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Breathe Quotes – 40 Sayings About Air And Breathing

Are you looking for inspirational breathing quotes and the best sayings about the power of air? Then you've come to the right place! With every breath through which oxygen flows through our lungs via our nose and mouth, we not only renew the life within us, but are also witness to the constant connection to the world around us.

Breathing is so fundamentally important to our existence that we often take it for granted. But breathing fulfills far more than just a life-sustaining function for us. For example, we take a deep breath when we want to concentrate or calm down - and some experiences are so unique that we call them breathtaking.

In this article, I would like to give you a collection of the best, short pieces of wisdom, aphorisms and beautiful quotes about breathing and air. Let's go!

My please: Keep in mind that many of the quotes about breathe have been translated into English from other languages. I cannot guarantee that it is the original quote in each case. Therefore, double check them before you share them. If you like and share any of the quotes in the internet, please link this elaborately created collection. Thank you for your support!

The 40 best quotes about breathing and fresh air

Healthy, adult people at rest breathe in and out about 10 to 15 times per minute. During this time, around 6 to 9 liters of air flow through her body.₁ Impressive figures, for a process that basically almost always happens automatically and as a matter of course - don't you think?

But if, for example, we actively play sports, engage in Practicing mindfulnessWhen we use special breathing techniques in yoga or meditation, or when we are plagued by health-related breathing problems, our breathing becomes less efficient. Breathing rate from the normal value.

Use the following sayings, aphorisms and quotes about breathing and air to make you aware of the versatility and importance of breathing for your life.

Breath quotes 1 - 10

  1. "As you breathe in, cherish yourself. As you breathe out, cherish all beings." (Tenzin Gyatso)
  2. "Breathe in deeply to bring your mind home to your body." (Thích Nhất Hạnh)
  3. "Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth." (Henry David Thoreau)
  4. "Breathe and let be." (Jon Kabat-Zinn)
  5. "One should not go into churches if one wishes to breathe pure air." (Friedrich Nietzsche)
  6. "Words are air. But air becomes wind, and wind makes ships sail." (Gotthold Ephraim Lessing)
  7. "My spirit thirsts for action, my breath for freedom." (Friedrich Schiller)
  8. "The breath of life is in the sunlight and the hand of life is in the wind." (Khalil Gibran)
  9. "With life as short as a half taken breath, don't plant anything but love." (Rumi)
  10. "Getting old is like climbing a mountain; you get a little out of breath, but the view is much better!" (Ingrid Bergman)

Breath quotes 11 - 20

  1. "Every breath we take, every step we make, can be filled with peace, joy and serenity." (Thich Nhat Hanh)
  2. "To whom health is near and dear, must mobilize what is possible to spend his time outdoors in fresh air." (Sebastian Kneipp)
  3. "For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun? And what is it to cease breathing but to free the breath from its restless tides, that it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered?" (Khalil Gibran)
  4. "Everyone will notice that on high mountains, where the air is pure and thin, you breathe more freely and feel physically lighter and mentally cheerful." (Jean-Jacques Rousseau)
  5. "Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air." (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
  6. "Breathing is the greatest pleasure in life." (Giovanni Papini)
  7. "We Germans hate thoroughly, constantly; being too honest, even too clumsy, to avenge ourselves with quick perfidy, we hate until our last breath." (Heinrich Heine)
  8. "Smile, breathe and go slowly." (Thích Nhất Hạnh)
  9. "Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth." (Henry David Thoreau)
  10. "It is and remains a happiness, perhaps the greatest, to be able to breathe freely." (Theodor Fontane)

Breath quotes 21 - 30

  1. "What good is it if we get more and more people jogging, but at the same time the air we breathe is getting thinner and thinner?" (Eckhard Schupeta)
  2. "Breathe. It’s only a bad day, not a bad life." (Johnny Depp)
  3. "Air pollution is also such a problem, that won't disappear into thin air." (Ernst Ferstl)
  4. "Trouble is meant to be a thunderstorm, not a steady rain; it is meant to clear the air, not spoil the harvest." (Ernst R. Hauschka)
  5. "Monologues are breaths of the soul." (Christian Friedrich Hebbel)
  6. "At any given time, some great truths are in the air; they form the spiritual atmosphere of the century." (Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach)
  7. "Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor." (Thích Nhất Hạnh)
  8. "When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive - to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love." (Marcus Aurelius)
  9. "I believe that water will one day be employed as fuel, that hydrogen and oxygen which constitute it, used singly or together, will furnish an inexhaustible source of heat and light, of an intensity of which coal is not capable." (Jules Verne)
  10. "Plans to protect air and water, wilderness and nature are in fact plans to protect man." (Stewart Udall)

Tip: Everything you need to know about the Environmental problem of air pollution I explain in the linked blog post.

