Peace Talks - Tolerance, Connectedness, Friends


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It’s coexistence or no existence. 
Bertrand Russell  

The highest result of education is tolerance.  
Helen Keller   1903 

If we are to live together in peace, we must come to know each other better. 
Lyndon B Johnson  

A Prayer for Understanding  
Oh, great Father, never let me judge another man until  
I have walked in his moccasins for two weeks.  

Peace cannot be kept by force, it can only be kept by understanding. 
Albert Einstein    Notes on pacifism 

The only alternative to coexistence is codestruction. 
Jawaharial Nehru   1954 

A rattlesnake, if cornered will become so angry it will bite itself.  
That is exactly what the harbouring of hate and resentment against others is -  
a biting of oneself.  We think we are harming others in holding these  
spites and hates, but the deeper harm is to ourselves.  
E Stanley Jones  

Toleration is the best religion. 
Victor Hugo  

Tolerance implies no lack of commitment to one's own beliefs.   
Rather it condemns the oppression or persecution of others. 
John F Kennedy  1960 

Toleration is good for all, or it is good for none. 
Edmund Burke   

In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher. 
14th Dalai Lama  

And for these ends to practice tolerance and life together  
in peace with one another as good neighbours... 
Charter of the United Nations   1945 

If we cannot end our differences, at least we can help make the world  
safe for diversity. 
John F Kennedy  1963 

I have no race prejudice.  I think I have no colour prejudices or caste prejudices nor creed prejudices.  Indeed I know it.  I can stand any society.  
All that I care to know is that a man is a human being - that is enough for me; he can't be any worse.  
Mark Twain   

Differences can only enrich our experience, and  
the absence of difference impoverishes us. 
Martha Vancebury and Sylvia W Silverman  

Honest differences are often a healthy sign of progress. 
Mahatma Gandhi 

When you hear a man say, "I hate," adding the name of some race, nation, religion, or social class, you are dealing with a belated mind.   
That man may dress like a modern, ride in an automobile, listen over the radio, but his mind is properly dated about 1000 BC. 
Harry Emerson Fosdick   

World peace, like community peace, does not require that each man  
love his neighbour - it requires only that they live together with mutual tolerance, submitting their disputes to a just and peaceful settlement. 
John F Kennedy   1963 

The Holy Prophet Mohammed came into this world and taught us:  
'That man is a Muslim who never hurts anyone by word or deed,  
but who works for the benefit and happiness of God's creatures.  
Belief in God is to love one's fellow men.’ 
Abdul Ghaffar Khan  

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In a sense, each of us is an island.  In another sense, however,  
we are all one.   
For though islands appear separate, and may even be situated  
at great distances from one another, they are only extrusions  
of the same planet, Earth. 
J Donald Walters  

A human being is a part of the whole that we call the universe,  
a part limited in time and space.  He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest -- a kind of optical illusion  
of his consciousness.  This illusion is a prison for us, restricting us to  
our personal desires and to affection for only the few people nearest us.  
Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle  
of compassion to embrace all living beings and all of nature. 
Albert Einstein  

It is in the shelter of each other that the people live. 
Irish proverb  

Only the unity of all can bring the well-being of all. 
Robert Muller    A planet of hope 

We cannot live only for ourselves.  A thousand fibres connect us with  
our fellow men; and among those fibres, as sympathetic threads,  
our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects. 
Herman Melville  

Everyman is me, I am his brother.  No man is my enemy.  
I am Everyman and he is in and of me.  
This is my faith, my strength, my deepest hope and my only belief. 
Kenneth Patchen  

The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another. 
Thomas Merton  

There are realities we all share, regardless of our nationality, language,  
or individual tastes.  As we need food, so do we need emotional nourishment:  
love, kindness, appreciation, and support from others.  
We need to understand our environment and our relationship to it.  
We need to fulfil certain inner hungers: the need for happiness,  
for peace of mind -- for wisdom. 
J Donald Walters    

We are so bound together that no man can labor for himself alone.  
Each blow he strikes in his own behalf helps to mould the universe.  
Jerome K Jerome   The idle thoughts of an idle fellow   1889 

As man draws nearer to the stars, why should he not also  
draw nearer to his neighbour?  
Lyndon B Johnson   1965 

Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet.  
We all breathe the same air.  We all cherish our children's future.  
And we are all mortal.  
John F Kennedy   1963  

We may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now. 
Martin Luther King Jr 

War is unthinkable in a society of autonomous people who have discovered  
the connectedness of all humanity, who are unafraid of alien ideas and  
alien cultures, who know that all revolutions begin within and that  
you cannot impose your brand of enlightenment on anyone else. 
Marilyn Ferguson  

Either men will learn to live like brothers, or they will die like beasts. 
Max Lerner   The Gifts of the Magi   1949 

You may call for peace as loudly as you wish, but where there is no brotherhood there can in the end be no peace.  
Max Lerner   The Gifts of the Magi   1949 

Our true nationality is mankind. 
H G Wells   The Outline of History   1920 

A single twig breaks, but the bundle of twigs is strong. 
Tecumseh Shawnee  1795 

The World is my country, all mankind are my brethren,  
and to do good is my religion. 
Thomas Paine   

Share our similarities, celebrate our differences. 
M Scott Peck  

Live and let live. 
Scottish proverb  

I am not an Athenian, nor a Greek, but a citizen of the world.  

The age of chivalry has gone; the age of humanity has come. 
Charles Sumner  

All people are a single nation. 

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  

The earth is but one country and mankind its citizens. 

There is a Law that man should love his neighbour as himself.  
In a few hundred years it should be as natural to mankind as breathing or  
the upright gait; but if he does not learn it he must perish.  
Alfred Adler  

United we stand, divided we fall. 
Aesop (620 -560 BC)  

My country is the world; my countrymen are mankind.  
William Lloyd Garrison   The Liberator   1803  

The peace of one individual is small.  The peace of many people together is big.  When we see ourselves as separate from our community and from nature, then violence and strife arise.  It is only when we understand our part in an overall unity that there is the possibility of peace on a large scale. 
Deng Ming Dao 

There must be, not a balance of power, but a community of power; not organized rivalries, but an organized common peace. 
Woodrow Wilson  1917 

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If you want to keep the peace, talk to your friends. 
If you want to make peace, talk to your enemies. 
Moshe Dayan 

Help me to know that my love's not complete until I have loved the oppressor. 
Lee Domann  

Love is the only force capable of turning an enemy into a friend.  
Martin Luther King Jr. 

The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend. 
Abraham Lincoln  

Aye, fight!  But not your neighbour.  Fight rather all the things  
that cause you and your neighbour to fight.  
Mikhail Naim  

It is easy enough to be friendly to one's friends.  But to befriend the one  
who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion.  
The other is mere business.  
Mahatma Gandhi  

When strangers start acting like neighbours...communities are reinvigorated. 
Ralph Nader  

We are all full of weakness and errors; let us mutually pardon  
each other our follies - it is the first law of nature. 

Our understanding of how to live with one another is still far behind  
our knowledge of how to destroy one another. 
Lyndon B Johnson  

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