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260 Serenity Quotes To Bring You Peace And Tranquility in Your Life

260 Serenity Quotes

“Your serenity matters to heaven. God’s presence encapsulates your life.”

“Meet this transient world with neither grasping nor fear, trust the unfolding of life and you will attain true serenity.” – Bhagavad Gita

“Nothing is so aggravating as calmness.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“Forests are delightful, but the worldlings find no delight in them; only those who are free from passion will find delight in them, for they do not seek sensual pleasures.” – The Dhammapada

“The most wonderful taste of serenity is found by the love you create for yourself, and those around you.” – Joe Torres

“It is hard to find the noblest of men; he is not born everywhere nor in every clan. To whatever clan such a wise man is born, that clan prospers.” – The Dhammapada

“Free from all thoughts of ‘I’ and ‘mine’, a man finds absolute peace.” – Bhagavad Gita

“Inner peace and contentment depend in large measure upon whether or not the historical family which is inherent in the individual can be harmonized with the ephemeral conditions of the present.” – Carl Jung

“I wouldn’t know how to handle serenity if somebody handed it to me on a plate.” – Dusty Springfield

“Ataraxia: Ancient greek for ‘serenity of the soul’, especially needed around politics, mortality and disgrace, achieved via philosophy.” – Alain de Botton

“Cheerfulness keeps up a kind of daylight in the mind, filling it with a steady and perpetual serenity.” – Joseph Addison

“To be in harmony with the wholeness of things is not to have anxiety over imperfections.” – Dogen

“Death, therefore, the most awful of evils, is nothing to us, seeing that, when we are, death is not coming, and, when death is coming, we are not.” – Epicurus

“I wish everybody finds the serenity that good, strong faith brings.” – Ann Jillian

“Forgive yourself for not being at peace. The moment you completely accept your non-peace, your non-peace is transmuted into peace. Anything you accept fully will get you there, will take you into peace. This is the miracle of surrender.” – Eckhart Tolle

“Peace is not absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.” – Ronald Reagan

“I will be calm. I will be mistress of myself.” – Jane Austen

“We can be serene even in the midst of calamities and, by our serenity, make others more tranquil.” – Swami Satchidananda

“It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“Be calm. God awaits you at the door.” – Gabriel García Márquez

“We run around so much – with the best intentions: I want to save the rain forest. I’ve gotta clean up the oceans. I’ve gotta save the dolphins. All worthy efforts, but if you’re not centered and you don’t have the serenity in your life you need to accomplish that task, you’re not going to do a very good job.” – Ed Begley, Jr.

“Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it.” – Eckhart Tolle

“Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.” – Saint Francis de Sales

“Just be, and enjoy being.” – Eckhart Tolle

“Decide that wherever you are, is the best place there is. Once you start comparing, there’s no end to it.” – Sodo Yokoyama

“Don’t try to make them happy, you’ll only get in trouble. Don’t try to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and it irritates the pig.” – Anthony de Mello

“As we move towards resolution and understanding and greater serenity in all aspects of our life, love’s pretty elemental and that’s nice to know. I think rock ‘n’ roll is the same. I don’t pretend to understand it; it feels confusing and frightening and wonderful.” – Gord Downie

“There are two ways to get enough. One is to continue to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less.” – G.K. Chesterton

“Peace doesn’t require two people; it requires only one. It has to be you. The problem begins and ends there.” – Byron Katie

“I don’t like being angry all the time; it’s not good for me. I have to have serenity or else go to war.” – Luis Alberto Urrea

“Every breath we take, every step we make, can be filled with peace, joy and serenity.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

“Patience means allowing things to unfold at their own speed rather than jumping in with your habitual response to either pain or pleasure.” – Pema Chödrön

“It is difficult to make a man miserable while he feels worthy of himself and claims kindred to the great God who made him.” – Abraham Lincoln

“Philosophy as practice does not mean its restriction to utility or applicability, that is, to what serves morality or produces serenity of soul.” – Karl Jaspers

“No person, no place, and no thing has any power over us, for ‘we’ are the only thinkers in our mind. When we create peace and harmony and balance in our minds, we will find it in our lives.” – Louise L. Hay

