Dec 052013
 

peacequotes

All we are saying is: give peace a chance.  ~John Lennon~

Either war is obsolete or men are.  ~R. Buckminster Fuller~

There are no warlike people, just warlike leaders.  ~Ralph Bunche~

Permanent good can never be the outcome of untruth and violence.  ~Gandhi~

Peace does not dwell in outward things, but within the soul; we may preserve it in the midst of the bitterest pain, if our will remains firm and submissive. Peace in this life springs from acquiescence, not in an exemption from suffering.  ~Francis Fenelon~

Everybody today seems to be in such a terrible rush; anxious for greater developments and greater wishes and so on; so that children have very little time for their parents; parents have very little time for each other; and in the home begins the disruption of the peace of the world.  ~Mother Teresa~

There’s harmony and inner peace to be found in following a moral compass that points in the same direction regardless of fashion or trend.   ~Ted Koppel~

I believe in the sun even though it is slow in rising. I believe in you without realizing. I believe in rain though there are no clouds in the sky. I believe in truth even though people lie. I believe in peace though sometimes I am violent. I believe in God even though he is silent.  ~Unknown~

Do not overrate what you have received, nor envy others. He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind.  ~Buddha~

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  ~Galatians 5:22-23~

One day we must come to see that peace is not merely a distant goal we seek, but that it is a means by which we arrive at that goal. We must pursue peaceful ends through peaceful means.  ~Martin Luther King Jr.~

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.   ~John Muir~

When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.  ~Jimi Hendrix, American Musician, Guitarist, Singer, Songwriter~

I will ignore all ideas for new works on engines of war, the invention of which has reached its limits and for whose improvements I see no further hope.  ~Sextus Julius Frontinus~

There will one day spring from the brain of science a machine or force so fearful in its potentialities, so absolutely terrifying, that even man, the fighter, who will dare torture death in order to inflict torture and death, will be appalled, and so abandon war forever.  ~Thomas Edison~ 

He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would fully suffice. This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once. Heroism at command, senseless brutality, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism, how violently I hate all this, how despicable and ignoble war is; I would rather be torn to shreds than be part of so base an action! It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder.  ~Albert Einstein~

Men are at war with each other because each man is at war with himself.  ~Francis Meehan~

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

What is human warfare but just this: an effort to make the laws of God and nature take sides with one party.  ~Henry David Thoreau~

Peace is the happy natural state of man; war is corruption and disgrace.   ~James Thomson~

War grows out of the desire of the individual to gain advantage at the expense of his fellow man.  ~Napoleon Hill~

The pursuit of peace and progress cannot end in a few years in either victory or defeat. The pursuit of peace and progress, with its trials and its errors, its successes and its setbacks, can never be relaxed and never abandoned.  ~Dag Hammarskjold~

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~

The more we sweat in peace, the less we bleed in war.  ~Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit~

But peace does not rest in the charters and covenants alone. It lies in the hearts and minds of all people. So let us not rest all our hopes on parchment and on paper, let us strive to build peace, a desire for peace, a willingness to work for peace in the hearts and minds of all of our people. I believe that we can. I believe the problems of human destiny are not beyond the reach of human beings.  ~John F. Kennedy~

Peace and justice are two sides of the same coin.  ~Dwight Eisenhower~ 

It is easier to lead men to combat, stirring up their passion, than to restrain them and direct them toward the patient labors of peace.  ~Andre Gide~

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.  ~Mother Teresa~

Peace and friendship with all mankind is our wisest policy, and I wish we may be permitted to pursue it.  ~Thomas Jefferson~

You don’t have to have fought in a war to love peace.  ~Geraldine Ferraro~

There never was a good war or a bad peace.  ~Benjamin Franklin~

Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.  ~John F. Kennedy~

A peace is of the nature of a conquest; for then both parties nobly are subdued, and neither party loser.  ~William Shakespeare~

All war is deception.  ~Sun-tzu~

An unjust peace is better than a just war.  ~Cicero~

Fair peace becomes men; ferocious anger belongs to beasts.  ~Ovid~ 

I think that people want peace so much that one of these days government had better get out of their way and let them have it.  ~Dwight Eisenhower~

