Quotes About Stress Revisited—Part 1

by Doc Orman, M.D.

This week, I’m going to revisit some excellent quotes about stress that I collected and posted on this blog back in July of this year.  In case you may have missed them, I thought it would be good to review them once again. The quotes are all the same, but in some cases I added to or changed my commentaries. All of these quotes were obtained from the following website:


Being in control of your life and having realistic expectations about your day-to-day challenges are the keys to stress management, which is perhaps the most important ingredient to living a happy, healthy and rewarding life.

Marilu Henner

Yes, dealing with stress successfully is an important part of having a happy, healthy and rewarding life.  And recognizing unrealistic expectations is a key part of dealing with stress successfully. We all have expectations about many things.  We have expectations about ourselves, about other people, and about various other aspects of life as well.  And when our expectations are far removed from reality, lots of unnecessary stress can result.

The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.

William James 

This is a great quote about stress from one of America’s leading thinkers.  The problem, however, is knowing which thoughts to discard and which other thoughts you should choose to replace them with.  If you know how to do these two things very well, you should have much less stress than most other people.

The components of anxiety, stress, fear, and anger do not exist independently of you in the world. They simply do not exist in the physical world, even though we talk about them as if they do.

Wayne Dyer

Wayne Dyer is a well-known author, speaker, and psychologist who  frequently invites us to think in unconventional but beneficial ways.  In this quote, he is inviting us to consider that we are the source of our emotional upsets, not the external events or circumstances we encounter.  The more enlightened you become, the more you will realize this statement is absolutely true.

The life of inner peace, being harmonious and without stress, is the easiest type of existence.

Norman Vincent Peale

The premise of this quote is that life itself is not very stressful.  Our natural state is to live harmoniously with the flow of life and experience calm and inner peace with very little stress.  Whenever we experience stress, therefore, we must be doing something actively to create it.  This takes much more effort on our part than to simply relax and go with the natural flow of life.  Unfortunately, most of us have forgotten how to do this and we have very few role models to inspire us.

If you ask what is the single most important key to longevity, I would have to say it is avoiding worry, stress and tension. And if you didn’t ask me, I’d still have to say it.

George Burns

Having lots of stress, tension, and worry can definitely shorten your life.  However, knowing how to live a low stress life is something most of us have not be taught to do.  It is indeed possible to live a modern life with very little stress, but you’ll have to work at it if you are going to learn how to do this.

Stay tuned for more great quotes about stress on both Wednesday and Friday of this week as well.

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