emotional state of low tension and an absence of arousal from sources such as anger, anxiety, or fear
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- Arcum intensio frangit; animum, remissio.
- Much bending breaks the bow. Much unbending, the mind.
- Culture is at once the expression and the reward of an effort, and any system of civilization which tends to relax effort will suffer a corresponding depreciation of culture.
- Georges Duhamel, In Defense of Letters (1937), E. Bozman, trans. (1939), p. 22
- As the peculiar faculty of the eye is to see form and color, and of the ear to hear sweet tones and voices, so is aspiration peculiar to the soul. To relax from ceaseless aspiration is sin.
- Meister Eckhart, Sermons, Sermon 7, "Outward and Inward Morality"
- Whatever tends to lighten one's burden must be examined carefully. For although such alleviation is sometimes justified and reasonable, it is most often a deceitful prescription of the evil inclination, and must, therefore, be subjected to much analysis and investigation.
- ... that Jesuitry of mediocrity, which spontaneously works for the destruction of the uncommon man and seeks to break every arched bow or—even better!—to relax it.
- Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil, I. Johnston, trans., § 206