Quotes by Thich Nhat Hanh
(Vietnamese Buddhist monk living in France, who turns 90 in October 2016)
“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. And we’ll also have a lot more joy in living.”
“We humans have lost the wisdom of genuinely resting and relaxing. We worry too much. We don’t allow our bodies to heal, and we don’t allow our minds and hearts to heal.”
“Fear keeps us focused on the past or worried about the future. If we can acknowledge our fear, we can realize that right now we are okay. Right now, today, we are still alive, and our bodies are working marvelously. Our eyes can still see the beautiful sky. Our ears can still hear the voices of our loved ones.”
“You have an appointment with life, and that appointment is in the present moment.”
“Your first love has no beginning or end. Your first love is not your first love, and it is not your last. It is just love. It is one with everything."
“Every thought you produce, anything you say, any action you do, it bears your signature.”
“Compassionate listening is to help the other side suffer less. If we realize that other people are the same people as we are, we are no longer angry at them.”
“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.”
“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”
“Because of your smile, you make life more beautiful.”
“Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today."
“Nothing is more precious than being in the present moment. Fully alive, fully aware.”
“My actions are my only true belongings. I cannot escape the consequences of my actions. My actions are the ground on which I stand.”