Peace Quotes

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Peace Quotes Index

Bible Verses
Desire for Peace
Enemies of Peace
Futility of War
How to have Peace
Importance of Peace
Inner Peace
Nature’s Peace
Peace and Freedom
Peace at Home
Peace Begins with Me
Peace Defined
Peace is Possible
Peace of Mind
Peace Prayer of St. Francis
Peace vs. War
World Peace

Bible Verses

"Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God."
~ Bible - Matthew 5:9 (NIV)

"You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’[a] and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies![b] Pray for those who persecute you! In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike."
~ Bible - Matthew 5:43-45 (NLT)

"But to you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you."
~ Bible – Luke 6:27-28 (NIV)

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"I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid."
~ Bible – John 14:27 (NLT)

"These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world."
~ Bible - John 16:33 (KJV)

"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope."
~ Bible - Romans 15:13 (ESV)

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Desire for Peace

"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 (1890-1969)

"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 (1875-1965)

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Enemies of Peace

"Five enemies of peace inhabit us - avarice, ambition, envy, anger, and pride; if these were to be banished, we should infallibly enjoy perpetual peace."
~ Francesco Petrarch (1304-1374)

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Futility of War

"I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones."
~ Albert Einstein

"You can no more win a war
than you can win an earthquake."
~ Jeanette Rankin, first woman Member of Congress

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How to have Peace

"This is the way of peace: overcome evil with good, and falsehood with truth, and hatred with love."
~ Peace Pilgrim

"If there is to be peace in the world,
There must be peace in the nations.

If there is to be peace in the nations,
There must be peace in the cities.

If there is to be peace in the cities,
There must be peace between neighbors.

If there is to be peace between neighbors,
There must be peace in the home.

If there is to be peace in the home,
There must be peace in the heart."
~ Lao Tzu (570-490 B.C.)

"Peace, in the sense of the absence of war, is of little value to someone who is dying of hunger or cold. It will not remove the pain of torture inflicted on a prisoner of conscience. It does not comfort those who have lost their loved ones in floods caused by senseless deforestation in a neighboring country. Peace can only last where human rights are respected, where people are fed, and where individuals and nations are free."
~ The XIVth Dalai Lama

"Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding."
~ Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

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"Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding."
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

"One day we must come to see that peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but that it is a means by which we arrive at that goal. We must pursue peaceful ends through peaceful means."
~ Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968)

"If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there'd be peace."
~ John Lennon (1940-1980)

"Peace may sound simple - one beautiful word - but it requires everything we have, every quality, every strength, every dream, every high ideal."
~ Yehudi Menuhin (1916-1999)

"Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek but a means bywhich we arrive at that goal."
~ Martin Luther King, Jr

"To reach peace, teach peace."
~ Pope John Paul II

"If you want peace, work for justice."
~ Pope Paul VI (1897-1978)

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"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 (1884-1962)

"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other."
~ Mother Theresa (1910-1997)

"Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defenses of peace must be constructed."
~ UNESCO Constitution

"A smile is the beginning of peace."
~ Mother Teresa

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

"If we are to live together in peace, we must come to know each other better."
~ Lyndon B. Johnson

"If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children. "
~ Mohandas Gandhi

"Peace is not achieved by controlling nations, but mastering our thoughts."
~ John Harricharan

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Importance of Peace

"Peace is its own reward."
~ Mahatma Gandhi

"If we are peaceful, if we are happy, we can smile and blossom like a flower, and everyone in our family, our entire society, will benefit from our peace."
~ Thich Nhat Hanh

"There is no time left for anything but to make peacework a dimension of our every waking activity."
~ Elise Boulding

"Better than a thousand hollow words is one word that brings peace."
~ Buddha (560-483 B.C.)

