Rest Quotes

Leo Tolstoy

A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to
A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to have it done to them; then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one's neighbor - such is my idea of happiness.

Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

if you rest at work, you will work at rest

Elisabeth Elliot

Work is a blessing. God has so arranged the world that work is necessary, and He gives us hands and strength to do it. The enjoyment of leisure would be nothing if we had only leisure. It is the joy of work well done that enables us to enjoy rest, just as it is the experiences of hunger and thirst that make food and drink such pleasures.

Dr. Lewis W Gregory

GRACE means God does the work. FAITH means I let Him.

Thomas à Kempis

In omnibus requiem quaesivi, et nusquam inveni nisi in angulo cum libro.

(Everywhere I have sought peace and not found it, except in a corner with a book.)

Mehek Bassi

To maintain peace in the world, first maintain peace inside of you. A restless mind can never generate beneficial ideas.

Peter Heller

You rest now. Rest for longer than you are used to resting. Make a stillness around you, a field of peace. Your best work, the best time of your life will grow out of this peace.

Unarine Ramaru

Rest is luxury when you chasing your dreams, don't get used to it and don't prolong it when you get a chance at it.

Mary E. DeMuth

Because the culture we breathe and work in rushes against rest. It equates our worth with production and wealth and fame. The more we work toward those goals, the more society assigns us worth.

Kenneth Grahame

After all, the best part of a holiday is perhaps not so much to be resting yourself, as to see all the other fellows busy working.

Alan Cohen

There is virtue in work and there is virtue in rest. Use both and overlook neither.

H.G. Wells

You cannot imagine the craving for rest that I feel - a hunger and thirst. For six long days, since my work was done, my mind has been a whirlpool, swift, unprogressive and incessant, a torrent of thoughts leading nowhere, spinning round swift and steady

C.S. Woolley

One day, I'll take a holiday and manage to do no work on it at all and just enjoy being away - however that won't be for some time.

Mokokoma Mokhonoana

We are so used to working that not working is the new hard work.

Mokokoma Mokhonoana

The more civilized people are, the more honorable working hard is to them. As a result, the more civilized we get, the less we live.

S.J. Watson

I want to sleep. To find a safe place somewhere, and close my eyes, and rest, like an animal.
That is what I am. An animal. Living from moment to moment, day to day, trying to make sense of the world in which I find myself.

John Lubbock

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.

Julian Barnes

Later on in life, you expect a bit of rest, don't you? You think you deserve it. I did, anyway. But then you begin to understand that the reward of merit is not life's business.

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Ohne Hast, aber ohne Rast. - Without haste, but without rest.

Lailah Gifty Akita

The gift of the Sabbath must be treasured.
Blessed are you who honour this day.

Roman Payne

There are hours for rest, and hours for wakefulness; nights for sobriety and nights for drunkenness - (if only so that possession of the former allows us to discern the latter when we have it; for sad as it is, no human body can be happily drunk all the time).

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Wild dreams torment me as I lie. And though a god lives in my heart, though all my power waken at his word, though he can move my every inmost part - yet nothing in the outer world is stirred. thus by existence tortured and oppressed I crave for death, I long for rest.

Augustine Of Hippo

Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee.

Charles R. Swindoll

God never asked us to meet life's pressures and demands on our own terms or by relying upon our own strength. Nor did He demands that we win His favor by assembling an impressive portfolio of good deeds. Instead, He invites us to enter His rest.

Lailah Gifty Akita

O Lord my God, revive my soul!

Lailah Gifty Akita

In times of solitude, I have find rest for my soul and uphold the glory of inner peace.

Jared Brock

Rest in the knowledge that God is both abundantly gracious and ridiculously generous.

Angela Long


It has a sound, a fullness.
It's heavy with sigh of tree,
and space between breaths.
It's ripe with pause between birdsong
and crash of surf.
It's golden they say.
But no one tells us it's addictive.

Michael Bassey Johnson

A creative thought at first sight seems ridiculous and unimportant, an increase in those who cherish it reassures that hiding your creativity hides you for the rest of your life.

