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241 Thich Nhat Hanh Quotes

  1. “Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  2. “To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  3. “People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  4. “Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything – anger, anxiety, or possessions – we cannot be free.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  5. “People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child — our own two eyes. All is a miracle.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  6. “Because you are alive, everything is possible.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  7. “When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don’t blame the lettuce. You look for reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun. You never blame the lettuce. Yet if we have problems with our friends or family, we blame the other person. But if we know how to take care of them, they will grow well, like the lettuce. Blaming has no positive effect at all, nor does trying to persuade using reason and argument. That is my experience. No blame, no reasoning, no argument, just understanding. If you understand, and you show that you understand, you can love, and the situation will change” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  8. “Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  9. “Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  10. “Smile, breathe and go slowly.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  11. “Many people think excitement is happiness…. But when you are excited you are not peaceful. True happiness is based on peace.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  12. “Through my love for you, I want to express my love for the whole cosmos, the whole of humanity, and all beings. By living with you, I want to learn to love everyone and all species. If I succeed in loving you, I will be able to love everyone and all species on Earth… This is the real message of love.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  13. “The seed of suffering in you may be strong, but don’t wait until you have no more suffering before allowing yourself to be happy.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  14. “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
  15. “My actions are my only true belongings.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  16. “If you love someone but rarely make yourself available to him or her, that is not true love.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  17. “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
  18. “You must love in such a way that the person you love feels free.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  19. “Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves – slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  20. “For things to reveal themselves to us, we need to be ready to abandon our views about them.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  21. “By eating meat we share the responsibility of climate change, the destruction of our forests, and the poisoning of our air and water. The simple act of becoming a vegetarian will make a difference in the health of our planet.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  22. “Our own life has to be our message.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  23. “Life is available only in the present moment.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  24. “The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  25. “Suffering is not enough. Life is both dreadful and wonderful…How can I smile when I am filled with so much sorrow? It is natural–you need to smile to your sorrow because you are more than your sorrow.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  26. “I promise myself that I will enjoy every minute of the day that is given me to live.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  27. “The mind can go in a thousand directions, but on this beautiful path, I walk in peace. With each step, the wind blows. With each step, a flower blooms.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  28. “The source of love is deep in us and we can help others realize a lot of happiness. One word, one action, one thought can reduce another person’s suffering and bring that person joy.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  29. “When we are mindful, deeply in touch with the present moment, our understanding of what is going on deepens, and we begin to be filled with acceptance, joy, peace and love.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  30. “When you say something really unkind, when you do something in retaliation your anger increases. You make the other person suffer, and he will try hard to say or to do something back to get relief from his suffering. That is how conflict escalates.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  31. “If you love someone, the greatest gift you can give them is your presence” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  32. “Compassion is a verb.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  33. “Keeping your body healthy is an expression of gratitude to the whole cosmos — the trees, the clouds, everything.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  34. “I have noticed that people are dealing too much with the negative, with what is wrong. … Why not try the other way, to look into the patient and see positive things, to just touch those things and make them bloom?” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  35. “The wave does not need to die to become water. She is already water.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  36. “The secret of Buddhism is to remove all ideas, all concepts, in order for the truth to have a chance to penetrate, to reveal itself.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  37. “Usually when we hear or read something new, we just compare it to our own ideas. If it is the same, we accept it and say that it is correct. If it is not, we say it is incorrect. In either case, we learn nothing.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  38. “If you suffer and make your loved ones suffer, there is nothing that can justify your desire.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  39. “Understanding means throwing away your knowledge.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  40. “It is said that God has created man in his own image. But it may be that humankind has created God in the image of humankind.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  41. “It is my conviction that there is no way to peace – peace is the way.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  42. “My actions are my only true belongings. I cannot escape the consequences of my actions. My actions are the ground on which I stand.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  43. “The most precious gift we can offer anyone is our attention. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  44. “If in our daily life we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it. This is the most basic kind of peace work.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  45. “When you begin to see that your enemy is suffering, that is the beginning of insight.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  46. “Thanks to impermanence, everything is possible.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  47. “Peace is present right here and now, in ourselves and in everything we do and see. Every breath we take, every step we take, can be filled with peace, joy, and serenity. The question is whether or not we are in touch with it. We need only to be awake, alive in the present moment.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  48. “The past is gone, the future is not yet here, and if we do not go back to ourselves in the present moment, we cannot be in touch with life.