“If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.” Dalai Lama XIV

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How this quote amuses me so.

I found this quote last weekend during a good old Google search. I was all inspired after hearing the Dalai Lama speak, live and in the flesh in Perth, and wanted to read more on his thoughts (I would have bought a book but the queues at the venue were incredible – a true test of patience of which I bowed out of due to the somewhat aggressive nature of the people in the queue…the irony). 

The Dalai Lama certainly does come out with some gems, and I love it even moreso when he follows what he says with his little chuckle. I can just imagine it now – being questioned by an audience about making a difference, and coming out with the one liner – “If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito hehehehe” and the audience chuckling with him, whilst nodding in agreement at the same time.

And I tell you this now – my partner can profess to the difference a mosquito can make. They certainly know how to, especially at night when he is trying to go to sleep. It can be quite funny, until he gets the insect spray out that is.

 

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5 thoughts on ““If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.” Dalai Lama XIV

  1. That quote is a gem – in every way. Humorous but also has great depth to it.

    A mosquito makes your sleep a misery. And one bad night lead sto a poor job performance the next day and a disgruntled client who decides to take his business elsewhere, with the result that you lose your job, and can’t find another, and without that source of income, you can’t pay the rent, and so you end up homeless. All because of one pesky little mosquito.

    That’s taking it to an extreme, I know, but it’s the little things that can make a difference. Or little people – the fruit vendor in Tunisia – who can tumble a dictatorship

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