Quotes on Violence And Peace

There was never a good war, or a bad peace. Benjamin Franklin
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There is no way to peace. Peace is the way. A J Muste
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Violence ends up defeating itself. It creates bitterness in the survivors and brutality in the destroyers. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Much violence is based on the illusion that life is a property to be defended and not to be shared. Henri Nouwen
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Peace is not the absence of conflict but the presence of creative alternatives for responding to conflict - alternatives to passive or aggressive responses, alternatives to violence. Dorothy Thompson
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The God of peace is never glorified by human violence. Thomas Merton
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The first principle of non-violent action is that of non-cooperation with everything humiliating. Cesar Chavez
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Use truth as your anvil, nonviolence as your hammer and anything that does not stand the test when it is brought to the anvil of truth and hammered with nonviolence, reject it. Mahatma Gandhi
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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. Rathy they are bypassing history, freezing history, betraying history. Andre Trocme
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Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars... Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Where there is only a choice between cowardice and violence, I would advise violence. Mahatma Gandhi
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War is an act of violence pushed to its utmost limits. Carl Von Clausewitz
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The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Violence in the voice is often only the death rattle of reason in the throat. John Boyes
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The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Martin Luther
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Violence and war lead only to death... Pope Francis
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Everywhere we turn, we see violence and hate and prejudice and anger and all of these negative emotions that are destroying humanity. And we have to wake up and take note of this and try to change our course, so that we can create a world of peace and harmony where future generations can live happily together. Arun Manilal Gandhi
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Taking away the peace of a people, committing every act of violence, or consenting to such acts, especially when directed against the weakest and defenseless, is a profoundly grave sin against God. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople
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Violence produces only something resembling justice, but it distances people from the possibility of living justly, without violence. Leo Tolstoy
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The only thing that's been a worse flop than the organization of nonviolence has been the organization of violence. Joan Baez
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Why does man have reason if he can only be influenced by violence? Leo Tolstoy
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Men are so accustomed to maintaining external order by violence that they cannot conceive of life being possible without violence. Leo Tolstoy
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Love as Thought is Truth. Love as Action is Right Conduct. Love as Understanding is Peace. Love as Feeling is Non-violence. Sathya Sai Baba
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Peace is generosity. It is right and it is duty. Oscar Romero
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We can choose to use our lives for others to bring about a better and more just world for our children. People who make that choice will know hardship and sacrifice. But if you give yourself totally to the non-violence struggle for peace and justice you also find that people give you their hearts and you will never go hungry and never be alone. And in giving of yourself you will discover a whole new life full of meaning and love. Cesar Chavez
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The greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion, which is war against the child. The mother doesn't learn to love, but kills to solve her own problems. Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want. Mother Teresa
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Let us not be justices of the peace, but angels of peace. Therese Of Lisieux
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Aye, fight! But not your neighbor. Fight rather all the things that cause you and your neighbor to fight. Mikhail Naimy
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Nobody can bring you peace but yourself. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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A belligerent state permits itself every such misdeed, every such act of violence, as would disgrace the individual. Sigmund Freud
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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. Cesar Chavez
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God hates violence. He has ordained that all men fairly possess their property, not seize it. Euripides
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Violence just hurts those who are already hurt...Instead of exposing the brutality of the oppressor, it justifies it. Cesar Chavez
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Institutionalised in sports, the military, acculturated sexuality, the history and mythology of heroism, violence is taught to boys until they becomes its advocates. Andrea Dworkin
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Unless we teach our children peace, somebody else will teach them violence. Colman Mccarthy
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By peace we mean the capacity to transform conflicts with empathy, without violence, and creatively- a never-ending process Johan Galtung
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Ideally, peace means the absence of violence. It is an ethical value. Mikhail Gorbachev
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It is my conviction that nothing enduring can be built on violence. The only safe way to overcome an enemy is to make of that enemy a friend. Mahatma Gandhi
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Violence begets violence, you know. And you can't kill off all the violent people or all the murderers. We'd have to kill off the government. John Lennon
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Peace isn't the mere absence of violence; peace must come from inner peace. And inner peace comes from taking others' interests into account. Dalai Lama
