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Peace Talks - Teaching, Action, Justice
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TEACHING AND EDUCATION
Human history becomes more and more a race
Think about the kind of world you want to live and work in.
To reach peace, teach peace.
The purpose of education is not to produce more scholars, technicians
I touch the future; I teach.
If we wish to create a lasting peace we must begin with the children.
Establishing lasting peace is the work of education;
Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education
...the function of education is to bring about a release of energy
To train a man in mind and not in morals is to train a menace
When young people see that there are adults who work to resolve
conflicts peaceably, they may be more hopeful about there being a future
TAKING ACTION FOR A BETTER WORLD
Blessed are the peacemakers.
It isn't enough to talk about peace. One must believe in
Faith without works is dead.
Even weak men when united are powerful.
The more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war.
Better active today than radioactive tomorrow.
If we do not change our direction
The biggest problem in the world could have been solved when
it was small.
Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
It is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.
One person alone cannot change the world, but all of us together
You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens
can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.
Peace is not an ideal. To me, an ideal is merely an escape,
an avoidance of what is. An ideal prevents direct action upon what
The journey of a thousand leagues begins with a single step.
We frail humans are at one time capable of the greatest good
and, at the same time, capable of the greatest evil. Change will only
come about when each of us takes up the daily struggle ourselves to be more
forgiving, compassionate, loving, and above all joyful in the knowledge that,
by some miracle of grace, we can change as those around us can change too.
If we just worry about the big picture, we are powerless.
Nothing could be worse than the fear that one had given up too
No leader is going to give us peace, no government, no country.
What will bring peace is inward transformation which will lead to outward
action. Inward transformation is not isolation, is not a withdrawal
from outward action. On the contrary, there can only be right action
when there is right thinking and there is no right thinking when there is
no self- knowledge. Without knowing yourself, there is no peace.
I like to believe that people in the long run are going to do
You are never given a wish without also being given the power
Peace demands the most heroic labor and the most difficult sacrifice.
Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace.
Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread
One little person, giving all of her time to peace, makes news.
Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace.
No-one has the right to sit down and feel hopeless.
It is easier to lead men to combat, stirring up their passion,
than to restrain them and direct them toward the patient labours of peace.
One of the most persistent ambiguities that we face is that everybody
talks about peace as a goal. However, it does not take sharpest-eyed
sophistication to discern that while everybody talks about peace, peace has
become practically nobody’s business among the power-wielders. Many
men cry Peace! Peace! but they refuse to do the things that make for peace.
JUSTICE AND INJUSTICE
If you want peace, work for justice.
I prefer the most unfair peace to the most righteous war.
I'm for truth, no matter who tells it.
The most disadvantageous peace is better than the most just war.
The evils of government are directly proportional to the tolerance
Every gun that is fired, every warship launched, every rocket
In law a man is guilty when he violates the rights of others.
In ethics he is guilty if he only thinks of doing so.
Compromise does not mean cowardice.
The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s
Two-thirds of all governments spend more to guard their populations
against military attack than against all the enemies of good health, while
according to some estimates 70% of people die from preventable diseases.
When the citizens of a state are morally weak, to demand that
its government be morally strong, is nothing short of sheer stupidity.
This would be like calling for the reflection in a mirror to be invariably
graceful, when the human visage reflected therein is in itself ugly.
There is no right way to do a wrong thing.
When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty.
Evil often triumphs, but never conquers.
War is an invention of the human mind.
Non-cooperation with evil is a sacred duty.
During war we imprison the rights of man.
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
There are two ways of exerting one’s strength :
What kind of victory is it when someone is left defeated?
Only a peace between equals can last.
Chaos occurs when human rights are not respected.
The powerful have always been willing to baptise the status quo
and name it ‘peace’, and the impotent are regularly accused of being troublemakers
You can’t hold a man down without staying down with him.
If there is to be any peace it will come through being, not having.
It is a tragic mix-up when the United States spends $500,000
for every enemy soldier killed, and only $53 annually on the victims of poverty.
Nothing can be politically right that is morally wrong;
The Works of Mercy:
The Works of War:
When shall it be said in any country of the world my poor are
The arms race can kill, though the weapons themselves may never
Observe good faith and justice toward all nations.
The only true and lasting peace (is) based on justice and right.
We must adjust to changing times and still hold to unchanging
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