Comfort (quotes)


What is comfort?


Comfort is a state of physical and psychological ease


To comfort is to ease grief or trouble


Material comfort


Some value material comfort above all else

  • Materialism: A tendency to consider material possessions and physical comfort as more important than spiritual values.  Oxford Dictionary
  • Wealth is well known to be a great comforter.  Plato
  • Materialism

However, excessive material comfort, some argue, can be a hindrance to inner growth …

  • Most of the luxuries, and many of the so-called comforts of life, are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind.  Henry David Thoreau
  • Increase of material comforts, it may be generally laid down, does not in any way whatsoever conduce to moral growth. Mahatma Gandhi
  • Growth

… and inner peace

  • Our chief comforts often produce our greatest anxieties, and the increase in our possessions is but an inlet to new disquietudes.  Oliver Goldsmith
  • Inner peace

Material comfort and happiness do not equate

  • Don’t confuse comfort with happiness.   H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
  • Even when a person has all of life’s comforts – good food, good shelter, a companion – he or she can still become unhappy when encountering a tragic situation.  The Dalai Lama
  • We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements in life, when all we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about.  Charles Kingsley
  • Money can’t buy happiness, but it can make you awfully comfortable while you’re being miserable.   Clare Boothe Luce
  • Happiness

Excessive material comfort can ill condition the mind

  • Minds, like bodies, will often fall into a pimpled, ill-conditioned state from mere excess of comfort.  Charles Dickens

The desire for material comfort can feed on itself; never satisfied

  • Our body has this defect that, the more it is provided care and comforts, the more needs and desires it finds.  Saint Teresa of Avila
  • The lust for comfort, that stealthy thing that enters the house a guest, and then becomes a host, and then a master. Khalil Gibran
  • Desire

Bring comfort to yourself and others


Bring comfort to yourself

  • There are days I drop words of comfort on myself like falling leaves and remember that it is enough to be taken care of by myself.  Brian Andreas
  • We all have that little child inside us that needs comforting, that needs loving, that needs healing, that needs praising, that needs to know they’re wonderful.  Louise L. Hay
  • What was the point in crying when there was no one to comfort you? And what was worse, when you couldn’t even comfort yourself?  Cassandra Clare, City of Glass

Bring comfort to others

  • Courage and cheerfulness will not only carry you over the rough places in life, but will enable you to bring comfort and help to the weak-hearted and will console you in the sad hours. William Osler
  • One of the most important things you can do on this earth is to let people know they are not alone.  Shannon L. Alder
  • Life is made up, not of great sacrifices or duties, but of little things, in which smiles and kindness, and small obligations given habitually, are what preserve the heart and secure comfort. Humphry Davy
  • Love comforteth like sunshine after rain.  William Shakespeare
  • When someone is crying, of course, the noble thing to do is to comfort them. But if someone is trying to hide their tears, it may also be noble to pretend you do not notice them.
  • Lemony Snicket
  • Sometimes, the best way to help someone is just to be near them. Veronica Roth
  • Cure sometimes, treat often, comfort always.  Hippocrates

… especially through the power of kind words

  • Kind words produce their own image in men’s souls; and a beautiful image it is. They soothe and quiet and comfort the hearer. They shame him out of his sour, morose, unkind feelings. We have not yet begun to use kind words in such abundance as they ought to be used. Blaise Pascal
  • So often we think that to be encouragers we have to produce great words of wisdom when, in fact, a few simple syllables of sympathy and an arm around the shoulder can often provide much needed comfort.  Florence Littauer
  • Words are both better and worse than thoughts; they express them, and add to them; they give them power for good or evil; they start them on an endless flight, for instruction and comfort and blessing, or for injury and sorrow and ruin. Tryon Edwards
  • The source of love is deep in us, and we can help others realize a lot of happiness. One word can give comfort and confidence, destroy doubt, help someone avoid a mistake, reconcile a conflict, or open the door to liberation. Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Kindness, Right speech

