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Serenity -- peace -- tranquility - quotes to live a life by


The Slow Lane

As life progresses in America we seem to be leading faster, more stressful, and more complicated lives each day. We are more connected today than we have ever been in history with our cell phones, iPads, e-mails, texting, smart phones, and computers. We are on, on, on all day long and moving, moving, moving forward. Or are we really?

We are moving, but our lives are filled with more agitation and turmoil. We get up early to get the kids ready for school and pre-school, get breakfast together for them, drop them off at school, grab a cup of coffee at the drive-thru (our breakfast) arrive at work to find the in box stuffed and the out box empty, grab a pen and pad and run to that all important meeting only to find out that a special project has been bestowed upon us, run back to our desk while taking a call on our cell phone only to answer the phone at our desk, missing lunch to get that important report finished before the end of day, rushing out of the office fifteen minutes late to pick up the kids from the latchkey program, and then on home to fix dinner for several kids and a hungry husband, after dinner helping the kids with their homework and getting them off to bed, and then it starts all over again the next day.

Or, how about the fact that we are out of work, hunting the want ads, following up on previous interviews only to find someone else younger and with less experience got the job, applying for unemployment, missing the mortgage payment, going to the mailbox to find the bank is foreclosing on the house. Just how much agitation and turmoil can we take?

We are moving, but it seems in circles, and exactly what is it we are missing? Serenity. That elusive peace of mind and tranquility that all is calm and composed. A serene life is one that is immune to agitation and turmoil. But how do we reach serenity in our lives, when we are constantly moving, moving, moving?

It starts with the brain and the messages we give ourselves. That voice that is inside us can make or break how we see the world around us. Someone famous once said, "Nothing is good or bad -- only thinking makes it so." So our thoughts color how we 'see' our lives and what we are doing. Everyone needs a tune-up now and then in the thought department, just like our automobile needs a tune-up to keep us moving.

Here is how I find serentity in life. I stop and read the inspiring messages of others -- others who may be older and wiser than I -- who may have learned some life lessons along the way. I stop moving and tune-up my thoughts to relate to soothing messages that remind me that I can stop moving if I want to. I can rest, relax and take a few minutes, an hour, an afternoon, or a day and enter the slow lane for a while. I can reboot my thoughts to rise above the agitation and turmoil all around me, and find the calmness and composure that I need.

I have gathered some of my favorite quotes from those older and wiser than I and these bring me serenity. After rebooting my thoughts, I am calmer, feel lighter, and am ready for what the immediate future brings. I am sharing these with you in hope that they bring you serenity also. These are random and come in no particular order.


To be content with what we possess is the greatest and most secure of riches. Marcus Tullius Cicero, Roman orator, statesman and philosopher.

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye. Antoine de Saint-Exupery, French aviator and writer.

The heart of the wise man lies quiet like limpid water. Cameroonian saying.

The highest form of bliss is living with a certain degree of folly. Desiderius Erasmus, Dutch scholar and Catholic priest.

Life is not always what one wants it to be, but to make the best of it as it is, is the only way of being happy. Jennie Churchill, English editor and playwright.

Many search for happiness as we look for a hat we wear on our heads. Nikolaus Lenau, Austrian poet.

He is richest who is content with the least; for content is the wealth of nature. Socrates, Greek philosopher.

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. Dalai Lama, Tiberian religious leader.

Happinesss is reflective like the light of heaven. Washington Irving, American writer and poet.

If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau, American writer.

As he thinketh in his heart, so is he. Proverbs 23:7.

If you want to be happy, be. Aleksey Konstyantinovich Tolstoy, Russian writer.

...happiness doesn't depend upon who you are or what you have; it depends soley upon what you think. Dale Carnegie, American writer and speaker.


There is no other door to knowledge than the door Nature opens; and there is no truth except the truths we discover in Nature. Luther Burbank, American horticulturist.

Life is not a problem to be solved but a reality to be experienced. Soren Kierkegaard, Danish philosopher.

Be content with such things as ye have. Hebrews 13:5.

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. Mohandas Gandhi, Indian statesman.

