Quotes on Peacekeeping

Peacekeeping is not a job for soldiers, but only soldiers can do it. Dag Hammarskjold

Without inner peace, outer peace is impossible. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

Peace enforcement is a much more difficult kind of operation than peacekeeping. Harri Holkeri

If you wish to experience peace, provide peace for another. Dalai Lama

Peacekeeping funds are an important and necessary part of what America does for humanity and the rest of the world. Michael Mccaul

What is most needed in Darfur is an international peacekeeping and protection presence, and this is what the Sudanese government most wants to avoid. Samantha Power

Britain does not normally these days play a huge part in peacekeeping. William Hague

We are the biggest donor to the United Nations, contributing 22 percent of the regular operating budget and nearly 27 percent of the peacekeeping budget. Cliff Stearns

If half a century of living has taught me anything at all, it has taught me that nothing can bring you peace but yourself. Dale Carnegie

Peace, prosperity, and democracy cannot endure if imposed from the outside. We should cease to make false distinctions between peacekeeping and prevention; they are in fact inextricably linked. Susan Rice

Being relaxed, at peace with yourself, confident, emotionally neutral loose, and free-floating - these are the keys to successful performance in almost everything. Wayne Dyer

We all wish for world peace, but world peace will never be achieved unless we first establish peace within our own minds. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

Nonviolent Peaceforce ...is building a large-scale professional force of well-trained unarmed peacekeepers ... This nonviolent peacekeeping provides an alternative to which we may say YES when we say NO to war. Mel Duncan

Only by creating peace within our own mind and helping others to do the same can we hope to achieve peace in this world. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

I think that peacekeeping can do quite a lot, if they are given the right mandate with the commensurate resources to get the job done. Kofi Annan

Peacekeeping there is still just totally ineffective. The UN is now saying they are sending reinforcements in the area, but I have no particular reason to believe that they will be any stronger than the force there. In Southern Kordofan, it's mostly an Egyptian battalion, and that's really problematic because the population already doesn't trust the Egyptians; they think they're on payroll of the north. So we already have a force that is seen as compromised. Rebecca Hamilton

Those who are at war with others are not at peace with themselves. William Hazlitt

If they want peace, nations should avoid the pin-pricks that precede cannon shots. Napoleon Bonaparte

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 contibute the best that they have and all that they are. Hafsat Abiola

Peace is not something you wish for, it's something you make Robert Fulghum

Life is what happens when we are busy doing other things. Peace is not something you wish for; it's something you make, something you do, something you are and something you give away. John Lennon

My vision of a 'new world order' foresees a United Nations with a revitalized peacekeeping function. George H W Bush

On this International Day of UN Peacekeepers, let us pay tribute to the men and women from countries across the world who serve selflessly, tirelessly and fearlessly in UN peacekeeping operations. Let us remember the heroes who have laid down their lives in lands far from their own in the service of peace. And let us reaffirm our commitment to building a world free from the scourge of war. Kofi Annan

Today, we have more than 110,000 men and women deployed in conflict zones around the world. They come from nearly 120 countries ... Thanks to their efforts, life-saving humanitarian assistance can be delivered and economic development can begin. Ban Ki-moon

Through your support of UN peacekeeping, you can help to make this tantalizing word-"peace"-a reality for all the world's citizens. Together, we can spread the message that UN peacekeeping is essential. Without it, the world would be a much less stable, and more violent, place. Tim Wirth

The United Nations has been in the Great Lakes Region and Sahel for 50 years, mostly investing in peacekeeping. NOW is the time to invest in young people! Babatunde Osotimehin

Most governments only want to deploy a peacekeeping force where there is a peace agreement and there is peace to keep. They are very hesitant about putting their men and women in harm's way. It is extremely difficult to get the troops if you do not have the consent of the country where you are deploying. Kofi Annan

Peace is not something you wish for, ' it is something you make, something you are, something you do,'and something you give away. Robert Fulghum

