Peace Quotes

Most popular peace quotes

To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace.

military war

There is nothing so likely to produce peace as to be well prepared to meet an enemy.
Peace makes plenty.
Power to the peaceful!
Peace is its own reward.
Peace begins with a smile.
Give peace in our time, O Lord.
— The Book of Common Prayer

prayers

A soft answer turneth away wrath.

answers biblical proverbs

Peace is liberty in tranquillity.
Peace begins where ambition ends.
Peace like charity begins at home.
Right is more precious than peace.

morals

The mere absence of war is not peace.
Only a peace between equals can last.
We make war that we may live in peace.

war

Peace is the only battle worth waging.
Peace is rarely denied to the peaceful.
Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.
Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.
Peace is the first thing the angels sang.
An unjust peace is better than a just war.
You can't shake hands with a clenched fist.
You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.

negotiation socialism war

Even peace may be purchased at too high a price.
I am fighting for nothing less than world peace.
A people free to choose will always choose peace.
Peace and justice are two sides of the same coin.

justice

Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all.
Peace is when time doesn't matter as it passes by.
It is madness for sheep to talk peace with a wolf.
Peace hath her victories no less renowned than war.
I dream of an Africa which is in peace with itself.
The more we sweat in peace the less we bleed in war.
Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.
People always make war when they say they love peace.
The Dove, on silver pinions, winged her peaceful way.
You don't have to have fought in a war to love peace.
An ounce of peace is worth more than a pound of victory.
Peace hath higher tests of manhood than battle ever knew.
Take away the violence and who will hear the men of peace?

rebels violence

Peace hath higher tests of manhood, than battle ever knew.
Certain peace is better and safer than anticipated victory.
An eye for an eye will end up making the whole world blind.
We seek peace, knowing that peace is the climate of freedom.

freedom

Lord, bid war's trumpet cease; fold the whole earth in peace.
Peace is not only better than war, but infinitely more arduous.
A peace which depends upon fear is nothing but a suppressed war.

war

Without peace, all other dreams vanish and are reduced to ashes.
In order to have peace we must want it, and not always doubt it.
The real and lasting victories are those of peace, and not of war.
Peace in the present time is based more on fear than on friendship.
In the name of peace..They waged the wars...Ain't they got no shame!
If everyone demanded peace instead of another TV set, we'd have peace.
The quest for peace begins in the home, in the school and in the workplace.
Peace is necessary to this vast empire; we need population, not devastation.
It is an unfortunate fact that we can secure peace only by preparing for war.
We want to take good tidings home to our people, that they may sleep in peace.
Peace is a journey of a thousand miles and it must be taken one step at a time.
The man who has gotten everything he wants is all in favour of peace and order.

order

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.
If they want peace, nations should avoid the pin-pricks that precede cannon shots.
Yes, we love peace, but we are not willing to take wounds for it, as we are for war.
One cannot subdue a man by holding back his hands. Lasting peace comes not from force.
Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.

civil rights movement revolution

I happen to dig being able to use whatever mystique I have to further the idea of peace.
I don't know whether war is an interlude during peace, or peace an interlude during war.
Peace cannot be achieved through violence; it can only be attained through understanding.

understanding

Peace, n. In international affairs, a period of cheating between two periods of fighting.
Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding.
The only important thing I have to say is that my father never fought against his country.
There may be Peace without Joy, and Joy without Peace, but the two combined make Happiness.

happiness joy

I think it's naive to pray for world peace if we're not going to change the form in which we live.
We have all taken risks in the making of war. Isn't it time that we should take risks to secure peace?

war

Peace and friendship with all mankind is our wisest policy, and I wish we may be permitted to pursue it.
A peace is of the nature of a conquest; for then both parties nobly are subdued, and neither party loser.
If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.
Peace is the exhaustion of strife, and is only secure in her triumphs in being in instant readiness for war.

war

A leader who rides to war is always having applause; a leader who rides to peace is always being criticized.

leadership

We shall never be able to effect physical disarmament until we have succeeded in effecting moral disarmament.

morals

The business of peace requires more than showing up with paint brushes, foodstuffs and an oil pipeline or two.
War will never cease until babies begin to come into the world with larger cerebrums and smaller adrenal glands.

