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A collection of quotes by Daisaku Ikeda on peace, interfaith dialogue, science, Buddhism, revolution, destiny, inspiration, karma, peace and happiness.

141 Motivational Quotes By Daisaku Ikeda That Will Provide Food For Thought

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Famous As: Poet, Writer

Born On: January 2, 1928

Born In: Ōta-ku

Daisaku Ikeda is a Japanese philosopher, anti-nuclear campaigner, educationist and writer. He has gained recognition one of the most important members of ‘Soka Gakkai’, a religious movement in his country. He was born in 1928 and considering the fact that he witnessed the death and destruction in Japan during the Second World War vividly; he was profoundly influenced by it and made it his lifelong target to understand human conflict. He studied at the Tokyo Fuji University and by the time he was only 19 he became a practitioner of Nichiren Buddhism before joining the Soka Gakkai Buddhist association. Eventually it led to his membership of the Soka Gakkai Institution, which has the distinction of being the biggest Buddhist institution in the world. His work with the SGI has been lauded all across the world since Ikeda has promoted a far more liberal way of life. He has also been a prolific writer and some of his well-known works include ‘The Human Revolution’, ‘A Dialogue Between East and West’, ‘A Youthful Diary’, ‘America Will Be’, ‘A Lifelong Quest for Peace’ and ‘Before It is Too Late’ among others. He is without doubt a remarkable man who has shared his insight on several important issues. We have collected some of Daisaku Ikeda notable quotes and thoughts on religion, Buddhism, revolution, environment, economics and women’s rights. Here are some of Daisaku Ikeda’s famous quotes which are sure to inspire you.
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Even if things don't unfold the way you expected, don't be disheartened or give up. One who continues to advance will win in the end.

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It is impossible to build one's own happiness on the unhappiness of others. This perspective is at the heart of Buddhist teachings.

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Embrace your dreams and advance as far as they can take you.

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Only when we connect to nature, engaged with nature, are we truly alive and vigorous. To really be alive, one must be under the sun, the moon, the shining stars and surrounded by the beautiful greenery and pure waters of the natural world.

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Our voice resonates with life. Because this is so, it can touch the lives of others. The caring and compassion imbued in your voice finds passage to the listener's soul, striking his or her heart and causing it to sing out; the human voice summons something profound from deep within, and can even compel a person into action.

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Nothing is more precious than peace. Peace is the most basic starting point for the advancement of humankind.

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When we care for others our own strength to live increases. When we help people expand their state of life, our lives also expand. Actions to benefit others are not separate from actions to benefit oneself. Our lives and the lives of others are ultimately inseparable.

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Come on obstacles! I've been expecting you! This is the chance that I've been waiting for!

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A truly beautiful person is one who is good at discovering beauty.

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Many things happen in life. There are joyous days and times of suffering. Sometimes unpleasant things occur. But that's what makes life so interesting. The dramas we encounter are part and parcel of being human. If we experienced no change or drama in our lives, if nothing unexpected ever happened, we would merely be like automatons, our lives unbearably monotonous and dull. Therefore, please develop a strong self so that you can enact the drama of your life with confidence and poise in the face of whatever vicissitudes you may encounter.

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Health is not simply the absence of illness. Real health is the will to overcome every form of adversity and use even the worst of circumstances as a springboard for new growth and development. Simply put, the essence of health is the constant renewal and rejuvenation of life.

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Bravely overcoming one small fear gives you the courage to take on the next.

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Just as cherry, plum, peach and damson blossoms all possess their own unique qualities, each person is unique. We cannot become someone else. The important thing is that we live true to ourselves and cause the great flower of our lives to blossom.

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In life when we feel we have reached a limit, that is when the true battle begins. Just when you despair and think it is impossible to go any further, will you become apathetic, or will you say it's not over and stand up with an unyielding spirit? The battle is decided by this single determination.

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Life is painful. It has thorns, like the stem of a rose. Culture and art are the roses that bloom on the stem. The flower is yourself, your humanity. Art is the liberation of the humanity inside yourself.

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Hope transforms pessimism into optimism. Hope is invincible.

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The profound unity of subjective existence and objective environment leads naturally to the idea that the life-force of one human being can affect other living beings and even the fundamental being of humankind as a whole. Furthermore, the minds of humankind fuse into one and exert a continuous influence, both physical and spiritual, on other living beings and on the whole of nature.

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Life isn't always smooth. If it were, we would never grow & develop as human beings. If we succeed, we are envied; if we fail, we are ridiculed & attacked. Sadly, this is how people are. Unexpected grief & suffering may lie ahead of you. But it is precisely when you encounter such trying times that you must not be defeated. NEVER GIVE UP! NEVER RETREAT!

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Creativity means to push open the heavy, groaning doorway to life.

