“If there is to be peace in the world,
There must be peace in the nations.
If there is to be peace in the nations,
There must be peace in the cities.
If there is to be peace in the cities,
There must be peace between neighbors.
If there is to be peace between neighbors,
There must be peace in the home.
If there is to be peace in the home,
There must be peace in the heart.”
– Lao Tzu (570-490 B.C.)
“I prefer the most unfair peace to the most righteous war.” – Cicero.
“The most disadvantageous peace is better than the most just war.” – Desiderius Erasmus
“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” – Mother Theresa (1910-1997)
“I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.” – Mohandas K. Gandhi
“And 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 any more.” – Isaiah 2:4
“If you want to make peace, you don’t talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies.” – Moshe Dayan (1915-1981
“The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend.” – Abraham Lincoln
“This is the way of peace: Overcome evil with good, falsehood with truth, and hatred with love.” – Peace Pilgrim.
“The God of peace is never glorified by human violence.” – Thomas Merton
“Returning violence for violence only multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“As peacemakers we must resist resolutely all the powers of war and destruction and proclaim that peace is the divine gift offered to all who affirm life.” – Henri J. M. Nouwen
“Peace is the only battle worth waging.” – Albert Camus (1913-1960)