14 Quotes About Peace

The survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki have made peace their number one priority. Did you know that school children in Japan take mandatory peace studies? Perhaps everyone ought to take such classes. This isn’t a class, but perhaps these quotes about peace will inspire some reflections and perhaps actions that will bring about a lasting peace.

image of a dove in flight--a symbol of peace to go with these quotes about peace

What Is Peace

Peace is not the absence of war, but a virtue based on strength of character.

Baruch Spinoza

Mankind must remember that peace is not God’s gift to his creatures; peace is our gift to each other.

Elie Wiesel

Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Who Wants Peace?

While there are those who speak of war as some necessary thing, there are those who have been victims of war, soldiers of war—and all they want is peace. Read their quotes about peace.

Peace is our number one priority.

Sachiko Matsuo 83, Nagasaki

The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.

Douglas MacArthur

I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity.

Dwight D. Eisenhower

How To Achieve World Peace

Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind.

John F. Kennedy

The way to win an atomic war is to make certain it never starts.

Omar N. Bradley

The more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war.

Norman Schwarzkopf

War may make us great, but let it never be forgotten that peace only can make us both great and free.

John C. Calhoun

The real and lasting victories are those of peace, and not of war.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

I could start a war in 30 seconds. But some countries spend 100 years trying to find peace. Just like good manners, peace has to be learned.

Sylvester Stallone

If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children.

Mahatma Gandhi

Let Peace Rise Triumphant

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

We humans have the ability to make and live in peace. The quotes about peace above are a small token of the ways we think and yearn for peace. So let’s listen to Mahatma Gandhi and to Fred Rogers. Let’s make peace a priority. Let’s begin with the children. Teach Peace. Sing about Peace. And make it more than a dream.

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