300 Peace Quotes That Will Inspire Tranquility in Your Life
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300 Peace Quotes That Will Inspire Tranquility in Your Life

In the past, peace meant a time without wars, fighting, or the threat of violence. Today, peace refers to a state of harmony, quiet, or calm with no hostility. In a social sense, peace is a concept of societal friendship and harmony in the absence of hostility and violence. When we talk about inner peace, we are talking about our ability to find the tranquillity that can change how we see the world and interact with others.

Whether it’s peace of mind or peace on earth you’re after, it all begins with making an effort to be more calm and present. We’ve collected the best peace quotes in one place, so you whether you’re seeking inner peace or reacting to current events, you’ll always find the right one to inspire you with these peace quotes that’ll remind you that achieving tranquillity is an ongoing journey.

300 best peace quotes that we’re loving these calm, serene thoughts.

Top 10 Peace Quotes

“If you are depressed you are living in the past if you are anxious you are living in the future, if you are at peace, you are living in the present.” – Lao Tzu

“Peace has to be created, in order to be maintained. It is the product of faith, strength, energy, will, sympathy, justice, imagination, and the triumph of principle. It will never be achieved by passivity and quietism.” – Dorothy Thompson

“Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love.” – St. Francis of Assisi

“An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“I prefer peace. But if trouble must come, let it come in my time, so that my children can live in peace.” – Thomas Paine

“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.” – John F. Kennedy

“Harmony makes small things grow, lack of it makes great things decay.” – Sallust

“Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.” – Saint Francis de Sales

“You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.” – Indira Gandhi

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” – Jimi Hendrix

What is Peace?

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“Peace isn’t an experience free of challenges, free of rough and smooth, it’s an experience that’s expansive enough to include all that arises without feeling threatened.” – Pema Chödrön

“Peace is the virtue of civilization. War is its crime.” – Victor Hugo

“Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is, rather than as you think it should be.” – Wayne W. Dyer

“Peace is the only battle worth waging.” – Albert Camus

“Peace is the highest and most strenuous act of the soul, but an entirely harmonious act, in which all our powers and affections are blending in a beautiful proportion, and sustain and perfect one another.” – William Ellery Channing

“Peace is such hard work. Harder than war. It takes way more effort to forgive than to kill.” – Rae Carson

“Peace is our gift to each other.” – Elie Wiesel

“Peace is not the absence of war; it is a virtue; a state of mind; a disposition for benevolence; confidence; and justice.” – Baruch Spinoza

“Peace is not the absence of war but the presence of justice.” – Harrison Ford

“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

“Peace is not only better than war, but infinitely more arduous.” – George Bernard Shaw

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

“Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.” – Baruch Spinoza

“Peace is not achieved by controlling nations, but mastering our thoughts.” – John Harricharan

“Peace is not absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.” – Ronald Reagan

“Peace is never a perfect achievement.” – Kofi Annan

“Peace is more than the absence of war. Peace is accord. Harmony.” – Laini Taylor

“Peace is more important than all justice; and peace was not made for the sake of justice, but justice for the sake of peace.” – Ezra Taft Benson

“Peace is liberty in tranquility.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero

“Peace is its own reward.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“Peace is every step.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

“Peace is costly but it is worth the expense.” – African proverb

“Peace is always beautiful.” – Walt Whitman

“Peace is a journey of a thousand miles and it must be taken one step at a time.” – Lyndon B. Johnson

“Peace is a day-to-day problem, the product of a multitude of events and judgments. Peace is not an ‘is,’ it is a ‘becoming.’ ” – Haile Selassie

“Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures.” – John F. Kennedy

“Peace can become a lens through which you see the world. Be it. Live it. Radiate it out. Peace is an inside job.” – Wayne Dyer

“Many people think excitement is happiness…. But when you are excited you are not peaceful. True happiness is based on peace.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

“Peace does not mean an absence of conflicts; differences will always be there. Peace means solving these differences through peaceful means; through dialogue, education, knowledge; and through humane ways.” – Dalai Lama

“True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Short Peace Quotes

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“A people free to choose will always choose peace.” – Ronald Reagan

“All we are saying is give peace a chance.” – John Lennon

“Be selective in your battles. Sometimes peace is better than being right.”

“I am centered. I am balanced. I am at peace.”

“I was a drum major for peace.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Let the peace of this day be here tomorrow when I wake up.” – Thomas Pynchon

“Make peace with your broken pieces.”

