- They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
Rendall: Isaiah ch. 2, v. 4 (Micah ch. 4, v. 3, Joel ch. 3, v. 10 have same image); see
- The peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
: Philippians ch. 4, v. 7
- peace, n. In international affairs, a period of cheating between two periods of fighting.
The Devil's Dictionary (1911) 1842–c.1914 American writer:
- Give peace in our time, O Lord.
Morning Prayer Versicle 1662:
- One observes, they have gone too long without a war here. Where is morality to come from in such a case, I ask? Peace is nothing but slovenliness, only war creates order.
Mother Courage (1939) 1898–1956 German dramatist:
- This is the second time in our history that there has come back from Germany to Downing Street peace with honour. I believe it is peace for our time.
Disraeli, Russell 1869–1940 British Conservative statesman, Prime Minister 1937–40: speech from 10 Downing Street, 30 September 1938; see
- E'n la sua volontade è nostra pace.
In His will is our peace.
Divina Commedia ‘Paradiso’ canto 3, l. 85 1265–1321 Italian poet:
- Lord Salisbury and myself have brought you back peace—but a peace I hope with honour.
Chamberlain, Russell 1804–81 British Tory statesman and novelist; Prime Minister 1868, 1874–80: speech on returning from the Congress of Berlin, 16 July 1878; see
- Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.
often wrongly dated to 1692, the date of foundation of a church in Baltimore whose vicar circulated the poem in 1956 1872–1945 American writer: ‘Desiderata’ (1948)
- 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. 1890–1969 American Republican statesman, 34th President 1953–61: broadcast discussion, 31 August 1959
- Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace!
Where there is hatred let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.
1181–1226 Italian monk: ‘Prayer of St Francis’ (attributed)
- I have many times asked myself whether there can be more potent advocates of peace upon earth through the years to come than this massed multitude of silent witnesses to the desolation of war. 1865–1936 British monarch, King of Great Britain and Ireland from 1910: message read at Terlincthun Cemetery, Boulogne, 13 May 1922
- War makes rattling good history; but Peace is poor reading.
The Dynasts (1904) pt. 1, act 2, sc. 5 1840–1928 English novelist and poet:
- ‘Peace upon earth!’ was said. We sing it,
And pay a million priests to bring it.
After two thousand years of mass
We've got as far as poison-gas.
1840–1928 English novelist and poet: ‘Christmas: 1924’ (1928)
- Lead me from death to life, from falsehood to truth.
Lead me from despair to hope, from fear to trust.
Lead me from hate to love, from war to peace.
Let peace fill our heart, our world, our universe.
Upanishads; see Upanishads 1937– Indian writer: ‘Prayer for Peace’ (1981); adapted from the
- Give peace a chance. 1940–80 and 1942– : title of song (1969)
- Peace is indivisible. 1876–1951 Soviet diplomat: note to the Allies, 25 February 1920
- A war can perhaps be won single-handedly. But peace—lasting peace—cannot be secured without the support of all. 1945– Brazilian statesman: speech, United Nations, 23 September 2003
- War appears to be as old as mankind, but peace is a modern invention.
International Law (1888) 1822–88 English jurist: lecture delivered in Cambridge, 1887, in
- You can't separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.
Malcolm X Speaks (1965) 1925–65 American civil rights campaigner: speech in New York, 7 January 1965,
- You can't switch on peace like a light.
Independent 6 September 1999 1949–2005 British Labour politician: in
- There is no way to peace. Peace is the way.
New York Times 16 November 1967 1885–1967 American pacifist: in
- The grim fact is that we prepare for war like precocious giants and for peace like retarded pygmies. 1897–1972 Canadian Liberal statesman, Prime Minister 1963–8: speech in Toronto, 14 March 1955
- We say to you today in a loud and a clear voice: enough of blood and tears. Enough.
to the Palestinians, at the signing of the Israel–Palestine Declaration 1922–95 Israeli statesman and military leader, Prime Minister 1974–7 and 1992–5: in Washington, 13 September, 1993
- The work, my friend, is peace. More than an end of this war—an end to the beginnings of all wars.
Public Papers (1950) vol. 13 1882–1945 American Democratic statesman, 32nd President 1933–45: undelivered address for Jefferson Day, 13 April 1945 (the day after Roosevelt died) in
- They make a wilderness and call it peace.
Agricola ch. 30 c.ad 56–after 117 Roman senator and historian: