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Dalai Lama quotes

I describe myself as a simple Buddhist monk. No more, no less.

I think there's every reason this 21st century will be much happier.

I consider myself as a free spokesman for the people.

I think really, China, Chinese, I think they really have a long history of civilization, rich culture.

I am confident I will set foot again in Tibet in my lifetime.

As long as I am alive, I am fully committed to amity between Tibetans and Chinese. Otherwise there's no use.

I want to be just a pure spiritual leader.

Chinese people themselves, they really want change.

I never dreamt, in my dream, I'm Dalai Lama.

Many Tibetans sacrifice their lives.

I have always had this view about the modern education system: we pay attention to brain development, but the development of warmheartedness we take for granted.

Even when a person has all of life's comforts - good food, good shelter, a companion - he or she can still become unhappy when encountering a tragic situation.

I always tell people that religious institutions and political institutions should be separate. So while I'm telling people this, I myself continue with them combined. Hypocrisy!

The Chinese government wants me to say that for many centuries Tibet has been part of China. Even if I make that statement, many people would just laugh. And my statement will not change past history. History is history.

I don't think generally politician come from democratic country. I think not that thinking. But sometimes little bit short-sighted. They are mainly looking for their next vote.

China has to go along with world trends. That's democracy, liberty, individual freedom. China sooner or later has to go that way. It cannot go backward.

One thing I want to make clear, as far as my own rebirth is concerned, the final authority is myself and no one else, and obviously not China's Communists.