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

* 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

* "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

 

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