Inner peace (quotes)

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Peace is mental calm

  • Peace: Freedom from disturbance; tranquillity.  Oxford Dictionary
  • Peace: Mental or emotional calm.  Oxford Dictionary
  • Peace: The state of not being interrupted or annoyed by worry, problems, noise, or unwanted actions.  Cambridge Dictionary
  • Peace: Freedom of the mind from annoyance, distraction, anxiety, an obsession, etc.; tranquillity; serenity.   Dictionary.com
  • Peace: Freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions.  Merriam Webster
  • Peace 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
  • Peace is not an absence of war; it is a virtue; a state of mind; a disposition for benevolence; confidence; and justice. Baruch Spinoza
  • SerenityTranquilityCalmnessSpaciousness, RelaxationLoveForgivenessContentment
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Make peace your goal

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Inner peace is the ultimate criterion

  • There is one certain criterion by which you can measure your success in this practice: the degree of peace that you feel within. Eckhart Tolle
  • There is a criterion by which you can judge whether the thoughts you are thinking and the things you are doing are right for you. The criterion is: Have they brought you inner peace? Peace Pilgrim
  • Peace has to dance and silence has to sing. And unless your innermost realization becomes a laughter, something is still lacking. Something still has to be done. Osho
  • A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety. Aesop
  • Attaining peace of mind, happiness, satisfaction, inner strength, spiritual enlightenment and realizing the inner self is spiritual success. Remez Sasson
  • Success should be measured by the yardstick of happiness; by your ability to remain in peaceful harmony with cosmic laws. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • Judge your success by the degree that you’re enjoying peace, health, and love. Jackson Brown Jr.
  • Rather than being consumed exclusively with external accomplishments, try putting more emphasis on what’s really important. If being peaceful and loving are among your primary goals, then why not redefine your most meaningful accomplishments as being thise that support and measure qualities such as kindness and happiness?    Richard Carlson
  • Success in its highest and noblest form calls for peace of mind and enjoyment and happiness which come only to the man who has found the work that he likes best. Napoleon Hill
  • Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best of which you are capable. John Wooden
  • There are many aspects to success; material wealth is only one component. …But success also includes good health, energy and enthusiasm for life, fulfilling relationships, creative freedom, emotional and psychological stability, a sense of well- being, and peace of mind. Deepak Chopra
  • After a quarter of a century of personal experience and professional observation, I have come to understand that peace of mind is the true goal of the considered life. I know now that the sum of all other possessions does not necessarily add up to peace of mind; on the other hand, I have seen this inner tranquillity flourish without the material supports of property or even the buttress of physical health.  Peace of mind can transform a cottage into a spacious manor hall; the want of it can make a regal residence an imprisoning shell. Joshua Loth Lieberman
  • Peace is such a precious jewel that I would give anything for it but truth. Matthew Henry
  • Better than a thousand hollow words is one word that brings peace. Buddha
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Make peace your highest ideal and goal

  • Set peace of mind as your highest goal and organize your life around it. Brian Tracy
  • Saturate your thoughts with peaceful experiences, peaceful words and ideas, and ultimately you will have a storehouse of peace-producing experiences to which you may turn for refreshment and renewal of your spirit. Norman Vincent Peale
  • Bring peace to the Earth by bringing peace to all those whose lives you touch. Be peace. Feel and express in every moment your Divine Connection with the All, and with every person, place, and thing. N.D. Walsch
  • Practice being in the “eye of the storm.” The eye of the storm is that specific spot in the centre of a tornado that is calm, almost isolated from the frenzy of activity.  Commit to being the one person in the room who is going to be an example of peace. Practice breathing.  Practice listening.  What it takes is intention and practice.  You can do it if you set your mind to it.  Richard Carlson
  • Choose Inner Peace. Nothing is worth losing your inner peace.  Take action as circumstances require, but never surrender your inner peace.  Breathe deeply.  Close your eyes and breathe deeply again.  Then, and only then, take action – from a peaceful heart.   Jonathan Lockwood Huie
  • One does not need buildings, money, power, or status to practice the Art of Peace. Heaven is right where you are standing, and this is the place to train. Morihei Ueshiba
  • Nobody can bring you peace but yourself. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Peace is not something you wish for. It’s something you make, something you do, something you are, and something you give away. Robert Fulghum
  • I take it that what all men are really after is some form of, perhaps only some formula of, peace. James Conrad
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Peace is a journey

  • It is my conviction that there is no way to peace – peace is the way. Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Peace is a journey of a thousand miles and it must be taken one step at a time. Lyndon B. Johnson
  • Peace is not merely a distant goal we seek but a means by which we arrive at that goal. Martin Luther King Jr.
  • There is no way to peace, peace is the way. A.J. Muste
  • Life is a journey
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Peace is a choice

  • Every day brings a choice: to practice stress or to practice peace. Joan Borysenko
  • Nobody can bring you peace but yourself. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Choice
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The rewards of peace

