An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the peace of God.


A Course In Miracles (Course on forgiveness based on Christianity, Eastern philosophy)

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I am searching for that which every man seeks -- peace and rest.


Dante Alighieri


Harmony is one phase of the law whose spiritual expression is love.


James Allen (1864-1912, British-born American essayist, author, "As A Man Thinketh")


All that a pacifist can undertake -- but it is a very great deal -- is to refuse to kill, injure or otherwise cause suffering to another human creature, and untiringly to order his life by the rule of love though others may be captured by hate.


Vera Brittain (1893-1970, British writer)


Bullets cannot be recalled. They cannot be uninvented. But they can be taken out of the gun.


Martin Amis (1949-, British author)


When one is rising, standing, walking, doing something, stopping, one should constantly concentrate one's mind on the act and the doing of it, not one ones' relation to the act or its character or value... One should simply practice concentration of the mind on the act itself, understanding it to be an expedient means for attaining tranquility of mind, realization, insight, and wisdom.


Bhikshu Ashvaghosha (Renowned playwright and master of Buddhist philosophy)


Adapt yourself to the things among which your lot has been cast and love sincerely the fellow creatures with whom destiny has ordained that you shall live.


Marcus Aurelius (121-12180, Roman emperor, philosopher)


Nowhere can man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than in his own soul.


Marcus Aurelius (121-12180, Roman emperor, philosopher)


The first rule is to keep an untroubled spirit. The second is to look things in the face and know them for what they are.


Marcus Aurelius (121-12180, Roman emperor, philosopher)


Right human relations is the only true peace.


Alice A. Bailey


When we believe that God is Father, we also believe that such a father's hand will never cause his child a needless tear. We may not understand life any better, but we will not resent life any longer.


William Barclay (1907-1978, Scottish theologian, religious writer, broadcaster)


If the history of the past fifty years teaches us anything, it is that peace does not follow disarmament -- disarmament follows peace.


Bernard M. Baruch (1870-1965, American financier)


The peace is won by accompanying God into the battle.


Eivind Josef Berggrav


For those who wish to climb the mountain of spiritual awareness, the path is selfless work. For those who have attained the summit of union with the Lord, the path is stillness and peace.


Bhagavad Gita (c. BC 400-, Sanskrit poem incorporated into the Mahabharata)


Peace, in international affairs, is a period of cheating between two periods of fighting.


Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914, American author, editor, journalist, "The Devil's Dictionary")


If they want peace, nations should avoid the pin-pricks that precede cannon-shots.


Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821, French general, emperor)


When you're finally up on the moon, looking back at the earth, all these differences and nationalistic traits are pretty well going to blend and you're going to get a concept that maybe this is really one world and why the hell can't we learn to live together like decent people?


Frank Borman (1928-, American astronaut, business executive)


We've learned how to destroy, but not to create; how to waste, but not to build; how to kill men, but not how to save them; how to die, but seldom how to live.


Omar Nelson Bradley (1893-1981, American general)


In truth, to attain to interior peace, one must be willing to pass through the contrary to peace. Such is the teaching of the Sages.


Swami Brahmananda (1854-1922, Indian religious figure)


In truth, to attain to interior peace, one must be willing to pass through the contrary to peace. Such is the teaching of the Sages.


Swami Brahmananda (1854-1922, Indian religious figure)


Don't tell me peace has broken out.


Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956, German dramatist, poet)


We used to wonder where war lived, what it was that made it so vile. And now we realize that we know where it lives, that it is inside ourselves.


Albert Camus (1913-1960, French existential writer)


There is no shadow of protection to be had by sheltering behind the slender stockades of visionary speculation, or by hiding behind the wagon-wheels of pacific theories.


Madame Chiang Kai-Shek (1898-2003, Wife of Chinese revolutionary leader Chiang Kai-Shek)


I prefer the most unfair peace to the most righteous war.


Marcus T. Cicero (c. 106-43 BC, Roman orator, politician)


It is far easier to make war than to make peace.


Georges Clemenceau (1841-1929, French statesman)


What all men are really after is some form, or perhaps only some formula, of peace.


Joseph Conrad (1857-1924, Polish-born British novelist)


Peace is produced by war.


Pierre Corneille (1606-1684, French dramatist)


We discovered that peace at any price is no peace at all... life at any price has no value whatever;... life is nothing without the privileges, the prides, the rights, the joys that make it worth living, and also worth giving.


