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"Peace is not only an opportunity but an obligation."

Antonio Guterres, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

"Until lions have their historians, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunters."

African Proverb

"Peace is not a dream; it is hard work, and there is nothing naive, glamorous or simplistic about it."

Dr. Oscar Arias, Nobel Laureate in Peace

"I dream of giving birth to a child who will ask: 'Mother, what was war?'"

Eve Merriam

"Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all."

George Washington

"There is nothing that war has ever achieved that we could not better achieve without it."

Havelock Ellis

"Strike against war, for without you no battles can be fought!"

Helen Keller

"Without changing one's self, without peace in one's self, world peace is not possible."

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

"You can no more win a war than win an earthquake."

Jeanette Rankin

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

Martin Luther King, Jr..

"Nations customarily measure the 'costs of war' in dollars, lost production, or the number of soldiers killed or wounded. Rarely do military establishments attempt to measure the costs of war in terms of individual human suffering. Psychiatric breakdown remains one of the most costly items of war when expressed in human terms."

Richard Gabriel, No More Heroes

"The direct use of force is such a poor solution to any problem, it is generally employed only by small children and large nations."

David Friedman

"Nations have recently been led to borrow billions for war; no nation has ever borrowed largely for education. Probably, no nation is rich enough to pay for both war and civilization. We must make our choice; we cannot have both."

Abraham Flexner

"Peacekeeping is an art. It's harder than fighting a war."

Maj. Gen. Patrick Cammaert

"There will be no future without forgiveness. Any process of peace is bound to collapse if this is missing. There is no way peace and stability can come through the gun of vengeance."

Archbishop Desmond M. Tutu

"Peace comes from being able to contribute the best that we have, and all that we are, toward creating a world that supports everyone. But it is also securing the space for others to contribute the best that they have and all that they are."

Hafsat Abiola

"Nothing could be worse than the fear that one had given up too soon, and left one unexpended effort that might have saved the world."

Jane Addams

"We cannot change the past, but we can change our attitude toward it. Uproot guilt and plant forgiveness. Tear out arrogance and seed humility. Exchange love for hate."

Maya Angelou

"Peace is not the product of a victory or a command. It has no finishing line, no final deadline, no fixed definition of achievement. Peace is a never-ending process, the work of many decisions."

Oscar Arias

"The point of nonviolence is to build a floor, a strong new floor, beneath which we can no longer sink. A platform which stands a few feet above napalm, torture, exploitation, poison gas, A and H bombs, the works. Give man a decent place to stand."

Joan Baez

"The earth is but one country and mankind its citizens."

Baha'ullah

"Youth is the first victim of war; the first fruit of peace. It takes 20 years or more of peace to make a man; it takes only 20 seconds of war to destroy him."

King Baudouin I of Belgium

"Peace is that state in which fear of any kind is unknown."

John Buchan

"Each person has inside a basic decency and goodness. If he listens to it and acts on it, he is giving a great deal of what it is the world needs most. It is not complicated but it takes courage. It takes courage for a person to listen to his own goodness and act on it."

Pablo Casals

"Very few people chose war. They chose selfishness and the result was war."

Dave Dellinger

"No man is an island entire of itself ... any man's death diminishes me because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee."

John Donne

"Where is it written in the Constitution that you may take children from their parents, and parents from their children, and compel them to fight the battles of any war in which the folly or wickedness of government may engage it?"

Daniel Webster