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In the rest of Nirvana all sorrows surcease:
  Only Buddha can guide to that city of Peace
    Whose inhabitants have the eternal release.
      - William R. Alger,
        Oriental Poetry--A Leader to Repose

Thou hast made us for Thyself, and the heart never resteth till it findeth rest in Thee.
      - Saint Aurelius Augustine (Augustine of Hippo)

Silken rest
  Tie all thy cares up!
      - Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher,
        Four Plays in One
         (sc. 4, Triumph of Love)

And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.
      - Bible, Revelation (ch. XIV, v. 13)

Rest, weary heart,
  From all Thy silent griefs and secret pain,
    Thy profitless regrets, and longings vain;
      Wisdom and love have ordered all the past,
        All shall be blessedness and joy at last;
          Cast off the cares that have so long oppressed;
            Rest, sweetly rest!
      - Jane Laurie Borthwick

Sometimes the most urgent thing you can possibly do is take a complete rest.
      - Ashleigh Brilliant

For me, my heart, that erst did go
  Most like a tired child at a show,
    That sees through tears the mummers leap,
      Would now its wearied vision close,
        Would childlike on His love repose,
          Who giveth His Beloved, sleep.
      - Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Rest is a fine medicine. Let your stomachs rest, ye dyspeptics; let your brain rest, you wearied and worried men of business; let your limbs rest, ye children of toil!
      - Thomas Carlyle

O, what is more sweet than when the mind, set free from care, lays its burden down; and, when spent with distant travel, we come back to our home, and rest our limbs on the wished-for bed? This, this alone, repays such toils as these!
  [Lat., O! quid solutis est beatius curis!
    Cum mens onus reponit, ac pergrino
      Labore fessi venimus larem ad nostrum
        Desideratoque acquiescimus lecto.
          Hoc est, quod unum est pro laboribus tantis.]
      - Catullus (Caius Quintus Valerius Catullus),
        Carmina (31, 7)

Men, in whatever anxiety they may be, if they are men, sometimes indulge in relaxation.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

Of all our loving Father's gifts
  I often wonder which is best,
    And cry: Dear God, the one that lifts
      Our soul from weariness to rest,
        The rest of silence--that is best.
      - Mary Clemmer (Mary Clemmer Ames)

Absence of occupation is not rest,
  A mind quite vacant is a mind distress'd.
      - William Cowper, Retirement (l. 623)

The Princess Elizabeth, of England, was found dead with her head resting on her Bible, open at these words, "Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." So may we all fall asleep at last when the day's work for Jesus is over, and wake up in heaven to find ourselves in the delicious rest that remaineth for the people of God.
      - Theodore Ledyard Cuyler

Rest is the fitting of self to its sphere.
      - John Sullivan Dwight

Rest is not quitting the busy career;
  Rest is the fitting of self to its sphere.
      - John Sullivan Dwight, True Rest,
        from his translation of Goethe, main part original

Sweet is the pleasure itself cannot spoil.
  Is not true leisure one with true toil?
      - John Sullivan Dwight, True Rest

Where can a frail man hide him? In what arms shall a short life enjoy a little rest?
      - Catherine Marie Fanshawe

Amidst these restless thoughts this rest I find,
  For those that rest not here, there's rest behind.
      - Thomas Gataker, B.D. (nat. 4)

On every mountain height
  Is rest.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Ein Gleiches

The word "rest" is not in my vocabulary.
      - Horace Greeley

Oh, give Thine own sweet rest to me,
  That I may speak with soothing power
    A word in season, as from Thee,
      To weary ones in needful hour.
      - Frances R. Havergal

If you rest, you rust.
      - Helen Hayes

Calm on the bosom of thy God,
  Fair spirit! rest thee now!
      - Mrs. Felicia D. Hemans,
        Siege of Valencia--Dirge (sc. 9)

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

For too much rest itself becomes a pain.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Odyssey
         (bk. XV, l. 429), (Pope's translation)

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