Top 35 Thich Nhat Hanh Quotes

1. “We can choose how to live our lives now. We can seize any moment and begin anew."

2. “Everything can begin with you. You are the foundation of any change that will happen in your society.”

3. “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?”

4. "People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar."

5. “The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it.”

6. "Enlightenment, peace, and joy will not be granted by someone else. The well is within us."

7. “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.”

8. "Enlightenment is when a wave realizes it is the ocean."

9. "Ask a cloud: what is your date of birth? Before you were born, what were you?"

10. "It is not impermanence that makes us suffer. What makes us suffer is wanting things to be permanent, when they are not."

11. “Looking deeply requires courage.”

12. “What we believe can significantly affect what we can achieve.”

13. “To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.”

14. "Every moment is a gift of life."

15. “Become mindful observers of the market-driven, ad-driven world we live in. Advertising is designed to create a need where one does not exist.”

16. “People with great wealth and power also suffer tremendously. They feel lonely because they do not have any real friends. Children of wealthy people also suffer deeply; often their parents have no time for them because they are so preoccupied with maintaining their wealth and social status. The suffering of many wealthy people shows us that money cannot buy us true happiness.”

17. "The foundation of a good community is a daily life that is joyful and happy."

18. “Until we are able to love and take care of ourselves, we cannot be of much help to others.”

19. "When you love someone, the best thing you can offer is your presence. How can you love if you are not there?"

20. “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.”

21. “If you love someone but rarely make yourself available to him or her, that is not true love.”

22. "We need to be fully aware of what is going on in our daily living. Only then can we begin to change."

23. "We are our worst enemies, in conflict with ourselves, and therefore we can easily start conflict with others."

24. "We have a finite amount of energy to spend every day before becoming exhausted. Mindfulness helps you use your energy wisely, spending it on situations, people, and causes that bring you the most joy, meaning, and peace."

25. "What prevents you from following your good intentions?"

26. “What is distracting you from your focus?”

27. “Learning what to do to lose weight is not difficult. Putting that knowledge effectively into practice, though, is the key challenge.” 

28. “Do not underestimate your resilience and resourcefulness. You have the power and the ability. It is natural for you to encounter obstacles.” 

29. “Do not judge yourself harshly as a failure. Just start again. Every day is a new day, an opportunity for a new beginning. You can begin anew every moment.”

30. "We spend hours worrying about our future, blaming ourselves for what we’ve eaten or how inactive we’ve been in the past, and completely miss the present moment—the moment in which we actually have the power to make real change in our lives.”

31. “In our busy lives, we often ignore warning signals from our body and postpone responding to its cries for help until it is too late.”

32. “People kill and are killed because they cling too tightly to their own beliefs and ideologies. When we believe that ours is the only faith that contains the truth, violence and suffering will surely be the result.” 

33. "The seeds that are watered frequently are the seeds that will grow strong."

34. "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."

35. “I promise myself that I will enjoy every minute of the day that is given me to live.”