"Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for."
Epicurus, Greek philosopher, 341-270 BC
"Suffering becomes beautiful when anyone bears great calamities with cheerfulness, not through insensibility but through greatness of mind."
Aristotle, Greek philosopher, 384-322 BC
"To experience peace does not mean that your life is always blissful. It means that you are capable of tapping into a blissful state of mind amidst the normal chaos of a hectic life."
Jill Botte Taylor, author of My Stroke of Insight
"What you're supposed to do when you don't like a thing is change it. If you can't change it, change the way you think about it. Don't complain."
Maya Angelou, author and poet, 1928 - 2014
"Do not anticipate trouble or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight."
Benjamin Franklin, politician, 1706 - 1790
"How we perceive a situation and how we react to it is the basis of our stress. If you focus on the negative in any situation, you can expect high stress levels. However, if you try and see the good in the situation, your stress levels will greatly diminish."
"When you find yourself stressed, ask yourself one question: Will this matter in 5 years from now? If yes, then do something about the situation. If no, then let it go."
Catherine Pulsifer, author, glass artist
"Nothing is permanent in this wicked world--not even our troubles."
Charlie Chaplin, actor and comedian, 1889-1977
"Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions."
Dalai Lama, Head Monk
“If you want to conquer fear, don't sit at home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”
Dale Carnegie, writer and lecturer, 1888 - 1955
"Stress is the trash of modern life--we all generate it, but if you don't dispose of it properly, it will pile up and overtake your life."
Danzae Pace, author
"Much of the stress that people feel doesn't come from having too much to do. It comes from not finishing what they've started."
David Allen, author of Getting Things Done
"When we are unable to find tranquility within ourselves, it is useless to seek it elsewhere."
Francois de La Rochefoucauld, author, 1613-1680
"Work is not always required. There is such a thing as sacred idleness."
George MacDonald, novelist and poet, 1824-1905
"There is more to life than increasing its speed."
Mahatma Gandhi, Leader, 1869 - 1948
“Opinions are the cheapest commodities on earth. Everyone has a flock of opinions ready to be wished upon anyone who will accept them. If you are influenced by "opinions" when you reach DECISIONS, you will not succeed in any undertaking.”
Napoleon Hill, author, 1883 -1970
"Working hard for something we don't care about is called stress. Working hard for something we love is called passion."
Simon Sinek, author, Start with why
"When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened."
Winston Churchill, UK prime minister, 1874 - 1965
"When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure."
Peter Marshall, Scottish clergyman, 1902-1949
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