Santiago Ramón Y Cajal

If a solution fails to appear ... and yet we feel success is just around the corner, try resting for a while. ... Like the early morning frost, this intellectual refreshment withers the parasitic and nasty vegetation that smothers the good seed. Bursting forth at last is the flower of truth.

Phillip Cary

Every time we turn to Christ in faith it is like a moment of Sabbath, a little foretaste of eternal rest and glory. The gift of that moment lies not in what we do but what we receive. It is the holy time set aside to receive the greatest gift of God ever has to give, which is himself, in his own beloved Son.

Jim George

When you don’t understand what is happening, you need to wait, trust God, and rest in His care. He is always faithful to His own.

Leo Tolstoy

Rest, nature, books, music…such is my idea of happiness.

Mary E. DeMuth

When the world careens out of control, we can rest in the fact that God spun this world with a simple word. Matter from emptiness. Beauty from void. Community from chaos.

Dwight L. Moody

A great many people are trying to make peace, but that has already been done. God has not left it for us to do; all we have to do is enter into it.

Casting Crowns

In the arms of Your mercy I find rest
'cause You know just how far the east is from the west
From one scarred hand to the other

Steve Sheinkin

Everyone worked day and night, Monday through Saturday. Oppenheimer insisted people take Sundays off to rest and recharge. Scientists fished for trout in nearby streams, or climbed mountains and discussed physics while watching the sunrise. "This is how many discoveries were made," one scientist said.

Unknown Author

Those who believe and their hearts become calm and contented with the remembrance of Allah...know that it is the remembrance of Allah alone that brings rest to the hearts.
(The Qur'an-surah ar-R'ad;28)

Amit Kalantri

Healthy people sleep eight hours,
Wealthy people sleep four hours.

Nick Harkaway

Newton's work on gravity led to the discovery of the Lagrange point, a place where opposing forces cancel one another out, and a body may remain at relative rest. This is where I am right now; the forces in my life confound one another. Better, for the moment, to be here and now, without history or future.

Josh Trites

From a life of pain, I finally found rest

William Wordsworth

Rest and be thankful.

Wallace Stegner

[Y]ou were too alert to the figurative possibilities of words not to see the phrase [angle of repose] as descriptive of human as well as detrital rest. As you said, it was too good for mere dirt; you tried to apply it to your own wandering and uneasy life ... I wonder if you ever reached it.

Gina Greenlee

Rest and repose are as much a part of life’s journeys as seeing all we came to see.


The contented person finds rest in death, and for the greedy person, death puts an end to his long list of desires.

Jared Brock

The Kingdom of Heaven wants to rest in our hearts.

Christopher Poindexter

She stared at the stars like they were pillow for her mind and in their light she could rest her heavy head.

Preeti Verma

perfect is boring !

Ingeborg Bachmann

Miranda doesn't dream, she simply rests. When Miranda's eyes are at ease, her mind is at peace.

Stella Payton

Radiate peace. Who knows? The peace you spread may create the only restful place in your environment.

Walter Brueggemann

Sabbath, in the first instance, is not about worship. It is about work stoppage. It is about withdrawal from the anxiety system of Pharaoh, the refusal to let one’s life be defined by production and consumption and the endless pursuit of private well-being.

John Geddes

...I pray this winter be gentle and kind - a season of rest from the wheel of the mind...

William Giraldi

For a time I hovered in that peaceful dreamland where nothing at all works properly but everything is okay.

Solange Nicole

A day of Rest is always needed.

Stephen King

A change is as good as a rest.

Gary Rohrmayer

When a leader is at their limit the last thing they want to hear is that they need to change even more. Maintaining good rhythms of rest, exercise and fun create more energy for a leader to be willing and open for change.

Richmond Akhigbe

When everything has gone down, God wants you
to look up

Gordon T. Smith

The antidote to exhaustion may not be rest but wholeheartedness... we are typically exhausted because we are not doing our TRUE work.

J. G. Hamann

When I rest my feet my mind also ceases to function.

Kate Mullane Robertson

have a mind so quiet,
that you can hear doves whispering
as they rest their wings
in the rafters your silent sanctuary

Kim John Payne

Rest nurtures creativity, which nurtures activity. Activity nurtures rest, which sustains creativity. Each draws from and contributes to the other.

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