Take comfort in the simple things


There is great comfort in the simple things

  • As the years pass, I am coming more and more to understand that it is the common, everyday blessings of our common everyday lives for which we should be particularly grateful. They are the things that fill our lives with comfort and our hearts with gladness — just the pure air to breathe and the strength to breath it; just warmth and shelter and home folks; just plain food that gives us strength; the bright sunshine on a cold day; and a cool breeze when the day is warm.  Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Year by year the complexities of this world grow more bewildering, and so each year we need all the more to seek peace and comfort in joyful simplicities.  Sarah Ban Breathnach
  • Savour simple things

There is comfort in friends

  • In poverty and other misfortunes of life, true friends are a sure refuge. The young they keep out of mischief; to the old they are a comfort and aid in their weakness, and those in the prime of life they incite to noble deeds.  Aristotle
  • Old age
  • Children are a great comfort in your old age – and they help you reach it faster, too.   Lionel Kauffman
  • Oh the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person, having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are–chaff and grain together– certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and with the breath of kindness blow the rest away.  Dinah Mulock
  • Friend: A good friend is like a good bra:  hard to find, supportive, comfortable and always close to your heart.
  • Friendship

There is comfort in a soul mate

  • We recognize a soul mate by the supreme level of comfort and security we feel with that person. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t issues that remain to be ironed out. Rather, it means we know intuitively that we can resolve issues with our soul mate without losing his or her love and respect. Linda Brady
  • Rather than being about excitement and lust, a soul mate relationship is characterized by such things as a shared life path, a sense of comfort and ease, and a genuine liking of each other. Katherine Woodward Thomas
  • To look into that person’s eyes and find yourself so completely lost in another world, a world full of absolute comfort and happiness.  Lily Collins
  • Soulmates

There is comfort in a happy marriage

  • Marriage is the comfort of the considerate and prudent; but the torment of the inconsiderate and self-willed.   William Scott
  • Marriage

There is comfort in touch

  • The human touch is that little snippet of physical affection that brings a bit of comfort, support, and kindness. It doesn’t take much from the one who gives it, but can make a huge difference in the one who receives it.  Mya Robarts
  • What comfort there is in the skin of someone you love!  Erich Maria Remarque
  • Touch

There is comfort in our similarities

  • ‘Cause I know there is strength in the differences between us and I know there is comfort where we overlap.  Ani Difranco
  • We find comfort among those who agree with us — growth among those who don’t.  Frank A. Clark

There is comfort in having a home to go to

  • A house is a home when it shelters the body and comforts the soul.   Phillip Moffitt
  • Ah! There is nothing like staying at home, for real comfort.  Jane Austen
  • There is a magic in that little world, home; it is a mystic circle that surrounds comforts and virtues never known beyond its hallowed limits.  Robert Southey
  • There is no comfort anywhere for anyone who dreads to go home.  Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.  Edith Sitwell
  • Perhaps home is not a place but simply an irrevocable condition. James Baldwin
  • Surely everyone is aware of the divine pleasures which attend a wintry fireside; candles at four o’clock, warm hearthrugs, tea, a fair tea-maker, shutters closed, curtains flowing in ample draperies to the floor, whilst the wind and rain are raging audibly without.  Thomas de Quincey
  • Home

There is comfort in sleep

  • Sleep is still most perfect, in spite of hygienists, when it is shared with a beloved. The warmth, the security and peace of soul, the utter comfort from the touch of the other, knits the sleep, so that it takes the body and soul completely in its healing.  D. H. Lawrence
  • Sleep

There is comfort in books and reading

  • Reading was my escape and my comfort, my consolation, my stimulant of choice: reading for the pure pleasure of it, for the beautiful stillness that surrounds you when you hear an author’s words reverberating in your head.  Paul Auster
  • A library is a good place to go when you feel unhappy, for there, in a book, you may find encouragement and comfort. A library is a good place to go when you feel bewildered or undecided, for there, in a book, you may have your question answered.  E. B. White
  • BooksReading