The pursuit of peace resembles the building of a great cathedral. It is the work of a generation. In concept it requires a master-architect; in execution, the labors of many.   ~Hubert H. Humphrey~

Peace can endure only so long as humanity really insists upon it, and is willing to work for it and sacrifice for it.   ~Franklin D. Roosevelt~

In peace the sons bury their fathers, but in war the fathers bury their sons.   ~Croesus~

Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.   ~Sy Miller and Jill Jackson, song writers~ 

You can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.  ~Malcolm X~

I would rather have peace in the world than be President.   ~Harry S. Truman~

Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this house!’ And if anyone is there who shares in peace, your peace will rest on that person; but if not, it will return to you.   ~Christian Bible, Bible: New Testament, Luke 10:5,6~

There grows the flower of peace,The Rose that cannot wither.  ~Henry Vaughan~

I do not want the peace which passeth all understanding, I want the understanding that bringeth peace.  ~ Helen Keller~

Peace is the altar of God, the condition in which happiness exists. ~Paramahansa Yogananda~

Where there is faith, there is love; Where there is love, there is peace; Where there is peace, there is God; And where there is God; there is no need. ~Leo Tolstoy~

Peace is more precious than a piece of land. ~Anwar al Sadat~

When my heart is at peace, the world is at peace. ~Chinese Proverb~

Peace above all earthly dignities, a still and quiet conscience.  ~Shakespeare~

Peace is when time doesn’t matter as it passes by. ~Maria Schell~

Peace of mind for five minutes, that’s what I crave. ~Alanis Morissette~

We seek peace, knowing that peace is the climate of freedom.  ~Dwight Eisenhower~

It is good to realize that if love and peace can prevail on earth, and if we can teach our children to honor nature’s gifts, the joys and beauties of the outdoors will be here forever. ~Jimmy Carter~

When you’ve seen beyond yourself, then you may find, peace of mind is waiting there. ~George Harrison~

Peace is not passive, it is active. Peace is not appeasement, it is strength. Peace does not ‘happen,’ it requires work. ~Hubert Humphrey~

If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner. ~Nelson Mandela~

If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there’d be peace. ~John Lennon~

We can work on inner peace and world peace at the same time. On one hand, people have found inner peace by losing themselves in a cause larger than themselves, like the cause of world peace, because finding inner peace means coming from the self-centered life into the life centered in the good of the whole. On the other hand, one of the ways of working for world peace is to work for more inner peace, because world peace will never be stable until enough of us find inner peace to stabilize it. ~Peace Pilgrim~

Peace is not made at the Council table or by treaties, but in the hearts of men. ~Herbert Hoover~

Peace with all the world is my sincere wish. I am sure it is our true policy, and am persuaded it is the ardent desire of the government. ~George Washington~

I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.  ~Mohandas K. Gandhi~

Love is the only force capable of turning an enemy into a friend.  ~Martin Luther King, Jr.~

The most disadvantageous peace is better than the most just war.  ~Desiderius Erasmus~

The tragedy of war is that it uses man’s best to do man’s worst.  ~Henry Fosdick~

Peace starts with a smile.  ~Mother Teresa~

Peace is our gift to each other.  ~Elie Wiesel~

Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind…War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today.  ~John F. Kennedy~

War is as outmoded as cannibalism, chattel slavery, blood-feuds, and dueling, an insult to God and humanity…a daily crucifixion of Christ.  ~Muriel Lester~

Our chiefs are killed…The little children are freezing to death. My people… have no blankets, no food…My heart is sick and sad…I will fight no more forever.  ~Chief Joseph~

If the human race wishes to have a prolonged and indefinite period of material prosperity, they have only got to behave in a peaceful and helpful way toward one another.  ~Winston Churchill~

I prefer the most unfair peace to the most righteous war.  ~Cicero~

War is cruelty and you cannot refine it.  ~Gen. William T. Sherman~

Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime.  ~Ernest Hemingway~

More than an end to war, we want an end to the beginning of all wars — yes, an end to this brutal, inhuman and thoroughly impractical method of settling the differences between governments.  ~Franklin D. Roosevelt~

Peace is not only better than war, but infinitely more arduous.  ~George Bernard Shaw~