“Make peace with your past so it won’t destroy your present.” – Paulo Coelho

“Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.” – Dale Carnegie

“Only art and music have the power to bring peace.” – Yoko Ono

“Peace begins with a smile.” – Mother Teresa

“Peace begins when expectation ends.” – Sri Chinmoy

“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.” – Siddhārtha Gautama

“Peace without justice is an impossibility.” – Desmond Tutu

“The only peace is being out of earshot.” – Mason Cooley

“There is no way to peace, peace is the way.” – A.J. Muste

“There is no ‘way to peace,’ there is only ‘peace.’” – Mahatma Gandhi

“There is peace even in the storm.” – Vincent Van Gogh

Famous Peace Quotes

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“Do not be afraid to take a chance on peace, to teach peace, to live peace…Peace will be the last word of history.” – Pope John Paul II

“Don’t hope that events will turn out the way you want, welcome events in whichever way they happen: this is the path to peace.” – Epictetus

“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” – Melody Beattie

“He that would live in peace and at ease must not speak all he knows or all he sees.” – Benjamin Franklin

“I believe our sorrow can make us a better country. I believe our righteous anger can be transformed into more justice and more peace.” – Barack Obama

“I do not want the peace that passeth understanding. I want the understanding which bringeth peace.” – Helen Keller

“I like to believe that people in the long run are going to do more to promote peace than are governments. Indeed, I think that people want peace so much that one of these days governments had better get out of their way and let them have it.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower

“If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there’d be peace.” – John Lennon

“If there is to be any peace it will come through being, not having.” – Henry Miller

“If we are peaceful, if we are happy, we can smile, and everyone in our family, our entire society, will benefit from our peace.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

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

“If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.” – Nelson Mandela

“It is my conviction that there is no way to peace – peace is the way.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

“Never for the sake of peace and quiet, deny your own experience or convictions.” – Dag Hammarskjold

“Not one of us can rest, be happy, be at home, be at peace with ourselves, until we end hatred and division.” – John Lewis

“One little person, giving all of her time to peace, makes news. Many people, giving some of their time, can make history.” – Peace Pilgrim

“Peace and friendship with all mankind is our wisest policy, and I wish we may be permitted to pursue it.” – Thomas Jefferson

“Peace by persuasion has a pleasant sound, but I think we should not be able to work it. We should have to tame the human race first, and history seems to show that that cannot be done.” – Mark Twain

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

“Peace comes when you talk to the guy you most hate. And that’s where the courage of a leader comes, because when you sit down with your enemy, you as a leader must already have very considerable confidence from your own constituency.” – Desmond Tutu

“Peace doesn’t require two people; it requires only one. It has to be you. The problem begins and ends there.” – Katie Byron

“Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations… entangling alliances with none.” – Thomas Jefferson

“Peace, which costs nothing, is attended with with infinitely more advantage than any victory with all its expense.” – Thomas Paine

“The day I understood everything, was the day I stopped trying to figure everything out. The day I knew peace was the day I let everything go.” – C. Joybell C.”

“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

“The most valuable possession you can own is an open heart. The most powerful weapon you can be is an instrument of peace.” – Carlos Santana

“The practice of peace and reconciliation is one of the most vital and artistic of human actions.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

“There is ‘what is”’only when there is no comparison at all, and to live with what is, is to be peaceful.” – Bruce Lee

“There is nothing so likely to produce peace as to be well prepared to meet the enemy.” – George Washington

“We don’t realize that, somewhere within us all, there does exist a supreme self who is eternally at peace.” – Elizabeth Gilbert

“We seek peace, knowing that peace is the climate of freedom.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower

“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.” – Peace Pilgrim

“When you do the right thing, you get the feeling of peace and serenity associated with it. Do it again and again.” – Roy T. Bennett

“Working for peace in the future is to work for peace in the present moment.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

“Worrying does not take away tomorrow’s troubles, it takes away today’s peace.”

“You can have peace. Or you can have freedom. Don’t ever count on having both at once.” – Robert A. Heinlein

“You can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.” – Malcolm X

“Freedom is indivisible; the chains on any one of my people were the chains on all of them, the chains on all of my people were the chains on me.” – Nelson Mandela

“I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Peace does not rest in the charters and covenants alone. It lies in the hearts and minds of all people. So let us not rest all our hopes on parchment and on paper, let us strive to build peace, a desire for peace, a willingness to work for peace in the hearts and minds of all of our people. I believe that we can. I believe the problems of human destiny are not beyond the reach of human beings.” – John F. Kennedy

Funny Peace Quotes

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“Fighting for peace is like screwing for virginity.” – George Carlin

“I first learned the concepts of non-violence in my marriage.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring – it was peace.” – Milan Kundera

“There is peace in the garden. Peace and results.” – Ruth Stout

“Perpetual peace is only found in the graveyard.” – Immanuel Kant

“While conscience is our friend, all is at peace; however once it is offended, farewell to a tranquil mind.” – Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

“I still believe that peace and plenty and happiness can be worked out some way. I am a fool.” – Kurt Vonnegut

“For peace of mind, resign as general manager of the Universe.” – Larry Eisenberg

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

“Barbecue may not be the road to world peace, but it’s a start.” – Anthony Bourdain

