See a gallery of 12 quotes on peace.

  • Just as the eyes are for seeing and the ears for hearing, peace is for perceiving blessings; it is the "immunological" protection against envy. Without peace, becoming ill is just a question of time.
    — Nilton Bonder in The Kabbalah of Envy
  • We all desperately want peace... That is why shalom is such an oft-repeated word. For, even as a simple greeting, it embodies deep yearning and solemn promise. So the ancient sage Hillel insisted that it is not enough to simply want peace, to hope for peace, even to pray for peace; he taught us to "love peace and actively pursue peace."
    — Wayne Dosick in Dancing with God
  • 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
  • When you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart.
    — Francis of Assisi
  • Be peace, don't just talk about it.
    — Thich Nhat Hanh quoted in Awakening to the Sacred by Lama Surya Das
  • All things pertaining to spiritual progress in life depend upon peace.
    — Hazrat Inayat Khan quoted in The Heart of Sufism edited by H. J. Witteveen
  • The great temptation is to let people take our peace away. This happens whenever we become angry, hostile, bitter, spiteful, manipulative, or vengeful when others do not respond favorably to the good news we bring to them.
    — Henri J. M. Nouwen in Bread for the Journey
  • I vow to cultivate peace by refraining from acts of violence (both verbal and physical), doing whatever I can to protect others from violence, and working with others to end violence in society as a whole.
    — Rami M. Shapiro in Minyan
  • Once, when I was particularly depressed, a friend and pacifist from Holland told me something very beautiful: "The people who worked to build the cathedrals in the Middle Ages never saw them completed. It took two hundred years and more to build them. Some stonecutter somewhere sculpted a beautiful rose; it was his life's work, and it was all he ever saw. But he never entered into the completed cathedral. But one day, the cathedral was really there. You must imagine peace the same way."
    — Dorothee Soelle in Against the Wind
  • Peace and war start within one's own home. If we really want peace for the world, let us start by loving one another within our families.
    — Mother Teresa in No Greater Love edited by Becky Benenate and Joseph Durepos
  • Earth will be safe
    when we feel in us enough safety.
    — Thich Nhat Hanh in Call Me by My True Names
  • Where there is inner peace and meditation, there is neither preoccupation nor dissipation.
    — Saint Francis quoted in The Sun & Moon Over Assisi by Gerard Thomas Straub

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