We should take care, in inculcating patriotism into our boys and girls, that is a patriotism above the narrow sentiment which usually stops at one’s country, and thus inspires jealousy and enmity in dealing with others… Our patriotism should be of the wider, nobler kind, which recognizes justice and reasonableness in the claims of others and which lead our country into comradeship with…the other nations of the world. The first step to this end is to develop peace and goodwill within our borders, by training our youth of both sexes to its practice as their habit of life, so that the jealousies of town against town, class against class, and sect against sect no longer exist; and then to extend this good feeling beyond our frontiers towards our neighbors.  ~Lord Baden-Powell~

I like to believe that people in the long run are going to do more to promote peace than our governments. Indeed, I think that people want peace so much that one of these days governments had better get out of the way and let them have it.  ~Dwight D. Eisenhower~

The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend.  ~!Abraham Lincoln~

There is no way to peace. Peace is the way.  ~A.J. Muste~

I would say that I’m a nonviolent soldier. In place of weapons of violence, you have to use your mind, your heart, your sense of humor, every faculty available to you…because no one has the right to take the life of another human being.  ~Joan Baez~

At the approach of danger there are always two voices that speak with equal force in the heart of man: one very reasonably tells the man to consider the nature of the danger and the means of avoiding it; the other even more reasonable says that it is too painful and harassing to think of the danger, since it is not a man’s power to provide for everything and escape from the general march of events’; and that it is therefore better to turn aside from the painful subject till it has come, and to think of what is pleasant. in solitude a man generally yields to the first voice; in society to the second.  ~Leo Tolstoy, War & Peace~

This is the way of peace: Overcome evil with good, falsehood with truth, and hatred with love.  ~Peace Pilgrim~

The way of peace is the way of love. Love is the greatest power on earth. It conquers all things.  ~Peace Pilgrim~

If humanity is to progress, Gandhi is inescapable. he lived, thought, and acted, inspired by the vision of humanity evolving toward a world of peace and harmony. We may ignore him at our own risk.  ~Martin Luther King, Jr.~

The principle of nonviolent resistance seeks to reconcile the truths of two opposites – acquiescence and violence – while avoiding the extremes and immoralities of both. The nonviolent resister agrees with the person who acquiesces that one should not be physically aggressive toward his opponent; but he balances the equation by agreeing with the person of violence that evil must be resisted.  He avoids the nonresistance of the former and the violent resistance of the latter. With nonviolent resistance, no individual or group need to submit to any wrong, nor need anyone resort to violence in order to right a wrong.  ~Martin Luther King, Jr.~

The nonviolent approach does not immediately change the heart of the oppressor. It first does something to the hearts and souls of those committed to it. It gives them new self-respect; it calls up resources of strength and courage that they did not know they had. Finally it reaches the opponent and so stirs his conscience that reconciliation becomes a reality.   ~Martin Luther King, Jr.~

One of the most persistent ambiguities that we face is that everybody talks about peace as a goal. However, it does not take sharpest-eyed sophistication to discern that while everbody talks about peace, peace has become practically nobodys’ business among the power-wielders. Many men cry Peace! Peace! but they refuse to do the things that make for peace.  ~Martin Luther King,Jr.~

Non-cooperation with evil is a sacred duty.   ~Mahatma Gandhi~

In the secret of my heart I am in perpetual quarrel with God that He should allow such things [as the war] to go on. My non-violence seems almost impotent. But the answer comes at the end of the daily quarrel that neither God nor non-violence is impotent. Impotence is in men. I must try on without losing faith even though I may break in the attempt.  ~Mahatma Gandhi~

Peace be with you.  ~The Bible: Genesis XLIII. 23~

The Holy Prophet Mohammed came into this world and taught us: “That man is a Muslim who never hurts anyone by word or deed, but who works for the benefit and happiness of God’s creatures. Belief in God is to love one’s fellow men.”  ~Abdul Ghaffar Khan~

We can all do our share to redeem the world in spite of all absurdities and all frustrations and all disappointments.  ~Abraham Heshel~

All ideologies end up killing people. If you separate love from nonviolence you turn nonviolence into an ideology, a gimmick. Structures that are not inhabited by justice and love have no liberating or reconciling force, and are never sources of life.  ~Jean Goss~