It is the mind that maketh good of ill, that maketh wretch or happy, rich or poor. Edmund Spenser, English poet.

Life is a mirror and will reflect back to the thinker what he thinks into it. Ernest Holmes, American writer and philosopher.

Like water which can clearly mirror the sky and the trees only so long as its surface is undisturbed, the mind can only reflect the true image of the Self when it is tranquil and wholly relaxed. Indra Devi, Russian-born American writer.

Circumstances and situations do color life but you have been given the mind to choose what the color shall be. John Homer Miller, American writer and educator.

The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of Hell, a hell of Heaven. John Milton, English poet.

The miind is the master over every kind of fortune: itself acts in both ways, being the cause of its own happiness and misery. Seneca, Roman statesman and philosopher.

When everything has its proper place in our minds, we are able to stand in equilibrium with the rest of the world. Henri Federic Amiel, Swiss philosopher and poet.

Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but of playing a poor hand well. Robert Louis Stevenson, Scottish writer and poet.

To keep a lamp burning we have to keep putting oil in it. Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Founder, Missionaries of Charity.


Sometimes I sits and thinks, and sometimes I just sits. Satchel Paige, American baseball player.

We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world. Siddhartha Guatama, founder of Buddhism.

It is the mind that rules the body. Sojourner Truth, American evangelist and reformer.

Whoever knocks persistently, ends by entering. Ali, Arabian caliph.

The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it. Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor.

Some people think that as soon as you plant a tree, it must bear fruit. We must allow it to grow a bit. Prince Tunku Putra Abdul Rahman, Malaysian political leader.

Learn to be quiet enough to hear the sound of the geniune within yourself so that you can hear it in others. Marian Wright Edelman, American writer.

Where there is peace and meditation, there is neither anxiety nor doubt. St. Francis of Assisi, Italian friar.

Give me the beauty of the inward soul; may the outward and the inward man be at one. Socrates, Greek philosopher.

The goal in life is living in agreement with nature. Zeno of Citium, Greek philosopher.

Every man's life is a fairy-tale written by God's fingers. Hans Christian Andersen, Danish writer.

To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1.

In the depths of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer. Albert Camus, French writer and philosopher.

Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. Nothing can bring you peace but the triumph of principles. Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist and poet.



Suzette Walker (author) from Taos, NM on December 12, 2015:

Hi limpet: Sounds like you have found places in the city of serenity and tranquility. I love the hidden courtyards an passage ways of the large cities throughout Europe. When get back to England, I will check these out.

Suzette Walker (author) from Taos, NM on December 12, 2015:

Hi limpet, so good to hear from you again. Sounds like you have found places of serenity and tranquility in the city. I love those hidden courtyards and passage ways I find in large cities throughout Europe. And I love being transported back to the 14 and 1500's in history. That and a glass of wine and I am in heaven.

Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on December 10, 2015:

The passengers alighting from a train i saw today was a phenomenal case of overcrowding that i've seen on any commute into the city. A few hours later i found myself in total solitude in a couple of those hidden courtyards and lesser known passage ways, these ones dating back to 1495.

Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on December 10, 2015:

The passengers alighting from a train i saw today was a phenomenal case of overcrowding that i've seen on any commute into the city. A few hours later i found myself in total solitude in a couple of those hidden courtyards and lesser known passage ways, these ones dating back to 1495.

Suzette Walker (author) from Taos, NM on August 02, 2014:

cheeluarv: Yes, that quote is one of the best ones. And Shakespeare said the same thing in one of his plays, "Nothing is good nor bad but only thinking makes it so." Sometimes, we just have to stop and re-adjust ourselves in this crazy world and these quotes have always helped me to do that. Thanks so much for reading and for your input. Much appreciated.

cheeluarv from INDIA on August 01, 2014:

A collection of beautiful quotes with thoughtful introduction.Liked all especially the".happiness doesn't depend upon who you are or what you have; it depends solely upon what you think''. how true is this one.

Suzette Walker (author) from Taos, NM on June 18, 2014:

Hi Tracy: Thank you so much for your kind comments. I am so glad you found this inspirational. Just keep writing and you will accomplish so much here on HP. Thanks so much for your visit. Most appreciated.