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Peace brings great rewards

  • Peace is its own reward. Mahatma Gandhi
  • Peace of mind is not the absence of conflict from life, but the ability to cope with it.
  • Real strength is not in power, money or weapons, but in deep, inner peace. Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Inner peace is oxygen to the spirit. Alison Stormwolf
  • They are wise whose thoughts are steady and minds serene, unaffected by good and bad. They are awake and free from fear. Buddha
  • Those who seek inner peace and clarity find that their daily lives and routines flow more easily and harmoniously. Those who get stuck in anger, resentment, and other self-sabotaging emotions and beliefs find that they tend to draw more chaos into their lives. Christin Sander
  • A life with a peaceful center can weather all storms. Norman Vincent Peale
  • The person who is at peace and has achieved a state of calmness needs no thing. He or she has everything. Peter Cajander
  • Peace is the father of friendship. African proverb
  • People are born for different tasks, but in order to survive, everyone requires the same nourishment, inner peace. Sri Sathva Sai Baba
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Inner peace leads to outer effectiveness

  • Being relaxed, at peace with yourself, confident, emotionally neutral, loose, and free- floating – these are the keys to successful performance in almost everything. Wayne Dyer
  • When you have inner peace, you are less distracted by your wants, needs, desires and concerns. It’s thus easier to concentrate, focus, achieve your goals and give back to others.  Richard Carlson
  • Remain calm in every situation because peace equals power. Joyce Meyer
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Inner peace leads to health and healing

  • What I believe, according to my own experience, is that a calm, peaceful mind is a very important element for sustaining the body in a balanced way. The Dalai Lama
  • Of one thing I am certain, the body is not the measure of healing, peace is the measure. Phyllis McGinley
  • If a person’s basic state of mind is serene and calm, then it is possible for this inner peace to overwhelm a painful physical experience. The Dalai Lama
  • A life that finds joy and peace to balance stress and strife will increase its opportunity for health. J. Goldwag
  • Peace is the healthiest state of being. J. Goldwag
  • A peaceful mind physically refreshes the body with both healing energies and a blanket of immunity. J. Goldwag
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Inner peace is at the heart of happiness

  • Peace, or freedom from conflict, is the absolute core of happiness. It is in learning to watch our sense of peace that we avoid unhappiness. All forms of misery are heralded by a frame of mind that must become immediately recognizable if we are ever to gain mastery in happiness…Take the time to look in your heart and be clear. Walk through life being clear. Practice doing each thing in peace. Hugh Prather
  • The life of inner peace, being harmonious and without stress, is the easiest type of existence. Norman Vincent Peale
  • To experience peace does not mean that your life is always blissful. It means that you are capable of tapping into a blissful state of mind amidst the normal chaos of a hectic life. Jill Bolte Taylor
  • As human beings we all want to be happy and free from misery… we have learned that the key to happiness is inner peace. The greatest obstacles to inner peace are disturbing emotions such as anger, attachment, fear and suspicion, while love and compassion and a sense of universal responsibility are the sources of peace and happiness. The Dalai Lama
  • Happiness consists not in having, but of being, not of possessing, but of enjoying. It is the warm glow of a heart at peace with itself. Norman Vincent Peale
  • Happiness is in many things. It’s in love. It’s in sharing. But most of all, it’s in being at peace with yourself knowing that you are making the effort, the full effort, to do what is right. John Wooden
  • Happy are those who have overcome their egos; happy are those who have attained peace; happy are those who have found the Truth. Gautama Buddha
  • Happy people are not their own enemies, do not carry on an endless war with their souls. We may be fiercely at odds with the wrongs of the world around us.  But inside ourselves, near the core, if we are happy, we are at peace.  Lewis B. Smedes
  • Happy is the person who can keep a quiet heart, in the chaos and tumult of this modern world. Patience Strong
  • They are the happiest, be they kings or peasants, who find peace in their homes. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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Inner peace allows us to embrace life

  • Each of us seeks peace of mind, but we sometimes fear that it means giving up excitement and ecstasy. Peace sounds like contentment, which sounds like settling, letting the fire go out.  Actually, peace of mind allows you to go more deeply into the world and consequently to experience more excitement and ecstasy.  The fire burns brighter, fueled by awareness instead of anxiety.  Jennifer James
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Inner peace renews and energises

  • The most common use of the word peace is as the opposite of war. This is understandable but unfortunate. Peace is not just the opposite of violence or turmoil but has a whole register of meanings all its own. The peace of a quiet landscape nurtures us.  A calm moment to ourselves renews our energies. Interior peace energizes us; exterior peace gives us direction. A gentle sun, a calm ocean, the loving smile of a friend–all of these give us peace. We are sustained in a sweet aerie of calm. The opposite of peace is war, but so are agitation, anxiety, and violence. Edward J. Lavin, S.J.
  • When you have found inner peace, you are in constant contact with the source of universal energy and cannot be tired. . . You have endless energy. Peace Pilgrim
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Inner peace leads to outer peace

