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date: 15 April 2024


see also Pacifism, War
  1. 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.
    The Bible (Authorized Version, 1611): Isaiah ch. 2, v. 4 (Micah ch. 4, v. 3, Joel ch. 3, v. 10 have same image); see Rendall
  2. The peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
    The Bible (Authorized Version, 1611): Philippians ch. 4, v. 7
  3. peace, n. In international affairs, a period of cheating between two periods of fighting.
    Ambrose Bierce 1842–c.1914 American writer: The Devil's Dictionary (1911)
  4. Give peace in our time, O Lord.
    The Book of Common Prayer 1662: Morning Prayer Versicle
  5. 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.
    Bertolt Brecht 1898–1956 German dramatist: Mother Courage (1939)
  6. 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.
    Neville Chamberlain 1869–1940 British Conservative statesman, Prime Minister 1937–40: speech from 10 Downing Street, 30 September 1938; see Disraeli, Russell
  7. E'n la sua volontade è nostra pace.
    In His will is our peace.
    Dante Alighieri 1265–1321 Italian poet: Divina Commedia ‘Paradiso’ canto 3, l. 85
  8. Lord Salisbury and myself have brought you back peace—but a peace I hope with honour.
    Benjamin Disraeli 1804–81 British Tory statesman and novelist; Prime Minister 1868, 1874–80: speech on returning from the Congress of Berlin, 16 July 1878; see Chamberlain, Russell
  9. 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
    Max Ehrmann 1872–1945 American writer: ‘Desiderata’ (1948)
  10. 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 1890–1969 American Republican statesman, 34th President 1953–61: broadcast discussion, 31 August 1959
  11. 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.
    St Francis of Assisi 1181–1226 Italian monk: ‘Prayer of St Francis’ (attributed)
  12. If we are to reach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children.
    Mahatma Gandhi 1869–1948 Indian statesman: in Young India 19 November 1921
  13. 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.
    George V 1865–1936 British monarch, King of Great Britain and Ireland from 1910: message read at Terlincthun Cemetery, Boulogne, 13 May 1922
  14. War makes rattling good history; but Peace is poor reading.
    Thomas Hardy 1840–1928 English novelist and poet: The Dynasts (1904) pt. 1, act 2, sc. 5
  15. ‘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.
    Thomas Hardy 1840–1928 English novelist and poet: ‘Christmas: 1924’ (1928)
  16. 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.
    Satish Kumar 1937–  Indian writer: ‘Prayer for Peace’ (1981); adapted from the Upanishads; see Upanishads
  17. Give peace a chance.
    John Lennon 1940–80 and Paul McCartney 1942– : title of song (1969)
  18. Peace is indivisible.
    Maxim Litvinov 1876–1951 Soviet diplomat: note to the Allies, 25 February 1920
  19. A war can perhaps be won single-handedly. But peace—lasting peace—cannot be secured without the support of all.
    Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva 1945–  Brazilian statesman: speech, United Nations, 23 September 2003
  20. War appears to be as old as mankind, but peace is a modern invention.
    Henry Maine 1822–88 English jurist: lecture delivered in Cambridge, 1887, in International Law (1888)
  21. You can't separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.
    Malcolm X 1925–65 American civil rights campaigner: speech in New York, 7 January 1965, Malcolm X Speaks (1965)
  22. There is no way to peace. Peace is the way.
    A. J. Muste 1885–1967 American pacifist: in New York Times 16 November 1967
  23. The grim fact is that we prepare for war like precocious giants and for peace like retarded pygmies.
    Lester Pearson 1897–1972 Canadian Liberal statesman, Prime Minister 1963–8: speech in Toronto, 14 March 1955
  24. 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
    Yitzhak Rabin 1922–95 Israeli statesman and military leader, Prime Minister 1974–7 and 1992–5: in Washington, 13 September, 1993
  25. The work, my friend, is peace. More than an end of this war—an end to the beginnings of all wars.
    Franklin D. Roosevelt 1882–1945 American Democratic statesman, 32nd President 1933–45: undelivered address for Jefferson Day, 13 April 1945 (the day after Roosevelt died) in Public Papers (1950) vol. 13
  26. They make a wilderness and call it peace.
    Tacitus c.ad 56–after 117 Roman senator and historian: Agricola ch. 30