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You know I can't sleep, I can't stop my brain
You know it's three weeks, I'm going insane.
You know I'd give you everything I've got for a little peace of mind.
Beatles, I'm so tired
"Whoso doth everyday employ
In doing naught and thinking less,
Tis he alone can life enjoy
He only knows true happiness."
Casti,Giambattista, I Dormienti
"Sing away sorrow, cast away care."
" It will be useful also to quit his work often, and take some relaxation, that his judgement may be clearer at his return; for too great application and sitting still is sometimes the cause of many gross errors."
For not to live at ease is not to live.
Dryden, Translation of Persius
"What is the product of virtue? Tranquility."
The time to relax is when you don't have time for it.
Sydney J. Harris
"Remember to preserve an even mind in adverse circumstances, and likewise in prosperity a mind free from overweening joy."
Horace, Odes
The man who does not relax and hoot a few hoots voluntarily, now and then, is in great danger of hooting hoots and standing on his head for the edification of the pathologist and trained nurse, a little later on.
The madhouse yawns for the person who always does the proper thing.
Elbert Hubbard
"You Americans wear too much expression on your faces. You are living like an army with all its reserves engaged in action. The duller countenances of the British population betoken a better scheme of life. They suggest stores of nervous force to fall back upon, if any occasion should arise that requires it. ought somehow to tone yourselves down. You really do carry too much expression, you take too intensely the trivial moments of life."
Dr. Clouston (asylum physician) quoted by James. Many of us, far from deploring it, admire it. ...Intensity, rapidity, vivacity of appearance, are indeed with us something of a nationally accepted ideal... Bottled lightning, in truth, is one of our American ideals, even of a young girl's character.
James, William, 1899, TALKS TO TEACHERS ON PSYCHOLOGY: And To Students On Some of Life's Ideals, Chapter 1-The Gospel of Relaxation
"In one sense, the more or less of tension in our faces and in our unused muscles is a small thing: not much mechanical work is done by these contractions. But it is not always the material size of a thing that measures its importance, often it is its place and function. One of the most philosophical remarks I ever heard was by an unlettered workman who was doing some repairs at my house many years ago. "There is very little difference between one man and another," he said,"when you go to the bottom of it. But what little there is , is very important." And the remark certainly applies to this case. The general over-contraction may be small when estimated in foot pounds, but its importance is immense on account of its effects on the over-contracted person's spiritual life. This follows as a necessary consequence from the theory of our emotions to which I made reference at the beginning of this article. For by the sensations that so incessantly pour in from the over-tense excited body the over-tense and excited habit of mind is kept up; and the sultry, threatening, exhausting, thunderous inner atmosphere never quite clears away.
"If you never wholly give yourself up to the chair you sit it, but always keep your leg and body muscles half contracted for a rise; if you breathe eighteen or nineteen instead of sixteen times a minute, and never quite breath out at that,-- what mental mood can you be in but one of inner panting and expectancy, and how can the future and its worries possibly forsake your mind? On the other hand, how can they gain admission to your mind if your brow be unruffled, your respiration calm and complete and your muscles all relaxed?
James, William, 1899, TALKS TO TEACHERS ON PSYCHOLOGY: And To Students On Some of Life's Ideals, Chapter 1-The Gospel of Relaxation
Relaxation frees the heart.
Courage opens the heart.
Compassion fills the heart
"The great man is he who does not lose his child's heart."
Mencius (372-289 BC)
Happiness is the harvest of a quiet eye.
O'Malley, Austin
"An open brow indicates an open heart."
"It is the nature of a great mind to be calm and undisturbed."
Seneca, De Clementia
"When the supreme faculties move regularly, the inferior passions and affections following, there arises a serenity and complacency upon the whole soul, infinitely beyond the greatest bodily pleasures, the highest quintessence and elixir of worldly delights."
At times of great stress it is especially necessary to achieve a complete freeing of the muscles.
Stanislavski, Constantin An Actor Prepares, Ch. 4 Relaxation of Muscles
"There is no joy but calm."
Tennyson, The Lotus Eaters, Choric Song
Solitude is to the mind what Dieting is to the body.
Vauvenargues, Luc Marquis De,
I do not think that any civilization can be called complete until it has progressed from sophistication to unsophistication, and made a conscious return to simplicity of thinking and living.
Lin Yutang, The Importance of Living
I think sculpture and painting have an effect to teach us manners, and abolish hurry.
"He that can compose himself, is wiser than he that composes books."
Franklin, Benjamin, POOR RICHARD'S ALMANAC
All mankind's troubles are caused by one single thing, which is their inability to sit quietly in a room.
Pascal, Pensees, II, 139
We must not divert the mind, except to relax it, but at the proper time; to relax it when it is necessary, and not otherwise; for whoever relaxes inappropriately wearies; and whoever wearies inappropriately relaxes, for people then withdraw attention altogether: so pleased is the malice of desire to do just the opposite of what one wishes to obtain from us without giving us pleasure, which is the change for which we give all that is desired.
Pascal, Pensees