  • Peace in ourselves, peace in the world. Thich Nhat Hanh
  • As within, so without: If humans clear inner pollution, then they will also cease to create outer pollution. Eckhart Tolle
  • Peace in the world starts with peace in your heart. Marta Davidovich Ockuly
  • When you find peace within yourself, you become the kind of person who can live at peace with others. Peace Pilgrim
  • When you make peace with yourself, you make peace with the world. Maha Ghosananda
  • Your outer world—your environment, the noise level, the relative calm or chaos in your life—is usually a reflection of your inner world, the degree of peace and equanimity (or lack thereof) you experience in your mind. Richard Carlson
  • What comes first, a calm mind or a calm life? If you think about it, the answer, while difficult to admit, is obvious: A calm mind precedes a more peaceful outer life. Richard Carlson
  • Everything we do is infused with the energy with which we do it. If we’re frantic, life will be frantic. If we’re peaceful, life will be peaceful. And so our goal in any situation becomes inner peace. Our internal state determines our experience of our lives; our experiences do not determine our internal state. Marianne Williamson
  • Ultimately, we have just one moral duty: to reclaim large areas of peace in ourselves, more and more peace, and to reflect it towards others.  And the more peace there is in us, the more peace there will be in our troubled world. Etty Hillesum
  • First keep peace within yourself, then you can also bring peace to others. Thomas à Kempis
  • Our work for peace must begin within the private world of each of us. Dag Hammarskjold
  • We won’t find peace in the world unless we find it within
  • 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
  • Loving people live in a loving world. Hostile people live in a hostile world. Same world. Wayne Dyer
  • Everything we do is infused with the energy with which we do it. If we’re frantic, life will be frantic. If we’re peaceful, life will be peaceful. And so our goal in any situation becomes inner peace. Marianne Williamson
  • The only way to bring peace to the earth is to learn to make our own life peaceful. Buddha
  • We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves. The Dalai Lama
  • When we are unable to find tranquility within ourselves, it is useless to seek it elsewhere. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
  • All matters being spiritual; man or woman can only find peace when peace is realized from within. T.F. Hodge
  • If you’re looking for inner peace from the outside world, you’re not going to get that. The inner peace starts with looking at you from the inside. Mary J. Blige
  • Without inner peace it is impossible to have world peace. The Dalai Lama
  • That peace which is within us, we must experience it. And if we are searching for peace outside we will never find the peace within. Prem Rawat
  • If you do not find peace in yourself, you will never find it anywhere else. Paula A. Bendry
  • To the peaceful a house is like a forest and to the restless even a forest is like a crowded city. To one who is at peace, the entire world is a peaceful forest.  To one who is restless with a thousand thoughts, it is an ocean of sorrow. Yoga Vasistha
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Peace is a place inside us

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Peace is within us; at our core

  • Find your centre and live in it. Ralph Waldo Trine
  • Nowhere can man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than in his own soul. Marcus Aurelius
  • Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without. Buddha
  • Peace in ourselves, peace in the world. Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Peace of mind is not a goal I need achieve. It’s a place inside I never want to leave. Close my eyes, I still my thoughts and then I say I will choose to live in peace today. Robert Alan
  • You find peace not by rearranging the circumstances of your life, but by realizing who you are at the deepest level. Eckhart Tolle
  • The only Zen you find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there. Robert M. Pirsig
  • The peace you are looking for is not outside you… it’s what is looking out your eyes. Michael Jeffreys
  • True peace is a quality you carry within yourself, regardless of external circumstances. John Templeton
  • We’ve been looking outside us for our own peace. We’ve been looking in the wrong direction. Byron Katie
  • When the world threatens to flood my barricades, I run to my centre, my calm, my bliss. Alison Stormwolf
  • Each one has to find his or her peace from within. And peace to be real must unaffected by outside circumstances. Mohandas Gandhi
  • There is no need to go to India or anywhere else to find peace. You will find that deep place of silence right in your room, your garden or even your bathtub. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
  • People spend a lifetime searching for happiness; looking for peace. They chase idle dreams, addictions, religions, even other people, hoping to fill the emptiness that plagues them. The irony is the only place they ever needed to search was within. Ramona L. Anderson
  • We tend to feel at peace when things are under control. And we do the best we can to control or manage our lives according to our ideas of order.  But if inner peace depends on that control, your peace of mind could frequently be at risk.  Can you control the economy or energy supplies? Another person’s behavior or actions?  The choices and destinies of loved ones or others on whom you depend?  When you take a long, honest, and sincere look, there may be very little outside yourself that you can control.  Therefore, real peace must be an inside job! A person is truly wise who knows that the heart is the place where lasting peace may be found.  The changeability from one day to the next of your personal world, or the world at large, may make outer things an unreliable source of peace.  Try going away to the mountaintop, or to any place that seems serene and carefree to you, and you can still find yourself disturbed over something–a memory, a concern about a current situation, a fear about the future, or a mere gnat flying around–if you fail to realize that peace dwells at the center of your being. John Marks Templeton
  • Love, joy and peace are at your core (quotes)
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Peace is here right now

