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Making peace, I have found, is much harder than making war.
-- Gerry Adams

 

"Unlike a lot of people, I don't feel powerless. I know I can do something. But anyone can do something, it's not about being special. It's about deciding to do it - to dive into work for peace and justice and care for everybody on the planet.
-- Patch Adams

"I believe that peace is not merely an absence of war but the nurture of human life, and that in time this nurture would do away with war as a natural process."
-- Jane Addams

* ...Any definition of a culture of peace must address the problem of achieving justice for communities and individuals who do not have the means to compete or cope without structured assistance and compassionate help.
-- Mahnaz Afkhami

* We have the ability to achieve, if we master the necessary goodwill, a common global society blessed with a shared culture of peace that is nourished by the ethnic, national and local diversities that enrich our lives.-- Mahnaz Afkhami

* "It may seem sometimes as if a culture of peace does not stand a chance against the culture of war, the culture of violence and the cultures of impunity and intolerance. Peace may indeed be a complex challenge, dependent on action in many fields and even a bit of luck from time to time. It may be a painfully slow process, and fragile and imperfect when it is achieved. But peace is in our hands. We can do it."
-- Kofi Annan

"Peace is a paramount mission of the United Nations. It is the basis of our existence; the essence of our identity; the course that animates everything we do. 21st September, the International Day of Peace, is the day on which we reaffirm our commitment to this quest. It is an opportunity to consider how to strengthen our system of collective security. And it is meant to be a day of global ceasefire.

I call on all countries and all people to stop all hostilities for the entire day. I urge all people around the world to observe a minute of silence at Noon.

24 hours is not long enough, but it is time enough for combatants and political leaders to consider the destruction they are visiting on their people and on their lands. It is long enough to look over the barricades and through the barbed wire to see if there is another path.

On this International Day of Peace, let us all honor those who have suffered from violence. Let us hold in our hearts the ideal of peace.
-- Kofi Annan

* Peace consists, very largely, in the fact of desiring it with all one's soul.
-- Oscar Arias Sanchez

Peace consists, very largely, in the fact of desiring it with all one's soul. The inhabitants of my small country, Costa Rica, have realized those words by Erasmus. Mine is an unarmed people, whose children have never seen a fighter or a tank or a warship."
-- Oscar Arias Sanchez

"Peace is not a matter of prizes or trophies. It is not the product of a victory or command. It has no finishing line, no final deadline, no fixed definition of achievement."
-- Oscar Arias Sanchez

Peace is a never-ending process, the work of many decisions by many people in many countries. It is an attitude, a way of life, a way of solving problems and resolving conflicts. It cannot be forced on the smallest nation or enforced by the largest. It cannot ignore our differences or overlook our common interests. It requires us to work and live together.
-- Oscar Arias Sanchez

Peace, peace is what I seek and public calm, Endless extinction of unhappy hates.
-- Matthew Arnold

* "As they used to say 'What if they gave a war and nobody came?' How worthwhile if they declared a day of peace and everybody came."
-- Ed Asner

"September 21, the International Day of Peace, is an occasion to take stock of our efforts to promote peace and well-being for all people everywhere. It is an opportunity to appreciate what we have already accomplished, and to dedicate ourselves to all that remains to be done. It is also meant to be a day of global cease-fire: a twenty-four hour respite from the fear and insecurity that plague so many places.

Today, I urge all countries and all combatants to honour this cessation of hostilities. And I ask people everywhere to observe a minute of silence at 12 noon local time. As the guns fall silent, we should use this opportunity to ponder the price we all pay due to conflict. And we should resolve to vigorously pursue ways to make permanent this day’s pause.

On this International Day, let us promise to make peace not just a priority, but a passion. Let us pledge to do more, wherever we are in whatever way we can, to make every day a day of peace."
-- Ban Ki-moon

Let us not deceive ourself: we must elect world peace or world destruction.
--Bernard Mannes Baruch

Peace is the beauty of life. It is sunshine. It is the smile of a child, the love of a mother, the joy of a father, the togetherness of a family. It is the advancement of man, the victory of a just cause, the triumph of truth. Peace is all of these and more and more.
-- Menachem Begin
* Because we want the peace with half a heart and half a life and will, the war, of course, continues, because the waging of war, by its nature, is total - but the waging of peace, by our own cowardice, is partial.
-- Daniel Berrigan
* Purusing peace means rising above one's own wants, needs, and emotions.
-- Benazir Bhutto

 

