Calm Quotes: Achieve Inner Peace, Serenity

What better time than now for a list of inspiring calm quotes to bring peacefulness and serenity to our lives?

We have assembled some of the best peace of mind quotes and sayings—from great philosophers, thinkers, artists and writers—with the hope that their calming words bring you inner peace in whatever challenges you may face.

Peace of mind quotes

1.) Peace comes from within.  Do not seek it without.
– Siddhārtha Gautama

2.) Nothing external to you has any power over you.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

3.) Go in the direction of where your peace is coming from.
– C. JoyBell C.

4.) Top 15 Things Money Can’t Buy
Time. Happiness. Inner Peace. Integrity. Love. Character. Manners. Health. Respect. Morals. Trust. Patience. Class. Common sense. Dignity.
– Roy T. Bennett

5.) When God takes out the trash, don’t go digging back through it. Trust Him.
– Amaka Imani Nkosazana

6.) Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.
– Dalai Lama

Fiona Apple calm quote

Calm quotes and sayings

7.) The ideal of calm exists in a sitting cat.
– Jules Renard

8.) Be calm. God awaits you at the door.
– Gabriel García Márquez

9.) Patience is not the ability to wait. Patience is to be calm no matter what happens, constantly take action to turn it to positive growth opportunities, and have faith to believe that it will all work out in the end while you are waiting.
– Roy T. Bennett

10.) I will be calm. I will be mistress of myself.
– Jane Austen

11.) Nothing is so aggravating as calmness.
– Mahatma Gandhi

12.) The noble-minded are calm and steady. Little people are forever fussing and fretting.
– Confucius

Serenity

13.) When you do the right thing, you get the feeling of peace and serenity associated with it. Do it again and again.
– Roy T. Bennett

14.) Pursue not the outer entanglements; Dwell not in the inner void; Be serene in the oneness of things; And dualism vanishes by itself.
– Seng-t’san

15.) It’s calm under the waves in the blue of my oblivion.
– Fiona Apple

16.) We are not going to change the whole world, but we can change ourselves and feel free as birds. We can be serene even in the midst of calamities and, by our serenity, make others more tranquil. Serenity is contagious. If we smile at someone, he or she will smile back. And a smile costs nothing. We should plague everyone with joy. If we are to die in a minute, why not die happily, laughing?
– Sri S. Satchidananda

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17.) Do your work, then step back. The only path to serenity.
– Lao Tzu

18.) Don’t seek, don’t search, don’t ask, don’t knock, don’t demand – relax.
– Osho

Acceptance

19.) What comes, when it comes, will be what it is.
– Alberto Caeiro

20.) Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.
– Lao Tzu

21.) To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.
– Thích Nhất Hạnh

22.) The resistance to the unpleasant situation is the root of suffering.
– Ram Dass

Contentment

23.) There are two ways to get enough. One is to continue to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less.
– G.K. Chesterton

24.) Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.
– Oprah Winfrey

25.) I am content; that is a blessing greater than riches; and he to whom that is given need ask no more.
– Henry Fielding

26.) We need much less than we think we need.
– Maya Angelou

27.) He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.
Socrates

Jack Kerouac calm quote

28.) If I ever go looking for my heart’s desire again, I won’t look any further than my own back yard. Because if it isn’t there, I never really lost it to begin with.
– Noel Langley

Tranquility

29.) Only the development of compassion and understanding for others can bring us the tranquility and happiness we all seek.
– Dalai Lama XIV

30.) Our life depends on the kind of thoughts we nurture. If our thoughts are peaceful, calm, meek, and kind, then that is what our life is like. If our attention is turned to the circumstances in which we live, we are drawn into a whirlpool of thoughts and can have neither peace nor tranquility.
– Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica

31.) If you are driven by fear, anger or pride nature will force you to compete. If you are guided by courage, awareness, tranquility and peace nature will serve you.
– Amit Ray

32.) When even one virtue becomes our nature, the mind becomes clean and tranquil. Then there is no need to practice meditation; we will automatically be meditating always.
– Sri S. Satchidananda