  • Peace is present right here and now, in ourselves and in everything we do and see. The question is whether or not we are in touch with it.  We don’t have to travel far away to enjoy the blue sky.  We don’t have to leave our city or even our neighborhood to enjoy the eyes of a beautiful child.  Even the air we breathe can be a source of joy. Thich Nhat Hanh
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Peace is in the heart

  • You’ll never find peace of mind until you listen to your heart. George Michael
  • When you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart. Francis of Assisi
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Paths to peace

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Patience is a path to peace

  • Patience is serenity in the face of insanity. Anne Wilson Schaef
  • Inner peace is impossible without patience. Wisdom requires patience. Spiritual growth implies the mastery of patience. Patience allows the unfolding of destiny to proceed at its own unhurried pace. Brian L. Weiss
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Stillness and silence is a path to peace

  • A quiet mind is the foundation of inner peace. And inner peace translates into outer peace. Richard Carlson
  • The fruit of silence is tranquility. Arabian Proverb
  • You get peace of mind not by thinking about it or imagining it, but by quietening and relaxing the restless mind. Remez Sasson
  • Quiet is peace. Tranquility. Quiet is turning down the volume knob on life. Silence is pushing the off button. Shutting it down. All of it. Khaled Hosseini
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Gratitude is a path to peace

  • Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow. Melody Beattie
  • Gratitude is one of the sweet shortcuts to finding peace of mind and happiness inside. No matter what’s going on outside of us, there’s always something we could be grateful for. Barry Neil Kaufman
  • Gratitude and inner peace go hand in hand. If you wake up in the morning with gratitude on your mind, it’s pretty difficult, in fact almost impossible, to feel anything but peace.  Richard Carlson
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Wisdom is a path to peace

  • They are wise whose thoughts are steady and minds serene, unaffected by good and bad. They are awake and free from fear. Buddha
  • Riches bring anxiety; wisdom gives peace of mind. Ibn Gabirol
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Compassion is a path to peace

  • Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, we will not find peace. Albert Schweitzer
  • One of the basic points is kindness. With kindness, with love and compassion, with this feeling that is the essence of brotherhood, sisterhood, one will have inner peace.  This compassionate feeling is the basis of inner peace.  the Dalai Lama
  • Compassion is not religious business, it is human business. It is not luxury. It is essential for our own peace and mental stability. It is essential for human survival. The Dalai Lama
  • Understanding how compassion is a form of love helps us recognize what a jewel it truly is. When it arises from inner freedom it is then connected to other beautiful capacities of our hearts. It can appear together with well- being, calm, clarity, and peace. Gil Fronsdal
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Personal integrity is a path to peace

  • Equanimity is essentially an umbrella for our most coveted human virtues: integrity, honesty, empathy, authenticity, patience, compassion. Danielle Robinson
  • When you at last give your life – bringing into alignment your beliefs and the way you live then, and only then, can you begin to find inner peace. Peace Pilgrim
  • As you live your values, your sense of identity, integrity, control, and inner-directedness will infuse you with both exhilaration and peace. You will define yourself from within, rather than by people’s opinions or by comparisons to others. “Wrong” and “right” will have little to do with being found out. Stephen Covey
  • When we live and act with integrity, we feel confident about our actions and words, which results in the equanimity of blamelessness. Gil Fronsdal
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Going slowly is a path to peace

  • 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. St. Francis de Sales
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Courage is a path to peace

  • Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace. The soul that knows it not, knows no release from little things; knows not the livid loneliness of fear. Amelia Earhart
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Freedom from desire is a path to peace

  • When there is no desire, all things are at peace. Lao Tzu
  • An emotional state stems from grasping desires and encroaching fears, but true awareness is calmness. J. Goldwag
  • Freedom from desire leads to inner peace. Lao Tse
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Freedom from attachment is a path to peace

  • You never truly need what you want. That is the main and thoroughgoing key to serenity. Albert Ellis
  • But better still is surrender of attachment to results of one’s actions, because there follows immediate peace. Bhagavad Gita
  • Abandon all attachment to the results of action and attain supreme peace. Krishna from The Bhagavad Gita
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A clear conscience is a path to peace

  • While conscience is our friend, all is at peace; however once it is offended, farewell to a tranquil mind. Mary Wortley Montagu
  • A peace above all earthly dignities, a still and quiet conscience. William Shakespeare
  • If you compromise with your own conscience, you will weaken your conscience. Soon your conscience will fail to guide you and you will never have real wealth based on peace of mind. Napoleon Hill
  • If all the gold in the world were melted down into a solid cube it would be about the size of an eight- room house. If a man got possession of all that gold–billions of dollars worth–he could not buy a friend, character, peace of mind, clear conscience, or a sense of eternity.  Charles F. Banning
  • Peace of mind just can’t be bought. Trust me: Even if your conscience doesn’t stop you from playing dirty to get what you want, once you get it, it will keep you from enjoying it. As my mother used to say, “A good conscience is God’s eye.”  Which is why I always prefer a loss to an underhanded gain; the one brings pain at the moment, the other for all time. Patti LaBelle
  • How do men feel whose whole lives (and many men’s lives are) are lies, schemes, and subterfuges? What sort of company do they keep when they are alone? Daily in life I watch men whose every smile is an artifice, and every wink is an hypocrisy. Doth such a fellow wear a mask in his own privacy, and to his own conscience? William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Nothing can produce so great a serenity of life as a mind free from guilt and kept untainted, not only from actions, but purposes that are wicked. By this means the soul will be not only unpolluted but also undisturbed.  The fountain will run clear and unsullied. Plutarch
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Awareness is a path to peace