There is comfort in rain

  • I have always considered the rain to be healing—a blanket—the comfort of a friend.  Douglas Coupland, Life After God
  • The richness of the rain made me feel safe and protected; I have always considered the rain to be healing—a blanket—the comfort of a friend.   Douglas Coupland
  • Rainy days should be spent at home with a cup of tea and a good book. Bill Watterson
  • Rain

There is comfort in food

  • I think my quarry is illusion. I war against magic. I believe that, though illusion often cheers and comforts, it ultimately and invariably weakens and constricts the spirit.  Irvin D. Yalom
  • Jakes had sent up stew and apple pie.  Oh, good,” said Miss Marcy. “Stew’s so comforting on a rainy day.”  Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle
  • The best comfort food will always be greens, cornbread, and fried chicken.  Maya Angelou
  • Never underestimate how much assistance, how much satisfaction, how much comfort, how much soul and transcendence there might be in a well-made taco and a cold bottle of beer. Tom Robbins
  • It was like the way you wanted sunshine on Saturdays, or pancakes for breakfast. They just made you feel good.  Sarah Addison Allen
  • All food is comfort food. Maybe I just like to chew.  Lewis Black
  • Food is the most primitive form of comfort.  Sheilah Graham Westbrook
  • Food

Find comfort in …


Find comfort in silence

  • But there is greater comfort in the substance of silence than in the answer to a question. Thomas Merton
  • If we have not quiet in our minds, outward comfort will do no more for us than a golden slipper on a gouty foot.  John Bunyan
  • Remember, we all stumble, every one of us.  That’s why it’s a comfort to go hand in hand.  Emily Kimbrough
  • Silence

Find comfort in being yourself

  • Authenticity breeds more authenticity. Have you ever known such comfort as being yourself in the presence of someone who is also being themselves? That is a heart to heart connection that expands everything.   Kristine Carlson
  • Being yourself

Find comfort in finding truth

  • If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair.    C. S. Lewis
  • Comfort is no test of truth. Truth is often far from being comfortable.  Swami Vivekananda
  • I tore myself away from the safe comfort of certainties through my love for truth – and truth rewarded me.  Simone de Beauvoir
  • Truth

Find comfort in self-acceptance

  • I define comfort as self-acceptance. When we finally learn that self-care begins and ends with ourselves, we no longer demand sustenance and happiness from others.  Jennifer Louden
  • Self-acceptance

Find comfort in hope and optimism

  • Hope is necessary in every condition.  The miseries of poverty, sickness, of captivity, would, without this comfort, be insupportable.  Samuel Johnson
  • Be comforted, dear soul! There is always light behind the clouds.  Louisa May Alcott
  • When things are bad, we take comfort in the thought that they could always get worse. And when they are, we find hope in the thought that things are so bad they have to get better.  Malcolm Forbes
  • Hope provides comfort, and hope does not always require probability.  John Perry
  • HopeOptimism

Find comfort in non-resistance

  • There is a comfort in non-resistance.  Observe what’s going on, and just let yourself be with it – – the way you are, the way you aren’t, the way the situation is, the way the situation is not. Quite simply, to stop resisting – – stop resisting!  Jeremy Savage
  • Non-resistance

Find comfort in God

  • Now, God be praised, that to believing souls gives light in darkness, comfort in despair. William Shakespeare
  • But the very fact that this world is so challenging is exactly why you sometimes must reach out of its jurisdiction for help, appealing to a higher authority in order to find your comfort.  Elizabeth Gilbert
  • God

Find comfort in nature

  • The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quite alone with the heavens, nature and God…  Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature. As longs as this exists, and it certainly always will, I know that then there will always be comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be. And I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles.  Anne Frank
  • Nature