Peace be with you.
-- The Bible: Genesis XLIII. 23

* In these disturbing and distressing times, surely it's cheaper, and smarter, to make friends out of potential enemies than it is to defend yourself against them..Justice is the surest way to get peace.
-- Bono

* Militarism is no longer a synonym for patriotism. Our survival as a planet depends on maintaining peace and justice.
-- Blasé Bonpane

 

Give peace in our time, O Lord.
-- The Book of Common Prayer

* There is no time left for anything but to make peace work a dimension of our every waking activity
-- Elise Boulding

 

Share your smile with the world. It's a symbol of friendship and peace.
~ Christie Brinkley

Imagine the peace symbol. The peace symbol has three pieces in it. One piece is emotion, that's your body. Another piece has spirit in it, that's your fuel. Another piece has intellect in it and that's your steering wheel. You can never overdo the fuel that goes into the body, which is the emotions and the steering wheel to drive it.
~ Gary Busey

The common people of all nations want peace. In the presence of great impersonal forces they feel individually helpless to promote it… common folk, not statesmen, nor generals, nor great men of affairs, but just simple plain men and women like the few thousand Quakers and their friends, if they devote themselves to resolute insistence on goodwill in place of force, even in the face of great disaster past or threatened, can do something to build a better, peaceful world. The future hope of peace lies with such personal sacrificial service. To this ideal humble persons everywhere may contribute.
-- Henry J. Cadbury

It is good to realize that if love and peace can prevail on earth, and if we can teach our children to honor nature's gifts, the joys and beauties of the outdoors will be here forever. ~ Jimmy Carter
“Whether the borders that divide us are picket fences or national boundaries, we are all neighbors in a global community.” ~ Jimmy Carter
War may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter how necessary, it is always an evil, never a good. We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing each other's children. ~ Jimmy Carter
It would be naïve to think that peace and justice can be achieved easily. No set of rules or study of history will automatically resolve the problems … However, with faith and perseverance, … complex problems in the past have been resolved in our search for justice and peace. ~ Jimmy Carter

 

We cannot be both the world's leading champion of peace and the world's leading supplier of the weapons of war. Jimmy Carter

* "We live now in a global village and we are in one single family. It’s our responsibility to bring friendship and love from all different places around the world and to live together in peace."
-- Jackie Chan

“I have no idea if world peace is attainable. But aiming for it is.”
-- Stockard Channing

Then all that has divided us will merge
And then compassion will be wedded to power
And then softness will come to a world that is harsh and unkind
And then both men and women will be gentle
And then both women and men will be strong
And then no person will be subject to another's will
And then all will be rich and free and varied
And then the greed of some will give way to the needs of many
And then all will share equally in the earth's abundance
And then all will care for the sick and the weak and the old
And then all will nourish the young
And then all will cherish life's creatures
And then all will live in harmony with each other and with the earth
And everywhere will be called Eden, once again.
-- Judy Chicago

Our most important task is to transform our consciousness so that violence is no longer an option for us in our personal lives, that understanding that a world of peace is possible only if we relate to each other as peaceful beings, one individual at a time.
-- Deepak Chopra

* If we desire peace, we must prepare for peace. The most important thing is to build a culture of peace.
-- Anwarul Chowdhury

 

"If the human race wishes to have a prolonged and indefinite period of material prosperity, they have only got to behave in a peaceful and helpful way toward one another."
-- Winston Churchill

Peace is freedom in tranquility.
-- Cicero

It is easier to make war than to make peace.
-- George Clemenceau

Now, I have always believed that women are not victims; we are agents of change, we are drivers of progress, we are makers of peace - all we need is a fighting chance.
~ Hillary Clinton

"Peace is not just a colored ribbon. It's more than a wristband or a t-shirt. It's not just a donation or a 5 K race. It's not just a folk song, or a white dove. And peace is certainly more than a celebrity endorsement. Peace is a fulltime job. It's protecting civilians, overseeing elections, and disarming ex-combatants. The UN has over 100,000 Peacekeepers on the ground, in places others can't or won't go, doing things others can't or won't do. Peace, like war, must be waged."
-- George Clooney

What all men are really after is some form, or perhaps only some formula, of peace.
-- Joseph Conrad

* A day of peace and sharing can lead to greater understanding and cooperation among political parties, faith groups, and people of different races and economic classes.
-- John Conyers

 

* "What's so funny about peace, love and understanding?"
~ Elvis Costello

* "War is an invention of the human mind. The human mind can invent peace with justice."
-- Norman Cousins

“I think war is based in greed and there are huge karmic retributions that will follow. I think war is never the answer to solving any problems. The best way to solve problems is to not have enemies.” -- Sheryl Crow

