58 Thich Nhat Hanh Quotes to Help You Find Inner Peace

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Please enjoy these powerful Thich Nhat Hanh quotes. These are some of his best quotes on suffering, anger, deep love, and happiness. So, I hope they help you find inner peace on your life journey. And remember to smile, breathe, and go slowly.

Thich Nhat Hanh Quotes on Suffering

These are powerful Thich Nhat Hanh sayings about suffering and how it affects our daily life and the loved ones who are around us.

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. Thich Nhat Hanh
1. "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." - Thich Nhat Hanh
Anxiety, the illness of our time, comes primarily from our inability to dwell in the present moment. Thich Nhat Hanh
2. "Anxiety, the illness of our time, comes primarily from our inability to dwell in the present moment." - Thich Nhat Hanh
When you begin to see that your enemy is suffering, that is the beginning of insight. Thich Nhat Hanh
3. "When you begin to see that your enemy is suffering, that is the beginning of insight." - Thich Nhat Hanh
If you suffer and make your loved ones suffer, there is nothing that can justify your desire. Thich Nhat Hanh
4. "If you suffer and make your loved ones suffer, there is nothing that can justify your desire." - Thich Nhat Hanh
Suffering is not enough. Life is both dreadful and wonderful...How can I smile when I am filled with so much sorrow? It is natural--you need to smile to your sorrow because you are more than your sorrow. Thich Nhat Hanh
5. "Suffering is not enough. Life is both dreadful and wonderful...How can I smile when I am filled with so much sorrow? It is natural--you need to smile to your sorrow because you are more than your sorrow." - Thich Nhat Hanh
The seed of suffering in you may be strong, but don't wait until you have no more suffering before allowing yourself to be happy. Thich Nhat Hanh
6. "The seed of suffering in you may be strong, but don't wait until you have no more suffering before allowing yourself to be happy." - Thich Nhat Hanh
People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar. Thich Nhat Hanh
7. "People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar." - 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
8. "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
At any moment, you have a choice, that either leads you closer to your spirit or further away from it. Thich Nhat Hanh
9. "At any moment, you have a choice, that either leads you closer to your spirit or further away from it." - Thich Nhat Hanh
We are very afraid of being powerless. But we have the power to look deeply at our fears, and then fear cannot control us. Thich Nhat Hanh
10. "We are very afraid of being powerless. But we have the power to look deeply at our fears, and then fear cannot control us." - Thich Nhat Hanh

11. “Sometimes we feel as though we are drowning in the ocean of suffering, carrying the burden of all social injustice of all times. The Buddha said, “When a wise person suffers, she asks herself, ‘What can I do to be free from this suffering? Who can help me? What have I done to free myself from this suffering?’ But when a foolish person suffers, she asks herself, ‘Who has wronged me? How can I show others that I am the victim of wrongdoing? How can I punish those who have caused my suffering?’ ” Why is it that others who have been exposed to the same conditions do not seem to suffer as much as we do? You might like to write down the first set of questions and read them every time you are caught in your suffering.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

12. “Some people live as though they are already dead. There are people moving around us who are consumed by their past, terrified of their future, and stuck in their anger and jealousy. They are not alive; they are just walking corpses.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

13. “In modern society most of us don’t want to be in touch with ourselves; we want to be in touch with other things like religion, sports, politics, a book – we want to forget ourselves. Anytime we have leisure, we want to invite something else to enter us, opening ourselves to the television and telling the television to come and colonize us.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

14. “Do not avoid contact with suffering or close your eyes before suffering. Do not lose awareness of the existence of suffering in the life of the world. Find ways to be with those who are suffering by all means, including personal contact and visits, images, sounds. By such means, …awaken yourself and others to the reality of suffering in the world. If we get in touch with the suffering of the world, and are moved by that suffering, we may come forward to help the people who are suffering.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

15. “We will not just say, “I love him very much,” but instead, “I will do something so that he will suffer less.” The mind of compassion is truly present when it is effective in removing another person’s suffering.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

16. “People suffer because they are caught in their views. As soon as we release those views, we are free and we don’t suffer anymore.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

17. “The main affliction of our modern civilization is that we don’t know how to handle the suffering inside us and we try to cover it up with all kinds of consumption.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

18. “Without suffering, there’s no happiness. So we shouldn’t discriminate against the mud. We have to learn how to embrace and cradle our own suffering and the suffering of the world, with a lot of tenderness.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

19. “Love needs to be nurtured and fed to survive; and our suffering also survives because we enable and feed it. We ruminate on suffering, regret, and sorrow. We chew on them, swallow them, bring them back up, and eat them again and again. If we’re feeding our suffering while we’re walking, working, eating, or talking, we are making ourselves victims of the ghosts of the past, of the future, or our worries in the present. We’re not living our lives.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

