Thich Nhat Hanh's Sayings

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~

Each one of us has to ask ourselves, What do I really want? Do I really want to be Number One? Or do I want to be happy? If you want success, you may sacrifice your happiness for it. You can become a victim of success, but you can never become a victim of happiness. ― Thích Nhất Hạnh

“Many people think excitement is happiness.... But when you are excited you are not peaceful. True happiness is based on peace.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

“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. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don't even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child -- our own two eyes. All is a miracle.” ~Thích Nhất Hạnh
Aware of the suffering caused by unmindful speech and the inability to listen to others, I am committed to cultivating loving speech and deep listening in order to bring joy and happiness to others and relieve others of their suffering. Knowing that words can create happiness or suffering, I am determined to speak truthfully, with words that inspire self confidence, joy, and hope. I will not spread news that i do not know to be certain and i will not criticize or condemn things of which i am not sure. I will refrain from uttering words that can cause division or discord, or that can cause the family or the community to break. I am determined to make efforts to reconcile and resolve all conflicts, however small. 
~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 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. That's the message he is sending. Thích Nhất Hạnh

For things to reveal themselves to us, we need to be ready to abandon our views about them. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh ~

Silence is something that comes from your heart, not from outside. Silence doesn’t mean not talking and not doing things; it means that you are not disturbed inside. If you’re truly silent, then no matter what situation you find yourself in, you can enjoy the silence. 
― Thích Nhất Hạnh

“If you think that peace and happiness are somewhere else and you run after them, you will never arrive.”  Thich Nhat Hanh

“You cannot transmit wisdom and insight to another person. The seed is already there. A good teacher touches the seed, allowing it to wake up, to sprout, and to grow.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh ~

“If we are not fully ourselves, truly in the present moment, we miss everything.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh ~

Usually when we hear or read something new, we just compare it to our own ideas. If it is the same, we accept it and say that it is correct. If it is not, we say it is incorrect. In either case, we learn nothing. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh ~

If in our daily life we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it. This is the most basic kind of peace work. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh ~
A true spiritual partner is one who encourages you to look deep inside yourself for the beauty and love you’ve been seeking.
A true teacher is someone who helps you discover the teacher in yourself. 
~Thích Nhất Hạnh
“I will practice coming back to the present moment...not letting regrets and sorrow drag me back into the past or letting anxieties, fears, or cravings pull me out...” ~Thích Nhất Hạnh~

 A teacher cannot give you the truth; The truth is already in you. You only need to open  yourself; body, mind and heart, so that his or her teachings will penetrate your own seeds of understanding and enlightenment. If you let the words enter you, the soil and the seeds will do the rest of the work. ~ Thích Nhất Hạnh
When you develop the habit of being happy, then everything you do, like serving yourself a cup of tea, you do in such a way that it creates joy and happiness.
~ Thich Nhat Hanh

 Anger is the energy people use to act, but when you are angry you are not lucid and you might do wrong things. That is why compassion is a better energy. And the energy of compassion is very strong. ~ Thích Nhất Hạnh ~
Freedom is not given to us by anyone; we have to cultivate it ourselves. It is a daily practice. ~ Thích Nhất Hạnh ~
Only the present moment contains life. Thich Nhat Hanh.

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