Quotes

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

Martin Luther King Jnr

“What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.”

Mother Theresa

“Above all, forgiveness must be a choice because to expect someone to forgive can victimize them all over again. Forgiveness is also a journey and not a destination: in other words it is rarely a one-off, fixed event or a single magnanimous gesture in response to an isolated offence. It is part of a continuum of human engagements in healing broken relationships…forgiveness can be a useful life skill which can liberate a person who has been hurt, releasing them from the grip of the perpetrator. It is connected with acceptance and moving on. Some have said forgiveness is ‘giving up all hope of a better past.’ In this sense forgiveness is also an act of self-healing, rather than an act of kindness towards someone who has hurt you.”

The Forgiveness Project

“I would like to talk about peace. But before I can, I need to establish what peace is. Each human being has strengths and weaknesses. Now, generally speaking, we know about people’s weakness. I’m not here to point out other people’s weaknesses or strengths. But what about your strength? What is your strength? When we say, “Peace is important to me,” the first thing we think of is that peace will be made possible by the world leaders, by the world economists, by some angel coming from the heavens. What if I were to tell you that the peace you are looking for is already inside of you, that it is one of your strengths?”

Prem Rewat from an address at Synergy University, Moscow

“Let us not demand of ourselves that we alone must be the agent of change. In a fire brigade everyone passes along a bucket, but only the last person puts out the fire. None of us know where we stand in line. We may be here simply to pass a bucket; we may be called on to play a major role. In either case, all we can do is think, act, and say. Let us direct our thoughts, words, and actions to peace. That is all we can do. Let the results be what they will be.”

Deepak Chopra

“We often think of peace as the absence of war, that if powerful countries would reduce their weapon arsenals, we could have peace. But if we look deeply into the weapons, we see our own minds- our own prejudices, fears and ignorance. Even if we transport all the bombs to the moon, the roots of war and the roots of bombs are still there, in our hearts and minds, and sooner or later we will make new bombs. To work for peace is to uproot war from ourselves and from the hearts of men and women. To prepare for war, to give millions of men and women the opportunity to practice killing day and night in their hearts, is to plant millions of seeds of violence, anger, frustration, and fear that will be passed on for generations to come. ” 

Thich Nhat Hanh