Slowing Down

“Beware the barrenness of a busy life.” – Socrates

“Our lives are lived in intense and anxious struggle, in a swirl of speed and aggression.” – Sogyal Rinpoche

“There is more to life than increasing its speed.” – Mohandas K. Gandhi

“How beautiful it is to do nothing, and then to rest afterward.” – Spanish Proverb

“Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help.” – May Sarton

“Ironically, rush and more usually mean less.” – Mother Teresa

“For fast-acting relief, try slowing down.” – Lily Tomlin

“If busyness is an emotional complex, then it’s likely that when we are busiest, we are doing least. We can be extremely active without being busy, and busy without accomplishing anything. We may be feverishly engaged in some task and yet not truly focused on the matter at hand.” – Thomas Moore

“We make our lives so hectic that we eliminate the slightest risk of looking into ourselves.” – Sogyal Rinpoche

“Death is nature’s way of telling you to slow down.” – Anonymous

“The moment one gives close attention to any thing, even a blade of grass it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.” – Henry Miller

“The greatest gift you can give another is the purity of your attention.” – Richard Moss

“If we wish to understand our mind, we must slow down our thinking – not put a stop to it – slow it down in order to study it, to follow it to its fullest extent.” – J. Krishnamurti

“All this hurrying soon will be over. Only when we tarry do we touch the holy.” – Rainer Maria Rilke

“Life does not have to be a daily race against time.You can choose to live at a gentler pace. – Christine Louise Hohlbaum

“The secret is balance: instead of doing everything faster, do everything at the right speed.” – Maggi Dawn

“We must break the cultural habit of sacrificing our inner lives for our outer lives, of giving up depth in deference to speed.” – Abby Seixas

“Adopt the pace of nature; her secret is patience.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Wise and slow. They stumble that run fast.” – William Shakespeare

“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. ” –  St. Francis de Sales

“There is a secret bond between slowness and memory, between speed and forgetting.” – Milan Kundera

“Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.” – Desiderata

“It is important from time to time to slow down, to go away by yourself, and simply be.” – Eileen Caddy

“There is absolutely no reason for being rushed along with the rush.   Everybody should be free to go slow.”  – Robert Frost

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