us seeks peace of mind, but we sometimes fear that it
giving up excitement and ecstasy. Peace sounds like
which sounds like settling, letting the fire go out.
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.
one can get inner peace by pouncing on it, by vigorously willing to
Peace is a margin of power around our daily need.
Peace is a consciousness of springs too deep for earthly droughts to
Peace is the gift not of volitional struggle but of
Better than a
thousand hollow words is one word that brings peace.
Peace is such a
precious jewel that I would give anything for it but truth.
those to whom God is present
and who employ
their reason in the highest
and have true enjoyment in it know
and have a real kingdom of heaven.
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.
We spend most of our time and energy
in a kind of horizontal thinking.
We move along the
surface of things going from one quick base to another,
often with a frenzy that wears us out. We collect data,
things, people, ideas,
never penetrating any of them. . . .
But there are other
times. There are times when we stop.
We lose ourselves in
a pile of leaves or its memory.
We listen and breezes
from a whole other world begin to whisper.
minds cannot be
but go on in
misfortune at their own
during a thunderstorm.
All our miseries derive
being able to
sit in a quiet room alone.
Whatever peace I know rests in the
in feeling myself a part of it, even in a
|Matthew Arnold counted
as the greatest single line in all poetry
that saying of
Dante's poetic insight: "In Thy will is our peace."
Philemon F. Sturges
we have just one moral duty: to reclaim large
peace in ourselves, more and more peace, and
it towards others. And the more peace there is
in us, the
more peace there will be in our troubled world.
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
or turmoil but has a whole register of meanings all its
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.
sun, a calm ocean, the loving smile of a friend--all of
these give us peace.
We are sustained in a sweet aerie of
The opposite of peace is war, but so are
agitation, anxiety, and violence.
|The surface of life is
also in a state of constant flux, with good days and bad,
victory and defeat. To maintain, as the ocean does, a
deep inner calm, while the storms of misfortune, reverses,
fears and worries lash at the surface
of life, is to
discover the secret of serenity.
Years ago, when Thomas Edison's factory
burned down, he wasted no time bemoaning his fate.
Immediately after the disaster the reporters found a calm,
quiet man already at work on plans for a new building.
When Emerson's home was destroyed by fire
and his precious books were being reduced to ashes,
Louisa May Alcott came to console him. The great
philosopher said, "Yes, yes, Louisa, they are all
gone, but let us enjoy the blaze now. Isn't it beautiful!"
Some people are ocean personalities. In their
inner depths they are not defeated by what happens to
The towering waves of circumstances cannot
reach us when we go deep within to seek the peace that
passes all understanding. While the surface
of life is in
turmoil we can find an inner calmness to see us through.
You cannot shake hands with a
thou madest us for thyself, and we
can find no rest till
we find rest in thee.
All people desire peace;
the things which make for peace.
Calm soul of all things! make it
To feel, amid the city's jar,
That there abides a peace of thine,
Man did not make, and cannot mar!
The will to neither strive nor cry,
The power to feel what others give!
Calm, calm me more! nor let me die
Before I have begun to live.
glad of life, because it gives you the chance to love and
and to play and to look up to the stars; to be
satisfied with your possessions,
but not contented with
yourself until you have made the best of them;
nothing in the world except falsehood and meanness,
to fear nothing except cowardice; to be governed by your
rather than by your disgusts; to covet
nothing that is your neighbors'
except their kindness of
heart and gentleness of manners;
to think seldom of your
enemies, often of your friends
and every day of Christ;
and to spend as much time as you can
with body and spirit,
in God's out-of-doors--
these are the little guideposts on
the footpath of peace.
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If you do not find peace in yourself,
will never find it anywhere else.
Paula A. Bendry
about interior peace destroys
interior peace. The patients
constantly feel their pulse are
not getting any better.
Hubert van Zeller
In truth, to attain to interior peace,
one must be willing to pass through
the contrary to peace.
may be those on earth who dress better or eat better,
those who enjoy the peace of God sleep better.
L. Thomas Holdcroft
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
tranquility. And I affirm that tranquility is nothing
than the good ordering of the mind.
Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
Peace is not
something you fight for
With bombs and missiles that kill,
Nor can it be won in a "battle of words"
One fashions by scheming and skill
For those who are greedy and warlike,
Whose avarice for power cannot cease,
Can never contribute in helping
To bring this world nearer to peace
For in seeking peace for all people
There is only one place to begin
And that is in each home and heart--
For the fortress of peace is within!
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
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.
First keep peace within yourself,
then you can also
bring peace to others.
Thomas à Kempis
I think of peace, I think of a world where human beings
are no longer brutalized on account of such accidents of
birth as sex, race, religion, or nationality. For me,
peace is a way of structuring human relations where daily
acts of kindness and caring are tangibly rewarded. It is a
way of thinking, feeling, and acting where our essential
interconnection with one another is truly honored.
pray for a world where we live in partnership rather than
domination; where "man's conquest of nature" is
recognized as suicidal and sacrilegious; where power is no
longer equated with the blade, but with the holy chalice:
the ancient symbol of the power to give, nurture, enhance
life. And I not only pray, but actively work, for the day
when it will be so.
grant us the serenity to accept what cannot be changed;
the courage to change what can be changed;
and the wisdom
to know one from the other.
a quarter of a century of personal experience and
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
does not necessarily add up to peace of mind; on the other
hand, I have
seen this inner tranquility 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
residence an imprisoning shell.