Consider that in a galaxy far, far away (otherwise known as the 1990s), President Clinton felt that he had to assure an isolationist Republican Congress - repeat after me, an isolationist Republican Congress - that the 20,000 U.S. peacekeeping troops he promised Bosnia as part of the Dayton Accords would only stay deployed for a single calendar year. Matt Welch

So I've gone in and out of the U.N., working on counter-terrorism, on U.N. reform, on peacekeeping, peace and security issues, many things through the years but always with a strong interest in humanitarian issues, and human rights issues as well. Edward Luck

Five enemies of peace inhabit with us - avarice, ambition, envy, anger, and pride; if these were to be banished, we should infallibly enjoy perpetual peace. Petrarch

Set peace of mind as your highest goal, and organize your life around it. Brian Tracy

Without inner peace, outer peace is impossible. We all wish for world peace, but world peace will never be acheived unless we first establish peace within our own minds. We can send so-called 'peacekeeping forces' into areas of conflict, but peace cannot be oppossed from the outside with guns. Only by creating peace within our own mind and helping others to do the same can we hope to achieve peace in this world. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

This is the one international institution we have in which governments get together to work collectively for a common purpose. International crises, by definition, require international solutions. Peacekeeping is a response to conflict, is a response to situations in which often it is not the business of any one particular country to get into. It seems to me, therefore, that the world will for the foreseeable future need peacekeeping. Shashi Tharoor

Love the moment and the energy of that moment will spread beyond all boundaries. Corita Kent

The primary, the fundamental, the essential purpose of the United Nations is to keep peace. Everything it does which helps prevent World War III is good. Everything which does not further that goal, either directly or indirectly, is at best superfluous. Henry Cabot Lodge Jr

Peace is not the absence of conflict, but the ability to cope with it Mahatma Gandhi

We have before us the opportunity to forge, for ourselves and for future generations, a New World Order. A world where the rule of law, not the law of the jungle, rules all nations. When we are successful-and we will be-we have a real chance at this New World Order. An order in which a credible United Nations can use its peacekeeping forces to fulfill the promise and vision of its founders. George H W Bush

UN peacekeeping operations are now increasingly complex and multi-dimensional, going beyond monitoring a ceasefire to actually bringing failed States back to life, often after decades of conflict. The blue helmets and their civilian colleagues work together to organize elections, enact police and judicial reform, promote and protect human rights, conduct mine-clearance, advance gender equality, achieve the voluntary disarmament of former combatants, and support the return of refugees and displaced people to their homes. Kofi Annan

Working with the UN's diplomacy and development arms, we can prevent minor differences from escalating into wars. When conflicts do break out, UN peacekeepers should play a role in defusing and settling them. Without giving up our sovereignty, we can help the UN with better training and better command and control in order to develop more effective peacekeeping forces. Bill Bradley

For all the civilians saved thanks to the presence of peacekeepers, there have been those who were lost - the United Nations personnel who sacrificed their lives for a noble cause. Even as we mourn our fallen colleagues, we are all uplifted by their unflinching commitment and are inspired to strive even harder for the collective cause so eloquently envisaged in the United Nations Charter: a world free from the scourge of war. Jan Eliasson

Well, Nigeria has played a constructive role in peacekeeping in various parts of West Africa. But unless and until Nigeria itself is democratic and respects human rights, it too may well be a source of much greater instability as political repression limits the ability of the people of Nigeria to achieve their full potential. Susan Rice

There is no way to peace. Peace is the way. A J Muste

Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding. Albert Einstein

Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances. Mahatma Gandhi

Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal. Martin Luther King, Jr.

He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe. Marcus Aurelius

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. William E Gladstone

It is my conviction that there is no way to peace - peace is the way. Nhat Hanh

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other. Mother Teresa

Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding. Ralph Waldo Emerson

When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace. Jimi Hendrix