Peace 2    

Quotes for
the Journey:


First keep peace within
yourself, then you can also
bring peace to others.

Thomas à Kempis


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


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 Kuebler-Ross

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

No one can get inner peace by pouncing on it, by vigorously willing to have it.  Peace is a margin of power around our daily need.  Peace is a consciousness of springs too deep for earthly droughts to dry up.  Peace is the gift not of volitional struggle but of spiritual hospitality.       -Harry Emerson Fosdick

There may be those on earth who dress better or eat better, but those who enjoy the peace of God sleep better.        -L. Thomas Holdcroft
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

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
Thinking about interior peace destroys interior peace.  The patients who 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, "profound experiences," 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.        -James Carroll
Calm soul of all things! make it mine
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.

Matthew Arnold
All our miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone.       -Blaise Pascal
Whatever peace I know rests in the natural world, 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!

Helen Steiner Rice

All people desire peace; few desire the things which make for peace.       -unattributed
Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.        -Ralph Waldo Emerson
Like a 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.       -James Conrad
When we're helping other people, we're nourishing our soul.  Depression or unhappiness means we've got the wrong goal.  We have forgotten that peace of mind is our only goal.  By concentrating on helping another person, we renew contact 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 the 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, that's when our soul is nourished.       -Gerald Jampolsky

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I do not want the peace which passeth understanding, I want the understanding which bringeth peace.       -Helen Keller
Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures.  And however undramatic the pursuit of peace, the pursuit must go on.       -John F. Kennedy
Work is not always required of a person.  There is such a thing as sacred idleness, the cultivation of which is now fearfully neglected.       -George MacDonald

Over all the mountaintops
Is peace.
In all treetops
You perceive
Scarcely a breath.
The little birds in the forest
Are silent.
Wait then; soon
You, too, will have peace.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Peace 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.

Leo the Great

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.       -Mother Teresa
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
Peace 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 North Whitehead

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, remaining a wanderer until mankind has learned the way of peace.  And I can truthfully tell you that without ever asking for anything, I have been supplied with everything needed for my journey, which shows you how good people really are.
    With me I carry always my peace message:  This is the way of peace:  Overcome 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 impossible.
    All of us can work for peace.  We can work right where we are, right within ourselves, because the more peace we have within our own lives, the more we 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 to be supported by a great inner awakening if it is to endure.       -Peace Pilgrim
Serenity is not freedom from the storm but peace amid the storm.       - Alcoholics Anonymous
Storms 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 within me.  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 throughout my 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 tranquility.       -unattributed (Daily Word)
Happy is the person who can keep a quiet heart, in the chaos and tumult of this modern world.       -Patience Strong
If I could ask for any gift in the world for myself, it would be peace. If I could ask for any gift for everyone else in the world, it would be peace.

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 always--I've never 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.

tom walsh

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