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Quotations about Peace
Peace is the father of friendship. ~African proverb
If you go, go in Peace it makes the flowers sweeter along the path. ~Mike Dolan, @HawaiianLife
If only Peace were the surname of all mankind. ~Terri Guillemets
Every ambitious would-be empire clarions it abroad that she is conquering the world to bring it peace, security and freedom, and is sacrificing her sons only for the most noble and humanitarian purposes. That is a lie, and it is an ancient lie, yet generations still rise and believe it! ~Taylor Caldwell, Testimony of Two Men, 1968 [Credit: I found this quotation while reading QuoteInvestigator.com.
I think that people want peace so much that one of these days government had better get out of their way and let them have it. ~Dwight Eisenhower
Lord, bid war's trumpet cease;
Fold the whole earth in peace.
~Oliver Wendell Holmes
I ask of life the best of kindness, sincerity and forgiveness for the wealth of peace. ~Sri Ismail, January 2012 entry to The Quote Garden create your own quote contest on Twitter
We have all taken risks in the making of war. Isn't it time that we should take risks to secure peace? ~J. Ramsay MacDonald
We seek peace, knowing that peace is the climate of freedom. ~Dwight D. Eisenhower
Peace.— A cessation of those wholesale murders which prevail during three quarters of every century in this enlightened æra, and which are sanctioned and inculcated by all Christian governments under the name of War. ~"Specimens of a Patent Pocket Dictionary, For the use of those who wish to understand the meaning of things as well as words," The New Monthly Magazine and Literary Journal, 1824‑5
Right is more precious than peace. ~Woodrow Wilson
Maybe we should develop a Crayola bomb as our next secret weapon. A happiness weapon. A beauty bomb. And every time a crisis developed, we would launch one. It would explode high in the air — explode softly — and send thousands, millions, of little parachutes into the air. Floating down to earth — boxes of Crayolas. And we wouldn't go cheap, either — not little boxes of eight. Boxes of sixty-four, with the sharpener built right in. With silver and gold and copper, magenta and peach and lime, amber and umber and all the rest. And people would smile and get a little funny look on their faces and cover the world with imagination. ~Robert Fulghum
Let us love the world to peace. ~Quoted in The Angels' Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994
A warless world will come as men develop warless hearts. ~Charles Wesley Burns
We shall never be able to effect physical disarmament until we have succeeded in effecting moral disarmament. ~J. Ramsay MacDonald
"Peace is not..."
For peace is not mere absence of war, but is a virtue that springs from force of character... ~Baruch Spinoza, Tractatus Theologico-Politicus, 1670, translated from Latin
Such "peace" often brings a cold war in which everybody is in hot water. Peace is not the absence of war, as a diamond is not the absence of carbon. Peace must have some positive concept, which brings us to the true concept of peace. ~Fulton J. Sheen, Life Is Worth Living, 1953
True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice.
~Martin Luther King, Jr., 1955 [King, 1963: "...the white moderate, who is more devoted to 'order' than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice."
Peace is not the absence of conflict but the presence of creative alternatives for responding to conflict — alternatives to passive or aggressive responses, alternatives to violence. ~Attributed to Dorothy Thompson (1893–1961)
Genuine and lasting peace is not merely the absence of armed conflict — peace is the presence of justice and equality. ~Percival Noel James Patterson, c.1979 [a little altered
Peace is not the absence of conflict, but the ability to cope with conflict by peaceful means. ~Ronald Reagan, 1982 May 9th, address at commencement exercises, Eureka College (Illinois)