Peacemaking Quotes

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Aristotle
“It is not enough to win a war; it is more important to organize the peace.”
Aristotle

Shine your soul with the same egoless humility as the rainbow and no matter where
“Shine your soul with the same
egoless humility as the rainbow
and no matter where you go
in this world or the next,
love will find you, attend you, and bless you.”
Aberjhani, Journey through the Power of the Rainbow: Quotations from a Life Made Out of Poetry

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

This world’s anguish is no different from the love we insist on holding back.
“This world’s anguish is no different
from the love we insist on holding back.”
Aberjhani, Elemental: The Power of Illuminated Love

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

Ana Claudia Antunes
“The weakest ones are the wickedest cruel
When the strongest ones in gentleness rule!”
Ana Claudia Antunes, The Witches Of Avignon

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

Widad Akreyi
“Let’s stand against the killing of innocent civilians. It is time to make the future better than today. Together we can bring peace and unity to our communities.”
Widad Akreyi

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 Houwen

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

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

Widad Akreyi
“It is time to recognize the past and ongoing genocides to prevent new ones. Together we can build a better world!”
Widad Akreyi

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

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

Michael Brant DeMaria
“It is precisely when our lives have become unmanageable and tragic that the ego can finally be knocked out of the controlling center of our psyche.”
Michael Brant DeMaria, Ever Flowing On - 2nd Printing

Abhijit Naskar
“How come we can invent better ways to kill each other, but not one to preserve peace!”
Abhijit Naskar

Diana Oestreich
“Showing up when violence wounds a community is what love looks like in public. Loving first, with our presence instead of only our prayers, wasn’t safe. Laying down my weapon in Iraq wasn’t safe either. But it’s what you do when you belong to each other.”
Diana Oestreich, Waging Peace: One Soldier's Story of Putting Love First

Diana Oestreich
“We were outsider, yes, but insiders to a hard-won truth: giving your life away is the only way to truly find it. Loving our enemies is what transforms fear into freedom. Love has the power to change us. As Dr. Sabah told me that first day over tea, “when one of us is cut, we all bleed. That is humanity.”
Diana Oestreich, Waging Peace: One Soldier's Story of Putting Love First

Diana Oestreich
“You can build something new, one person, one relationship, one meal at a time. You can build friendships instead of watering the flowers alongside our long-held fences. You can choose to believe in the unshakable goodness of those across the Pew or political divide. You can choose fierce kindness by speaking the truth to people about the impact their decisions make on the vulnerable. You can call Self Supremacy the liar it is. It's a bait and switch.”
Diana Oestreich, Waging Peace: One Soldier's Story of Putting Love First

Diana Oestreich
“I'm fighting for your freedom and my freedom. We must have Brave conversations. We must find out what we don't know. Waging peace requires that we have the courage to face what's broken first- in ourselves-and then in the system affecting those around us and uncover who has been harmed and how we are connected to them. Because we are intertwined together. Love speaks the truth of the harm done, while unshakable goodness holds space for the offender at the table. We all have a seat at the peacemaking table. Love is refusing to take away an oppressor’s chair at the family table while at the same time taking the stick of violence out of their hands. Because violence ricochets and is absorbed by the most vulnerable and marginalized among us. It's time to center their pain and to put ourselves between them and the violence.”
Diana Oestreich, Waging Peace: One Soldier's Story of Putting Love First

Diana Oestreich
“Refusing to acknowledge the historical trauma of those around us is a cultural tradition many of us have been handed down, generation to generation forming our foundation of erasing wrongs so we don't have to right them. But we can change these traditions and narratives. The world can change, because we can change. I have so much hope for you. I have so much hope for me”
Diana Oestreich, Waging Peace: One Soldier's Story of Putting Love First

Diana Oestreich
“Love is what I'm arming my son's with to go out in an angry and hurting world. This is the truest gift I can give them-an arrow to load in their bow and a solid Bullseye to aim at. It's a posture to live from, to love from. The power to decide ahead of time how they will show up for the neighbor nobody likes and how they respond to the bully on the playground or to the violence and uncertainty this world is going to ambush them with.”
Diana Oestreich, Waging Peace: One Soldier's Story of Putting Love First

Diana Oestreich
“It took me being faced with a choice whether to take a child's life to make me able to surrender to the undeniable call to love my enemies. That was the first time I felt pulled between what God was asking of me and what my country required of me. God wasn't calling out my bad theology- God was confronting my Unlove.”
Diana Oestreich, Waging Peace: One Soldier's Story of Putting Love First

Stewart Stafford
“The pursuit of peace happens when all forms of aggression are exhausted.”
Stewart Stafford

Abhijit Naskar
“One person can end a war, if they give all to the making of peace.”
Abhijit Naskar, Heart Force One: Need No Gun to Defend Society

Michael Bassey Johnson
“We are here to turn the forest into a home, and make peace with all creatures.”
Michael Bassey Johnson, Song of a Nature Lover

Michael Bassey Johnson
“He who loves nature loves peace.”
Michael Bassey Johnson, Song of a Nature Lover

Abhijit Naskar
“You are my home o my golden earth. All your children are my sisters and brothers.”
Abhijit Naskar, Earthquakin' Egalitarian: I Die Everyday So Your Children Can Live

Abhijit Naskar
“The opposite of war is not peace, it's unselfishness.”
Abhijit Naskar, Giants in Jeans: 100 Sonnets of United Earth

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