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July 31, 2011

Someone asked the Dalai Lama (?) what surprises him most. This was his response.

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Update: there’s a ton of discussion in comments, as well as elsewhere online, about who said this. What is clear is that the Dalai Lama said something very near to this (he does not speak fluent English). See comments. In any case, it’s quote or sentiment we appreciate, and the 2.0 nature of the internet, in this case, has only served to improve the original, simple offering that is this inspiring quote. ~ ed.

I got chills reading this. Dalai Lama? Nailed it!

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Guest May 10, 2014 10:26pm

Whether this was his actual quote or not, we definitely need to question this man- he is not what he portrays himself to be to the world. http://www.falsedalailama.com

debaumer Mar 3, 2014 8:14pm

Seems that the first time (or two) this was posted the great concern was that the quote was attributed to the Dalai Lama and actually was not from him. Adding my 2 cents, I think that it's not only important to point out that it was not his quote, but crucial to find out exactly who it should be attributed to. Improper (or not) attributing material taken from another source is not only bad journalism, it's plagiarism. Unfortunately, I've seen more and more of that occurring in this particular journal of late, and more shrugging it off by the staff, as though it's not that big of a deal. Seriously unprofessional.

Rugeirn Drienborough Apr 17, 2013 7:24pm

Several commentors have asked questions to the effect of, "Who cares if he said it or not?"

It's very important whether or not a given quote is accurately attributed. Great damage can be done by putting words into someone else's mouth. It is not only a lie, it is also a slander, and a kind of particularly public identity theft.

Just ask yourself this: How would you feel if you woke up one morning and found the twitterverse buzzing about something you said – except you didn't say it?

The internet is particularly vulnerable to falsehood. The only way to protect ourselves from that is to insist on the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truty.

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