You cannot think clearly if you are prejudiced, if you have opinions. You cannot think clearly if you are not sensitive: sensitive to nature, sensitive to all the things that are happening around you, sensitive not only to what is happening outside you but also inside you. If you are not sensitive, if you are not aware, you cannot think clearly.
There is only one poverty and that poverty is a heart that cannot love.
When I press my hand to my chest, it is your chest.
Once you accept yourself as you are, you allow yourself to be happy. You don’t need to become anything or anyone else, just as a rose doesn’t need to become a lotus in order to be happy. A rose is already beautiful. You are wonderful just as you are.
Thich Nhat Hanh
Turning towards what you deeply love saves you.
Love is not a relationship. Love is a state of being; it has nothing to do with anybody else. One is not in love, one is love. And of course when one is love, one is in love—but that is an outcome, a by-product, that is not the source. The source is that one is love.
If you really want peace of mind and success in your endeavours, discard self-importance and your ego.
The power of love came into me, and I became fierce like a lion, then tender like the evening star.
When you hate, your ego is fulfilled. The ego can exist only if it hates, because in hating you feel superior, in hating you become separate. In hating you attain a certain identify. In love the ego has to disappear. In love you are no longer separate—love helps you to dissolve with others. It is a meeting and a merger.
Compassion is a priceless jewel. Care about others at all times. If you cannot help others, at least do no harm.