Stillness quotes consider whether stillness is the opposite of activity, or another kind of activity. What does stillness bring to our lives? How can we practice stillness?

The writing day can be, in some ways, too short, but it’s actually a long series of hours, for months at a time, and there is a stillness there.

— Anne Enright

I felt like power meant that you had to be engaged in a certain kind of struggle by force of movement and battle – and that’s very exhausting. Now, power is more about certainty and stillness and realizing that the infrastructures that we gather around and worship are the least powerful things.

— Carrie Brownstein

What we have to get clear to kids is that when you offer your stillness and open yourself to the experience of music, it pays you back more than you give.

— David Ogden Stiers

I get those fleeting, beautiful moments of inner peace and stillness — and then the other 23 hours and 45 minutes of the day, I’m a human trying to make it through in this world.

— Ellen DeGeneres

The practice of meditation is not really about establishing inner stillness… The moments of stillness are one of meditation’s byproducts, not the practice itself.

— Erik Walker Wikstrom

Each solstice is a domain of experience unto itself. At the Summer Solstice, all is green and growing, potential coming into being, the miracle of manifestation painted large on the canvas of awareness. At the Winter Solstice, the wind is cold, trees are bare and all lies in stillness beneath blankets of snow.

— Gary Zukav

You know that great pause that comes upon things before the dusk, even the breeze stops in the trees. To me there is always an air of expectation about that evening stillness.

— H.G. Wells, The Time Machine

Once I knew only darkness and stillness… my life was without past or future… but a little word from the fingers of another fell into my hand that clutched at emptiness, and my heart leaped to the rapture of living.

— Helen Keller

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

— Howard Thurman

There are certain ways in which I cultivate awareness, both through mindful yoga and taking care of my body and taking time to actually drop as deeply as possible into stillness, into whatever is unfolding in the present moment.

— Jon Kabat-Zinn

How do I become still? By flowing with the stream.

— Laozi (Lao Tzu)

To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.

— Laozi (Lao Tzu)

Returning to the source is stillness, which is the way of nature. The way of nature is unchanging. Knowing constancy is insight.

— Laozi (Lao Tzu)

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

— Morgan Freeman

Stillness of person and steadiness of features are signal marks of good breeding.

— Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

In a genuine spiritual experience, there is no time, no thought, there is nothing — just the light and a profound, limitless stillness.

— Pema Chödrön

Nearly everybody I know does something to try to remove herself to clear her head and to have enough time and space to think… All of us instinctively feel that something inside us is crying out for more spaciousness and stillness to offset the exhilarations of this movement and the fun and diversion of the modern world.

— Pico Iyer

I have often wondered whether especially those days when we are forced to remain idle are not precisely the days spend in the most profound activity. Whether our actions themselves, even if they do not take place until later, are nothing more than the last reverberations of a vast movement that occurs within us during idle days.

In any case, it is very important to be idle with confidence, with devotion, possibly even with joy. The days when even our hands do not stir are so exceptionally quiet that it is hardly possible to raise them without hearing a whole lot.

— Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters on Life

I felt very still and very empty, the way the eye of a tornado must feel, moving dully along in the middle of the surrounding hullaballoo.

— Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing.

— T. S. Eliot

When something is moving you get that intake of breath and that stillness from the audience.

— Theodore Bikel

Everything that’s created comes out of silence. Your thoughts emerge from the nothingness of silence. Your words come out of this void. Your very essence emerged from emptiness. All creativity requires some stillness.

— Wayne Dyer
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