134 Quotes about Inner Peace that Will Help Calm Your Mind

A quick look at Google search trends shows that a lot of people have been searching for inner peace in the past year. It’s something we all want, but it’s not easy to obtain. It’s not a goal that we can plan for, save for, or set a clear path toward. In hopes of discovering a method of obtaining it, we searched for the best quotes we could find about inner peace.

In this collection, Dave Barry comically explains what happened when his therapist told him he could find inner peace by finishing what he starts. On a more serious note, we learn that we can find inner peace only by learning to control our thoughts. Buddha tells us that those who are free of resentful thoughts find inner peace. Lao Tzu informs us that living in the present without desire is key to finding inner peace.

You will find this and much more in this list of 65 enlightening quotes about inner peace and how to obtain it.

Quotes To Help you Find Your Inner Peace

These quotes will help inspire you and refocus your mind to be more peaceful:

1. “Love and peace of mind do protect us. They allow us to overcome the problems that life hands us. They teach us to survive… to live now… to have the courage to confront each day.” —Bernie Siegel
2. “Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is, rather than as you think it should be.” —Wayne W. Dyer
3. “You find peace not by rearranging the circumstances of your life, but by realizing who you are at the deepest level.” —Eckhart Tolle
4. “Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures.” —John F. Kennedy
5. “If there’s no inner peace, people can’t give it to you. The husband can’t give it to you. Your children can’t give it to you. You have to give it to you.” —Linda Evans
6. “Peace is a day-to-day problem, the product of a multitude of events and judgments. Peace is not an ‘is,’ it is a ‘becoming.’ ” —Haile Selassie
7. “It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.” —Eleanor Roosevelt
8. “Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson
9. “Peace is liberty in tranquility.” —Marcus Tullius Cicero
10. “Peace is its own reward.” —Mahatma Gandhi
11. “The life of inner peace, being harmonious and without stress, is the easiest type of existence.” —Norman Vincent Peale
12. “Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.” —Saint Francis de Sales
13. “If you cannot find peace within yourself, you will never find it anywhere else.” —Marvin Gaye
14. “We don’t realize that, somewhere within us all, there does exist a supreme self who is eternally at peace.” —Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love
15. “You’ll never find peace of mind until you listen to your heart.” —George Michael
16.  “Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.” —Dalai Lama
17. “Peace is always beautiful.” —Walt Whitman
18. “Anything is possible when you have inner peace.” Anonymous
19. “No man is free who is not master of himself.” —Epictetus
20. “To be calm is the highest achievement of the self.” —Zen proverb
21. “The measure of wisdom is how calm you are when facing any given situation.” —Naval Ravikant
23. “He who is contented is rich.” —Lao Tzu ’
24. “Peace of mind is that mental condition in which you have accepted the worst.” —Lin Yutang
25. ”Mastering others is strength, mastering yourself is true power.” —Lao Tzu
27. “The pursuit, even of the best things, ought to be calm and tranquil.” —Cicero
28. ”The best fighter is never angry.” —Lao Tzu
29. ”Remain calm in every situation because peace equals power.” —Joyce Meyer
31. “Outward peace is useless without inner peace.” —Mahatma Gandhi
32. “Happiness. Contentment. Inner peace. Have you ever gone looking for something, only to realize you had it with you the whole time?” —Anonymous
33. “The life of inner peace, being harmonious and without stress, is the easiest type of existence.” Norman Vincent Peale
34. “Your inner peace is the greatest and most valuable treasure that you can discover.” Akin Olokun
35. “Ego says – Once everything falls into place, I’ll feel inner peace. Spirit says – Find your inner peace and then everything will fall into place.” — Marianne Williamson
36. “Inner peace comes from within.” —Buddha
37. “Respect yourself enough to say – I deserve inner peace – and walk away from people and things that prevent you from attaining it.” —Jerico Silvers

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38.”When the mind is calm, how quickly, how smoothly, how beautifully you will perceive everything.” Paramahansa Yogananda

39. “Accept what is. Heal and achieve inner peace.” —Sonia Ricotti

40. “No price is too great to pay for inner peace.” Sri Chinmoy

41. “If it costs your inner peace, it is too expensive.” Anonymous

42. “Without inner peace, outer peace is impossible.”  —Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

43. “Happiness is the new rich. Inner peace is the new success. Health is the new wealth. Kindness is the new cool.” Anonymous

44. “We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.”  —Dalai Lama

45. “Learning to ignore things is one of the great paths to inner peace.” —Robert J. Sawyer

46. “Inner peace is priceless as it sprinkles everything you do with joy.”  —Roz Fruchtman

47. “All the things that truly matter, beauty, love, creativity, joy and inner peace arise from beyond the mind.”  —Eckhart Tolle

48. “To attain inner peace you must actually give your life, not just your possessions. When you at last give your life – bringing into alignment your beliefs and the way you live, then, only then, can you begin to find inner peace.”  —Peace Pilgrim

