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Hafsat Abiola
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.
Jane Addams Nothing could be worse than the fear that one had given up too soon, and left one unexpended effort that might have saved the world.
Alfred Adler
It is easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them.
There is one Truth that shines through all of creation. Rivers and mountains, plants and animals,the sun, the moon and the stars, you and I all are expressions of this one Reality. It is by assimilating this truth in our lives, and thus gaining a deeper understanding, that we can discover the inherent beauty in this diversity. When we work together as a global family, not merely belonging to a particular race, religion or nation, peace and happiness will once again prevail on this earth which is drenched with the tears of division and conflict. by Amma @ the Millennium World Peace Summit August 29, 2000
Marian Anderson No matter how big a nation is, it is no stronger that its weakest people, and as long as you keep a person down, some part of you has to be down there to hold him down, so it means you cannot soar as you might otherwise.
Maya Angelou
We cannot change the past, but we can change our attitude toward it. Uproot guilt and plant forgiveness. Tear out arrogance and seed humility. Exchange love for hate --- thereby, making the present comfortable and the future promising.
Thomas Aquinas
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.
Oscar Arias Peace is not the product of a victory or a command. It has no fishing line, no final deadline, no fixed definition of acheivement. Peace is a never-ending process, the work of many decisions.
St. Francis of Assisi
While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart.
St. Theresa of Avila Our souls may lose their peace and disturb other people's, if we are always criticizing trivial actions-which often are not real defects at all, but we construe them wrongly through our ignorance of their motives.
Kelon B., 4th grader, Atlanta GA If the world is to become a peaceful place, we must all start out with inner Peace. Then, we would be able to share it with others. The words to the song really are meaninful. Let there be Peace on earth, and let it begin with me.
Satya Sai Baba People Say "I want peace." If you remove I (ego), and your want (desire), you are left with Peace.
Joan Baez The only thing that's been a worse flop than the organization of nonviolence has been the organization of violence.
Levi Ben Gershon
A peace that comes from fear and not from the heart is the opposite of peace.
Ronan Bennett Any fool can make war. Peace requires vision and courage.
Black Elk 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.
Frank Borman
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?
Elise Boulding
There is no time left for anything but to make peace work a dimension of our every waking activity.
Sir John Buchan
Peace is that state in which fear of any kind is unknown.
  There may be Peace without Joy, Joy without Peace, but the two combined make Happiness.
Buddha Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings Peace.

All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become.

  I never see what has been done; I only see what remains to be done.
  We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.
Buddhist saying If you want to know your past, examine your present conditions. If you want to know your future, examine your present actions.
Edmund Burke Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.
Samuel Butler There's but the twinkling of a star Between a man of peace and war.
Jason C., second grade, Phoenix AZ Peace means to me love inside. The World is Peace. I'm Peace. Wind is Peace. Trees have Peace inside. Stars are Peace. Night is Peace.
Albert Camus 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.
Pablo Casals
Each person has inside a basic decency and goodness. If he listens to it and acts on it, he is giving a great deal of what it is the world needs most. It is not complicated but it takes courage. It takes courage for a person to listen to his own goodness and act on it.
  The love of one's country is a splendid thing. But why should love stop at the border?
Helena Cassadine
Ah,yes truth. Funny how everyone is always asking for it but when they get it they don't believe it because it's not the truth they want to hear.
Cesar Chavez
Non-violence is not inaction. It is not discussion. It is not for the timid or weak...Non-violence is hard work. It is the willingness to sacrifice. It is the patience to win.
  Non-violence is a very powerful weapon. Most people don't understand the power of non-violence and tend to be amazed by the whole idea. Those who have been involved in bringing about change and see the difference between violence and non-violence are firmly committed to a lifetime of non-violence, not because it is easy or because it is cowardly, but because it is an effective and very powerful way.
  Non-violence exacts a very high price from one who practices it. But once you are able to meet that demand then you can do most things.
Chinese Proverb There are three truths: my truth, your truth, and the truth.
  Those who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.
Winston Churchill
Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.
Andrea Cohen-Kiener I'm only one person, and my efforts are small, person-to-person, but this is where I feel I can make a difference in a region of the world that I care deeply about.

