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REPOSE
[ Also see Agitation Bed Calmness Contentment Equanimity Excitement Heart Leisure Peace Quiet Resignation Rest Restlessness Satisfaction Silence Sleep Solitude Tranquility ]

We combat obstacles in order to get repose, and, when got, the repose is insupportable.
      - Henry Brooks Adams

And indeed ye do it toward all the brethren which are in all Macedonia: but we beseech you, brethren, that ye increase more and more;
  And that ye study to be quiet and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you;
    That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing.
      - Bible, I Thessalonians
         (ch. IV, v. 10-12)

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

The heart that is to be filled to the brim with holy joy must be held still.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

But quiet to quick bosoms is a hell,
  And there hath been thy bane.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Childe Harold (canto III, st. 42)

Power rests in tranquillity.
      - Lord David Cecil (Edward Christian David Cecil)

What sweet delight a quiet life affords.
      - William Drummond (1), Sonnet (p. 38)

A gentleman makes no noise; a lady is serene.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

To husband out life's taper at the close,
  And keep the flames from wasting by repose.
      - Oliver Goldsmith, The Deserted Village
         (l. 87)

Vulgar people can't be still.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Too much rest becomes a pain.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios")

The toils of honour dignify repose.
      - John Hoole, Metastasia--Achilles in Lucias
         (act III, last scene)

There is no mortal truly wise and restless at once; wisdom is the repose of minds.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

Have you known how to compose your manners? You have done a great deal more than he who has composed books. Have you known how to take repose? You have done more than he who has taken cities and empires.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

When a man finds not repose in himself it is in vain for him to seek it elsewhere.
      - Old French Saying

As unity demanded for its expression what at first might have seemed its opposite--variety; so repose demands for its expression the implied capability of its opposite--energy. It is the most unfailing test of beauty; nothing can be ignoble that possesses it, nothing right that has it not.
      - John Ruskin

The repose necessary to all beauty is repose, not of inanition, nor of luxury, nor of irresolution, but the repose of magnificent energy and being; in action, the calmness of trust and determination; in rest, the consciousness of duty accomplished and of victory won; and this repose and this felicity can take place as well in the midst of trial and tempest, as beside the waters of comfort.
      - John Ruskin

The wind breath'd soft as lover's sigh,
  And, oft renew'd, seem'd oft to die,
    With breathless pause between,
      O who, with speech of war and woes,
        Would wish to break the soft repose
          Of such enchanting scene!
      - Sir Walter Scott, The Lord of the Isles
         (canto IV, st. 13)

Our foster nurse of nature is repose,
  The which he lacks. That to provoke in him
    Are many simples operative, whose power
      Will close the eye of anguish.
      - William Shakespeare, King Lear
         (Doctor at IV, iv)

These should be hours for necessities,
  Not for delights; times to repair our nature
    With comforting repose, and not for us
      To waste these times.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life of King Henry the Eighth
         (Gardiner at V, i)

The best of men have ever loved repose:
  They hate to mingle in the filthy fray;
    Where the soul sours, and gradual rancour grows,
      Imbitter'd more from peevish day to day.
      - James Thomson (1), The Castle of Indolence
         (canto I, st. 17)

God has given us this repose.
  [Lat., Deus nobis haec otia fecit.]
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil),
        Eclogoe (I, 6)

Sweet and deep repose, very much resembling quiet death.
  [Lat., Dulcis et alta quies, placidaeque simillima morti.]
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil),
        The Aeneid (VI, 522)

Every one goes astray, but the least imprudent are they who repent the soonest.
  [Fr., Chacun s'egare, et le moins imprudent,
    Est celui-la qui plus tot se repent.]
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire),
        Nanine (II, 10)


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