Tracy Halman from Ravenna, Ohio on June 17, 2014:

This has got to be my new favorite. You are truly amazing, and I hope to become a great writer like yourself someday! Thanks Suzette for your inspiration, it gives me hope.

Suzette Walker (author) from Taos, NM on June 16, 2014:

limpet: I love treasure hunts and would have joined in with the kids too. it might be spooky - take care and look out for ghosts!

Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on June 16, 2014:

Even olde London towne has got seclude places off the tourist pathways. Only this morning when i went into the wildflower meadow near the City there was a treasure hunt for the youngsters and i myself followed the clues all relating to famous people of 200-300 years before. It was easy until the last clue so i don't know where X marked the spot or even what the treasure is (probably something spooky!)

Suzette Walker (author) from Taos, NM on June 13, 2014:

limpet: Good thing to do to become part of the environment and not get lost. I would love to see the moors one day. Never been there - just to London. I hope these quotes added to your peace and tranquility today. Thanks so much for your comments.

Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on June 13, 2014:

I also know many places to get away from it all and when i am in the woods or on the moors i become a part of the environment not just an interloper always aware of my location and not getting lost.

Suzette Walker (author) from Taos, NM on June 12, 2014:

limpet: That place sounds like heaven to me. You would never get me out of there!

Suzette Walker (author) from Taos, NM on June 12, 2014:

Hi Diana: These work for me. They help me to meditate and put life in perspective. They state what really is important in life. Thanks so much for reading.

Suzette Walker (author) from Taos, NM on June 12, 2014:

Bobbi: Yes, I find these quotes to bring tranquility and serenity. It is so hard to find that in these busy stressful days. Some days I think I am just running in circles and where do I get? LOL! I have to stop and just peacefully meditate. I start by reading these quotes and then quietly listen to soft music and clear my mind. It is the best part of my day! Thanks so much for your interest and comments.

Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on June 12, 2014:

Amidst the hubbub of the morning's traffic commute and away for the drilling and grinding of construction sites i have found a haven of peace, serenity and tranquility in a wildflower meadow shaded by ancient oaks.

Dianna Mendez on June 11, 2014:

This was very peaceful to read. You have listed some of my favorite quotes here and they do add to the tranquility of the mind.

Barbara Purvis Hunter from Florida on June 11, 2014:


I am so happy I found this hub at 9:15 p.m. after my power nap, which I needed after taking a long day trip. Reading this has rejuvenated my mind, and kick-started my get-up-and-go. A sauna would have fixed only my body, but you have soothed my mind and my body is slowing relaxing. And, I really needed it tonight.

Thanks, and I will take time to read more hubs---as I hurry through this life going nowhere but in circles, and I will learn to slow down and calm my tired body and spirit.

Bobbi Purvis

Suzette Walker (author) from Taos, NM on June 11, 2014:

jamie: So glad you read this and found it inspirational. Thank you for your comments.

Jamie Lee Hamann from Reno NV on June 11, 2014:

Great choices of quotes very inspirational. Thank you. Jamie

Suzette Walker (author) from Taos, NM on February 24, 2014:

bluebird: Thank you so much for your insightful comments and I am so pleased you enjoyed this hub. These are quotes I read from time to time when I need to find some inner peace. It is something so elusive in today's busy world as you have said. Thoreau said it, "simplicity, simplicity, simplicity." And, I understand that more and more each day. One thing about getting older, you take stock and realize what is important and what isn't in life. As I enter the third chapter of my life, I just want to experience peace and contentment with life. Thanks so much for taking the time to read this and I am so pleased you enjoyed it.

Suzette Walker (author) from Taos, NM on February 24, 2014:

Anna: Yes, peace comes from within and these quotes have helped me to find inner peace over the years. I thought I would share them with HP. Thanks so much for your interest and for reading this and for your comments.

bluebird on February 21, 2014:

Great job! This has got to be my favorite of yours - it opens the door of a closed mindset! It begs all to: Stop, look, listen...and think!"

