"What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter - a soothing, calming influence on the mind."
- Henri Matisse
"Despair is the damp of hell, as joy is the serenity of heaven."
- John Donne
"I am very willing to share whatever I know or feel I know about finding some serenity in this lifetime."
- Dirk Benedict
"Good humor is a tonic for mind and body. It is the best antidote for anxiety and depression. It is a business asset. It attracts and keeps friends. It lightens human burdens. It is the direct route to serenity and contentment."
- Grenville Kleiser
"When you start recognising that you're having fun, life can be delightful."
- Jane Birkin
"Mirth is like a flash of lightning, that breaks through a gloom of clouds, and glitters for a moment; cheerfulness keeps up a kind of daylight in the mind, and fills it with a steady and perpetual serenity."
- Joseph Addison
"What some people interpret as brooding melancholy is serenity. I don't feel required to grasp all the time. "
- David Gutterson
"The final wisdom of life requires not the annulment of incongruity but the achievement of serenity within and above it."
- Reinhold Neibuhr
"Don't be afraid to be awesome. Sometimes being weird and different is good. When you think you're working hard, there is always someone else working harder, so always be yourself and know your stuff."
- Jacqueline MacInnes Wood
"I used to find that I could get mental serenity surrounded by chaos."
- Alexis Knapp
"Every breath we take, every step we make, can be filled with peace, joy and serenity."
- Thich Nhat Hanh
"Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists.. it is real.. it is possible.. it's yours."
- Ayn Rand
"Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness."
- Desmond Tutu
"There is a kind of serenity in love which is almost a paradise."
- Alain Badiou
"You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it."
- Robin Williams
"Being in motion, suddenly my body was busy and so my head could work out some issues I had swept under a carpet of wine and cheese. Good therapy, that's a good run."
- Michael Weatherly
"Every successful individual knows that his or her achievement depends on a community of persons working together."
- Paul Ryan
"Success is not a destination, but the road that you're on. Being successful means that you're working hard and walking your walk every day. You can only live your dream by working hard towards it. That's living your dream."
- Marlon Wayans
"Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence."
- Helen Keller
"For me, it is essential to have the inner peace and serenity of prayer in order to listen to the silence…which speaks to us, in our personal life and the history of our times, of the power of love."
- Adolfo Perez Esquivel
"Habit allows us to go from 'before' to 'after,' to make life easier and better. Habit is notorious - and rightly so - for its ability to direct our actions, even against our will; but by mindfully shaping our habits, we can harness the power of mindlessness as a sweeping force for serenity, energy, and growth."
- Gretchen Rubin
"The thing we're all looking for is happiness, and if we achieve just a modicum of that or even a little piece of serenity even for five minutes a day, we're very lucky."
- Mel Gibson
"In struggling against anguish one never produces serenity; the struggle against anguish only produces new forms of anguish."
- Simone Well
"The magic of living life for me is, and always has been, the magic of living on the land, not in the magic of money."
- Burt Shavitz
"Smiling always with a never fading serenity of countenance, and flourishing in an immortal youth."
- Isaac Barrow
"It's been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will."
- L. M. Montgomery, 'Anne of Green Gables'
"Serenity is knowing that your worst shot is still pretty good."
- Johnny Miller
"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."
- Allistair Cooke
"Music has healing power. It has the ability to take people out of themselves for a few hours."
- Elton John
"I don't think I'm old enough or experienced enough to give anyone any guidance. All I would like say is that as long as you're having fun, I think you're doing the right thing."
- Sania Mirza
"You'll never be disappointed if you always keep an eye on uncharted territory, where you'll be challenged and growing and having fun."
- Kirstie Alley
"Journey with me to a true commitment to our environment. Journey with me to the serenity of leaving to our children a planet in equilibrium."
- Paul Tsongas
"Your days are short here; this is the last of your springs. And now in the serenity and quiet of this lovely place, touch the depths of truth, feel the hem of Heaven. You will go away with old, good friends. And don't forget when you leave why you came."