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Clamor for Peace

So, there was this really interesting suggestion by Al-Jazeera to clamor for peace today; basically it was that everyone should take an opportunity to speak out for peace today. Well, I was in an office in Bogota, Colombia for most of my day, so I didn’t have much opportunity to, say, call my members of congress or join an activist event, as the article suggested. So instead I’m going to just post a whole bunch of peace-related quotes that I like…feel free to discuss and continue the clamor in the comments:

“Peace is not something you wish for; It’s something you make, Something you do, Something you are, And something you give away.” – Robert Fulghum

“Peace is not the absence of conflict, but the ability to cope with it.”- Unknown

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” – Jimi Hendrix

“Peace is costly but it is worth the expense.” – African proverb

“If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there’d be peace.” – John Lennon

“We are not at peace with others because we are not at peace with ourselves, and we are not at peace with ourselves because we are not at peace with God.” – Thomas Merton

“Peace comes from being able to contribute the best that we have, and all that we are, toward creating a world that supports everyone. But it is also securing the space for others to contribute the best that they have and all that they are.” – Hafsat Abiola

“The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the center of the universe dwells the Great Spirit, and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us.” – Black Elk

“Peace, to have meaning for many who have only known suffering in both peace and war, must be translated into bread or rice, shelter, health and education, as well as freedom and human dignity.” – Ralph Johnson Bunche

“Peace is the only battle worth waging.” – Albert Camus

“Peace is every step.” – Thich Nhat Hahn

“They shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.” – Isaiah 2:4

“You can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.” – Malcolm X

“Peace may sound simple – one beautiful word – but it requires everything we have, every quality, every strength, every dream, every high ideal.” – Yehudi Menuhin

“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

“All works of love are works of peace.” – Mother Theresa

“It is time to make peace with the planet.” – Al Gore

“The world is seen as filled with threats and of ‘us versus them,’ rather than with opportunities in an interconnected global society.” – Jeffrey Sachs

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Humans long for peace, for justice, for a reign of divine law, for something holy, for what is far from earth’s realities. We can have such a hope, not because we ourselves are able to construct the realm of happiness that God’s holy words proclaim, but because the builder of a reign of justice, of love, and of peace is already in the midst of us.” – Oscar Romero

So feel free to continue the clamor for peace. What do you think about these quotes? Do you know any other good quotes about peace? Is peace possible? What can we do?


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