Peace and serenity are a priceless gift and it's those to appreciate it who have learned to take the time to pursue it. It's not that hard to do, just slow down and smell the flowers and appreciate the creation.

These people you mentioned cannot see it, they are too busy!

I really appreciate souls like you who see the value in living the simple life as much as possible in this crazy, busy world, who make time to smell the flowers and time to talk to God our Creator.

Where is all this busy-ness leading to? Is it producing anything good?

There has always been just two trees - one represents the spirit of truth and one represents the spirit of error.

It's obvious this trend today is of the wrong spirit.

Thank you suzette for this great hub and for all the wonderful quotes. Excellent job dear!

Anna Haven from Scotland on February 21, 2014:

Great message, beautiful pictures and inspiring quotes, we couldn't really ask for more. Peace is always waiting inside, we just need to find it.

Suzette Walker (author) from Taos, NM on July 30, 2013:

Denise: I'm so glad you enjoyed these quotes. There are some really good ones here and help to put life into perspective.

Suzette Walker (author) from Taos, NM on July 30, 2013:

Thanks Sunshine. Glad I could help! So glad you enjoyed reading these - they help to put reality and life into perspective. I read them often when I think I can't take another crazy day of life! lol

Denise Handlon from North Carolina on July 29, 2013:

Interesting hub and topic. I enjoyed reading the quotes and pinned it on my 'Inspirational Quotes' board. Thanks for sharing. :)

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on July 29, 2013:

Thank you Suzette for this peaceful hub. I enjoyed my break from reality by escaping into the serenity of the quotes! :)

Suzette Walker (author) from Taos, NM on June 16, 2013:

Sanjay: How lovely that my hub reminded you of a Wordsworth poem. I love the Romantic Poets of England and especially Wordsworth. How did you know this? His poems bring serenity, peace and tranquility to me. You are very wise, Sanjay and very intuitive. Thanks for reading this and sending me this poem. It is lovely.

Sanjay Sharma from Mandi (HP) India on June 15, 2013:

This hub reminds me of the poem, "The Daffodils", or " I wandered lonely as a cloud", by William Wordsworth, which goes......

I wandered lonely as a Cloud

That floats on high o'er Vales and Hills,

When all at once I saw a crowd

A host of dancing Daffodils;

Along the Lake, beneath the trees,

Ten thousand dancing in the breeze.

The waves beside them danced, but they

Outdid the sparkling waves in glee: -

A poet could not but be gay

In such a laughing company:

I gazed - and gazed - but little thought

What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft when on my couch I lie

In vacant or in pensive mood,

They flash upon that inward eye

Which is the bliss of solitude,

And then my heart with pleasure fills,

And dances with the Daffodils.

(William Wordsworth Poems in Two Volumes: Moods of my Mind 7 (1807).

Suzette Walker (author) from Taos, NM on June 14, 2013:

James; thank you so much for your insightful comments. What you say is true - we must live in harmony and coexistence in this world. Very wise words. Thanks for your visit and many blessings to you my friend.

Tijani Achamlal from Morocco on June 14, 2013:

Life has its rhythm and we have ours. They are designed to coexist in harmony, so that when we do what is ours to do ,we should step back and let life flow naturally forward in whatever way it likes.If we step over it,certainly in sorrow we will dwell .I like this hub and the quotes!!Thanks so much !!!


Many blessings to you my friend!

Suzette Walker (author) from Taos, NM on June 03, 2013:

Lurana; Well, when things go wrong I refer to these quotes as they help to strength me and get me through the tough times. Thanks so much for your visit and your thoughtful comments.

MrsBrownsParlour on June 01, 2013:

Suzette, There is so much peace and wisdom here! I love your quotes and saw some of my favorites in your collection. This is a beautiful, nurturing essay. :-) Lurana

Suzette Walker (author) from Taos, NM on April 01, 2013:

Thanks Marlene: I'm glad these were helpful to you. That Proverb is helpful to me also. Thank you so much for stopping by and reading and for your comments. Most appreciated!