  • An emotional state stems from grasping desires and encroaching fears, but true awareness is calmness. J. Goldwag
  • Through awareness, you get a certain attitude. That’s the way, you see, to achieve more peaceful, more compassion, more friendship through that way. The Dalai Lama
  • A truly peaceful mind is very sensitive, very aware. The Dalai Lama
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The presence of God is a path to peace

  • Peace is not the absence of trouble, but the presence of God. Steve Dow
  • Peace on the outside comes from knowing God on the inside.
  • To win true peace, a man needs to feel himself directed, pardoned, and sustained by a supreme power, to feel himself in the right road, at the point where God would have him be – in order with God and the universe. This faith gives strength and calm. Henri Frederic Amiel
  • Only those to whom God is present in everything and who employ their reason in the highest degree and have true enjoyment in it know anything of true peace and have a real kingdom of heaven. Meister Eckhart
  • As difficult as it can be to find genuine inner calm, it is the key to creating peace in the world as we know it. The world will not change until we do, and there is nothing the world can deliver to us that will give us the peace we crave.  Peace comes not from the world, but from God.  Marianne Williamson
  • The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of men when they realise their relationship, their Oneness with the universe and all its powers, and when they realise that at the centre of the universe dwells the Great Spirit, and that this centre is really everywhere, it is within each of us. Black Elk
  • Love is a path to peace
  • Every act of love is a work of peace no matter how small. Mother Teresa
  • What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family. Mother Teresa
  • If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other. Mother Teresa
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Not worrying what others think is a path to peace

  • Great tranquillity of heart is his who cares for neither praise not blame. Thomas Kempis
  • The less compelled you are to try to prove yourself to others, the easier it is to feel peaceful inside. Richard Carlson
  • My whole teaching is: Just be what you are and don’t care a bit about the world. Then you will feel a tremendous relaxation and a deep peace within your heart. Osho
  • There is something magical that happens to the human spirit, a sense of calm that comes over you, when you cease needing all the attention directed toward yourself and instead allow others to have the glory. Richard Carlson
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Empathy and understanding is a path to peace

  • Peace requires something far more difficult than revenge or merely turning the other cheek; it requires empathizing with the fears and unmet needs that provide the impetus for people to attack each other. Being aware of those feelings and needs, people lose their desires to attack back because they see the human ignorance leading to those attacks. Instead, their goal becomes providing the empathic connection and education that will enable them to transcend their violence and engage in cooperative relationships. Marshall Rosenberg
  • Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding. Albert Einstein
  • By peace we mean the capacity to transform conflicts with empathy, without violence, and creatively – a never- ending process. Johan Galtung
  • Throughout the world, teachers, sociologists, policymakers and parents are discovering that empathy may be the single most important quality that must be nurtured to give peace a fighting chance. Arundhati Ray
  • I do not want the peace which passeth understanding, I want the understanding which bringeth peace. Helen Keller
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A smile is a path to peace

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Perspective and meaning is a path to peace

  • Inner peace is certainly the ultimate resource for those dealing with suffering on a daily basis. But this isn’t something achieved by distancing yourself from the suffering around you.  Inner peace is more a question of cultivating perspective, meaning, and wisdom even as life touches you with its pain.  It is more a spiritual quality than a mental quality. Rachel Naomi Remen
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Humility is a path to peace

  • Humility and inner peace seem to go hand in hand. The less compelled you are to try to prove yourself to others, the easier it is to feel peaceful inside.  Richard Carlson
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Living a simple life is a path to peace

  • The simplification of life is one of the steps to inner peace. A persistent simplification will create an inner and outer well- being that places harmony in one’s life. Peace Pilgrim
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More paths to peace