“Give thyself time to learn something new and good, and cease to be whirled around.” – Marcus Aurelius

“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.” – The Serenity Prayer

“If you cannot find peace within yourself, you will never find it anywhere else.” – Marvin Gaye

“Good humor is a tonic for mind and body. It is the best antidote for anxiety and depression. It is a business asset. It attracts and keeps friends. It lightens human burdens. It is the direct route to serenity and contentment.” – Grenville Kleiser

“Movement is good for the body. Stillness is good for the mind.” – Sakyong Mipham

“Harmony is the feeling that arises from not wanting to be somewhere else, doing something else.” – Raj Raghunathan

“Pursue not the outer entanglements; Dwell not in the inner void; Be serene in the oneness of things; And dualism vanishes by itself.” – Seng-t’san

“Acceptance means: For now, this is what this situation, this moment, requires me to do, and so I do it willingly.” – Eckhart Tolle

“To shrug it all off and wipe it clean — every annoyance and distraction — and reach utter stillness. Child’s play.” – Marcus Aurelius

“In struggling against anguish one never produces serenity; the struggle against anguish only produces new forms of anguish.” – Simone Weil

“To become mindfully aware of our surroundings is to bring our thinking back to our present moment reality and to the possibility of some semblance of serenity in the face of circumstances outside our ability to control.” – Jeff Kober

“It is important to expect nothing, to take every experience, including the negative ones, as merely steps on the path, and to proceed.” – Ram Dass

“When we are unable to find tranquility within ourselves, it is useless to seek it elsewhere.” – François de La Rochefoucauld

“Doing nothing is something.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

“There is a contradiction in wanting to be perfectly secure in a universe whose very nature is momentariness and fluidity.” – Alan Watts

“Peace is the simplicity of heart, the serenity of mind, tranquility of soul, the bond of love.” – Pio of Pietrelcina

“A mind at war with itself cannot know peace.” – James Pierce

“One man practicing kindness in the wilderness is worth all the temples this world pulls.” – Jack Kerouac

“Well being, serenity and service to others are the ultimate measures of true wealth, success and power.” – Brendon Burchard

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.”

“Tranquility is nothing else than the good ordering of the mind.” – Marcus Antoninus Aurelius

“I think that the ideal space must contain elements of magic, serenity, sorcery and mystery.” – Luis Barragan

“Your days are short here; this is the last of your springs. And now in the serenity and quiet of this lovely place, touch the depths of truth, feel the hem of Heaven. You will go away with old, good friends. And don’t forget when you leave why you came.” – Adlai Stevenson II

“It is in that quiet place at our own center that we hear the whispers of our soul.”

“Do your work, then step back. The only path to serenity.” – Lao Tzu

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding in all your ways. Acknowledge him and He shall direct your paths.”

“Everything passes, nothing remains. Understand this, loosen your grip, and find serenity.” – Lama Surya Das

“The self-controlled soul, who moves amongst sense objects, free from either attachment or repulsion, he wins eternal peace.” – Bhagavad Gita

“There is a place in you that you must keep inviolate, a place that you must keep clean.” – Maya Angelou

“A quiet mouth is a symptom of a quiet mind.” – James Pierce

“As we start to get a little bit older, boy, keep your house in order. That’s the key thing. It’s not about the thrills anymore. It’s about contentment, about having some serenity.” – Jim Irsay

“What is heaven? A silent and empty mind.” – Mooji

“Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“When you practice sitting meditation, if you enjoy even one moment of your sitting, if you establish serenity and happiness inside yourself, you provide the world with a solid base of peace.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

“The purpose of art is not the release of a momentary ejection of adrenaline but is, rather, the gradual, lifelong construction of a state of wonder and serenity.” – Glenn Gould

“If for any reason your choices do not result in peace, harmony, and balance, you are always free to choose again.” – Iyanla Vanzant

“You are not going to be here for too long. Relax.” – Dalos Ortiz

“Peace is liberty in tranquility.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero

“When you become aware of silence, immediately there is that state of inner still alertness. You are present. You have stepped out of thousands of years of collective human conditioning.” – Eckhart Tolle

“You find peace by coming to terms with what you don’t know.” – Nassim Nicholas Taleb

“Meditation makes the entire nervous system go into a field of coherence.” – Deepak Chopra

“Attachment, need, and desire all must go if one wishes to remain at peace.” – James Pierce

“Too lazy to be ambitious, I let the world take care of itself.” – Ryokan

“Serenity is not freedom from the storm, but peace amid the storm.”