“People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.” – George Orwell

Inner Peace Quotes

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“Stress is a choice. So is inner peace.” – Lewis Howes

“Learning to ignore things is one of the great paths to inner peace.” – Robert J. Sawyer

“Learning to distance yourself from all the negativity is one of the greatest lessons to achieve inner peace.” – Roy T. Bennett

“Inner peace doesn’t come from getting what we want, but from remembering who we are.” – Marianne Williamson

“Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.” – 14th Dalai Lama

“World peace must develop from inner peace. Peace is not just mere absence of violence. Peace is, I think, the manifestation of human compassion.” – Dalai Lama

“World peace begins with inner peace.” – 14th Dalai Lama

“Forgiveness equals inner peace – more peaceful people equals more world peace.” – Richard Branson

“The life of inner peace, being harmonious and without stress, is the easiest type of existence.” – Norman Vincent Peale

“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

“Don’t search for anything except peace. Try to calm the mind. Everything else will come on its own.” – Baba Hari Das

“Every breath we take, every step we make, can be filled with peace, joy and serenity.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

“For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“First keep the peace within yourself, then you can also bring peace to others.” – Thomas a Kempis

“If you want peace, stop fighting. If you want peace of mind, stop fighting with your thoughts.” – Peter McWilliams

“Peace of mind is that mental condition in which you have accepted the worst.” – Lin Yutang

“Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.” – John Wooden

“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 at the center of the universe dwells the Great Spirit, and that its center is really everywhere, it is within each of us.” – Black Elk

“They call it ‘peace of mind’ but maybe it should be called ‘peace from mind’.” – Navil Ravikant

“You talk when you cease to be at peace with your thoughts.” – Kahlil Gibran

“You should feel beautiful and you should feel safe. What you surround yourself with should bring you peace of mind and peace of spirit.” – Stacy London

“Happiness, true happiness, is an inner quality. It is a state of mind. If your mind is at peace, you are happy. If your mind is at peace, but you have nothing else, you can be happy. If you have everything the world can give – pleasure, possessions, power – but lack peace of mind, you can never be happy.” – Dada Vaswani

Finding Peace Quotes

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“You’ll never find peace of mind until you listen to your heart.” – George Michael

“You will find peace not by trying to escape your problems, but by confronting them courageously. You will find peace not in denial, but in victory.” – J. Donald Walters

“You find peace not by rearranging the circumstances of your life, but by realizing who you are at the deepest level.” – Eckhart Tolle

“You cannot find peace by avoiding life.” – Michael Cunningham

“Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.” – Albert Schweitzer

“Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee.” – Augustine of Hippo

“This, therefore, is a faded dream of the time when I went down into the dust and noise of the Eastern market-place, and with my brain and muscles, with sweat and constant thinking, made others see my visions coming true. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that all was vanity; but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men and women, for they may act their dream with open eyes, and make it possible.” – T. E. Lawrence

“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” – Mark Twain

“The answer lies within ourselves. If we can’t find peace and happiness there, it’s not going to come from the outside.” – Tenzin Palmo

“Sometimes you can find peace of mind by transferring yourself to different situations. They’re just reminders to stay calm.” – Yves Behar

“No person, no place, and no thing has any power over us, for ‘we’ are the only thinkers in our mind. When we create peace and harmony and balance in our minds, we will find it in our lives.” – Louise Hay

“If you cannot find peace within yourself, you will never find it anywhere else.” – Marvin Gaye

“I have also decided to stick with love, for I know that love is ultimately the only answer to mankind’s problems. And I’m going to talk about it everywhere I go. I know it isn’t popular to talk about it in some circles today. And I’m not talking about emotional bosh when I talk about love; I’m talking about a strong, demanding love. For I have seen too much hate. I’ve seen too much hate on the faces of sheriffs in the South. I’ve seen hate on the faces of too many Klansmen and too many White Citizens Councilors in the South to want to hate, myself, because every time I see it, I know that it does something to their faces and their personalities, and I say to myself that hate is too great a burden to bear. I have decided to love. If you are seeking the highest good, I think you can find it through love.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.” – Diane Ackerman

“Ever since happiness heard your name, it’s been running through the streets trying to find you.” – Hafiz

“The quest for peace begins in the home, in the school and in the workplace.” – Silvia Cartwright

“If you want peace, you don’t talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies.” – Desmond Tutu

“Everywhere I have sought peace and not found it, except in a corner with a book.” – Thomas a Kempis

World Peace Quotes

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“Let there be peace on earth. And let it begin with me.” – Jill Jackson Miller

“You are the center of the world. You are a free, immensely powerful source of life and goodness. Affirm it, spread it, radiate it. Think day and night about it and you will see a miracle happen; the greatness of your own life.”