* "Peace can only last where human rights are respected, where the people are fed, and where individuals and nations are free."
-- 14th Dalai Lama

it is necessary to stay on the march, to be on the journey, to work for peace wherever we are at all times, because the liberty we cherish, which we would share with the world, demands eternal vigilance. And democracy is no easy path, but those of us who believe in it must be prepared to sacrifice in its cause more willingly than those who are prepared to die in the wars of aggression. We, too, must be dedicated to the cause of freedom.
-- Ossie Davis
* "Peace is a conscious choice."
-- John Denver
* "What if, for one day ...all the warring parties on Earth agreed not to fire a shot for twenty-four hours? ... One Day In Peace, January 1"
-- Steve Diamond

What is peace? Is it war? No. Is it strife? No. Is it lovely, and gentle, and beautiful, and pleasant, and serene, and joyful? O yes!
-- Charles Dickens (Bleak House)

Patriarchy is a fundamental imbalance underlying society And it's one we rarely address because it's so universal. But as I get older, I see that peace is a product of balance. -- Ani DiFranco

You can't start with imbalance and end with peace, be that in your own body, in an ecosystem or between a government and its people. What we need to strive for is not perfection, but balance.
-- Ani DiFranco

Peace, it's wonderful
-- Father Divine (George Baker)

 
I'm not a pacifist. I'm not that brave.
-- Phil Donahue

* ...how many times must the cannon balls fly
Before they're forever banned?
-- Bob Dylan

“If you don’t like the way the world is, you change it. You have an obligation to change it. You just do it one step at a time.
-- Marian Wright Edelman

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage -- to move in the opposite direction.
-- Albert Einstein

* Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved through understanding.
-- Albert Einstein

* Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved through understanding.
-- Albert Einstein

"There's been a quantum leap technologically in our age, but unless there's another quantum leap in human relations, unless we learn to live in a new way towards one another, there will be a catastrophe."
-- Albert Einstein

“The splitting of the atom has changed everything except the way we think. Thus we drift toward unparalleled catastrophe. We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive.”
-- Albert Einstein

"Perfection of means and confusion of goals seem to characterize our age. If we desire sincerely and passionately the safety, the welfare and the free development of the talents of all men, we shall not be in want of the means to approach such a state."
-- Albert Einstein

"In the goodness of time, all peoples will come to live together in a peace guaranteed by the binding force of mutual respect and love."
-- Dwight D. Eisenhower

* "I like to believe that people in the long run are going to do more to promote peace than our governments. Indeed, I think that people want peace so much that one of these days governments had better get out of the way and let them have it."
-- Dwight D. Eisenhower

I think that people want peace so much that one of these days governments had better get out of the way and let them have it."
-- Dwight D. Eisenhower

"We can't do it by ourselves, but if enough of us do it, we change the cultural climate, and then the leaders follow."
-- Riane Eisler

There are astonishing stories of heroism not only in preventing bloodshed, but in building understanding which lasts.
-- Scilla Elworthy

* We need to learn and to show others that there are tried and tested, powerful ways of containing and resolving conflict which do not require the use of force.
-- Scilla Elworthy

Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

We must apply our humble efforts to the construction of a more just and humane world. And I want to declare emphatically: Such a world is possible. To create this new society, we must present outstretched and friendly hands, without hatred and rancor, even as we show great determination and never waver in the defense of truth and justice. Because we know that we cannot sow seeds with clenched fists. To sow we must open our hands.
-- Adolfo Perez Esquivel

We have thought of peace as the passive and war as the active way of living. The opposite is true. War is not the most strenuous life. It is a kind of rest-cure compared to the task of reconciling our differences.
-- M. P. Follett

Let us pray for peace, and let us bring it about, starting in our own homes!
-- Pope Francis

We must restore hope to young people, help the old, be open to the future, spread love. Be poor among the poor. We need to include the excluded and preach peace.
-- Pope Francis

Even peace may be purchased at too high a price.
-- Benjamin Franklin

* There was never a good war or a bad peace.
-- Benjamin Franklin

"The making of peace is a continuing process that must go on from day to day, from year to year, so long as our civilization shall last."
-- J. William Fulbright

Either war is obsolete, or men are.
-- R. Buckminster Fuller

* Everywhere we turn, we see violence and hate and prejudice and anger and all of these negative emotions that are destroying humanity. And we have to wake up and take note of this and try to change our course, so that we can create a world of peace and harmony where future generations can live happily together.
-- Arun Gandhi