“Allow nature to teach you stillness.” – Eckhart Tolle

“Returning to the source is serenity.” – Laozi

“The person who is not disturbed by happiness and distress and is steady in both is certainly eligible for liberation.” – Bhagavad Gita

“Peace is present right here and now, in ourselves and in everything we do and see. Every breath we take, every step we take, can be filled with peace, joy, and serenity. The question is whether or not we are in touch with it. We need only to be awake, alive in the present moment.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

“Make no effort for or against anything. Whatever happens, happens. Surrender to yourself in the moment. Resist nothing and reject nothing, including the urge to resist and reject.” – Naval Ravikant

“And you would accept the seasons of your heart just as you have always accepted that seasons pass over your fields and you would watch with serenity through the winters of your grief.” – Kahlil Gibran

“Like water, we are truest to our nature in repose.” – Cyril Connolly

“Let go of your problems and let God handle them. Let go of your hurt and let God heal you. Let go of your fear and let God sustain you. Let go of all your worries and let God bless you.”

“Always be aware that you have the power to create the naturally stress-free and tranquil life you deserve.”

“O God and Heavenly Father, Grant to us the serenity of mind to accept that which cannot be changed; courage to change that which can be changed, and wisdom to know the one from the other, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.”

“Make a place to sit down. Sit down. Be quiet.” – Wendell Berry

“There’s only one reason why you’re not experiencing bliss at this present moment, and it’s because you’re thinking or focusing on what you don’t have. Otherwise you would be experiencing bliss.” – Anthony de Mello

“Do not seek to have everything that happens happen as you wish, but wish for everything to happen as it actually does happen, and your life will be serene.” – Epictetus

“Allow whatever arises in the present moment to be as it is.” – Eckhart Tolle

“Rhyme is an attempt to reassemble and reaffirm the possibility of paradise. There is a wholeness, a serenity, in sounds coupling to form a memory.” – Derek Walcott

“Journey with me to a true commitment to our environment. Journey with me to the serenity of leaving to our children a planet in equilibrium.” – Paul Tsongas

“The trees, the flowers, the plants grow in silence. The stars, the sun, the moon move in silence. Silence gives us a new perspective.” – Mother Teresa

“The pursuit, even of the best things, ought to be calm and tranquil.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero

“Boredom is the feeling that everything is a waste of time; serenity, that nothing is.” – Thomas Szasz

“From serenity comes gentleness, comes lasting strength.” – Pam Brown

“Peace often comes when we stop trying to force it.”

“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” – Lao Tzu

“Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.” – Dalai Lama

“Let them win the argument. Even better, don’t argue in the first place. Don’t try to convince anyone. People who have already made up their mind won’t be dissuaded from it. The rare few who’re open and receptive don’t require effort to be persuaded of a more valid point of view.”

“The best fighter is never angry.” – Lao Tzu

“When you lose touch with inner stillness, you lose touch with yourself.” – Eckhart Tolle

“The law of tranquility: where there is no resistance, there is no conflict.”

“Being calm is the highest level of intelligence.”

“Serenity is the balance between good and bad, life and death, horrors and pleasures. Life is, as it were, defined by death. If there wasn’t death of things, then there wouldn’t be any life to celebrate.” – Norman Davies

“The love of learning, the sequestered nooks, And all the sweet serenity of books.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“We think a happy life consists in tranquility of mind.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero

“It is inner stillness that will save and transform the world.” – Eckhart Tolle

“Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures.” – John F. Kennedy

“God, grant me the strength to keep my heart open this week, to forgive and let go, to acknowledge my patterns of stress and to release them, to be present, mindful and kind.”

