In memory of September 11, I thought I would share some quotes about making peace. These were assembled together in a book called The Right Moment p. 146. It just did not seem like I could let this day pass without doing some small token gesture. If you have other quotes to share about peace, please share them.
Nonviolence is the first article of my faith. It is also the last article of my creed.
Anger is the wind which blows out the lamp of the mind.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
Henceforth the adequacy of any military establishment will be tested by its ability to preserve the peace.
All anger is an attempt to make someone feel guilty.
A Course in Miracles
We train in hopes of being of some use, however small our role may be, in the task of bringing peace to mankind around the world.
Founder of Aikido
Wilth malice toward none, with charity for all… let us finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds.
When women have a voice in national and international affairs, war will cease forever.
When faced with angry conflict, it is easy to get lost in the issues and lose sight of the fact that any form of peacemaking is a commitment to a self-inquiring process of communication. How I / you / we relate to the issues is the deeper issue when faced with conflict. Within this process, I am discovering that my own anger can be transmuted into passion when I reframe my relationship with the issues- from what I am fighting against to what I am prepared to stand up for. And what I am willing to stand up (and speak out) for is my faith in the innate goodness in human beings, our willingness and desire to srive toward a peaceful coexistence and our infite capacity for growth.
I think that people want peace so much that one of these days government had better get out of their way and let them have it.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Peace, like freedom, is no original state which existed from the start; we shall have to make it, in the truest sense of the word.
Everybody today seems to be in such a terrible rush, anxious for greater developments and greater riches and so on, so that children have very little time for their parents. Parents have very little time for each other, and in the home begins the disruption of peace in the world.