Repose

Repose without stagnation is the state most favorable to happiness. "The great felicity of life," says Seneca, "is to be without perturbations."

He who opens his heart to ambition closes it to repose.

The human mind feels restless and dissatisfied under the anxieties of ignorance. It longs for the repose of conviction; and to gain this repose it will often rather precipitate its conclusions than wait for the tardy lights of observation and experiment. There is such a thing, too, as the love of simplicity and system, a prejudice of the understanding which disposes it to include al the phenomena of nature under a few sweeping generalities, and indolence which loves to repose on the beauties of a theory rather than encounter the fatiguing detail of its evidences.

Every difficulty slurred over will be a ghost to disturb your repose later on.

Real wealth is the soul in repose.

The longing for certainty and repose is in every human mind. But certainty is generally illusion and repose is not the destiny of man.

The toils of honor dignify repose.

It seems evident, that men are carried, by a natural instinct or prepossession, to repose faith in their senses; and that, without any reasoning, or even almost before the use of reason, we always suppose an external universe, which depends not on our perception, but would exist, though we and every sensible creature were absent or annihilated.

There is no mortal truly wise and restless at once; wisdom is the repose of minds.

Recreation is not being idle; it is easing the wearied part by change of occupation. To re-create strength, rest. To re-create mind, repose. To re-create cheerfulness, hope in God, or change the object of attention to one more elevated and worthy of thought.

Repose is agreeable to the human mind; and decision is repose. A man has made up his opinions; he does not choose to be disturbed; and he is much more thankful to the man who confirms him in his errors, and leaves him alone, than he is to the man who refutes him, or who instructs him at the expense of his tranquillity.

What, what is virtue but repose of mind?

What, what is virtue, but repose of mind. A pure ethereal calm, that knows no storm; above the reach of wild ambitions’ wind, above those passions that this world deform and torture man.

There are pauses amidst study, and even pauses of seeming idleness, in which a process goes on which may be likened to the digestion of food. In those seasons of repose, the powers are gathering their strength for new efforts; as land which lies fallow recovers itself for tillage.

Thou hast made us of Thyself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless 'til they repose in Thee.

How simply I can trust in man, and how little in God! How unreasonable is a pure act of faith in one like ourselves, if we cannot repose the same faith in God.

The home of everyone is to him his castle and fortress, as well for his defense against injury and violence, as for his repose.

The repose of love is a weariness; its onset a sickness; its end, death. For me, however, death through love is life; I give thanks to my Beloved that she has held it out to me. Whoever does not die of his love is unable to live by it.

Religion is the final centre of repose; the goal to which all things tend; apart form which man is a shadow, his very existence a riddle, and the stupendous scenes of nature which surround him as unmeaning as the leaves which the sibyl scattered in the wind.

Wisdom is the repose of the mind.