Tension Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old tension quotes, tension sayings, and tension proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

One should never create tension between one's footwear.     

Rachel Caine

One way to break up any kind of tension is good deep breathing.     

Byron Nelson

The greater the tension, the greater is the potential.     

Carl Jung

It is the tension between creativity and skepticism that has produced the stunning and unexpected findings of science.     

Carl Sagan

To create tension, dialogue needs to be stretched out. That is, characters should not be immediately responsive.     

Sol Stein

When we give ourselves the chance to let go of all our tension, the body's natural capacity to heal itself can begin to work.     

Nhat Hanh

Tension is the mirror of our past.     


There was enough tension in the room to send a fleet of the nervous running for their tranquilizers.     

Charlaine Harris

The creative tension with spirituality vs. practicality in the world of politics is a vital conversation.     

Tim Daly

A tension or difficulty can signal the approach of a new grace of God. But it has to be looked at wisely and humanly.     

Jean Vanier

If we can stay with the tension of opposites long enough "”sustain it, be true to it" ”we can sometimes become vessels within which the divine opposites come together and give birth to a new reality.     

Marie-Louise von Franz

You can cut the tension with a cricket stump.     

Murray Walker

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

Chinese Proverb

Tension without cosmic pulsation to animate it is the transition to nothingness.     

Oswald Spengler

Each increase of tension has produced an increase of arms; each increase of arms has produced an increase of tension.     

John F. Kennedy

Tension, especially with regard to horror, is a very difficult thing to sustain in the big sense.     

Bear McCreary

Almost all stress, tension, anxiety, and frustration, both in life and in work, comes from doing one thing while you believe and value something completely different.     

Brian Tracy

Some tension is necessary for the soul to grow, and we can put that tension to good use. We can look for every opportunity to give and receive love, to appreciate nature, to heal our wounds and the wounds of others, to forgive, and to serve.     

Joan Borysenko

The tensions between authority and the people need to be heard, especially when they are suffering and they can't eat.     

Ralph Fiennes

While nervous tension may be a component of stress, one can be stressed without feeling tension.     

Gabor Mate

Tension, in the long run, is a more dangerous force than any feud known to man.     

Criss Jami

Tension demands release. Unusual tension demands release that can only be described as appalling.     

Garth Ennis

Whatever may be the tensions and the stresses of a particular day, there is always lurking close at hand the trailing beauty of forgotten joy or unremembered peace.     

Howard Thurman

Tension is a prerequisite for creative living.     

Agnes Meyer Driscoll

There is always tension between the possibilities we aspire to and our wounded memories and past mistakes.     

Sean Brady

The tension between the call to the desert and to the market place arises not from the greater presence of God in one or the other but from our varying psychological needs to apprehend him in different ways.     

Sheila Cassidy

There are interesting tensions that will naturally occur with any relationship. No matter what setting, what era, the tension is very, very real. It's basic human tension.     

Lyriq Bent

The tension in the world is the tension between the ego and the feminine, not between the masculine and the feminine.     

Terence McKenna

The tension between "yes" and "no", between "I can" and "I cannot", makes us feel that, in so many instances, human life is an interminable debate with one's self.     

Anatole Broyard

You have to create tension between reality and aspiration.     

Sumantra Ghoshal