A Note from Frederic and Mary Ann: We put together this collection of inspiration quotations about peace on October 8, 2001, just 27 days after we wrote "Rest in Peace," a prayer in the form of a poem to express our empathy with all those affected by the terrorist attacks in our city and to emphasize the unity of all in our world community.
The day before we made this collection, we learned that the United States had started bombing Afghanistan while we were attending an Interfaith Service at Union Square Park in New York. Protestant and Catholic Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Muslims, and Hindus united their voices and spirits in a call for peace. We came together as New Yorkers to assert that "Our Grief Is Not a Cry for War." At the end of the service, candles were lit and passed around as symbols of our resolve to keep this feeling of unity aglow in our hearts and to bring it to others.
We offer you these light-filled quotations on peace. May your own little light shine.