Quotes by Daisaku Ikeda

A person, who no matter how desperate the situation, gives others hope, is a true leader.
– Daisaku Ikeda
Strength is Happiness. Strength is itself victory. In weakness and cowardice there is no happiness. When you wage a struggle, you might win or you might lose. But regardless of the short-term outcome, the very fact of your continuing to struggle is proof of your victory as a human being.
– Daisaku Ikeda
With love and patience, nothing is impossible.
– Daisaku Ikeda
You must not for one instant give up the effort to build new lives for yourselves. Creativity means to push open the heavy, groaning doorway to life.
– Daisaku Ikeda
Women are, in my view, natural peacemakers. As givers and nurturers of life, through their focus on human relationships and their engagement with the demanding work of raising children and protecting family life, they develop a deep sense of empathy that cuts through to underlying human realities.
– Daisaku Ikeda
Where there is an absence of international political leadership, civil society should step in to fill the gap, providing the energy and vision needed to move the world in a new and better direction.
– Daisaku Ikeda
When one takes action for others, one's own suffering is transformed into the energy that can keep one moving forward a light of hope illuminating a new tomorrow for oneself and others is kindled.
– Daisaku Ikeda
When human beings live together, conflict is inevitable. War is not.
– Daisaku Ikeda
We are not merely passive pawns of historical forces nor are we victims of the past. We can shape and direct history.
– Daisaku Ikeda
Ultimately, all human activities have as their goal the realization of happiness. Why, then, have we ended up producing the opposite result? Could the underlying cause be our failure to correctly understand the true nature of happiness?
– Daisaku Ikeda
To communicate the truths of history is an act of hope for the future.
– Daisaku Ikeda
There are no greater treasures than the highest human qualities such as compassion, courage and hope. Not even tragic accident or disaster can destroy such treasures of the heart.
– Daisaku Ikeda
The wisdom and experience of older people is a resource of inestimable worth. Recognizing and treasuring the contributions of older people is essential to the long-term flourishing of any society.
– Daisaku Ikeda
The gratification of desire is not happiness.
– Daisaku Ikeda
The effects of human rights education can be dramatic in awakening people to the value and power of their own lives, as shown in the following stories.
– Daisaku Ikeda
Since ancient times, people from throughout Asia have brought to Japan their talents, knowledge and energy, helping to lay the basis for Japan's existence as a country.
– Daisaku Ikeda
Rather than turning away from the staggering scale and depth of misery caused by war, we must strive to develop our capacity to empathize and feel the sufferings of others.
– Daisaku Ikeda
No one should be left to suffer alone.
– Daisaku Ikeda
No one can live entirely on their own, nor can any country or society exist in isolation.
– Daisaku Ikeda
Men and women who know the brutal reality of war, who know that war strips people of their very humanity, must unite in a new global partnership for peace.
– Daisaku Ikeda