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"Peace is the only battle worth waging."
~ Albert Camus (1913-1960)

"Nothing is more precious than peace. Peace is the most basic starting point for the advancement of humankind."
~ Daisaku Ikeda

"Peace is the one condition of survival in this nuclear age."
~ Adlai Stevenson (1900-1965)

"The poor long for riches, the rich long for heaven, but thewise long for a state of tranquility."
~ Swami Rama

"Nothing is more precious than peace. Peace is the most basic starting point for the advancement of humankind."
~ Daisaku Ikeda

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Inner Peace

"Freedom from desire leads to inner peace."
~ Lao Tzu

"True peace is found in this moment. Acceptance is the 1st stepto inner calm."
~ Unknown

"Let loose of what you can't control. Serenity will be yours."
~ Unknown

"Acceptance of others, their looks, their behaviors, their beliefs, bring you an inner peace and tranquility -- instead of anger and resentment".
~ Source Unknown

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"Those who are at war with others are not at peace withthemselves."
~ William Hazlett

"If half a century of living has taught me anything at all, it has taught me that nothing can bring you peace but yourself."
~ Dale Carnegie

"We are never more discontented with others than when we arediscontented with ourselves."
~ Henri Frederic Arnier

"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

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"You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist."
~ Attributed to both Golda Meir and Indira Gandhi

"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 you go, go in Peace it makes the flowers sweeter along the path."
~ Mike Dolan,

"Conflict is inevitable, but combat is optional."
~ Max Lucade

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Nature’s Peace

"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves."
~ John Muir (1838-1914)

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Peace and Freedom

"Human Beings, indeed all sentient beings, have the right to pursue happiness and live in peace and freedom."
~ The XIVth Dalai Lama

"You can't separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom."
~ Malcolm X (1925-1965)

W"e seek peace, knowing that peace is the climate of freedom." ~Dwight D. Eisenhower

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Peace at Home

"Kindness is the key to peace and harmony in family life."
~ Dalai Lama

"Everybody today seems to be in such a terrible rush, anxious for greater developments and greater riches and so on, so that children have very little time for their parents. Parents have very little time for each other, and in the home begins the disruption of peace of the world."
~ Mother Teresa

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Peace Begins with Me

"We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves."
~ Dalai Lama

"Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances."
~ Mahatma Gandhi

"Peace-making is a healing process and it begins with me, but it does not end there."
~ Gene Knudsen Hoffman

"Let there be peace on earth
And let it begin with me."
~ Seymour Miller & Jill Jackson, "Let There Be Peace on Earth," 1955

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Peace Defined

"All works of love are works of peace."
~ Mother Theresa (1910-1997)

"Peace is the respect for the rights of others. (El respeto al derecho ajeno es la paz )."
~ Benito Juarez (1806-1872)

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

"A truly free society must not include a 'peace' which oppresses us. We must learn on our own terms what peace and freedom mean together. There can be no peace if there is social injustice and suppression of human rights, because external and internal peace are inseparable. not just the absence of mass destruction, but a positive internal and external condition in which people are free so that they can grow to their full potential."
~ Petra Karin Kelly (1947-1992)

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"Peace is not the product of terror or fear.
Peace is not the silence of cemeteries.
Peace is not the silent revolt 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.
~ Bishop Oscar Romero (1917-1980)

"We, Veteran's for Peace, view peace as a positively active and creative process which requires courage, commitment, endurance, vigilance, and integrity. Peace is a struggle toward unity, and it is characterized by an absence of violence in all its forms, including discrimination based on gender, age, race, religion, social and economic status, ethnicity, and sexual orientation. Those who labor for peace are called peacemakers because they tirelessly pursue nonviolent solutions, work for economic and social justice, celebrate diversity, and strive to build relationships between adversaries through education, conflict mediation, and humanitarian relief. We recognize that peace is both a means and end simultaneously, and that it is never finally or fully achieved. This is because change and growth require some degree of tension or conflict. Historically, such conflict has provided the impetus for military solutions. Thus we, Veteran's for Peace, strongly believe that the greatest obstacle to peace is militarism with its reliance on violence and war. We further believe that peacekeeping action should only be accomplished by a legitimate international body."
~ Committee to Define Peace, Veterans for Peace

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Peace is Possible

"It is possible to live in peace."
~ Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

"But peace does not rest in the charters and covenants alone. It lies in the hearts and minds of all people. So let us not rest all our hopes on parchment and on paper, let us strive to build peace, a desire for peace, a willingness to work for peace in the hearts and minds of all of our people. I believe that we can. I believe the problems of human destiny are not beyond the reach of human beings."
~ John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

