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Peace and its many aspects

Some peace quotes–and thoughts about them

Over the centuries many, many wonderful and inspiring things have been said about peace. You’d think these wonderful thoughts would have been more taken to heart. I mean, consider this from the Buddha:

“Better than a thousand hollow words is one word that brings peace.

or, this one from Albert Einstein:

“Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding.”

And old Ben Franklin said these famous words (though I’m not sure I entirely agree):

“There was never a good war or a bad peace.”

Martin Luther King had much to say about the subject, of course. For instance:

“One day we must come to see that peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but that it is a means by which we arrive at that goal. We must pursue peaceful ends through peaceful means.”

Going “way back” again, here is one I like very much is from the ancient Chinese philosopher Lao Tse:

“If there is to be peace in the world,
There must be peace in the nations.

If there is to be peace in the nations,
There must be peace in the cities.

If there is to be peace in the cities,
There must be peace between neighbors.

If there is to be peace between neighbors,
There must be peace in the home.

If there is to be peace in the home,
There must be peace in the heart.”

And, finally, from the New Testament:

“Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God.”

There are literally thousands (if not hundreds of thousands) more, and I encourage you to find some that inspire you. Everybody should read and think about these “gems”, and pass them on. It is interesting that most if not all the great thinkers through the ages have been, at least at some point in their lives, for peace; and yet we still hear about how Utopian and unrealistic “dreams” of peace are.

(the quotes above can all be found here)


September 26, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , ,

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  1. […] peace quotes I felt it was about time for more peace quotes (here is my first set).  There are so many, from so many different people, that it is hard to choose.  […]

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