Eve Curie


No country has suffered so much from the ruins of war while being at peace as the American.


Edward Dahlberg (1900-1977, American author, critic)


If you want to make peace, you don't talk to your friends.  You talk to your enemies.


Moshe Dayan (1915-1981, Israeli general)


That doctrine of peace at any price has done more mischief than any I can well recall that have been afloat in this country. It has occasioned more wars than any of the most ruthless conquerors. It has disturbed and nearly destroyed that political equilibrium so necessary to the liberties and the welfare of the world.


Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881, British statesman, Prime Minister)


A mind at peace, a mind centered and not focused on harming others, is stronger than any physical force in the universe.


Wayne Dyer (1940-, American  psychotherapist, author, lecturer)

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The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes from within the souls of men 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 Wakan-Tanka, and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us. This is the real peace, and the others are but reflections of this. The second peace is that which is made between two individuals, and the third is that which is made between two nations. But above all you should understand that there can never be peace between nations until there is first known that true peace which is within the souls of men.


Black Elk (1863-1950, Native American religious leader)


Every kind of peaceful cooperation among men is primarily based on mutual trust and only secondarily on institutions such as courts of justice and police.


Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born American physicist)


Peace and justice are two sides of the same coin.


Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969, American President (34th))


Though force can protect in emergency, only justice, fairness, consideration and cooperation can finally lead men to the dawn of eternal peace.


Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969, American President (34th))


We have heard much of the phrase, "peace and friendship." This phrase, in expressing the aspiration of America, is not complete. We should say instead, "peace and friendship, in freedom." This, I think, is America's real message to the rest of the world.


Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969, American President (34th))


We seek peace, knowing that peace is the climate of freedom.


Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969, American President (34th))


Think not forever of yourselves, O Chiefs, nor of your own generation. Think of continuing generations of our families, think of our grandchildren and of those yet unborn, whose faces are coming from beneath the ground.


T. S. Eliot (1888-1965, American-born British poet, critic)


He that would live in peace and at ease must not speak all he knows or all he sees.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


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


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


The triumphs of peace have been in some proximity to war. Whilst the hand was still familiar with the sword-hilt, whilst the habits of the camp were still visible in the port and complexion of the gentleman, his intellectual power culminated; the compression and tension of these stern conditions is a training for the finest and softest arts, and can rarely be compensated in tranquil times, except by some analogous vigor drawn from occupations as hardy as war.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Trust the actions and impulses of your soul-venture bravely and all is well.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


There never was a good war or a bad peace.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


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 (1937-, American writer, minister, working cowboy)


Peace we want because there is another war to fight: against poverty and disease.


Indira Gandhi (1917-1984, Indian Prime Minster)


It is open to a war resister to judge between the combatants and wish success to the one who has justice on his side. By so judging he is more likely to bring peace between the two than by remaining a mere spectator.


Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948, Indian political, spiritual leader)


Nonviolence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man.


Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948, Indian political, spiritual leader)


Peace between countries must rest on the solid foundation of love between individuals.


Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948, Indian political, spiritual leader)


A peace that comes from fear and not from the heart is the opposite of peace.


Gersonides (1288-1344, Jewish philosopher and commentator, born in Bagnols, France)


It is easier to lead men to combat, stirring up their passion, than to restrain them and direct them toward the patient labors of peace.


Andre Gide (1869-1951, French author)


We look forward to the time when the Power of Love will replace the Love of Power. Then will our world know the blessings of Peace.


William E. Gladstone (1809-1888, British liberal Prime Minister, statesman)


In back of tranquility lies always conquered unhappiness.


David Grayson (1870-1946, American journalist and writer)


Never for the sake of peace and quiet deny your convictions.


Dag Hammarskjold (1905-1961, Swedish statesman, Secretary-General of the UN)


The pursuit of peace and progress cannot end in a few years in either victory or defeat. The pursuit of peace and progress, with its trials and its errors, its successes and its setbacks, can never be relaxed and never abandoned.


Dag Hammarskjold (1905-1961, Swedish statesman, Secretary-General of the UN)


Without free, self-respecting, and autonomous citizens there can be no free and independent nations. Without internal peace, that is, peace among citizens and between the citizens and the state, there can be no guarantee of external peace.


Vaclav Havel (1936-, Czech playwright, president)


War is hell and all that, but it has a good deal to recommend it. It wipes out all the small nuisances of peace time.


