I could not live in peace if I put the shadow of a willful sin between myself and God.
George Eliot, p. 448. (Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895))
True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice.Martin Luther King Jr.
It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me, and I think that's pretty important.Martin Luther King Jr.
As on the Sea of Galilee, The Christ is whispering "Peace."john greenleaf whittier
The trenchant blade Toledo trusty, For want of fighting was grown rusty, And ate into itself for lack Of somebody to hew and hack.Samuel Butler
Chronic disputes which divert precious resources from the needs of the people or drain the energies of both sides serve the interests of no one--and the badge of responsibility in the modern world is a willingness to seek peaceful solutions.John F. Kennedy in his Address to the United Nations General Assembly (1963).
Peace is not solely a matter of military or technical problems--it is primarily a problem of politics and people. And unless man can match his strides in weaponry and technology with equal strides in social and political development, our great strength, like that of the dinosaur, will become incapable of proper control--and like the dinosaur vanish from the earth.John F. Kennedy in his Address to the United Nations General Assembly (1961).
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights recognizes that 'if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression', human rights should be protected by the rule of law. That just laws which uphold human rights are the necessary foundation of peace and security would be denied only by closed minds which interpret peace as the silence of all opposition and security as the assurance of their own power.Aung San Suu Kyi, In Quest of Democracy (1991)
While we shall never weary in the defense of freedom, neither shall we ever abandon the pursuit of peace.john f. kennedy
Wisdom and policy dictate that we must do as destiny demands and keep peace with the irresistible march of events.Napoleon I
If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known, that we are at all times ready for War.george washington
But dream not helm and harness The sign of valor true; Peace hath higher tests of manhood Than battle ever knew.john greenleaf whittier
How calm, how beautiful comes on The stilly hour, when storms are gone.thomas moore
They shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation neither shall they learn war any more.Isaiah, II. 4. Joel, III. 10. Micah, IV. 3.
Recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Preamble, adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1948.
The more I study the world, the more am I convinced of the inability of brute force to create anything durable.As quoted by Charles Sumner, "War System of the Commonwealth of Nations" (1849), in The works of Charles Sumner (1870), Vol. 2, p. 224.
World peace, like community peace, does not require that each man love his neighbor it requires only that they live together in mutual tolerance, submitting their disputes to a just and peaceful settlement.John F. Kennedy in his 1963 A Strategy of Peace speech
The only way to abolish war is to make peace heroic.James Hinton, Philosophy and Religion: Selections from the Manuscripts of the Late James Hinton, ed. Caroline Haddon, (2nd ed., London: 1884), p. 267.
A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself within. The essential causes of Rome’s decline lay in her people, her morals, her class struggle, her failing trade, her bureaucratic despotism, her stifling taxes, her consuming wars.will durant
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