Generally speaking, the first nonviolent act is not fasting, but dialogue. The other side, the adversary, is recognized as a person, he is taken out of his anonymity and exists in his own right, for what he really is, a person. To engage someone in dialogue is to recognize him, have faith in him. At every step in the nonviolent struggle, at every level we try tirelessly to establish a dialogue, or reestablish it if it has broken down. When I say ‘the other side,’ that could be a group of persons or a government.  ~Hildegard Goos-Mayr~

The essence of nonviolence is love. Out of love and the willingness to act selflessly, strategies, tactics, and techniques for a nonviolent struggle arise naturally. Nonviolence is not a dogma; it is a process.  ~Thich Nhat Hanh~

If we just worry about the big picture, we are powerless. So my secret is to start right away doing whatever little work I can do. I try to give joy to one person in the morning, and remove the suffering of one person in the afternoon. If you and your friends do not despise the small work, a million people will remove a lot of suffering. That is the secret. Start right now.  ~Sister Chän Khöng~

We know the truth, not only by the reason, but by the heart.  ~Blaise Pascal, Pensées~

One cannot simultaneously prepare for war and create peace.  ~Unknown~

One cannot simultaneously prepare for and prevent war.  ~Albert Einstein~

We, the peoples of the United Nations, determined to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind, and to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal right of men and women and of nations large and small….And for these ends to practice tolerance and live together in peace with one another as good neighbors…have resolved to combine our efforts to accomplish these aims.  ~Preamble, Charter of the United Nations~

Harmony is one phase of the law whose spiritual expression is love.   ~James Allen~

Right human relations is the only true peace.   ~Alice A. Bailey~

Seek peace, and pursue it. ~Proverbs 34:14, Bible~

The peace makers shall be called the children of God.  ~Bible~

When the soul is naughted and transformed, then of herself she neither works nor speaks nor wills, nor feels nor hears nor understands; neither has she of herself the feeling of outward or inward, where she may move. And in all things it is God who rules and guides her, without the meditation of any creature…. And she is so full of peace that thought she pressed her flesh, her nerves, her bones, no other thing come forth from them than peace.   ~St. Catherine of Genoa~

Every kind of peaceful cooperation among men is primarily based on mutual trust and only secondarily on institutions such as courts of justice and police.   ~Albert Einstein~

For peace of mind, we need to resign as general manager of the universe.  ~Larry Eisenberg~

Think not forever of yourselves, O Chiefs, nor of your own generation. Think of continuing generations of our families, think of our grandchildren and of those yet unborn, whose faces are coming from beneath the ground.  ~T. S. Eliot~

Nothing can bring you peace but yourself; nothing, but the triumph of principles. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson~

When you’re finally up on the moon, looking back at the earth, all these differences and nationalistic traits are pretty well going to blend and you’re going to get a concept that maybe this is really one world and why the hell can’t we learn to live together like decent people?  ~Borman Frank~

A peace that comes from fear and not from the heart is the opposite of peace. ~Gersonides~

If mankind had wished for what is right, they might have had it long ago.  ~William Hazlitt~

To get Peace you must work for Justice.  ~John Paul VI~

Yes, we are all different. Different customs, different foods, different mannerisms, different languages, but not so different that we cannot get along with one another. If we will disagree without being disagreeable.  ~J. Martin Kohe~

Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will be as one.  ~John Lennon~

I heard the bells on Christmas Day. Their old familiar carols play. And wild and sweet the words repeat. Of peace on earth and goodwill to men.  ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow~

Let the ideas clash but not the hearts.  ~C. C. Mehta~

One can always win a war, but how does one conquer peace?  ~Michael Holmboe Meyer~

The greatest honor history can bestow is that of peacemaker.  ~Richard M. Nixon~

The world cannot continue to wage war like physical giants and to seek peace like intellectual pygmies. ~Basil O’Connor~

One little person, giving all of her time to peace, makes news. Many people, giving some of their time, can make history.  ~Peace Pilgrim~

When you find peace within yourself, you become the kind of person who can live at peace with others.  ~Peace Pilgrim~

Nonviolence is the supreme law of life.  ~Indian Proverb~

Peace with a club in hand is war.  ~Portuguese Proverb~

If we want a free and peaceful world, if we want to make the deserts bloom and man grow to greater dignity as a human being, we can do it.  ~Eleanor Roosevelt~