“It is vain to say human beings ought to be satisfied with tranquillity: they must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it.” – Charlotte Bronte

“What some people interpret as brooding melancholy is serenity. I don’t feel required to grasp all the time.” – David Guterson

“When completely relaxed, we experience the essence of our being, the deep silence that knows everything as it is.” – Haemin Sunim

“The one who is free of every and any intention, even the intention to be free, is free indeed.” – Mooji

“Do what you have to do. In the meantime, accept what is.” – Eckhart Tolle

“The day is always his, who works in it with serenity and great aims.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Lasting happiness comes from the understanding that nothing can make you happy.” – James Pierce

“If others hurt you, let the injury go. This is your test. If you let it go, you will find serenity.” – Wayne Dyer

“When you do the right thing, you get the feeling of peace and serenity associated with it. Do it again and again.” – Roy T. Bennett

“I have learned to like myself for the first time and to have some serenity.” – Keith Miller

“Smiling always with a never fading serenity of countenance, and flourishing in an immortal youth.” – Isaac Barrow

“What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter – a soothing, calming influence on the mind, rather like a good armchair which provides relaxation from physical fatigue.” – Henri Matisse

“Meditation is to be aware of every thought and of every feeling, never to say it is right or wrong but just to watch it and move with it.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti

“For those of us learning the way to financial serenity and solvency, the envelope system teaches prudence, patience, and perseverance. You can only spend what you have.” – Sarah Ban Breathnach

“Do not suffer pain and torment without reason. Somebody All-Powerful and All-Compassionate owns everything. Rely on His Power and do not accuse His Compassion. Renounce grief and anxiety and accept relief. Be rid of your troubles and find serenity.” – Said Nursi

“The fruit of silence is tranquility.” – Arabian proverb

“Stillness is not the absence of motion but rather the absence of resistance.” – Adyashanti

“I am very willing to share whatever I know or feel I know about finding some serenity in this lifetime.” – Dirk Benedict

“Learn to be quiet enough to hear the sound of the geniune within yourself so that you can hear it in others.” – Marian Wright Edelman

“Stop leaving and you will arrive. Stop searching and you will see. Stop running away and you will be found.” – Lao Tzu

“Serenity comes when you trade expectations for acceptance.” – Gautama Buddha

“Learn to be silent. Let your mind listen and absorb.” – Pythagorus

“The highest form of grace is silence. It is also the highest spiritual instruction.” – Ramana Maharishi

“Learn to handle your emotions, or else other people will easily affect you.” – Gal Shapira

“When you’re at peace with your life and in a state of tranquility, you actually send out a vibration of energy that impacts all living creatures.” – Wayne Dye

“Enthusiasm is a supernatural serenity.” – Henry David Thoreau

“Supreme serenity still remains the Ideal of great Art. The shapes and transitory forms of life are but stages toward this Ideal, which Christ’s religion illuminates with His divine light.” – Franz Liszt

“If you are at peace with your past, you are at peace with yourself.”

“What follows coheres with what went before. Not like a random catalogue whose order is imposed upon it arbitrarily, but logically connected. And just as what exists is ordered and harmonious, what comes into being betrays an order too. Not a mere sequence, but an astonishing concordance.” – Marcus Aurelius

“Despair is the damp of hell, as joy is the serenity of heaven.” – John Donne

“If it is peace you want, seek to change yourself, not other people. It is easier to protect your feet with slippers than to carpet the whole of the earth.” – Anthony de Mello

“Peace is the mood of knowing that whatever comes will also go. Therefore there is no need to be particularly bothered by anything. This kind of awareness also keeps you from chasing after things that seem to give permanent happiness but are only mirages on the horizon.” – Thibaut

“Peace brings with it so many positive emotions that it is worth aiming for in all circumstances.” – Estella Eliot

“Resist nothing. The past has already happened. The future is unknowable. Flow with whatever happens.”

“Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it well and serenely.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Tranquility is a beach state of mind.”