* "It Is possible to live in peace."
-- Mohandas K. Gandhi

By its existence, the Peace Movement denies that governments know best; it stands for a different order of priorities: the human race comes first.
-- Martha Gellhorn

It is easier to lead men to combat and to stir up their passions than to temper them and urge them to the patient labors of peace.
--Andre Gide

World Peace Day is envisioned to become a moment of global unity - it is up to each and every one of us to make this a reality.
-- Jeremy Gilley

* May Peace Prevail On Earth!
-- Masahisa Goi

Today, peace means the ascent from simple coexistence to cooperation and common creativity among countries and nations.
-- Mikhail Gorbachev

Ideally, peace means the absence of violence. It is an ethical value.
-- Mikhail Gorbachev

 

* The pursuit of peace and progress cannot end in a few years in either victory or defeat. The pursuit of peace and progress, with its trials and errors, its successes and setbacks, can never be relaxed and never abandoned.
--Dag Hammarskjold

We need to move into a culture of peace. What I hope to promote is the idea that we all need each other and that the greatest happiness in life is not how much we have but how much we give. That's a wealth that's priceless. You can't buy compassion.
-- Herbie Hancock

World peace is no longer some pie-in-the-sky thing, because no single person or country is going to solve it on their own.
-- Herbie Hancock

 

Peace is more than just absence of war. It is rather a state in which no people of any country, in fact no group of people of any kind live in fear or in need.
-- Poul Hartling

Not just Christians and Jews, but also Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus and the followers of many other religions believe in values like peace, respect, tolerance and dignity. These are values that bring people together and enable us to build responsible and solid communities.
~ Alcee Hastings

I'm deeply, deeply passionate about creating peace and well-being in the classroom, and well-being as a global nation.
~ Goldie Hawn

What greater cause and what more splendid adventure can be set before the youth of the world than the endeavor to bring into being that age-old dream of saints and sages - the great Commonwealth of the World as the visible embodiment of the brotherhood of man?
-- Arthur Henderson

* When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.
-- Jimi Hendrix

"Peace is the absence of war, but beyond that peace is a commodity unlike any other. Peace is security. Peace is a mindset. Peace is a way of living. Peace is the capacity to transcend past hurts -- to break cycles of violence and forge new pathways that say, “I would like to make sure we live as a community where there is justice, security, and development for all members.” At the end of the day, peace is an investment; it is something you create by investing in a way of life and monitoring where your resources go."
-- Noeleen Heyzer

 
There has always been a longing in the human heart for a more just, free, loving and creative society. But it was never before possible to fulfill these aspirations, because we had neither the evolutionary drivers and global crises to force us to change, nor did we have the scientific and technological powers that can free us from the limitations of scarcity, poverty, disease, and ignorance. This is the time of awakening for the social potential movement.
-- Barbara Marx Hubbard

 

Every moment is an organizing opportunity, every person a potential activist, every minute a chance to change the world.-- Dolores Huerta

No achievement can be higher than that of working in harmony with other nations so that the lash of war may be lifted from our backs and a peace of lasting friendship descend upon us.
-- Cordell Hull

The basis of peace and stability, in any society, has to be the fullest respect for the human rights of all its people.
-- John Hume

The pursuit of peace resembles the building of a great cathedral. It is the work of a generation. In concept it requires a mater-architect; in execution, the labors of many.
-- Hubert Humphrey

The goal toward which all history tends is peace, not peace through the medium of war, not peace through a process of universal intimidation, not peace through a program of mutual impoverishment, not peace by any means that leaves the world too weak or too frightened to go on fighting, but peace pure and simple based on that will to peace which has animated the overwhelming majority of mankind through countless ages. This will to peace does not arise out of a cowardly desire to preserve one's life and property, but out of conviction that the fullest development of the highest powers of men can be achieved only in a world of peace.
-- Robert Maynard Hutchins (1899-1977)

"We proclaim our commitment to continue to strive for the establishment of lasting world peace."
-- Iccho Itoh

Peace is the alternative to war, and nonviolence should be seen as the antidote to violence, not simply as its opposite. Nonviolence is more concerned with saving life than with saving face. -- Jesse Jackson

Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations
~ Thomas Jefferson

 

"There are plenty of people who pray for peace but if praying were enough it would have come to be."
-- Jewel

"It is important to remind young people that peace is the only victory."
-- Scarlett Johansson

"Peace is a journey of a thousand miles and it must be taken one step at a time."
-- Lyndon B Johnson

The thing I would like to do most is to find somehow to bring peace to the world. It has eluded me.
-- Lyndon Baines Johnson