Father José Andrés
Tamyo Cortez

If you plant the seeds of Peace, you will live in Peace.
Dorothy Day

No one has a right to sit down and feel hopeless. There is too much work to do.

  What I want to bring out is how a pebble cast into a pond causes ripples that spread in all directions. And each one of our thoughts, words and deeds is like that.
Barbara Deming The longer we listen to one another with real attention the more commonality we will find in all our lives. That is, if we are careful to exchange with one another life stories and not simply opinions.
  I learned always to trust my own deep sense of what I should do, and not just obediently trust the judgment of others—even others better than I am.
  To resort to power one need not be violent, and to speak to conscience one need not be meek. The most effective action both resorts to power and engages conscience.
St. Francis de Sales
Nothing is so strong as gentleness; nothing so gentle as real strength
Wayne Dyer
A mind at peace, a mind centered and not focused on harming others, is stronger than any physical force in the universe.
Richard Eckersley We need to adopt the mindset of most professional futurists and become systemic optimist — those who believe that life can get better, but only if we fundamentally alter the way we think and do things. We need to embrace whole-system change.
Sir Anthony Eden You may gain temporary appeasement by a policy of concession to violence, but you do not gain lasting peace that way.
Albert Einstein
Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius--and a lot of courage--to move in the opposite direction.
  Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding.
  Nothing that I can do will change the universe. But maybe, by raising my voice, I can help in the greatest of all causes — goodwill among men and Peace on earth.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
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.

Elders, Oraibi, Arizona,   Hopi Nation

It is time to speak your Truth. Create your community. Be good to each other. And do not look outside yourself for the leader. We are the ones we've been waiting for.
Ralph Waldo Emerson Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.

Nothing can bring Peace but yourself.

Clarissa Pinkola Estes And though we meet resistance, we more so will meet great souls who will hail us, love us and guide us, and we will know them when they appear.
Ruth Fishel There are 1,440 minutes in a day. That means there are 86,400 seconds. I can afford to contribute 5 minutes to World Peace. I can afford 300 seconds for World Peace. That leaves 1,435 for me. That leaves 86,100 seconds for me...
Ernest A. Fitzgerald It is not by accident that the happiest people are those who make a conscious effort to live useful lives. Their happiness, of course, is not a shallow exhilaration where life is one continuos intoxicating party. Rather, their happiness is a deep sense of inner peace that comes when they believe their lives have meaning and that they are making a difference for good in the world.
Anatole France
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.
Robert Fulghum

Peace is not something you wish for; it's something you make, something you do, something you are, something you give away.

Mahatma Gandhi Truth resides in every human heart, and no one has to search for it there, and to be guided by truth as one sees it. But no one has a right to coerce others to act according to his own view of truth.

