Thich Nhat Hanh, a world renowned Vietnamese Buddhist monk, poet and teacher who inspires people to find inner peace and live in the present moment. He dedicates his life work towards advocating peace movements, stopping violence, supporting anti-conflict resolutions and protecting the rights of people and animals.
Here is a List of 18 inspiring (and Tweetable) quotes by Thich Nhat Hanh that will help you seek peace about love, humanity, people and yourself:
The amount of happiness that you have depends on the amount of freedom you have in your heart. -Thich Nhat Hanh The practice of peace and reconciliation is one of the most vital and artistic of human actions. -Thich Nhat Hanh 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 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
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
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 Many people think excitement is happiness…. But when you are excited you are not peaceful. True happiness is based on peace. -Thich Nhat Hanh Because you are alive, everything is possible. -Thich Nhat Hanh I promise myself that I will enjoy every minute of the day that is given me to live. -Thich Nhat Hanh
For things to reveal themselves to us, we need to be ready to abandon our views about them. -Thich Nhat Hanh 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 If you love someone, the greatest gift you can give them is your presence -Thich Nhat Hanh 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 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
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 Until there is peace between religions, there can be no peace in the world. -Thich Nhat Hanh To think in terms of either pessimism or optimism oversimplifies the truth. The problem is to see reality as it is. -Thich Nhat Hanh 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
The secret to happiness is to acknowledge and transform suffering, not to run away from it. In No Mud, No Lotus, Thich Nhat Hanh offers practices and inspiration transforming suffering and finding true joy. Thich Nhat Hanh acknowledges that because suffering can feel so bad, we try to run away from it or cover it up by consuming. We find something to eat or turn on the television. But unless we’re able to face our suffering, we can’t be present and available to life, and happiness