Tranquility (quotes)


Tranquility is a state of calmness


The rewards of tranquility


Tranquility is a true measure of spiritual progress 

  • The real spiritual progress of the aspirant is measured by the extent to which he achieves inner tranquility. Swami Sivananda
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Tranquility of mind brings happiness

  • A happy life consists in tranquility of mind. Marcus Tullius Cicero
  • It is neither wealth nor splendor, but tranquility and occupation, which give happiness. Thomas Jefferson
  • Happiness is the realization of God in the heart. Happiness is the result of praise and thanksgiving, of faith, of acceptance; a quiet tranquil realization of the love of God. White Eagle
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Tranquility bestows power and strength

  • The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater is his success, his influence, his power for good. Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom. James Allen
  • Thirteen virtues necessary for true success: temperance, silence, order, resolution, frugality, industry, sincerity, justice, moderation, cleanliness, tranquility, chastity, and humility. Benjamin Franklin
  • Tranquility is not weakness; from tranquility emerges power and strength. JoyBell C.
  • For he who has no tranquility there is no concentration. Bhagavad-Gita
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Tranquility brings aliveness and vitality


Tranquility brings freedom

  • The positive vibrations of unregulated joy, peace, happiness and tranquility is freedom. T.F. Hodge
  • Peace is liberty in tranquillity. Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Tranquility opens you to learning

  • When one feels tranquil, one finds pleasure in listening to good teachings; when one has these feelings and appreciates them, one is free of fear. Buddha
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Tranquility within allows the serene light of God to be mirrored

  • God is a tranquil Being, and abides in a tranquil eternity. So must your spirit become a tranquil and clear little pool, wherein the serene light of God can be mirrored. . . . Nothing in the whole world is worth the loss of your peace; even the faults which you have committed should only humble, but not disquiet you.  God is full of joy, peace, and happiness. Endeavor then to obtain a continually joyful and peaceful spirit.  Avoid all anxious care, vexation, murmuring, and melancholy, which darken your soul.  If you perceive such feelings arising, turn gently away from them.   Terstregen
  • Like water which can clearly mirror the sky and the trees only so long as its surface is undisturbed, the mind can only reflect the true image of the Self when it is tranquil and wholly relaxed. Indra Devi
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Tranquility makes others tranquil too

  • 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

Tranquility is a stepping stone to enlightenment

  • The 7 factors of enlightenment: mindfulness, investigation of mental objects, energy, joy, tranquility, concentration and equanimity. Thich Nhat Hanh
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The qualities of a tranquil mind


A truly tranquil mind remains so even in times of disturbance

  • If an individual has a calm state of mind, that person’s attitudes and views will be calm and tranquil even in the presence of great agitation. Tenzin Gyatso
  • One who has control over the mind is tranquil in heat and cold, in pleasure and pain, and in honor and dishonor; and is ever steadfast with the Supreme Self. Bhagavad Gita
  • We can be serene even in the midst of calamities and, by our serenity, make others more tranquil. Serenity is contagious. Swami Satchidananda
  • The very secret of life for me, I believed, was to maintain in the midst of rushing events an inner tranquility. Margaret Bourke- White
  • To him everything was in process of destruction, everything was in process of construction. This is called tranquility in disturbance. Tranquility in disturbance means that it is especially in the midst of disturbance that tranquility becomes perfect. Chuang Tzu
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A truly tranquil mind cares neither for praise or blame

  • Great tranquility of heart is his who cares for neither praise not blame. Thomas Kempis
  • Tranquility is a certain equality of mind which no condition of fortune can either exalt or depress. Seneca

A truly tranquil mind remains so even through pain

  • In every pain let this thought be present, that there is no dishonor in it, nor does it make the governing intelligence worse. Indeed, in the case of most pains, let this remark of Epicurus aid thee, that pain is neither intolerable nor everlasting – if thou bearest in mind that it has its limits, and if thou addest nothing to it in imagination. Pain is either an evil to the body (then let the body say what it thinks of it!)-or to the soul. But it is in the power of the soul to maintain its own serenity and tranquility, and not to think that pain is an evil. . . . It will suffice thee to remember as concerning pain . . . that the mind may, by stopping all manner of commerce and sympathy with the body, still retain its own tranquility. Marcus Aurelius
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The path to tranquility


Without tranquility within, you won’t find it without

  • When we are unable to find tranquility within ourselves, it is useless to seek it elsewhere. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
  • Inner peace is the key: if you have inner peace, the external problems do not affect your deep sense of peace and tranquility…without this inner peace, no matter how comfortable your life is materially, you may still be worried, disturbed, or unhappy because of circumstances. The Dalai Lama

Tranquility comes from a steady purpose

  • 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
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Tranquility comes from a well-ordered mind

  • By a tranquil mind I mean nothing else than a mind well ordered. Marcus Aurelius