We must be the change we wish to see.
  When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible but in the end, they always fall -- think of it, ALWAYS!"
  Nonviolence is not a garment to be put on and off at will. Its seat is in the heart, and it must be an inseparable part of our being."
  The golden rule of mutual toleration, seeing that we will never all think alike and we shall always see Truth in fragment and from different points of vision.
  In my humble opinion, non-cooperation with evil is as much a duty as cooperation with good.
  When we dream alone, it is only a dream, but when we dream together, it is the beginning of a new reality.
  I will not let anyone walk through my mind with dirty feet.
Mohandas Gandhi We may never be strong enough to be entirely nonviolent in thought, word and deed. But we must keep nonviolence as our goal and make strong progress towards it. The attainment of freedom, whether for a person, a nation or a world, must be in exact proportion to the attainment of nonviolence for each.
A peace that comes from fear and not from the heart is the opposite of peace.
Kahil Gibran
Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolutions.
Global Vision Student, Madarai, India Pieces Pieces Pieces...Stitch them with the threads of non-violence, love, and equality. Ah hah! Beautiful dress of Peace!
Richard Goode Peace is a gift, it is a gift we give to ourselves, and then to each other.
  No man is great enough or wise enough for any of us to surrender our destiny to. The only way in which anyone can lead us is to restore our belief in our own guidance.
Mikhail Gorbachev Women prevent the threads of life from being broken. The finest minds have always understood the peacemaking role of women.
  We need a new system of values, a system of the organic unity between mankind and nature and the ethic of global responsibility.
  What we need is star Peace not star wars.
Hildegarde Goss-Mayr The first essential characteristics of nonviolence action is that it is creative.
Hague Agenda In order to combat the culture of violence that pervades our society, the coming generation deserves a radically different education — one that does not glorify war but educates for Peace, nonviolence and international cooperation.
Thich Nhat Hanh
Every day we do things, we are things that have to do with peace. If we are aware of our life..., our way of looking at things, we will know how to make peace right in the moment, we are alive.
  And once we have the condition of Peace and joy in us, we can afford to be in any situation. Even in the situation of hell, we will be able to contribute our Peace and serenity. The most important thing is for each of us to have some freedom in our heart, some stability in our heart, some Peace in our heart. Only then will we be able to relieve the suffering around us.
  Peace is based on a respect for life, the spirit of reverence for life. Not only do we have to respect the lives of human beings, but we have to respect the lives of animals, vegetables and minerals. Rocks can be alive. A rock can be destroyed. The Earth also. The way we farm, the way we deal with our garbage, all things are related to each other.
  People say that walking on water is a miracle; but to me, walking peacefully on Earth is the real miracle.
King Hassan II of Morrocco The Peace process we all aim for will not necessarily be a result of the mere signing of a treaty or agreement. It must become a matter of our everyday lives, so that Peace settles and lasts and becomes supported by everybody. We therefore have to give Peace all the required care and preserve it and promote it.
Jimi Hendrix
When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.
Abraham Hershel
We can all do our share to redeem the world, in spite of all the absurdities and all frustrations and all disappointments.
Gene Knudsen Hoffman
Peace-making is a healing process and it begins with me, but it does not end there.
Elbert Hubbard Live truth instead of professing it.
Daisaku Ikeda Nothing is more precious than peace. Peace is the most basic starting point for the advancement of humankind.
Lyndon B. Johnson No one should think that peace comes easily. Peace does not come by merely wanting it, or shouting for it, or marching down Main Street for it. Peace is built brick by brick, mortared by the stubborn effort and the total energy and imagination of able and dedicated people. And it is built in the living trust that, in the end, everyone can and will master their own destiny.
  Peace is a journey of a thousand miles and it must be taken one step at a time.
Samuel Johnson There is little peace and comfort in life if we are always anxious as to future events. He that worries himself with the dread of possible contigencies will never be at rest.
Thomas A. Kemper First keep the peace within yourself, then you can also bring Peace to others.
John F. Kennedy
Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures. And however undramatic the pursuit of peace, the pursuit must go on.
Charles F. Kettering My interest is in the future because I am going to spend the rest of my life there.
Coretta Scott King The greatness of community is more accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members, a heart of grace and a soul generated by love.
Martin Luther King Jr.
The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.
  Wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.
  If humanity is to progress, Gandhi is inescapable, he lived, thought and acted, inspired by the vision of humanity evolving toward a world of peace and harmony. We may ignore him at our own risk.
  Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.
  Justice denied anywhere diminishes justice everywhere.
  We may have all come on different ships, but we are in the same boat now.
  I refuse to accept the view that mankind is tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the daybreak of Peace and brotherhood can never be a reality. I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.
Ted Koppel There's harmony and inner Peace to be found in following a moral compass that points in the same direction, regardless of fashion or trend.
Dalai Lama We live very close together. So, our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them.
  It is essential to know that to be a happy person, a happy family, a happy society, it is very crucial to have a good heart, that is very crucial. World Peace must develop from inner peace. Peace is not just the absence of violence but the manifestation of human compassion.
  If we ourselves remain always angry and then sing world Peace, it has little meaning. So first our individual self must learn Peace. This we can practice. Then we can teach the rest of the world.
