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10 Calming Quotes for When Your Mind Is Racing

To live life is to experience anxiety — whether we’re agonizing over that big promotion or worrying that we accidentally said something awkward at a dinner party. In those moments, your mind can be your worst enemy, descending into a series of “what ifs” and worst-case scenarios that only make a situation more stressful. It’s in those moments that practicing awareness and taking a deep breath can course correct your brain and put an end to that needless doom spiral.

These 10 quotes offer encouragement for quieting the anxious mind. So take a deep breath and soak in the calming wisdom of famous writers, philosophers, and leaders.

Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.
Thích Nhất Hạnh

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Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answers.
William S. Burroughs

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Everything we do is infused with the energy with which we do it. If we’re frantic, life will be frantic. If we’re peaceful, life will be peaceful.
Marianne Williamson

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You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.
Maya Angelou

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Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.
Confucius

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Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.
Oprah Winfrey

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You cannot perceive beauty, but with a serene mind.
Henry David Thoreau

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

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

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Keep Calm and Carry On
Government of the United Kingdom

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Darren Orf
Darren lives in Portland, Oregon, has two cats, and writes about science, technology, nature, and history.
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