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
Our sense of God’s presence is often in inverse proportion to the pace of our lives.
— Richard Swenson
To climb steep hills requires a slow pace at first.
— William Shakespeare
Slow down. It requires a shift in focus from the demanding task at hand, and you may have to remind yourself about what your priorities really are, but your whole family will benefit. The dishes may sit in the sink a little longer, or that load of laundry may go undone for another day, but were they really more important than sharing a bedtime story with your preschooler and talking about her day?
— Judy Ford
Though I am always in haste, I am never in a hurry because I never undertake more work than I can go through with calmness of spirit.
— John Wesley
The trouble with cleaning the house is it gets dirty the next day anyway, so skip a week if you have to. The children are the most important thing.
— Barbara Bush
Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling five balls: work, family, health, friends and spirit. Work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will never be the same.
— Brian Dyson
I have decided not to let my time be used up by people to whom I make no difference while I neglect those for whom I am irreplaceable.
— Tony Campolo
People often ask me now, “Zinger, is golf still as important to you as it was before you had cancer?” Yes and no. Yes, of course, golf is important to me. I love the game; it is how I make a living. But no, golf is no longer at the top of my priority list. In fact, it runs a slow fourth. My priorities now are God, my family, my friends and golf.
— Paul Azinger
If you would be free from nervous tension and live a healthier life, widen your interests, broaden yourself. There is a rich world around you in books, paintings, music, sports and most important, people.
— Norman Vincent Peale
I would not exchange my leisure hours for all the wealth in the world.
— Comte de Mirabeau
The superficiality of the American is the result of his hustling. It needs leisure to think things out; it needs leisure to mature. People in a hurry cannot think, cannot grow.
— Eric Hoffer
Games lubricate the body and the mind.
— Benjamin Franklin
Bowmen bend their bows when they wish to shoot; unbrace them when the shooting is over. Were they kept always strung they would break and fail the archer in time of need. So it is with men. If they give themselves constantly to serious work, and never indulge awhile in pastime or sport, they lose their senses and become mad.
Hang out with people in the slow lane. Take the time to learn, make friends, appreciate things. The fast life is over quick.
— Rudy Sanchez
Prescription for a happier and healthier life: resolve to slow down your pace; learn to say no gracefully; resist the temptation to chase after more pleasure, more hobbies and more social entanglements.
— James Dobson
God moves calmly, slowly and with perfect organization. The only wise rate at which to live is God’s rate. God gets things done and they are done right and He does them without hurry. He neither fumes nor frets. He is peaceful and therefore efficient.
— Norman Vincent Peale
Don’t run too fast through life. You only have one.
— Bo Jackson
Create a predictable pace of family life. Set specific times for when meals are served, have regular bedtimes, establish a specific list of chores, have certain times for homework, television, internet use and so forth. The constancy of these things provides a cohesive dimension of family life that everyone can depend on. That predictability can have a very settling and calming effect.
— Phillip McGraw
Resting seems wasteful, extravagant, a luxury a person as busy as we are cannot afford. But really, and here’s a paradox, resting is as necessary as breathing if we are to do more than cling to the cliff of life by our fingertips.
— Kari Kent
We must allow ourselves the reward of rest in order to continue a productive journey.
— T.D. Jakes
I’ve lived so long because I get my rest and I take my time. The one thing I try to tell people is to slow down, don’t be in such a rush.
— Mary Thompson, age 118
Take rest; a field that has rested gives a beautiful crop.
As a coach I never believed in working into the wee hours of the night. I personally functioned and thought more clearly when I was well rested, and I think a coaching staff does too. I’ve heard some professional coaches brag about working 18 to 20 hours a day, sleeping on cots in their office and I’ve always wondered just how much they really accomplish during all those hours.
— Paul Brown
If you want your life to have impact, focus it. Stop dabbling. Stop trying to do it all. Do less. Prune away even good activities and do only that which matters most.
— Rick Warren
The immediate is often the enemy of the ultimate.
— Indira Gandhi
Busyness is not a synonym for kingdom work – it is only busyness. If we have one hundred things to do and can only do ten, how do we select from among them? We must have God-authorized criteria with which to judge our activities, and we must be willing to use them.
— Richard Swenson
Beware of the barrenness of an overcrowded life.
— John Maxwell
Knowing what you want, doing what you love, making a difference, taking care of yourself, and continuing to grow all add meaning to life. If you find yourself wondering, “Is this all there is?” it’s probably time to revisit your preferences, fine-tune your priorities and make more choices that feel right from the inside out.
— Dr. Suzanne Zoglio
In order to give back to our relationships, careers, families and passions, we must pull in for short moments to take care of ourselves.
— Chris Madden
I never knew a man escape failures in either mind or body, who worked seven days a week.
— Sir Robert Peel
Although I’ve always considered long, bubbly, candlelit baths the ultimate luxury, for years I never took the time to enjoy them. But when I finally allowed myself to indulge, I learned how much I really needed this kind of self-nurturing.
— Joan Lunden
Life is not intended to be simply a round of work, no matter how interesting and important that work may be. A moment’s pause to watch the glory of a sunset is soul satisfying, while a bird’s song will set the steps to music all day long.
— Laura Ingalls Wilder
Smart people spend time alone. They don’t fill their days with appointments from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., as many executives do. Inspiration is nurtured by activities like chopping wood, preparing dinner and reading to the kids. These activities soften the rigid pace of the day’s pursuits and allow all our God-given intuition to work its unlogical magic.
— Phillip Howard