  We begin from the recognition that all beings cherish happiness and do not want suffering. It then becomes both morally wrong and pragmatically unwise to pursue only one's own happiness oblivious to the feelings and aspirations of all others who surround us as members of the same human family. The wiser course is to think of others when pursuing our own happiness.
  Sometimes one creates a dynamic impression by saying something, and sometimes one creates as significant an impression by remaining silent.
  Open your arms to change, but don't let go of your values.
John Lennon
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.
  All we are saying is give peace a chance...
  And so this is Christmas for black and for white, for yellow and red, let's stop all the fight.
John Locke And reason...teaches all mankind who will but consult it, that being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty or possessions.
Maíread Maguire
We frail humans are at one time capable of the greatest good and, at the same time, capable of the greatest evil. Change will only come about when each of us takes up the daily struggle ourselves to be more forgiving, compassionate, loving, and above all joyful in the knowledge that, by some miracle of grace, we can change as those around us can change too.
Nelson Mandela As I have said, the first thing is to be honest with yourself. you can never have an impact on society if you have not changed yourself...Great peacemakers are all people of integrity, of honesty, but humility.
Peyton Conway March There is wonderful mythical law of nature that the three things we crave most in life--happiness, freedom, and Peace of mind--are always attained by giving them to someone else.
George Marshall
If man does find the solution for world peace it will be the most revolutionary reversal of his record we have ever known.
Spark Matsunaga We need more owls — not doves or hawks.
Yehudi Menuhin Peace may sound simple-one beautiful word-but it requires everything we have, every quality, every strength, every dream, every high ideal.
Henry Miller The world is not to be put in order; the world is order incarnate. It is for us to harmonize with this order.
John Milton Give me liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties.
Edward R. Murrow We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.
Khamis-Mushayt, Saudi Arabia I wish I could have stopped what caused the first human to be violent to another. Then maybe the world would still be living in Peace.
Jawaharlal Nehru
Peace is not a 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.
Rosa Parks I am leaving this legacy to all of bring Peace, justice, equality, love and a fullfillment of what our lives should be. Without vision, the people will perish, and without courage and inspiration, dreams will die- the dream of freedom and Peace.
Pope John Paul
All controversies between nations must be resolved by negotiations and dialogue -- not force of arms."and "That all religions should be engaged in promoting the moral and spiritual values that are capable of guaranteeing a future of peace for everyone.
Peace Pilgrim
We who work for peace must not falter. We must continue to pray for peace and to act for peace in whatever way we can, we must continue to speak for peace and to live the way of peace; to inspire others, we must continue to think of peace and to know that peace is possible.
Jesse R.
It's important to protect the Earth so we can live in peace. Jesse R. age 10 from Wailuku, Hawaii quote from Maui News during Earth Day Celebrations
Sri Ramakrishna So long as the bee is outside the petals of the lily, and has not tasted the sweetness of its honey, it hovers around the flower emitting the buzzing sound; but when it is inside the flower, it noiselessly drinks the nectar. So long as a man quarrels and disputes about doctrines and dogmas, he has not tasted the nectar of truth; when he has tasted it, he becomes quiet and full  
Zeb Reynol Inner change has a far greater effect on the world than any amount of criticism.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
We can gain no lasting peace if we approach it with suspicion and mistrust or with fear. We can gain it only if we proceed with the understanding, the confidence, and the courage which flow from conviction.
Arundhati Roy Another world is not only possible, she's on her way. Maybe many of us won't be here to greet her, but on a quiet day, if I listen very carefully, I can hear her breathing.
John Ruskin Without seeking, truth cannot be known at all. It can neither be declared from pulpits, nor set down in articles, nor in any wise prepared and sold in packages ready for use. Truth must be ground for every man by itself out of it such, with such help as he can get, indeed, but not without stern labor of his own.
Friedrich Schiller Peace is rarely denied to the peaceful.
Albert Schweitzer Until he extends his circle of compassion to include all living things, man will not himself find Peace.
  Man must cease attributing his problems to his environment, and learn again to exercise his will- his personal responsibility.
Senior at Bonaventure High School, Ventura CA I learned that I don't want to live passively anymore with my head in the sand. There are so many things I want and need to do.
George Bernard Shaw You see things, and you say "why?" But I dream things that never were, and I say "why not?"
King Solomon Your own soul is nourished when you are kind; it is destroyed when you are cruel.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton Nature, like a loving mother, is ever trying to keep land and sea, mountain and valley, each in its place, to hush the angry winds and waves, balance the extremes of heat and cold, of rain and drought, that peace, harmony and beauty may reign supreme.
Adlai Stevenson The journey of a thousand leagues begins with a single step. So we must never neglect any work of Peace within our reach, however small.
Bob Stewart It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness. Lights of Peace become circles of Peace. Circles of Peace become communities of Peace. Communities of Peace become a peaceful world community.
Mother Theresa
Let us more and more insist on raising funds of love, of kindness, of understanding, of peace. The rest will be given.
  If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.
  I was once asked why I don't participate in anti-war demonstrations. I said that I will never do that, but as soon as you have a pro-peace rally, I'll be there.
Robert Thomas Peace is a two way road of conflict and compromise.
Dorothy Thompson Courage, it would seem, is nothing less than the power to overcome danger, misfortune, fear, injustice, while continuing to affirm inwardly that life with all its sorrows is good; that everything is meaningful even if in a sense beyond our understanding; and that there is always tomorrow.
André Trocmé