20. “One way of taking care of our suffering is to invite a seed of the opposite nature to come up. As nothing exists without its opposite, if you have a seed of arrogance, you have also a seed of compassion. Every one of us has a seed of compassion. If you practice mindfulness of compassion every day, the seed of compassion in you will become strong. You need only concentrate on it and it will come up as a powerful zone of energy. Naturally, when compassion comes up, arrogance goes down. You don’t have to fight it or push it down. We can selectively water the good seeds and refrain from watering the negative seeds.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

Thich Nhat Hanh Quotes on Anger

These Thich Nhat Hanh quotes will teach us how to overcome anger and take control of our emotions.

When you say something really unkind when you do something in retaliation your anger increases. You make the other person suffer, and he will try hard to say or to do something back to get relief from his suffering. That is how conflict escalates. Thich Nhat Hanh
21. "When you say something really unkind when you do something in retaliation your anger increases. You make the other person suffer, and he will try hard to say or to do something back to get relief from his suffering. That is how conflict escalates." - Thich Nhat Hanh
When a person’s speech is full of anger, it is because he or she suffers deeply. Thich Nhat Hanh
22. "When a person’s speech is full of anger, it is because he or she suffers deeply." - Thich Nhat Hanh
When a person’s speech is full of anger, it is because he or she suffers deeply. Because he has so much suffering, he becomes full of bitterness. He is always ready to complain and blame others for his problems. Thich Nhat Hanh
23. "When a person’s speech is full of anger, it is because he or she suffers deeply. Because he has so much suffering, he becomes full of bitterness. He is always ready to complain and blame others for his problems." - Thich Nhat Hanh

24. “When we get angry, we suffer. If you really understand that, you also will be able to understand that when the other person is angry, it means that she is suffering. When someone insults you or behaves violently towards you, you have to be intelligent enough to see that the person suffers from his own violence and anger. But we tend to forget. We think that we are the only one that suffers, and the other person is our oppressor. This is enough to make anger arise, and to strengthen our desire to punish. We want to punish the other person because we suffer. Then, we have anger in us; we have violence in us, just as they do. When we see that our suffering and anger are no different from their suffering and anger, we will behave more compassionately. So understanding the other is understanding yourself, and understanding yourself is understanding the other person. Everything must begin with you.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

25. “If your house is on fire, the most urgent thing to do is to go back and try to put out the fire, not to run after the person you believe to be the arsonist. If you run after the person you suspect has burned your house, your house will burn down while you are chasing him or her. That is not wise. You must go back and put out the fire. So when you are angry, if you continue to interact with or argue with the other person, if you try to punish her, you are acting exactly like someone who runs after the arsonist while everything goes up in flames.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

26. “Anger is like a howling baby, suffering and crying. The baby needs his mother to embrace him. You are the mother for your baby, your anger. The moment you begin to practice breathing mindfully in and out, you have the energy of a mother, to cradle and embrace the baby. Just embracing your anger, just breathing in and breathing out, that is good enough. The baby will feel relief right away.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

27. “According to the Buddha’s teachings, the most basic condition for happiness is freedom. Here we do not mean political freedom, but freedom from the mental formations of anger, despair, jealousy, and delusion. These mental formations are described by the Buddha as poisons. As long as these poisons are still in our heart, happiness cannot be possible.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

28. “We are advised to tell the other person that we are angry, that we suffer. “Darling, I suffer, I’m angry, and I want you to know it.” Then if you are a good practitioner, you also add, “I’m doing my best to take care of my anger.” And you can conclude with the third sentence, “Please, do help me.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

29. “When anger manifests in us, we must recognize and accept that anger is there and that it needs to be tended to. At this moment we are advised not to say anything, not to do anything out of anger. We immediately return to ourselves and invite the energy of mindfulness to manifest.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

Thich Nhat Hanh Quotes on Love

These are the most inspirational Thich Nhat Hanh quotes on love, relationships, deep love, and loving everyone around you.

