(Last Updated On: January 7, 2019)

Thich Nhat Hanh is a promiment Buddhist and mindfulness teacher. The Vietnamese monk has lived in exile, been an important activist, and a leader of a worldwide community. You can check out our favorite books of his in our post about the Best Buddhist Books.

Thich Nhat Hanh Quotes

1. “Smile, breathe and go slowly.”
2. “Because you are alive, everything is possible.”
3. “Freedom is not given to us by anyone; we have to cultivate it ourselves. It is a daily practice.”
4. “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.”


5. “We can choose how to live our lives now. We can seize any moment and begin anew.”
6. “Because of your smile, you make life more beautiful.”
7. “My actions are my only true belongings.”
8. “Our own life has to be our message.”


9. “For things to reveal themselves to us, we need to be ready to abandon our views about them.”
10. “Everything can begin with you. You are the foundation of any change that will happen in your society.”
11. “In mindfulness one is not only restful and happy, but alert and awake. Meditation is not evasion; it is a serene encounter with reality.”
12. “When you learn how to suffer, you suffer much less.”
13. “So many conditions of happiness are available, you don’t have to run into the future in order to get more.”


14. “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.”
15. “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.”
16. “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.”
17. “We have more possibilities available in each moment than we realize.”


18. “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.”
19. “People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.”
20. “Keeping your body healthy is an expression of gratitude to the whole cosmos — the trees, the clouds, everything.”
21. “To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.”
22. “The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.”


23. “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.”
24. “The quality of our life depends on what seeds we water in our consciousness.”
25. “Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.”


26. “We are here to awaken from our illusion of separateness.”
27. “The true miracle is not walking on water or walking in air, but simply walking on this earth.”
28. “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.”
29. “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.”

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