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Human history becomes more and more a race  
between education and catastrophe. 
H G Wells   The outline of history  1920 

Think about the kind of world you want to live and work in.  
What do you need to know to build the world?  
Demand that your teachers teach you that.  

To reach peace, teach peace. 
Pope John Paul II  

The purpose of education is not to produce more scholars, technicians  
and job hunters, but integrated men and women who are free of fear;  
for only between such human beings can there be enduring peace. 

I touch the future; I teach. 

If we wish to create a lasting peace we must begin with the children. 
Mahatma Gandhi  

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

Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all. 

...the function of education is to bring about a release of energy  
in the pursuit of goodness, truth, or God, which in turn makes the individual  
a true human being and therefore the right kind of citizen. 

To train a man in mind and not in morals is to train a menace to society. 
Franklin D Roosevelt  

When young people see that there are adults who work to resolve conflicts peaceably, they may be more hopeful about there being a future for them. 
Mary Finn   1984 

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Blessed are the peacemakers. 
Jesus at the Sermon on the Mount 

It isn't enough to talk about peace.  One must believe in it.  
And it isn't enough to believe in it.  One must work at it. 
Eleanor Roosevelt   1951 

Faith without works is dead. 
James 2:20 

Even weak men when united are powerful. 
Friedrich Schiller 

The more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war. 
Hyman G Rickover    1983 

Better active today than radioactive tomorrow. 
Bumper sticker 

If we do not change our direction  
we are likely to end up where we are headed. 
Chinese Proverb 

The biggest problem in the world could have been solved when it was small. 
Witter Bynner 

Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. 
John Wooden 

It is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness. 
Chinese proverb 

One person alone cannot change the world, but all of us together  
strong in the conviction and determination that peace begins in our own hearts, will be able to create a peaceful and peace-loving society. 
Pope John Paul II 

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience  
in which you really stop to look fear in the face.   
You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.  
Eleanor Roosevelt  

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

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 is.   
To have peace, we will have to love, we will have to begin not to live  
an ideal life but to see things as they are and act upon them, transform them. 

The journey of a thousand leagues begins with a single step.   
So we must never neglect any work of peace within our reach, however small.  
Adlai E Stevenson  

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. 
Maíread Maguire 

If we just worry about the big picture, we are powerless.   
So my secret is to start right away doing whatever little work I can do.   
I try to give joy to one person in the morning, and remove the suffering of  
one person in the afternoon.  If you and your friends do not despise  
the small work, a million people will remove a lot of suffering.   
That is the secret.  Start right now.  
Sister Chän Khöng 

Nothing could be worse than the fear that one had given up too soon  
and left one unexpended effort which might have saved the world. 
Jane Addams 

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 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   1959 

You are never given a wish without also being given the power  
to make it come true.  It may take some work, however. 
Richard Bach   Illusions   1977 

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.   
The Christian fight for peace is not to be confused with defeatism.   
Thomas Merton  

Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace. 
The soul that knows it not, knows no release from little things. 
Amelia Earhart   1898-1937 

Liberty means responsibility.  That is why most men dread it. 
George Bernard Shaw   Man and Superman   1903 

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

Lord, make me an instrument of Thy 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 sadness, joy;  
where there is darkness, light. 
St Francis of Assisi 

No-one has the right to sit down and feel hopeless.   
There’s too much work to do. 
Dorothy Day 

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.  
Andre Gide   Journals   1938 

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. 
Martin Luther King, Jr. 

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If you want peace, work for justice. 
Pope Paul VI  

I prefer the most unfair peace to the most righteous war. 
Cicero  Epistola ad Atticum 

I'm for truth, no matter who tells it. 
I'm for justice, no matter who it is for or against. 
I'm a human being first and foremost, and as such I am for whomever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole. 
Malcolm X 

The most disadvantageous peace is better than the most just war. 
Desiderius Erasmus   Adagia   1515 

The evils of government are directly proportional to the tolerance  
of the people.  
Frank Kent 

Every gun that is fired, 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.  The world in arms is not spending money alone.   
It is spending the sweat of its labourers, the genius of its scientists,  
the hopes of its children. 
Dwight D Eisenhower   1953 

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.  
Immanuel Kant  

Compromise does not mean cowardice.  
John F Kennedy  

The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience. 
Harper Lee  

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. 
Housmans Peace Diary 

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. 
Bumper sticker 

Evil often triumphs, but never conquers. 
Joseph Roux  

War is an invention of the human mind.   
The human mind can invent peace with justice. 
Norman Cousins   Who speaks for Man?   1953 

Non-cooperation with evil is a sacred duty.  
Mahatma Gandhi  

During war we imprison the rights of man. 
Jean Giradoux   1935 

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. 
Martin Luther King Jr 

There are two ways of exerting one’s strength :  
one is pushing down, the other is pulling up. 
Booker T Washington  

What kind of victory is it when someone is left defeated? 
Mahatma Gandhi  

Only a peace between equals can last.   
Only a peace the very principle of which is equality and  
a common participation in a common benefit. 
Woodrow Wilson  1917 

Chaos occurs when human rights are not respected. 
Andrew Young   1977  

The powerful have always been willing to baptise the status quo and name it ‘peace’, and the impotent are regularly accused of being troublemakers  
when all they seek is justice. 
Sam Keen  

You can’t hold a man down without staying down with him. 
Booker T Washington  

If there is to be any peace it will come through being, not having. 
Henry Miller   The wisdom of the heart   1941 

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.  
Martin Luther King 

Nothing can be politically right that is morally wrong;  
and no necessity can ever sanctify a law that is contrary to equity. 
Benjamin Rush  

The Works of Mercy: 
Feed the hungry; 
Clothe the naked; 
Give drink to the thirsty; 
Visit the imprisoned; 
Care for the sick; 
Bury the dead. 

The Works of War: 
Destroy crops and land; 
Seize food supplies; 
Destroy homes, scatter families; 
Contaminate water; 
Imprison dissenters; 
Inflict wounds, burns; 
Kill the living. 
Thomas Merton  

When shall it be said in any country of the world my poor are happy;  
neither ignorance or distress is to be found among them; my jails are empty  
of prisoners, my streets of beggars; the aged are not in want, the taxes  
are not oppressive; the rational world is my friend, because I am the friend of its happiness; when these things can be said, then may that country boast of  
its constitution and government. 
Thomas Paine 

The arms race can kill, though the weapons themselves may never be used... 
by their cost alone, armaments kill the poor by causing them to starve. 
Vatican statement to the United Nations   1976  

Observe good faith and justice toward all nations.   
Cultivate peace and harmony with all. 
George Washington   

The only true and lasting peace (is) based on justice and right. 
Calvin Coolidge   1923 

We must adjust to changing times and still hold to unchanging principles. 
Jimmy Carter   1977 

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