It's said that peace can help us to discover who we are and be content in our circumstances. It's possible life can get a little bit sweeter if we choose to go with the flow and not go against the grain.
Some days peace can seem like it's not in reach. You might be finding that your relaxation techniques aren't helping as much.
When you find yourself in these moments, you can calm yourself with these quotes about peace. Let them remind you that having a life of tranquility is a continuous journey.
Trying to choose to be more present and calm will get you on the path to achieving peace on earth and peace of mind.
Enjoy these quotes from Francis de Sales, Dalai Lama, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and many others who've offered wise words on peacefulness.
Peace within quotes
1. “Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.” - Saint Francis de Sales
2. “The life of inner peace, being harmonious and without stress, is the easiest type of existence.” - Norman Vincent Peale
3. “Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.” - Dalai Lama
4. “Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson
5. “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
6. "When things change inside you, things change around you." - Unknown
7. "Peace can become a lens through which you see the world. Be it. Live it. Radiate it out. Peace is an inside job." - Wayne Dyer
Calming peace quotes
8. “Peace is liberty in tranquility.” - Marcus Tullius Cicero
9. “Every breath we take, every step we make, can be filled with peace, joy and serenity.” - Thich Nhat Hanh
10. “Being relaxed, at peace with yourself, confident, emotionally neutral loose, and free-floating — these are the keys to successful performance in almost everything.” - Wayne Dyer
11. “You should feel beautiful and you should feel safe. What you surround yourself with should bring you peace of mind and peace of spirit.” - Stacy London
12. “Sometimes you can find peace of mind by transferring yourself to different situations. They're just reminders to stay ... calm.” - Yves Behar
13. "Don't search for anything except peace. Try to calm the mind. Everything else will come on its own." - Baba Hari Das
14. "Let go of the thoughts that don’t make you strong." - Karen Salmansohn
15. “Peace begins with a smile.” - Mother Teresa
Inspirational peace quotes
16. “It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.” - Eleanor Roosevelt
17. “You will find peace not by trying to escape your problems, but by confronting them courageously. You will find peace not in denial, but in victory.” - J. Donald Walters
18. “Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures.” - John F. Kennedy
19. "Peace brings with it so many positive emotions that it is worth aiming for in all circumstances." - Estella Eliot
20. “No person, no place, and no thing has any power over us, for 'we' are the only thinkers in our mind. When we create peace and harmony and balance in our minds, we will find it in our lives.” - Louise L. Hay
21. "If you don't know the guy on the other side of the world, love him anyway because he's just like you. He has the same dreams, the same hopes and fears. It's one world, pal. We're all neighbors." - Frank Sinatra
22. "Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding." - Albert Einstein
World peace quotes
23. “When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.” - Jimi Hendrix
24. “Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say that I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us and the world will be as one.” - John Lennon
25. “Peace comes from being able to contribute the best that we have, and all that we are, toward creating a world that supports everyone. But it is also securing the space for others to contribute the best that they have and all that they are.” - Hafsat Abiola
26. “Peace is not absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.” - Ronald Reagan
27. “Not one of us can rest, be happy, be at home, be at peace with ourselves, until we end hatred and division.” - John Lewis
28. “When I say it's you I like, I'm talking about that part of you that knows that life is far more than anything you can ever see or hear or touch. That deep part of you that allows you to stand for those things without which humankind cannot survive. Love that conquers hate, peace that rises triumphant over war, and justice that proves more powerful than greed.” - Fred Rogers
29. "When you make peace with yourself, you make peace with the world." - Maha Ghosananda
30. “Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” - Desmond Tutu
Religious Peace Quotes
31. “And the effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness and confident trust forever.” - Isaiah 32:17
It’s hard not to argue when we do what we understand to be right, there does seem to follow a sense of peacefulness.
Living by moral convictions is something we often feel proud of. When we’re not living by our convictions, we usually tend to feel inner conflict.
32. “For “Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit; let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it.” - 1 Peter 3:10-11
This Biblical verse seems to suggest being at peace is something one has to seek after and pursue. And how one seeks and pursues it involves turning away from evil and doing good.
When thinking of people in life who do bad things, we don’t usually view them as having inner peace.
Instead, we more often view those who love others, who give to others and treat people well as having more peace.
Perhaps that can be true for us as well.
33. “Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.” - Psalm 34:14
The author of the last peace quote, Peter, possibly may have been referencing this verse here. As you can see, there’s a little bit of a theme of righteousness and moral goodness being described as leading to peace.
34. “Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil, but those who plan peace have joy.” - Proverbs 12:20
Plan your peace. Decide you’re going to respond to bad situations in ways that'll help you be calm in the future. For instance, try resorting to meditation and prayer in difficult times.
Planning your peace according to this quote is tied to your joy. So it seems to plan peace is also to plan joy for ourselves as well.
35. “So then we pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another.” - Romans 14:19
It’s interesting here how the building up of one another is mentioned with peace.
I don’t know if this was trying to suggest any correlation, but it’s not hard to argue that when we make others feel good, we feel good.
And of course, as we feel good in life, it naturally follows we feel relaxed as well. So maybe we can practice building others up with our words and our actions.
And we can also do our best not to tear people down since that probably causes us conflict.
36. “Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace.” -Buddha
Our thoughts are part of the beginning of where are our serenity starts. Because just as you can’t be healthy in a chemically toxic environment, you can’t have calm with a toxic mindset.
Resentment focuses your attention on being angry. In all the people I’ve ever met in life, I’ve never known a peaceful person that was always mad at someone.
When we let go of our hold on resentment towards others, we metaphorically open our hands to the opportunity of receiving peace in our lives.