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  49. “In true love, you attain freedom.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  50. “If our love is only a will to possess, it is not love.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  51. “The true miracle is not walking on water or walking in air, but simply walking on this earth.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  52. “Root out the violence in your life, and learn to live compassionately and mindfully. Seek peace. When you have peace within, real peace with others is possible.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  53. “When we walk like (we are rushing), we print anxiety and sorrow on the earth. We have to walk in a way that we only print peace and serenity on the earth… Be aware of the contact between your feet and the earth. Walk as if you are kissing the earth with your feet.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  54. “We have more possibilities available in each moment than we realize.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  55. “Because of your smile, you make life more beautiful.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  56. “Some people live as though they are already dead. There are people moving around us who are consumed by their past, terrified of their future, and stuck in their anger and jealousy. They are not alive; they are just walking corpses.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  57. “If we are not fully ourselves, truly in the present moment, we miss everything.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  58. “At any moment, you have a choice, that either leads you closer to your spirit or further away from it.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  59. “Until there is peace between religions, there can be no peace in the world.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  60. “The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk on the green earth, dwelling deeply in the present moment and feeling truly alive.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  61. “Attachment to views is the greatest impediment to the spiritual path.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  62. “Breathing in, there is only the present moment. Breathing out, it is a wonderful moment.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  63. “To think in terms of either pessimism or optimism oversimplifies the truth. The problem is to see reality as it is.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  64. “Each moment is a chance for us to make peace with the world, to make peace possible for the world, to make happiness possible for the world.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  65. “In true dialogue, both sides are willing to change.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  66. “I am determined to practice deep listening. I am determined to practice loving speech.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  67. “From time to time, to remind ourselves to relax and be peaceful, we may wish to set aside some time for a retreat, a day of mindfulness, when we can walk slowly, smile, drink tea with a friend, enjoy being together as if we are the happiest people on Earth.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  68. “In mindfulness one is not only restful and happy, but alert and awake. Meditation is not evasion; it is a serene encounter with reality.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  69. “Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts. Whenever your mind becomes scattered, use your breath as the means to take hold of your mind again.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  70. “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
  71. “Our notions about happiness entrap us. We forget that they are just ideas. Our idea of happiness can prevent us from actually being happy. We fail to see the opportunity for joy that is right in front of us when we are caught in a belief that happiness should take a particular form.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  72. “I would not look upon anger as something foreign to me that I have to fight… I have to deal with my anger with care, with love, with tenderness, with nonviolence.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  73. “If we do not know how to take care of ourselves and to love ourselves, we cannot take care of the people we love. Loving oneself is the foundation for loving another person.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  74. “Only the present moment contains life.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  75. “Those who are without compassion cannot see what is seen with the eyes of compassion.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  76. “It is possible to live twenty-four hours a day in a state of love. Every movement, every glance, every thought, and every word can be infused with love.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  77. “The fact is that when you make the other suffer, he will try to find relief by making you suffer more. The result is an escalation of suffering on both sides.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  78. “Anxiety, the illness of our time, comes primarily from our inability to dwell in the present moment.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  79. “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
  80. “Guarding knowledge is not a good way to understand. Understanding means to throw away your knowledge.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  81. “There is no enlightenment outside of daily life.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  82. “Awareness is like the sun. When it shines on things, they are transformed.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  83. “A human being is like a television set with millions of channels…. We cannot let just one channel dominate us. We have the seed of everything in us, and we have to recover our own sovereignty.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  84. “As long as you find something beautiful, good, and true to believe in and abide by, you have the equivalent of God in your life.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  85. “If you touch one thing with deep awareness, you touch everything.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  86. “Every thought you produce, anything you say, any action you do, it bears your signature.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  87. “May our heart’s garden of awakening bloom with hundreds of flowers.”― Thich Nhat Hanh
  88. “An oak tree is an oak tree. That is all it has to do. If an oak tree is less than an oak tree, then we are all in trouble.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  89. “Your true home is in the here and the now.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  90. “We will not just say, “I love him very much,” but instead, “I will do something so that he will suffer less.” The mind of compassion is truly present when it is effective in removing another person’s suffering.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  91. “Happiness does not come from consumption of things.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  92. “When our beliefs are based on our own direct experience of reality and not on notions offered by others, no one can remove these beliefs from us.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  93. “The Three Kinds of Pride are: Thinking I am better than the others. Thinking I am worse than the others. Thinking I am just as good as the others.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  94. “Each thought, each action in the sunlight of awareness becomes sacred.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  95. “Life can be found only in the present moment. The past is gone, the future is not yet here, and if we do not go back to ourselves in the present moment, we cannot be in touch with life.