  • Learning to ignore things is one of the great paths to inner peace. Robert J. Sawyer
  • Only the just man enjoys peace of mind. Epicurus
  • Nothing contributes so much to tranquilize the mind as a steady purpose, a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye. Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
  • Nothing is more conducive to peace of mind than not having any opinion at all. Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
  • You’ll never find peace of mind until you listen to your heart. George Michael
  • When you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more
  • Happiness and peace of mind comes when your life is in harmony with true principles and values and in no other way. Stephen Covey
  • If you wish to experience peace, provide peace for another. The Dalai Lama
  • Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace. Buddha
  • No one can get inner peace by pouncing on it. Harry Emerson Fosdick
  • For peace is not mere absence of war, but is a virtue that springs from force of character… Baruch Spinoza
  • Having inner peace means committing to letting go of self-criticism and self-doubt. Sanaya Roman
  • When I am able to resist the temptation to judge others, I can see them as teachers of forgiveness in my life, reminding me that I can only have peace of mind when I forgive rather than judge. Gerald Jampolsky
  • For peace of mind, resign as general manager of the universe.
  • Nothing contributes more to a person’s peace of mind than having no opinions at all. C. Lichtenberg
  • We have no freer or quieter place to which we may retire than into our own souls, particularly when we have within us such thoughts that by looking into them we are immediately in perfect tranquility. And I affirm that tranquility is nothing else than the good ordering of the mind. Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
  • The more we give up our hearts to God, to our vocations, and to others, forgetful of ourselves and of that which belongs to us—the greater poise we will acquire, until we reach peace, quiet, joy. Alexander Yelchaninov
  • Five great enemies to peace inhabit us: avarice, ambition, envy, anger and pride.  If those enemies were to be banished, we would infallibly enjoy perpetual peace. Petrarch
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Practices for peace

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Quietening the mind …

  • The reason why we are perturbed is because we allow ourselves to be carried away by the circumstances we are in. Those who are able to keep their mind unperturbed, irrespective of circumstances, have attained Inner Peace. Hui neng
  • When the restless activity of your mind slows down, when your thoughts stop rushing like waves on a windy day, then you will start getting glimpses of the sweet taste of inner peace. Remez Sasson
  • The mind is by nature restless. Begin liberating it from its restlessness; give it peace; make it free from distractions; train it to look inward; make this a habit. This is done by ignoring the external world and removing the obstacles to peace of mind. Ramana Maharshi
  • Love, joy and peace cannot flourish until you have freed yourself from mind dominance. Eckhart Tolle
  • You get peace of mind not by thinking about it or imagining it, but by quietening and relaxing the restless mind. Remez Sasson
  • 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
  • Peace of mind arrives the moment you come to peace with the contents of your mind. Rasheed Ogunlaru
  • The peace you seek is there, it’s there between all the traffic in your mind, stop and rest for peace will find you if you let it. Mike Dolan
  • Peace can reign only where there is no disturbance, and disturbance is due to thoughts that arise in the mind. Ramana Maharshi
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… especially through meditation and mindfulness

  • Meditation gives us peace of mind without a tranquilizer. And unlike a tranquilizer, the peace of mind that we get from meditation does not fade away. It lasts for good in some corner of the inmost recesses of our aspiring heart. Sri Chinmoy
  • Meditation gives you an opportunity to come to know your invisible self. It allows you to empty yourself of the endless hyperactivity of your mind, and to attain calmness. It teaches you to be peaceful, to remove stress, to receive answers where confusion previously reigned. Wayne Dyer
  • Constant meditation awakens the ability to enjoy peace of mind while talking, eating, walking, working and throughout any other activity. Remez Sasson
  • Meditation stills the wandering mind and establishes us forever in a state of peace. Muktananda
  • Meditation is a silent heart, a peaceful mind which can make life more lovable, more livable. Rajneesh
  • There are different things one can do to establish and hasten the peace process. Meditation is one way. Mike Love
  • To achieve that state of lasting happiness and absolute peace, we must first know how to calm the mind, to concentrate and go beyond the mind. By turning the mind’s concentration inward, upon the self, we can deepen that experience of perfect concentration. This is the state of Meditation. Swami Sivananda
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Forgiveness

  • Inner peace can be reached only when we practice forgiveness. Forgiveness is letting go of the past and is therefore the means for correcting our misperceptions. Gerald G. Jampolsky
  • Forgiving those who hurt us is the key to personal peace. Weatherly
  • Forgiving is rediscovering the shining path of peace that at first you thought others took away when they betrayed you. Dodinsky
  • There is no peace without forgiveness. Marianne Williamson
  • Forgive others not because they deserve forgiveness but because you deserve peace.
  • Forgiveness is an inner correction that lightens the heart. It is for our peace of mind first. Being at peace, we will now have peace to give to others, and this is the most permanent and valuable gift we can possibly give. Gerald Jampolsky
  • I can have peace of mind only when I forgive rather than judge. Gerald Jampolsky
  • When I am able to resist the temptation to judge others, I can see them as teachers of forgiveness in my life, reminding me that I can only have peace of mind when I forgive rather than judge. Gerald Jampolsky
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Mindful breathing

  • When you own your breath, nobody can steal your peace.
  • Most of the time, we think too much, and mindful breathing helps us to be calm, relaxed, and peaceful. Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Notice how quickly you can bring your mind to a more peaceful place, simply by focusing your breath. Martin Boroson
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Being