"If we want a free and peaceful world, if we want to make the deserts bloom and man grow to greater dignity as a human being-we can do it."
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

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Peace of Mind

"Set peace of mind as your highest goal, and organize your lifearound it."
~ Brian Tracy

"Don't fill your time with worry - fix what you can and let therest take care of itself."
~ Unknown

"Peace of mind is attained not by ignoring problems, but bysolving them."
~ Raymond Hull

"Relaxation comes from letting go of tense thoughts."
~ Frances Wilshire

"When your mind is tranquil, all your ill-thoughts cease."
~ Unknown

"You cannot perceive beauty, but with a serene mind."
~ Henry David Thoreau

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Peace Prayer of St. Francis

"O Lord, make me an instrument of Thy Peace!
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is discord, harmony.
Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is darkness, light.
Where there is sorrow, joy.
Oh Divine Master, grant that I may not
so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life."

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Peace vs. War

"The more we sweat in peace the less we bleed in war."
~ Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit (1900-1990)

"We know how to organize warfare, but do we know how to act when confronted with peace?"
~ Jacques-Yves Cousteau (1910-1997)

"The most disadvantageous peace is better than the most just war."
~ Desiderius Erasmus (1469-1536)

"There was never a good war or a bad peace."
~ Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

"It is easier to lead men to combat, stirring up their passion, than to restrain them and direct them toward the patient labors of peace."
~ Andre Gide (1869-1951)

"It is a good moment to repeat that a war is never won. Never mind that history books tell us the opposite. The psychological and material costs of war are so high that any triumph is a pyrrhic victory. Only peace can be won and winning peace means not only avoiding armed conflict but finding ways of eradicating the causes of individual and collective violence: injustice and oppression, ignorance and poverty, intolerance and discrimination. We must construct a new set of values and attitudes to replace the culture of war which, for centuries, has been influencing the course of civilization. Winning peace means the triumph of our pledge to establish, on a democratic basis, a new social framework of tolerance and generosity from which no one will feel excluded."
~ Federico Mayor

"Here then, is the problem we present to you, stark and dreadful and inescapable: Shall we put an end to the human race; or shall mankind renounce war?"
~ The Russell-Einstein Manifesto, 1955

"Time itself becomes subordinate to war. 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.

Why is war such an easy option? Why does peace remain such an elusive goal? We know statesmen skilled at waging war, but where are those dedicated enough to humanity to find a way to avoid war.

Every nation has its prestigious military academies - or so few of them - that reach not only the virtues of peace but also the art of attaining it? I mean attaining and protecting it by means other than weapons, the tools of war. Why are we surprised whenever war recedes and yields to peace?"
~ Elie Wiesel

"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."
~ John F. Kennedy

"The opposite of war is not peace; it's creation."
~ Unknown

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"If you want to make peace, you don't talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies."
~ Moshe Dayan

"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 Gladstone (1809-1898)

"There is no way to peace; peace is the way."
~ A.J. Muste (1885-1967)

"I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent."
~ Mahatma Gandhi

"Peace is rarely denied to the peaceful."
~ Johann von Schiller

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World Peace

"The true and solid peace of nations consists not in equality of arms, but in mutual trust alone."
~ Pope John XXIII (1881-1963)

"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 will not build a peaceful world by following a negative path. It is not enough to say we must not wage war. It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it. We must concentrate not merely on the negative expulsion of war but on the positive affirmation of peace. We must see that peace represents a sweeter music, a cosmic melody, that is far superior to the discords of war. 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 humanity's creative genius for the purpose of making peace and prosperity a reality for all the nations of the world. In short, we must shift the arms race into a peace race. If we have a will - and determination - to mount such a peace offensive, we will unlock hitherto tightly sealed doors of hope and transform our imminent cosmic elegy into a psalm of creative fulfillment."
~ Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968)

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"The structure of world peace cannot be the work of one man or one party or one nation. It must be a peace which rests on the cooperative effort of the whole world."
~ Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945)

"He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony withthe world."
~ Marcus Aurelius

"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 will never have peace without friendship around the world."
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"Love and compassion are the pillars of world peace."
~ Dalai Lama

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