All who affirm the use of violence admit it is only a means to achieve justice and peace. But peace and justice are nonviolence...the final end of history. Those who abandon nonviolence have no sense of history. Rather they are bypassing history, freezing history, betraying history.

Mark Twain Forgiveness is the fragrance the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.
  It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.
  Always do right — this will gratify some people and astonish the rest.
  Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
Lao Tzu If there is to be Peace in the world, there must be Peace in nations. If there is to be Peace in the nations, there must be Peace in 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.
Sun Tzu Anger may in time change to gladness; vexation may be succeeded by content. But a kingdom that has once been destroyed can never come again into being; nor can the dead ever be brought back to life. Hence the enlightened ruler is heedful, and the good general full of caution. This is the way to keep a country at peace and an army intact.
Creating True Peace
True Peace is always possible. Yet it requires strength and practice, particularly in times of great difficulty...Practicing Peace, especially in times of war, requires courage. from Creating True Peace
Desmond Tutu Compassion is not just feeling with someone, but seeking to change the situation. Frequently people think compassion and love are merely sentimental. No! They are very demanding. If you are going to be compassionate, be prepared for action!
Morihei Ueshiba In your training, do not be in a hurry, for it takes a minimum of ten years to master the basics and advance to the first rung. Never think of yourself as an all-knowing, perfected master; you must continue to train daily with your friends and students and progress together in the Art of Peace.
Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.

To be peacemakers we must have some amount of inner peace in some area of our lives. With this in mind, make peace with yourself, friends, family, neighbors, acquaintances, whoever or whatever you have dealings with.

There can be no world peace without self knowledge.
  With hope, prayer and vision WE can collectively create PEACE.
  We can all bring peace to the world one person at a time.
  On the day when we can fully trust each other, there will be peace on Earth.
  For people who like peace and quiet; a phoneless cord.
  Respect for individual rights is the essential precondition for a free and prosperous world . . . and that only through freedom can peace and prosperity be realized. 
  If you begin the day with love in your heart, peace in your nerves and truth in your mind, you not only benefit by their presence but also bring them to others, to your family and friends, and to all those whose destiny draws across your path that day.
  Snowflakes are one of nature's most fragile things, but look at what they can do when they stick together!
  Peace- It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.
  Peace is the respect for the rights of others. (El respeto al derecho ajeno es la paz).
  La'i lua ke kai. The sea is very calm. All is Peaceful.
Woodrow Wilson

There must be, not a balance of power, but a community of power; not organized rivalries, but an organized peace.

Howard Zinn We don't have to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in the process of change. Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.

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