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  96. “Freedom is not given to us by anyone; we have to cultivate it ourselves. It is a daily practice… No one can prevent you from being aware of each step you take or each breath in and breath out.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  97. “We have to continue to learn. We have to be open. And we have to be ready to release our knowledge in order to come to a higher understanding of reality.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  98. “Due to attachment, anger, and foolishness, I have committed numberless mistakes in speech, deed and thought. I bow my head and repent. I vow from today to begin anew, to live day and night in mindfulness, and not to repeat my previous mistakes.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  99. “Do not say that I’ll depart tomorrow because even today I still arrive.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  100. “I clean this teapot with the kind of attention I would have were I giving the baby Buddha or Jesus a bath.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  101. “You have to learn how to help a wounded child while still practicing mindful breathing. You should not allow yourself to get lost in action. Action should be meditation at the same time.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  102. “Many people are alive but don’t touch the miracle of being alive.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  103. “Earth will be safe when we feel in us enough safety.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  104. “There is the mud, and there is the lotus that grows out of the mud. We need the mud in order to make the lotus.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  105. “Life is a miracle, and being aware of simply this can already make us very happy.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  106. “There is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  107. “Take my hand. We will walk. We will only walk. We will enjoy our walk without thinking of arriving anywhere.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  108. “Peace can exist only in the present moment. It is ridiculous to say “Wait until I finish this, then I will be free to live in peace.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  109. “If you are not living in peace at this moment, you will never be able to. If you truly want to be at peace, you must be at peace right now. Otherwise, there is only “the hope of peace someday.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  110. “Letting go gives us freedom and freedom is the only condition for happiness” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  111. “You would not cry if you knew that by looking deeply into the rain you would still see the cloud.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  112. “Life is available only in the present. That is why we should walk in such a way that every step can bring us to the here and the now.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  113. “Be Yourself. Life is precious as it is. All the elements for your happiness are already here. There is no need to run, strive, search, or struggle. Just Be.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  114. “I will practice coming back to the present moment…not letting regrets and sorrow drag me back into the past or letting anxieties, fears, or cravings pull me out…” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  115. “No blame, no reasoning, no argument, just understanding. If you understand, and you show that you understand, you can love, and the situation will change.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  116. “Birth is okay and death is okay, if we know that they are only concepts in our mind. Reality transcends both birth and death.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  117. “Mindfulness helps you go home to the present. And every time you go there and recognize a condition of happiness that you have, happiness comes” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  118. “Nonviolent action, born of the awareness of suffering and nurtured by love, is the most effective way to confront adversity.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  119. “Preventing war is much better than protesting against the war. Protesting the war is too late.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  120. “The best way to take care of the future is to take care of the present moment.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  121. “What you are looking for is already in you…You already are everything you are seeking.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  122. “If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  123. “You have an appointment with life, an appointment that is in the here and now.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  124. “When you look deeply into your anger, you will see that the person you call your enemy is also suffering. As soon as you see that, the capacity of accepting and having compassion for them is there.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  125. “Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child – our own two eyes. All is a miracle.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  126. “The main affliction of our modern civilization is that we don’t know how to handle the suffering inside us and we try to cover it up with all kinds of consumption.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  127. “Mindfulness must be engaged. Once there is seeing, there must be acting. Otherwise, what’s the use of seeing?” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  128. “Happiness is available. Please help yourself to it.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  129. “When you love someone, you have to offer that person the best you have. The best thing we can offer another person is our true presence.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  130. “Words and thoughts concerning compassionate action that are not put into practice are like beautiful flowers that are colorful but have no fragrance.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  131. “The roots of war are in the way we live our daily lives — the way we develop our industries, build up our society, and consume goods.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  132. “There is nowhere to arrive except the present moment.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  133. “Without suffering, there’s no happiness. So we shouldn’t discriminate against the mud. We have to learn how to embrace and cradle our own suffering and the suffering of the world, with a lot of tenderness.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  134. “You do not need to waste your time doing those things that are unnecessary and trifling. You do not have to be rich. You do not need to seek fame or power. What you need is freedom, solidity, peace and joy. You need the time and energy to be able to share these things with others.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  135. “Most people are afraid of suffering. But suffering is a kind of mud to help the lotus flower of happiness grow. There can be no lotus flower without the mud.” —Thich Nhat Hanh
  136. “Love has no meaning without understanding” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  137. “When a person’s speech is full of anger, it is because he or she suffers deeply.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  138. “Your purpose is to be yourself. You don’t have to run anywhere to become someone else. You are wonderful just as you are.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  139. “Learn to love, enjoy and embrace what you have in the here and now. That’s all you really need to be happy.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  140. “‎”We have a lamp inside us. The oil of that lamp is our breathing, our steps, and our peaceful smile. Our practice is to light up the lamp.”