"I am a strong believer that without justice, there is no peace. No lasting peace, anyway. "
~ Angelina Jolie

* I do not want the peace which passeth understanding. I want the understanding which bringeth peace.
-- Helen Keller

Never have the nations of the world had so much to lose, or so much to gain. Together we shall save our planet, or together we shall perish in its flames.
--John F. Kennedy

* "Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures."
--John F. Kennedy

Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind...War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today.
--John F. Kennedy

"The mere absence of war is not peace."
--John F. Kennedy

My passion stems from seeking world peace and finding how we can live together creatively rather than violently.
~ Mimi Kennedy

* The world does not need a war against ‘terrorism’, it needs a culture of peace based on human rights for all.
-- Irene Khan

* "...We have an historic opportunity for a great global healing and renewal. If we will accept the challenge of nonviolent activism with faith, courage, and determination, we can bring this great vision of a world united in peace and harmony from a distant ideal into glowing reality."
-- Coretta Scott King

* So we must fix our vision not merely on the negative expulsion of war, but upon the positive affirmation of peace.
--
Martin Luther King, Jr.

* "Many men cry Peace! Peace! but they refuse to do the things that make for peace."
-- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.
-- Martin Luther King, Jr.

* Somehow we must transform the dynamics of the world power struggle from the negative nuclear arms race which no one can win to a positive contest to harness man's creative genius for the purpose of making peace and prosperity a reality for all of the nations of the world.
-- Martin Luther King, Jr

We must shift the arms race into a 'peace race'.
-- Martin Luther King, Jr.

One of the most persistent ambiguities that we face is that everybody talks about peace as a goal. However, it does not take sharpest-eyed sophistication to discern that while everbody talks about peace, peace has become practically nobody's business among the power-wielders. Many men cry Peace! Peace! but they refuse to do the things that make for peace."
-- Martin Luther King, Jr.

"It is not enough to say 'We must not wage war.' It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it … We must see that peace represents a sweeter music, a cosmic melody that is far superior to the discord of war."
-- Martin Luther King, Jr.

We still have a choice today: nonviolence coesistence or violent coannihilation.
-- Martin Luther King, Jr.

What I am about is a more peaceful, harmonious, and just planet.
-- Brian Klemmer

Pacifism simply is not a matter of calm looking on; it is work, hard work.
-- Kathe Kollwitz
"We want peace!"
--
Lenny Kravitz

"Peace is a civil right which makes other human rights possible. Peace is a precondition for our existence. Peace permits our continued existence." ~ Dennis Kucinich

Peace is not just the absence of war, it is the active presence of a capacity for love and compassion, and reciprocity. It is an awareness that our lives are not to be lived simply for ourselves through expressing our individuality, but we confirm the purpose of our lives through the work of expressing our shared sense of community in a purposeful and practical way; to sustain our own lives we sustain the lives of others - in family, in a community of neighborhoods called a city, and in a community of nations called the world.
-- Dennis Kucinich

Peace is neither the absence of war nor the presence of a disarmament agreement. Peace is a change of heart.
-- Richard Lamm (b. 1935)

...we must remain hopeful that for our children and our children’s children, that we are not a warring nation, but we will embrace and practice true compassion and honor the ideals of peace and freedom, and we will not give up. -- Jessica Lange

I don't believe war is a way to solve problems. I think it's wrong. I don't have respect for the people that made the decisions to go on with war. -- Avril Lavigne
* "I think the message of peace is for everyone."
--
Jude Law

* All we are saying is give peace a chance...
-- John Lennon

And so this is Xmas for black and for white, for yellow and red, let's stop all the fight.
-- John Lennon

* "Imagine all the people living life in peace.
You may say I'm a dreamer,
but I'm not the only one.
I hope someday you'll join us,
and the world will be as one."
-- John Lennon

Something that's of common interest to every man, woman and child on the planet must surely be the notion of 'Peace'. Without 'Peace' we cannot survive. Valentine's Day is on the 14 February. Christmas Day is on the 25 December. Peace Day has been established by the United Nations on the 21 September, and the whole world is invited to participate.
-- Annie Lennox
If world peace was as important to people as getting tweeted back by their favorite celebrity, we'd live in a blissful Utopia.
~ Adam Levine

You have to find the peace and patience within yourself to be a model and an example to others and not judge.
~ Judith Light

* "With malice toward none, with charity for all, ...let us strive on to finish the work we are in, ...to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations."
-- Abraham Lincoln

