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The Dalai Lama's most notable quotes
As the Dalai Lama approaches his 80th birthday, take a look at some of his most inspirational messages. - photo by Massarah Mikati
The Dalai Lama is turning 80 on Monday, and people around the world have already begun celebrating the influential figure's life. Here are some of his most notable and inspirational quotes, compiled by

"The true hero is one who conquers his own anger and hatred."

"A good friend who points out mistakes and imperfections, and rebukes evil, is to be respected as if he reveals the secret of some hidden treasure."

"Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace."

"You must not hate those who do wrong or harmful things; but with compassion, you must do what you can to stop them for they are harming themselves, as well as those who suffer from their actions."

"An open heart is an open mind."

"Sometimes one creates a dynamic impression by saying something, and sometimes one creates as significant an impression by remaining silent."

"When you are discontent, you always want more, more, more. Your desire can never be satisfied. But when you practice contentment, you can say to yourself, 'Oh, yes. I already have everything that I really need.'"

"Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality."

"Let us try to recognize the precious nature of each day."

"Whether one is rich or poor, educated or illiterate, religious or nonbelieving, man or woman, black, white, or brown we are all the same. Physically, emotionally and mentally, we are all equal. We all share basic needs for food, shelter, safety and love. We all aspire to happiness and we all shun suffering. Each of us has hopes, worries, fears and dreams. Each of us wants the best for our family and loved ones. We all experience pain when we suffer loss, and joy when we achieve what we seek. On this fundamental level, religion, ethnicity, culture and language make no difference."
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