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A selection of quotes from Daisaku Ikeda’s published works on inspiration for daily living.

2023-01-28

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With light hearts, let’s take a fresh step forward. Life is a struggle against the limits of time. We must therefore strive to make each day one of ceaseless advancement.
Nothing is more precious than peace. Nothing brings more happiness. Peace is the most basic starting point for the advancement of humankind.
It is important that we have the inner richness to be able to look up at the stars or the moon and compose a poem once in a while. When we open wide our minds and fix our gaze on the universe, we fix our gaze on our own life.
The courage to meet and talk with people is absolutely crucial. Choosing dialogue is itself the triumph of peace and of humanity.
The sun of conviction shining in our hearts dispels the dark clouds of anxiety shrouding those around us.
The important thing is to take that first step. Bravely overcoming one small fear gives you the courage to take on the next.
When we draw strength from within, our outlook undergoes a dramatic transformation; everything around us looks completely different. To be strong—that is the key to happiness.
No light can shine on the hearts of those locked in the shell of petty egotism. But when the window of altruism is thrown wide open, the sunlight of hope can pour in.
It’s important to have the courage to clearly say what needs to be said when it matters most.
Sincerity expresses itself as considerate behavior, which fosters trust and confidence.
Our voices have the power to move people’s hearts and to change society and the world. A new step forward begins when we speak out.
Earnestly studying and challenging ourselves throughout our lives is humanity’s surest path to the creation of positive value.
The lives of those who exert themselves fully at each moment, day after day, shine like gold.
Victory in any endeavor is decided by how effectively we use our time without wasting a moment, and how hard we work even when our efforts go unnoticed.
Prayers are neither light dreams nor vague wishes. They should be firm pledges of determination. Prayers made with such strong resolve invite clear results just as magnets attract iron.
When those in the most adverse circumstances rise up courageously and struggle dynamically to achieve a victory, they can impart hope, courage, and confidence to all. When one is fighting against difficulties, it means one bears such an important mission.
Life is like a marathon. Even if you should fall a little bit behind the others during the race, there is no need to be impatient, as long as you win in the end.
A feeling of loneliness makes one weak, but if one is aware of having strong ties with others, one’s spirit can be as strong as steel.
The fighting spirit forged through holding fast to one’s beliefs amid adversity serves as an unending force for new construction.
A person filled with gratitude is also filled with joy. And a joyous spirit is the driving force for new endeavors, development, victory, and happiness.
Some people chase after fame and recognition and lose themselves in the process. The essential thing is to look closely at ourselves and perfect ourselves. Herein lies the key to true fulfillment, victory and happiness.
True happiness is found in accumulating the treasures of the heart, which cannot be destroyed by the dynamic unfolding of events or the passage of time.
Sincere and earnest dialogue is the direct path to resolving issues.
The flame of education requires constant tending. The light is kept shining by those who pour into it their passion and by society’s support for their efforts. 
The first and foremost quality of a leader is to be able to recognize people’s struggles and efforts.
When we consider global issues, our first and foremost focus must be on the threats presented to the lives, livelihoods and dignity of individual human beings. 
If you lose today, win tomorrow. In this never-ending spirit of challenge is found the heart of a victor.
The spirit to support others makes people strong.
Leaders need to take the initiative in acting for and considering the welfare and safety of others. Only when they do that can they earn people’s trust.
Once we decide that we will improve things, our potential expands limitlessly, and new doors will open.
True happiness is something that each of us creates for ourselves, not something given to us by others. Happiness sought outside the self is ephemeral and is bound to fade and eventually perish with the passage of time.
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