Peace Quotes

He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would fully suffice. This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once. Heroism at command, senseless brutality, deplorable love-of-country stance, how violently I hate all this, how despicable and ignoble war is; I would rather be torn to shreds than be a part of so base an action! It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder.
Albert Einstein 


Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron.
Dwight Eisenhower, 1953 speech 

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

It is easier to lead men to combat, stirring up their passion, than to restrain them and direct them toward the patient labours of peace. 
Andre Gide
I object to violence because 
when it appears to do good,
the good is only temporary;
the evil it does is permanent.
Mohandas Gandhi

Conflict is inevitable, but combat is optional.
Max Lucade 


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 live
as one.
John Lennon

One day we must come to see
that peace is not merely a
distant goal 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.

The problems that exist 
in the world today 
cannot be solved by 
the level of thinking 
that created them.
Albert Einstein

Peace is more precious 
than a piece of land.
Anwar Sadat

Permanent good can never be the outcome of untruth and violence.
Mohandas Gandhi

Nuclear Weapons . . .

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
A peace that comes 
from fear and not 
from the heart is 
the opposite of 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 

Peace has its victories no less than war, but it doesn't have as many monuments to unveil.
Kin Hubbard

Nonviolence is the supreme law of life
Indian Proverb

Peace is the one condition of survival in this nuclear age. 
Adlai E. Stevenson

A Change of Heart . . .

If in our daily life we can smile,
if we can be peaceful and happy,
not only we, but everyone
will profit from it. This 
is the most basic kind
of peace work.
Thich Nhat Hanh 

Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding.
Ralph Waldo Emerson 

Non-violence leads to the 
highest ethics, which is the 
goal of all evolution. 
Until we stop harming 
all other living beings, 
we are still savages.
Thomas Alva Edison

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

If we have no peace, 
it is because we have 
forgotten that we belong
to each other.
Mother Teresa 

Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice. 
Baruch Spinoza

The life of inner peace, being harmonious and without stress, is the easiest type of existence.
Norman Vincent Peale 

Peace is rarely denied to the peaceful. Johann von Schiller

The world is a dangerous place to live, 
not because of the people who are evil, 
but because of the people who don't do anything about it.
Albert Einstein


Nothing can bring you peace but yourself; nothing, but the triumph of principles. 
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.
Martin Luther King Jr.
Nonviolence is the answer
to the crucial political and
moral questions of our time;
the need for mankind to
overcome oppression and
violence without resorting to
oppression and violence.
Mankind must evolve for
all human conflict a method
which rejects revenge,
aggression, and retaliation.
The foundation of such a
method is love.
Martin Luther King, 
December 11, 1964
Freedom, Equality,
and Peace 

You can't separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom. 

Malcolm X
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction. . . . The chain reaction of evil hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
We seek peace, knowing that peace is the climate of freedom. 
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Importance of Dialogue . . . 

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

Peace and friendship with all mankind is our wisest policy, and I wish we may be permitted to pursue it.
Thomas Jefferson 

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

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

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


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