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40 Matthieu Ricard Quotes On Happiness, Altruism, And Compassion

40 Matthieu Ricard on Happiness, Altruism, And Compassion

List Of 40 Matthieu Ricard Quotes On Happiness, Altruism, And Compassion:

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

#2 “We deal with our mind from morning till evening, and it can be our best friend or our worst enemy.”

#3 “Being altruistic not only helps us to benefit others, but it is also the most satisfying way to live.”

#4 “Few of us would regret the years it takes to complete an education or master a crucial skill. So why complain about the perseverance needed to become a well-balanced and truly compassionate human being?”

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

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#6 “The most striking quality that humans and animals have in common is the capacity to experience suffering.”

#7 ”Each of us must turn inward and destroy in himself all that he thinks he ought to destroy in others. And remember that every atom of hate added to this world makes it still more inhospitable.”

#8 “Don’t ruminate about the past! Don’t anticipate the future! Don’t cogitate about the present!”

#9 “Some people might think that the smartest way to guarantee their own well-being is to isolate themselves from others and to work hard at their own happiness, without consideration for what other people are experiencing.”

#10 “One is not born wise; one becomes it.”

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#11 “As long as a sense of self-importance rules your being, you will never know lasting peace.”

#12 ”We have grown so accustomed to our faults that we can barely imagine what life would be like without them.”

#13 “Recognize suffering, Eliminate its source, End it By practicing the path.”

#14 “Little by little, through training the mind, you can change your habitual way of being.”

#15 “General surveys have found that the sense of happiness is higher in countries that ensure their inhabitants’ basic resources, greater security, autonomy, and freedom, as well as sufficient educational opportunities and access to information.”Matthieu Ricard

#16 “The now that passes produces time, the now that remains produces eternity.”

#17 ”Our confusion, born of a lack of judgment and wisdom, blinds us to what we must do and avoid doing to ensure that our thoughts, our words, and our actions engender happiness and not suffering.”

#18 “The truth is that even if resentment is triggered by an external object, it is not located anywhere else but in our mind.”

#19 “If we transform our way of perceiving things, we transform the quality of our lives. It is this kind of transformation that is brought about by the form of mind training known as meditation.”

#20 “Understanding that the essential nature of consciousness is neutral shows us that it is possible to change our mental universe. We can transform the content of our thoughts and experiences.”Matthieu Ricard How to let altruism be your guide

#21 ”One does not become happy overnight, but with patient labor, day after day. Happiness is constructed, and that requires effort and time. In order to become happy, we have to learn how to change ourselves.”

#22 “the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.”

#23 “Demanding immediate results is an aspect of unsteadiness of mind or laziness.”

#24 “May every moment of my life and of the lives of others be one of wisdom, flourishing, and inner peace!”

#25 “Invisible suffering is the hardest to distinguish because it stems from the blindness of our own minds, where it remains so long as we are in the grip of ignorance and selfishness.”

Matthieu Ricard with Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche
Matthieu Ricard with Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche

#26 “Another form of laziness is thinking: ‘That’s not for me; it’s beyond my abilities. I’d rather not get involved with it.’ In other words, you give up the race before you reach the starting line.”

#27 “We are very much like birds that have lived too long in a cage to which we return even when we get the chance to fly away.”

#28 “The ultimate reason for meditating is to transform ourselves in order to be better able to transform the world.”

#29 “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.”

#30 “I have also come to understand that although some people are naturally happier than others, their happiness is still vulnerable and incomplete, and that achieving durable happiness as a way of being is a skill.”Matthieu Ricard

#31 “A storm may be raging at the surface, but the depths remain calm. The wise man always remains connected to the depths.”

#32 “According to the philosopher Andre Comte-Sponville: The wise man has nothing left to expect or to hope for. Because he is entirely happy, he needs nothing. Because he needs nothing, he is entirely happy.”

#33 “Repeatedly comparing our situation with that of others is a kind of sickness of the mind that brings much unnecessary discontent and frustration.”

#34 “It’s said that the Buddha’s enlightenment is great than that of a traveler setting out, in the same proportion as the heavens are bigger than what can be seen of them through the eye of a needle. But in both cases, what you see is the sky.”

#35 “I think what everyone should be doing, before it’s too late, is committing themselves to what they really want to do with their lives.”

Matthieu Ricard with Steven Seagal
Matthieu Ricard with Steven Seagal

#36 “The humble person has nothing to lose and nothing to gain. If she is praised, she feels that it is humility, and not herself, that is being praised. If she is criticized, she feels that bringing her faults to light is a great favor.”

#37 “There is a possibility for change because all emotions are fleeting.”

#38 “Happiness does not come automatically. It is not a gift that good fortune bestows upon us and a reversal of fortune takes back. It depends on us alone.”

#39 “Meditation is not just blissing out under a mango tree. It completely changes your brain and therefore changes what you are.”

#40 “Nature has evolved to be the inventor of complexity. Just as a jazz musician embroiders around a theme, thus improvising new melodic phrases according to his inspiration and the public’s reactions, nature plays spontaneously with the physical laws that were fixed at the start of the universe.”

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