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

2022-05-29

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Life’s true victors are those who succeed in elevating their life-state to the point where they can embrace all people with compassion and warmth.
Resolving to do something only takes a moment, but it can determine the course of our life and future.
Creating new culture, constructing the future, transforming people’s destiny—all begin with the human revolution of each individual.
Joy is a source of dynamism. It energizes our lives and enables us to break through barriers and obstacles.
Dialogue is the lamp by which we dispel that darkness, lighting and making visible for each other our steps and the path ahead.
The darker the night, the nearer the dawn. Victory in life is decided by that last concentrated burst of energy filled with the resolve to win.
By offering a hand to someone who is also suffering, we ourselves regain the will to live. Taking action out of concern for others enables us to heal our own lives.
A victorious person is one who challenges and triumphs over their limitations.
Being determined to raise others so that they surpass us is the key to fostering the next generation.
It is in striving for the sake of others that the great path to genuine happiness is opened.
Those who face adversity and hardship with hope and the willingness to do their best don’t consider the process painful.
What is needed today is a common sense of our deeper human identity that can be shared by all. When we change the way we see ourselves as human beings, everything will change.
Victory comes from never giving up. An indomitable fighting spirit, a flame that burns ever brighter in the face of obstacles, is what enables us to win.
The moment you resolve to be victorious, every nerve and fibre in your being will immediately orient itself toward your success.
The family is the foundation of society. There can be no social prosperity unless the family is solid.
The essential responsibility of education is to foster in the minds of youth a love of humanity and a spirit to dedicate oneself for the sake of the people and for society.
Consideration for others is an essential quality for leaders, together with courage and the ability to make objective judgments.
Peace is not simply the absence of war; it is a state in which people come together in mutual trust and live with joy, energy, and hope.
“Treasures of the heart” are the riches that we accumulate within ourselves: An inner strength that cannot be defeated by any adversity; the creative power to live out our lives with perennial joy, fulfillment and vitality.
Life is constant challenge. We exert ourselves, learn and adapt. It is the continuation of this process that leads to a victorious life.
While celebrating the unique characteristics of different peoples and cultures, we have to create solidarity on the level of our common humanity, our common life. Without such solidarity, there will be no future for the human race.
Gold is gold, no matter how muddied it becomes. The truth always wins out in the end.
Even when someone finds themselves in a vulnerable position, if they are surrounded by people who are prepared to share that challenge with them, it becomes possible to find a way forward.
Those who can smile are strong. Those who lead good, positive lives are always bright and upbeat.
A relationship of integrity and trust with just one person creates a circle of friendship that will expand to include many others. It is important to treat each person with sincerity and respect.
Everyone seeks peace. This is why we must change our attitude towards others and engage in courageous dialogue. We must break through the mistrust, hatred and fear that may have become lodged in our hearts.
Resolving to take action is proof that you are progressing.
The responsive chord that sincerity strikes in the hearts of others transcends all boundaries. Sincerity is the bond that brings people together.
The path of following one’s principles is always blocked by daunting obstacles. But it is only by overcoming those impediments that we can open new paths.
The future is decided by youth. Everything depends on the fostering of youth. Youth are humanity’s most precious treasure.
Buddhism teaches that whatever our individual circumstances, we can always discover the capacity to help others; it also assures us that those who have suffered the most have the right to the greatest happiness.
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