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101 quotes about being calm

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Every once in a while, we will read a quote that sticks with us and bring us endless comfort. Reassurance that doesn’t cost a bean. So if you’re an anxious person, or you suffer with stress, then you may find solace in the simplest of things, including these words of wisdom and comfort. Here are 101 quotes about being calm which may help you:

    1. “Being still does not mean don’t move. It means move in peace.” – E’yen A. Gardner
    2. “Rule number one is, don’t sweat the small stuff. Rule number two is, it’s all small stuff.” – Robert Eliot
    3. “Anxiety is love’s greatest killer. It makes others feel as you might when a drowning man holds on to you. You want to save him, but you know he will strangle you with his panic.” – Anais Nin
    4. “Do not learn how to react. Learn how to respond.” – Buddha
    5. “Many people lose the small joys in the hope for the big happiness.” – Pearl S. Buck
    6. “It’s about finding the calm in the chaos.” – Donna Karan
    7. “Stop comparing yourself to strangers on the internet” – unknown
    8. “When you realise how perfect everything is you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky.” – Buddha
    9. “Care about people’s approval and you will be their prisoner. Do your work, then step back. It’s the only path to serenity.” – Lao Tzu
    10. “Anxiety’s like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you very far.” – Jodi Picoult
    11. “If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present.” – Lao Tzu
    12. “If the ocean can calm itself, so can you. We are both saltwater mixed with air.” – Nayyirah Waheed
    13. “The more you’re true to who you are, the more magnetic you will be.” – Karen Salmansohn
    14. “There are times when we stop, we sit still. We listen and breezes from a whole other world begin to whisper.” – James Carroll
    15. “Storms draw something out of us that calm seas don’t.” – Bill Hybels
    16. “Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know.” – Pema Chödrön
    17. “What a lovely surprise, to finally discover, how unlonely being alone can be.” – Ellen Burstyn
    18. Smile, breathe, and go slowly.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
    19. “Give your stress wings and let it fly away.” – Terri Guillemets
    20. “You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realised how seldom they do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
    21. Calm people are not attached to outcomes. They have learned to do their best and let go.” – Sarah Schewitz
    22. “Vows made in storms are forgotten in calm.” – Thomas Fuller
    23. “Mistakes and pressures are inevitable; the secret to getting past them is to stay calm” – anonymous
    24. “Retain a calm heart, sit like a turtle, walk swiftly like a pigeon, and sleep like a dog” – Li Ching-Yuen
    25. “Sometimes the most productive thing you can do is relax.” – Mark Black
    26. Breath is the power behind all things…. I breathe in and know that good things will happen.” – Tao Porchon-Lynch
    27. “Even the silence has a story to tell you. Just listen, listen.” – Jacqueline Woodson
    28. “Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future.” – Deepak Chopra
    29. “I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles.” – Anne Frank
    30. “The only way to win with a toxic person is not to play.” – unknown
    31. “You don’t have to control your thoughts. You just have to stop letting them control you.” – Dan Millman
    32. “In a calm sea, every man is a pilot.” – John Ray
    33. “Where there is peace and meditation, there is neither anxiety nor doubt” – Saint Francis of Assisi
    34. “Many a calm river begins as a turbulent waterfall, yet none hurtles and foams all the way to the sea.” – Mikhail Lermontov
    35. “The truest, most beautiful life never promises to be an easy one. We need to let go of the lie that it’s supposed to be.”  – Glennon Doyle
    36. “I am content; that is a blessing greater than riches; and he to whom that is given need ask no more.” – Henry Fielding
    37. “Don’t believe everything you think” – unknown
    38. “Within you, there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself.” – Hermann Hesse
    39.  “A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
    40. “You can’t always control what goes on outside. But you can always control what goes on inside.” – Wayne Dyer
    41. “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe
    42. Serenity comes when you trade expectations for acceptance” – anonymous
    43. “Raise your words, not your voice. It is the rain that grows flowers, not thunder.” – Rumi
    44. “Anxiety is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.” – Arthur Somers Roche
    45. “A ruffled mind makes a restless pillow.” – Charlotte Brontë
    46. “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” – unknown
    47. “He who is of calm and happy nature will hardly feel the pressure of age” – Plato
    48. “Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.” – Thích Nhất Hạnh