“When you let go of anger or resentment from the past, your heart feels light.” – Courtney Carver

“You won’t have inner peace until you give up your war against the world.” – Naval Ravikant

“The desire to become enlightened is still you desiring something.” – Ram Dass

“Be yourself and you will feel at home anywhere.” – Jim Kwik

“Nature is the best medicine for serenity. Peace, calmness, stillness. It’s good for the heart.” – Karen Madwell

“The ability to be content and at peace, by yourself, is freedom.” – Naval Ravikant

“The best way to regain a measure of control; accept things are entirely beyond one’s control – and understanding.” – Alain de Botton

“If you lose your temper, you lose.” – Richard Diaz

“Those who flow as life flows know they need no other force.” – Lao Tzu

“A garden must combine the poetic and the mysterious with a feeling of serenity and joy.” – Luis Barragan

“I started running around my 30th birthday. I wanted to lose weight; I didn’t anticipate the serenity. Being in motion, suddenly my body was busy and so my head could work out some issues I had swept under a carpet of wine and cheese. Good therapy, that’s a good run.” – Michael Weatherly

“Slow down. Spend more time observing.”

“Tranquility is a choice. So is anxiety. The entire world around us may be in turmoil. But if we want to be peaceful within. We can.”

“Clarity brings Serenity.” – Teodomila

“The final wisdom of life requires not the annulment of incongruity but the achievement of serenity within and above it.” – Reinhold Niebuhr

“Silence is a form of internal poetry.” – Thibaut

“Sometimes you can find peace of mind by transferring yourself to different situations. They’re just reminders to stay … calm.” – Yves Behar

“There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.” – Denis Waitley

“Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.” – Thessalonians 5:15

“God, grant me the serenity to stop beating myself for not doing things perfectly, the courage to forgive myself because I’m working on doing better, and the wisdom to know that you already love me just the way I am.”

“I have now realized to be free you must be pleased controlling nothing.” – Arielle S. Davis

“Everything I desire is within me.” – Deepak Chopra

“Never respond to an angry person with a fiery comeback, even if he deserves it…Don’t allow his anger to become your anger.” – Bohdi Sanders

“If you want oneness in society, you have to teach people to go inside instead of going outside, because if they want peace, they need to find it within.” – Ram Dass

“Accept the success. Why should it be otherwise? Accept the suffering. Why should it be otherwise? Accept the love. Why should it be otherwise? Accept the loss. Why should it be otherwise? Accept the joy. Why should it be otherwise? Accept the end. Why should it be otherwise?”

“There is no such thing as perpetual tranquility of mind while we live here; because life itself is but motion, and can never be without desire, nor without fear, no more than without sense.” – Thomas Hobbes

“Accept yourself completely as you are right now. Breathe into the present.”

“You should feel beautiful and you should feel safe. What you surround yourself with should bring you peace of mind and peace of spirit.” – Stacy London

“Everything you do can be done better from a place of relaxation.” – Stephen C. Paul

“Things are annoying because you let them annoy you.” – Angela Jiang

“If you don’t know the guy on the other side of the world, love him anyway because he’s just like you. He has the same dreams, the same hopes and fears. It’s one world, pal. We’re all neighbors.” – Frank Sinatra

“Don’t worry, meditate. Don’t react, notice. Don’t yell, listen. Don’t fear, think.”

“Serenity is not just an escape, but a precursor to acceptance, courage, wisdom, and change.” – Bill Crawford

“If you have truly attained wholeness, everything will flock to you.” – Lao Tzu

“Peace itself is not a thing that can be directly achieved. You cannot work towards peace. What you work towards is understanding.” – Naval Ravikant

“So long as you can be persuaded that there is something more that you ought to be than you are, you have divided yourself from reality.” – Alan Watts

“Always pray to have eyes that sees the best, a heart that forgives the worst, a mind that forgets the bad, and a soul that never loses faith.”

