Quotations About / On:
They make a wilderness and call it peace.
(Solitudinem faciunt pacem appellant.)
(Tacitus (c. 55-120), Roman historian. Tacitus, in Agricola, sect. 30.
Quoting the British chief Calgalus, speaking of the Romans.)
To plunder, butcher, steal, these things they misname empire: they make a desolation and they call it peace.
(Tacitus (c. 55-c. 120), Roman historian. Agricola, sct. 30.
Ascribed by Tacitus to a Scottish chief, Calgacus, on the Roman victory at Mons Graupius, near Inverness.)
Peace is no more than a dream as long as we need the comfort of the clan.
(Peter Nicols (b. 1927), British playwright. Independent (London, September 1, 1990).)
Peace to the shacks! War on the palaces!
(Georg Büchner (1813-1837), German dramatist, revolutionary. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1994). The Hessian Messenger (1834).
Büchner translates a motto of the French Revolution by Nicolas Chamfort: "Guerre aux châteaux! Paix aux chaumières!...")
It is thus tolerance that is the source of peace, and intolerance that is the source of disorder and squabbling.
(Pierre Bayle (1647-1706), Huguenot writer and philosopher. Philosophical Commentary on the Words "Compel Them to Come In," pp. 73-74, ed. Jean-Michel Gros (1686).)
Their bodies are buried in peace; but their name liveth for evermore.
(Apocrypha. Ecclesiasticus, 44:14.
The line "their name liveth for evermore" was chosen by Rudyard Kipling on behalf of the Imperial War Graves Commission as an epitaph to be used in Commonwealth War Cemeteries. Kipling had himself lost a son in the fighting.)
Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none.
(Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), U.S. president. Speech, March 4, 1801. First Inaugural Address, The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, vol. 3, ed. Andrew A. Lipscomb (1904).)
We make war that we may live in peace.
(Aristotle (384-322 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Nicomachean Ethics, bk. 10, ch. 7, sct. 1177b.)
Mankind has grown strong in eternal struggles and it will only perish through eternal peace.
(Adolf Hitler (1889-1945), German dictator. Mein Kampf, vol. 1, ch. 4 (1925).)
Civil strife is as much a greater evil than a concerted war effort as war itself is worse than peace.
(Herodotus (c. 484-424 B.C.), Greek historian. The Histories, 8.3.)