29 Mind-Blowing Thich Nhat Hanh Quotes That’ll Enlighten You

Thich Nhat Hạnh, born October 11, 1926, is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk and peace activist.

He lives in Plum Village in the south of France, and regularly travels over the world, for retreats and speaking events. In 2005, Thich was given permission to make his first return trip to Vietnam, after a long exile.

Nhat Hạnh has published more than 100 books, including more than 40 in English. He is active in the peace movement, promoting nonviolent solutions to conflict and he also lives a vegan lifestyle, banning all animal product consumption from his life, as a means of nonviolence towards non-human animals.

 

29 Thich Nhat Hanh Quotes

1. “We have to learn to live our life as a human being deeply. We need to live each breath deeply so that we have peace, joy and freedom as we breathe.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

2. “Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

3. “Because you are alive, everything is possible.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

4. “Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

5. “Breathing in, I calm body and mind. Breathing out, I smile. Dwelling in the present moment I know this is the only moment.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

6. “If we are peaceful, if we are happy, we can smile and blossom like a flower, and everyone in our family, our entire society will benefit from our peace.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

7. “Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

8. “Yesterday is already gone. Tomorrow is not yet here. Today is the only day available to us; it is the most important day of our lives.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

9. “If we take steps without anxiety, in peace and joy, then we will cause a flower to bloom on the Earth with every step.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

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10. “There are thousands of channels in our consciousness; it is up to us to choose the channel.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

11. “Patience is the mark of true love. If you truly love someone, you will be more patient with that person.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

12. “Life is available only in the present moment.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

13. “Look at flowers, butterflies, trees, and children with the eyes of compassion. Compassion will change your life and make it wonderful.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

14. “To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

15. “Many people think excitement is happiness…. But when you are excited you are not peaceful. True happiness is based on peace.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

16. “When we practice smiling peacefully and calmly, our peace can permeate the entire universe. The source of a true smile is an awakened mind.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

17. “You must love in such a way that the person you love feels free.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

18. “We need enlightenment, not just individually but collectively, to save the planet. We need to awaken ourselves.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

19. “When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment; he needs help. That’s the message he is sending.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

 

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20. “The energies of mindfulness, concentration and insight can liberate us from our anxiety and worries. We let go of the past and the future, and come in touch with the wonders of the present.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

21. “While you are walking, smile and be in the here and now, and you will transform that place into paradise.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

22. “When you love someone, the best thing you can offer is your presence. How can you love if you are not there? “ – Thich Nhat Hanh

23. “Meditation can help us embrace our worries, our fear, our anger; and that is very healing. We let our own natural capacity of healing do the work.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

24. “You carry Mother Earth within you. She is not outside of you. Mother Earth is not just your environment. In that insight of inter-being, it is possible to have real communication with the Earth, which is the highest form of prayer.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

25. “No one can be successful in the art of meditation without having passed the gate of breathing.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

26. “Every one of us already has the seed of mindfulness. The practice is to cultivate it.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

27. “We will be more successful in all our endeavors if we can let go of the habit of running all the time, and take little pauses to relax and re-center ourselves. And we’ll also have a lot more joy in living.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

28. “Your body is your first home. Breathing in, I arrive in my body. Breathing out, I am home.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

29. “Life is not about getting to a certain place. Life is a path. Walking meditation is a way to practice walking without a goal or intention” – Thich Nhat Hanh

 

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