41 Thich Nhat Hanh Quotes To Help You Lead A Spiritual Life

Affectionately known as Thay or “teacher,” Thich Nhat Hanh is a universal spiritual leader, peace activist, and poet. He is respected all over the world for Thich Nhat Hanh Quotes and his essential teachings and writings on circumspection and peace. The lifelong hard work that he did for peace generation had a significant impact on Martin Luther King, Jr. and he nominated him for the Nobel Peace Prize in the year 1967.

At the time of war in Vietnam, he had worked diligently for bringing together North and South Vietnam. He has been living in exile in France away from his native Vietnam and on a mission to extend Buddhist thinking around the world. Even though Thay is approaching the age of seventy, his power as a global leader and spiritual teacher has been exponentially increasing through Thich Nhat Hanh quotes and ideas. He has written over seventy-five books of poetry and prayers.

1. The best way to take care of the future is to take care of the present moment.  – Thich Nhat Hanh

2. Enlightenment is growing all the time. It is not something that happens once and is then complete – Thich Nhat Hanh

3. Everything can begin with you. You are the foundation of any change that will happen in your society. – Thich Nhat Hanh

4. If you touch one thing with deep awareness, you touch everything. – Thich Nhat Hanh

5. Your true home is in the here and the now. – Thich Nhat Hanh

6. 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

7. May our heart’s garden of awakening bloom with hundreds of flowers. – Thich Nhat Hanh

8. If we are not happy, if we are not peaceful, we cannot share peace and happiness with others, even those we love, those who live under the same roof. – Thich Nhat Hanh

9. Many people are alive but don’t touch the miracle of being alive. – Thich Nhat Hanh

10. 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

11. 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

12. Every thought you produce, anything you say, any action you do, it bears your signature. – Thich Nhat Hanh

13. Enlightenment, peace, and joy will not be granted by someone else. The well is within us. – Thich Nhat Hanh

14. Enlightenment is when a wave realizes it is the ocean. – Thich Nhat Hanh

15. We are all the leaves of one tree. We are all the waves of one sea. – Thich Nhat Hanh

16. Each thought, each action in the sunlight of awareness becomes sacred. – Thich Nhat Hanh

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17. 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

18. The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it. – Thich Nhat Hanh

19. You need to wake up from your autopilot mode. You have to live deeply and with more awareness so that you can be attentive to each moment. – Thich Nhat Hanh

20. To think in terms of either pessimism or optimism oversimplifies the truth. The problem is to see reality as it is. – Thich Nhat Hanh

21. Ask a cloud: what is your date of birth? Before you were born, what were you? – Thich Nhat Hanh

22. No one has ever lived in the past or the future, only the now. – Thich Nhat Hanh

23. 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

24. Awareness is like the sun. When it shines on things, they are transformed. – Thich Nhat Hanh

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

26. To be loved means to be recognized as existing. – Thich Nhat Hanh

27. I have lost my smile, but don’t worry. The dandelion has it. – Thich Nhat Hanh

28. 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. – Thich Nhat Hanh

29. People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar. – Thich Nhat Hanh

30. Happiness does not come from the consumption of things. – Thich Nhat Hanh

31. Enlightenment is always there. Small enlightenment will bring great enlightenment. If you breathe in and are aware that you are alive—that you can touch the miracle of being alive—then that is a kind of enlightenment.

32. 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

33. Sitting in meditation is nourishment for your spirit and nourishment for your body, as well. – Thich Nhat Hanh

34. People deal too much with the negative, with what is wrong. Why not try and see positive things, to just touch those things and make them bloom? – Thich Nhat Hanh

35. 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

36. 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

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

38. My actions are my only true belongings. – Thich Nhat Hanh

39. Life is available only in the present moment. – Thich Nhat Hanh

40. 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

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

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