“Peace is Not…” Quotes

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.” –tg]

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 –tg]

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)