"To whom health is near and dear, must mobilize what is possible to spend his time outdoors in fresh air." (Quote from Sebastian Kneipp)

Breath quotes 31 - 40

  1. "Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth, the air and you." (Langston Hughes)
  2. "Possessing does not exist, there is only being: that being that aspires until the last breath, until the suffocation. Having means nothing" (Franz Kafka)
  3. "If you are still breathing, you have a second chance." (Oprah Winfrey)
  4. "There is one way of breathing that is shameful and constricted. Then, there’s another way: a breath of love that takes you all the way to infinity." (Rumi)
  5. "Breathing in, I calm body and mind. Breathing out, I smile. Dwelling in the present moment I know this is the only moment." (Thích Nhất Hạnh)
  6. "The air is wonderful, and depending on which way the wind is blowing, I am surrounded on the balcony by a damp sea breeze or from the forest side by fir air and scent." (Theodor Fontane)
  7. "Learn how to exhale, the inhale will take care of itself." (Carla Melucci Ardito)
  8. "What oxygen is for the lungs, such is hope for the meaning of human life. Take oxygen away and death occurs through suffocation; take hope away and humanity is constricted through lack of breath; despair supervenes, spelling the paralysis of intellectual and spiritual powers by a feeling of senselessness and purposelessness of existence. As the fate of the human organism is dependent on the supply of oxygen, so the fate of humanity is dependent on its supply of hope." (Emil Brunner)
  9. "Deep breaths are like little love notes to your body." (Unknown)
  10. "The air is precious to the red man, for all things share the same breath – the beast, the tree, the man, they all share the same breath." (Chief Seattle)

Can you think of any other sayings about breathing and air that I have forgotten here? Then always come up with your ideas in the comments!

What is air and what is it made of?

Air is a mixture of gases and consists mainly of Nitrogen (about 78.08 percent) and Oxygen (approx. 20.95 percent) - and is supplemented by a small amount of noble gases (e.g. argon and helium) and trace substances (e.g. carbon dioxide and methane).

How to breathe correctly?

Stress-induced shallow breathing can lead to fatigue. The healthiest breathing in this respect is Full or abdominal breathing. When breathing fully, you first breathe in through the nose into the abdomen, then into the flanks and then into the chest area - and then out again. If you prefer abdominal breathing, just leave out the flanks when inhaling.

Why does breathing help against stress?

In stressful situations, breathing is faster and shallower. Consciously taking slow and even breaths at such times can slow down the heartbeat and lower blood pressure - and thus also the Reduce stress level. This works, among other things, because our Muscles relax and our attention is directed to the breath will.

Use the best quotes about air and breathing as a source of inspiration

Whether you are breathing deeply, meditatively and carefully, smelling the moist, fresh air after a rain shower or feeling the energy of a full breath during a sports session - breathing consciously is always a healing experience.

Simply regard the sayings and wisdom from this collection of quotes as invitations to Concentration on your breathto mindfulness and appreciation of the air that surrounds us.

Finally, here are a few further articles for you that are suitable for more mindfulness and conscious breathing in everyday life:

I very much hope that this collection of sayings has helped you. Do you have any questions, suggestions or can you think of any other breath quotes? Then I look forward to your comment!

Stay inspired,

Christoph from CareElite - Plastic-free living

PS: Calm breathing can help you with this to become more relaxed. It is also beneficial if you are consciously aware of your personal and professional life. More time for yourself to the system. You can find out more about this in the two linked articles. Have fun!

₁ Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland GmbH: Respiratory rate, respiratory intensity and respiratory control (as at: 08.02.2021), available at [16.06.2023].

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Christoph Schulz

Christoph Schulz

I'm Christoph, an environmental scientist and author - and here at CareElite I'm campaigning against plastic waste in the environment, climate change and all the other major environmental problems of our time. Together with other environmentally conscious bloggers, I want to give you tips & tricks for a naturally healthy, sustainable life as well as your personal development.

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