Peace is the one condition of survival in this nuclear age.  ~Adlai E. Stevenson~

Wars begin in the minds of men, and in those minds, love and compassion would have built the defenses of peace. ~U.Thant~

Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defenses of peace must be constructed.  ~Unesco~

Peace is the deliberate adjustment of my life to the will of God.  ~Source Unknown~

Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all.  ~George Washington~

THE FIDDLE AND THE DRUM

[A sad, gentle song of protest against American escalation of the war in Vietnam by Canadian folk singer, Joni Mitchell, from her second album, Clouds, April 1969]

And so once again

My dear Johnny, my dear friend

And so once again you are fightin’ us all

And when I ask you why

You raise your sticks and cry, and I fall

Oh, my friend

How did you come

To trade the fiddle for the drum

You say I have turned

Like the enemies you’ve earned

But I can remember

All the good things you are

And so I ask you please

Can I help you find the peace and the star

Oh, my friend

What time is this

To trade the handshake for the fist

And so once again

Oh, America my friend

And so once again

You are fighting us all

And when we ask you why

You raise your sticks and cry and we fall

Oh, my friend

How did you come

To trade the fiddle for the drum

You say we have turned

Like the enemies you’ve earned

But we can remember

All the good things you are

And so we ask you please

Can we help you find the peace and the star

Oh my friend

We have all come

To fear the beating of your drum

The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate. Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate. Only love can do that.  ~The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.~

Despite their quite different backgrounds, Dr. King has joined Mahatma Gandhi as a continuing beacon of inspiration to further peaceful revolutions in recent years that, in turn, offer future generations a wonderful example of successful, nonviolent change. What both these great men affirmed is that the desire for both peace and freedom lies at the most fundamental level of human nature and that violence is its complete antithesis.  ~14th Dalai Lama, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate~

Sooner or later, all the peoples of the world will have to discover a way to live together in peace, and thereby transform this pending cosmic elegy into a creative psalm of brotherhood. If this is to be achieved, man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.   ~Martin Luther King~

I accept this award in the spirit of a curator of some precious heirloom which he holds in trust for its true owners: all those to whom truth is beauty, and beauty, truth, and in whose eyes the beauty of genuine brotherhood and peace is more precious than diamonds or silver or gold.  ~Martin Luther King~

I would like to speak to you candidly … about our present involvement in Viet Nam. …. We are all aware of the nightmarish physical casualties….  But the physical casualties of the war in Viet Nam are not alone the catastrophes. The casualties of principles and values are equally disastrous and injurious. Indeed, they are ultimately more harmful because they are self-perpetuating. If the casualties of principle are not healed, the physical casualties will continue to mount.   ~Martin Luther King~

We are isolated in our false values in a world demanding social and economic justice. We must undergo a vigorous re-ordering of our national priorities.   ~Martin Luther King~

A fourth casualty of the war in Viet Nam is the humility of our nation. … our power has … made us arrogant. We feel that our money can do anything. We arrogantly feel that we have everything to teach other nations and nothing to learn from them.   ~Martin Luther King~

A sixth casualty of the war in Viet Nam is the prospects of mankind’s survival. This war has created the climate for greater armament and further expansion of destructive nuclear power.   ~Martin Luther King~

The past is prophetic in that it asserts loudly that wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows. One day we must come to see that peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal. We must pursue peaceful ends through peaceful means.   ~Martin Luther King~

Let me say finally that I oppose the war in Viet Nam because I love America. …. I am disappointed with our failure to deal positively and forthrightly with the triple evils of racism, extreme materialism and militarism.  ~Martin Luther King~

Perhaps the only issue of the 1960s whose passion rivaled that of the Civil Rights Movement was the ongoing conflict in Vietnam. From the mid-sixties to the mid-seventies, the Vietnam War became the transcendent issue in American politics, and when it combined with the Civil Rights Movement, that decade–from 1965 to 1975–became as divisive as any that had gripped the nation since the Civil War….   Many Americans, especially the young, … saw the war as a contradiction of American ideals of self-determination, justice, and decency.   ~George McGovern~

