"This is not red hat, white hat, or black hat. It is simply a practical hat. I am not a special person, as I mentioned."
- THE DALAI LAMAduring his acceptance speech at St. Paul's Cathedral in London, where he collected his check for winning the Templeton prize for progress in religion. He had to wear a purple visor to shield his eyes from the television lights
"He is the Dalai Lama, so he will always lead the Tibetan people."
- TENZIN TAKLHA,a spokesman for the Dalai Lama, on the leader's plans to retire as head of the Tibetan government-in-exile next year but stay on as spiritual leader
"I think my birthday gift is going to be: no Dalai Lama."
- ARCHBISHOP DESMOND TUTUspeaking about the Tibetan spiritual leader's difficulty in obtaining a visa to visit South Africa for Tutu's 80th birthday celebration; South Africa barred the Dalai Lama two years ago over fears of angering trade partner China
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