Today is the UN’s International Day of Peace. However, despite this thought of goodwill, war and violence raged on today in many countries around the world. What can we do to change this? How can we move towards more positive peace?
To honor this day, I thought I would leave you with some famous peace quotes.
“Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime” – Ernest Hemingway
“When you find peace within yourself, you become the kind of person who can live at peace with others.”
“Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
“A smile is the beginning of peace.” – Mother Teresa
“The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it” -George Orwell
“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” – Jimi Hendrix
“The poor long for riches, the rich long for heaven, but the wise long for a state of tranquility.” -Swami Rama
“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
“The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend.” – Abraham Lincoln
“It isn’t enough to talk about peace, one must believe it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it, one must for it.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
“Peace is not the absence of conflict, but the ability to cope with it.”
“The way of peace is the way of love. Love is the greatest power on earth. It conquers all things.” – Peace Pilgrim
“Those who are at war with others are not at peace with themselves.” – William Hazlett
“It you wish to experience peace, provide peace for another.” – Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama
“The nonviolent approach does not immediately change the heart of the oppressor. It first does something to the hearts and souls of those committed to it. It gives them new self-respect; it calls up resources of strength and courage that they did not know they had. Finally it reaches the opponent and so stirs his conscience that reconciliation becomes a reality.” -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 nobodys’ 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.
“Peace be with you.” – The Bible: Genesis XLIII. 23
“The Holy Prophet Mohammed came into this world and taught us: ‘That man is a Muslim who never hurts anyone by word or deed, but who works for the benefit and happiness of God’s creatures. Belief in God is to love one’s fellow men.'” –Abdul Ghaffar Khan
“All who affirm the use of violence admit it is only a means to achieve justice and peace. But peace and justice are nonviolence…the final end of history. Those who abandon nonviolence have no sense of history. Rathy they are bypassing history, freezing history, betraying history.” – André Trocmé
“Generally speaking, the first nonviolent act is not fasting, but dialogue. The other side, the adversary, is recognized as a person, he is taken out of his anonymity and exists in his own right, for what he really is, a person. To engage someone in dialogue is to recognize him, have faith in him. At every step in the nonviolent struggle, at every level we try tirelessly to establish a dialogue, or reestablish it if it has broken down. When I say ‘the other side,’ that could be a group of persons or a government.” -Hildegard Goos-Mayr
“One cannot simultaneously prepare for war and create peace.”
“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.