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Stillness is total lack of movement or changing of position. Inspirational stillness quotes will challenge the way you think, and make your life worth living.

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Famous Stillness Quotes

Being still does not mean don’t move. It means move in peace. E’yen A. Gardner

Within you there is a stillness and sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself. Hermann Hesse

The stillness in stillness is not the real stillness; only when there is stillness in movement does the universal rhythm manifest. Bruce Lee

Look at a tree, a flower, a plant. Let your awareness rest upon it. How still they are, how deeply rooted in Being. Allow nature to teach you stillness. Eckhart Tolle

It’s what I learn from the great actors that I work with. Stillness. That’s all and that’s the hardest thing. Morgan Freeman

In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you. Deepak Chopra

A fool is known by his speech; and a wise man by silence. Pythagoras

Let us leave a little room for reflection in our lives, room too for silence. Let us look within ourselves and see whether there is some delightful hidden place inside where we can be free of noise and argument. Let us hear the Word of God in stillness and perhaps we will then come to understand it. Saint Augustine

Success is measured by your discipline and inner peace. Mike Ditka

True intelligence operates silently. Stillness is where creativity and solutions to problems are found. Eckhart Tolle

What is true stillness? Stillness in movement. Bruce Lee

In stillness, the muddied water returns to clarity. Laozi

The secret of the receptive Must be sought in stillness; Within stillness there remains The potential for action. Sun Bu’er

In the stillness of the quiet, if we listen, we can hear the whisper of the heart giving strength to weakness, courage to fear, hope to despair. Howard Thurman

Never miss a good chance to shut up. Will Rogers

Stillness is not the absence or negation of energy, life, or movement. Stillness is dynamic. It is unconflicted movement, life in harmony with itself, skill in action. It can be experienced whenever there is total, uninhibited, unconflicted participation in the moment you are in when you are wholeheartedly present with whatever you are doing. Erich Schiffmann

In an age of movement, nothing is more critical than stillness. Pico Iyer

Be the silent watcher of your thoughts and behavior. You are beneath the thinker. You are the stillness beneath the mental noise. You are the love and joy beneath the pain. Eckhart Tolle

The soul has been given its own ears to hear things the mind does not understand. Rumi

So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing. T. S. Eliot

A horrid stillness first invades the ear, And in that silence we the tempest fear. John Dryden

My heart is tuned to the quietness that the stillness of nature inspires. Hazrat Inayat Khan

To see another with clarity and objectivity, one first must master stillness. Alberto Villoldo

True silence is the rest of the mind, and is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment, and refreshment. William Penn

Activity conquers cold, but stillness conquers heat. Lao Tzu

All true artists, whether they know it or not, create from a place of no mind, from inner stillness. Eckhart Tolle

Everything takes time. Bees have to move very fast to stay still. David Foster Wallace

Do not take hold of a past that no longer serves you, but embrace the stillness that is right now. Michelle Cruz

There’s a point when your tape of life runs off the reel and there’s this stillness of your own I got to know myself.  Melissa Etheridge

Stillness is our most intense mode of action. It is in our moments of deep quiet that is born every idea, emotion, and drive which we eventually honor with the name of action. We reach highest in meditation, and farthest in prayer. In stillness every human being is great. Leonard Bernstein

True we travel the world over and over to find the authentic self, we forget that we carry it within. Simply Pause. Evelyn Leilou Colon

The only way to gain power in a world that is moving too fast is to learn to slow down. And the only way to spread one’s influence wide to learn how to go deep. The world we want for ourselves and our children will not emerge from electronic speed but rather from a spiritual stillness that takes root in our souls. Then, and only then, will we create a world that reflects the heart instead of shattering it. Marianne Williamson

If the greatest god is the stillness all the motions add up to, then we must ineluctably be included. A. R. Ammons

Nothing in all creation is so like God as stillness. Meister Eckhart

Love works miracles in stillness. Herbert Read

The stillness in stillness is not the real stillness; only when there is stillness in movement does the universal rhythm manifest. Bruce Lee

True power is stillness within motion. Laozi

Not to be able to stop thinking is a dreadful affliction, but we don’t realize this because almost everyone is suffering from it, so it is considered normal. This incessant mental noise prevents you from finding that realm of inner stillness that is inseparable from Being. Eckhart Tolle

One’s action ought to come out of an achieved stillness not to be a mere rushing on. D. H. Lawrence

Alone in moments of prayer or meditation, or simply in stillness-we breathe more deeply, see more fully, hear more keenly. We notice more, and in the process, we return to what is sacred. Katrina Kenison

If water derives lucidity from stillness, how much more the faculties of the mind. Zhuangzi

It is the stillness that will save and transform the world. Eckhart Tolle

Comfort will never come to one who does not touch the stillness within himself. Jaggi Vasudev

Slow is fast, gentle is powerful and stillness moves mountains. Martha Beck

Remain still, with the conviction that the Self shines as everything yet nothing, within, without, and everywhere. Ramana Maharshi

Learning how to be still, to really be still and let life happen that stillness becomes a radiance. Morgan Freeman