Marlene Bertrand from USA on April 01, 2013:

The quotes that help me the most are the ones relating to Proverbs 23:7 - "As he thinketh in his heart, so is he." Tolstoy and Carnegie are others that help me get back on track when my world seems to start running round and round. What a nice collection of quotes. Thank you.

Suzette Walker (author) from Taos, NM on March 22, 2013:

Epi: your poetry rocks my world! You always have a unique and creative vision of the world - and humorous too. I have many times read a funny poem of yours at the time I am really in the dumps and it has brightened up my day and my attitude. You and your poetry are so important to many of us here on HP and in our worlds. I know you appreciate nature and especially living by the lake in Canada. I am calmed and healed by nature and always have been. It is my Godsend (after your poetry, of course!) Seriously, what would I do without nature and great friends like you and Amy. You make my life richer!

epigramman on March 22, 2013:

Well that's easy my stupendous Suzette of sensational mind, body and soul - I just pop on over here to your hallowed hubspace as the first thing I do after getting out of bed after the nightshift at 2:45pm lake erie time canada - and yes peace, serenity and harmony is a big deal with me and I often find it my writing and music and of course in my environment with the privilege of living this close to the lake. When I see God I sed God in where I live - the lake itself, the daybreak and the sunrises, the stars, the full moon and the birds and in my cats and of course the heavenly solitude of which I am one. As my dear mum used to say - listen you can hear the silence. You have such a grand selection of hub subjects Miss S and some excellent short stories to read as well so I will be back on the weekend.

Amy raves about you all of the time and so do I:

SUZETTE, YOU ALWAYS ROCK MY WORLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sending you warm wishes and good energy from Colin and his cats and now for my first cup of coffee

Robin Grosswirth from New York on December 29, 2012:

This was an interesting hub and quite useful to many, particularly during these challenging times. Great reflective piece prior to the coming of a new year. HAPPY NEW YEAR!


mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on December 17, 2012:

'The secret to life is not wanting anything.' Montclair philosopher.

Suzette Walker (author) from Taos, NM on November 14, 2012:

Wow, Alastar, that is fascinating. Where do you find these tidbids of info? I guess you are a voracious reader! That's good. These quotes work for me after a stressful or anxious day. They help me to put things into perspective and ease the stress and anxiety. I begin to realize things aren't so bad. Just gazing at serene photos also helps me alot. That is why I spend so much time in nature - it soothes and comforts me and takes away my care. Sometimes it is good to realize there is more to life than just our everyday reality and nature does that for me. I 'commune' with nature as H.D. Thoreau would say! LOL Thanks so much for your visit Alastar - I always enjoy one from you!

Suzette Walker (author) from Taos, NM on November 14, 2012:

Christy: Thanks so much for reading this and I'm so glad you enjoyed it. Yes, sometimes we need to stop and take a deep breath and relax. Thanks so much for the vote and I have enjoyed your visit.

Alastar Packer from North Carolina on November 06, 2012:

What an inspiring collection of contemplative sayings to soothe the ravages of contemporary living suzette. I'll choose the one by Saint-Exupery to expand on a little. A brain analyst had a stroke that knocked out the left side of her "objective" brain. To sum her story up succinctly, she experienced a reality that was stripped of the usual data the left hemisphere decodes. With her right "subjective" brain, she was in a world of bliss and peace. Apparently without the crap of what we call "reality" there's another reality that accesses the pure and peaceful essence all around us but is generally blocked from our awareness unless we learn how to open it.

Christy Birmingham from British Columbia, Canada on November 05, 2012:

Such a necessary topic. Everyone is just so busy and there is always too much to do in a day. I found many of the quotes to be thought-provoking and I'm sure I will be back to re-read some of them. Voting up and beautiful today.

Suzette Walker (author) from Taos, NM on November 02, 2012:

Thanks, Amy - your kind words mean a lot. That same quote by Emerson that you indicate is one I try to live by also. It is hard to keep our principles in this world. Don't feel selfish, Amy - we come first and we have to live our life that way. I know how you feel - once we let someone in, the turmoil does start - There has to be someone out there for both of us that we can let in our lives who doesn't bring agitation and turmoil with them. That is difficult to find. So, until then, we may have to fly solo for a while. I have finally learned peace and tranquility comes from within, not from without. Writing at least brings me peace and tranquility and helps me to peruse my 'within.' It is good for that whether I ever make any money at it or not. Thanks so much for your comments and your visit, Amy. Most appreciated.

