"What is the secret of your serenity ? Said the Master "Wholehearted cooperation with the inevitable ."
Whenever conscience speaks with a divided, uncertain, and disputed voice, it is not yet the voice of God. Descend still deeper into yourself, until you hear nothing but a clear and undivided voice, a voice which does away with doubt and brings with it persuasion, light and serenity.henri-frédéric amiel
Any work of architecture which does not express serenity is a mistake.luis barragán
All men who live with any degree of serenity live by some assurance of grace.Reinhold Niebuhr
God, giveusgracetoaccept with serenity thethingsthat cannot be changed, courage to change the things that should be changed, and the wisdom to distinguish the one from the other.Reinhold Niebuhr
I believe that the justification of art is the internal combustion it ignites in the hearts of men and not its shallow, externalized, public manifestations. The purpose of art is not the release of a momentary ejection of adrenalin but is, rather, the gradual, lifelong construction of a state of wonder and serenity.Glenn Gould
It is not the placidity of stupid ease that we should covet, but the repose that is requisite for the renewal of exhausted strength, the serenity that succeeds the storm, and the salubrity that repays its ravages.elias lyman magoo
Bush has said something new. He said, "If I will be president again, I will be a man of peace and serenity." May the Lord curse the liars, wherever they may be.ali meshkini
Wilderness to the people of America is a spiritual necessity, an antidote to the high pressure of modern life, a means of regaining serenity and equilibrium.sigurd olson
Patience, to hear frivolous, impertinent, and unreasonable applications: with address enough to refuse, without offending; or, by your manner of granting, to double the obligation: dexterity enough to conceal a truth, without telling a lie: sagacity enough to read other people’s countenances: and serenity enough not to let them discover anything by yours; a seeming frankness, with a real reserve. These are the rudiments of a politician; the world must be your grammar.stanhope, philip, 4th earl of chesterfield
One wonders that there can be found a man courageous enough to occupy the post. It is a matter of meditation. Having given it a few minutes I come to the conclusion in the serenity of my heart and the peace of my conscience that he must be either an extreme megalomaniac or an utterly unconscious being.joseph conrad
The sole art that suits me is that which, rising from unrest, tends toward serenity.andré gide
America's present need is not heroics, but healing; not nostrums, but normalcy; not revolution, but restoration; not agitation, but adjustment; not surgery, but serenity; not the dramatic, but the dispassionate; not experiment, but equipoise; not submergence in internationality, but sustainment in triumphant nationality.warren g. harding
From that hour Siddhartha ceased to fight against his destiny . There shone in his face the serenity of knowledge , of one who is no longer confronted with conflict of desires, who has found salvation, who is in harmony with the stream of events, with the stream of life , full of sympathy and compassion, surrendering himself to the stream, belonging to the unity of all things.hermann hesse
The best thing in the world [is] a strong house held in serenity where man and wife agree.homer
In academia, ...an art historian, on being stirred to tears by the tenderness and serenity he detects in a work by a fourteenth-century Florentine painter, may end up writing a monograph, as irreproachable as it is bloodless, on the history of paint manufacture in the age of Giotto. It seems easier to respond to our enthusiasms by trading in facts than by investigating the more naive question of how and why we have been moved.Alain de Botton
It is not the placidity of stupid ease that we should covet, but the repose that is requisite for the renewal of exhausted strength, the serenity that succeeds the storm, and the salubrity that repays its ravages.
The love of learning, the sequestered nooks, And all the sweet serenity of books.Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Curiosity endows the people who have it with a generosity in argument and a serenity in their own mode of life which springs from their cheerful willingness to let life take the form it will.
...with address enough to refuse, without offending, or, by your manner of granting, to double the obligation ; dexterity enough to conceal a truth without telling a lie: sagacity enough to read other people's countenances; and serenity enough not to discover anything by yours; a seaming frankness with a real reserve.
The purpose of art is not the release of a momentary ejection of adrenalin but is, rather, the gradual, lifelong construction of a state of wonder and serenity.Glenn Gould
God , give us grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed , courage to change the things which should be changed, and the wisdom to distinguish the one from the other.Reinhold Niebuhr
Most books belong to the house and streets only, . . . .But this(Bhagavad Gita) . . . . addresses what is deepest and most abiding in man. . . . Its truth speaks freshly to our experience. [the sentences of Manu] are a piece with depth and serenity and I am sure they will have a place and significance as long as there is a sky to test them by.
To the well-fed it seems cowardly to complain of tight boots, because the well-fed live in a different world-a world where, if your boots are tight, you can change them; their minds are not warped by petty discomfort. But below a certain income the petty crowds the large out of existence; one's preoccupation is not with art or religion , but with bad food , hard beds, drudgery and the sack. serenity is impossible to a poor man in a cold country and even his active thoughts will go in more or less sterile complaint.george orwell
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