Words can be very inspiring. I thought it’d be interesting to explore 15 inner peace quotes to inspire us to a sense of calm.
If you’ve looked up quotes related to finding inner peace before, you’ve probably seen a lot of them from historical figures like Ghandi and Martin Luther King Jr.
They’re really great ones too, like “peace is it’s own reward”, or “Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding”
But instead of historical figures, I’m going to share quotes from the text of some of the world religions. I know some of you may not be religious, and that’s fine.
But I think we can all agree there are some wise words that can be found in them. Putting aside whether you believe in God or not, you can allow these thoughtful words to help you have a peaceful mind.
Christian peace quotes
1. “And the effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness and 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 convinctions, we usually tend to feel inner conflict.
2. “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. 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.
3. “Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.” – Psalm 34:14
The author of the last inner 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.
4. “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. Perhaps through resorting to meditation and prayer in trying 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.
5. “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.
From what I could read through the Quran, much of it focuses on inner-peace being found in the afterlife. So I couldn’t really find anything to cite here related to the topic of finding it in this life, but just wanted to note that I attempt to find something to share. If any of you know of some good inner peace quotes from the Quran, you can share them with us in the comments.
Buddhist inner peace quotes
6. “Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace.” -Buddha
Our thoughts are part of the beginning of where are our serenity starts. Just as you can’t be healthy in a chemically toxic environment, you can’t have calm with a toxic mindset.
Resent 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.
7. “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 inner 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.
It’s better to just let go, move on, and find a way to live in peace.
8. “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. 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. 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.
9. “Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace.” – Buddha
I can think of a lot of one words or one 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.
10. “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 less bills to pay, less negative people to deal with, or just anything outside of us to bring us that state of tranquility.
Just as the name inner peace implies, a lot of it comes from our work within ourselves. Training ourselves to be calm and relaxed in moments of distress.
You can learn more about thought patterns that can help you to find peace with yourself here.
Hindu inner peace quotes
11. 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 the way to achieve inner 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 peace 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 focus on things outside of ourselves from time to time will relax our mind more.
12. “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 feel less stressed and anxious?
I think the answers to those questions are yes. Love of self, love from others, and loving others gives a sense of comfort and security in life. And that allows us to feel more joyful and positive.
13. “Give up your selfishness, and you shall find peace; like water mingling with water, you shall merge in absorption.” ― Sri Guru Granth Sahib
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, which increases our feeling of inner peace.
14. “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
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 peace 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.
Taoism inner peace quotes
15. “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 dream in life. I think those type of desires are meaningful, and don’t necessarily take away our peace.
What peaceful quotes do you know?
With so many different religions in the world I probably left out a lot of wise words about finding serenity. If you know of any religious quotes on inner peace, it’d be awesome if you shared it in the comments.
I know learning the lessons of some of these sayings has helped me to be more at peace with myself. I hope these quotes inspired you to live in a way that helps you to feel most at peace with yourself as well.
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