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10 Uplifting Quotes About Finding Peace, Even In The Wake Of Tragedy

Shannon Kaiser
June 14, 2016
Shannon Kaiser
By Shannon Kaiser
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Shannon Kaiser is the best-selling author of 5 books on the psychology of happiness and fulfillment including The Self-Love Experiment, Adventures for Your Soul, and Joy Seeker. She has a B.A. in Journalism and Communications from the University of Oregon.
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June 14, 2016

Let’s be honest: There is senseless tragedy in the world. We see it all the time. And it can be almost impossible to feel calm or even hopeful about peace when things seem to be falling apart.

In the wake of the horrible tragedy in Florida, we are being forced, yet again, to recognize and deal with heartbreaking destruction, hatred, and fear. But there is hope. It is possible to heal.

If you are overwhelmed by negativity right now, tune your attention to love. Focus on the sources of love you have access to, and send love and light to others. Focus on letting love lead the way.

If you need a mantra for those darkest moments, these inspiring quotes are a beautiful place to start:

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that."

― Martin Luther King, Jr.

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.”

―Jimi Hendrix

“You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us. And the world will live as one.”

―John Lennon

“Don't gain the world and lose your soul. Wisdom is better than silver or gold.”

―Bob Marley

"Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding."

―Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.”

―Albert Schweitzer

“It is not enough to win a war; it is more important to organize the peace.”


"World peace must develop from inner peace. Peace is not just mere absence of violence. Peace is, I think, the manifestation of human compassion."

―Dalai Lama XIV

“There is peace even in the storm.”

―Vincent van Gogh

If you want more inspiration on this topic, check out this video, "How to Feel Peace in a Chaotic World."

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Shannon Kaiser

Shannon Kaiser is the best-selling author of 5 books on the psychology of happiness and fulfillment including The Self-Love Experiment and Adventures for Your Soul, Joy Seeker, and Unshakable Inner Peace Oracle card deck, and the forthcoming book Return to You. She has a B.A. in journalism and communications from the University of Oregon. As an international life coach, speaker, and retreat leader, she helps people awaken and align with their true selves so they can live their highest potential.

She's been named top 100 Women to Watch in wellness by mindbodygreen, alongside Cameron Diaz, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kris Carr and Gabriel Bernstein, and was listed as of the freshest voices in mental health and wellness by Chicken Soup for The Women's Soul. She's been named one of Entrepreneurs Must-Follow Instagram Accounts for Inspiration and Top Facebook Accounts for Daily Motivation by Mind Body Green.

Her website has been names top 75 Personal development websites and top 100 self-help websites by the institute for the Psychology of Eating. She's an international life coach and author mentor, and a full time world traveler with a home base in Portland, Oregon with her best friend, her Golden Retriever Chance, who she flew to China to Rescue.