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Quotations About / On: PEACE

  • 21.
    Open covenants of peace openly arrived at
    (Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. president. Address to Congress declaring the Fourteen Points (January 6, 1918). Wilson later explained that the famous phrase did not preclude private negotiations. What was important was that the results be public.)
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  • 22.
    ... peace is a militant thing ... any peace movement must have behind it a higher passion than the desire for war. No one can be a pacifist without being ready to fight for peace and die for peace.
    (Mary Heaton Vorse (1874-1966), U.S. journalist and labor activist. A Footnote to Folly, ch. 5 (1935).)
  • 23.
    The name of peace is sweet, and the thing itself is beneficial, but there is a great difference between peace and servitude. Peace is freedom in tranquility, servitude is the worst of all evils, to be resisted not only by war, but even by death.
    (Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Roman orator, philosopher, statesman. Philippica, II, 113.)
  • 24.
    Much is being said about peace; and no man desires peace more ardently than I. Still I am yet unprepared to give up the Union for a peace which, so achieved, could not be of much duration.
    (Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. letter to Isaac M. Schermerhorn, Sep. 12, 1864. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 8, p. 1, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).)
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  • 25.
    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).)
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  • 26.
    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.)
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  • 27.
    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).)
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  • 28.
    We make war that we may live in peace.
    (Aristotle (384-322 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Nicomachean Ethics, bk. 10, ch. 7, sct. 1177b.)
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  • 29.
    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).)
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  • 30.
    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.)
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