Ian Hay


If mankind had wished for what is right, they might have had it long ago.


William Hazlitt (1778-1830, British essayist)


In moderating, not satisfying desires, lies peace.


Ben Hecht (1894-1964, American newspaperman, novelist, playwright)


One sword keeps another in the sheath.


George Herbert (1593-1632, British metaphysical poet)


There may be those on earth who dress better or eat better, but those who enjoy the peace of God sleep better.


Thomas L. Holdcroft


When you have a sound mind, you can do what's necessary.


Evander Holyfield (1962-, American world boxing champion)


Peace is not made at the council table or by treaties, but in the hearts of men.


Herbert Clark Hoover (1874-1964, American President (31st))


Peace has its victories no less than war, but it doesn't have as many monuments to unveil.


Kin Hubbard (1868-1930, American humorist, journalist)


Universal peace sounds ridiculous to the head of an average family.


Kin Hubbard (1868-1930, American humorist, journalist)


Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures.


John F. Kennedy (1917-1963, American President (35th))


The pursuit of peace resembles the building of a great cathedral. It is the work of a generation. In concept it requires a master-architect; in execution, the labors of many.


Hubert H. Humphrey (1911-1978, American Vice President)


It is useless for the sheep to pass resolutions in favor of vegetarianism, while the wolf remains of a different opinion.


Dean William R. Inge (1860-1954, Dean of St. Paul's, London)


Peace of mind comes from not wanting to change others.


Gerald G. Jampolsky (1925-, American psychiatrist, lecturer, author)


Peace and friendship with all mankind is our wisest policy, and I wish we may be permitted to pursue it.


Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826, American President (3rd))


Not peace at any price! Chains are worse than bayonets.


Douglas William Jerrold (1803-1857, British humorist, playwright)


There is peace more destructive of the manhood of living man than war is destructive of his material body.


Douglas William Jerrold (1803-1857, British humorist, playwright)


To get Peace you must work for Justice.


John Paul VI (1897-1978, Italian Pope)


If we are to live together in peace, we must come to know each other better.


Lyndon B. Johnson (1908-1973, American President (36th))


Peace is a journey of a thousand miles and it must be taken one step at a time.


Lyndon B. Johnson (1908-1973, American President (36th))


I do not want the peace which passeth understanding; I want the understanding which bringeth peace.


Helen Keller (1880-1968, American blind/deaf author, lecturer, amorist)


Do not let your peace depend on the hearts of men; whatever they say about you, good or bad, you are not because of it another man, for as you are, you are.


Thomas a Kempis (1379-1471, German monk, mystic, religious writer)


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


Thomas a Kempis (1379-1471, German monk, mystic, religious writer)


Peace and happiness are what you covet, but these are only to be obtained by labor.


Thomas a Kempis (1379-1471, German monk, mystic, religious writer)


But peace does not rest in the charters and covenants alone. It lies in the hearts and minds of all people. So let us not rest all our hopes on parchment and on paper, let us strive to build peace, a desire for peace, a willingness to work for peace in the hearts and minds of all of our people. I believe that we can. I believe the problems of human destiny are not beyond the reach of human beings.


John F. Kennedy (1917-1963, American President (35th))


It is an unfortunate fact that we can secure peace only by preparing for war.


John F. Kennedy (1917-1963, American President (35th))


World peace, like community peace, does not require that each man love his neighbor -- it requires only that they live together with mutual tolerance, submitting their disputes to a just and peaceful settlement.


John F. Kennedy (1917-1963, American President (35th))


You can't have a better tomorrow if you are thinking about yesterday all the time.


Charles F. Kettering (1876-1958, American engineer, inventor)


Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.


Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968, American Civil Rights leader, Nobel Prize winner, 1964)


Please, we can get along here.


Rodney King (American citizen)


Yes, we are all different. Different customs, different foods, different mannerisms, different languages, but not so different that we cannot get along with one another. If we will disagree without being disagreeable.


Martin J. Kohe (American publisher, author)


When a man finds no peace within himself, it is useless to seek it elsewhere.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


When we are unable to find tranquility within ourselves, it is useless to seek it elsewhere.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


There is no such thing as inner peace. There is only nervousness or death. Any attempt to prove otherwise constitutes unacceptable behavior.


Fran Lebowitz (1951-, American journalist)


The only peace, the only security, is in fulfillment.


Henry Miller (1891-1980, American author)


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