Find comfort in knowing that trouble is not permanent

  • Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life and repeat to yourself, the most comforting words of all: this, too, shall pass. Ann Landers
  • Impermanence

Find comfort within

  • Never look for comfort from without… all true joy is found within. Alison Stormwolf

Less desirable places to find comfort


There can be temporary comfort in illusion

  • If we choose, we can live in a world of comforting illusion. Noam Chomsky
  • Too often we… enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.  John F. Kennedy
  • Illusion

There can be temporary comfort in self pity

  • There are few human emotions as warm, comforting, and enveloping as self-pity. And nothing is more corrosive and destructive. There is only one answer; turn away from it and move on.  Dr Megan Reik
  • Self-pity

There can be temporary comfort in the misfortune of others

  • The unhappy derive comfort from the misfortunes of others.  Aesop

There can be temporary comfort in procrastination

  • Vagueness and procrastination are ever a comfort to the frail in spirit.  John Updike
  • Procrastination

Stretching your comfort zone


Find ways to stretch your comfort zone

  • Comfort zones are most often expanded through discomfort.  Peter McWilliams
  • If nothing succeeds like success, it is equally true that nothing fails like excess. Because change requires moving beyond our comfort zone, it is best initiated in small and manageable increments. Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz
  • One thing that I love about traveling is feeling disoriented and removed from my comfort zone.  Sarah Glidden
  • You have to do what you love to do, not get stuck in that comfort zone of a regular job. Life is not a dress rehearsal. This is it. Lucinda Basset
  • Be fearless. Have the courage to take risks. Go where there are no guarantees. Get out of your comfort zone even if it means being uncomfortable. The road less travelled is sometimes fraught with barricades bumps and uncharted terrain. But it is on that road where your character is truly tested And have the courage to accept that you’re not perfect; nothing is and no one is — and that’s OK.  Katie Couric
  • Experts step outside their comfort zone and study themselves failing.   Joshua Foer
  • Stretch your comfort zone

… especially by confronting your fears

  • How is your life limited by your fear?  What are you not doing that you’d really like to do?  When we use fear to our advantage by tackling those things that evoke a sense of excitement and trepidation, fear becomes and ally.  Each experience provides a challenge and an opportunity to expand your comfort zone.  The way to create an extraordinary life is to make the challenge of fear work for you by building your courage muscles.  Cheryl Richardson
  • The best piece of advice someone has ever given me was ‘do it scared.’ And no matter if you’re scared, just go ahead and do it anyway because you might as well do it scared, so it will get done and you will feel so much better if you step out of your comfort zone.  Sherri Shepherd
  • Fear

There are strong rewards in stretching your comfort zone

  • You won’t know your limits until you try to extend them and even then, one has to break out of his/her comfort zone to appreciate that effort. Martin Dansky
  • Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. Neale Donald Walsch
  • Don’t be afraid to expand yourself, to step out of your comfort zone. That’s where the joy and the adventure lie. Herbie Hancock
  • If you put yourself in a position where you have to stretch outside your comfort zone, then you are forced to expand your consciousness.  Les Brown

Stretching your comfort zone helps you reach somewhere new

  • Coming out of your comfort zone is tough in the beginning, chaotic in the middle, and awesome in the end…  because in the end, it shows you a whole new world.  Manoj Arora
  • Are we prepared to leave our comfort zones to reach a better place? Carlos A. Godoy

Stretching your comfort zone helps you get what you desire …

  • Most everything that you want is just outside your comfort zone.  Jack Canfield
  • My experience is that you cannot have everything you want but you can have anything you really want, you just need to decide what it is and then plan your exit from the comfort zone.  Jonathan Farrington
  • Everything you want is just outside your comfort zone.  Robert Allen
  • The only thing that is stopping you from where you are to where you want to go is your comfort zone.]Dhaval Gaudier
  • Everything we want is outside of our comfort zone and other side is fear.  Sivaprakash Sidhu
  • Most everything that you want is just outside your comfort zone.” “Everything you want is out there waiting for you to ask. Everything you want also wants you. But you have to take action to get it.  Our job is not to figure out the ‘how’. The ‘how’ will show up out of the commitment and believe in the ‘what.”    Jack Canfield

