80 Calm Quotes To Help You Cool Down

By Maxime Lagacé

Maxime is the founder of WisdomQuotes. He has been collecting quotes since 2004. His goal? To help you develop a calm and peaceful mind. Learn more about him on his about page.

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Here are 80 of the best calm quotes for you.

And if you’re like me, you love CALM.

You love:

  • When everything is quiet
  • When you have time to think
  • When you’re not rushed or stressed

That’s why I’ve built this page.

To help you cool down, relax, and enjoy calm words and sayings.

I’ve been feeding myself with that kind of quote for more than 20 years.

And they literally changed who I am and how I feel on a daily basis.

I hope they will do the same for you.

But keep in mind:

Feeling calm is like a garden.

You need to attend to it consistently.

You’ll discover quotes by Buddha, Emerson, Rumi, Marcus Aurelius, and more.


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To be calm is the highest achievement of the self. Zen proverb

Stay centered by accepting whatever happens to you. This is the ultimate. Chuang Tzu

The nearer a man comes to a calm mind, the closer he is to strength. Marcus Aurelius

A fit body, a calm mind, a house full of love. These things cannot be bought – they must be earned. Naval Ravikant

Your life will be in order when disorder ceases to bother you. James Pierce

People should learn how to just be there, doing nothing. Thich Nhat Hanh

You can’t force raging water to be calm. You have to leave it alone and let it return to its natural flow. Emotions are the same way. @Thibaut

Insight emerges out of silence. B. D. Schiers

When we are unable to find tranquility within ourselves, it is useless to seek it elsewhere. François de La Rochefoucauld

If he cannot stop the mind that seeks after fame and profit, he will spend his life without finding peace. Dogen


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Those who act with few desires are calm, without worry or fear. Buddha

Decide that wherever you are, is the best place there is. Once you start comparing, there’s no end to it. Sodo Yokoyama

Rushing into action, you fail. Trying to grasp things, you lose them. Forcing a project to completion, you ruin what was almost ripe. Lao Tzu (Tao Te Ching, Amazon book)

With no desire, at rest and still, all things go right as of their will. Lao Tzu

No state is so bitter than a calm mind cannot find in it some consolation. Seneca

Everything that happens is as simple and familiar as the rose in spring, the fruit in summer: disease, death, blasphemy, conspiracy… everything that makes stupid people happy and angry. Marcus Aurelius

On average, the deeper people’s knowledge of a topic, the more calmly they talk about it. Paul Graham

An infinite reservoir of cosmic wisdom resides in the depths of contemplation. Roy Gillett

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A calm and modest life brings more happiness than the pursuit of success combined with constant restlessness. Albert Einstein

Attain peace with self-understanding. Attain self-understanding with silence. Maxime Lagacé

If you feel offended about something, you haven’t been meditating enough. If you feel the need to defend yourself, or justify your opinion, you haven’t been meditating enough. If you can’t take joy in sitting under a tree on a beautiful day, you haven’t been meditating enough. Thibaut

Let come what comes, and accommodate yourself to that, whatever it is. Henepola Gunaratana

Some time in your day today, try to turn off all the noises you can around you, and give yourself some ‘quiet time.’ In the silence, let yourself think about something. Or if possible, think about nothing. Fred Rogers

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

You don’t always need a plan. Sometimes you need to breathe, calm down, look around, and improvise. Creativity is the key of life. Paulo Coelho

What you do not react to cannot drag you down in a futile engagement. Robert Greene


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Freedom is a calm mind. Shane Parrish

Keep calm and carry on. Winston Churchill

There is peace even in the storm. Vincent van Gogh

It takes a calm mind to be able to consider things from different angles and points of view. 14th Dalai Lama

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

To a mind that is still, the entire universe surrenders. Zhuangzi

Calm seas never made a good sailor. Franklin D. Roosevelt

Life isn’t as serious as my mind makes it out to be. Eckhart Tolle

Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Calm is a superpower. Brené Brown


More Quotes About Calm

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

Still waters run deep. English proverb

When you lose your temper, you lose your power. Rakesh Valand (Source)

Take it easy, and remember “easy is right.” Osho

Learn to slow down. Get lost intentionally. Tim Ferriss

More patience, more presence, less anxiety. Naval Ravikant

The only thing you control is how you respond. Maxime Lagacé

You are the sky. Everything else – it’s just the weather. Pema Chödrön

In a hyperactive world, stillness is the deepest rebellion. Donna D’Cruz

Rushing or hurrying is creating what you don’t want. Relax. Rhonda Byrne (Source)

Related: 12 Quick Mini-Meditations to Calm Your Mind and Body (psychologytoday.com)


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The measure of wisdom is how calm you are when facing any given situation. Naval Ravikant

When you keep the peace with yourself, you also bring peace to others. Rhonda Byrne

Being confident and outspoken is overrated. Being present and calm is underrated. Maxime Lagacé