A few years ago there was a shining moment in that struggle. It seemed as if there was a real promise of hope for the poor, both black and white, through the poverty program. …. Then came the buildup in Vietnam, and I watched this program broken and eviscerated as if it were some idle political plaything of a society gone mad on war. And I knew that America would never invest the necessary funds or energies in rehabilitation of its poor so long as adventures like Vietnam continued to draw men and skills and money like some demonic, destructive suction tube. So I was increasingly compelled to see the war as an enemy of the poor and to attack it as such.   ~Martin Luther King~

In the ghettos of the North over the last three years … They asked if our own nation wasn’t using massive doses of violence to solve its problems, to bring about the changes it wanted. Their questions hit home, and I knew that I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the ghettos without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today: my own government… If America’s soul becomes totally poisoned, part of the autopsy must read “Vietnam.” It can never be saved so long as it destroys the deepest hopes of men the world over.   ~Martin Luther King~

Here is the true meaning and value of compassion and nonviolence, when it helps us to see the enemy’s point of view, to hear his questions, to know his assessment of ourselves. For from his view we may indeed see the basic weaknesses of our own condition, and if we are mature, we may learn and grow and profit from the wisdom of the brothers who are called the opposition.   ~Martin Luther King~

I am as deeply concerned about our own troops there as anything else. For it occurs to me that what we are submitting them to in Vietnam is not simply the brutalizing process that goes on in any war where armies face each other and seek to destroy. We are adding cynicism to the process of death, for they must know after a short period there that none of the things we claim to be fighting for are really involved. Before long they must know that their government has sent them into a struggle among Vietnamese, and the more sophisticated surely realize that we are on the side of the wealthy, and the secure, while we create a hell for the poor.   ~Martin Luther King~

Somehow this madness must cease. We must stop now. I speak as a child of God and brother to the suffering poor of Vietnam. I speak for those whose land is being laid waste, whose homes are being destroyed, whose culture is being subverted. I speak for the poor of America who are paying the double price of smashed hopes at home, and dealt death and corruption in Vietnam. I speak as a citizen of the world, for the world as it stands aghast at the path we have taken.  ~Martin Luther King~

The war in Vietnam is but a symptom of a far deeper malady within the American spirit, and if we ignore this sobering reality, we will find ourselves organizing clergy and laymen concerned committees for the next generation. They will be concerned about Guatemala and Peru. They will be concerned about Thailand and Cambodia. They will be concerned about Mozambique and South Africa. We will be marching for these and a dozen other names and attending rallies without end unless there is a significant and profound change in American life and policy.  ~Martin Luther King~

In 1957 a sensitive American official overseas said that it seemed to him that our nation was on the wrong side of a world revolution. …. Increasingly by choice or by accident, this is the role our nation has taken, the role of those who make peaceful revolution impossible by refusing to give up the privileges and the pleasures that come from the immense profits of overseas investments. I am convinced that if we are to get on the right side of the world revolution, we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin, we must rapidly begin the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.   ~Martin Luther King~

A true revolution of values will soon cause us to question the fairness and justice of many of our past and present policies. On the one hand we are called to play the Good Samaritan on life’s roadside, but that will be only an initial act. One day we must come to see that the whole Jericho Road must be transformed so that men and women will not be constantly beaten and robbed as they make their journey on life’s highway. True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.   ~Martin Luther King~

A true revolution of values will soon look uneasily on the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth. With righteous indignation, it will look across the seas and see individual capitalists of the West investing huge sums of money in Asia, Africa, and South America, only to take the profits out with no concern for the social betterment of the countries, and say, “This is not just.” It will look at our alliance with the landed gentry of South America and say, “This is not just.” The Western arrogance of feeling that it has every thing to teach others and nothing to learn from them is not just.  ~Martin Luther King~

A true revolution of values will lay hand on the world order and say of war, “This way of settling differences is not just.” …. A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.  ~Martin Luther King~

It is a sad fact that because of comfort, complacency, a morbid fear of communism, and our proneness to adjust to injustice, the Western nations that initiated so much of the revolutionary spirit of the modern world have now become the arch antirevolutionaries.  ~Martin Luther King~