37. "One's mind finds no peace, neither enjoys pleasure or delight, nor goes to sleep, nor feels secure while the dart of hatred is stuck in the heart" -Buddha
This quote about peace is like the previous one. In my life, I’ve had some people I really hated for the way they treated me.
But after a while, I realized it’s just not worth the energy to keep up that hatred towards someone. So it’s better to just let go, move on, and find a way to live in peace.
38. “Do not overrate what you have received, nor envy others. He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind.” -Buddha
I’m humble enough to admit I don’t quite understand the first part of this quote on overrating what you have received.
But if you think you have an understanding, feel free to share those thoughts for us in the comments.
But the part about envying others causing us not to have peace of mind is very intriguing.
It makes me think about our social media culture and how everyone is looking at what everyone else has and wishing they had it.
But as I discussed in my article about quitting Facebook for good, all those happy photos hide a lot of unhappy moments you generally don’t see.
So while we may think we want what someone else has, if we knew the daily costs they’ve had to deal with, we’d maybe not be as envious.
Another thought that came to my mind was that envy feels like kind of the opposite of gratitude.
Whereas envy focuses so much on wishing to have what others have, gratitude focuses on appreciating what we already have.
To envy is to remind us of what we lack and believing that we can’t be happy without getting something, putting us in a state of chasing after things that we might not even really need.
We usually associate peace with calmness. So through gratitude, you’re actively choosing to be calm by not getting bothered by everything you don’t have.
Instead, you're choosing to feel good by everything you do have.
39. “Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace.” - Buddha
I can think of a lot of words or phrases that could bring a lot of peace in all of us. Relax, breathe, slowly, now, and so many other words.
And one word we could use on each other more that would help us all in finding peace is just simply saying “sorry”.
Think about one word (or one phrase) you can use that can help you to just reset and focus on being relaxed in whatever circumstance you’re in.
40. “Resolutely train yourself to attain peace” - Buddha
I admire the idea that peace is something we must train ourselves to attain. A lot of times we just want it to happen to us.
Whether we’re hoping for fewer bills to pay, less negative people to deal with, or just anything outside of us to bring us that state of tranquility.
A lot of finding peace comes from our work within ourselves. Training ourselves to be calm and relaxed in moments of distress.
41. One attains peace, within whose mind all desires dissipate without creating any mental disturbance, as river waters enter the full ocean without creating any disturbance. One who desires material objects is never peaceful. One who abandons all desires, and becomes free from longing and the feeling of 'I' and 'my', attains peace. – Bhagavad Gita 2:70-71
A lot of eastern religious traditions usually stress focusing less on your desires as a way to achieve peace. To reach a point of not wanting and not focusing on one’s self.
It kind of relates to studies that tell us being giving to others, which in essence is us being selfless, makes us feel happy.
And happiness and inner calm go hand in hand. If you feel happy, more often than not you feel peaceful usually.
So for more serenity and calmness in life, maybe we can try not focusing on what we want so much.
Maybe putting the focus on things outside of ourselves from time to time will relax our mind more.
42. “Where there is FAITH, there is LOVE; Where there is LOVE; there is PEACE; Where there is PEACE; there is GOD; Where there is GOD; there is BLISS.” ― Sri Sathya Sai Baba
This quote from a Hindu text suggests a tie between love and peace. Maybe there’s something to that.
If you love yourself, do you feel much internal conflict? If you know others love you, does it help you feel less stressed and anxious?
I think the answers to those questions are yes. Because love of self, love from others, and loving others give a sense of comfort and security in life.
And that allows us to feel more joyful and positive.
43. “Give up your selfishness, and you shall find peace; like water mingling with water, you shall merge in absorption.” ― Sri Guru Granth Sahib
So this Hindu quote about peacefulness seems to reiterate again that selfishness is the cause of one’s conflict in life.
I think when we focus on others, it helps us to focus less on our own problems.
Taking our focus off the problems relieves our feelings of inner conflict, and as a result, increases our feeling of peace.
44. “The peace of God is with them whose mind and soul are in harmony, who are free from desire and wrath, who know their own soul.” Bhagavada Gita
So in this Hindu scripture, it describes peace coming from God, through the mind and soul being in harmony. It’s interesting to ponder what the meaning of the mind and soul in harmony is.
If we’re to go by the context of this quote, then it follows that for the mind and soul to be in harmony, one has to be free from desire, wrath, and know their own soul.
But what does it mean to know one’s soul? A lot of pondering that could be done on that.
But what we can seem to conclude this quote suggests, is that having peacefulness comes from less desire and less wrath.
Maybe you can try not to focus on your desires as much and also be kinder and less angry towards others to see if it makes you feel peaceful
45. “When there is no desire, all things are at peace.” ― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
This teaching about Lao Tzu falls into the common teachings of eastern religious traditions again. The quote seems very firm on desire being the cause of any lack of peace.
For myself, I don’t particularly agree with that. Because while focusing too much on our desires can be problematic, sometimes our deepest desires can bring a sense of inner calm.
Desiring close relationships with family, friends, and a significant other, or wanting to achieve something that’s a dream in life.
I think those types of desires are meaningful and don’t necessarily take away our tranquility.
How do I find my peace within?
Working to resolve the conflicts in your life can be step towards peace. Do you have unresolved feelings with someone?
Are there things you want to change in your life?
I think when we work on these conflicts through positive actions, this can bring us closer to the quietness of peace.
What peaceful quotes do you know?
With so many different inspiring sayings in the world I probably left out a lot of wise words about finding serenity.
If you know of any quotes on internal peace, it’d be awesome if you shared it in the comments.
I know learning the lessons of some of these wise phrases helped me to be more calm with myself.
I hope these quotes inspired you to live in a way that helps you to feel tranquility within yourself as well.