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THICH NHAT HANH QUOTES

We can smile, breathe, walk, and eat our meals in a way that allows us to be in touch with the abundance of happiness that is available. We are very good at preparing to live, but not very good at living. We know how to sacrifice ten years for a diploma and we are willing to work very hard to get a job, a car, a house, and so on. But we have difficulty remembering that we are alive in the present moment, the only moment there is for us to be alive.

THICH NHAT HANH, Peace is Every Step

Whenever anger comes up, take out a mirror and look at yourself. When you are angry, you are not very beautiful.

THICH NHAT HANH, Anger: Wisdom for Cooling the Flames

True love always brings joy to ourselves and to the one we love. If our love does not bring joy to both of us, it is not true love.

THICH NHAT HANH, Teachings on Love

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.

THICH NHAT HANH, Living Buddha, Living Christ

If we are not able to smile, then the world will not have peace.

THICH NHAT HANH, Being Peace

When you sit in a café, with a lot of music in the background and a lot of projects in your head, you're not really drinking your coffee or your tea. You're drinking your projects, you're drinking your worries. You are not real, and the coffee is not real either. Your coffee can only reveal itself to you as a reality when you go back to your self and produce your true presence, freeing yourself from the past, the future, and from your worries. When you are real, the tea also becomes real and the encounter between you and the tea is real. This is genuine tea drinking.

THICH NHAT HANH, Anger: Wisdome for Cooling the Flames

Preventing war is much better than protesting against the war. Protesting the war is too late.

THICH NHAT HANH, Being Peace

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

THICH NHAT HANH, Living Buddha, Living Christ

Freedom is the basic condition for you to touch life, to touch the blue sky, the trees, the birds, the tea, and the other person.

THICH NHAT HANH, Anger: Wisdom for Cooling the Flames

There is no birth, there is no death; there is no coming, there is no going; there is no same, there is no different; there is no permanent self, there is no annihilation. We only think there is.

THICH NHAT HANH, No Death, No Fear

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. If we are peaceful, if we are happy, we can smile and blossom like a flower, and everyone in our family, our entire society, will benefit from our peace.

THICH NHAT HANH, Being Peace

If you do not give right attention to the one you love, it is a kind of killing. When you are in the car together, if you are lost in your thoughts, assuming you already know everything about her, she will slowly die.

THICH NHAT HANH, O Magazine, Feb. 2007

A summer breeze can be very refreshing; but if we try to put it in a tin can so we can have it entirely to ourselves, the breeze will die. Our beloved is the same. He is like a breeze, a cloud, a flower. If you imprison him in a tin can, he will die. Yet many people do just that. They rob their loved one of his liberty, until he can no longer be himself. They live to satisfy themselves and use their loved one to help them fulfill that. That is not loving; it is destroying.

THICH NHAT HANH, Teachings on Love

In order to be loved, we have to love, which means we have to understand.

THICH NHAT HANH, Teachings on Love

We all have the seeds of love in us.We can develop this wonderful source of energy, nurturing the unconditional love that does not expect anything in return.

THICH NHAT HANH, Teachings on Love

We need to be aware of the suffering, but retain our clarity, calmness and strength so we can help transform the situation.

THICH NHAT HANH, Teachings on Love

Learning to touch deeply the jewels of our own tradition will allow us to understand and appreciate the values of other traditions.

THICH NHAT HANH, Living Buddha, Living Christ

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.

THICH NHAT HANH, attributed, The Reiki Teachers Guidebook

Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves -- slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future.

THICH NHAT HANH, The Miracle of Mindfulness

True love always brings joy to ourselves and to the one we love. If our love does not bring joy to both of us, it is not true love.

THICH NHAT HANH, Teachings on Love


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