“Everything happens when it needs to happen; everyone is always where they need to be.” – Iyanla Vanzant

“He that owns himself has lost nothing. But how few men are blessed with ownership of self!” – Seneca

“For me, it is essential to have the inner peace and serenity of prayer in order to listen to the silence of God, which speaks to us, in our personal life and the history of our times, of the power of love.” – Adolfo Perez Esquivel

“Sometimes surrender means giving up trying to understand, and becoming comfortable with not knowing.” – Eckhart Tolle

“The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater is his success, his influence, his power for good. Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom.” – James Allen

“The quiet mind enters into the immeasurable.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti

“The need for happiness will imprison you far more than happiness will liberate you.” – James Pierce

“The only thing I was trying to portray was serenity. Also, innocence, vulnerability and elegance.” – Sylvia Kristel

“The key to serenity is trusting that the universe has your back.” – Gabrielle Bernstein

“Whenever possible: Breathe and be kind. When that’s not possible: Breathe and be quiet.” – Jason Garner

“In a world of insane talkers, silence is a great therapy. Talk strengthens the ego, silence nourishes the spirit.”

“Outrage is a result of the belief that things should be a certain way.” – James Pierce

“Perhaps, after all, our best thoughts come when we are alone. It is good to listen, not to voices but to the wind blowing, to the brook running cool over polished stones, to bees drowsy with the weight of pollen. If we attend to the music of the earth, we reach serenity. And then, in some unexplained way, we share it with others.” – Gladys Taber

“Peace is a sense that everything is fine.” – Naval Ravikant

“This moment is fine.” – Naval Ravikant

“Habit allows us to go from ‘before’ to ‘after,’ to make life easier and better. Habit is notorious – and rightly so – for its ability to direct our actions, even against our will; but by mindfully shaping our habits, we can harness the power of mindlessness as a sweeping force for serenity, energy, and growth.” – Gretchen Rubin

“You can’t calm the storm, so stop trying. What you can do is calm yourself. The storm will pass.”

“Peace can become a lens through which you see the world. Be it. Live it. Radiate it out. Peace is an inside job.” – Wayne Dyer

“Take a break to listen to the song of the wind, talk to the whispering trees, feel the love of flowers, dance with the dancing leaves, and enjoy the tranquility and serenity of nature.”

“The most successful people I know are humble, working hard, focused, calm.”

“Learn silence. With the quiet serenity of a meditative mind, listen, absorb, transcribe, and transform.” – Pythagoras

“There is a kind of serenity in love which is almost a paradise.” – Alain Badiou

“I’ve always found my strength in silence.” – Chelsey Brooks

“The life of inner peace, being harmonious and without stress, is the easiest type of existence.” – Norman Vincent Peale

“Peace doesn’t mean that you will not have problems. Peace means that your problems will not have you.” – Tony Evans

“Trust is knowing that no matter what happens, you will be better off than you were in the beginning.” – Iyanla Vanzant

“My idea of serenity – that wonderful word that everybody’s trying to get into their life – is call-waiting.” – Elaine Stritch

“There’s horror and beauty in everything. I look at my hand, and it’s decaying. It’s beautiful and horrible at the same moment, and I just live with it. See the beauty and perfection of decay in the world around you and in yourself, and just allow it to be.” – Ram Dass

“Do your best and then relax.” – Paramahansa Yogananda

“Radiate an energy of serenity and peace so that you have an uplifting effect on those you come into contact with.” – Wayne Dyer

“The sole art that suits me is that which, rising from unrest, tends toward serenity.” – André Gide

“Let go of the thoughts that don’t make you strong.” – Karen Salmansohn

“Having enough comes from the inside. It comes from seeing yourself and your work differently, from knowing that more is not the answer.” – Ryan Holiday

“Nervous and excitable persons need to talk a great deal, by way of letting off their steam.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne

“Where there is peace and meditation, there is neither anxiety nor doubt.” – St. Francis of Assisi

“What I really try to do is photograph people at rest, in a state of serenity.” – Irving Penn

“If you are depressed you are living in the past if you are anxious you are living in the future, if you are at peace, you are living in the present.” – Lao Tzu

“It is the stillness that will save and transform the world.” – Eckhart Tolle

“Great tranquility of heart is his who cares for neither praise nor blame.” – Thomas A. Kempis

