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5 Quotes on Making a Determination to be Victorious

From SGI President Daisaku Ikeda


1. 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. (IkedaQuotes.org)
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2. The important thing is not that our resolve never wavers, but that we don’t get down on ourselves or throw in the towel when it does. The fact that we realize we’ve become lazy is evidence we are growing. (Victorious Teen, p. 16)
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3. Life is best lived by being bold and daring. People tend to grow fearful when they taste failure, face a daunting challenge or fall ill. Yet that is precisely the time to become even bolder. Those who are victors at heart are the greatest of all champions. (IkedaQuotes.org)
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4. Of course, if you make no efforts, your dreams will amount to nothing but sheer fantasy. Effort and hard work construct the bridge that connects your dreams to reality. Those who make steady efforts are filled with hope. And hope, in turn, arises from steady efforts. Embrace your dreams and advance as far as they can carry you. That is the hallmark of youth. (Victorious Teen, p. 45)
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5. Edison always tried to be positive and optimistic. He didn’t regard being deaf as a misfortune—in fact, he felt it actually helped him concentrate on his reading and his work. This unbeatable spirit that he developed is what enabled him to become a renowned inventor.
Edison said: “The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time”; and “Most fellows try a few things and then quit. I never quit until I [get] what I’m after.” (Sept. 9, 2016, World Tribune, p. 3)
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