“When you make peace with yourself, you make peace with the world.” – Maha Ghosananda

“When you can whip any man in the world, you never know peace.” – Muhammad Ali

“We will not build a peaceful world by following a negative path. It is not enough to say we must not wage war. It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it. We must concentrate not merely on the negative expulsion of war but on the positive affirmation of peace. We must see that peace represents a sweeter music, a cosmic melody, that is far superior to the discords of war. Somehow, we must transform the dynamics of the world power struggle from the negative nuclear arms race, which no one can win, to a positive contest to harness humanity’s creative genius for the purpose of making peace and prosperity a reality for all the nations of the world. In short, we must shift the arms race into a peace race. If we have a will – and determination – to mount such a peace offensive, we will unlock hitherto tightly sealed doors of hope and transform our imminent cosmic elegy into a psalm of creative fulfillment.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.” – 14th Dalai Lama

“We are our world knowing itself. We can relinquish our separateness. We can come home again — and participate in our world in a richer, more responsible and poignantly beautiful way than before, in our infancy.” – Joanna Macy

“We are all inventors, each sailing out on a voyage of discovery, guided each by a private chart, of which there is no duplicate. The world is all gates, all opportunities.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Ultimately, we have just one moral duty: to reclaim large areas of peace in ourselves, more and more peace, and to reflect it towards others. And the more peace there is in us, the more peace there will also be in our troubled world.” – Etty Hillesum

“To see a world in a grain of sand, And a heaven in a wild flower, Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, And eternity in an hour.” – William Blake

“To replace the old paradigm of war with a new paradigm of waging peace, we must be pioneers who can push the boundaries of human understanding. We must be doctors who can cure the virus of violence. We must be soldiers of peace who can do more than preach to the choir. And we must be artists who will make the world our masterpiece.” – Paul Chappell

“There is a LIGHT in this world. A healing spirit more powerful than any darkness we may encounter. We sometime lose sight of this force when there is suffering, and too much pain. Then suddenly, the spirit will emerge through the lives of ordinary people who hear a call and answer in extraordinary ways.” – Richard Attenborough

“The world is now too small for anything but brotherhood.” – Arthur Powell Davies

“The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.” – Albert Einstein

“The greatest personalities that ever existed have been those who united human beings and put them on the road toward cooperation and effectiveness and peace. Those whom the world has held highest have helped to unite and not sever interconnectedness. They have not been the destroyers of differences but the harmonizer of differences.” – John Lovejoy Elliott

“The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“The day the power of love overrules the love of power, the world will know peace.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“Peace in ourselves, peace in the world.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

“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.” – Hafsat Abiola

“Peace can become a lens through which you see the world. Be it. Live it. Radiate it out. Peace is an inside job.” – Wayne Dyer

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

“Loving Your Enemies… Far from being the pious injunction of a utopian dreamer, this demand is an absolute necessity for the survival of our civilization. Yes it is love that will save our world and civilization; love even for our enemies.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Let us not deceive ourselves; we must elect world peace or world destruction.” – Bernard Baruch

“Let us bring equality, justice, and peace for all. Not just the politicians and the world leaders, we all need to contribute. Me. You. It is our duty.” – Malala Yousafzai

“In a world of big powers, media and monopolies, but of four and a half billion, networking is the new freedom, the new democracy, a new form of happiness.” – Robert Muller

“Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say that 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.” – John Lennon

“If you don’t know the guy on the other side of the world, love him anyway because he’s just like you. He has the same dreams, the same hopes and fears. It’s one world, pal. We’re all neighbors.” – Frank Sinatra

“If we ourselves remain angry and then sing world peace, it has little meaning. First, our individual self must learn peace. This we can practice. Then we can teach the rest of the world.” – 14th Dalai Lama

“I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.” – Albert Einstein

“I have come into this world to see this: the sword drop from men’s hands even at the height of their arc of rage because we have finally realized there is just one flesh we can wound.” – Hafiz of Persia

“I arise in the morning torn between a desire to save the world and a desire to savor the world. That makes it hard to plan the day.” – E.B. White

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” – Leo Tolstoy

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” – Harriet Tubman

“Each of us must learn to work not just for oneself, one’s own family or nation, but for the benefit of all humankind. Universal responsibility is the key to human survival. It is the best foundation for world peace.” – 14th Dalai Lama

“Dream always of a peaceful, warless, disarmed world.” – Robert Muller

“Don’t gain the world and lose your soul, wisdom is better than silver or gold.” – Bob Marley

“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” – Desmond Tutu

“Dad, how do soldiers killing each other solve the world’s problems? ” – Bill Watterson

“Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the farthest thing from it. Because cynics don’t learn anything. Because cynicism is a self-imposed blindness, a rejection of the world because we are afraid it will hurt us or disappoint us.” – Stephen Colbert

“Anxiety is the illness of our age. We worry about ourselves, our family, our friends, our work, and our state of the world. If we allow worry to fill our hearts, sooner or later we will get sick.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

“Affirm to others the vision of the world you want. Network through thought, network through action, network through love, network through the spirit.”

