy practice compassion.”

“Compassion is by nature gentle, peaceful, and soft, but it is very powerful. It is those who easily lose their patience who are insecure and unstable. Thus, to me, the arousal of anger is a direct sign of weakness.”


“We discover that all human beings are just like us, so we are able to relate to them more easily. That generates a spirit of friendship in which there is less need to hide what we feel or what we are doing.”

“I defeat my enemies when I make them my friends.”

“Genuine friendship depends on genuine affection and taking a sense of responsibility for each other.”