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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.


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