Serenity (quotes)

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Serenity is the state of being calm and peaceful

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Serenity is the state of being calm, peaceful, and untroubled  

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Serenity is peace amid the storm, not freedom from it  

  • Serenity is not freedom from the storm…but peace amid the storm. Wilbur Pierce
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We all seek serenity  

  • The quest for this unwearied peace is constant and universal. Probe deeply into the teaching of Buddha, Maimonides, or a Kempis, and you will discover that they base their diverse doctrines on the foundation of a large spiritual serenity. Analyze the prayers of troubled, overborne mankind of all creeds, in every age–and their petitions come down to the irreducible common denominators of daily bread and inward peace. Grown men do not pray for vain trifles. When they lift up their hearts and voices in the valley of tears they ask for strength and courage and understanding. Joshua Loth Liebman
  • Human needs
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Serenity comes from …

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Serenity is allowing life to take the form it will  

  • Curiosity endows the people who have it with a generosity in argument and a serenity in their own mode of life which springs from their cheerful willingness to let life take the form it will. Alistair Cooke  
  • Life has its rhythm as we have ours. They’re designed to coexist in harmony, so that when we do what is ours to do and otherwise let life be, we garner acceptance and serenity. Victoria Moran
  • Going with the flow
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Serenity comes from a clear conscience  

  • A good conscience is to the soul what health is to the body; it preserves constant ease and serenity within us; and more than countervails all the calamities and afflictions which can befall us from without. Joseph Addison
  • Whenever conscience speaks with a divided, uncertain, and disputed voice, it is not the voice of God. Descend still deeper into yourself, until you hear nothing but a clear, undivided voice, a voice which does away with doubt and brings with it persuasion, light, and serenity. Henri Frederic Amiel
  • Conscience
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Serenity comes from humour  

  • 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
  • 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
  • HumourLaughter
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Serenity comes from acceptance  

  • 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.  Reinhold Niebuhr
  • Let loose what you can’t control. Serenity will be yours.
  • Change what cannot be accepted and accept what cannot be changed. Reinhold Niebuhr
  • In struggling against anguish one never produces serenity; the struggle against anguish only produces new forms of anguish. Simone Weil
  • Acceptance
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Serenity comes from faith  

  • Religious faith is not a storm cellar to which men and women can flee for refuge from the storms of life. It is, instead, an inner spiritual strength which enables them to face those storms with hope and serenity.  Religious faith has the miraculous power to lift ordinary human beings to greatness in seasons of stress.  Sam J. Ervin, Jr.
  • I wish everybody finds the serenity that good, strong faith brings. Ann Jillian
  • FaithTrust in God
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Serenity comes from detachment  

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Serenity comes from combining focused intention with detached awareness  

  • One-pointed intention is that quality of attention that is unbending in its fixity of purpose. One-pointed intention means holding your attention to the intended outcome with such unbending purpose that you absolutely refuse to allow obstacles to consume and dissipate the focused quality of your attention. There is a total and complete exclusion of all obstacles from your consciousness. You are able to maintain an unshakable serenity while being committed to your goal with intense passion. This is the power of detached awareness and one-pointed, focused intention simultaneously. Deepak Chopra
  • Serenity comes when you trade expectations for acceptance.
  • AwarenessIntention
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Serenity comes from patience  

  • Patience is serenity in the face of insanity. Anne Wilson Schaef
  • Patience is the analogue of God’s serenity. Austin O’Malley
  • Serenity and inner beauty come when we wait upon God. ‘Waiting’ like that is not merely wasting time. Eva Burrows
  • Patience
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Serenity comes from right thought and right action  

  • Right thoughts produce right actions and right actions produce work which will be a material reflection for others to see of the serenity at the center of it all. Robert M. Pirsig
  • Right action
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Serenity comes from living in the present moment  

  • We are very good at preparing to live, but not very good at living. We know how to sacrifice ten years for a diploma, and we are willing to work very hard to get a job, a car, a house, and so on. But we have difficulty remembering that we are alive in the present moment, the only moment there is for us to be alive. Every breath we take, every step we make, can be filled with peace, joy, and serenity. We need only to be awake, alive in the present moment. Thich Nhat Hanh
  • 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. Thích Nhất Hạnh
  • Live in the present
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Serenity comes from cheerfulness  

