The love of learning, the sequestered nooks,
And all the sweet serenity of books

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“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?  (136-137)”

―     Swami Satchidananda,     The Yoga Sutras    


“One man practicing kindness in the wilderness

is worth all the temples this world pulls.”   
     Jack Kerouac,     The Dharma Bums    


“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

“I will be calm.  I will be mistress of myself.”  
―     Jane Austen,     Sense and Sensibility

“Nothing is so aggravating as calmness.”
―     Mahatma Gandhi


“Peace is present right here and now, in ourselves and in everything we do and see. Every breath we take, every step we take, can be filled with peace, joy, and serenity. The question is whether or not we are in touch with it. We need only to be awake, alive in the present moment.”   

Thích Nhất Hạnh,     Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life    

“Blessed are the peace-makers

for they shall be called the children of God.”

Matthew 5:9


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