Striving for Peace Quotes offers perspectives on the many ways people around the world work for a more peaceful word.
Thou salt not kill. – Exodus 20.13
But where do I start? The world is so vast. I shall start with the country I know best, my own. But my country is so very large. I had better start with my town. But my town, too, is large. I had better start with my street. No, my home. No, my family. Never mind. I shall start with myself. – Eli Wiesel
If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should find in each man’s
life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Keep inviolate an area of light and peace within you.
Today, if we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other – that man, that woman, that child is my brother or my sister. If everyone could see the image of God in his neighbor, do you think we would still need tanks and generals?
– Mother Teresa
I don’t like that man. I must get to know him better.
– Abraham Lincoln
While loving one’s enemies does not necessarily mean liking them or even approving of them, it always means treating them as fellow human beings and not denying their humanity… There is nothing in the life of Christ which says one cannot have opponents and even persecutors, but one cannot really have enemies, people whose lives and welfare have a negative value for you.
– Kenneth E. Boulding
I would like to suggest a new word to replace enemy. The word is “stranger.” It’s a very old word, and a good one. We have no more enemies, but we have strangers. Sometimes we are estranged from ourselves and from God. When we meet a person we call a stranger, that person has to be listened to…
– Elise Boulding
Peace, like most beautiful things, begins small.
– Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals
For this is the true ground of love and unity, not that such a man walks and does just as I do, but because I feel the same Spirit and life in him…
– Isaac Penington
Love was the first motion, and thence a concern arose to spend some time with the Indians, that I might feel and understand their life and the spirit they live in, if haply I might receive some instruction from them, or they be in any degree helped forward by my following the leadings of truth among them.
– John Woolman
It’s time for us to turn to each other, not on each other.
– Jesse Jackson
I have come into this world to see this: the sword drop from men’s hands even at the height of their arc of rage because we have finally realized there is just one flesh we can wound.
– Hafiz of Persia
What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.
– Mother Teresa
This is the way of peace: overcome evil with good, and falsehood with truth, and hatred with love.
– Peace Pilgrim
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 Hhat Nanh
While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart.
– ST. Francis of Assisi
I swear I will not dishonor my soul with hatred, but offer myself humbly as a guardian of nature, as a healer of misery, as a messenger of wonder, as an architect of peace.
– Diane Ackerman
If you yourself are at peace, then there is at least some peace in the world.
– Thomas Merton
Our walls of division do not rise all the way to heaven.
– Metropolitan Philaret of Moscow
When we listen to people, our language softens. Listening may be the cardinal act of giving… it is the source of peace.
– Paul Hawken
When I say it’s you I like, I’m talking about that part of you that knows that life is far more than anything you can ever see or hear or touch. That deep part of you that allows you to stand for those things without which humankind cannot survive. Love that conquers hate, peace that rises triumphant over war, and justice that proves more powerful than greed.
― Fred Rogers
My therapist told me the way to achieve true inner peace is to finish what I start. So far today, I have finished 2 bags of M&M’s and a chocolate cake. I feel better already.
― Dave Barry
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be fearful.
– John 14.27
Be patterns, be examples in all countries, places, islands, nations, wherever you come; that your carriage and life may preach among all sorts of people, and to them. Then you will come to walk cheerfully over the world answering that of God in everyone.
– George Fox
We utterly deny all outward wars and strife, and fightings with outward weapons, for any end, or under any pretence whatsoever; this is our testimony to the whole world… The Spirit of Christ, by which we are guided, is not changeable, so as once to command us from a thing as evil, and again to move unto it; and we certainly know, and testify to the world, that the spirit of Christ, which leads us into all truth, will never move us to fight and war against any man with outward weapons, neither for the kingdom of Christ, nor for the kingdoms of the world. ”
– In 1660 the Quakers presented to King Charles II what they called “A Declaration from the Harmless and Innocent People of God, called Quakers.”
What keeps our faith cheerful is the extreme persistence of gentleness and humor. Gentleness is everywhere in daily life, a sign that faith rules through ordinary things: through cooking and small talk, through storytelling, making love, fishing, tending animals and sweet corn and flowers, through sports, music and books, raising kids– all the places where the gravy soaks in and grace shines through. Even in a time of elephantine vanity and greed, one never has to look far to see the campfires of gentle people. Lacking any other purpose in life, it would be good enough to live for their sake.
– Garrison Keillor
Peace, in its most fundamental form, is the connection of one human spirit to another.
– Bishop Desmond Tutu
Each of us must learn to work not just for oneself, one’s own family or nation, but for the benefit of all humankind. Universal responsibility is the key to human survival. It is the best foundation for world peace.
– Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
A Benedictine Sisters Prayer, prayed at noon the world over:
Lead from death to life,
from falsehood to truth,
lead me from despair to hope,
from fear to trust,
Lead me from hate to love,
from war to peace,
Let peace fill our hearts,