Inspiring Quotes

“People can only live fully by helping others to live. When you give life to friends you truly live. Cultures can only realize their further richness by honoring other traditions. And only by respecting natural life can humanity continue to exist.” 
-  Daisaku Ikeda, Philosopher and Peace Activist

“There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique, and if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium; and be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is, not how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. No artist is pleased. There is no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer, divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.”  - Martha Graham, Dancer, Choreographer

"At every moment I have 2 choices:
I can choose to use my circumstances as a justification for my failure. Or I can choose to use my circumstances as the catalyst to create my dream. And which I do determines not only the effects I produce, it determines the quality of my life during the journey from here to there."
- Linda Johnson, Lawyer, Peace Activist

"The renowned sculptor, Augustine Rodin (1840-1917), said that the important thing for artists is to feel, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live. It is to be, he said, before an artist, a human being. The human feelings of hope, love, anger and fear are communicated to us through the artist's work. The vibrations of the artist's spirit set off similar vibrations within our hearts. It is shared feeling that links the creator and the viewer, transcending the boundaries of time and space."
- Daisaku Ikeda, Philosopher and Peace Activist

"Art is the cry of the soul from the core of one's being. Creating and appreciating art set free the joyous soul trapped deep within us. This is why art causes such joy. Art, quite aside from any question of skill or its lack, is the emotion, the pleasure of expressing one's life exactly as it is. Those who see such art are moved by it's passion, its strength, it's intensity and it's beauty. That is why it is impossible to separate fully human life from art."
- Daisaku Ikeda, Philosopher and Peace Activist

"Effort and hard work construct the bridge that connects your dreams to reality. Those who make steady efforts are full of hope. And hope, in turn, arises from steady efforts. Embrace your dreams and advance as far as they can take you." - Daisaku Ikeda, Philosopher and Peace Activist        

"This is the true joy in life, being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one. Being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances, complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it what I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations." 
- George Bernard Shaw, Playwright

"Everything begins with the resolve to take the first step. From that action, wisdom arises and change begins. Without action, nothing changes."
- Daisaku Ikeda, Philosopher and Peace Activist

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