  • When you surrender to what is and so become fully present, the past ceases to have any power. The realm of Being, which has been obscured by the mind, then opens up. Suddenly a great stillness arises within you, an unfathomable sense of peace. And within that peace, there is great joy. And within that joy, there is love. And at the innermost core, there is the sacred and immeasurable, That which cannot be named. Eckhart Tolle
  • If there is to be any peace it will come through being, not having. Henry Miller
  • Happiness consists not in having, but of being, not of possessing, but of enjoying. It is the warm glow of a heart at peace with itself. Norman Vincent Peale
  • With practice, the sense of stillness and peace will deepen. In fact, there is no end to its depth. You will also feel a subtle emanation of joy arising from deep within: the joy of Being. Eckhart Tolle
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Spending time in nature

  • The sensitive man can freshen his trust in the ultimate goodness of things from a glowing sunset, can renew his inward peace with a forest walk. Nature lovingly speaks to him, all wordless though she be. Paul Brunton
  • I remember a hundred lovely lakes and recall the fragrant breath of pine and fir and cedar and poplar trees. The trail has strung upon it, as upon a thread of silk, opalescent dawns and saffron sunsets.  It has given me blessed release from care and worry and the troubled thinking of our modern day.  It has been a return to the primitive and the peaceful. Whenever the pressure of our complex city life thins my blood and benumbs my brain, I seek relief in the trail; and when I hear the coyote wailing to the yellow dawn, my cares fall from me – I am happy.  Hamlin Garland
  • Nature is the clearest source of solitude. The greatness of nature can overwhelm the insignificant chatter by which we measure most of our days.  If you have the wisdom and the courage to go to nature alone, the larger rhythms, the eternal hum, will make itself known all the sooner.  When you have found it, it will always be there for you.  The peace without will become the peace within, and you will be able to return to it in your heart wherever you find yourself.  Kent Nerburn
  • There is nothing in the world more peaceful than apple-leaves with an early moon. Alice Meynell
  • Only spread a fern-frond over a man’s head and worldly cares are cast out, and freedom and beauty and peace come in. John Muir
  • It was in the forest that I found “the peace that passeth understanding.” Jane Goodall
  • Whatever peace I know rests in the natural world, in feeling myself a part of it, even in a small way. May Sarton
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Making a decision

  • A peacefulness follows any decision, even the wrong one. Rita Mae Brown
  • You will find that decisions are liberating. The paradox is that some of the most stressed people on the planet are people who are frozen by indecision. There is a tremendous energy and peace that decision making brings. Dave Ramsey
  • Nothing brings order to a disordered mind like making a decision and letting it stand. Tony Robbins
  • There may be no trumpet sound or loud applause when we make a right decision, just a calm sense of resolution and peace. Gloria Gaither
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Surrender

  • When you surrender to what is and so become fully present, the past ceases to have any power. The realm of Being, which has been obscured by the mind, then opens up. Suddenly a great stillness arises within you, an unfathomable sense of peace. And within that peace, there is great joy. And within that joy, there is love. And at the innermost core, there is the sacred and immeasurable, That which cannot be named. Eckhart Tolle
  • Often times, the greatest peace comes of surrender. Richard Paul Evans
  • Open your heart to “what is” instead of insisting that life be a certain way. The greater our surrender to the truth of the moment, the greater will be our peace of mind.  Richard Carlson
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Facing life’s challenges

  • Self-acceptance comes from meeting life’s challenges vigorously. Don’t numb yourself to your trials and difficulties, nor build mental walls to exclude pain from your life. 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. Donald Walters
  • Peace of mind is attained not by ignoring problems, but by solving them. Raymond Hull
  • You cannot find peace by avoiding life. Virginia Woolf
  • Inner peace is not found by staying on the surface of life, or by attempting to escape from life through any means. Inner peace is found by facing life squarely, solving its problems, and delving as far beneath the surface as possible to discover its verities and realities. Peace Pilgrim
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Letting go

  • If you let go a little, you will have a little peace. If you let go a lot, you will have a lot of peace. If you let go completely, you will have complete peace. Ajahn Chan
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Living in the moment

  • True peace is found in this moment. Acceptance is the first step to inner calm. Eckhart Tolle
  • If you want to create tension and stress in your life just keep focusing on who you wish you were, where you would rather be and what you should have. If you want to feel peace, then be with and enjoy this moment right now, without wishing or wanting to change a single thing. Robert Beno
  • Peace comes from being aligned with the present moment. Wherever you are, you feel that you are home– because you are home. Eckhart Tolle
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Letting go of the need to understand everything

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Acceptance leads to peace

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Acceptance of what is leads to peace

