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5 Quotes on Gratitude

From SGI President Daisaku Ikeda

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1. None of us can exist in isolation. Our lives and existence are supported by others in seen and unseen ways, be it by parents, List_Meme_Gratitudementors or society at large. To be aware of these connections, to feel appreciation for them, and to strive to give something back to society in a spirit of gratitude is the proper way for human beings to live. (Victorious Teen, p. 71)
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2. Those who always have a sense of appreciation and gratitude never reach an impasse in life. (
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3. The ungrateful feel that it is below them to show any kind of appreciation. They are under the delusion that showing gratitude to others diminishes their own worth. But it is this sense of appreciation that elevates, enriches, and expands the human spirit. A lack of gratitude is actually a sign of arrogance. (Victorious Teen, p. 71)

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4. People whose hearts are full of gratitude and appreciation are truly beautiful. A humble heart is the wellspring of great growth and development. (
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5. Human beings are weak and easily susceptible to complaint, resentment, envy and discouragement.
But this is where those who practice Nichiren Buddhism differ. They stop complaining, they stop being dissatisfied and negative. They attain an inner strength that makes them confident and positive. And their hearts overflow with appreciation and gratitude. (July 2016 Living Buddhism, p. 5)