Amy Becherer from St. Louis, MO on November 02, 2012:

I felt like Ralph Waldo Emerson spoke directly to me in his quote, "Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. Nothing can bring you peace but the triumph of principles." I struggle with feeling selfish, Suzette, because I have found the only way that I avoid the discontent of turmoil, is avoiding the trials and tribulations of others. The last 2 years have been a solo sojourn for me and I have had the quiet time to understand my principles. It seems as soon as I let someone get one foot in the door, I am spinning in turmoil again. I feel like I've paid my dues with all my life prior and I am unwilling to compromise anymore of my life. I need to frame Emerson's enlightened words as a reminder whenever I doubt myself. Thank you, my friend. Your writing is sublime, comforting and uplifting.

Suzette Walker (author) from Taos, NM on November 02, 2012:

Thank you carol, and I'm glad you enjoyed this hub. I think I'm going to bookmark it for myself LOL. This is how I jump start my mind to get it out of its rut! I, too, find that when I'm agitated or worry over stuff, that it really turns out to be silly. Thanks so much for the visit - most appreciated!

Suzette Walker (author) from Taos, NM on November 02, 2012:

Mhatter: Thank you for reading these and I'm glad you enjoyed them. Thanks for your visit - always appreciated!

carol stanley from Arizona on November 02, 2012:

I have a feeling my comment did not publish. I wrote one about the value of the quotes. Very soothing for me to read this morning. Thank you again.

Suzette Walker (author) from Taos, NM on November 02, 2012:

Dear Faith: So glad you stopped by to read this and that you enjoyed it and found it some help. We get so busy in our daily lives, we forget sometimes to slow down and just appreciate what is around us. Nature has always been healing to me and that is where I go when I am distressed. I have also learned that the messages I give myself determine whether I am having a good day or a bad day. When I'm having a bad one, I stop and literally sit down and read these quotes from others, and realize everyone goes through tough times and days. These quotes immediately bring serenity and peace to my mind. Thank you so much for reading this and for you lovely comments, Faith. They do mean so much!

Suzette Walker (author) from Taos, NM on November 02, 2012:

Bill: So glad you liked my quotes, especially Thoreau and Siddhartha. They really knew how to find peace in this world. I am glad you have found serenity - you really don't have to look far - just inside yourself and adjust life to what you find. That is the loveliness of reading Thoreau and Siddhartha. Sometimes we wander all over the place, trying to hunt down that elusive serenity only to find it right within us. Thanks so much for read Bill - I know you, for one, know how to enjoy life and be serene. Kudos to you!

carol stanley from Arizona on November 02, 2012:

I woke up feeling agitated today from some silly stuff. Reading this has really given me some better perspective towards all of this. I am going to bookmark this to read when I feel this way again. Thanks for beautiful thoughts and lovely photos. Voting up and sharing on facebook.

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on November 01, 2012:

Very beautiful collection of quotes. Thank you for sharing.

Faith Reaper from southern USA on November 01, 2012:

Oh how very serene, Suzette! This is the most beautiful piece of writing I have read here as of late dear one, and I have read it just at the perfect time that I needed to read it. Your words speak so much truth here dear one. Your awesome quotes and serene photos are all amazing, wonderful and fill my heart with joy.

I find serenity in all of these same areas as well, and when I go out on my front porch, the scene is serene!

This is brilliant and profound, but there are not butttons to push for such. So I Voted Way Up to the Heavens

God bless and thank you for such a lovely read this evening. Sharing everywhere. In His Love, Faith Reaper

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 01, 2012:

Any hub that quotes Thoreau and Siddhartha is a fine hub in my book. :)

It took me years, dear friend, to find that elusive serenity, but now that I have, I'm not giving it up.

Beautiful message; hopefully many will hear it.


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