30 Thich Nhat Hanh Quotes to Inspire
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30 Thich Nhat Hanh Quotes to Inspire

Do you practise meditation and mindfulness, then there’s a strong chance you’ve heard some quotes from Thich Nhat Hanh.

Thich Nhat Hanh(1926-2022) is a well-known Vietnamese Buddhist monk who came to attention as a peace activist and a world spiritual leader. He was interested in spirituality from an early age and, at the age of 16, he entered a religious monk programme.

Many books on Buddhism, mindfulness, and meditation by Thich Nhat Hanh have been translated into many languages. His writings, including: “The Miracle of Mindfulness” and “Peace Is Every Step” have motivated millions of people all across the world.

“Engaged Buddhism,” which encourages Buddhists to actively engage with society challenges and work towards good change, was promoted by Thich Nhat Hanh. He was a strong opponent of the Vietnam War and became increasingly involved in social and political issues.

Religious and cultural barriers were unimportant to his teachings. His lessons were understandable and appealing to a broad audience because of this comprehensive attitude.

We’ve picked our top Thich Nhat Hanh quotes below! Read on.

Best Quotes by Thich Nhat Hanh

“The present moment is the only moment available to us, and it is the door to all moments.” — Thich Nhat Hanh


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

“To be a monk is to have time to practice for your transformation and healing.” — Thich Nhat Hanh

“I nourished that kind of desire until the age of sixteen, when I had the permission from my parents to go and ordain as a Buddhist monk.” — Thich Nhat Hanh


“The Buddha also counseled the monks and nuns to avoid wasting any precious time by engaging in idle conversation, oversleeping, pursuing fame and recognition.” — Thich Nhat Hanh

“Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.” — Thich Nhat Hanh

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

“Understanding means throwing away your knowledge.” — Thich Nhat Hanh


“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

“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

“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

“The true miracle is not walking on water or walking in air, but simply walking on this Earth.” — Thich Nhat Hanh


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

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

“Every thought you produce, anything you say, any action you do, it bears your signature.” — Thich Nhat Hanh

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

“Suffering is not enough. Life is both dreadful and wonderful.” — Thich Nhat Hanh


“To meditate means to go home to yourself. Then you know how to take care of the things that are happening inside you, and you know how to take care of the things that happen around you.” — Thich Nhat Hanh

“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

“There is no way to happiness; happiness is the way.” — Thich Nhat Hanh

“When you love someone, the best thing you can offer is your presence.” — Thich Nhat Hanh


“In the light of interbeing, peace and happiness in your daily life means peace and happiness in the world.” — Thich Nhat Hanh

“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.” — Thich Nhat Hanh

“You are what you want to become. Why search anymore? You are a wonderful manifestation. The whole universe has come together to make your existence possible.” — Thich Nhat Hanh

“We are here to awaken from our illusion of separateness.” — 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.” — Thich Nhat Hanh

“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

“Do not lose yourself in the past. Do not lose yourself in the future. Do not get caught in your anger, worries, or fears. Come back to the present moment, and touch life deeply. This is mindfulness.” — Thich Nhat Hanh

“The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk on the green Earth in the present moment, to appreciate the peace and beauty that are available now.” — Thich Nhat Hanh


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