49. “Learn to calm down the winds of your mind, and you will enjoy great inner peace.” Romez Sasson

50. “Inner peace can be seen as the ultimate benefit of practicing patience.” —Allan Lokos

51. “For me, success is inner peace.” —Denzel Washington

52. “A compassionate state of mind brings inner peace, and therefore a healthier body.” —Dalai Lama

53. “Success is measured by your discipline and inner peace.” —Mike Ditka

54. “True and lasting inner peace can never be found in external things. It can only be found within. And then, once we find and nurture it with ourselves, it radiates outward.” —Buddha

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

57.  “Inner peace begins the moment you choose not to allow another person or event to control your emotions.” –Pema Chodron

58. “If you want peace, stop fighting. If you want peace of mind, stop fighting with your thoughts.” –Peter McWilliams

60. “A man is not called wise because he talks and talks again; but if he is peaceful, loving and fearless then he is in truth called wise.” —Buddha

61. “There is “what is” only when there is no comparison at all, and to live with what is, is to be peaceful.” —Bruce Lee

62. “Those who are possessed by nothing possess everything.” Morihei Ueshiba (founder of Akido martial art)

63. “Inner peace is when you do what’s right and let go of the rest.” —Maxime Lagacé

64. “Inner peace is beyond victory or defeat.” —Bhagavad Gita

65. “My therapist told me the way to achieve true inner peace is to finish what I start. So far today, I have finished 2 bags of M&M’s and a chocolate cake. I feel better already.” Dave Barry

66. “The simplification of life is one of the steps to inner peace. A persistent simplification will create an inner and outer well-being that places harmony in one’s life.” Peace Pilgrim

67. “We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.” —Dalai Lama

68. “Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.” —Thomas Jefferson

69. “Fearlessness presupposes calmness and peace of mind.” —Mahatma Gandhi

70. “Anything is possible when you have inner peace.” —Master Shifu (Kung Fu Panda)

71. “Forgiveness equals inner peace – more peaceful people equals more world peace.” —Richard Branson

72. “Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

73. “Nothing external to you has any power over you.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

74. “If you’ve got a world full of people who have inner peace, then you have a peaceful world.” — Wayne W. Dyer

75. “Wherever you go, there you are.” —Jon Kabat-Zinn

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76. “Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.” Saint Francis de Sales

77. “We don’t realize that, somewhere within us all, there does exist a supreme self who is eternally at peace.” Elizabeth Gilbert

78. “No man is free who is not master of himself.” Epictetus

79. “Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances.” Mahatma Gandhi

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80. “When you acquire enough inner peace and feel really positive about yourself, it’s almost impossible for you to be controlled and manipulated by anybody else.” Wayne Dyer

81. “Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace.” Gautama Buddha

82. “If you are depressed you are living in the past if you are anxious you are living in the future, if you are at peace, you are living in the present.” Lao Tzu

83. “Neither seek nor avoid, take what comes.” Swami Vivekananda

84. “Spirituality is not to be learned by flight from the world, or by running away from things, or by turning solitary and going apart from the world. Rather, we must learn an inner solitude wherever or with whomsoever we may be. We must learn to penetrate things and find God there.” Meister Eckhart

85. “Inner peace doesn’t come from getting what we want, but from remembering who we are.” Marianne Williamson

86. “Learning to ignore things is one of the great paths to inner peace.” Robert J. Sawyer

87. “Peacestarts within each one of us. When we have inner peace, we can be at peace with those around us.” Dalai Lama

88. “To bear trials with a calm mind robs misfortune of its strength and burden.” Seneca

89. “Peace can become a lens through which you see the world. Be it. Live it. Radiate it out. Peace is an inside job.” Wayne Dyer

90. “Peace begins with a smile.” Mother Teresa

91. “Once you embrace your value, talents and strengths, it neutralizes when others think less of you.” Rob Liano

92. “When you’ve seen beyond yourself, then you may find, peace of mind is waiting there.” George Harrison

93. “Peace of mind comes from not wanting to change others.” Gerald G. Jampolsky

94. “Peace is not a result inside us from everything around us. Peace is not submissive nor passive. On the contrary, peace is an overwhelming force which comes from within us, disrespectful of everything around us, a firm coalition of spirit and soul standing against all the unrest that abounds.”  – C. JoyBell C.

