7 Favorite Quotes by Thich Nhat Hanh 1


sheep in field at night

 Arranged in this order, his separate quotes seem to come together to create a larger message.


“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.”


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


“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.”


“We are here to awaken from our illusion of separateness.”


“When you are a young person, you are like a young creek, and you meet many rocks, many obstacles and difficulties on your way. You hurry to get past these obstacles and get to the ocean. But as the creek moves down through the fields, it becomes larger and calmer and it can enjoy the reflection of the sky. It’s wonderful. You will arrive at the sea anyway so enjoy the journey. Enjoy the sunshine, the sunset, the moon, the birds, the trees, and the many beauties along the way. Taste every moment of your daily life.”


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


“Because of your smile, you make life more beautiful.”


~ Thich Nhat Hanh

Ocean sunrise in Mexico


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