  • Anything in life that we don’t accept will simply make trouble for us until we make peace with it. Shakti Gawain
  • Ask not that events should happen as you will, but let your will be that events should happen as they do, and you shall have peace. Epictetus
  • Freedom is instantaneous the moment we accept things as they are. Karen Maezen Miller
  • I have learned to offer no resistance to what is; I have learned to allow the present moment to be and to accept the impermanent nature of all things and conditions. Thus I have found peace. Eckhart Tolle
  • If a form collapses through death or loss and you accept it, then there is peace and spaciousness beneath your weeping. Eckhart Tolle
  • If I am not feeling at peace, I accept my “non-peace.” Anything I accept fully will take me into peace. This is the miracle of surrender. Eckhart Tolle
  • Make peace with where you are. You are where you are. When you make peace with where you are you turn downstream easily. When you don’t make peace with where you are you’re upstream. Abraham-Hicks
  • Open your heart to “what is” instead of insisting that life be a certain way. The greater our surrender to the truth of the moment, the greater will be our peace of mind.  Richard Carlson
  • Peace is non-resistance, complete acceptance, identification with all, everyone, everything. Lester Levenson
  • Seek not that the things which happen should happen as you wish; but wish the things which happen to be as they are, and you will have a tranquil flow of life. Epictetus
  • Serenity comes when you trade expectations for acceptance.
  • The core principle for feeling at peace in the present moment is to act or accept, but never stay stuck. John Kuypers
  • The moment that judgement stops through acceptance of what it is, you are free of the mind. You have made room for love, for joy, for peace. Eckhart Tolle
  • The only way to get to a place better than where you are, is to make peace with where you are. Abraham-Hicks
  • True peace is found in this moment. Acceptance is the first step to inner calm. Eckhart Tolle
  • Whenever you deeply accept this moment as it is – no matter what form it takes – you are still, you are at peace. Eckhart Tolle
  • Your yes means that you accept the facts as they are, that you are not resisting them emotionally even if you are trying with all your might to change them. This will usually bring some peace—and will help any actions you take be more effective. Rick Hanson
  • Peace does not dwell in outward things, but within the soul; we may preserve it in the midst of the bitterest pain, if our will remains firm and submissive. Peace in this life springs from acquiescence to, not in an exemption from, suffering. Francois de Fenelon
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Accepting yourself leads to peace

  • Until you make peace with who you are, you will never be content with what you have. Doris Mortman
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Accepting others as they are leads to peace

  • Peace of mind comes from not wanting to change others but by simply accepting them as they are. True acceptance is always without demands and expectations. Gerald G. Jampolsky
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Self-acceptance leads to peace

  • We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves. The Dalai Lama
  • Perhaps the most important thing we can undertake toward the reduction of fear is to make easier for people to accept themselves, to like themselves.  Bonard W. Overstreet
  • Until you make peace with who you are, you’ll never be content with what you have. Doris Mortman
  • Self-acceptance comes from meeting life’s challenges vigorously. Don’t numb yourself to your trials and difficulties, nor build mental walls to exclude pain from your life. 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.   Donald Walters
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Affirmations

  • Let there be peace on earth. And let it begin with me. Jill Jackson Miller
  • Let me bring peace into moments of chaos. Jonathan Lockwood Huie
  • I am happy, calm and peaceful inside. Louise L. Hay
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On a lighter note

  • Burn your computer. Blow up your TV. Bludgeon your cell phone. Breathe deeply. This, my friends, is the secret to inner-    Brian Vaszily
  • Fighting for peace is like screwing for virginity.  George Carlin
  • For peace of mind, resign as general manager of the universe.
  • For people who like peace and quiet – a phoneless cord
  • Honk if you love peace and quiet.
  • Hurry up, inner peace, I don’t have all day!
  • I know exactly what I want. Everything. Calm, peace, tranquility, freedom, fun, happiness. If I could make all that one word, I would – a many-syllabled word. Johnny Depp
  • I tried yoga once but took off for the mall halfway through class, as I had a sudden craving for a soft pretzel and world peace. Terri Guillemets
  • I want to die peacefully in my sleep, like my grandfather… Not screaming and yelling like the passengers in his car.
  • I’d kill for a Nobel Peace Prize.  Steven Wright
  • Life is pleasant death is peaceful; it’s the transition that’s troublesome.  Isaac Asimov
  • Mother-in-law: A woman who destroys her son-in-law’s peace of mind by giving him a piece of hers.
  • My therapist told me the way to achieve true inner peace is to finish what I start. So far I’ve finished two bags of M&Ms and a chocolate cake. I feel better already.
  • Peace has its victories no less than war but it doesn’t have as many monuments to unveil.  Frank  …Kin’ Hubbard
  • Peace is a period of confusion and unrest between two wars.
  • Peace: In international affairs, a period of cheating between two periods of fighting. Ambrose Bierce
  • Starting a war in the name of peace is like poking a hole in a balloon to get more air into it.  Alfred E. Neuman
  • The only solid and lasting peace between a man and his wife is, doubtless, a separation. Lord Chesterfield
  • The peacemaking meeting scheduled for today has been cancelled due to a conflict.  Church Bulletin
  • The secret to peace of mind is not to let anyone with an IQ under 50 offend you. Robert Brault
  • There is no such thing as inner peace; there is only nervousness and death.  Fran Lebowitz
  • Universal peace sounds ridiculous to the head of an average family.  Frank  …Kin’ Hubbard
  • War: A cowardly escape from the problems of peace.   Mann Thomas
  • We are going to have peace even if we have to fight for it.  Dwight D. ‘Ike’ Eisenhower
  • Wedlock is the deep, deep peace of the double bed after the hurly burly of the chaise lounge. Mrs Patrick Campbell
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