William B. Irvine on Pleasure

“…though certain activities are pleasurable, engaging in those activities will disrupt our tranquility, and the tranquility lost will outweigh the pleasure gained.”

~ Irvine, William B. / A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy (p. 227). Oxford University Press. Kindle Edition.

Paul Theroux on Serenity

“He was serene, fulfilled, the real thing, the person no one wants to hear about, a happy man.”

~ Paul Theroux

Garry Wills on Serenity

Preserve serenity. That’s what people really treasure—when somebody shows a real peace with themselves and with others. To keep that serenity through all of life’s hard blows sets a person apart.

~ Garry Wills

William Irvine on Fame and Fortune

“In particular, we should use reason to convince ourselves that things such as fame and fortune aren’t worth having—not, at any rate, if what we seek is tranquility—and therefore aren’t worth pursuing. Likewise, we should use our reasoning ability to convince ourselves that even though certain activities are pleasurable, engaging in those activities will disrupt our tranquility, and the tranquility lost will outweigh the pleasure gained.”

~ Irvine, William B. / A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy (p. 227). Oxford University Press. Kindle Edition.

Oliver Sacks on Tranquility

“I find my thoughts, increasingly, not on the supernatural or spiritual but on what is meant by living a good and worthwhile life – achieving a sense of peace within oneself.”

~ Oliver Sacks / Gratitude

Albert Einstein on Ambition

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

~ Albert Einstein

Marcus Aurelius on Tranquility

“Because most of what we say and do is not essential. If you can eliminate it, you’ll have more time, and more tranquility. Ask yourself at every moment, ‘Is this necessary?'”

~ Marcus Aurelius

Seneca on Virtue

“Never to wrong others takes one a long way towards peace of mind…A guilty person sometimes has the luck to escape detection, but never to feel sure of it.”

~ Seneca

Marcus Aurelius on Remaining calm

“In reacting to such people, we must never allow our own principles to be violated. ”

~ Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius on Tranquility

“The tranquility that comes when you stop caring what they say. Or think, or do. Only what you do.”

~ Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius on Equanimity

“When force of circumstance upsets your equanimity, lose no time in recovering your self-control, and do not remain out of tune longer than you can help. Habitual recurrence to the harmony will increase your mastery of it.”

~ Marcus Aurelius