10 Inspirational quotes by Sri Lankans

What makes us love and share a quote? Some of us at REFRSH.LK are avid quote collectors, be it for the fact that some other people are better at expressing our own thoughts, or be it for the fact that quotes are just so inspirational or has the capability of tapping the soft corners of your heart, quotes are an awesome indication of the creativity of human communication power.

Here are some inspirational quotes from our very own famous locals. Stay inspired Refreshers.

10.  I am Tamil, Sinhalese, Muslim and Burgher

“I am Tamil, Sinhalese, Muslim and Burgher, I am a Buddhist, a Hindu a follower of Islam and Christianity. I am today, and always, proudly Sri Lankan.”

Inspirational quotes by sri lankans
by Kumar Sangakkara, a Cricketer

09. I resorted to learning by directly exploring my world

“My body grew like that of any Sinhala villager. My mind however developed differently. The benefit of a private education from a center of learning or from learned pundits was not available to me. I resorted to learning by directly exploring my world, and eagerly reading books.”

by Martin Wickramasinghe, a Sri Lankan novelist

08. Never be too old or too wise to learn

“Never be too old or too wise to learn. There is a new lesson to be learnt every day.”

by Otara Gunewardene
by Otara Gunewardene, founder of ODEL.

07. first serving man

“Not one drop of water shall reach the sea without first serving man.”

by Parākramabāhu The Great, a great king of Ceylon

06. Free from self-consciousness

“All great work artistic, poetic, intellectual or spiritual is produced at those moments when creators forget themselves altogether and are free from self-consciousness.”

by Ven. Walpola Rahula
by Ven. Walpola Rahula, a Sri Lankan Buddhist monk, scholar and writer.

05. Bliss

“You can only have bliss if you don`t chase it.”

by Ven. Henepola Gunaratana
by Ven. Henepola Gunaratana, a Sri Lankan Theravada Buddhist monk.

04. Wisdom

“Wisdom can be found travelling.”

Sri Lankan Proverb
Sri Lankan Proverb

03. When the dogs bark

“When the dogs bark at the moon, the moon is not brought down because of it.”

Sri Lankan Proverb
Sri Lankan Proverb

02. What we leave behind

“Except for the giants of history, most of us leave behind footprints in the sands of time. Collectively though, what we leave behind in institutions remains greater than all our individual contributions put together.”

by Jayantha Dhanapala, a Sri Lankan diplomat.
by Jayantha Dhanapala, a Sri Lankan diplomat.

01. We are one single nation

“Irrespective of whether we be Sinhala, Tamil, Muslim or Eurasian we are one single nation, the Sri Lankan nation. Long live the Lankan nation.”

by D.S Senanayake
by D.S Senanayake, first Prime Minister of Sri Lanka.

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