“A running world is a peaceful world.” – Eliud Kipchoge

“We are not going to deal with the violence in our communities, our homes, and our nation, until we learn to deal with the basic ethic of how we resolve our disputes and to place an emphasis on peace in the way we relate to one another.” – Marian Wright Edelman

War And Peace Quotes

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“Yes, we love peace, but we are not willing to take wounds for it, as we are for war.” – John Holmes

“When I say it’s you I like, I’m talking about that part of you that knows that life is far more than anything you can ever see or hear or touch. That deep part of you that allows you to stand for those things without which humankind cannot survive. Love that conquers hate, peace that rises triumphant over war, and justice that proves more powerful than greed.” – Fred Rogers

“What we need is Star Peace and not Star Wars.” – Mikhail Gorbachev

“We make war that we may live in peace.” – Aristotle

“War is an instrument entirely inefficient toward redressing wrong; and multiplies, instead of indemnifying losses.” – Thomas Jefferson

“Those who love peace must learn to organize as effectively as those who love war.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

“They have not wanted Peace at all; they have wanted to be spared war – as though the absence of war was the same as peace.” – Dorothy Thompson

“There never was a good war or a bad peace.” – Benjamin Franklin

“The opposite of peace is indifference to both peace and war—indifference to hunger and persecution, to imprisonment and humiliation, indifference to torture and persecution.” – Elie Wiesel

“So let us persevere. Peace need not be impracticable, and war need not be inevitable. By defining our goal more clearly, by making it seem more manageable and less remote, we can help all peoples to see it, to draw hope from it, and to move irresistibly toward it.” – John F. Kennedy

“People always make war when they say they love peace.” – Charlie Chaplin

“Peace demands the most heroic labor and the most difficult sacrifice. It demands greater heroism than war. It demands greater fidelity to the truth and a much more perfect purity of conscience.” – Thomas Merton

“One is left with the horrible feeling now that war settles nothing; that to win a war is as disastrous as to lose one.” – Agatha Christie

“No, I know all the war rhetoric, but it’s all aimed at achieving peace.” – George W. Bush

“My first wish is to see this plague of mankind, war, banished from the earth.” – George Washington

“More than just an end to war, we want an end to the beginnings of all wars.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

“It is not enough to win a war; it is more important to organize the peace.” – Aristotle

“It is not enough to say we must not wage war. It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“It is an unfortunate fact that we can secure peace only by preparing for war.” – John F. Kennedy

“Is it not better for a man to die for a cause in which he believes, such as peace, than to suffer for a cause in which he does not believe, such as war? ” – Albert Einstein

“In peace the sons bury their fathers, but in war the fathers bury their sons.” – Croesus

“If you want to end the war then Instead of sending guns, send books. Instead of sending tanks, send pens. Instead of sending soldiers, send teachers.” – Malala Yousafzai

“If there is not the war, you don’t get the great general; if there is not a great occasion, you don’t get a great statesman; if Lincoln had lived in a time of peace, no one would have known his name.” – Theodore Roosevelt

“If the human race wishes to have a prolonged and indefinite period of material prosperity, they have only got to behave in a peaceful and helpful way toward one another.” – Winston Churchill

“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.” – Mother Teresa

“I speak of peace, therefore, as the necessary rational end of rational men. I realize the pursuit of peace is not as dramatic as the pursuit of war… But we have no more urgent task.” – John F. Kennedy

“I am not only a pacifist but a militant pacifist. I am willing to fight for peace. Nothing will end war unless the people themselves refuse to go to war.” – Albert Einstein

“Everyone’s a pacifist between wars. It’s like being a vegetarian between meals.” – Colman McCarthy

“Everyday 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.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

“Every thoughtful citizen who despairs of war and wishes to bring peace, should begin by looking inward — by examining his own attitude towards the possibilities of peace… First: Examine our attitude towards peace itself. Too many of us think it is impossible. Too many think it is unreal. But that is a dangerous, defeatist belief. It leads to the conclusion that war is inevitable — that mankind is doomed — that we are gripped by forces we cannot control.”

“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.” – President Dwight D. Eisenhower

“Establishing lasting peace is the work of education; all politics can do is keep us out of war.” – Maria Montessori

“Either war is obsolete or men are.” – R. Buckminster Fuller

“Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure.” – George Edward Woodberry

“As the War Office of the United States was established in a time of peace, it is equally reasonable that a Peace Office should be established in a time of War.” – Benjamin Rush Founding Father

“Conflict is inevitable; you will never have total peace.” – Robert Greene

“Though force can protect in emergency, only justice, fairness, consideration and cooperation can finally lead men to the dawn of eternal peace.” – President Dwight D. Eisenhower

“Ultimately the only peace and security you can hope for from your enemies is their disappearance.” – Robert Greene

