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PEACE IS....  

Peace is not a gap between times of fighting,  
or a space where nothing is happening. 
Peace is something that lives, grows, spreads.  
And needs to be looked after. 
Katherine Scholes   Peacetimes   1989 

Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures. 
John F. Kennedy   1963 

Peace is not just the absence of war...Like a cathedral, peace must be constructed patiently and with unshakable faith. 
Pope John Paul II  

...peace is the healing and the elevating influence of the world... 
Woodrow Wilson   1915 

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 more the product of our day-to-day living  
than of a spectacular program, intermittently executed. 
Dwight D Eisenhower   1950  

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

Peace is the one condition of survival in this nuclear age.  
Adlai E. Stevenson   

Peace is the skilful management of conflict. 
Kenneth Coulding   1977 

Peace is rarely denied to the peaceful.  
Johann von Schiller  

Peace is envisioning a solution to the unsolvable.  It means thinking the unthinkable, that we might just call a halt, yesterday to war. 
Mary E Hunt   

Peace, in international affairs, is a period of cheating between  
two periods of fighting. 
Ambrose Bierce   The Devil’s Dictionary   1911 

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  

Peace is a state of mind, not a state of the nation.  Without personal transformation, the people of the world will be forever locked in conflict. 
Marilyn Ferguson   

Peace is: to live, to love, to learn, and leave a legacy with balance and joy.  
Peace is: cooperation rather than competition; to become part of  
a synergistic, living whole.  
Peace is: the development of our human endowments that empower us  
with character and competence in the moment of choice.  
Peace is: learning to listen and live by conscience.  
Stephen R Covey   First Things First   1994 

Peace is our gift to each other. 
Elie Wiesel   

Peace is not the product of terror or fear. 
Peace is not the silence of cemeteries. 
Peace is not the silent result of violent oppression. 
Peace is the generous, tranquil contribution of all to the good of all. 
Peace is dynamism.  Peace is generosity. 
It is right and duty. 
Oscar Romero   

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Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. 
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Self-Reliance  1839 

Charity is in the heart of man, and righteousness in the path of men.   
Pity the man who has lost his path and does not follow it and who has lost his heart and does not know how to recover it.  When people's dogs and chicks are lost they go out and look for them and yet the people who have lost their hearts do not go out and look for them.  The principle of self-cultivation consists in nothing but trying to look for the lost heart. 
Mencius   4th century BC 

As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able  
to remake the world -that is the myth of the 'atomic age' - as in being able  
to remake ourselves.  
Mahatma Gandhi   

Peace and quiet is the true path in the world. 
Lao-Tzu   Tao-te-Ching  ch.45 

If we have not peace within ourselves,  
it is in vain to seek it from outward sources. 
La Rochefoucauld  

For peace of mind, we need to resign as general manager of the universe. 
Larry Eisenberg  

The task we must set for ourselves is not to feel secure,  
but to be able to tolerate insecurity. 
Erich Fromm  

Only by having faith in ourselves can we be faithful to others. 
Erich Fromm  

Until you make peace with who you are,  
you'll never be content with what you have.  
Doris Mortman  

When you find peace within yourself, you become the kind of person  
who can live at peace with others. 
Peace Pilgrim   

Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be,  
since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be.  
Thomas A. Kempis 

We know the truth, not only by the reason, but by the heart.  
Blaise Pascal   Pensees   1670 

There is a criterion by which you can judge whether the thoughts  
you are thinking and the things you are doing are right for you.   
The criterion is: Have they brought you inner peace?   
If they have not, there is something wrong with them -- so keep seeking!   
If what you do has brought you inner peace, stay with what you believe  
is right.  
Peace Pilgrim  

It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves,  
and it is not possible to find it elsewhere.  
Agnes Repplier  

Before we can make friends with anyone else,  
we must first make friends with ourselves.  
Eleanor Roosevelt   

Keep quiet.  Do your work in the world, but inwardly keep quiet.   
Then all will come to you.  
Nisaragada Ha Maharaj   

He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe. 
Marcus Aurelius   2nd century AD 

There is no way to peace. Peace is the way. 
A J. Muste   1967 

I keep my ideals, because in spite of everything I still believe that  
people are really good at heart. 
Anne Frank  

This is the way of peace: Overcome evil with good, falsehood with truth,  
and hatred with love.  
Peace Pilgrim  

You must learn to be still in the midst of activity. 
Indira Gandhi   1975 

World peace will never be stable until enough of us find inner peace  
to stabilize it. 
Peace Pilgrim  

As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live. 

He who can control his rising anger as a coachman controls his carriage  
at full speed, this man I call a good driver; others merely hold the reins.  
Gautama Buddha  

Fear makes the wolf bigger than he is.  
German proverb  

If you don't wish to be prone to anger do not feed the habit; give it nothing which may tend to its increase.  At first, keep quiet and count the days when you were not angry: "I used to be angry everyday, then every other day;  
next, every two, then every three days!" and if you succeed in passing thirty days, sacrifice to the gods in thanksgiving.  

We have seen the enemy and he is us.  
Walt Kelly, "Pogo"  

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What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality. 
Otto Rank   

The course of human history is determined, not by what happens in the skies, but by what takes place in our hearts. 
Sir Arthur Kent  

No one can find inner peace except by working, not in a self- centred way,  
but for the whole human family. 
Peace Pilgrim  

Peace must begin within self before there can come action or self application in  a way to bring peace - even in thine own household, in thine own vicinity,  
in thine own state or nation. 
Edgar Cayce  

What lies before us and what lies behind us are small matters compared to  
what lies within us.  And when we bring what is within out into the world,  
miracles happen.  
Henry David Thoreau  

Living the truth in your heart without compromise brings kindness into the world. Attempts at kindness that compromise your heart cause only sadness. 
Anonymous 18th century monk  

There never was a war that was not inward;  
I must fight till I have conquered in myself what causes war.  
Marianne Moore 

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  14th century  

The Peace Prayer. 
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 hearts, our world, our universe. 
Peace.  Peace.  Peace. 
Satish Kumar - Adapted from the Upanishads 

Peace, like charity, begins at home. 
Franklin D. Roosevelt   1936 

First there must be order and harmony within your own mind.   
Then this order will spread to your family, then to the community, and finally  
to your entire kingdom.  Only then can you have peace and harmony. 

Peace will come only when you yourself are peaceful,  
when you yourself are at peace with your neighbour. 

Only when peace lives in each of us, will it live outside of us.  
We must be like wombs for a new harmony.  When it is small, peace is fragile.  Like a baby, it needs nurturing attention.   
We must protect peace from violence and perversion if it is to grow. 
Deng Ming Dao  

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