* Indigenous Peoples have always believed that peace is central to human security and all life forms that exist in a community, a nation, Mother Earth and the universe…
-- Hilda Lini

* We can still alter our course. It is NOT too late. We still have options. We need the courage to change our values to the regeneration of our families, the life that surrounds us.
~ Chief Oren Lyons

 

"Every one of us can make a contribution. And quite often we are looking for the big things and forget that, wherever we are, we can make a contribution. Sometimes I tell myself, I may only be planting a tree here, but just imagine what's happening if there are billions of people out there doing something. Just imagine the power of what we can do."
-- Wangari Maathai

The big powers are traveling on the dangerous road of armament. The signpost just ahead of us is 'Oblivion.' Can the march on this road be stopped? Yes, if public opinion uses the power it now has.
-- Sean MacBride

"If we want to reap the harvest of peace and justice in the future, we will have to sow seeds of nonviolence, here and now, in the present."
-- Mairead Corrigan Maguire

* Therefore my challenge to each of you ... is that you ask yourself what you can do to make a difference. And then take that action, no matter how large or how small. For our children have a right to peace.
-- Graça Machel-Mandela

The value of our shared reward will and must be measured by the joyful peace which will triumph, because the common humanity that bonds both black and white into one human race, will have said to each one of us that we shall all live like the children of paradise. Thus shall we live, because we will have created a society which recognizes that all people are born equal, with each entitled in equal measure to life, liberty, prosperity, human rights and good governance. Such a society should never allow again that there should be prisoners of conscience nor that any person's human rights should be violated.
-- Nelson Mandela

 

"I am trying to build a new world, and I believe I have an impact on that - -I believe every individual has an impact on that."
-- Susan Collin Marks

We have to be active about kindness and about peace. I've always fantasized that it would be great if there was a Department of Peace.
~ Dave Matthews

My message is a peaceful one and I hope that the idea will spread.
-- Paul McCartney

 

The struggle to maintain peace is immeasurably more difficult than any military operation.
-- Anne O'Hare McCormick

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it's the only thing that ever has.
-- Margaret Mead

* "Peace cannot exist without justice, justice cannot exist without fairness, fairness cannot exist without development, development cannot exist without democracy, democracy cannot exist without respect for the identity and worth of cultures and peoples."
-- Rigoberta Menchu

* We have learned that change cannot come through war. War is not a feasible tool to use in fighting against the oppression we face. War has caused more problems. We cannot embrace that path.
-- Rigoberta Menchu

Peace demands the most heroic labor and the most difficult sacrifice. It demands greater heroism than war. It demands greater fidelity to the truth and a much more perfect purity of conscience.
-- Thomas Merton
* Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.
-- Jill Jackson Miller

Let peace and beauty reign.
-- Moby

* Establishing lasting peace is the work of education; all politics can do is keep us out of war.
-– Maria Montessori

I come from a family of very devout, praying people. That idea of peace and love toward humanity shouldn't be nationalistic or denominational. It should be a chief concern for all mankind.
~ Mos Def

* There is no way to peace. Peace is the way.
-- A.J. Muste

"The greatest warriors are the ones who fight for peace."
-- Holly Near

 

The only alternative to coesistence is codestruction
-- Jawaharlal Nehru

Peace is not a relationship of nations. It is a condition of mind brought about by a serenity of soul. Peace is not merely the absence of war. It is also a state of mind. Lasting peace can come only to peaceful people.
-- Jawaharlal Nehru

I wanted to connect all people who are thinking about peace on Earth.
-- Willie Nelson

In an interconnected world, the defeat of international terrorism – and most importantly, the prevention of these terrorist organizations from obtaining weapons of mass destruction -- will require the cooperation of many nations. We must always reserve the right to strike unilaterally at terrorists wherever they may exist. But we should know that our success in doing so is enhanced by engaging our allies so that we receive the crucial diplomatic, military, intelligence, and financial support that can lighten our load and add legitimacy to our actions. This means talking to our friends and, at times, even our enemies.
-- Barack Obama

Remember, each one of us has the power to change the world. Just start thinking peace, and the message will spread quicker than you think. ~ Yoko Ono

 

We are privileged to have the opportunity of contributing to the achievement of the goal of the abolition of war and its replacement by world law. I am confident that we shall succeed in this great task; that the world community will thereby be freed not only from the suffering caused by war but also through the better use of the earth's resources, of the discoveries of scientists, and of the efforts of mankind, from hunger, disease, illiteracy, and fear; and that we shall in the course of time be enabled to build a world characterized by economic, political, and social justice for all human beings and a culture worthy of man's intelligence.
-- Linus Pauling

