Quotations for Daily Use

Peace (Inner peace) the Gift of Silence, Dealing With Negativism

"Do not look forward to what may happen tomorrow; the same everlasting Father who cares for you today will take care of you tomorrow and every day. Either He will shield you from suffering, or He will give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace, then, put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations, and say continually: 'The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart has trusted in Him and I am helped. He is not only with me but in me and I in Him." Francis de Sales, (21 August 1567 – 28 December 1622) was a Bishop of Geneva and is honored as a saint in the Catholic Church.

"Great tranquillity of heart is his who cares for neither praise nor blame." Thomas à Kempis (c. 1380 – 25 July 1471), was a German-Dutch canon regular of the late medieval period and the author of The Imitation of Christ, one of the most popular and best known Christian devotional books.

"He felt a provoking urge to flee to Lord's Chapel and kneel at the railing." 3rd person referring to Timothy Kavanagh in Somewhere Safe with Someone Good by Jan Karon

"It is never my custom to use words lightly. If 27 years in prison have done anything to us, it was to use the silence of solitude to make us understand how precious words are, and how real speech is in its impact on the way people live and die." Nelson Mandela, (18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013) was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician, and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999.

"Joy springs all radiant in my breast. ’Tis wealth enough of joy for me - in summer time to simply be." William Dunbar (c.1456– c.1513), Scottish poet.

"Oh, the ineffable peace of a house darkened by a storm, and the sound of rain at its windows." The thoughts of Father Tim, the main character in A New Song, a book in the Mitford Series by Jan Karon. (These are my thoughts exactly! Every time I'm inside while a storm rages outside I think about my inner peace thanks to Jesus while the chaos of the storm rages outside. As I type this we are in the midst of a storm with possible gusts of 75 mph. Of course I don't want any harm to come to anyone. But I DO echo these thoughts of Father Tim's.) Moses/Dean

"Peace be to this house and to all who dwell in it. Graciously hear us, O Lord, Holy Father Almighty, everlasting God, and send thy holy angel from heaven to guard, cherish, protect, visit, and defind all who dwell here." Father Tim, the main character in A New Song, a book in the Mitford Series by Jan Karon

"Peace is not needing to know what will happen next." Unknown

"Silence is not only golden, it is seldom misquoted." Bob Monkhouse, (1 June 1928 – 29 December 2003) was an English entertainer. He was a successful comedy writer, comedian and actor and was also well known on television as a presenter and game show host.

"Sleep in peace, God is awake." Victor Marie Hugo (26 February 1802 – 22 May 1885) was a French poet, novelist, and dramatist of the Romantic movement.

"The Little Cares
by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

The little cares that fretted me,
I lost them yesterday
Among the fields above the sea,
Among the winds at play;
Among the lowing of the herds,
The rustling of the trees,
Among the singing of the birds,
The humming of the bees.

The foolish fears of what may happen -
I cast them all away
Among the clover-scented grass,
Among the new-mown hay;
Among the husking of the corn
Where ill thoughts die and good are born,
Out in the fields with God."
Elizabeth Barrett Browning; 6 March 1806 – 29 June1861) was an English poet of the Victorian era, popular in Britain and the United States during her lifetime.

" . . . the thing that succeeded was quietude, something rich and deep and . . . nourishing, a kind of spiritual chicken soup simmering in some far reach of the soul."
Cynthia Coopersmith's, a character in A Common Life, a book in The Mitford Series by Jan Karon, thoughts.

"Washington, furthermore, was a great actor who had 'the gift of silence,' which I esteem as one of the most precious talents." John Adams as taken from David McCullough's novel, John Adams

"When you cease to fear your solitude, a new creativity awakens in you. Your forgotten or neglected wealth begins to reveal itself. You come home to yourself and learn to rest within. Thoughts are our inner senses. Infused with silence and solitude, they bring out the mystery of inner landscape." John O'Donohue (1 January 1956 – 4 January 2008) was an Irish poet, author, priest, and Hegelian philosopher. This poem is from To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings by John O'Donohue

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