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Quotes of the Day for 21 November 2000 – Serenity

"Thanksgiving Week" at Quotes of the Day continues for our US readers, "Gentle Virtues Week" for readers in the rest of the world. Today's focus is Serenity.

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The quotes:

The language of excitement is at best picturesque. You must be calm before you can utter oracles.
     - Henry David Thoreau

The plainest sign of wisdom is a continual cheerfulness: her state is like that of things in the regions above the moon, always clear and serene.
     - Michel de Montaigne

Boredom is the feeling that everything is a waste of time; serenity, that nothing is.
     - Thomas S. Szasz

Cheerfulness keeps up a kind of daylight in the mind, and fills it with a steady and perpetual serenity.
     - Joseph Addison

Always behave like a duck - keep calm and unruffled on the surface but paddle like the devil underneath.
     - Jacob Braude

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