“Serenity is knowing that your worst shot is still pretty good.” – Johnny Miller

“Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. Nothing can bring you peace but the triumph of principles.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Enlightenment is “being,” and it grows; it’s end is serenity.” – William Gibson

“Don’t be afraid to just sit and watch.” – Anthony Bourdain

“Peace is not a relationship of nations. It is a condition of mind brought about by a serenity of soul. Peace is not merely the absence of war. It is also a state of mind. Lasting peace can come only to peaceful people.” – Jawaharlal Nehru

“It is neither wealth nor splendor, but tranquility and occupation which give you happiness.” – Thomas Jefferson

“Conquest begets enmity; the conquered live in misery; the peaceful live happily having renounced conquest and defeat.” – The Dhammapada

“Retirement is when you stop sacrificing today for an imaginary tomorrow. When today is complete, in and of itself, you’re retired.” – Naval Ravikant

“Only when one is connected to one’s own core is one connected to others, I am beginning to discover. And, for me, the core, the inner spring, can best be refound through solitude.” – Anne Morrow Lindbergh

“Non-resistance is the key to the greatest power in the universe.” – Eckhart Tolle

“The poor long for riches, the rich long for heaven, but the wise long for a state of tranquility.” – Swami Rama

“The more present I am, the happier and more content I will be.” – Naval Ravikant

“Change what cannot be accepted and accept what cannot be changed.” – Reinhold Niebuhr

“Aimlessness, nonattainment, is a wonderful practice.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

“I just focus on working hard and play with serenity.” – Fabio Quagliarella

“And joy is everywhere; it is in the earth’s green covering of grass; in the blue serenity of the sky.” – Rabindranath Tagore

“When you no longer perceive the world as hostile, there is no more fear, and when there is no more fear, you think, speak and act differently.” – Eckhart Tolle

“Periods of tranquillity are seldom prolific of creative achievement. Mankind has to be stirred up.” – Alfred North Whitehead

“Rule your mind with serenity rather than with force and manipulation.” – Lao Tzu

“By meditating on a regular basis, you teach your brain to be calm. The more you meditate, the more your brain adapts to this state as your default state, even after you finish meditating. Do it every day, and being calm will be your natural state of being.” – Gal Shapira

“In a society enslaved by the growth imperative, sufficiency is a revolutionary principle.” – Jason Hickel

“I prefer tongue-tied knowledge to ignorant loquacity.” – Cicero

“I used to find that I could get mental serenity surrounded by chaos.” – Alexis Knapp

“Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding.” – Albert Einstein

“Young people need the serenity that comes from a stable home, safe streets, regular income, opportunities for travel and study, affordable transport, and a real stake in the future.” – Luciana Berger

“God, give me grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, courage to change the things which should be changed, and the wisdom to distinguish the one from the other.”

“Accept misfortune as the human condition.” – Lao Tzu

“You will find peace not by trying to escape your problems, but by confronting them courageously. You will find peace not in denial, but in victory.” – J. Donald Walters

“Serenity is the final word of all the teachings; reflection is the response to all manifestations.” – Hongzhi Zhengjue

“While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart.”

“If you take things personally you will remain offended for life.” – Deepak Chopra

“I love being able to pass from a feeling of euphoria to one of calm and serenity.” – Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

“When things change inside you, things change around you.”

“When you understand certain things, when you learn certain things, when you’re convinced of certain things, and when they become a deep part of you, then you naturally become a more peaceful person.” – Naval Ravikant

“Let us accept the invitation, ever-open, from the Stillness, taste its exquisite sweetness, and heed its silent instruction.” – Paul Brunton

“Trying to control the future is like trying to take the master carpenter’s place…chances are that you’ll cut your hand.” – Lao Tzu

“If you are made happy by things that are fleeting, your happiness will be equally fleeting.” – James Pierce

“To understand everything is to forgive everything.” – Zen proverb

“Home is not where you are born; home is where all your attempts to escape cease.” – Naguib Mahfouz

Originally published October 8, 2021, updated October 8, 2021

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