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  142. “Mindfulness is like that—it is the miracle which can call back in a flash our dispersed mind and restore it to wholeness so that we can live each minute of life.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  143. “Anywhere we go, we will have our self with us; we cannot escape ourselves.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  144. “The only way to ease our fear and be truly happy is to acknowledge our fear and look deeply at its source. Instead of trying to escape from our fear, we can invite it up to our awareness and look at it clearly and deeply.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  145. “Life is both dreadful and wonderful. To practice meditation is to be in touch with both aspects.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  146. “Suffering has many faces. If we discover the roots of one suffering, we are at the same time discovering the roots of others.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  147. “Don’t do any task in order to get it over with. Resolve to do each job in a relaxed way, with all your attention. Enjoy and be one with your work.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  148. “If we take something to be the truth, we may cling to it so much that when the truth comes and knocks on our door, we won’t want to let it in.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  149. “Freedom is not given to us by anyone; we have to cultivate it ourselves. It is a daily practice.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  150. “The present moment is the only moment available to us and it is the door to all other moments.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  151. “To meditate with mindful breathing is to bring body and mind back to the present moment so that you do not miss your appointment with life.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  152. “The moment you wake up, right away, you can smile. That’s a smile of enlightenment. You are aware that a new day is beginning, that life is offering you twenty-four brand-new hours to live, and that that’s the most precious of gifts.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  153. “Letting go takes a lot of courage sometimes. But once you let go, happiness comes very quickly. You won’t have to go around search for it.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  154. “In the stormy ocean of life, take refuge in your wise self.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  155. “You listen not for the purpose of judging, criticizing or analyzing. You listen only to help the other person to express himself and find some relief from his suffering.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  156. “A true partner or friend is one who encourages you to look deep inside yourself for the beauty and love you’ve been seeking.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  157. “The art of happiness is also the art of suffering well.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  158. “If we have too many worries, fears, and doubts, we have no room for living and loving. We need to practice letting go.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  159. “We do not have to look for God, we do not have to look for our ultimate dimension or nirvana, because we are nirvana, we are God.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  160. “To be or not to be, that is not a question, because reality transcends both notions of birth and death, of being and non-being.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  161. “Understanding is like water flowing in a stream. Wisdom and knowledge are solid and can block our understanding” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  162. “We turn on the TV and leave it on, allowing someone else to guide us, shape us, and destroy us.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  163. “But a lot of our thinking is caught up in dwelling on the past, trying to control the future, generating misperceptions, and worrying about what others are thinking.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  164. “Breathing in, I am aware of my heart. Breathing out, I smile to my heart. I vow to eat, drink, and work in ways that preserve my health and well-being.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  165. “Once you can communicate with yourself, you’ll be able to communicate outwardly with more clarity. The way in is the way out.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  166. “The gift of truth is the highest gift. The taste of truth is the sweetest taste. The joy of truth is the greatest joy. The extinction of craving is the end of suffering.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  167. “We can’t wait to be happy until we remove one hundred percent of suffering. That moment will never exist.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  168. “Can there be joy and laughter when always the world is ablaze? Enshrouded in darkness, should you not seek light?” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  169. “First of all, you need to know that an emotion is only that—an emotion—even though it may be a big, strong one. You are so much bigger, so much more than this emotion.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  170. “As long as fear is in us, happiness cannot be perfect.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  171. “If I don’t understand you, I may be angry at you, all the time. We are not capable of understanding each other, and that is the main source of human suffering.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  172. “Understanding someone’s suffering is the best gift you can give another person. Understanding is love’s other name. If you don’t understand, you can’t love.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  173. “For me, there is no happiness without freedom, and freedom is not given to us by anyone; we have to cultivate it ourselves.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  174. “We should live every day like people who have just been rescued from the moon.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  175. “Don’t wait to start living. Live now! Your life should be real in this very moment.