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All the happiness there is in this world arises from wishing others to be happy    Shantideva (8th cent.), Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life

Always rely upon a happy mind alone    

Geshe Chekhawa (12th cent.), Training the Mind in 7 Points 

Without inner peace, outer peace is impossible  Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

Happiness is a state of mind, so the real source of happiness must lie within the mind, not in external circumstances. If our mind is pure and peaceful, we shall be happy, regardless of our external circumstances, but if it is impure and unpeaceful we can never be truly happy, no matter how hard we try to change our external conditions.                         Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, Eight Steps to Happiness

Without others we are nothing. Our sense that we are an island, an independent, self-sufficient individual, bears no relation to reality. It is closer to the truth to picture ourself as a cell in a vast body of life, distinct yet intimately bound up with all living beings. We cannot exist without others, and they in turn are affected by everything we do. The idea that it is possible to secure our own welfare whilst neglecting that of others, or even at the expense of others, is completely unrealistic. Geshe Kelsang Gyasto, Transform Your Life