Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Tuesday Post for Peace

I like to believe that people in the long run are going to do more to promote peace than our governments. Indeed, I think that people want peace so much that one of these days governments had better get out of the way and let them have it.

Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969)

If there is to be peace in the world,
There must be peace in the nations.

If there is to be peace in the nations,
There must be peace in the cities.

If there is to be peace in the cities,
There must be peace between neighbors.

If there is to be peace between neighbors,
There must be peace in the home.

If there is to be peace in the home,
There must be peace in the heart.

Lao Tzu (570-490 B.C.)

If we are peaceful, if we are happy, we can smile and blossom like a flower, and everyone in our family, our entire society, will benefit from our peace.

Thich Nhat Hanh

The goal toward which all history tends is peace, not peace through the medium of war, not peace through a process of universal intimidation, not peace through a program of mutual impoverishment, not peace by any means that leaves the world too weak or too frightened to go on fighting, but peace pure and simple based on that will to peace which has animated the overwhelming majority of mankind through countless ages. This will to peace does not arise out of a cowardly desire to preserve one's life and property, but out of conviction that the fullest development of the highest powers of men can be achieved only in a world of peace.

Robert Maynard Hutchins (1899-1977)

A truly free society must not include a "peace" which oppresses us. We must learn on our own terms what peace and freedom mean together. There can be no peace if there is social injustice and suppression of human rights, because external and internal peace are inseparable. Peace.is not just the absence of mass destruction, but a positive internal and external condition in which people are free so that they can grow to their full potential.

Petra Karin Kelly (1947-1992)

If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there'd be peace.

John Lennon (1940-1980)

Peace will be victorious.

Yitzhak Rabin (1922-1995)

I was once asked why I don't participate in anti-war demonstrations. I said that I will never do that, but as soon as you have a pro-peace rally, I'll be there.

Mother Theresa (1910-1997)


robin andrea said...

Great quotes.

Donnie McDaniel said...

That's one hell of a quote round up!

Peacechick Mary said...

I especially enjoy Thich Nhat Hanh. I have some of his talks on CD and during times of extreme stress, I just play that over and over until I calm down and feel sane again.

proudprogressive said...

Now that was a terrific way to start the day. I especially like the Mother Teresa quote. It re frames the whole deal. Kind of takes the wind out of the sails of the argument the war mongers use as well - that people who want peace are somehow not supportive of their nation. We do become what we think. All of these quotes are great.

Larry said...

Nice showing of quotes Divajood.

Tina said...

I was just about to make a stained glass/cement stepping stone with Lil Man's name and d.o.b. on it (made one for BabyGirl, too back in 2002) and your gorgeous stained glass peace sign has inspired me to go with that theme.
Hopefully, by the time Lil Man is 5 yrs old, BushCo's bloodthirsty imperialistic clusterf**k will be resolved, and the peace sign will have new hope in America.

Mariamariacuchita said...

These are awesome quotes by people who didn't sit round and watch Hee-Haw all the time, obviously.

LET'S TALK said...

I really liked the quote of Petra Karin Kelly.

WeezieLou said...

they were great - people and their words.

Granny said...

And the choir said amen.

I'm going to link to this. Thanks.

Ann (Is America Burning)

DivaJood said...

Words without action are empty.

enigma4ever said...

this is wonderful...and I love the art too...

Actions without words are empty too (ie illiterate Bush)

SB Gypsy said...

DJ you rock! I've been wondering lately just why, if the common man just wants to mind his own business and get on with his life... why all war all the time? Surely it would be better for 90% of business if war just disappeared...