Tranquility comes from stillness and time alone

  • 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
  • The fruit of silence is tranquility. Arabian Proverb
  • What is first seen as a loss is now seen as a gain. For he finds solitude, not in far off, quiet places; he creates it out of himself, spreads it around him, wherever he may be, because he loves it and slowly he ripens in this tranquility. For the inner process is beginning to unfold, stillness is extraordinarily important. Janwillem van de Wetering
  • I love tranquil solitude and such society as is quiet, wise, and good. Percy Shelley
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Tranquility comes from slowing down

  • The happiness and peace attained by those satisfied by the nectar of spiritual tranquillity is not attained by greedy persons restlessly moving here and there. Chanakya
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Tranquility comes from compassion

  • Only the development of compassion and understanding for others can bring us the tranquility and happiness we all seek. The Dalai Lama
  • The greatest degree of inner tranquility comes from the development of love and compassion. The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being.-The Dalai Lama
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Tranquility comes from acceptance and going more with the flow

  • 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
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Tranquility comes from letting go of things you cannot control

  • Happiness and freedom begin with a clear understanding of one principle: Some things are within our control, and some things are not. It is only after you have faced up to this fundamental rule and learned to distinguish between what you can and can’t control that inner tranquility and outer effectiveness become possible. Epictetus
  • Letting go, Know what you cannot control

Tranquility comes from concentrating on what you’re doing

  • When one is rising, standing, walking, doing something, stopping, one should constantly concentrate one’s mind on the act and the doing of it, not one ones’ relation to the act or its character or value… One should simply practice concentration of the mind on the act itself, understanding it to be an expedient means for attaining tranquility of mind, realization, insight, and wisdom. Ashvaghosha
  • For him who has no concentration, there is no tranquility. Bhagavad Gita
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Tranquility comes from a belief in something greater than yourself

  • I believe the root of all happiness on this earth to lie in the realization of a spiritual life with a consciousness of something wider than materialism; in the capacity to live in a world that gives you tranquility without complacency because you believe in something so much larger than yourself. Sir Hugh Walpol
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Tranquility comes from a realisation of God within

  • Happiness is the realization of God in the heart. Happiness is a quiet tranquil realization of the love of God. White Eagle
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Tranquility comes from doing the will of God

  • Let a man set his heart only on doing the will of God and he is instantly free. If we understand our first and sole duty to consist of loving God supremely and loving everyone, even our enemies, for God’s dear sake, then we can enjoy spiritual tranquility under every circumstance. W. Tozer

Tranquility comes from prayer

  • If you make a habit of sincere prayer, your life will be very noticeably and profoundly altered. Prayer stamps with its indelible mark our actions and demeanor. A tranquility of bearing, a facial and bodily repose, are observed in those whose inner lives are thus enriched. Within the depths of consciousness a flame kindles. And man sees himself. He discovers his selfishness, his silly pride, his fears, his greeds, his blunders. He develops a sense of moral obligation, intellectual humility. Thus begins a journey of the soul toward the realm of grace. . . . Dr. Alexis Carrel
  • Pray for tranquility of spirit and cultivate patience. The Urantia Book
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Tranquility comes from virtue

  • If virtue promises good fortune and tranquility and happiness, certainly also the progress towards virtue is progress towards each of these things. Epictetus
  • When even one virtue becomes our nature, the mind becomes clean and tranquil. Then there is no need to practice meditation; we will automatically be meditating always.  Swami Satchidananda
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Tranquility comes from a clear conscience

  • While conscience is our friend, all is at peace; however once it is offended, farewell to a tranquil mind. Mary Wortley Montagu
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Tranquility comes from spending time in nature

  • Nature tops the list of potent tranquilizers and stress reducers. The mere sound of moving water has been shown to lower blood pressure. Patch Adams
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Tranquility comes from eliminating what is not essential


Tranquility comes from humor and laughter

  • Good humor is one of the preservatives of our peace and tranquility. Thomas Jefferson
  • Humor is emotional chaos remembered in tranquillity. James Thurber
  • Laughter is a tranquilizer with no side effects. Arnold H. Glasgow
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Tranquility comes from gratitude

  • Gratitude changes the pangs of memory into a tranquil joy. Dietrich Bonhoeffer
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Tranquility comes from not allowing the pin pricks of daily life to disturb you

  • How easy it is to repel and erase every impression which is troublesome or unwelcome, and immediately to be tranquil. Marcus Aurelius
  • Do not let trifles disturb your tranquility of mind. The little pin-pricks of daily life when dwelt upon and magnified, may do great damage, but if ignored or dismissed from thought, will disappear from inanition. Grenville Kleiser

Tranquility comes from tending your inner garden

  • For me the appropriate metaphor for the inner spiritual centre is a garden, a place of potential peace and tranquility. This garden is a place where the Spirit of God comes to make self-disclosure to share wisdom, to give affirmation or rebuke, to provide encouragement, and to give direction and guidance. When this garden is in proper order, it is a quiet place, and there is an absence of busyness, of defiling noise, of confusion. The inner garden is a delicate place, and if not properly maintained it will be quickly overrun by intrusive under-growth. God does not often walk in disordered gardens. And that is why inner gardens that are ignored are said to be empty. Gordon MacDonald
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Tranquility comes from keeping your desires under control

