“Our humanity is trapped by moral adolescents…The world has achieved brilliance without wisdom, power without conscience.”
~ General Omar Bradley
Peace is the virtue of civilization. War is its crime.
~ Victor Hugo
I do not want the peace that passeth understanding. I want the understanding which bringeth peace.
~ Helen Keller
War does not determine who is right – only who is left.
~ Bertrand Russell
Even philosophers will praise war as enobling mankind, forgetting the Greek who said: ‘War is bad in that it begets more evil than it kills.’
~ Immanuel Kant
It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.
I am not only a pacifist but a militant pacifist. I am willing to fight for peace. Nothing will end war unless the people themselves refuse to go to war.
~ Albert Einstein
The most disadvantageous peace is better than the most just war.
~ Desiderius Erasmus
War is only a cowardly escape from the problems of peace.
~ Thomas Mann
There was never a good war, or a bad peace.
~ Benjamin Franklin
What is more immoral than war?
~ Marquis de Sade
In time of war the laws are silent.
~ Marcus Tullius Cicero
War is never fatal but always lost. Always lost.
~ Gertrude Stein
Peace is not an absence of war; it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.
~ Baruch Spinoza
If we have no peace it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.
~ Mother Teresa
As long as war is regarded as wicked, it will always have its fascination. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular.
~ Oscar Wilde
War is not an adventure. It is a disease. It is like typhus.
~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery
War is a defeat for humanity.
~ Pope John Paul II
If we don’t end war, war will end us.
~ H. G. Wells
Sometime they’ll give a war and nobody will come.
~ Carl Sandburg
What is absurd and monstrous about war is that men who have no personal quarrel should be trained to murder one another in cold blood.
~ Aldous Huxley
No more war! Never again war! If you wish to be brothers, drop your weapons.
~ Pope Paul VI
The only way human beings can win a war is to prevent it.
~ George C. Marshall
There have been only 268 of the past 3,421 years free of war.
~ Will Durant
Either war is obsolete, or men are.
~ R. Buckminster Fuller
from Sfax, Tunisia toward Italy, 2022
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There is no way to peace. Peace is the way.
~ A. J. Muste
War is so unjust and ugly that all who wage it must try to stifle the voice of conscience within themselves.
~ Leo Tolstoy
He who is the author of war lets loose the whole contagion of hell and opens a vein that bleeds a nation to death.
~ Thomas Paine
I have a scheme for stopping war. It’s this – no nation is allowed to enter a war till they have paid for the last one.
~ Will Rogers
I cannot believe that war is the best solution. No one won the last war, and no one will win the next war.
~ Eleanor Roosevelt
You cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war.
~ Albert Einstein
Man has no right to kill his brother. It is no excuse that he does so in uniform: he only adds the infamy of servitude to the crime of murder.
~ Percy Bysshe Shelley
Ohhh. Great warrior. Wars not make one great.
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 Teresa
Peace at home, peace in the world.
~ Mustafa Kemal Atatürk , as quoted in many sources including, Atatürk(1963) by Uluğ İğdemir, p. 200; and Small Nations and Great Powers: A Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict in the Caucasus (2000) by Svante E. Cornell, p. 287; this later became the motto of the Republic of Turkey
The only way to abolish war is to make peace heroic.
~ James Hinton, Philosophy and Religion: Selections from the Manuscripts of the Late James Hinton, ed. Caroline Haddon, (2nd ed., London: 1884), p. 267.
It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.
~ Eleanor Roosevelt, Voice of America broadcast (11 November 1951).
An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.