A selection of quotes from Daisaku Ikeda’s published works on inspiration for daily living.
The lotus flower blooms fragrantly, unsullied by the muddy waters from which it draws sustenance. This illustrates that however deep the chaos and confusion of the times, we can refuse to let this overwhelm us, staying always true to ourselves.
To strive at each moment to face what we need to do and then to give our all to the task at hand—that is the key to accomplishing great things and enjoying great victory.
Never leave behind those struggling in difficult circumstances.
The future is created through the fresh abilities of youth. This is why it is so important to wholly dedicate our energies to fostering and empowering young people.
If we are strongly determined to do something, we can find any number of creative ways to achieve our aims. On the other hand, if we give up, we are quashing our creativity from the start.
Encouragement means to plant the seed of courage in the lives of others. It is an act of regeneration.
It is in the very process of challenging our problems that our lives pulse with joy and fulfillment and a great wellspring of happiness rises up within us.
Peace begins with tenacious dialogue, and perseverance is the driving force for all great achievements.
The higher your flame of altruistic action burns, the more its light will suffuse your life with happiness. Those who possess an altruistic spirit are the happiest people of all.
Courage, strength and wisdom well up in those who consciously take on everything as the protagonist and person responsible for achieving their goals. Unlimited wisdom and ardent resolve arise from a sense of responsibility.
The “mud” of our suffering provides the building material from which we can erect a solid bulwark for the palace of happiness within. The deeper the mire of suffering, the more indomitable a palace we can establish.
People who can hold onto their original motivation are strong. As long as we don't forget this starting point, we will never lose sight of the path of our convictions.
People’s minds are always changing moment to moment. When we concentrate our determination into a single instant and give 100 percent of our effort, we are able to inspire empathy and hope in others and touch their hearts.
Action has the power to break down walls and to elevate our life condition. People of action don’t give up. Though they may seem deadlocked, they always manage to open a way forward.
Our future self does not exist in some far-off place; it exists in the heart and mind of our present self. That is why we must face and tackle the realities that confront us.
Culture is a flower that blossoms from the soil of our humanity. Creating new culture, constructing the future, transforming people’s destiny—all begin with the inner transformation of the individual.
If we suppose this lifetime to be the be-all and end-all of existence, we cannot lead a truly profound life. Belief in something eternal brings out our full humanity.
It is through our relationships with others that we develop and grow; learn from one another; help and support one another; and cultivate genuine humanity.
Genuine dialogue, rooted in sincere friendship, has the power to overcome differences in ethnicity, to transcend borders and interests, to bring down the walls of division.
“The heart is what is important.” There is nothing more vulnerable, nothing more corruptible than the human mind; nor is there anything as powerful, steadfast and ennobled.
Supporting, encouraging, and reinvigorating each suffering individual we encounter is the first sure step to realizing a society that respects the dignity of life; it is the starting point for building peace.
The future is created through our actions in the present moment. Unless we struggle with all our might now, we cannot expect to enjoy genuine success in the future.
Passion is also a requirement for happiness. Whether we are happy or unhappy in life is for the most part determined by our degree of passion.
The transformation from a self-centred way of life to one dedicated to the well-being of others is the process of “human revolution.” This is a revolution that can start here, now―in the heart of every one of us.
Blazing a new trail in one’s youth is a labor of indescribable difficulty. The struggles of one’s youth, however, become a precious treasure for the future.
All people essentially desire peace. It is not flowery rhetoric or pretence that draws forth that inner spirit from people’s lives, but only open, honest dialogue coming from genuine and sincere humanity.
Activity is another name for happiness. Give free, unfettered play to your unique talents, live with the full radiance of your being. This is what it means to be truly alive.
Dialogue is about demonstrating respect for another’s life, and being determined to learn when confronted with differences in personality and perspective.
Everything passes. Both soaring joys and crushing sorrows fade away like a dream. However, the knowledge of having lived one’s life to the fullest never disappears.
No matter what the circumstances, the person with firm resolve can overcome any challenge or difficulty.
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