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.
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.
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
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
spiritual hospitality. -Harry
may be those on earth who dress better or eat better,
those who enjoy the peace of God sleep better.
-L. Thomas Holdcroft
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.
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
tranquility. And I affirm that tranquility is nothing
than the good ordering of the mind.
about interior peace destroys interior peace. The patients
constantly feel their pulse are
not getting any better.
-Hubert van Zeller
|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.
|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.
|All our miseries derive
being able to
sit in a quiet room alone. -Blaise Pascal
Whatever peace I know rests in the
in feeling myself a part of it, even in a
small way. -May Sarton
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
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!
All people desire peace;
the things which make for peace.
you peace but yourself. -Ralph Waldo Emerson
cathedral, peace must be constructed
patiently and with unshakable faith.
-Pope John Paul II
I take it that what all
people are really after
is some form of,
perhaps only some formula of, peace.
we're helping other people, we're nourishing our soul.
unhappiness means we've got the wrong
We have forgotten that peace
of mind is our
By concentrating on helping another
with our soul and with God.
We can feel peaceful again. . . .
Peace of mind has
nothing to do with the external world;
it has only to do
with our connection with God. Love really is
answer. We're here only
to teach love. When
we're doing that,
our souls are singing and dancing.
When we remind ourselves
that we are spiritual
beings, that life and love
are the flame eternal,
when our soul is nourished. -Gerald
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I do not want the peace which passeth
I want the understanding which bringeth
peace. -Helen Keller
Peace is a daily, a weekly, a
monthly process, gradually changing opinions,
eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures.
And however undramatic the pursuit of peace, the
pursuit must go on. -John F. Kennedy
not always required of a person.
There is such a thing as sacred
the cultivation of which is now fearfully neglected.
In all treetops
Scarcely a breath.
The little birds in the forest
Wait then; soon
You, too, will have peace.
Wolfgang von Goethe
is the first thing the angels sang.
Peace is the mark of the children of God.
Peace is the nurse of love.
Peace is the mother of unity.
Peace is the rest of the blessed souls.
Peace is the dwelling place of eternity.
we have no peace, it is because
we have forgotten that we belong to each other.
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.
is self-control at its widest—at the width where the “self”
has been lost, and interest has been transferred to coordinations
wider than personality. -Alfred
There is no way to peace.
Peace is the way. -A.J. Muste
I have walked 25,000 miles as a penniless
pilgrim. I own only what I wear
and what I carry in my small pockets. I belong to no
organization. I have
said that I will walk until given shelter and fast until given food,
wanderer until mankind has learned the way of peace. And I can
tell you that without ever asking for anything, I have been supplied
everything needed for my journey, which shows you how good people
With me I carry always my peace message: This is the way of
evil with good, falsehood with truth, and hatred with love.
There is nothing new
about this message, except the practice of it. And the practice
of it is required not
only in the international situation but also in the personal
situation. I believe that the
situation in the world is a reflection of our own immaturity. If
we were mature,
harmonious people, war would be no problem whatever--it would be
All of us can work for peace. We can work right where we are,
ourselves, because the more peace we have within our own lives, the
can reflect into the outer situation. In face, I believe that
the wish to survive
will push us into some kind of uneasy world peace which will then need
be supported by a great inner awakening if it is to endure.
is not freedom from the storm but peace amid the storm.
may rage on the surface of an ocean, but deep below, the waters
are calm. The fish know to stay in that peaceful place and let
the storm pass.
In prayer each day, I choose to turn my thoughts to the peace of God
On the surface of my mind, the appearance of lack or conflict or fear
may toss my
thoughts about in worry. I gently release those thoughts and
move my attention
deeper, to a place of peace within me. I take time for prayer
day. As I rest in the stillness, I am serene--mind, body, and
spirit. Each time I
center myself in the peace of God, I experience absolute peace and
Happy is the person who can keep a quiet heart,
in the chaos and tumult of this modern world.
I could ask for any gift in the world for myself, it would be peace.
I could ask for any
gift for everyone else in the world, it would be peace.
of mind, peace of heart, peace in relationships, peace in
every land. If everyone in the world felt at peace
with themselves, how much crime would we have? How
much anger and frustration and violence? So many of
the bad things in the world, even down to the person who
makes fun of you or someone you know, are caused by a
lack of peace, and it's hard to imagine what the world
would be like if everyone felt peace.
I know that my perspective of the
world has changed drastically since I've actually focused
on making peace one of my highest priorities in my life.
I do my best to find small pockets of peace, and I do my best not to let situations or people take my peace
away from me--if someone angers me, he or she has robbed
me of the feeling of peacefulness that I strive to
maintain in my life.
I can't do it
expected to, and I never expect to. I'm human, and I'm going to let my peace of mind slip away from time to
time. I'm going to worry about things like money
and jobs and what's wrong with my car. I'm going to
feel inferior to some people, I'm going to feel that I don't belong in certain situations,
I'm going to beat
myself up over something stupid that I'm going to say
tomorrow or next week or next month. As I get
better at maintaining peace, though, I'm not going to let
things like that take my peace away. And I'm going
to feel better because of it, and I'm going to be more
effective at making others feel better, too.
One of the things that
I always try
to ask myself before I respond in situations in which I'm
bound to overreact or react inappropriately is this:
Will my reaction contribute to the peace in the
world, or will it contribute to the discontent and anger
in the world? Sometimes the answer makes me stop
and not say what I meant to, and I always find that later, I'm much more at peace for not having said or done that
something than I would have been had i said it or done it.
Do you want to give a gift to the
world? Contribute to the peace in the world, and
help others feel one of the most important feelings they'll
ever feel. And don't forget to give it to yourself,
too--you deserve it. Peace be with you.
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