Quotes for
the Journey:

Peace 2

When you make peace with
yourself, you make peace
with the world.

Maha Ghosananda


We 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.       -William Butler Yeats

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 have to 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 Nhat Hanh
Peace 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.       -Joan D. Chittister
One of the basic points is kindness.  With kindness, with love and compassion, 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 Dalai Lama
When you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart.       -Francis of Assisi

In truth, to attain to interior peace, one must be willing to pass through the contrary to peace.        -Swami Brahmananda
O God, 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 Niebuhr
Quiet minds cannot be perplexed or frightened, but go on in fortune or misfortune at their own private pace, like a clock during a thunderstorm.       -Robert Louis Stevenson
To be glad of life, because it gives you the chance to love and to work 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; to despise nothing in the world except falsehood and meanness, and to fear nothing except cowardice; to be governed by your admirations 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 van Dyke
If you do not find peace in yourself, you 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 of violence or turmoil but has a whole register of meanings all its own.  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.  A gentle sun, a calm ocean, the loving smile of a friend--all of these give us peace.  We are sustained in a sweet aerie of calm.
   The opposite of peace is war, but so are agitation, anxiety, and violence.        -Edward J. Lavin
Only those to whom God is present in everything and who employ their reason in the highest degree and have true enjoyment in it know anything of true peace and have a real kingdom of heaven.        -Meister Eckhart
Lord, 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 poise we will acquire, until we reach peace, quiet, joy.       -Alexander Yelchaninov

Patience 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
In 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.       -Madame Guyon
The 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
The world will never have lasting peace so long as we reserve for war the finest human qualities.   Peace, no less than war, requires idealism and self-sacrifice and a righteous and dynamic faith.       -John Foster Dulles
Peace does not dwell in outward things, but within the soul; we may preserve it in the midst of the bitterest pain, if our will remains firm and submissive.  Peace in this life springs from acquiescence to, not in an exemption from, suffering.       -Francois de Fenelon
They are the happiest, be they kings or peasants, who find peace in their homes.       -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The important thing to remember is that peace comes from within your own heart and mind, not from some outside source, and when you refuse to be disturbed by things about you, life will flood your being with dynamic energy.
I think that people want peace so much that one of these days governments had better get out of their way and let them have it.       -Dwight D. Eisenhower


Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, we will not find peace.       -Albert Schweitzer
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 them.
   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.        -Wilferd A. Peterson
You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.        -Indira Gandhi

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