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30 Inspiring Quotes on Stress

I’ve often shared the habits and techniques I use to handle stress in my life.

But this week I’d like to do something different.

I’d like to share other people’s perspectives on stress.

And what to do about it so that you can live a healthier, more focused and at the same time more relaxing life.

Here are 30 timeless thoughts on stress and how to handle it from the people who came before us (and some from people who are here with us now).

  1. “The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.”
    – Sydney J. Harris
  2. “One of the best pieces of advice I ever got was from a horse master. He told me to go slow to go fast. I think that applies to everything in life. We live as though there aren’t enough hours in the day but if we do each thing calmly and carefully we will get it done quicker and with much less stress.”
    – Viggo Mortensen
  3. “Much of the stress that people feel doesn’t come from having too much to do. It comes from not finishing what they’ve started.”
    – David Allen
  4. “In times of great stress or adversity, it’s always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive.”
    – Lee Iacocca
  5. “It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials.”
    – Bruce Lee
  6. “The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.”
    – William James
  7. “We can easily manage if we will only take, each day, the burden appointed to it. But the load will be too heavy for us if we carry yesterday’s burden over again today, and then add the burden of the morrow before we are required to bear it.”
    – John Newton
  8. “It’s a good idea always to do something relaxing prior to making an important decision in your life.”
    – Paulo Coelho
  9. “Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.”
    – Ovid
  10. “Doing something that is productive is a great way to alleviate emotional stress. Get your mind doing something that is productive.”
    – Ziggy Marley
  11. “Stress is caused by being ‘here’ but wanting to be ‘there.’
    – Eckhart Tolle
  12. “The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.”
    – Elbert Hubbard
  13. “Its not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it.”
    – Hans Selye
  14. “There are thousands of causes for stress, and one antidote to stress is self-expression. That’s what happens to me every day. My thoughts get off my chest, down my sleeves and onto my pad.”
    – Garson Kanin
  15. “For fast-acting relief, try slowing down. “
    – Lily Tomlin
  16. “Somehow our devils are never quite what we expect when we meet them face to face.”
    – Nelson DeMille
  17. “A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety. “
    – Aesop
  18. “If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there’d be a shortage of fishing poles.”
    – Doug Larson
  19. “If you treat every situation as a life and death matter, you’ll die a lot of times.”
    – Dean Smith
  20. “If you ask what is the single most important key to longevity, I would have to say it is avoiding worry, stress and tension. And if you didn’t ask me, I’d still have to say it.”
    – George Burns
  21. “Do not anticipate trouble or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.”
    – Benjamin Franklin
  22. “How beautiful it is to do nothing, and then to rest afterward.”
    – Spanish proverb
  23. “In times of stress, the best thing we can do for each other is to listen with our ears and our hearts and to be assured that our questions are just as important as our answers.”
    – Fred Rogers
  24. “One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important.”
    – Bertrand Russell
  25. “When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure.”
    – Peter Marshall
  26. “Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.”
    – John Lubbock
  27. “There is more to life than increasing its speed.”
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  28. “When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened.”
    – Winston Churchill
  29. “Rule number one is, don’t sweat the small stuff. Rule number two is, it’s all small stuff.”
    – Robert Eliot
  30. “Don’t underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.”
    – Winnie the Pooh

What is your favorite quote on stress and how to overcome it? Feel free to share the best one(s) you have found in this article or in your life in the comments section below.

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  • Nice quotes for getting out of stress and be relaxed.! I love reading quotes!

    • Anonymous

      My mom always said if you do what’s best for you it will be best for everybody !!! If you do what’s best for you it brings peace which affects the people around you if you don’t do what is best for you it creates frustration anger which can affect the people around you ..

    • Yawer

      I like quotes about stress

  • All of these quotes are inspiring and out of them my favorite is number 14.

  • sarah

    They are all awesome and true. Great teachings

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