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equanimity = Gelassenheit, Gleichmut, Fassung (inneres Gleichgewicht) ––––– to take sth. with equanimity = etw. mit Gleichmut hinnehmen



“There, he worked on two OECD countries – the largest economy (United States) and the smallest one (Iceland). Thomas was passionate about both,… His unfailing kindness, collegiality and EQUANIMITY, won him many good friends in Paris.”

Laurence Boone, Vincent Koen, Patrick Lenain: Thomas Laubach - A world-class economist and a dear friend - ECOSCOPE (4 September 2020)

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- calmness and composure, especially in a difficult situation

- a calm mental state, especially after a shock or disappointment or in a difficult situation

- evenness of mind especially under stress

Oxford Dictionaries / Cambridge Dictionary / Merriam-Webster


“Equanimity” appeared in English around 1600 and meant “fairness, impartiality”. Derived from Latin aequanimitatem meaning “evenness of mind, calmness, good-will, kindness”. Coming in turn from aequus “even, level” + animus “mind, spirit”.


In March 2017, the Incredible Science Machine team set a spectacular Guinness World Records title at their annual event in Westland, Michigan, USA.

The team set up a spellbinding chain reaction using tens-of-thousands of dominoes and props, including different sections representing each continent.

76,017 dominoes were set up in a huge circle and smoothly fell from the centre towards the outer edge, mesmerising an open-mouthed audience.

It took a team of 18 expert domino artists 10 days to set up the entire formation – and just a few minutes to fall.


"Patience is a virtue, possess it if you can.
Seldom found in women and NEVER in a man."


- the state of being calm, stable and composed, especially under stress

aplomb, assurance, balance, bearing, calm bearing, calm demeanor, calmness, certainty, certitude, chill demeanour, collectedness, composure, cool, cool-headedness, cool demeanour, cool head, doubtlessness, EQUANIMITY, equipoise, imperturbability, level-headedness, mental repose, nerve, patience, philosophicalness, placidity, quiet mind, quietness, quietude, repose, reposefulness, sang-froid, self-assurance, self-command, self-composure, self-possession, stoicism, tranquility

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