    49. “The best way out is always through” – anonymous
    50. “The fruit of silence is tranquillity” – An Arabian proverb
    51. “Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.”- Dalai Lama
    52. “Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced” – unknown
    53. “The ideal of calm exists in a sitting cat.” – Jules Renard
    54. “We need much less than we think we need.” – Maya Angelou
    55. “You will never be able to escape from your heart. So it is better to listen to what it has to say.” – Paul Colelo, The Alchemist
    56. “Breathe, darling. This is just a chapter. It’s not your whole story.” – S C Lourie
    57. “Our attitude towards life determines life’s attitude towards us.” – Earl Nightingale
    58. “Set peace of mind as your highest goal, and organise your life around it.” – Brian Tracy
    59. “Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength.” – Charles Spurgeon
    60. “One of the best ways to reduce stress is to accept the things that you cannot control.” – M. P. Neary
    61. “Those who act with few desires are calm, without worry or fear” – Buddha
    62. “Rule your mind or it will rule you.” – anonymous
    63. “I love the storm and fear the calm.” – Christina Queen of Sweden
    64. “When looking back doesn’t interest you anymore, you’re doing something right.” – unknown
    65. Keep calm and keep learning.” – Lailah Gifty Akita
    66. “You can” – unknown
    67. “A soft reminder: not everything that weighs you down is yours to carry” – unknown
    68. “Close your eyes, shut your mind for a while, for there a tranquil land that awaits your presence” – anonymous
    69. “Just do what you can today” – unknown
    70. “Doing something that is productive is a great way to alleviate emotional stress. Get your mind doing something that is productive.” – Ziggy Marley
    71. “It’s more than ok to say no to the people and places that harm your peace.” –  Nikki Rowe
    72. “You don’t have to control your thoughts. You just have to stop letting them control you” – anonymous
    73. “Don’t try to force anything. Let life be a deep let-go. God opens millions of flowers every day without forcing their buds.” – Osho
    74. “In your calm is your strength” — German proverb
    75. “Feelings are just visitors, let them come and go.” – Mooji
    76. “Nothing external to you has any power over you.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
    77. “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, it empties today of its strength.” – Corrie ten Boom
    78. “In times of great stress or adversity, it’s always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive.” – Lee Iacocca
    79. “Life is ten percent what you experience and ninety percent how you respond to it.” – Dorothy M. Neddermeyer
    80. “I will be calm. I will be mistress of myself.” – Jane Austen
    81. “When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure.” – Peter Marshall
    82. “When things change inside you, things change around you.” – Unknown
    83. “Quiet mind, quiet soul.” – Lailah Gifty Akita
    84. “What comes, when it comes, will be what it is.” – Alberto Caeiro
    85. “You are the sky. Everything else, it’s  just the weather” – Pema Chodron
    86. “Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.” – Swedish Proverb
    87. “The day she let go of the things that were weighing her down, was the day she began to shine the brightest.” – Katrina Mayer
    88. “Learn from yesterday, live for today, look to tomorrow, rest this afternoon.” – Charles M. Schulz
    89. “Don’t seek, don’t search, don’t ask, don’t knock, don’t demand – relax.” – Osho
    90. “When you have inner calmness then you automatically succeed in what you do. The more silent you are from inside, your thoughts and actions become more powerful.” – Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
    91. Seasons change and so do we” – unknown
    92. “Every day is a second chance.” – unknown
    93. “Within you, there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself.” – Hermann Hesse
    94. “Slow Down, calm down, don’t worry, don’t hurry. Trust the process.” – Alexandra Stoddard
    95. “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant.” – Robert Louis Stevenson
    96. “Don’t search for anything except peace. Try to calm the mind. Everything else will come on its own.” – Baba Hari Das
    97. “Go in the direction of where your peace is coming from.” – C JoyBell C
    98. “Just slow down. Slow down your speech. Slow down your breathing. Slow down your walking. Slow down your eating. And let this slower, steadier pace perfume your mind. Just slow down.” – Doko
    99. “Keep calm and keep learning.” – Lailah Gifty Akita
    100. “Let go, or be dragged.” unknown
    101. “Peace begins with a smile” Albert Einstein / Mother Teresa (depending on your source)



I hope these quotes about quotes about being calm helped you. Although I’d like to end this post with a disclosure. None of these quotes were said to me directly, so if I’ve attributed a quote to somebody, I’ve taking Google by its word.

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