33.) It is in your power to withdraw yourself whenever you desire. Perfect tranquility within consists in the good ordering of the mind, the realm of your own.
Marcus Aurelius

Happiness

35.) Learn from yesterday, live for today, look to tomorrow, rest this afternoon.
– Charles M. Schulz

36.) Anything that comes your way by force was not meant for you. Everything that locates you on it’s own was yours and will be yours forever.
– Michael Bassey Johnson

37.) The best fighter is never angry.
– Lao Tzu

38.) Many people lose the small joys in the hope for the big happiness.
– Pearl S. Buck

39.) One man practicing kindness in the wilderness is worth all the temples this world pulls.
Jack Kerouac

40.) It is difficult to make a man miserable while he feels worthy of himself and claims kindred to the great God who made him.
– Abraham Lincoln

Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati saying

Peacefulness

41.) Inner peace begins the moment you choose not to allow another person or event to control your emotions.
– Unkown author

42.) 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

43.) Learn this from me. Holding anger is a poison. It eats you from inside. We think that hating is a weapon that attacks the person who harmed us. But hatred is a curved blade. And the harm we do, we do to ourselves.
– Mitch Albom

44.) Death, therefore, the most awful of evils, is nothing to us, seeing that, when we are, death is not come, and, when death is come, we are not.
– Epicurus

45.) When you think everything is someone else fault, you will suffer a lot. When you realize that everything springs only from yourself, you will learn both peace and joy.
– Dalai Lama

A quiet mind calm quotes

46.) Quiet the mind, and the soul will speak.
– Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati

47.) You are the sky. Everything else – it’s just the weather.
– Pema Chödrön

48.) Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. …live in the question.
– Rainer Maria Rilke

49.) All true artists, whether they know it or not, create from a place of no-mind, from inner stillness.
– Eckhart Tolle

50.) Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know.
– Pema Chödrön

Well-being calm quotes

51.) Nobody can hurt me without my permission.
– Mahatma Gandhi

52.) Don’t chase people. Be yourself, do your own thing and work hard. The right people – the ones who really belong in your life – will come to you. And stay.
– Will Smith

53.) Watch any plant or animal and let it teach you acceptance of what is, surrender to the Now.
Let it teach you Being.
Let it teach you integrity — which means to be one, to be yourself, to be real.
Let it teach you how to live and how to die, and how not to make living and dying into a problem.
– Eckhart Tolle

Zen quotes

54.) Live calmly. The time will come when the flowers bloom by themselves.
– Zen saying

55.) Only the hand that erases can write the true thing.
– Meister Eckhart

56.) Unhappiness enters through a door that has been left open.
– Zen saying

57.) No one returns from a long journey the same person they were before.
– Zen saying

58.) Man suffers only because he takes seriously what the gods made for fun.
– Alan Wilson Watts

59.) Your home is where your thoughts find peace.
– Zen saying

60.) The temptation to give up is strongest just before victory.
– Zen saying

61.) Letting go is the lesson. Letting go is always the lesson. Have you ever noticed how much of our agony is all tied up with craving and loss?
– Susan Gordon Lydon

62.) The man who moved the mountain was the one who began carrying away the smallest stones.
– Zen saying

Buddhist calm quotes

63.) Learning to let go should be learned before learning to get. Life should be touched, not strangled. You’ve got to relax, let it happen at times, and at others move forward with it.
– Ray Bradbury

64.) The way out is through the door. Why is it that no one will use this method?
– Confucius

65.) Whatever happens always, happens on time.
– Zen saying

66.) The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.
– Zen saying

67.) Let go, or be dragged.
– Zen saying

68.) The resistance to the unpleasant situation is the root of suffering.
– Ram Dass

69.) 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

70.) Life is a balance of holding on and letting go.
– Rumi

71.) Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.
– Lao Tzu


These are trying times we live in. And the stresses of everyday life can certainly take a toll. Hopefully these calm quotes and sayings bring comfort to you and give you a better perspective of how to achieve inner peace.

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