Peace Quotations - Page 1 (2) (3)

"You must be the change you wish to see in the world." - Mohatma Gandhi

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

"The Art of Peace does not rely on weapons or brute force to succeed." -- Morihei Ueshiba

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

"War is delightful (only) to those who have not experienced it." -- Desiderius Erasmus

"He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight." -- Sun Tzu

"Either war is obsolete or men are.."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

"There is more hunger for love and appreciation in this world than for bread. "-- Mother Teresa

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

"Don't limit a child to your own learning, for he (she) was born in another time." - Rabbinic saying

"Children require guidance and sympathy far more than instruction." - Annie Sullivan

"War is a crime. Ask the infantry and ask the dead." - Ernest Hemingway

"In forgiving, people are not being asked to forget. On the contrary, it is important to remember, so that we should not let such atrocities happen again. Forgiveness does not mean condoning what has been done. It means taking what happened seriously...drawing out the sting in the memory that threatens our entire existence." -- Bishop Desmond Tutu

"War makes the victor stupid and the vanquished vengeful." - Friedrich Nietzsche

"Non-violence is not inaction. It is not discussion. It is not for the timid or weak... Non-violence is hard work. It is the willingness to sacrifice. It is the patience to win." -- Cesar Chavez

"When the rich make war it's the poor that die." - Jean-Paul Sartre

"The draft is white people sending black people to fight yellow people to protect the country they stole from red people." -- Gerome Ragni

"There are six things God hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers." - The Bible Prov. 6:16-19 (NIV)

"To 'justify' means nothing else than to acquit of guilt him (her) who was accused as if his own innocence were confirmed." - John Calvin

"My fellow Americans, let us take that first step. Let us...step back from the shadow of war and seek out the way of peace. And if that journey is a thousand miles, or even more, let history record that we in this land at this time, took the first step." -- John F. Kennedy

"You cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war." - Albert Einstein

"In the end antiblack, antifemale, and all forms of discrimination are equivalent to the same thing - antihumanism." -- Shirley Chisholm

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

"So long as governments set the example of killing their enemies, private citizens will occasionally kill theirs." -- Elbert Hubbard

"The rich swell up with pride, the poor from hunger." -- Sholom Aleichem

"The past is prophetic in that it asserts loudly that wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows." -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Every gun that is fired, 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. The world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its labourers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. " -- Dwight D. Eisenhower

"The things that will destroy us are: politics without principle; pleasure without conscience; wealth without work; knowledge without character; business without morality; science without humanity; and worship without sacrifice." - Mahatma Gandhi

" Work like you don't need the money. Love like you've never been hurt. Dance like nobody's watching." -- Satchel Paige

"We suffer with those who have disappeared, those who have had to flee their homes, and those who have been tortured." - Archbishop Oscar Romero

"The stroke of the whip maketh marks in the flesh: but the stroke of the tongue breaketh the bones. Many have fallen by the edge of the sword: but not so many as have fallen by the tongue." -- Ecclesiasticus Apocrypha

"Truth has no special time of its own. It's hour is now -- always ." - Albert Schweitzer

"It's better to keep your mouth shut and give the impression that you're stupid than to open it and remove all doubt." -- Rami Belson

“True courage is like a kite; a contrary wind raises it higher.” - John Petit-Senn

"Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner." - James Bovard

"In a war of ideas it is people who get killed. -- Stanislaw Lec

“Give me the money that has been spent in war and I will clothe every man, woman, and child in an attire of which kings and queens will be proud. I will build a schoolhouse in every valley over the whole earth." -- Charles Sumner

“It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it.”- John Steinbeck

"The Attainment of freedom, whether for a person, a nation or a world, must be in exact proportion to the attainment of nonviolence for each" - Mohandas Gandhi

"Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the husbands. Remember, all men would be tyrants if they could." -- Abigail Adams

"We are the first nation to starve to death in a storehouse that's overfilled with everything we want." - Will Rogers

"Power politics is the diplomatic name for the law of the jungle." -- Ely Culbertson
"It's a phony issue. To pretend the death penalty is going to end crime in the United States is to fool people, to promote public ignorance." -- Rudolph W. Giuliani

"I am prepared to die, but there is no cause for which I am prepared to kill." - Mahatma Gandhi

"Not every action requires military action. As a matter of fact, military action is the very last resort for us." -- George W. Bush

"Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see." - John W. Whitehead

Before God we are equally wise -- and equally foolish." -- Albert Einstein

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

“Education is a vaccine for violence." -- Edward James Olmost

The following was was written by "Father" Dennis Edward O'Brien, USMC. It is often quoted by war supporters. One can't help but note the perverse logic (and the obvious bias in the "chaplain's" profession. I have made a couple of edits via strikethrough. - Charlie Jackson

It is the soldier, not the reporter, Who has given us freedom of the press. Who burned the books.
It is the soldier, not the poet, Who has given us freedom of speech. Who silenced the protestors.
It is the soldier, not the organizer, Who has given us the freedom to demonstrate. Who operated prisons at Auschwitz, Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo.
It is the soldier, Who salutes the flag, Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag, Who allows the protestor to burn the flag. And Who prays to the flag (...instead of defending the Constition, which was their oath).

Here is another version, more of what one would expect from a "priest". - Charlie Jackson

It is the reporter, not the soldier, Who records the crimes of government.
It is the poet, not the soldier, Who gives us the words to sing and shout.
It is the organizer, not the soldier, Who stands defenseless in front of tyrants.
It is the defender of the justice, Who needs no flag, Who serves the people,
And Who needs no coffin. Who forgives the soldier who nails him to the cross

"Generosity is giving more than you can; pride is taking less than you need." - Kahlil Gibran

"In peace the sons bury their fathers, but in war the fathers bury their sons." - Croesus

"If you can't feed a hundred people, then just feed one." - Mother Teresa

"If someone kills a person…it is as if he had killed all man(human)kind, and if someone saves a person’s life, it is as if he had saved all man(human)kind." - The Quran

"I swore never to be silent whenever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented." - Elie Wiesel

"Texas has yet to learn submission to any oppression, come from what source it may." -- Sam Houston

"'Rocks pray too,' said Grandad. 'Pebbles and boulders
and old weathered hills. They are still and silent, and
those are two important ways to pray.'" -
Douglas Wood

"Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth." - Mahatma Gandhi

“When I stand before thee at the day's end, thou shalt see my scars and know that I had my wounds and also my healing.” - Rabindranath Tagore

"The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference." - Elie Wiesel

"Victory or Death" -- William Barret Travis

“If you wanna make the world a better place,
take a look at yourself and then make the change” - Michael Jackson

"Nonviolence is a weapon of the strong" - Mahatma Gandhi

"The spirit of liberty appears to be looking down from it's elevated throne saying: Behold your Brothers: Crockett, Bowie, Travis. They preferred to die a thousand times rather than submit themselves to the tyrants yoke" -- Juan Sequin

"What I treasure most in life is being able to dream. During my most difficult moments and complex situations I have been able to dream of a more beautiful future." - Rigoberta Menchú Tum

"Wise are those who learn that the bottom line doesn't always have to be their top priority." - William A. Ward

“Any man who dies rich dies disgraced.” - George Francis Johnson

"Murder and capital punishment are not opposites that cancel one another, but similars that breed their kind." -- George Bernard Shaw

"Do we owe our freedom to our fighting men (and women)? To be drafted is to be enslaved. How can we owe our freedom to slaves? They may have fought bravely and died with courage, but they haven't given us any freedom." - Allen Thornton

"Faith is not belief. Belief is passive. Faith is active." -- Edith Hamilton

"Blowback is simply another way of saying that a nation reaps what it sows." - Chalmers Johnson

"I feel no need for any other faith than my faith in the kindness of human beings. I am so absorbed in the wonder of earth and the life upon it that I cannot think of heaven and angels" -- Pearl S. Buck

"Winter is on my head, but eternal spring is in my heart." - Victor Hugo

“Light will shine in the dark for a decent person who is merciful, compassionate, and fair.” - Psalms 112:4

"Whoso loves, believes the impossible" -- Elizabeth Barret Browning

“War is not healthy for children and other living things” - Another Mother For Peace

" The benefits of education and of useful knowledge, generally diffused through a community, are essential to the preservation of a free government." - Sam Houston

"The moment a man (or woman) claims a right to control the will of a fellow being by physical force, he is at heart a slaveholder. " -- Henry C. Wright

“Those who can't do, teach. Those who can't teach, run for office” - Anon


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