Not a new notion
"‘The one story includes us all. We are, everyone, cousins to one another. Every being is intimately present to and immediately influencing every other being. We see quite clearly that what happens to the non-humans happens to the humans. What happens to the outer world happens to the inner world. If the outer world is diminished in its grandeur then the emotional, imaginative, intellectual and spiritual life of the human is diminished or extinguished....we might become impoverished in all that makes us human.”
Thomas Berry - The Great Work
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.....Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love....Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality."
Martin Luther King Jr.
Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice. - Baruch Spinoza
Peace is a condition of the heart. It’s a state of mind, of tranquility, of calmness, and of centeredness. It’s an understanding of the reciprocal nature of love, a presence, a journey. It’s all of our aspirations. Peace is not a luxury or merely the absence of war, it’s a kind of grace - which we’re all entitled to as people who are alive. Peace is an active presence of the capacity for a higher evolution of human awareness.
- Congressman Dennis Kucinich
I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize. - Steven Wright
I do not want the peace which passeth understanding, I want the understanding which bringeth peace. - Helen Keller
When the power of love overcomes the love of power... the world will know peace. - Jimi Hendrix
The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the center of the universe dwells the Great Spirit, and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us. Black Elk
You don't make peace with friends. You make it with very unsavory enemies. - Yitzhak Rabin
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
True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice. - Martin Luther King, Jr.
All we are saying is give peace a chance. - John Lennon
Peace comes from being able to contribute the best that we have, and all that we are, toward creating a world that supports everyone. But it is also securing the space for others to contribute the best that they have and all that they are. Hafsat Abiola
War is not the continuation of politics with different means, it is the greatest mass-crime perpetrated on the community of man. Alfred Adler
To all those who walk the path of human cooperation war must appear loathsome and inhuman. Alfred Adler
Until lions have their historians, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunters. African Proverb
Snowflakes, leaves, humans, plants, raindrops, stars, molecules, microscopic entities all come in communities. The singular cannot in reality exist. Paula Gunn Allen
How can one not speak about war, poverty, and inequality when people who suffer from these afflictions don't have a voice to speak?
Bullets cannot be recalled. They cannot be uninvented. But they can be taken out of the gun. Martin Amis
There is no trust more sacred than the one the world holds with children. There is no duty more important than ensuring that their rights are respected, that their welfare is protected, that their lives are free from fear and want and that they grow up in peace.
Kofi A. Annan, Secretary-General of the United Nations
Peace begins when the hungry are fed. Anonymous
Peace is the work of justice indirectly, in so far as justice removes the obstacles to peace; but it is the work of charity (love) directly, since charity, according to its very notion, causes peace. Thomas Aquinas
Reconciliation should be accompanied by justice, otherwise it will not last. While we all hope for peace it shouldn't be peace at any cost but peace based on principle, on justice. Corazon Aquino
The best way of avenging thyself is not to become like the wrong-doer.
Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
Peace is not the product of a victory or a command. It has no finishing line, no final deadline, no fixed definition of achievement. Peace is a never-ending process, the work of many decisions. Oscar Arias
Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent. Isaac Asimov
We should take care, in inculcating patriotism into our boys and girls, that is a patriotism above the narrow sentiment which usually stops at one's country, and thus inspires jealousy and enmity in dealing with others... Our patriotism should be of the wider, nobler kind which recognises justice and reasonableness in the claims of others and which lead our country into comradeship with...the other nations of the world. The first step to this end is to develop peace and goodwill within our borders, by training our youth of both sexes to its practice as their habit of life, so that the jealousies of town against town, class against class and sect against sect no longer exist; and then to extend this good feeling beyond our frontiers towards our neighbours.
Youth is the first victim of war; the first fruit of peace.It takes 20 years or more of peace to make a man; it takes only 20 seconds of war to destroy him. King Baudouin I, King of Belgium
The problems of this world are so gigantic that some are paralysed by their own uncertainty. Courage and wisdom are needed to reach out above this sense of helplessness. Desire for vengeance against deeds of hatred offers no solution. An eye for an eye makes the world blind. If we wish to choose the other path, we will have to search for ways to break the spiral of animosity. To fight evil one must also recognize one's own responsibility. The values for which we stand must be expressed in the way we think of, and how we deal with, our fellow humans.
- From the Christmas Message 2001 of HM Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands
The fragrance always remains in the hand that gives the rose.
This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.
The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.
To see the world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower, hold infinity in the palm of your hand and eternity in an hour.
When you're finally up on the moon, looking back at the earth, all these differences and nationalistic traits are pretty well going to blend and you're going to get a concept that maybe this is really one world and why the hell can't we learn to live together like decent people?
There is no time left for anything but to make peace work a dimension of our every waking activity.
We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing that we know about living.
General Omar Bradley
In separateness lies the world's great misery; in compassion lies the world's true strength.
Better than a thousand hollow words, Is one word that brings peace.
Your life and my life flow into each other as wave flows into wave, and unless there is peace and joy and freedom for you, there can be no real peace or joy or freedom for me. To see reality--not as we expect it to be but as it is--is to see that unless we live for each other and in and through each other, we do not really live very satisfactorily; that there can really be life only where there really is, in just this sense, love.
(Carl) Frederick Buechner
Peace, to have meaning for many who have only known suffering in both peace and war, must be translated into bread or rice, shelter, health and education, as well as freedom and human dignity.
To suggest that war can prevent war is a base play on words and a despicable form of warmongering. The objective of any who sincerely believe in peace clearly must be to exhaust every honorable recourse in the effort to save the peace. The world has had ample evidence that war begets only conditions that beget further war.
There are no warlike people, just warlike leaders.
We used to wonder where war lived, what it was that made it so vile. And now we realize that we know where it lives, that it is inside ourselves.
We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing each other's children.
Until we have the courage to recognize cruelty for what it is--whether its victim is human or animal--we cannot expect things to be much better in this world... We cannot have peace among men whose hearts delight in killing any living creature. By every act that glorifies or even tolerates such moronic delight in killing we set back the progress of humanity.
Looking for peace is like looking for a turtle with a mustache: You won't be able to find it. But when your heart is ready, peace will come looking for you.
We look forward to the time when the power to love will replace the love of power. Then will our world know the blessings of peace.
William Ellery Channing