 

Misunderstanding arising from ignorance breeds fear, and fear remains the greatest enemy of peace.
-- Lester B. Pearson

The choice, however, is as clear now for nations as it was once for the individual: peace or extinction.
- Lester B. Pearson

 

* "One little person, giving all of her time to peace, makes news. Many people, giving some of their time, can make history."
-- Peace Pilgrim

We seem always ready to pay the price for war. Almost gladly we give our time and our treasures - our limbs and even our lives - for war. But we expect to get peace for nothing.
-- Peace Pilgrim

Peace - the word evokes the simplest and most cherished dream of humanity. Peace is, and has always been, the ultimate human aspiration. And yet our history overwhelmingly shows that while we speak incessantly of peace, our actions tell a very different story.
-- Javier Perez de Cuellar

* Our generation has the ability and the responsibility to make our ever-more connected world a more hopeful, stable and peaceful place.
-- Natalie Portman

* Our generation has the ability and the responsibility to make our ever-more connected world a more hopeful, stable and peaceful place.
-- Natalie Portman

I would like to end world hunger and create world peace, stop corruption, stop drugs getting to kids.
~ Kelly Preston

We must think differently, look at things in a different way. Peace requires a world of new concepts, new definitions.
~ Yitzhak Rabin

Ban the bomb and the civil rights movement and the native American struggle for justice - those things were very, very front-burner in my childhood, as were the ideas of working for peace and if you have more than you need, then you share it with people who don't.
-- Bonnie Raitt

...if our humanity – our soul as a society – is overtaken by the materiel and cosmetic, there will be no hope of peace. ~ Robert Redford

The more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war.
-- Hyman G. Rickover

Peace is not a passive but an active condition, not a negation but an affirmation.
-- Mary Roberts Rinehart

Dream of a society at peace with its conscience because it respects and lives in harmony with all life forms.
-- John Robbins (b. 1914-)

"Peace is not the product of terror or fear. Peace is not the silence of cemeteries. Peace is not the silent result of violent repression. Peace is the generous, tranquil contribution of all to the good of all. Peace is dynamism. Peace is generosity. It is right and it is duty."
-- Oscar Romero

* "It isn't enough to talk about peace; one must believe in it. And it isn't enough to believe in it; one must work at it."
-- Eleanor Roosevelt

We have to face the fact that either all of us are going to die together or we are going to learn to live together and if we are to live together we have to talk.
-- Eleanor Roosevelt

* "It isn't enough to talk about peace; one must believe in it. And it isn't enough to believe in it; one must work at it."
-- Eleanor Roosevelt

* The basis of world peace is the teaching which runs through almost all the great religions of the world. "Love thy neighbor as thyself."
-- Eleanor Roosevelt

* "Peace, like charity, begins at home."
-- Franklin D. Roosevelt

* More than an end to war, we want an end to the beginning of all wars -- yes, an end to this brutal, inhuman and thoroughly impractical method of settling the differences between governments.
-- Franklin D. Roosevelt

* What shall we choose? Violence or non violence? …We have to choose knowing that when we are violent to our enemies, we do violence to ourselves. When we brutalize others, we brutalize ourselves. And eventually we run the risk of becoming our oppressors.
-- Arundhati Roy
It is clear that the nations of the world now can only rise and fall together. It is not a question of one nation winning at the expense of another. We must all help one another or all perish together.
-- Carl Sagan
The most valuable possesion you can own is an open heart. The most powerful weapon you can be is an instrument of peace.
-- Carlos Santana

Peace is when time doesn't matter as it passes by.
-- Maria Schell

 

 

* In the hearts of people today there is a deep longing for peace. When the true spirit of peace is thoroughly dominant, it becomes an inner experience with unlimited possibilities. Only when this really happens-- when the spirit of peace awakens and takes possession of men's hearts, can humanity be saved from perishing.
-- Albert Schweitzer

Nonviolence, pacifism, that's the greatest thing that I think the human species has to aspire to, because otherwise it's not going to be around.
-- Martin Scorsese

We're not going to cure terrorism and spread peace and goodwill in the Middle East by killing innocent people, or I'm not even saying our bullets and bombs are killing them. The occupation that they don't have food. They don't have clean water. They don't have electricity. They don't have medicine. They don't have doctors.
~ Cindy Sheehan

Peace is not only better than war, but infinitely more arduous.
-- George Bernard Shaw

* We want peace on earth!
-- Robert Alan Silverstein

 

