I am for peace: but when I
speak, they are for war.
Psalms 120:7, King James Version
I do not regard the procuring of peace as a matter in which we should play the role of arbiter between different opinions ... more that of an honest broker who really wants to press the business forward.
It is good to realize that if love and peace can prevail on earth, and if we can teach our children to honor nature's gifts, the joys and beauties of the outdoors will be here forever.
An unjust peace is better than a just war.
If something comes to life in others because of you, then you have made an approach to immortality.
He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would fully suffice. This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once. Heroism at command, senseless brutality, deplorable love-of-country stance, how violently I hate all this, how despicable and ignoble war is; I would rather be torn to shreds than be part of so base an action! It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder.
I am not only a pacifist but a militant pacifist. I am willing to fight for peace. Nothing will end war unless the people themselves refuse to go to war.
We are going to have peace even if we have to fight for it.
If I die a violent death as some fear and a few are plotting, I know the violence will be in the thought and the action of the assassin, not in my dying.
There are many causes I would die for. There is not a single cause I would kill for.
He is happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home.
The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk on the green earth in the present moment, to appreciate the peace and beauty that are available now.
War makes thieves and peace hangs them.
In peace, children inter their parents; war violates the order of nature and causes parents to inter their children.
Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind.
I have a dream ...
We have war when at least one of the parties to a conflict wants something more than it wants peace.
All we are saying is give peace a chance.
The time for the healing of the wounds has come. The moment to bridge the chasms that divide us has come. The time to build is upon us.
War is only a cowardly escape from the problems of peace.
I'd prefer that my students don't ask questions. Instead, be braver and bolder: question the answers. What answers? Those from anyone who says the answer is violence. Of all the lies, that's the grossest.
It's better to build a peaceful child than re-build a violent adult.
It's too easy only to blame the militarists, racists, sexists and other pushers of violence for the mess we're in. What is harder is self-examination, moving beyond caring by looking inward to ask the personal question: What more should I be doing everyday to bring about a peace and justice based world, whether across the ocean or across the living room?
Peace is the result of love, and if love were easy we'd all be good at it.
The most important act of peacemaking? Your next one. Few of us will ever be called on to do great things, but all of us can do small things in a great way.
To oppose ROTC, as I have since my college days in the 1960s, when my school enticed too many of my classmates into joining, is not to be anti-soldier. I admire those who join armies, whether America's or the Taliban's: for their discipline, for their loyalty to their buddies and to their principles, for their sacrifices to be away from home. In recent years, I've had several Iraq and Afghanistan combat veterans in my college classes. If only the peace movement were as populated by people of such resolve and daring.
Unless we teach our children peace, someone will teach them violence.
Peace cannot be imposed, it must be negotiated.
For I remember it is Easter morn,
And life and love and peace are all new born.
The highest form of success ... comes, not to the man who desires mere easy peace, but to the man who does not shrink from danger, from hardship, or from bitter toil, and who out of these wins the splendid ultimate triumph.
Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.
A peace above all earthly dignities,
A still and quiet conscience.
A destruction only man can provoke, only man can prevent. Mankind must remember that peace is not God's gift to his creatures, it is our gift to each other.