Literary Wisdom

Imagination denied, war governed the nations.
— William Blake in Wrestling with the Prophets by Matthew Fox

Eastern Orthodox Wisdom
Serving peace is not easy. Often it is harder to seek dialogue with someone close at hand — a spouse, relative, co-worker, employer, or neighbor — than with a distant enemy seen only on television screens.
— Jim Forest in The Ladder of the Beatitudes

Catholic Wisdom

The world would be better off if people tried to become better, and people would become better if they stopped trying to become better off.
— Peter Maurin, co-founded with Dorothy Day of the Catholic Worker Movement

Jewish Wisdom

Finding meaning does not require us to live differently; it requires us to see our lives differently.
— Rachel Naomi Remen in My Grandfather’s Blessings

Psychological Wisdom

Peace can come through a deep and abiding awareness of our collective vulnerability. It's hard to see what possible power there could be in our collective feelings of helplessness, fear, and grief.
— Miriam Greenspan in Healing through the Dark Emotions

Hindu Wisdom

Security is not found in a stockpile of weapons but in mutual trust and respect among individuals, races, and nations; peace is not found in asserting our rights over others but in assuring the lasting welfare of our extended circle of family and friends.
— Eknath Easwaran in The Bhagavad Gita for Daily Living: Volume 1

Zen Wisdom

We all have the potential to come alive through the ordinary, rather than waiting for something extraordinary to awaken our energy and passion.
— Edward Epse Brown in Sweeping Changes by Gary Thorp

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