John Keats, Endymion (1818), Book I, line 1.
I use the word nursing for want of a better. It has been limited to signify little more than the administration of medicines and the application of poultices. It ought to signify the proper use of fresh air, light, warmth, cleanliness, quiet, and the proper selection and administration of diet — all at the least expense of vital power to the patient.Florence Nightingale
The most effective leaders of companies in transition are the quiet, unassuming people whose inner wiring is such that the worst circumstances bring out their best. They're unflappable, they're ready to die if they have to. But you can trust that, when bad things are happening, they will become clearheaded and focused.Jim C. Collins (2001) attributed in: Strategy & business. No 22-25. p.46
Much there is I can stand, and most things not easy to suffer I bear with quiet resolve, just as a god commands it. Only a few I find as repugnant as snakes and poison These four: tobacco smoke, bedbugs, garlic, and †.Variant translation: Lots of things I can stomach. Most of what irks me
This is not orderly... this is not disciplined... you're on my campus, buddy, and when I say I want quiet, I meanWho: Principal Snyder (Armin Shimerman)
Look not thou on beauty's charming, Sit thou still when kings are arming. Taste not when the wine-cup glistens, Speak not when the people listens, Stop thine ear against the singer, From the red gold keep thy finger, Vacant heart, and hand, and eye, Easy live and quiet die.1819 The Bride of Lammermoor, ch.3 (LucyAshton's song).
Minnesota is a state of public-spirited and polite people, where you can get a good cappucino and eat Thai food and find any book you want and yet live on a quiet tree-lined street with a backyard and send your kids to public school. When a state this good hits the jackpot, it can only be an inspiration to everybody.garrison keillor
Five years have passed; five summers, with the length Of five long winters! and again I hear These waters, rolling from their mountain-springs With a sweet inland murmur. —Once again Do I behold these steep and lofty cliffs, Which on a wild secluded scene impress Thoughts of more deep seclusion; and connect The landscape with the quiet of the sky.william wordsworth
Stone walls do not a prison make, Nor iron bars a cage, Minds innocent and quiet take That for an hermitage.Richard Lovelace, "To Althea, From Prison" (1642)
Here is Skiddaw and then, between thickets and parks, the delightful Lake Windermere, which I drew on an evening so sweet and peaceful that I felt uneasy with happiness; the sunset was combing the curly wavelets with a golden comb, and here the pilgrim sat by the quiet reeds and had no desire to go home again, so dazing and peaceful was the water.Karel ?apek, trans. Paul Selver, Letters from England (London: Geoffrey Bles, 1925) pp. 150-1.
I feel within me a peace above all earthly dignities, a still and quiet conscience."Wolsey" in Henry VIII (1613) by William Shakespeare
Touch us gently, Time! Let us glide adown thy stream Gently, as we sometimes glide Through a quiet dream!Barry Cornwall, A Petition to Time.