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Till the sun of knowledge shines on the ignorant masses and till all the men start hating violence, the world shall find no peace! Mehmet Murat Ildan
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Peace and love are ever in us, being and working; but we be not alway in peace and in love. Julian of Norwich
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When we are at home with ourselves, we are at home everywhere in the world. When we have found peace within ourselves, peace and love follow us wherever we go. Eknath Easwaran
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People in the long run are going to do more to promote peace than governments. Dwight D Eisenhower
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A teacher of fear can't bring peace on earth. We have been trying to do it that way for thousands of years. The person who turns inner violence around, the person who finds peace inside and lives it, is the one who teaches what true peace is. We are waiting for just one teacher. You're the one. Byron Katie
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All that is contrary to love and peace is of the Fiend and of his part. Julian of Norwich
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The best weapon is to sit down and talk. Nelson Mandela
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God would grant all of us wisdom, calm, and peace, that his presence would be in the operating room, and that his will might be done. Benjamin Carson
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There is no time left for anything but to make peace work a dimension of our every waking activity. Elise M. Boulding
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There are many people who feel that it is useless and futile to continue talking about peace and non-violence against a government whose only reply is savage attacks on an unarmed and defenceless people. Nelson Mandela
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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? Colman Mccarthy
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Set peace of mind as your highest goal, and organize your life around it. Brian Tracy
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Peace, like charity, begins at home. Franklin D Roosevelt
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If we are to live together in peace, we must come to know each other better. Lyndon B Johnson
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Where the soul is full of peace and joy, outward surrounding and circumstances are of comparatively little account. Hannah Whitall Smith
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Real faith has perfect peace and joy and a shout at any time. It always sees the victory. Smith Wigglesworth
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If you think that peace and happiness are somewhere else and you run after them, you will never arrive. Nhat Hanh
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I like to believe that people in the long run are going to do more to promote peace than our governments. Indeed, I think that people want peace so much that one of these days governments had better get out of the way and let them have it. Dwight D Eisenhower
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How can one not speak about war, poverty, and inequality when people who suffer from these afflictions don't have a voice to speak? Isabel Allende
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The earth is too small a star and we too brief a visitor upon it for anything to matter more than the struggle for peace. Colman Mccarthy
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Before men can find peace and harmony within themselves they must first fall in love with their country. Lord Acton
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We must shift the arms race into a 'peace race'. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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If you want peace, work for justice. Pope Paul Vi
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War is obsolete. We are not here to fight something or tear something down; We are here to be the example of what is possible. Any sane individual will tell you that violence is ... not the way... R Buckminster Fuller
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Kids can't see us bombing, and then listen to us talking about getting guns out of the schools. How can we tell them to solve problems without violence, if, in fact, we can't show an ability to solve problems without violence? Barbara Lee
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We're trying to sell peace, like a product, you know, and sell it like people sell soap or soft drinks. And it's the only way to get people aware that peace is possible, and it isn't just inevitable to have violence. Not just war - all forms of violence. John Lennon
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Today, together, let us repeat as our slogan that all trace of violence must disappear from this earth, then the sun will be honey-colored and music good to hear. Monique Wittig
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Peace is more important than all justice; and peace was not made for the sake of justice, but justice for the sake of peace. Martin Luther
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That's all nonviolence is - organized love. Joan Baez
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Sometimes you have to pick the gun up to put the Gun down. Malcolm X
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If we want to reap the harvest of peace and justice in the future, we will have to sow seeds of nonviolence, here and now, in the present. Mairead Corrigan
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I hope someday you will join us and the world will live as one. John Lennon
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We seek peace, knowing that peace is the climate of freedom. Dwight D Eisenhower
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To disarm the people is the best and most effectual Way to enslave them. George Mason
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The Israeli people must be free to live in peace and security. Chuck Hagel
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Good humor is one of the preservatives of our peace and tranquility. Thomas Jefferson
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Those things of real worth in life are worth going to any length in love and respect to safeguard. Julia Hill
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As we cultivate peace and happiness in ourselves, we also nourish peace and happiness in those we love. Nhat Hanh
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Justice and peace can only thrive together, never apart. Oscar Arias
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We are convinced that non-violence is more powerful than violence. We are convinced that non-violence supports you if you have a just and moral cause...If you use violence, you have to sell part of yourself for that violence. Then you are no longer a master of your own struggle. Cesar Chavez
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