Peace can mean inner peace or civil peace.  Peace is the absence of violence or war, and even the absence of uncomfortable disturbances.  Peace implies a calmness or tranquility, so peace goes beyond a mere absence of active violence and war; tranquility requires a stable system that is fair and just to all, or living a life that is in harmony with others and the wider world.  Peace also carries a connotation of unity and lawfulness. Here are some of the comments of the world’s thinkers on the subject of peace.

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

— Peace Pilgrim

We who work for peace must not falter. We must continue to pray for peace and to act for peace in whatever way we can, we must continue to speak for peace and to live the way of peace; to inspire others, we must continue to think of peace and to know that peace is possible.

— Peace Pilgrim

Cultivating moment-to-moment curiosity, we find that peace dawns on us.

— Pema Chödrön

We know that peace is only possible when it is the fruit of justice. True peace is the result of the profound transformation affected by nonviolence which is, indeed, the power of love.

— Perez Esquivel

There is a wonderful mythical law of nature that the three things we crave most in life — happiness, freedom, and peace of mind — are always attained by giving them to someone else.

— Peyton Conway March

Either war is obsolete or men are.

— R. Buckminster Fuller

The whole of planet Earth is a sacred site. All people are the chosen people, and the purpose of our lives is a spiritual one. May we care for each other, and for the earth, for everything relates to everything else.
Feeling this oneness, may we radiate the light of love and kindness that all may live in unity and peace.

— Radha Sahar

There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy.

— Ralph H. Blum

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

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

A political victory, a rise in rents, the recovery of your sick, or return of your absent friend, or some other quite external event, raises your spirits, and you think good days are preparing for you. Do not believe it. Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. Nothing can bring you peace but the triumph of principles.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sometimes we receive the power to say yes to life. Then peace enters us and makes us whole.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

People spend a lifetime searching for happiness; looking for peace. They chase idle dreams, addictions, religions, even other people, hoping to fill the emptiness that plagues them. The irony is the only place they ever needed to search was within.

— Ramona L. Anderson

When people talk about war I vow with all beings to raise my voice in the chorus and speak of original peace.

— Robert Aitken

A key to developing the capacity for inner awareness is the ability to differentiate felt energy in the body from thought, stories or interpretations. This ability to differentiate brings a more open, free inner space so we can more readily feel our authentic experience.

— Robert Gonzalez

Dream always of a peaceful, warless, disarmed world.

— Robert Muller

To forgive is the highest, most beautiful form of love. In return, you will receive untold peace and happiness.

— Robert Muller

Women are not inherently passive or peaceful. We’re not inherently anything but human.

— Robin Morgan

So here comes this black guy from the Bay Area talking about peace, feminism, challenging racism, challenging the priorities of the country, and talking about preserving the fragile nature of our ecological system. People looked at me as if I was a freak.

— Ron Dellums

Top 15 Things Money Can’t Buy: Time. Happiness. Inner Peace. Integrity. Love. Character. Manners. Health. Respect. Morals. Trust. Patience. Class. Common sense. Dignity.

— Roy T. Bennett

There is peace in the garden. Peace and results.

— Ruth Stout

The powerful have always been willing to baptize the status quo and name it “peace,” and the impotent are regularly accused of being troublemakers when all they seek is justice.

— Sam Keen

Whatever we are waiting for – peace of mind, contentment, grace, the inner awareness of simple abundance – it will surely come to us, but only when we are ready to receive it with an open and grateful heart.

— Sarah Ban Breathnach

Symptoms of Inner Peace
• A tendency to think and act spontaneously rather than on fears based on past experience
• An unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment
• A loss of interest in judging other people
• A loss of interest in judging self
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— Saskia Davis, Symptoms of Inner Peace

This is the time for the creative
Man. Woman. Who must decide
that She. He. Can live in peace.
Racial and sexual justice on
this earth.

This is the time for you and me.
African American. Whites. Latinos.
Gays. Asians. Jews. Native
Americans. Lesbians. Muslims.
All of us must finally bury
the elitism of race superiority
the elitism of sexual superiority
the elitism of economic superiority
the elitism of religious superiority

So we welcome you on the celebration
of 218 years Philadelphia. America.

— Sonia Sanchez, Shake Loose My Skin: New and Selected Poems

While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart.

— St. Francis of Assisi

As a citizen of the world, I stand only with Truth and my conscience is my only leader. This is the only way to peace and justice on earth. To always do the right thing, be the right person, and stand with whoever is right always and forever.

