quote by Dalai Lama

True happiness comes from having a sense of inner peace and contentment, which in turn must be achieved by cultivating altruism, love and compassion, and by eliminating anger, selfishness and greed.

— Dalai Lama

Reckoning Altruism quotations

Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.

You are not here in the world for yourself.

You have been sent here for others. The world is waiting for you!

A little Consideration, a little Thought for Others, makes all the difference.

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.

To face the realities of our lives is not a reason for despair-despair is a tool of your enemies. Facing the realities of our lives gives us motivation for action. For you are not powerless... You know why the hard questions must be asked. It is not altruism, it is self-preservation-survival.

Let us try to teach generosity and altruism, because we are born selfish.

Let us understand what our own selfish genes are up to, because we may then at least have the chance to upset their designs, something that no other species has ever aspired to do.

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.

True leadership is found in giving yourself in service to others, not in coaxing or inducing others to serve you.

Women's rights in essence is really a movement for freedom, a movement for equality, for the dignity of all women, for those who work outside the home and those who dedicate themselves with more altruism than any profession I know to being wives and mothers, cooks and chauffeurs, and child psychologists and loving human beings.

The Resurrection was the greatest ‘eucatastrophe’ possible in the greatest Fairy Story — and produces that essential emotion: Christian joy which produces tears because it is qualitatively so like sorrow, because it comes from those places where Joy and Sorrow are at one, reconciled, as selfishness and altruism are lost in Love.

It often turns out on closer inspection that acts of apparent altruism are really selfishness in disguise.

Morality binds people into groups. It gives us tribalism, it gives us genocide, war, and politics. But it also gives us heroism, altruism, and sainthood.

The simplest act of surrealism is to walk out into the street, gun in hand, and shoot at random.

The practice of altruism is the authentic way to live as a human being, and it is not just for religious people. As human beings, our purpose is to live meaningful lives, to develop a warm heart. There is meaning in being everyone's friend. The real source of peace amongst our families, friends and neighbours is love and compassion.

I had always thought that the 'good,' and the 'bad' and the 'violent' did not exist in any absolute, essential sense. It seemed to me interesting to demystify these adjectives in the setting of a Western. An assassin can display a sublime altruism while a good man can kill with total indifference.

Beware of altruism. It is based on self-deception, the root of all evil.

Heck, what's a little extortion among friends?

General good is the plea of the scoundrel, hypocite, flatterer.

True compassion is not just an emotional response, but a firm commitment founded on reason. Therefore, a truly compassionate attitude toward others does not change, even if they behave negatively. Through universal altruism, you develop a feeling of responsibility for others: the wish to help them actively overcome their problems.

The relationship between truth and a newspaper is like the relationship between the color green and the number seven. Occasionally you will see the number seven written in green, but you learn not to expect this.

She is such a good friend that she would throw all her acquaintances into the water for the pleasure of fishing them out again.

Altruism is innate, but it's not instinctual.

Everybody's wired for it, but a switch has to be flipped.

He who would do good to another must do it in minute particulars.

How selfish soever man may be supposed, there are evidently some principles in his nature, which interest him in the fortune of others, and render their happiness necessary to him, though he derives nothing from it, except the pleasure of seeing it.

A large part of altruism, even when it is perfectly honest, is grounded upon the fact that it is uncomfortable to have unhappy people about one.

The root of happiness is altruism - the wish to be of service to others.

Altruism itself depends on a recognition of the reality of other persons, and on the equivalent capacity to regard oneself as merely one individual among many.

Effective altruism is the form of altruism in which we bring our rational capacities to bear in order to do the most good that we can.

Compassion is aptly summed up in the Golden Rule, which asks us to look into our own hearts, discover what gives us pain, and then refuse, under any circumstance whatsoever, to inflict that pain on anybody else. Compassion can be defined, therefore, as an attitude of principled, consistent altruism.

There is a growing movement called effective altruism.

It's important because it combines both the heart and the head.

The biggest pests are the people who use altruism as an alibi.

What they passionately wish is to make themselves important.

A dozen press agents working overtime can do terrible things to the human spirit.

No guest is so welcome in a friend's house that he will not become a nuisance after three days.

Every age is fed on illusions, lest men should renounce life early and the human race come to an end.

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