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You will pass through storms and heavy rains, and at times you will suffer defeat. The essence of the creative life, however, is not to give up in the face of defeat but to follow the rainbow that exists within your heart.

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If we look at the world with a love of life, the world will reveal its beauty to us.

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Why doesn't constant trampling defeat the dandelion? The key to its strength is its long and sturdy root, which extends deep into the earth. The same priciple applies to people. The true victors in life are those who, enduring repeated challenges and setbacks, have sent the roots of their being to such a depth that nothing can shake them.

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A truley heroic way of life lies in squarely confronting and courageously overcoming the pounding vicissitudes that life always throws in our paths

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The place where you are now is vital. The path toward victory opens from where you stand.

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Knowledge itself is a neutral tool that can be used for good or evil. Wisdom, in contrast, always directs us toward happiness. The task of education must be to stimulate and unleash the wisdom that lies dormant in the lives of all young people. This is not a forced process, like pressing something into a preformed mold, but rather drawing out the potential which exists within.

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While conservatism and self-protection might be likened to winter, night, and death, the spirit of pioneering and attempting to realize ideals evokes images of spring, morning, and birth.

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Life can unfold unlimitedly as long as we have a heart of appreciation and an undefeated mind.

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What we need most is to restore and revive our humanity. We must create a society where people can live with dignity, a society where people can live in peace and happiness. People are tired of games played for power and profit. People are tired of hatred and conflict. They want to live with more wisdom and confidence, and in peace. It may seem like a long and distant path, but I am convinced that the 21st century must see a movement to sow the seeds of peace, happiness and trust in every person's heart. The seeds of a truly humane way of life. I am convinced this is the only path.

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True happiness means forging a strong spirit that is undefeated, no matter how trying our circumstances.

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In most cases, our so-called limitations are nothing more than our own decision to limit ourselves.

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Faith and daily life, faith and work-these are not separate things. They are one and the same. To think of them as separate-that faith is faith, and work is work-is theoretical faith. Based on the recognition that work and faith are one and the same, we should put one hundred percent of our energy into our jobs and one hundred percent into our faith, too. When we resolve to do this, we enter the path of victory in life. Faith means to show irrefutable proof of victory amid the realities of society and in our own daily lives.

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What is defeat in life? It is not merely making a mistake; defeat means giving up on yourself in the midst of difficulty. What is true success in life? True success means winning in your battle with yourself. Those who persist in the pursuit of their dreams, no matter what the hurdles, are winners in life, for they have won over their weaknesses.

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Everything begins with the resolve to take the first step. From that action, wisdom arises and change begins. Without action, nothing changes.

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What matters is the value we’ve created in our lives, the people we’ve made happy and how much we’ve grown as people.

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Let us give something to each person we meet: joy, courage, hope, assurance, or philosophy, wisdom, a vision for the future. Let us always give something.

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All right, let's get to work again!-This is the spirit of people of genuine substance. Those who avoid hard work or neglect the things they have to do, who just while away their time, eating, sleeping, playing, watching television-such individuals will never experience true happiness, satisfaction or joy.

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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.

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Japan learned from the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki that the tragedy wrought by nuclear weapons must never be repeated and that humanity and nuclear weapons cannot coexist.

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We are not merely passive pawns of historical forces; nor are we victims of the past. We can shape and direct history.

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So long as nuclear weapons continue to exist, so will the temptation to threaten others with overwhelming military force.

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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.

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Genuine happiness can only be achieved when we transform our way of life from the unthinking pursuit of pleasure to one committed to enriching our inner lives, when we focus on 'being more' rather than simply having more.

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The reactions of the human heart are not mechanical and predictable but infinitely subtle and delicate.

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A healthy vision of the future is not possible without an accurate knowledge of the past.

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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.

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The crucial thing is to arouse the awareness that as a matter of human conscience we can never permit the people of any country to fall victim to nuclear weapons, and for each individual to express their refusal to continue living in the shadow of the threat they pose.

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In the past, human society provided encouragement and opportunity for people to extend support to each other, especially in highly stressful situations.

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It is natural for us, as human beings, to look forward. Our eyes naturally look ahead. In this sense, we are made for moving toward a goal.

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The eyes of a poet discover in each person a unique and irreplaceable humanity. While arrogant intellect seeks to control and manipulate the world, the poetic spirit bows with reverence before its mysteries.

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To communicate the truths of history is an act of hope for the future.

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A commitment to human rights cannot be fostered simply through the transmission of knowledge. Action and experience play a crucial role in the learning process.

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Leadership that exploits and sacrifices young people on the altar of its goals is nothing more than raw, demonic power. Genuine leadership is found in ceaseless efforts to foster young people, to pave the way forward for them.

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All people have a natural desire to be needed, to have their importance to others tangibly confirmed.

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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.

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Leave behind the passive dreaming of a rose-tinted future. The energy of happiness exists in living today with roots sunk firmly in reality's soil.

