For a few moments, be aware of your potential for change. Whatever your present situation is, evolution and transformation are always possible. At the least, you can change your way of seeing things and then, gradually, your way of being as well.

— Matthieu Ricard

The most jittery Matthieu Ricard quotes that will activate your desire to change

Happiness is the result of inner maturity.

It depends on us alone, and requires patient work, carried out from day to day. Happiness must be built, and this requires time and effort. In the long term, happiness and unhappiness are therefore a way of being, or a life skill.


To love oneself is to love life. It is essential to understand that we make ourselves happy in making others happy.


By breaking down our sense of self-importance, all we lose is a parasite that has long infected our minds. What we gain in return is freedom, openness of mind, spontaneity, simplicity, altruism: all qualities inherent in happiness.


Happiness is a skill, emotional balance is a skill, compassion and altruism are skills, and like any skill they need to be developed. That's what education is about.


The basic root of happiness lies in our minds;

outer circumstances are nothing more than adverse or favourable.


When the mind is full of memories and preoccupied by the future, it misses the freshness of the present moment. In this way, we fail to recognize the luminous simplicity of mind that is always present behind the veils of thought.


Authentic happiness is not linked to an activity, it is a state of being.


Happiness is a state of inner fulfillment, not the gratification of inexhaustible desires for outward things.


At each point in our lives, we are at a crossroads.

We are the fruit of our past and we are the architects of our future... If you want to know your past, look at your present circumstances. If you want to know your future, look at what is in your mind.


The ultimate reason for meditating is to transform ourselves in order to be better able to transform the world or, to put it another way, to transform ourselves so we can become better human beings in order to serve others in a wiser and more efficient way. It gives your life the noblest possible meaning.


Children, old people, vagabonds laugh easily and heartily: they have nothing to lose and hope for little. In renunciation lies a delicious taste of simplicity and deep peace.


Happiness is not the endless pursuit of pleasant experiences - that sounds more like a recipe for exhaustion - but a way of being that results from cultivating a benevolent mind, emotional balance, inner freedom, inner peace, and wisdom. Each of these qualities is a skill that can be enhanced through training the mind.


About Matthieu Ricard

Quotes 95 sayings
Profession Monk
Birthday October 16

Humility does not mean believing oneself to be inferior, but to be freed from self-importance. It is a state of natural simplicity which is in harmony with our true nature and allows us to taste the freshness of the present moment.


Meditation gives you more inner strength and confidence, and if you don't feel vulnerable, you can put that to the service of others. So it's not just about sitting and cultivating caring mindfulness. It's building up a way of being and then using it for the service of others.


It's not the magnitude of the task that matters, it's the magnitude of our courage.


we find that the optimists have an undeniable advantage over the pessimists.

Many studies show that they do better on exams, in their chosen profession, and in their relationships, live longer and in better health, enjoy a better chance of surviving postoperative shock, and are less prone to depression and suicide.


Enlightenment is eliminating mental confusion, eliminating hatred, jealousy, mental toxins, cravings. That's very simple and straightforward. Whether you can do it or not is another matter.


Mind training is based on the idea that two opposite mental factors cannot happen at the same time. You could go from love to hate. But you cannot, at the same time - toward the same object, the same person - want to harm and want to do good.


The mind is malleable. Our life can be greatly transformed by even a minimal change in how we manage our thoughts and perceive and interpret the world. Happiness is a skill. It requires effort and time.


Simplifying our lives does not mean sinking into idleness, but on the contrary, getting rid of the most subtle aspect of laziness: the one which makes us take on thousands of less important activities.


Envy and jealousy stem from the fundamental inability to rejoice at someone else's happiness or success


Empathy is the faculty to resonate with the feelings of others.

When we meet someone who is joyful, we smile. When we witness someone in pain, we suffer in resonance with his or her suffering.


True freedom means freeing oneself from the dictates of the ego and its accompanying emotions.


Wisdom and compassion should become the dominating influences that guide our thoughts , our words, and our actions.


When hearing a door creak, the optimist thinks it's opening and the pessimist thinks it's closing.


Happiness is the main object of our aspirations, whatever name we give to it: fulfilment, deep satisfaction, serenity, accomplishment, wisdom, fortune, joy or inner peace, and however we try to seek it: creativity, justice, altruism, striving, completion of a plan or a piece of work.


Negative emotions like hatred destroy our peace of mind.


If you want to know the future, look at what is in your mind


When you see those in healthcare who don't get this burn-out, they are very motherly, fatherly, or loving and attentive with the patients. [These] wonderful caretakers, doctors, and nurses don't get as much burn-out as people who are more defensive of the feelings and suffering of others.


Happiness is a state of inner fulfillment.


There is no such thing as good and bad in an absolute sense.

There is only the good and bad- the harm in terms of happiness and suffering- that our thoughts and our actions do to ourselves and others.


Authentic happiness is not linked to an activity;

it is a state of being, a profound emotional balance struck by a subtle understanding of how the mind functions.


We must distinguish between spirituality in general terms, which aims to make us better people, and religion. Adopting a religion remains optional, but becoming a better human being is essential.


Placebos are like the lollipop of optimism, but we can do much better by dealing directly with the mind... And it works!


The goal of meditation is precisely to make your mind smooth and manageable so that it can be concentrated or relaxed at will; and especially to free it from the tyranny of mental afflictions and confusion


Peace is not weak. Standing up to a tank is harder than dropping a suicide bomb


I think if your direction in life is clear and if you develop the wish to accomplish/have a fulfilled life and to contribute something to others, I think that definitely gives you such a strength to want to be alive, that that would be the best placebo.


We try to fix the outside so much, but our control of the outer world is limited, temporary, and often, illusory.


There is a dilemma, to reconcile three time scales: in the short term, the economy; in the middle range, global well-being generally; and, in the long range, the environment.


You're not insensitive or indifferent, but you're also not vulnerable to the upheavals that cause emotional stress because you can buffer that... So that's the result of meditation; you could call that emotional balance.


We deal with our mind from morning until evening.

This mind can be our best friend or our worst enemy. We should do everything we can to improve outer circumstances - remedying poverty, inequalities, conflicts, and so on - while also doing our best to achieve a state of mind that give us the inner resources to deal with the ups and downs of life.


You should really stop worrying, develop the real wish to live and with a good motivation, [such as] "I have a better life and I can put that life at the benefit of others."


Neuroscience has proven that similar areas of the brain are activated both in the person who suffers and in the one who feels empathy. Thus empathic suffering is a true experience of suffering.


I got really involved in science research and the science of meditation.


Meditation is about cultivating constructive emotions, like altruism, compassion.


Good and evil exist only in terms of the happiness or suffering they create in ourselves and others


We have known about the placebo effect for many years.

This is a remarkable effect - placebo can cure 30 percent in many cases.


[You] can dramatically change [your emotions] to be more altruistic, more loving, more compassionate, more attentive, and especially to have an inner sort of confidence and strength that you know that you have the resources to deal with whatever comes your way.


You can't be at the same time a spiritual master and someone who is always angry. It doesn't work.