We can no longer afford to worship the god of hate or bow before the altar of retaliation. The oceans of history are made turbulent by the ever-rising tides of hate….  We still have a choice today: nonviolent coexistence or violent coannihilation. We must move past indecision to action. We must find new ways to speak for peace in Vietnam and justice throughout the developing world, a world that borders on our doors. If we do not act, we shall surely be dragged down the long, dark, and shameful corridors of time reserved for those who possess power without compassion, might without morality, and strength without sight.   ~Martin Luther King~

And if we will only make the right choice, we will be able to transform this pending cosmic elegy into a creative psalm of peace. If we will make the right choice, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our world into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. If we will but make the right choice, we will be able to speed up the day, all over America and all over the world, when justice will roll down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream.   ~Martin Luther King~

And so I say to you today that I still stand by nonviolence….  And the other thing is, I’m concerned about a better world. I’m concerned about justice; I’m concerned about brotherhood; I’m concerned about truth. And when one is concerned about that, he can never advocate violence. For through violence you may murder a murderer, but you can’t murder murder. Through violence you may murder a liar, but you can’t establish truth. Through violence you may murder a hater, but you can’t murder hate through violence. Darkness cannot put out darkness; only light can do that.   ~Martin Luther King~

What I’m saying to you this morning is communism forgets that life is individual. Capitalism forgets that life is social. And the kingdom of brotherhood is found neither in the thesis of communism nor the antithesis of capitalism, but in a higher synthesis. It is found in a higher synthesis that combines the truths of both. Now when I say questioning the whole society, it means ultimately coming to see that the problem of racism, the problem of economic exploitation, and the problem of war are all tied together. These are the triple evils that are interrelated.   ~Martin Luther King~

In other words, “Your whole structure must be changed.” A nation that will keep people in slavery for 244 years will “thingify” them and make them things. And therefore, they will exploit them and poor people generally economically. And a nation that will exploit economically will have to have foreign investments and everything else, and it will have to use its military might to protect them. All of these problems are tied together. What I’m saying today is that we must go from this convention and say, “America, you must be born again!”  ~Martin Luther King~

Nations are caught up with the drum major instinct. “I must be first.” “I must be supreme.” And I am sad to say that the nation in which we live is the supreme culprit….  God didn’t call America to do what she’s doing in the world now. God didn’t call America to engage in … the war in Vietnam. And we are criminals in that war. We’ve committed more war crimes almost than any nation in the world….  And we won’t stop it because of our pride and our arrogance as a nation.  ~Martin Luther King~

We must learn to live together as brothers or we will perish together as fools.  ~Martin Luther King~

The time is always ripe to do right.  ~Martin Luther King~

It is almost as if he were preaching that sermon for us today, for it is as apt today as it ever was…. We are undergoing another period of transition, when we could so easily become Rip Van Winkles sleeping through great revolutions because we had failed to develop the new attitudes, the new mental responses that the new situation demands. …. When we could spend obscene amounts on weapons of death and destruction when just a minute fraction of those budgets of death would ensure that God’s children everywhere would have clean water, adequate health care, enough to eat, a decent home and education. It is wonderful that Dr. Martin Luther King was so passionate in his opposition to war and so zealous for peace.  ~Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate~

I am sure he (Martin Luther King) would have supported the call for the IMF and the World Bank to prepare for the new millennium by … calling for the cancellation of the debt that so many poor countries carry.  ~Archbishop Desmond Tutu~

… one … challenge that we face is simply that we must find an alternative to war and bloodshed. Anyone who feels … that war can solve the social problems facing mankind is sleeping through a great revolution.   ~Martin Luther King~

Our involvement in the war in Vietnam … has strengthened the military-industrial complex; it has strengthened the forces of reaction in our nation….  It has played havoc with our domestic destinies. … it has put us in a position of appearing to the world as an arrogant nation … when we have not even put our own house in order.   ~Martin Luther King~

It is no longer a choice, my friends, between violence and nonviolence. It is either nonviolence or nonexistence. And the alternative to disarmament, … the alternative to strengthening the United Nations and thereby disarming the whole world, may well be a civilization plunged into the abyss of annihilation.  ~Martin Luther King~

Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love.   ~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.~

Non-violence is not a garment to be put on and off at will. Its seat is in the heart, and it must be an inseparable part of our very being.  ~Mahatma Gandhi~

Nonviolence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man.  ~Mahatma Gandi~

   

 

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