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  176. “Where there is anger, apply loving kindness. Where there is evil, offer good. Where there is stinginess, be generous. Where there are lies, be truthful.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  177. “Whoever is not tied to possessions, clinging neither to body nor mind, is never in bondage.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  178. “Home is the place where loneliness disappears. When we’re home, we feel warm, comfortable, safe, fulfilled.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  179. “Nothing can heal anger except compassion.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  180. “Compassion is born from understanding suffering. We all should learn to embrace our own suffering, to listen to it deeply, and to have a deep look into its nature.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  181. “Everything—including love, hate, and suffering—needs food to continue. If suffering continues, it’s because we keep feeding our suffering.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  182. “Our capacity to make peace with another person and with the world depends very much on our capacity to make peace with ourselves.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  183. “The source of suffering is a false belief in permanence and the existence of separate selves.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  184. “Open your mouth only if what you are going to say is more beautiful than silence.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  185. “Go back and take care of yourself. Your body needs you, your feelings need you, your perceptions need you. Your suffering needs you to acknowledge it. Go home and be there for all these things.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  186. “Enlightenment is when a wave realizes it is the ocean.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  187. “It is not impermanence that makes us suffer. What makes us suffer is wanting things to be permanent, when they are not.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  188. “There is a misconception that Buddhism is a religion, and that you worship Buddha. Buddhism is a practice, like yoga. You can be a Christian and practice Buddhism. I met a Catholic priest who lives in a Buddhist monastery in France. He told me that Buddhism makes him a better Christian. I love that.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  189. “Love in such a way that the person you love feels free.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  190. “No Mud, No Lotus.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  191. “Even if it is very foggy, cloudy or stormy, the blue sky is always there, for us, above the clouds.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  192. “There are many ways to calm a negative energy without suppressing or fighting it. You recognize it, you smile to it, and you invite something nicer to come up and replace it, you read some inspiring words, you listen to a piece of beautiful music, you go somewhere in nature, or you do some walking meditation.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  193. “Real love begins where nothing is expected in return.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  194. “We are all the leaves of one tree. We are all the waves of one sea.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  195. “Today is the most important day of our lives.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  196. “Anxiety, the illness of our time, comes primarily from our inability to dwell in the present moment.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  197. “We are very good at preparing to live. But not very good at living. We know how to sacrifice. Ten years for a diploma. And we are willing to work very hard to get a job, a car, a house and so on. But we have difficulty remembering that we are alive in the present moment. The only moment there is for us to be alive.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  198. “Hatred and fear blind us. We no longer see each other. We only see the faces of monsters, and that gives us the courage to destroy each other.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  199. “I think; therefore, I am not here.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  200. “Mindful eating is very pleasant. We sit beautifully. We are aware of the people surrounding us. We are aware of the food on our plates. This is a deep practice. – Thich Nhat Hanh
  201. “Afflictions such as craving, anger, doubt, fear, and forgetfulness are what block the light, so the practice is to remove these five hindrances.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  202. “Enlightenment is growing all the time. It is not something that happens once and is then complete.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  203. “If you think that peace and happiness are somewhere else and you run after them, you will never arrive.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  204. “Meditation is not passive sitting in silence. It is sitting in awareness, free from distraction, and realizing the clear understanding that arises from concentration.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  205. “Spiritual practice is not just sitting and meditating. Practice is looking, thinking, touching, drinking, eating, and talking. Every act, every breath, and every step can be practice and can help us to become more ourselves.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  206. “Every day we are engaged in a miracle we don’t even recognize.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  207. “The energy of peace and mindfulness does not come from elsewhere. It comes from us. It comes from our capacity to breathe, to walk, to sit mindfully and recognize the wonders of life.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  208. “The earth is not just our environment. We are the earth and the earth is us. We have always been one with the earth.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  209. “I vow to let go of all worries in order to be light and free.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  210. “No coming, no going, no after, no before. I hold you close; I release you to be free. I am in you and you are in me.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  211. “Because of your smile you make life more beautiful.