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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.

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Divorced from the cosmos, from nature, from society and from each other, we have become fractured and fragmented.

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Poems and songs penned as an unstoppable outpouring of the heart take on a life of their own. They transcend the limits of nationality and time as they pass from person to person, from one heart to another.

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Having lived through the transition from totalitarianism, I am acutely mindful of the need to never take for granted the basic freedoms of thought, expression and belief that democracy brings.

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But I think we need to remember that democracy everywhere is by its nature incomplete, a work in progress.

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The idea of interdependence is central to Buddhism, which holds that all things come into being through the mutual interactions of various causes and conditions.

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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.

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A genuinely happy person is one who has rendered others happy.

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No one is born hating others.

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I have for some time urged that a nuclear abolition summit to mark the effective end of the nuclear era be convened in Hiroshima and Nagasaki on the 70th anniversary of the bombings of those cities, with the participation of national leaders and representatives of global civil society.

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I firmly believe that the mission of religion in the 21st century must be to contribute concretely to the peaceful coexistence of humankind.

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History is filled with tragic examples of wars that result from diplomatic impasse. Whether in our local communities or in international relations, the skillful use of our communicative capacities to negotiate and resolve differences is the first evidence of human wisdom.

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It is only through such real-life daily struggles and challenges that a genuine sensitivity to human rights can be inculcated. This is a truth that is not limited to school education: it applies to all of us.

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Human rights will be a powerful force for the transformation of reality when they are not simply understood as externally defined norms of behavior but are lived as the spontaneous manifestation of internalized values.

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But I believe we must not allow feelings of defeat to take root in our hearts.

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No one should be left to suffer alone.

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We must take steps to prevent further nuclear weapons development or modernization.

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A person, who no matter how desperate the situation, gives others hope, is a true leader.

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I believe that we must maintain pride in the knowledge that the actions we take, based on our own decisions and choices as individuals, link directly to the magnificent challenge of transforming human history.

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Humanity has experienced many revolutionary changes over the course of history: revolutions in agriculture, in science, industrial production, as well as numerous political revolutions. But these have all been limited to the external aspects of our individual and collective lives.

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A great human revolution in just a single individual will help achieve a change in the destiny of a nation and, further, can even enable a change in the destiny of all humankind.

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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?

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The gratification of desire is not happiness.

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The problems of aging present an opportunity to rethink our social and personal lives in order to ensure the dignity and welfare of each individual.

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Faced with stress, too many people feel they have nowhere to turn to, that they don't have access to the kind of friendships or communities where they can easily and openly share their problems and worries.

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Living here on Earth, we breathe the rhythms of a universe that extends infinitely above us. When resonant harmonies arise between this vast outer cosmos and the inner human cosmos, poetry is born.

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It is much more valuable to look for the strength in others. You can gain nothing by criticizing their imperfections.

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Dialogue and education for peace can help free our hearts from the impulse toward intolerance and the rejection of others.

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People need to be made conscious of a very simple reality: we have no choice but to share this planet, this small blue sphere floating in the vast reaches of space, with all of our fellow 'passengers.'

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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.

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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.

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Likewise, education can direct people toward good or evil ends. When education is based on a fundamentally distorted worldview, the results are horrific.

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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.

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When human beings live together, conflict is inevitable. War is not.

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I cannot say this too strongly: Do not compare yourselves to others. Be true to who you are, and continue to learn with all your might.

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Extreme poverty threatens people's right to life itself and makes impossible the enjoyment of the rights and freedoms essential to a humane way of life.

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No one can live entirely on their own, nor can any country or society exist in isolation.

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It is crucial that we develop real awareness of ourselves as citizens of Earth, linked by mutual and indissoluble bonds. When we clearly recognize this reality and ground ourselves in it, we are compelled to take a strict accounting of our way of life.

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Rise to the challenges that life presents you. You can't develop genuine character and ability by sidestepping adversity and struggle.

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Self-centered anger generates evil, but wrath at social injustice becomes the driving force for reform. Strong language that censures and combats a great evil often awakens adverse reactions from society, but this must not intimidate those who believe they are right. A lion is a lion because he roars.

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Whatever your circumstances, whatever your past, the forces that determine your future are nowhere but within your own heart and mind. It is here that the star of your destiny shines.

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What may look like a small act of courage is courage nevertheless. The important thing is to be willing to take a step forward.

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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 ennobling.

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I can do more. I can grow. I can become a bigger and better human being.

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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.

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Effort and hard work construct the bridge that connects your dreams to reality.

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The course of our lives is determined by how we react--what we decide and what we do--at the darkest of times. The nature of that response determines a person's true worth and greatness.

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Do something! Start something! As you make consistent efforts, you will begin to see your goals come into focus. You will discover your mission--the one only you can fulfill.

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With love and patience, nothing is impossible.

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