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For peace is not mere absence of war, but is a virtue that springs from force of character... ~Baruch Spinoza (1632–1677), Tractatus Theologico-Politicus, 1670, translated from Latin


Peace should be positive and not negative. We never speak of the peace of a desert. We love to find this positive kind of peace in religion. A thorough peace is not simply an absence of open war. Peace is to the nation simply what life is to the body. It is not in one thing, it is the sum of all things working harmoniously together. ~Rev. Phillips Brooks, Thanksgiving sermon, 1869


Let us not call this peace. Peace is not the absence of war. Peace is a positive condition — the rule of law. This peace has been established on lawlessness, and can only maintain itself by further lawlessness. This peace has been established by dictatorship, and can only maintain itself by further dictatorship. This peace has been established on betrayal, and can only maintain itself by further betrayal. 'Peace,' said Spinoza, 'is virtue caused by strength of spirit.' This is not peace without victory, for the victory goes to Mr. Hitler. This is peace without virtue. Therefore, it is not peace — but the initiation of a terrific world crisis. ~Dorothy Thompson (1893–1961), "'Peace' — And the Crisis Begins," 1938


This country wants peace, security and freedom to live its own life the way it wishes to live it. These three things may be compatible, but there are times in history when they are not. The second two are a definition of the first. The absence of war, accompanied by a condition of extreme insecurity and with the conditions of life dictated by somebody else or some other nation or some combination of nations, is not peace. It is either an armistice between wars or permanent slavery. ~Dorothy Thompson (1893–1961), "Freedom of Action," 1939


Tomorrow's peace must be more than the absence of armed conflict. It must be just, creative and cooperative. The weak must be protected from exploitation, the brutal strong curbed, and a sympathetic appreciation developed for the races of mankind. ~Elizabeth Tipton Derieux (1888–1974), "The Christian Church in Tomorrow's World," 1944


Peace is not the mere absence of war. It is a positive condition of justice. It is the sister of charity and mercy. It is the offspring of honesty and truth. It is the triumph of principle. ~Dorothy Thompson, 1945


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


I come not to bring negative peace, but I come to bring positive peace. I come not to bring this old peace which is merely the absence of tension; I come to bring a positive peace which is the presence of justice and the Kingdom of God. Peace is not merely the absence of something, but it's the presence of something. ~Martin Luther King, Jr., 1957


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, address at commencement exercises, Eureka College (Illinois), 1982 May 9th



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