Love And Peace Quotes

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“We must restore hope to young people, help the old, be open to the future, spread love. Be poor among the poor. We need to include the excluded and preach peace.” – Pope Francis

“We do not need guns and bombs to bring peace, we need love and compassion.” – Mother Teresa

“Violence is impractical because it is a descending spiral ending in destruction for all. It is immoral because it seeks to humiliate the opponent rather than win his understanding: it seeks to annihilate rather than convert. Violence is immoral because it thrives on hatred rather than love. It destroys community and makes brotherhood impossible. It leaves society in monologue rather than dialogue. Violence ends up defeating itself. It creates bitterness in the survivors and brutality in the destroyers.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“To forgive is the highest, most beautiful form of love. In return, you will receive untold peace and happiness.” – Robert Muller

“So it goes. Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Power properly understood is nothing but the ability to achieve purpose. It is the strength required to bring about social, political and economic change. … What is needed is a realization that power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time; the need for mankind to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence. Mankind must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” – Nelson Mandela

“Love is the vital essence that pervades and permeates, from the center to the circumference, the graduating circles of all thought and action. Love is the talisman of human weal and woe–the open sesame to every soul.” – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

“Love is the purest form of a soul at peace.” – Matthew Donnelly

“Love is my weapon. Music is my religion. Peace is in my soul.”

“Love and peace of mind do protect us. They allow us to overcome the problems that life hands us. They teach us to survive… to live now… to have the courage to confront each day.” – Bernie Siegel

“It is more than the silence after storms. It is as the concord of all melodious sounds… an alliance of love with all beings, a sympathy with all that is pure and happy, a surrender of every separate will and interest, a participation of the spirit and life of the universe…” – William Ellery Channing

“If someone thinks that peace and love are just a cliche that must have been left behind in the 60s, that’s a problem. Peace and love are eternal.” – John Lennon

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“I believe all suffering is caused by ignorance. People inflict pain on others in the selfish pursuit of their happiness or satisfaction. Yet true happiness comes from a sense of peace and contentment, which in turn must be achieved through the cultivation of altruism, of love and compassion, and elimination of ignorance, selfishness, and greed.” – Dalai Lama

“Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“As you press on for justice, be sure to move with dignity and discipline, using only the weapon of love. Let no man pull you so low as to hate him. Always avoid violence. If you succumb to the temptation of using violence in your struggle, unborn generations will be the recipients of a long and desolate night of bitterness, and your chief legacy to the future will be an endless reign of meaningless chaos.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“By peace we mean the capacity to transform conflicts with empathy, without violence, and creatively- a never-ending process” – Johan Galtung

“While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart.” – St Francis of Assisi

Peace Quotes Bible

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“I’ve said these things to you so that you will have peace in me. In the world you have distress. But be encouraged! I have conquered the world.” – John 16:33

“Throw all your anxiety onto him, because he cares about you.” – 1 Peter 5:7

“The people who love your Instruction enjoy peace — and lots of it. There’s no stumbling for them!” – Psalm 119:165

“I think it’s naive to pray for world peace if we’re not going to change the form in which we live” – Godfrey Reggio

“Don’t pay back anyone for their evil actions with evil actions, but show respect for what everyone else believes is good. If possible, to the best of your ability, live at peace with all people.” – Romans 12: 17-18

“Sanskrit has 108 words for love. Islam has 99 names for God. Japanese has 14 words for beauty.”

“Don’t be anxious about anything; rather, bring up all of your requests to God in your prayers and petitions, along with giving thanks. Then the peace of God that exceeds all understanding will keep your hearts and minds safe in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6-7

“We are not at peace with others because we are not at peace with ourselves, and we are not at peace with ourselves because we are not at peace with God.” – Thomas Merton

“Those with sound thoughts you will keep in peace, in peace because they trust in you.” – Isaiah 26:3

“He saves me, unharmed, from my struggle, though there are many who are out to get me.” – Psalm 55:18

“They should shun evil and do good; seek peace and chase after it.” – 1 Peter 3:11

“When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, reason like a child, think like a child. But now that I have become a man, I’ve put an end to childish things.” – 1 Corinthians 13:11

“Then justice will reside in wild lands, and righteousness will abide in farmlands. The fruit of righteousness will be peace, and the outcome of righteousness, calm and security forever.” – Isaiah 32: 16-17

“A child is born to us, a son is given to us, and authority will be on his shoulders. He will be named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.” – Isaiah 9:6

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, [and] faithfulness.” – Galatians 5:22

“Mankind must remember that peace is not God’s gift to his creatures; peace is our gift to each other.” – Elie Wiesel

“God did not burden the United States with a diversity of backgrounds, ideals and religions, he BLESSED America with them… and we in our diversity and differences are all in this together.” – Rep. Emanuel Cleaver

“While they were saying these things, Jesus himself stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you!’ They were terrified and afraid. They thought they were seeing a ghost.” – Luke 24: 36-37

