you make peace with
yourself, you make peace
with the world.
can make our minds so like still water that beings gather about us,
that they may see their own images, and so live for a moment with
a clearer, perhaps even with a fiercer life because of our quiet.
Peace is present right here and now, in ourselves and
in everything we do and see.
The question is whether or not we are in touch with it. We don't
travel far away to enjoy the blue sky. We don't have to leave
our city or even
our neighborhood to enjoy the eyes of a beautiful child. Even
the air we breathe
can be a source of joy. -Thich
comes from living a measured life. Peace comes
from attending to every part of my world in
a sacramental way. My relationships are not what
I do when I have time left over from my work. . . .
Reading is not something I do when life calms down.
Prayer is not something I do when I feel like it.
They are all channels of hope and growth for me.
They must all be given their due.
of the basic points is kindness. With kindness, with love and
with this feeling that is the essence of brotherhood, sisterhood, one
will have inner peace. This compassionate feeling is the basis
of inner peace. -the
you are proclaiming peace with your lips,
be careful to have it even more fully in your heart.
In truth, to attain to interior peace,
one must be willing to pass through
the contrary to peace.
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. -Reinhold
minds cannot be
but go on in
misfortune at their own
during a thunderstorm. -Robert
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. -Henry
If you do not find peace in yourself,
will never find it anywhere else.
-Paula A. Bendry
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.
-Edward J. Lavin
those to whom God is present
and who employ their reason in the highest
and have true enjoyment in it know anything of
and have a real kingdom of heaven.
thou madest us for thyself, and we
can find no rest till
we find rest in thee. -St. Augustine
The more we give up our hearts to God, to our
vocations, and to others,
forgetful of ourselves and of that which belongs to us—the greater
we will acquire, until we reach peace, quiet, joy.
is necessary in this life because so much of life is fraught
with adversity.No matter
how hard we try, our lives will never be without
strife and grief.Thus,
we should not strive for a peace that is without
temptation, or for a life that never feels adversity.Peace is not found
by escaping temptations, but by being tried by them.We will
have discovered peace when we have been tried and come
through the trial of temptation. -Thomas a Kempis
your occupations, try to possess your soul in peace.
It is not a good plan to be in haste to perform any action
that it may be sooner over.On the contrary, you should
accustom yourself to do whatever you have to do with
tranquility, in order that you may retain the possession
of yourself and of settled peace.
peaceful people that I've known in life have been
those who have most affected me in positive ways. I've
always admired the way they accept things that happen
without losing their peace of mind over them--if they
decide that something's bad, they simply resolve to do
something about it, and then they do that something.
Their peace doesn't leave them. -tom walsh
world will never
have lasting peace
so long as we reserve
no less than war,
a righteous and dynamic faith. -John Foster Dulles
does not dwell in outward things, but within the soul;
it in the midst of the bitterest pain,
our will remains firm and submissive. Peace
springs from acquiescence to, not in an exemption
from, suffering. -Francois de Fenelon
The important thing to
remember is that peace comes
from within your own heart and mind, not
some outside source, and when you refuse
to be disturbed by
things about you,
life will flood your being with dynamic energy.
that people want peace so much
that one of these days governments had better
get out of their way and let them have it.
Until we extend
our circle of compassion to all living things,
we will not find peace. -Albert
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
clenched fist. -Indira Gandhi
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