— Suzy Kassem

We will never know peace and stability in the world without balance. And we will never know balance without justice for all. Yet, justice exists only where there is fairness and equality — when every man and country is treated and viewed equally.

— Suzy Kassem

The greatest degree of inner tranquility comes from the development of love and compassion. The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being.

— Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama

If we ourselves remain angry and then sing world peace, it has little meaning. First, our individual self must learn peace. This we can practice. Then we can teach the rest of the world.

— Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama

I believe that to meet the challenges of our times, human beings will have to develop a greater sense of universal responsibility. Each of us must learn to work not just for oneself, one’s own family or nation, but for the benefit of all humankind. Universal responsibility is the key to human survival. It is the best foundation for world peace.

— Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama

When we feel love and kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace.

— Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama

Responsibility does not only lie with the leaders of our countries or with those who have been appointed or elected to do a particular job. It lies with each of us individually. Peace, for example, starts within each one of us. When we have inner peace, we can be at peace with those around us.

When our community is in a state of peace, it can share that peace with neighboring communities, and so on. When we feel love and kindness towards others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace. And there are ways in which we can consciously work to develop feelings of love and kindness. For some of us, the most effective way to do so is through religious practice. For others it may be non-religious practices. What is important is that we each make a sincere effort to take our responsibility for each other and for the natural environment we live in seriously.

— Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama

Peace, in the sense of the absence of war, is of little value to someone who is dying of hunger or cold. It will not remove the pain of torture inflicted on a prisoner of conscience. It does not comfort those who have lost their loved ones in floods caused by senseless deforestation in a neighboring country. Peace can only last where human rights are respected, where the people are fed, and where individuals and nations are free.True peace with oneself and with the world around us can only be achieved through the development of mental peace. The other phenomena mentioned above are similarly interrelated. Thus, for example, we see that a clean environment, wealth or democracy mean little in the face of war, especially nuclear war, and that material development is not sufficient to ensure human happiness.

Material progress is of course important for human advancement. In Tibet, we paid much to little attention to technological and economic development, and today we realize that this was a mistake. At the same time, material development without spiritual development can also cause serious problems. In some countries too much attention is paid to external things and very little importance is given to inner development. I believe both are important and must be developed side by side so as to achieve a good balance between them. Tibetans are always described by foreign visitors as being a happy, jovial people. This is part of our national character, formed by cultural and religious values that stress the importance of mental peace through the generation of love and kindness to all other living sentient beings, both human and animal. Inner peace is the key: if you have inner peace, the external problems do not affect your deep sense of peace and tranquillity. In that state of mind you can deal with situations with calmness and reason, while keeping your inner happiness. This is very important. Without this inner peace, no matter how comfortable your life is materially, you may still be worried, disturbed or unhappy because of circumstances.

— Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama

We can never obtain peace in the world if we neglect the inner world and don’t make peace with ourselves. World Peace must develop out of inner peace.

— Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama

Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace.

— Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama

We need to understand how destructive emotions affect us and constructive emotions can help us, so that we can maintain our peace of mind.

— Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama

Through your kindness to others, your mind and heart will open to peace.

— Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama

Our surest protection against assault from abroad has been not all our guards, gates and guns, or even our two oceans, but our essential goodness as a people. Our richest asset has been not our material wealth but our values.

— Theodore C. Sorensen

Every morning, when we wake up, we have twenty-four brand-new hours to live. What a precious gift! We have the capacity to live in a way that these twenty-four hours will bring peace, joy, and happiness to ourselves and others.

— Thich Nhat Hanh

Peace in ourselves, peace in the world.

— Thich Nhat Hanh

Working for peace in the future is to work for peace in the present moment.

— Thich Nhat Hanh

You who are journalists, writers, citizens, you have the right and duty to say to those you have elected that they must practice mindfulness, calm and deep listening, and loving speech. This is universal thing, taught by all religions.

— Thich Nhat Hanh

The practice of peace and reconciliation is one of the most vital and artistic of human actions.

— Thich Nhat Hanh

Everyday we do things, we are things that have to do with peace. If we are aware of our life…, our way of looking at things, we will know how to make peace right in the moment, we are alive.

— Thich Nhat Hanh

Be peace, don’t just talk about it.

— Thich Nhat Hanh

First keep the peace within yourself, then you can also bring peace to others.

— Thomas a Kempis

The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.

— Thomas Jefferson

Peace, which costs nothing, is attended with with infinitely more advantage than any victory with all its expense.

— Thomas Paine
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