22 Inspiring Dalai Lama Quotes Remind You Of What REALLY Matters

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Life can get pretty freaking complicated. But it doesn't have to be.

Everyday we’re struggling … or is that just me? NAH. NO ONE goes through life gracefully — we all stumble and fall a couple hundred times, maybe even in one day. Perfect just doesn’t exist — sorry photo-shopped magazines, you ain’t fooling me.

Sadly, no one gives us a “How to” guide or manual for life on our first birthday. We just come into this world all innocent and naïve and are expected to figure things out for ourselves. (THANKS MOM AND DAD)

And the only way to figure everything out is to try, try again until we succeed (maybe). How EXHAUSTING. Am I rite? Can I get an AMEN??

Why can’t life be a picnic? I like picnics because they are generally a lot of fun. There’s sunshine, a cool breeze, the feel of the wet grass beneath you on a hot summer day, ice-cold lemonade, potato salad, hamburgers, watermelon, music, good friends and good fun. What’s complicated or awful about that?  

Answer to the above question: because if life was always like a picnic, easy and carefree, we wouldn’t be able to appreciate the good times anymore.

You can’t feel happy without knowing sadness. You can’t know love without first knowing hate. And you can’t have fun without being bored out of your mind.

That’s just the way the cookie crumbles ladies and gentleman. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Life is funny that way. You might not find it so funny when you’re utterly heart-broken, sad or pissed at your mom for "accidentally" donating your favorite top. But life is really only trying to help us see that we need to appreciate what we have, while we have it. Because after all, nothing lasts forever.

You don’t have to struggle alone though. The best way to go through life is with a little help from some friends, and some sound advice from the all wise and knowing, Dalai Lama. 

This Tibetan monk has spent a LOT of time contemplating life, love and so on (a lot more time than all of us combined, probably), so listen up and let his words really sink in so you can remind yourself of what REALLY matters.

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1. "If you have to choose between being kind and being right, choose being kind and you will always be right." — Dalai Lama
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2. "An eye for an eye … we are all blind." — Dalai Lama

3. "If you think you're too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito in the room." — Dalai Lama
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4. "A spoon cannot taste of the food it carries. Likewise, a foolish man cannot understand the wise man´s wisdom even if he associates with a sage." — Dalai Lama

5. "If it can be solved, there's no need to worry, and if it can't be solved, worry is of no use." — Dalai Lama
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6. "The true hero is one who conquers his own anger and hatred" — Dalai Lama

7. "There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow, so today is the right day to love, believe, do and mostly live." — Dalai Lama
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8. "The ultimate source of happiness is not money and power, but warm-heartedness." — Dalai Lama

9. "When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new." — Dalai Lama
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10. "Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it." — Dalai Lama

11. "if you don't love yourself, you cannot love others." — Dalai Lama
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12. "Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality" — Dalai Lama

13. "Sleep is the best meditation." — Dalai Lama
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14. "The more you are motivated by Love, The more Fearless & Free your action will be." — Dalai Lama

15. "Nothing is permanent." — Dalai Lama
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16. "In the practice of tolerance, one’s enemy is the best teacher." — Dalai Lama

17. "Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions." — Dalai Lama
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18. "Compassion is the radicalism of our time." — Dalai Lama

19. "Don't let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace." — Dalai Lama
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20. "Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace." — Dalai Lama

21. "Whether one believes in a religion or not, there isn't anyone who doesn't appreciate kindness and compassion." — Dalai Lama
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22. "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." — Dalai Lama