… helping you to realise your dreams

  • A dream is your creative vision for your life in the future. You must break out of your current comfort zone and become comfortable with the unfamiliar and the unknown. Denis Waitley
  • To the degree we’re not living our dreams, our comfort zone has more control of us than we have over ourselves.  Peter McWilliams

Stretching your comfort zone brings abundance into your life

  • Here’s an equation I want you to remember for the rest of your life: CZ = WZ. It means your ‘comfort zone’ equals your ‘wealth zone.’ By expanding your comfort zone, you will expand the size of your income and wealth zone. T. Harv Eker
  • Abundance

Stretching your comfort zone widens perception and creates insight

  • Stepping outside of your comfort zone will put things into perspective from an angle you can’t grasp now. Marc and Angel Chernoff
  • I personally have found that situations which have caused me to get out of my comfort zone the most, have actually led to powerful insights and drastic changes in my perceptions.  Jason E. Marshall
  • PerceptionInsight

Stretching your comfort zone brings creativity

  • Be brave enough to live life creatively. The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition.  What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover is yourself. Alan Alda
  • Creativity

Stretching your comfort zone brings personal growth

  • You only ever grow as a human being if you’re outside your comfort zone. Percy Cerutty
  • Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.  Brian Tracy
  • I’m continually trying to make choices that put me against my own comfort zone. As long as you’re uncomfortable, it means you’re growing. Ashton Kutcher
  • Whenever you feel uncomfortable, instead of retreating back into your old comfort zone, pat yourself on the back and say, “I must be growing,” and continue moving forward.  T. Harv Eker
  • Try it out. Play around with a new idea. Do something strange. If you never leave your comfort zone, you won’t grow. Jessica Hagy
  • If we’re growing, we’re always going to be out of our comfort zone.  John Maxwell
  • Stepping outside your comfort zone is supposed to feel uncomfortable because we’re in new and unfamiliar territory. Being uncomfortable is a sign of success, NOT of failure! So if we are uncomfortably outside our comfort zones, then than means we are growing!. And THAT is cause for celebration!   Roz Savage
  • The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort but where he stands at times of challenge and discovery. Martin Luther King
  • Growth

Stretching your comfort zone brings progress and achievement

  • In Biology, you learn about “Homeostasis”–the steady state humans are wired to cling to in order to survive as a species.  But here’s the thing: a lot of that set up was what we needed hundreds of years ago when we fought tigers and leopards and faced exceedingly hard environments. To leave the steady state would have meant death. And extinction. Guaranteed.  We now live in a world with more resources/comforts/safety than ever before. And yet we still run the old routines. We still subconsciously fight change. We still get scared when we leave the comfort zone.  But without change and discomfort, there can be no progress and achievement.  Robin S. Sharma
  • Comfort is the enemy of achievement.  Farrah Gray
  • Before anything great is really achieved, your comfort zone must be disturbed.  Ray Lewis
  • AchievementProgress

Stretching your comfort zone enlivens the soul

  • It is heartening to realize that although we may crave comfort and routine, we nourish the soul’s growth primarily through what is hard.  Robert K. Cooper
  • The lust for comfort murders the passions of the soul. Kahlil Gibran
  • Soul

Choose adventure and daring over comfort

  • The danger of an adventure is worth a thousand days of ease and comfort.  Paulo Coelho
  • Don’t be afraid to expand yourself, to step out of your comfort zone. That’s where the joy and the adventure lie. Herbie Hancock
  • Adventures are all very well in their place, but there’s a lot to be said for regular meals and freedom from pain. Neil Gaiman
  • This is no time for ease and comfort. It is time to dare and endure. Winston Churchill
  • Adventure

