A selection of quotes from Daisaku Ikeda’s published works on inspiration for daily living.
Great achievements can only be realised by continuously seizing opportunities when they present themselves and giving one’s all to doing what must be done.
The limitless power of value creation, which is intrinsic to life, enables each of us to transform our circumstances into an arena where we can live out our unique mission, imparting hope and a sense of security to all those around us.
Perseverance is indispensable in achieving anything. If we stop digging a well halfway because we find it too tiring, we’ll never reach water.
Those who never forget that they have a unique mission are strong. Whatever problems they have, they will not be defeated. They will transform all their problems into fuel for growth toward a hope-filled future.
Only when we living things are connected to nature, engaged with nature, are we truly alive and vigorous.
The value-creating impacts of Soka education all arise from the commitment to respect the diverse qualities of each person's life and to bring forth the full lustre of their uniquely rich individuality.
A life of unceasing struggle is beautiful. A life of continual advance is invigorating.
Those around us are indeed the mirror in which our human revolution is reflected. When we change, others change, our environment changes and the world changes.
When we acknowledge our limitations and shortcomings and start to make a concentrated effort to overcome them, they begin to shine as strong points.
The key to happiness is to develop a strong, invincible spirit and the wisdom to create value out of everything—cultivating a vibrant self brimming with hope and joy.
Just as a spring breeze awakens tender new shoots of green, sincere encouragement can thaw a frozen heart and instil courage. It is the most powerful means to rejuvenate the human spirit.
The original wish of the founder of every major religion has been to realize peace and happiness for the people and bring them relief from suffering. It is that spirit that we need to respect.
This lifetime will never come again; it is precious and irreplaceable. To live without regret, we must have a concrete purpose, continually setting goals and challenges for ourselves.
Helping others discover their potential happens through life-to-life interaction. If we wish to support people's growth, we need to give our all and engage them in heartfelt dialogue.
Our determination is manifested in our actions. The true strength of our resolve is revealed by how much we can accomplish when time is limited.
Genuine dialogue, rooted in sincere friendship, has the power to overcome differences in nationality, to transcend borders and interests, to bring down the walls of separation.
In life, those who continue to seek and learn throughout their lives will always emerge victorious.
The wisdom and energy to surmount the crises that the world faces today can be found within the depth of our lives. And the key to unlocking that inexhaustible potential lies in education.
The secret to victory lies in deep and genuine unity that respects and treasures diversity.
Those with strong, wise, resilient, and generous hearts remain upbeat and positive, no matter what happens.
The heart of a courageous person is youthful, and it is only with youthful courage that dynamic growth can be achieved.
Fostering the growth of others is the most consequential thing a person can do. This challenging endeavor is the only way to change the world and the future.
The true purpose of a university is to serve the interests of those who were not able to study there. In other words, universities exist to serve the interests of ordinary people, not simply to train elites.
To be filled each day with a rewarding sense of exhilaration and purpose, a sense of tasks accomplished and deep fulfillment—people who feel this way are happy.
Even one sincere, kind word can open the door to a person’s heart. Bravely engaging in dialogue strengthens and deepens our ties with others.
Courageous people can overcome anything. The cowardly, on the other hand, because of their lack of courage, fail to savor the true, profound joys of life. This is most unfortunate.
Trust is a golden treasure forged through constant, sincere efforts.
Those who are tolerant and broad-minded make people feel comfortable and at ease.
Not only are those who possess a heart as wide as the ocean happy themselves, but all those around them are happy, too.
Life contains the capacity, like flames that reach toward the heavens, to transform suffering and pain into the energy of value-creation, the light that illuminates the dark.