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30 Inspiring Quotes on Stress

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).

“The time to relax is when you don't have time for it.”
– Sydney J. Harris

“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

“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

“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

“It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials.”
– Bruce Lee

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“The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.”
– William James

“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

“It's a good idea always to do something relaxing prior to making an important decision in your life.”
– Paulo Coelho

“Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.”
– Ovid

“Doing something that is productive is a great way to alleviate emotional stress. Get your mind doing something that is productive.”
– Ziggy Marley

“Stress is caused by being ‘here' but wanting to be ‘there.'
– Eckhart Tolle

“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.”
– Elbert Hubbard

“Its not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it.”
– Hans Selye

“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

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

“Somehow our devils are never quite what we expect when we meet them face to face.”
– Nelson DeMille

“A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety. “
– Aesop

“If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there'd be a shortage of fishing poles.”
– Doug Larson

“If you treat every situation as a life and death matter, you’ll die a lot of times.”
– Dean Smith

“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

“Do not anticipate trouble or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.”
– Benjamin Franklin

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

“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

“One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important.”
– Bertrand Russell

“When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure.”
– Peter Marshall

“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

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

“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

“Rule number one is, don’t sweat the small stuff. Rule number two is, it’s all small stuff.”
– Robert Eliot

“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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  • Anirudh

    You made my day.

  • Chanting the full Hare Krishna Maha mantra, hearing the mantra with undivided attention and focus, transports the chanter in the all powerful present moment. Source Srimad Bhagavatam, written 5000 years ago.

  • I love these! Stress can be so overwhelming. Most of these focus on the fact that everything’s going to work out. I’m going to apply these more often! Thanks!

  • Lorene D'Adam

    Perfect timing Henrik! Thank you for helping us keep things in perspective during the holidays!

    Love you!
    Lorene in CA

  • Raghu

    Wonderful ? thank u

  • Fidel Campbell

    This post is really awesome!!! I really appreciate it…

  • shamshake

    # 28 is my favorite, it’s so true that we worry way to much about things rarely ever happen!

  • Lilly

    We usually waste our time by nursing n entertaining stress instead of seeking solutions. Only if we could understand that stress and worry are a total waste of precious time and energy as they deprive us joy and inner peace. Let’s stop stressing and worrying.

  • Ashish

    My way of handling stress is “no body will kill me if I fail, i will still be alive and still have a 12×12 feet room to rest, where i am the king, the boss”

  • Norma

    Some good quotes here. Looking for some inspiration to handle the stresses of my soldiers pending deployment.

  • Freya

    Another nice article, thank you :)

  • Nina Albertson Jones

    Thank You for posting these quotes! I love them! Have a Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving! Nina

  • Aletta

    Thank you for the awesome quotes. It’s beneficial to have a practical to do list at the beginning of a sressful day. Doing one thing from the list is effective than multitasking and archieving nothing at the end of the day. Thank you for your motivation.

  • Rissi

    Ooh number 24 made me laugh a lot because you see it all the time! “One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important.”
    – Bertrand Russell

    Great collation thank you

  • Yvonne

    I really like your blog. It has made a positive affect on my life. Thank You! ?