Relaxing Sayings and Quotes

Everyone needs down time, but few of us take it. Whether it’s fear of missing out, or the daily grind of work, our lives are increasingly overscheduled. Get in the mood to decompress with the wise, inspirational, and humorous relaxing quotes below.

Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer. Go some distance away because then the work appears smaller and more of it can be taken in at a glance and a lack of harmony and proportion is more readily seen.     

Leonardo da Vinci

The mind should be allowed some relaxation, that it may return to its work all the better for the rest.     


Relaxation means releasing all concern and tension and letting the natural order of life flow through one's being.     

Donald Curtis

Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer.     

William S. Burroughs

Learn to relax. Your body is precious, as it houses your mind and spirit. Inner peace begins with a relaxed body.     

Norman Vincent Peale

During [these] periods of relaxation after concentrated intellectual activity, the intuitive mind seems to take over and can produce the sudden clarifying insights which give so much joy and delight.     

Fritjof Capra

Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.     

Chinese Proverb

It is necessary to relax your muscles when you can. Relaxing your brain is fatal.     

Stirling Moss

When was the last time you spent a quiet moment just doing nothing - just sitting and looking at the sea, or watching the wind blowing the tree limbs, or waves rippling on a pond, a flickering candle or children playing in the park?     

Ralph Marston

Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.     


It is requisite for the relaxation of the mind that we make use, from time to time, of playful deeds and jokes.     

St. Thomas Aquinas

Relax and refuse to let worry and stress rule your life. There is always a solution to every problem. Things will work out for you when you take time to relax, refresh, restore and recharge your soul.     

Lailah Gifty Akita

He enjoys true leisure who has time to improve his soul's estate.     

Henry David Thoreau

Sometimes it's important to work for that pot of gold. But other times it's essential to take time off and to make sure that your most important decision in the day simply consists of choosing which color to slide down the rainbow.     

Douglas Pagels

Man is so made that he can only find relaxation from one kind of labor by taking up another.     

Anatole France

If a man insisted always on being serious, and never allowed himself a bit of fun and relaxation, he would go mad or become unstable without knowing it.     


I relax my body completely, relax my mind completely, and then imagine myself at a level where anything can happen.     

Richard Bach

Take the next 24 hours and just relax with the knowing that everything is okay. Let go of the stress and worry for one day and see what happens.     

Mike Basevic

The ability to relax and be mindfully present in the moment comes naturally when we are grateful.     

Louise Hay

Sometimes the most productive thing you can do is relax.     

Mark Black

How beautiful it is to do nothing, and then to rest afterward.     

Spanish Proverb

Taking time out each day to relax and renew is essential to living well.     

Judith Hanson Lasater

It's a good idea always to do something relaxing prior to making an important decision in your life.     

Paulo Coelho

If you do what you love, it is the best way to relax.     

Christian Louboutin

If you want to relax, watch the clouds pass by if you're laying on the grass, or sit in front of the creek; just doing nothing and having those still moments is what really rejuvenates the body.     

Miranda Kerr

The time to relax is when you don't have time for it.     

Jim Goodwin

No matter how much pressure you feel at work, if you could find ways to relax for at least five minutes every hour, you'd be more productive.     

Dr. Joyce Brothers

What is the answer to this fatigue? Relax! Relax! Relax! Learn to relax while you are doing your work!     

Dale Carnegie

The time to relax is when you don't have time for it.     

Sydney J. Harris

The more relaxed you can get, the better you'll do.     

Isaac Mizrahi