It seems that for some people the idea of compassion entails a complete disregard for or even a sacrifice of their own interests. This is not the case. In fact, you first of all have to have a wish to be happy yourself – if you don’t love yourself like that, how can you love others?

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Dalai Lama
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No one saves us but ourselves, No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path Buddhas merely teach the way. By ourselves is evil done, By ourselves we pain endure, By ourselves we cease from wrong, By ourselves become we pure.

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Gautama Buddha
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As human beings we each have a responsibility to care for humanity. Expressing concern for others brings inner strength and deep satisfaction. As social animals, human beings need friendship, but friendship doesn’t come from wealth and power, but from showing compassion and concern for others.

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Each one of us has to be our true self: fresh, solid, at ease, loving and compassionate. When we are our true selves, not only you but everyone around you will profit from your presence. Just like a beautiful tree: if the tree is anything but a tree we will all be in trouble.

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Thich Nhat Hanh
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At an ordinary level I say the achievement of happiness is the purpose of life. But happiness is of two kinds. There is the happiness of sensory experience that is relatively short-lived. But there is also a longer lasting happiness of the mind. And as human beings we have the opportunity to find that peace and happiness of the mind.

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I request you to try to be warm-hearted. I ask this of you because these mental attitudes actually bring us happiness.

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