“I believe that the very purpose of life is to be happy.
From the very core of our being, we desire contentment.
In my own limited experience I have found that
the more we care for the happiness of others,
the greater is our own sense of well-being.
Cultivating a close, warmhearted feeling for others
automatically puts the mind at ease.
It helps remove whatever fears or insecurities we may have
and gives us the strength to cope with any obstacles we encounter.
It is the principal source of success in life.
Since we are not solely material creatures,
it is a mistake to place all our hopes for happiness
on external development alone.
The key is to develop inner peace.”
–Dalai Lama

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I checked your blog yesterday morning and read this quote and thought about it all day. Actually I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I came back to your blog this morning to read the quote and I have copied it out to an index card that I intend to keep on my desk at work.


Love the photo. I haven’t seen these since I was a kid. We used to bite off the little tips and suck out the sweet stuff. I’m a regular reader. I love your gentle wisdom and calm approach to life.

George T.

Another great quote. I just wanted to say that your inspirational quotes are one of my favourite parts of this blog. Also your articles on simple living and voluntary simplicity. You have shown me that I can simplify and still live a normal life.