  • Supreme bliss comes to a Self-realized yogi whose mind is tranquil, whose desires are under control, and who is free from sin. Bhagavad Gita
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Tranquility comes from friendship

  • The mind is so rarely disturbed, but that the company of friend will restore it to some degree of tranquility and sedateness. Adam Smith
  • That perfect tranquility of life, which is nowhere to be found but in retreat, a faithful friend and a good library. Aphra Behn
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Tranquility comes from gardening

  • Gardening is a labour full of tranquility and satisfaction; natural and instructive, and as such contributes to the most serious contemplation, experience, health and longevity. John Evelyn
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Tranquility comes from detachment

  • In intuitive balance, love is balanced and detached. In the state of intuitive balance, peace and tranquility are produced. Without intuitive balance, life is useless. Sri Guru Granth Sahib
  • There will be calmness, tranquility, when one is free from external objects and is not perturbed. Bruce Lee
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Tranquility comes from music

  • Joy, sorrow, tears, lamentation, laughter — to all these music gives voice, but in such a way that we are transported from the world of unrest to a world of peace, and see reality in a new way, as if we were sitting by a mountain lake and contemplating hills and woods and clouds in the tranquil and fathomless water. Albert Schweitzer
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Seek tranquility


Seek tranquility over all else

  • The poor long for riches and the rich for heaven, but the wise long for a state of tranquility. Swami Rama

Find pockets of tranquility within your busy world

  • You owe it to everyone you love to find pockets of tranquility in your busy world. Georges Bernanos
  • At times our lives seem like that of a tranquil island in a sea of chaos. The battle is to keep this sea of chaos at bay and not let it wash us away into utter chaos. Sanjeeva Ananthan
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Carry your tranquility into your action

  • The pursuit, even of the best things, ought to be calm and tranquil. Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Tranquility is to be treasured in old age

  • Tranquility is the old man’s milk. Thomas Jefferson
  • One’s age should be tranquil, as childhood should be playful. Hard work at either extremity of life seems out of place. At midday the sun may burn, and men labor under it; but the morning and evening should be alike calm and cheerful. Thomas Arnold
  • Getting older gracefully

Balance tranquility with the hurly burly of life


Don’t wish only for tranquil times in your life for hardships bring their own gifts

  • Periods of tranquility are seldom profilic of creative achievement. Mankind has to be stirred up. Alfred North Whitehead
  • Braving obstacles and hardships is nobler than retreat to tranquility. The butterfly that hovers around the lamp until it dies is more admirable than the mole that lives in a dark tunnel. Kahlil Gibran
  • All of us might wish at times that we lived in a more tranquil world, but we don’t. And if our times are difficult and perplexing, so are they challenging and filled with opportunity. Robert Kennedy
  • Don’t ask to live in tranquil times. Literature doesn’t grow there. Rita Mae Brown
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We need to balance tranquility with the hurly burly action of life

  • You might be tempted to avoid the messiness of daily living for the tranquility of stillness and peacefulness. This of course would be an attachment to stillness, and like any strong attachment, it leads to delusion. It arrests development and short- circuits the cultivation of wisdom.  Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • It is in vain to say human beings ought to be satisfied with tranquility: they must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it. Charlotte Bronte

Zen is all about tranquility

  • Zen takes the opposite tack; it holds that true reality is the fundamental unity of mind and matter, inner spirit and external world. When life is viewed in such terms, there can be no success or failure, happiness or unhappiness; life is a whole, and you are simply part of it. There are no dualities, hence there is nothing to worry about. The result is perfect tranquility. Thomas Hoover
  • The beauty of Zen is found in simplicity and tranquility, in a sense of the all-embracing harmony of things. Thich Thien-An
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Final thoughts

  • Because all existence is founded upon the ever-present state of union, everything already exists in a state of tranquility. However, this state of tranquility is masked from us by our assumption that there is a separation, that there is a problem.  Suzuki Roshi
  • All sorrows are destroyed upon attainment of tranquillity. The intellect of such a tranquil person soon becomes completely steady. Bhagavad Gita
  • Sensual pleasures have the fleeting brilliance of a comet; a happy marriage has the tranquility of a lovely sunset. Ann Landers
  • Fame and tranquility can never be bedfellows. Michel de Montaigne
  • This is moral perfection: to live each day as though it were the last; to be tranquil, sincere, yet not indifferent to one’s fate. Marcus Aurelius
  • Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility. William Wordsworth
  • Tranquil pleasures last the longest; we are not fitted to bear the burden of great joys. Christian Nestell Bovee

On a lighter note

  • Diplomacy: the art of fishing tranquilly in troubled waters.  Christopher Herold
  • Humour is emotional chaos remembered in tranquillity. James Thurber
  • 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
  • Sorrow is tranquility remembered in emotion. Dorothy Parker