When you enter a place of stillness, you awaken the divinity within you. Peggy Sealfon

Before making a great movement, stay motionless for a good while! If you give legs to the rocks, they will start running like crazy horses! Stillness accumulates liveliness; laziness accumulates industriousness; sleep accumulates motion! Mehmet Murat Ildan

Only in stillness does the imperceivable become discernible. Bryant McGill

When everything is moving and shifting, the only way to counteract chaos is stillness. When things feel extraordinary, strive for ordinary. When the surface is wavy, dive deeper for quieter waters. Kristin Armstrong

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, thank you, that would suffice. Meister Eckhart

Let your mind and soul be at ease. Don’t grasp and grab for the magic and miracles. When you reside in that place of stillness, the joy, miracles, and magic you’re seeking will find you. Melody Beattie

If you seek peace, be still. If you need wisdom, be still. If you need love, be still. Becca Lee

In peace, there’s nothing so becomes a man as modest stillness and humility. William Shakespeare

God is silent. Now if only man would shut up. Woody Allen

Imagine that your mind is like a calm, clear lake or a vast empty sky Ripples appear on the surface of the lake and clouds pass across the sky, but they soon disappear without altering the natural stillness. Kathleen McDonald

When the mind is left with nothing to cling to, it becomes still. Ramana Maharshi

There is nothing mind can do that cannot be better done in the mind’s immobility and thought free stillness. When mind is still, then truth gets her chance to be heard in the purity of the silence. Sri Aurobindo

Nothing in all creation is so like God as stillness. Meister Eckhart

The most sublime truth of all has never been stated or written or sung. Not because it is far away and can not be reached, but because it is so intimately close, closer than anything that can be spoken. It is alive as the stillness in the core of your being, too close to be described, too close to be objectified, too close to be known in the usual way of knowledge. The truth of who you are is yours already. It is already present. Gangaji

There is nothing as certain as silence, stillness, and solitude to introduce you to the secrets of yourself. Guy Finley

Meditation is the journey from sound to silence, from movement to stillness, from a limited identity to unlimited space. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

It is only with total humility, and in absolute stillness of mind that we can know what indeed we are. Wei Wu Wei

Comfort will never come to one who does not touch the stillness within himself. Jaggi Vasudev

Life is a dash. Pause in the present. Enjoy this moment. J.R.Rim

The seeker after stillness should be told that the stillness is always there. Indeed it is in every man. But he has to learn, first, to let it in and, second, how to do so. The first beginning of this is to remember. The second is to recognize the inward pull. For the rest, the stillness itself will guide and lead him to itself. Paul Brunton

Patience is about understanding the right moment for action and the right moment for stillness. Alberto Villoldo

Every time you create a gap in the stream of mind, the light of your consciousness grows stronger. Eckhart Tolle

Freedom from desire leads to inner peace. Laozi

There is a presence, a silence, a stillness which is here by itself. There is no doer of it, no creator of this stillness. It is simply here in you, with you. It is the fragrance of your own self. There is nothing to do about this, it is naturally present. This fragrance of peace, this spaciousness, it is the fragrance of your own being. Mooji

The inner is foundation of the outer. The still is master of the restless. The Sage travels all day yet never leaves his inner treasure. Laotzu

That’s what I think is the biggest challenge, is just being still and learning how to just be present in that stillness and not overdo it, not overact. Andy Serkis

Outward Peace is useless without inner Peace. Mahatma Gandhi

Your first daily priority should be stillness, attention to what you really know and what you really feel. Martha Beck

Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence. Leonardo da Vinci

Stillness empowers. Being able to detach from all external stimulants social media, social engagements, TV, alcohol, food, etc. and face our own silence is an enormous luxury that should not be taken for granted. The most rewarding moments in my life have stemmed from such stillness. Romany Malco

There’s an old adage, he said, translated from the ancient Coptic, that contains all the wisdom of the ages Life is life and fun is fun, but it’s all so quiet when the goldfish die. Beryl Markham

On any given day, in any given moment, something could happen that opens up for you an entirely new path. Be still, be alert, be ready. Marianne Williamson

At a great pennyworth pause a while. Benjamin Franklin

Whenever there is stillness there is the still small voice, God’s speaking from the whirlwind, nature’s old song, and dance. Annie Dillard

Space and stillness is the light that illuminates the beauty of our soul’s being. Adyashanti

Be still. it takes no effort to be still; it is utterly simple. When your mind is still, you have no name, you have no past, you have no relationships, you have no country, you have no spiritual attainment, you have no lack of spiritual attainment. There is just the presence of beingness with itself. Gangaji

Stillness is the most powerful virtue against all odds in life. Aditya Ajmera

How sweet the moonlight sleeps upon this bank Here we will sit, and let the sounds of music Creep in our ears; soft stillness and the night Become the touches of sweet harmony. William Shakespeare

Playing King George, for me, was a lesson in stillness and timing. Jonathan Groff

I feel that art has something to do with the achievement of stillness in the midst of chaos. A stillness which characterizes prayer, too, and the eye of the storm. I think that art has something to do with an arrest of attention in the midst of distraction. Saul Bellow

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.  Mark Twain

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