There is a heavy price to pay for being trapped in your comfort zone

  • Whatever your Comfort Zone consists of, you pay a huge price for it. Life provides endless possibilities, but along with them comes pain. If you can’t tolerate pain, you can’t be fully alive.  Phil Stutz and Barry Michels
  • The comfort zone takes our greatest aspirations and turns them into excuses for not bothering to aspire. Peter McWilliams
  • The Comfort Zone makes us feel good in the moment. Who cares what the future penalty will be? But the penalty does come, bringing with it the worst pain of all—the knowledge that you’ve wasted your life.  Phil Stutz and Barry Michels
  • The comfort zone is supposed to keep your life safe, but what it really does is keep your life small.  Phil Stutz and Barry Michels
  • The comfort zone is definitely not comfortable. It should be called the ‘misery zone’ or the ‘missing-out- on-life zone’.  Russ Harris
  • Comfort is state of being in which to find rest and renewal for a short time; it is a dreary and dismal place to remain permanently.  If you don’t challenge yourself on a regular basis, your abilities and effectiveness will become stale and weak.  Marc and Angel Chernoff
  • If you don’t keep expanding your comfort zone, your comfort zone actually gets smaller and smaller, until you’re shrink- wrapped in such a tiny comfort zone that you can’t move, you can’t achieve anything, you can’t grow.  Roz Savage
  • The more comfort becomes your priority, the more contracted you become with fear. T. Harv Ek
  • Comfort is your biggest trap and coming out of comfort zone your biggest challenge.  Manoj Arora

Final thoughts


Cats are connoisseurs of comfort

  • Cats are connoisseurs of comfort.  James Herriot
  • Cats at firesides live luxuriously and are the picture of comfort.  Leigh Hunt
  • For me, one of the pleasures of cats’ company is their devotion to bodily comfort.  Sir Compton Mackenzie
  • The cat is the only animal which accepts the comforts but rejects the bondage of domesticity.  Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon

On a lighter note

  • A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.  Mark Twain
  • Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.  Cesar A. Cruz
  • Children are a great comfort in your old age – and they help you reach it faster, too.   Lionel Kauffman
  • Conscience is that still, small voice that is sometimes too loud for comfort.  Bert Murray
  • If you would like to get your wife’s attention – just look comfortable!.
  • It is much more comfortable to be mad and know it, than to be sane and have one’s doubts. G.B. Burgin
  • Just give me a comfortable couch, a dog a good book and a woman. Then if you can get the dog to go somewhere and read the book I might have a little fun!   Groucho Marx
  • Money can’t buy happiness, but it can make you awfully comfortable while you’re being miserable.   Clare Boothe Luce
  • Money, if it does not bring you happiness, will at least help you be miserable in comfort. Helen Gurley Brown
  • Nature is by and large to be found out of doors a location where it cannot be argued there are never enough comfortable chairs.   Fran Lebowitz
  • No woman has ever so comforted the distressed or so distressed the comfortable.   Clare Booth Luce
  • One can advise comfortably from a safe port.  Friedrich von Schiller
  • Say you were standing with one foot in the oven and the other foot in a bucket of ice; according to the percentage people, you should be about perfectly comfortable.   Bobby Bragan
  • Statistician: A person who believes that if you put your head in a furnace and your feet in a bucket of iced water on the average you should feel reasonably comfortable.
  • The great comfort of turning 49 is the realization that you are now too old to die young. Paul Dickson
  • The quickest way for a parent to get a child’s attention is to sit down and look comfortable. Lane Olinghouse
  • Why don’t you slip into something more comfortable …like a coma.
  • Why would anybody want to go skiing? You could sit in the comfort of you own kitchen and break your knees with a hammer.   Dylan Moran
  • You can’t buy happiness – but at least, if you have money, you can be miserable in comfort.