Quotes About Peacemaking

Quotes tagged as "peacemaking" (showing 1-25 of 25)
“It is not enough to win a war; it is more important to organize the peace.”

Jean Vanier
“Peace is the fruit of love, a love that is also justice. But to grow in love requires work -- hard work. And it can bring pain because it implies loss -- loss of the certitudes, comforts, and hurts that shelter and define us.”
Jean Vanier, Finding Peace

Joseph Bruchac
“Never think that war is a good thing, grandchildren. Though it may be necessary at times to defend our people, war is a sickness that must be cured. War is a time out of balance. When it is truly over, we must work to restore peace and sacred harmony once again.”
Joseph Bruchac, Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two

Peggy Haymes
“Avoiding conflict isn’t peacemaking. Avoiding conflict means running away from the mess while peacemaking means running into the middle of it.
Peacemaking means addressing those issues that caused conflict in the first place.

Peacemaking can never be separated from doing justice. They go hand in hand. Peacemaking means having to stir the waters on the way to peace.

Peacemaking means speaking the truth in love, but speaking the truth nonetheless.”
Peggy Haymes, Strugglers, Stragglers and Seekers: daily devotions for the rest of us

Dalai Lama XIV
“Many people today agree that we need to reduce violence in our
society. If we are truly serious about this, we must deal with the
roots of violence, particularly those that exist within each of us. We
need to embrace 'inner disarmament,' reducing our own emotions of
suspicion, hatred and hostility toward our brothers and sisters.”
Dalai Lama XIV

Jean Vanier
“True peace can rarely be imposed from the outside; it must be born within and between communities through meetings and dialogue and then carried outward.”
Jean Vanier, Finding Peace

Christine de Pizan
“Women particularly should concern themselves with peace because men by nature are more foolhardy and headstrong, and their overwhelming desire to avenge themselves prevents them from foreseeing the resulting dangers and terrors of war. But woman by nature is more gentle and circumspect. Therefore, if she has sufficient will and wisdom she can provide the best possible means to pacify man.”
Christine de Pizan, The Treasure of the City of Ladies

Michael Bassey Johnson
“-We need more love, to supersede hatred, -We need more strength,
to resist our weaknesses,
-We need more inspiration,
to lighten up our innermind.
-We need more learning,
to erase our ignorance,
-We need more wisdom,
to live longer and happier,
-We need more truths, to suppress deceptions,
-We need more health,
to enjoy our wealth,
-We need more peace, to stay in harmony with our brethren
-We need more smiles,
to brighten up our day,
-We need more hero's, and not zero's,
-We need more change of ourselves, to change the lives of others,
-We need more understanding,
to tackle our misunderstanding,
-We need more sympathy,
not apathy,
-We need more forgiveness,
not vengeance,
-We need more humility to be lifted up,
-We need more patience and not undue eagerness,
-We need more focus, to avoid distraction,
-We need more optimism,
not pessimism
-We need more justice,
not injustice,
-We need more facts, not fiction,
-We need more education,
to curb illiteracy,
-We need more skills, not incompetence,
-We need more challenges,
to make attempts,
-We need more talents,
to create the extraordinary,
-We need more helping hands,
not stingy folks,
-We need more efforts,
not laziness,
-We need more jokes, to forget our worries, -We need more spirituality,
not mean religion,
-We need more freedom,
not enslavement,
-We need more peacemakers,
not revolutionaries...with these, we create an heaven on earth.”
Michael Bassey Johnson

Rasheed Ogunlaru
“Odd how we focus on studying wars at at school to form our 'education'. No wonder we know so little about making and forging peace as adults.”
Rasheed Ogunlaru

Meredith Ann Pierce
“Our two peoples are sworn enemies,” he whispered. “You would not do it.”
“Call me your enemy no more,” Jan bade him, drawing nearer. “I grow weary of our being enemies. The scars your talons left upon my back this autumn past are old scars now, long healed. Time to heal this ancient rift between our peoples as well.”
Meredith Ann Pierce

Dave DiGrazie
“Good literature is one key to peace. When we stop reading each other, when we stop paying attention to each other's words and stories, we too easily oppose one another.”
Dave DiGrazie

Henri J.M. Nouwen
“The thought that human beings are considering saving lives by killing millions of their fellow human beings is so preposterous that the words 'saving life' have lost all of their meaning. One of the most tragic facts of our century is that this 'No' to nuclear weapons has been spoken so seldom, so softly, and by so few.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen

Widad Akrawi
“Peace may be hard to achieve, but is possible with small yet essential steps that are guided by courage and sufficient commitment.”
Widad Akrawi

“Instead of thinking those who don't share your passions are not 'real Christians,' recognize the beauty of diversity within the body of Christ. Instead of being angry with others for not feeling your urgency about an issue, give them time to come around.”
Holly Sprink, Faith Postures: Cultivating Christian Mindfulness

“Peace isn't the absence of wars provoked by a series of delinquents of all sort, but a dynamic process of cooperation between states and people...”
Ahmed Padia Binkatabana

Nath Jones
“Injustice lives in the unquiet heart.”
Nath Jones

Richard von Weizsäcker
“Es hilft unendlich viel zum Frieden, nicht auf den anderen zu warten, bis er kommt, sondern auf ihn zuzugehen."

[Ansprache am 8. Mai 1985 in der Gedenkstunde im Plenarsaal des Deutschen Bundestages]
Richard von Weizsäcker

Richard von Weizsäcker
“Friedensliebe zeigt sich gerade darin, daß man seine Heimat nicht vergißt und eben deshalb entschlossen ist, alles zu tun, um immer in Frieden miteinander zu leben."

[Ansprache am 8. Mai 1985 in der Gedenkstunde im Plenarsaal des Deutschen Bundestages]
Richard von Weizsäcker

“Sometimes people carried anger around for years, in a secret box inside their bodies, and it grew tighter like a hardening knot. The problem with it getting tighter and smaller was that the people did, too, hiding it. Liyana had seen this happen even in elementary school. Somebody wasn't fair to somebody and the hurt person just held it in. By the end of the year they had nearly disappeared.

But other people responded differently. They let their anger grow so large it ate them up – even their voices and laughter. And still they couldn't get rid of it. They forgot where it had come from. They tried to shake it loose, but no one liked them by now.

Liyana wondered if the person who could let it out the same size it was to begin with, was luckiest.

In Jerusalem, so much old anger floated around, echoed from fading graffiti, seeped out of cracks. Sometimes it bumped into new anger in the streets. The air felt stacked with weeping and raging and praying to God by all the different names.”
Naomi Shibab Nye

“Omer took a deep breath and stood up. 'It's a bad history without a doubt, he said. Nothing to be proud of.' He closed his eyes, turning his face to the side, right into the sun. 'So what are we going to do about it?' Then he opened his eyes, made a little bow, and put his hand out toward the avenue, as if to offer her the street.”
Naomi Shibab Nye

Pat Conroy
“Chad seemed both venomous and insecure, a flammable combination.”
Pat Conroy, South of Broad

“You can't change other people's attitudes, but you can change how you react to those people.”
Michael Lawrence....

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