95. “Is there a difference between happiness and inner peace? Yes. Happiness depends on conditions being perceived as positive; inner peace does not.” Eckhart Tolle

96. “Having inner peace means committing to letting go of self-criticism and self-doubt.” Sanaya Roman

97. “No person, no place, and no thing has any power over us, for ‘we’ are the only thinkers in our mind. When we create peace and harmony and balance in our minds, we will find it in our lives.” Louise L. Hay

98. “Peace only comes from accepting the inevitable and taming our desires.” @TheAncientSage

99. “When you make peace with yourself, you make peace with the world.” Maha Ghosananda

100. “A balanced inner calmness radiates from a peaceful centre. It neither craves others’ approval nor rejects others’ presence. It neither pulls towards nor pushes away. It has a reverent attitude towards life and all its inhabitants.”–Donna Goddard

101. “Don’t hope that events will turn out the way you want, welcome events in whichever way they happen: this is the path to peace.” Epictetus

102. “The first rule is to keep an untroubled spirit. The second is to look things in the face and know them for what they are.” Marcus Aurelius

103. “Anyone who enjoys inner peace is no more broken by failure than he is inflated by success.” Matthieu Ricard

104. “Head Vs Heart: A crowded mind leaves no space for a peaceful heart” Christine Evangelou

105. “The life of inner peace, being harmonious and without stress, is the easiest type of existence.” Norman Vincent Peale

106. “They call it “peace of mind” but maybe it should be called “peace from mind.” –Naval Ravikant

107. “The real destroyer of inner peace is fear and distrust. Fear develops frustration, frustration develops anger, anger develops violence.” Dalai Lama

108. “A contented mind is the greatest blessing a man can enjoy in this world.” Joseph Addison

109. “I don’t know whether it is beautiful or sad, that I find such blissful happiness within the confines of my own mind, more so than I do in the reality that surrounds me.” Kendal Rob

110. “Inner peace is beyond victory or defeat.” Bhagavad Gita

111. “The more we control our mind, the more our inner peace increases and the happier we become” Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

112 “Your mind can be your enemy or friend. If you always follow your heart, your mind will feel neglected. If you follow only your mind, your heart will never forgive you. Never ignore your conscience, yet always be conscious of reason. Make your heart and mind friends and you will have peace of mind throughout life’s seasons.” Suzy Kassem

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113. “Heaven is to be at peace with things.” George Santayana

114. “As human beings we all want to be happy and free from misery. We have learned that the key to happiness is inner peace. The greatest obstacles to inner peace are disturbing emotions such as anger and attachment, fear and suspicion, while love and compassion, a sense of universal responsibility are the sources of peace and happiness.” Dalai Lama

115. “True peace cannot be achieved by force or by merely invoking the word “peace.” It can only be attained by training the mind and learning to cultivate inner peace. Peace is a calm and gentle state of mind.” 17th Karmapa

116. “Find yourself and you will find your freedom.” Gillian Duce

117. “Inner peace is impossible without patience. Wisdom requires patience. Spiritual growth implies the mastery of patience. Patience allows the unfolding of destiny to proceed at its won unhurried pace.” Brian Weiss

118. “Freedom from desire leads to inner peace.” Lao Tzu

119. “Anything is possible when you have inner peace.” Master Shifu (Kung Fu Panda)

120. “If you have no inner peace of mind, it is futile to seek peace outside.” Debasish Mridha

121. “You were born as pure gold. Family and social conditioning coated you with iron and magnetized it. Stop attracting the outside scrap and recognize the gold inside you.” Shunya

122. “Remember the entrance to the sanctuary is inside you.” Rumi

123. “Only when we are in alignment with our soul purpose do we find true joy and inner peace.” Anthon St. Maarten

124. “A woman of peace may feel the need to react when provoked, but she always weighs her options. For her, inner peace is a priority.” Gift Gugu Mona

125. “Never continue in a job you don’t enjoy. If you’re happy in what you’re doing, you’ll like yourself, you’ll have inner peace. And if you have that, along with physical health, you will have had more success than you could possibly have imagined.” Johnny Carson

126. “Everyone need not have to drink from the same fountain. So, for your own inner peace, learn to respect others’ opinions, preferences, choices and decisions.” AVIS Viswanathan

127. “Inner peace does not go well with endless worries and concerns about what was and what might be. What we do with our minds really matters – what we direct our attention to, and what habits of mind we develop.” Stephen Fulder

128. “If you’re looking for inner peace from the outside world, you’re not going to get that. The inner peace starts with looking at you from the inside.” Mary J. Blige

129. “No one can get inner peace by pouncing on it.” Harry Emerson Fosdick

130. “This world will be peaceful only when you find inner peace, love and forgiveness through meditation.” Debasish Mridha

131. “Inner peace can be reached only when we practice forgiveness. Forgiveness is letting go of the past, and is therefore the means for correcting our misperceptions.” Gerald Jampolsky

132. “The answer lies within ourselves. If we can’t find peace and happiness there, it’s not going to come from the outside.” Tenzin Palmo

133. “Acquire inner peace and a multitude will find their salvation near you.” Catherine de Hueck Doherty

134. “If I really want inner peace in my life, then I must not busy myself with what other people do and say.” Sri Chinmoy


This list of 65 quotes from great minds both ancient and modern can guide us as we discover inner peace. The difficult thing about inner peace is that it means something different to each of us, and we each must find it within ourselves.

It seems from these quotes that one of the surest ways to find peace is to let go of ideas that we can change people or control external circumstances. Letting go is likely the safest and most courageous path to inner peace. We wish you the best in your quest for peace.




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