  • I have always preferred cheerfulness to mirth. The former is an act, the latter a habit of the mind. Mirth is short and transient; cheerfulness, fixed and permanent. Mirth is like a flash of lightning, that breaks through a gloom of clouds, and glitters for a moment. Cheerfulness keeps up a kind of daylight in the mind, filling it with a steady and perpetual serenity. Joseph Addison
  • CheerfulnessOptimism
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Serenity comes from spending time alone  

  • The person who has not learned to be happy and content while completely alone for an hour a day, or a week has missed life’s greatest serenity. Clay Tate
  • Solitude is the house of peace. T.F. Hodge
  • Solitude
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Serenity comes from meditation …  

  • Many types of meditation have been shown to reduce anxiety. Mindfulness meditation, in particular, shows promise for anxiety relief. Research shows that mindfulness meditation can actually change your brain. With regular practice, meditation boosts activity on the left side of the prefrontal cortex, the area of the brain responsible for feelings of serenity and joy. Robert Segal
  • Someone once inquired of a Far Eastern Zen master, who had a great serenity and peace about him no matter what pressures he faced, “How do you maintain that serenity and peace?” He replied, “I never leave my place of meditation.” He meditated early in the morning and for the rest of the day, he carried the peace of those moments with him in his mind and heart. Stephen Covey
  • Meditation
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… from embracing our inner silence …  

  • Empowerment gives birth to responsibility; this responsibility is to serve. We need to serve where we find ourselves; wherever we are. You don’t need to identify with service, or speak of it. Better just to guide, love and care. Silence is a great aid in service; the more you are able to listen, the greater help you can be–energy escapes when you talk. And when you have achieved serenity, you will benefit others by your presence. When your inner noise is silenced, you will have a quick, clear perspective on all human situations; you will be able to reach out effectively in generosity and compassion. Andrew DaPassano
  • Learn silence. With the quiet serenity of a meditative mind, listen, absorb, transcribe, and transform. Pythagoras
  • SilenceStillness
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… from watching the mind in a detached way  

  • Basically, you’re not alone in there. There are two distinct aspects of your inner being. The first is you, the awareness, the witness, the center of your willful intention; and the other is that which you watch. The problem is, the part that you watch never shuts up. If you could get rid of that part, even for a moment, the peace and serenity would be the nicest vacation you ever had. Michael Singer
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Serenity comes from learning and reading  

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Serenity comes from sipping tea  

  • When we sip tea, we are on our way to serenity. Alexandra Stoddard
  • Tea
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Serenity comes from gardening  

  • Gardening is about enjoying the smell of things growing in the soil, getting dirty without feeling guilty, and generally taking the time to soak up a little peace and serenity. Lindley Karstens
  • Gardening
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The rewards of serenity

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The serenity of simple pleasures gives rise to happiness …

  • What if happiness were found in the serenity of simple pleasures. What if we didn’t need the newest gizmo… the highest high? What if happiness is in the air we breathe… slowly, deeply, and consciously? What if happiness is one fresh grape, savored with gratitude? What if happiness is in our oneness with all creation? What if happiness is about enjoying life exactly as it comes to us – without chasing after it? What if happiness is something we CHOOSE…  regardless of our circumstances?  Jonathan Lockwood Huie
  • PleasureHappiness
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… and joy

  • True joy is serene. . . . The seat of it is within, and there is no cheerfulness like the resolution of a brave mind that has fortune under its feat. It is an invincible greatness of mind not to be elevated or dejected with good or ill fortune. A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it be – without wishing for what he has not. Seneca
  • Joy
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Serenity of the soul gives rise to peace  

  • 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
  • The soulInner peace
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Being serene makes others serene

  • We are not going to change the whole world, but we can change ourselves and feel free as birds. We can be serene even in the midst of calamities and, by our serenity, make others more tranquil. Serenity is contagious. If we smile at someone, he or she will smile back. And a smile costs nothing. We should plague everyone with joy. If we are to die in a minute, why not die happily, laughing? Swami Satchidananda  
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Final thoughts

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Combine a spirit of serenity with a life of action  

  • Serenity of spirit and turbulence of action should make up the sum of a man’s life. Vita Sackville- West
  • Action
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Serenity is allowing emotions to pass over in their own time  

  • 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
  • Emotions
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Serenity and art  

  • The sole art that suits me is that which, rising from unrest, tends toward serenity. Andre Gide
  • 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
  • Art
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On a lighter note

  • Lord, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to hide the bodies of those people I had to kill because they pissed me off!  Sarah Ferguson