cynical war

People want peace so much that one of these days government had better get out of their way and let them have it.
Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.
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.
One must look hard through history to find when a clear understanding of the truth moved anyone to fire the first shot.
The most valuable possession you can own is an open heart. The most powerful weapon you can be is an instrument of peace.
Peace is more important than all justice; and peace was not made for the sake of justice, but justice for the sake of peace.

justice

I think that people want peace so much that one of these days government had better get out of their way and let them have it.
We look forward to the time when the Power of Love will replace the Love of Power. Then will our world know the blessings of peace.

love power

The pacifist's task today is to find a method of helping and healing which provides a revolutionary constructive substitute for war.
I can promise you that women working together—linked, informed, and educated—can bring peace and prosperity to this forsaken planet.
For behind all imperialism is ultimately the imperialistic individual, just as behind all peace is ultimately the peaceful individual.
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.
Though force can protect in emergency, only justice, fairness, consideration, and cooperation can finally lead men to the dawn of eternal peace.
Could I have but a line, a century hence, crediting a contribution to the cause of peace, I would yield every honor which has been accorded by war.
It has become impossible to give up the enterprise of disarmament without abandoning the whole great adventure of building up a collective peace system.
The forces that are driving mankind toward unity and peace are deep-seated and powerful. They are material and natural, as well as moral and intellectual.
In this age when there can be no losers in peace and no victors in war we must recognize the obligation to match national strength with national restraint.
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 be as one.
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 be as one.

hopeful

They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.
— Isaiah 2:4

biblical

This enemy of peace in the world today is unlike any we have seen in the past, and our military is learning from, and building on, previous successes while carrying peace and freedom into the future.
Peace is not a relationship of nations. It is a condition of mind brought about by a serenity of soul. Peace is not merely the absence of war. It is also a state of mind. Lasting peace can come only to peaceful people.

geopolitics

Peace upon any other basis than national independence, peace purchased at the cost of any part of our national integrity, is fit only for slaves, and even when purchased at such a price it is a delusion, for it can not last.
The pursuit of peace and progress cannot end in a few years in either victory or defeat. The pursuit of peace and progress, with its trials and its errors, its successes and its setbacks, can never be relaxed and never abandoned.
Little else is requisite to carry a state to the highest degree of opulence from the lowest barbarism but peace, easy taxes, and a tolerable administration of justice: all the rest being brought about by the natural course of things.

economics justice taxes

World peace can only be based on inner peace. If we ask what destroys our inner peace, it's not weapons and external threats, but our own inner flaws like anger. This is one of the reasons why love and compassion are important, because they strengthen us. This is a source of hope.

inner peace

The real differences around the world today are not between Jews and Arabs; Protestants and Catholics; Muslims, Croats, and Serbs. The real differences are between those who embrace peace and those who would destroy it; between those who look to the future and those who cling to the past between those who open their arms and those who are determined to clench their fists.
I don't see how we bring back that age where an uneducated man can march ahead rapidly as long as we have free trade and worldwide competition. And I don't want to stop having free trade with a big nuclear power like China. China and the United States have to get along. Each country would be out of its mind not to get along with the other. I think trade helps us to get along.

education free trade

There is one armour that the world of men and women, as a world, has never yet put on. The churches have long bungled with its fastenings, but the world has gone unfended, and few have been those in whose hands the mystical sword of the spirit has shone with daily use. This armour, waiting to be worn, is the armour of brotherhood and sacrifice, the world of unselfishness, a conquering sword, with the power, where used, to unite the world in love. And there are none who may not put it on.

brotherhood of man

Maybe we should develop a Crayola bomb as our next secret weapon. A happiness weapon. A beauty bomb. And every time a crisis developed, we would launch one. It would explode high in the air—explode softly—and send thousands, millions, of little parachutes into the air. Floating down to earth—boxes of Crayolas. And we wouldn't go cheap, either—not little boxes of eight. Boxes of sixty-four, with the sharpener built right in. With silver and gold and copper, magenta and peach and lime, amber and umber, and all the rest. And people would smile and get a little funny look on their faces and cover the world with imagination.