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Quotations about Peace
Peace is the father of friendship. ~African proverb
We look forward to the time when the Power of Love will replace the Love of Power. Then will our world know the blessings of peace. ~William Ewart Gladstone
If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other. ~Mother Teresa
Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
One must look hard through history to find when a clear understanding of the truth moved anyone to fire the first shot. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
If they want peace, nations should avoid the pin-pricks that precede cannon shots. ~Napoleon Bonaparte, unverified
Let there be peace on earth
And let it begin with me.
~Seymour Miller & Jill Jackson, "Let There Be Peace on Earth," 1955
I take it that what all men are really after is some form of, perhaps only some formula of, peace. ~James Conrad
Question: How would you like to die?
Walter Cronkite: In my sleep after celebrating the outbreak of permanent world peace.
~Proust questionnaire, in Vanity Fair, 1997
The more we sweat in peace the less we bleed in war. ~Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit
In the name of peace
They waged the wars
Ain't they got no shame
The real differences around the world today are not between Jews and Arabs; Protestants and Catholics; Muslims, Croats, and Serbs. The real differences are between those who embrace peace and those who would destroy it; between those who look to the future and those who cling to the past; between those who open their arms and those who are determined to clench their fists. ~William J. Clinton, 1997
The pacifist's task today is to find a method of helping and healing which provides a revolutionary constructive substitute for war. ~Vera Brittain, 1964
You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist. ~Golda Meir
Peace hath higher tests of manhood
Than battle ever knew.
~John Greenleaf Whittier
Five great enemies to peace inhabit with us: avarice, ambition, envy, anger, and pride. If those enemies were to be banished, we should infallibly enjoy perpetual peace. ~Francesco Petrarch
Yes, we love peace, but we are not willing to take wounds for it, as we are for war. ~John Andrew Holmes, Wisdom in Small Doses
If in this present age we were to go back to the old time of "an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth," there would be very few hon. gentlemen in this House who would not, metaphorically speaking, be blind and toothless. ~Mr. Graham, 1914, Canadian House of Parliament member, commonly attributed to Mahatma Gandhi as "An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind." (Thanks, Garson O'Toole of quoteinvestigator.com!)
There is one armor that the world of men and women, as a world, has never yet put on. The churches have long bungled with its fastenings, but the world has gone unfended, and few have been those in whose hands the mystical sword of the spirit has shone with daily use. This armor, waiting to be worn, is the armor of brotherhood and sacrifice, the world of unselfishness, a conquering sword, with the power, where used, to unite the world in love. And there are none who may not put it on. ~M.A. DeWolfe Howe
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. —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]
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
World peace is a global smile. ~Terri Guillemets, "Cheers to hope," 2003
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." —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]
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 —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]
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)
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