You must love in such a way that the person you love feels free. Thich Nhat Hanh
30. "You must love in such a way that the person you love feels free." - Thich Nhat Hanh
Through my love for you, I want to express my love for the whole cosmos, the whole of humanity, and all beings. By living with you, I want to learn to love everyone and all species. If I succeed in loving you, I will be able to love everyone and all species on Earth... This is the real message of love. - Thich Nhat Hanh
31. "Through my love for you, I want to express my love for the whole cosmos, the whole of humanity, and all beings. By living with you, I want to learn to love everyone and all species. If I succeed in loving you, I will be able to love everyone and all species on Earth... This is the real message of love." - Thich Nhat Hanh
If you love someone but rarely make yourself available to him or her, that is not true love. Thich Nhat Hanh
32. "If you love someone but rarely make yourself available to him or her, that is not true love." - Thich Nhat Hanh
The source of love is deep in us and we can help others realize a lot of happiness. One word, one action, one thought can reduce another person’s suffering and bring that person joy. Thich Nhat Hanh
33. "The source of love is deep in us and we can help others realize a lot of happiness. One word, one action, one thought can reduce another person’s suffering and bring that person joy." - Thich Nhat Hanh
If you love someone, the greatest gift you can give them is your presence. Thich Nhat Hanh
34. "If you love someone, the greatest gift you can give them is your presence." - Thich Nhat Hanh
In true love, you attain freedom. Thich Nhat Hanh
35. "In true love, you attain freedom." - Thich Nhat Hanh
If our love is only a will to possess, it is not love. Thich Nhat Hanh
36. "If our love is only a will to possess, it is not love." - Thich Nhat Hanh
To love without knowing how to love wounds the person we love. Thich Nhat Hanh
37. "To love without knowing how to love wounds the person we love." - Thich Nhat Hanh
A true partner or friend is one who encourages you to look deep inside yourself for the beauty and love you’ve been seeking. Thich Nhat Hanh
38. "A true partner or friend is one who encourages you to look deep inside yourself for the beauty and love you’ve been seeking." - Thich Nhat Hanh

39. “To love is to recognize; to be loved is to be recognized by the other.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

40. “The object of your practice should first of all be yourself. Your love for the other, your ability to love another person, depends on your ability to love yourself.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

41. “The third element of love is mudita, joy. 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

42. “The roots of a lasting relationship are mindfulness, deep listening and loving speech, and a strong community to support you.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

43. “When you love someone, you have to have trust and confidence. Love without trust is not yet love. Of course, first you have to have trust, respect, and confidence in yourself. Trust that you have a good and compassionate nature. You are part of the universe; you are made of stars. When you look at your loved one, you see that he is also made of stars and carries eternity inside. Looking in this way, we naturally feel reverence. True love cannot be without trust and respect for oneself and for the other person.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

44. “Every one of us is trying to find our true home. Some of us are still searching. Our true home is inside, but it’s also in our loved ones around us. When you’re in a loving relationship, you and the other person can be a true home for each other.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

45. “The more you understand, the more you love; the more you love, the more you understand.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

46. “Be a friend to yourself. If you are a true friend to yourself, you can be a true friend to a loved one. A romantic crush is short-lived, but friendship and loving-kindness can last very long and continue to grow.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

Thich Nhat Hanh Quotes on Happiness

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Happiness does not come from consumption of things. Thich Nhat Hanh
47. "Happiness does not come from consumption of things." - Thich Nhat Hanh
Happiness is available. Please help yourself to it. Thich Nhat Hanh
48. "Happiness is available. Please help yourself to it." - Thich Nhat Hanh
There is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way. Thich Nhat Hanh
49. "There is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way." - Thich Nhat Hanh
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
50. "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
Each moment is a chance for us to make peace with the world, to make peace possible for the world, to make happiness possible for the world. Thich Nhat Hanh
51. "Each moment is a chance for us to make peace with the world, to make peace possible for the world, to make happiness possible for the world." - Thich Nhat Hanh
When we are mindful, deeply in touch with the present moment, our understanding of what is going on deepens, and we begin to be filled with acceptance, joy, peace and love. Thich Nhat Hanh
52. "When we are mindful, deeply in touch with the present moment, our understanding of what is going on deepens, and we begin to be filled with acceptance, joy, peace and love." - Thich Nhat Hanh
The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it. Thich Nhat Hanh
53. "The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it." - Thich Nhat Hanh
Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy. Thich Nhat Hanh
54. "Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy." - Thich Nhat Hanh
The most precious inheritance that parents can give their children is their own happiness. Thich Nhat Hanh
55. "The most precious inheritance that parents can give their children is their own happiness." - Thich Nhat Hanh
Learn to love, enjoy and embrace what you have in the here and now. That's all you really need to be happy. Thich Nhat Hanh
56. "Learn to love, enjoy and embrace what you have in the here and now. That's all you really need to be happy." - Thich Nhat Hanh

57. “Our idea of happiness may be the very thing that’s preventing us from being happy.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

58. “Ask yourself, “Who can I make smile this morning?” This is the art of creating happiness.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

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