Nothing can disturb the calm peace of my soul. Jiddu Krishnamurti

The ability to stay calm and polite, even when people upset you, is a superpower. Vala Afshar (Source)

Much of what separates the great from the very good is deep presence, relaxation of the conscious mind, which allows the unconscious to flow unhindered. Josh Waitzkin (The Art of Learning, Amazon book)

Before embarking on important undertakings, sit quietly, calm your senses and thoughts, and meditate deeply. You will then be guided by the great creative power of Spirit. Paramahansa Yogananda

Our best and most lasting work comes from when we take things slow. Ryan Holiday (Stillness Is the Key)

Do you pay regular visits to yourself? Start now. Rumi

If you want to be effective in business, you need a clear, calm, cool, collected mind. Naval Ravikant

You can control so much of your state of mind just by breathing. Justin Kan

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The modern mind is overstimulated and the modern body is understimulated and overfed. Meditation, exercise, and fasting restore an ancient balance. Naval Ravikant

Family vacations are the ultimate test of one’s equanimity. James Pierce

The ideal of calm exists in a sitting cat. Jules Renard

In dealing with fools you must adopt the following philosophy: they are simply a part of life, like rocks or furniture. Robert Greene

You can’t buy a calm mind, you have to earn it. Shane Parrish

Happiness and sadness alike are an assault on equanimity. James Pierce

Freedom is only for he who views happiness and sorrow as stray dogs barking in the night. Such a man needs neither self-help or spirituality. He needs neither fortune or blessings. For he lives the sort of life that almost no man can fathom. Kapil Gupta

The wise have self-understanding. The wisest have indifference too. Maxime Lagacé

I’m not doing anything, and yet I’m also doing the most important thing a man can do: I’m listening to what I needed to hear from myself. Paulo Coelho (Like The Flowing River)

If you want to travel the Way of Buddhas and Zen masters, then expect nothing, seek nothing, and grasp nothing. Dogen

Always ask yourself: “What will happen if I say nothing?” Kamand Kojouri


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Once you stop seeking outside what’s already inside, you become free and calm. Maxime Lagacé

When you try to stay on the surface of the water, you sink; but when you try to sink, you float. Zen proverb

Sitting quietly, doing nothing, spring comes, and the grass grows by itself. Zen proverb

Only through constant self-awareness and self-knowledge can there be inward tranquillity. Jiddu Krishnamurti

It is not wise to rush about. If too much energy is used, exhaustion follows. This is not the way of Tao. Lao Tzu

Using order to deal with the disorderly, using calm to deal with the clamorous, is mastering the heart. Sun Tzu (The Art of War, Amazon book)

There is a simple way to become Buddha: When you refrain from unwholesome actions, are not attached to birth and death, and are compassionate toward all sentient beings, respectful to seniors and kind to juniors, not excluding or desiring anything, with no designing thoughts or worries, you will be called a Buddha. Do not seek anything else. Dogen

The struggle is great, the task divine — to gain mastery, freedom, happiness, and tranquility. Epictetus

Everything is fine until you believe it’s not. Byron Katie

When you understand something, then it naturally calms you down. Naval Ravikant

Related: 11 Habits Of Calm People That Keep Them Relaxed & In Control Of Their Emotions (bustle.com)


Never think anything is against you, everything is a blessing. Why should it be different? Just be quiet. Let it all work itself out. Mooji

Key Takeaways

  • The best way to stay calm? Accept whatever happens, as if you have chosen it.
  • Remember: Life is messy, fast, uncontrollable, and unpredictable. And that’s fine.
  • Learn to just “be” from time to time. Being busy leads to misery.
  • The benefits of being calm?
  • Quick tips to stay calm?
    • Breathe deeply and slowly (See 8 techniques here)
    • Stay organized by using lists (Check out Trello)
    • Learn about meditation (Source)
    • Have positive self-talk
    • Take walks in nature (Source)
    • Smile (and remember most things are out of your control)

Further Readers

I hope you liked these calm quotes.

If you did, please share them with a stressed friend today!

Are you calm? What’s your favorite calm quote? And remember: words can transform your life, if you find the right ones.

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Author Bio

maxime lagace

Maxime Lagacé started collecting quotes in 2004 after he lost his girlfriend in a car accident.

In search of meaning, he dived in the self-improvement world, psychology and trail running.

Books, blogs, quotes and nature became his guide.

He started journaling, reflecting, writing his thoughts, feelings and quotes.

His goal was to understand his pain, his depression, his fears, his lack of motivation and inspiration.

He finished his software engineering degree in 2007 at the École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal.

A few years later, he started his first website to share his love of quotes.

Maxime is a father of two, husband, and INFJ.

Other notable interests of Maxime are health (mental and physical), meditation, bananas, SEO, human potential, and education.

You can find him on X, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, YouTube.

Last update

October 10, 2023

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