“Suddenly a great assembly of the heavenly forces was with the angel praising God. They said, ‘Glory to God in heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors.’” – Luke 2:13-14

“I will lie down and fall asleep in peace because you alone, Lord, let me live in safety.” – Psalm 4:8

“Then you must keep your tongue from evil and keep your lips from speaking lies! Turn away from evil! Do good! Seek peace and go after it! The Lord’s eyes watch the righteous, his ears listen to their cries for help.” – Psalm 34: 13–15

“Because of our God’s deep compassion, the dawn from heaven will break upon us, to give light to those who are sitting in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide us on the path of peace.” – Luke 1:78-79

“Happy are people who make peace, because they will be called God’s children.” – Matthew 5:9

“Peace I leave with you. My peace I give you. I give to you not as the world gives. Don’t be troubled or afraid.” – John 14:27

“Get along well with God and be at peace; from this something good will come to you. Receive instruction from his mouth; put his words in your mind.” – Job 22:21-22

“Therefore, since we have been made righteous through his faithfulness, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. We have access by faith into this grace in which we stand through him, and we boast in the hope of God’s glory.” – Romans 5: 1-2

“I know the plans I have in mind for you, declares the Lord; they are plans for peace, not disaster, to give you a future filled with hope.” – Jeremiah 29:11

“Simeon took Jesus in his arms and praised God. He said, ‘Now, master, let your servant go in peace according to your word, because my eyes have seen your salvation.’” – Luke 2: 28–30

Peace Quotes Buddha

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“Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace.” – Buddha

“Resolutely train yourself to attain peace.” – Buddha

“Better than a thousand hollow words is one word that brings peace.” – Buddha

“Be a peacemaker in everyday life. Display peace in everything you do. Be peace. Live in peace.” – Buddhist Proverb

“Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace.” – Buddha

“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.” – Buddha

“Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace.” – Buddha

“There has to be evil so that good can prove its purity above it. ” – Buddha

“To conquer oneself is a greater task than conquering others.” – Buddha

“The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. Never fear what will become of you, depend on no one. Only the moment you reject all help are you freed.” – Buddha

“Set your heart on doing good. Do it over and over again and you will be filled with joy.” – Buddha

“Everything that has a beginning has an ending. Make your peace with that and all will be well.” – Buddha

“The root of suffering is attachment.” – Buddha

Christmas Peace Quotes

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“Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.” – Calvin Coolidge

“Peace on earth will come to stay, When we live Christmas every day.” – Helen Steiner Rice

“I heard the bells on Christmas Day Their old, familiar carols play, And wild and sweet The words repeat Of peace on earth, good-will to men!” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“I truly believe that if we keep telling the Christmas story, singing the Christmas songs, and living the Christmas spirit, we can bring joy and happiness and peace to this world.” – Norman Vincent Peale

“Christmas is joy, religious joy, an inner joy of light and peace.” – Pope Francis

“To the American People: Christmas is not a time or a season but a state of mind. To cherish peace and good will, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas. If we think on these things, there will be born in us a Savior and over us will shine a star sending its gleam of hope to the world.” – Calvin Coolidge

“Bloody Christmas, here again, let us raise a loving cup, peace on earth, goodwill to men, and make them do the washing up.” – Wendy Cope

“The spirit of Christmas lives with us. We are the protectors of the real tradition of Christmas-peace on Earth and Goodwill to all. We are the hope of Man-the only hope. Mankind’s salvation lies within our hands. With our tech and ability we can create here on Earth a real heaven where men can be free. In our hands lies the power to restore to Man his determinism and all that he finds good in himself-his honesty, his integrity, and the thrill of being of real help to others. A very Merry Christmas to you all and a bright friendly new year.” – L. Ron Hubbard

Peace Quotes For Kids

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“When despair for the world grows in me and I wake in the night at the least sound in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be, I go and lie down where the wood drake rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds. I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief. I come into the presence of still water. And I feel above me the day-blind stars waiting with their light. For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.” – Wendell Berry

“What kind of peace do we seek? Not a Pax Americana enforced on the world by American weapons of war. Not the peace of the grave or the security of the slave. I am talking about genuine peace, the kind of peace that makes life on earth worth living, the kind that enables men and nations to grow and to hope and to build a better life for their children . . . not merely peace in our time but peace for all time.’’ – John F. Kennedy

“We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing each other’s children.” – Jimmy Carter

“We stand by as children starve by the millions because we lack the will to end hunger. But we have found the will to develop missiles capable of flying over the polar cap and landing within a few hundred feet of their target. This is not innovation. It is a profound distortion of humanity’s purpose on earth.” – Senator Mark Hatfield

“There is something strangely inconsistent about a nation and a press that would praise you when you say, ‘Be nonviolent toward Jim Clark,’ but will curse and damn you when you say, ‘Be nonviolent toward little brown Vietnamese children.’ There is something wrong with that press.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“There is no greater violence than to deny the dreams of our children.” – Kailash Satyarthi