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  212. “Awareness is like the sun. When it shines on things, they are transformed.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  213. “Many people are alive but don’t touch the miracle of being alive.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  214. “When you get free from views, and words, reality reveals itself to you and that is Nirvana.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  215. “When you learn how to suffer. You suffer much less.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  216. “When we recognize the virtues, the talent, the beauty of mother earth, something is born in us, some kind of connection; love is born.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  217. “If we practice mindfulness, we always have a place to be when we are afraid.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  218. “Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything – anger, anxiety, or possessions – we cannot be free.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  219. “At any moment, you have a choice that either leads you closer to your spirit or further away from it.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  220. “To meditate does not mean to fight with a problem. To meditate means to observe.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  221. “Buddhism teaches that joy and happiness arise from letting go. Please sit down and take an inventory of your life. There are things you’ve been hanging on to that really are not useful and deprive you of your freedom. Find the courage to let them go.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  222. “Meditation is offering your genuine presence to yourself in every moment.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  223. “You are part of the universe: You are made of stars. When you look at your loved one. You see that he is also made of stars and carries ETERNITY INSIDE.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  224. “I have the impression that many of us are afraid of silence. We’re always taking in something- text, music, radio, television, or thoughts-to occupy the space. If quiet and space are so important for our happiness, why don’t we make more room for them in our lives?” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  225. “There should be a collective awakening. We try many ways to be awake, but our society still keeps us forgetful. Meditation is to help us remember.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  226. “I will practice coming back to the present moment, not letting regrets and sorrow drag me back into the past or letting anxiety, fears, or cravings pull me out.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  227. “The present moment contains past and future. The secret of transformation is in the way we handle this very moment.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  228. “People deal to much with the negative, what is wrong…why not try and see positive things, to just touch those things and make them bloom.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  229. “We meet today. We will meet again tomorrow. We will meet – at the source every moment. We meet each other – in all forms of life.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  230. “The mind can go in a thousand directions, but on this beautiful path, I walk in peace. With each step, a gentle wind blows, With each step, a flower blooms.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  231. “Nothing is more precious than being in the present moment. Fully alive, fully aware.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  232. “Silence is something that comes from your heart, not from outside. Silence doesn’t mean not talking and not doing things; it means that you are not disturbed inside. If you’re truly silence, then no matter what situation you find yourself in you can enjoy the silence.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  233. “Peace, happiness and joy is possible during the time I drink my tea.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  234. “You are what you want to become. Why search anymore? You are wonderful manifestation. The whole universe has come together to make your existence possible. There is nothing that is not you.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  235. “I am determined to practice deep listening. I am determined to practice loving speech.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  236. “Each moment is a chance for us to make peace with the world, to make peace possible for the world, to make happiness possible for the world.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  237. “Happy Teachers Will Change the World.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  238. “Invest 100% of yourself in doing even very simple things.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  239. “It is possible to live happily in the here and now. So many conditions of happiness are available- more than enough for you to be happy right now. You don’t have to run into the future in order to get more.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  240. “It is best if we do not listen to or look at the person whom we consider to be the cause of our anger. Like a fireman, we have to pour water on the blaze first and not waste time looking for the one who set the house on fire.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  241. “When we give ourselves the chance to let go of all tension, the body’s natural capacity to heal itself can begin to work.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
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Matthew Scott Donnelly

Matthew Scott Donnelly was born and raised in Indiana. At the age of 24 he decided that he had not manifest a life that he was happy with, and decided to dedicate his heart and soul to Personal Growth and Development material. Roughly about one year later at the age of 25 he went from basic personal growth teachings to the a deeper realm into spirituality. Matthew is now 27 and his main focus is to continue on the path of awakening, and utilize his Facebook marketing skills to spread Spiritual and Consciousness related material to the rest of the world. You can follow Matthew and his work down below.

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