‘Life is suffering and the cause of suffering is desire’ - Buddhists say. But you know what, without desires there’s still suffering, because there is simply nothing to do here except fulfilling desires. It’s a fuel for our engine. What are you gonna do here without desires? Stare at the sky? I’m telling you, it’s scary to be left without desires. You gotta convince yourself you’re still wanting something, advertise some new thing to yourself and buy your own pack of lies. Otherwise you won’t find the strength to move a muscle.
—  Irina Uriupina
In one sense, the Buddhist concept of enlightenment really is just the epitome of “stress reduction”—and depending on how much stress one reduces, the results of one’s practice can seem more or less profound. According to the Buddhist teachings, human beings have a distorted view of reality that leads them to suffer unnecessarily. We grasp at transitory pleasures. We brood about the past and worry about the future. We continually seek to prop up and defend an egoic self that doesn’t exist. This is stressful—and spiritual life is a process of gradually unraveling our confusion and bringing this stress to an end. According to the Buddhist view, by seeing things as they are, we cease to suffer in the usual ways, and our minds can open to states of well-being that are intrinsic to the nature of consciousness.
—   Sam Harris, Waking Up, P. 48
I offer you peace. I offer you love. I offer you friendship. I see your beauty. I hear your need. I feel your feelings. My wisdom flows from the Highest Source. I salute that Source in you. Let us work together for unity and love.
—  Gandhi