“The great teachings unanimously emphasize that all the peace, wisdom, and joy in the universe are already within us; we don’t have to gain, develop, or attain them. We’re like a child standing in a beautiful park with his eyes shut tight. We don’t need to imagine trees, flowers, deer, birds, and sky; we merely need to open our eyes and realize what is already here, who we really are – as soon as we quit pretending we’re small or unholy.” – Bo Lozoff

“My hope and wish is that one day, formal education will pay attention to what I call ‘education of the heart.’ Just as we take for granted the need to acquire proficiency in the basic academic subjects, I am hopeful that a time will come when we can take it for granted that children will learn, as part of the curriculum, the indispensability of inner values: love, compassion, justice, and forgiveness.” – Dalai Lama

“If there’s no inner peace, people can’t give it to you. The husband can’t give it to you. Your children can’t give it to you. You have to give it to you.” – Linda Evans

“If there must be trouble let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.” – Thomas Paine

“I still believe that one day mankind will bow before the altars of God and be crowned triumphant over war and bloodshed, and nonviolent redemptive goodwill will proclaim the rule of the land. Most of these people will never make the headlines and their names will not appear in Who’s Who. Yet when years have rolled past and when the blazing light of truth is focused on this marvelous age in which we live–men and women will know and children will be taught that we have a finer land, a better people, a more noble civilization–because these humble children of God were willing to suffer for righteousness’ sake.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Peace Quotes About Life

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“We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill

“There can be no vulnerability without risk; there can be no community without vulnerability; there can be no peace, and ultimately no life, without community.” – M. Scott Peck

“The very first step in nonviolence is that we cultivate in our daily life, as between ourselves, truthfulness, humility, tolerance, loving kindness.” – Gandhi

“The moment we begin to fear the opinions of others and hesitate to tell the truth that is in us, and from motives of policy are silent when we should speak, the divine floods of light and life no longer flow into our souls.” – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

“The lessons from the peace process are clear; whatever life throws at us, our individual responses will be all the stronger for working together and sharing the load.” – Queen Elizabeth II

“The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.” – Thomas Jefferson

“Life is much easier when you just chill out.”

“Life is an opportunity, benefit from it. Life is a beauty, admire it. Life is a dream, realize it. Life is a challenge, meet it. Life is a duty, complete it. Life is a game, play it. Life is a promise, fulfill it. Life is sorrow, overcome it. Life is a song, sing it. Life is a struggle, accept it. Life is a tragedy, confront it. Life is an adventure, dare it. Life is luck, make it. Life is life, fight for it.”

“Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“In a time of unprecedented challenge and evolutionary transition we must heal the wounds of the past, engage fully in the transformation of present conditions, and create a future of unparalleled dignity and beauty for all beings and for all life on Earth.” – James O’Dea

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” – Henry David Thoreau

“Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace.” – Amelia Earhart

“We should live, act, and say nothing to the injury of anyone. It is not only best as a matter of principle, but it is the path to peace and honor.” – Robert E. Lee

Peace Quotes About Nature

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“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” – John Muir

“This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community, and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no ‘brief candle’ for me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.” – George Bernard Shaw

“Security is mostly superstition. It doesn’t exist in nature nor do we as human beings experience it. Avoiding the danger of life is no safer in the long run than outright exposure.” – Helen Keller

“Our task must be to free ourselves from our prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all humanity and the whole of nature in its beauty.” – Albert Einstein

“It is in the nature of revolution, the overturning of an existing order, that at its inception a very small number of people are involved. The process, in fact, begins with one person and an idea, an idea that persuades a second, then a third and a fourth, and gathers force until the idea is successfully contradicted, absorbed into conventional wisdom, or actually turns the world upside down. A revolution requires not only ammunition, but also weapons and men willing to use them and willing to be slain in the battle. In an intellectual revolution there must be ideas and advocates willing to challenge an entire profession, the establishment itself, willing to spend their reputations and careers in spreading the idea through deeds as well as words.” – Jude Wanniski

“If I have been of service, if I have glimpsed more of the nature and essence of ultimate good, if I am inspired to reach wider horizons of thought and action, if I am at peace with myself, it has been a successful day.” – Alex Noble

“I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.” – Nelson Mandela

“Because the relationship between self and world is reciprocal, it is not a matter of first getting enlightened or saved and then acting. As we work to heal the Earth, the Earth heals us. No need to wait. As we care enough to take risks, we loosen the grip of ego and begin to come home to our true nature.” – Joanna Macy

“A civilized nation can have no enemies, and one cannot draw a line across a map, a line that doesn’t even exist in nature and say that the ugly enemy lives on the one side, and good friends live on the other.” – Thor Heyerdahl

Originally published January 2, 2021, updated March 21, 2021

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