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  • The bow always strung ... will not do.

  • Bustle, Sophronia, is not industry, as you very well know; people flutter and bustle about like a hen raising ducks, and then complain that their work has killed them, when it was the fuss that was the killing cause.

  • ... to have a crisis, and act upon it, is one thing. To dwell in perpetual crisis is another.

  • When I cannot bear outer pressures any more, I begin to put order in my belongings. I get satisfaction from perfect order in my papers, in my clothes, in the house. I carry this to excess. As if unable to organize and control my life, I seek to exert this on the world of objects.

    • Anaïs Nin,
    • 1954, The Diary of Anaïs Nin, vol. 5 ()
  • Stress management, as it is known, became dear to the hearts of all those whose most punishing worries did not often include how to get food and how to keep alive.

  • They say stress is a killer. But I think no stress is equally deadly, especially as you get older. If your days just seem to slip by without any highs and lows, without some anxieties and pulse-quickening occurrences, you may not be really living.

    • Helen Hayes,
    • in Helen Hayes with Marion Glasserow Gladney, Our Best Years ()
  • Stress is an ignorant state. It believes that everything is an emergency.

  • Without even knowing it, we are assaulted by a high note of urgency all the time. We end up pacing ourselves to the city rhythm whether or not it's our own. In time we even grow hard of hearing to the rest of the world. Like a violinist stuck next to the timpani, we may lose the ability to hear our own instrument.

  • ... panic is not an effective long-term organizing strategy ...

  • The tension is Iris' chest built up unbearably. By rights, the hooks on her bra ought to snap.

  • Tension is ... a prerequisite for creative living.

  • As always during periods of stress, I was guided by my mantra, 'Run away.'

  • It is not what I do, it is the way I do it, that will get me in the end.

  • Truth to tell, if I kicked the butt of the person most responsible for producing the high-stress episodes I often experience, I wouldn't be able to sit down for weeks.

  • Stress and fatigue are modern calamities, the result of the run-run-run environment of our hurrying civilization.

  • This is the age / of the half-read page / And the quick hash / And the mad dash / The bright night / With the nerves tight / The plane hop / With the brief stop / The lamp tan / In a short span / The Big Shot / In a good spot / And the brain strain / And the heart pain / And the catnaps / Till the spring snaps / And the fun's done.