Inner Peace Quotes

You Can Choose Peace Instead of Pain

These are some of my favorite inner peace quotes. They remind me of a peace that has always been inside me but sometimes I fail to recognize…

We think that we need to change the world outside of us to have inner peace but that would mean to do the process backwards… To have inner peace, we first have to change the way we see the world. Once we do this, it becomes inevitably that the peace we have inside will also be evident outside.

… “To achieve the strength we need in living, an inner life must be lived apart from the world.
To wear the whole world as a loose garment is the key to serenity.
Loosen your hold on earth, its cares and its worries.
Unclasp your hold on other people and material things.
Let go of resentments, they hurt only you, not the person, persons or institutions you resent.
Relax your grip, and the tide of peace will flow in.
Live in today, not in regrets over what happened yesterday, not in the fear and apprehension of what tomorrow may bring.
The past is gone as a cloud of dust.
Tomorrow may never come.
We are faced with living just one
Try to relax, rejoice, and be glad in it!”

(Unknown Author)

“If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment”

Marcus Aurelius (Roman Emperor)

“It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters”

Epictetus (Greek Philosopher)

Inner Peace Quotes by Eastern Teachers and Philosophers:

“The self is not the individual body or mind, but rather that aspect deep inside each individual person that knows the truth”.

Swami Vishnu Devananda

“We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.”

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

“If you let go a little, you will have a little peace. If you let go a lot, you will have a lot of peace. If you let go completely, you will have complete peace.”

Ajahn Chan XX century Buddhist Monk

“Respond intelligently even to unintelligent treatment”

Lao Tzu

"When there is light in the soul, there is beauty in the person.
When there is beauty in the person, there is harmony in the house.
When there is harmony in the house, there is order in the nation.
When there is there is order in the nation, there is peace in the world."

Chinese Proverb

"If you lose touch with nature you lose touch with humanity. If there's no relationship with nature then you become a killer; then you kill baby seals, whales, dolphins, and man either for gain, for "sport," for food, or for knowledge. Then, nature is frightened of you; withdrawing its beauty."

Jiddu Krishnamurti

Inner Peace Quotes by Diverse Authors,
Scientists and Philosophers:

“Whenever anyone has offended me, I try to raise my soul so high that the offense cannot reach me”

Rene Descartes

“A man who is master of himself can end a sorrow as he can invent a pleasure. I don’t want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them.”

Oscar Wild

“Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”

Albert Einstein

“Nothing is either good or bad but thinking makes it so”

William Shakespeare

“Dwell as near as possible to the channel in which your life flows.”

Henry David Thoreau

Inner Peace Quotes by Mystics:

“People travel to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars; and yet they pass by themselves without wondering”

Saint Augustine

"God is the friend of silence. See how nature –trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls."

Mother Theresa

Inner Peace Quotes from the Course in Miracles

"You must realize that your hatred is in your mind and not outside it before you can get rid of it."

“I can elect to change all thoughts that hurt”

“I must have decided wrongly, because I am not at peace. I made the decision myself, but I can also decide otherwise. I want to decide otherwise, because I want to be at peace.”

“There is a place in you where there is perfect peace.”

You Can Choose Peace Instead of Pain

Inner peace is not something that happens to you as some external or future event. Inner peace exists within you right now and it will be gradually uncovered as you decide to flow and accept the events and changes that life brings. In the degree that you embrace those changes, will you have inner peace.

These inner peace quotes are a nice reminder of the power we have to choose peace instead of pain. Because we DO have that power!!!

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