"Peace is more than the absence of war. It is learning to respect ourselves, each other and the planet we share. And it begins with each of us, ONE DAY at a time..."
-- Robert Alan Silverstein

Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.
-- Benedict Spinoza (1632-1677)

I could start a war in 30 seconds. But some countries spend 100 years trying to find peace. Just like good manners, peace has to be learned.
~ Sylvester Stallone

No matter what happens in life, be good to people. Being good to people is a wonderful legacy to leave behind."
~ Taylor Swift

* In our innermost Spirit - we nourish the gentleness
and understanding of Peace.
Those around us feel a gentle breeze
whispering as if rustling leaves -
Peace comes not from contemplation-
but action!
-- Pauline Tangiora

Ah, when shall all men's good
Be each man's rule, and universal peace
Lie like a shaft of light across the land,
And like a lane of beams athwart the sea,
Thro' all the circle of the golden year?
-- Alfred Tennyson (The Golden Year)

Ring out old shapes of foul disease, Ring out the narrowing lust of gold; Ring out the thousand wars of old, Ring in the thousand years of peace.
-- Alfred Tennyson

* "All works of love are works of peace."
-- Mother Teresa.

Wars begin in the minds of men, and in those minds, love and compassion would have built the defenses of peace.
~ U Thant

They have not wanted Peace at all; they have wanted to be spared war - as though the absence of war was the same as peace.
-- Dorothy Thompson

Our goal must not be peace in our time but peace for all time.
-- Harry S. Truman

I would rather have peace in the world than be President.
-- Harry S. Truman

"I love my country very much. But I must say I love people all over the world, and we better all start loving each other or we're going to blow each other to kingdom come."
-- Ted Turner

"We, the peoples of the United Nations, determined to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind, and to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal right of men and women and of nations large and small....And for these ends to practice tolerance and live together in peace with one another as good neighbors...have resolved to combine our efforts to accomplish these aims."
-- Preamble, Charter of the United Nations.

* Did you know that every two hours the nations of this world spend as much on armaments as they spend on the children of this world every year?
-- Peter Ustinov

Peace is a virtual, mute, sustained victory of potential powers against probable greeds
-- Paul Valery

We have war because we are not sufficiently heroic for a life which does not need war.
-- Bartolomeo Vanzeiti

Peace is the harvest of love as war is the fruit of hate.
-- Joan Walsh

 

* To have a peaceful population, we must teach peace.
-- Cora Weiss

* "You cannot have peace without human rights, democracy, gender equality, and clean water. Look to the root causes of war and you will find, in their reverse, the root foundations of peace."
-- Cora Weiss

Most people think of peace as a state of Nothing Bad Happening, or Nothing Much Happening. Yet if peace is to overtake us and make us the gift of serenity and well-being, it will have to be the state of Something Good Happening.
-- E.B. White

Peace is always beautiful
~ Walt Whitman

Peace hath higher tests of manhood Than battle ever knew
-- John Greenleaf Whittier

 

* Peace is our gift to each other.
-- Elie Wiesel

Mankind needs peace more than ever, for our entire planet, threatened by nuclear war, is in danger of total destruction. A destruction only man can provoke, only man can prevent.
-- Elie Wiesel

* If only we could celebrate peace as our various ancestors celebrated war; if only we could glorify peace as those before us, thirsting for adventure, glorified war; if only our sages and scholars together could resolve to infuse peace with the same energy and inspiration that others have put into war.

* We want to live and love and build a just and peaceful society.
-- Betty Williams & the Peace People

 

Declaration of the Peace People:

We have a simple message for the world from this movement for peace.

We want to live and love and build a just and peaceful society.

We want for our children, as we want for ourselves, lives at home, at work and at play to be lives of joy and peace.

We recognize that to build such a life demands of all of us dedication, hard work and courage.

We recognize that there are many problems in our society which are a source of conflict and violence.

We recognize that every bullet fired and every exploding bomb makes that work more difficult.

We reject the use of the bomb and the bullet and all the techniques of violence.

We dedicate ourselves to working with our neighbors, near and far, day in and day out, to building that peaceful society in which the tragedies we have known are a bad memory and a continuing warning.
-- Betty Williams

“In each of us, there lies a divine connection to a power more powerful than hate or violence. Today is the day to attune to that power and use it on behalf of peace on earth.”
-- Marianne Williamson

* Why has there never been a holiday where peace is celebrated all throughout the world?
-- Stevie Wonder

What I'm not confused about is the world needing much more love, no hate, no prejudice, no bigotry and more unity, peace and understanding. Period.
-- Stevie Wonder

 

 


 

 

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