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Peace Quotes that Will Inspire Unity In The World

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The road to peace is long and uncertain. It’s a journey laced with complexities and one that many of us are still trying to figure out. When we’re constantly pulled down by our own burdens and the afflictions of the world, the dream of a peaceful life becomes more distant.

If we could just learn how to put things into perspective, we might have the chance to experience harmony in our mind. As hard as it is to have peace amidst the chaos in ourselves, it all starts with our efforts to be more present and grateful.

Whether it’s our state of mind or the state of the world, we can all agree that peace starts from within. It’s also something we continuously strive for in our thoughts and in our actions. Here are some peace quotes to remind you that achieving inner peace is a choice.

Quotes about Peace

Mother Teresa peace quote "Peace begins with a smile"

“Peace begins with a smile.” – Mother Teresa

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

“The day I understood everything, was the day I stopped trying to figure everything out. The day I knew peace was the day I let everything go.” – C. Joybell C.

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” – Jimi Hendrix

“If someone thinks that peace and love are just a cliche that must have been left behind in the 60s, that’s a problem. Peace and love are eternal.” – John Lennon

Gandhi quote "The day the power of love overrules the love of power, the world will know peace"

“The day the power of love overrules the love of power, the world will know peace.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“Being relaxed, at peace with yourself, confident, emotionally neutral loose, and free-floating — these are the keys to successful performance in almost everything.” – Wayne Dyer

“When you do the right thing, you get the feeling of peace and serenity associated with it. Do it again and again.” – Roy T. Bennett

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

“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 D. Eisenhower

Elie Wiesel peace quote "peace is our gift to each other"

“Mankind must remember that peace is not God’s gift to his creatures; peace is our gift to each other.” – Elie Wiesel

“While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart.” – St Francis of Assisi

“Peace is a journey of a thousand miles and it must be taken one step at a time.” – Lyndon B. Johnson

“Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.” – Baruch Spinoza

“We are not at peace with others because we are not at peace with ourselves, and we are not at peace with ourselves because we are not at peace with God.” – Thomas Merton

DH Lawrence peace quote "People always make war when they say they love peace"

“People always make war when they say they love peace.” – D.H. Lawrence

“Peace brings with it so many positive emotions that it is worth aiming for in all circumstances.” – Estella Eliot

“Everywhere I have sought peace and not found it, except in a corner with a book.” – Thomas a Kempis

“Peace comes from being able to contribute the best that we have, and all that we are, toward creating a world that supports everyone. But it is also securing the space for others to contribute the best that they have and all that they are.” – Hafsat Abiola

“Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.” – St. Francis de Sales

"There is always a certain peace in being what one is, in being that completely"

“There is always a certain peace in being what one is, in being that completely.” – Ugo Betti

“Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.” – John Wooden

“I think it’s naive to pray for world peace if we’re not going to change the form in which we live” – Godfrey Reggio

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

“Peace is more important than all justice; and peace was not made for the sake of justice, but justice for the sake of peace.” – Ezra Taft Benson

"The quest for peace begins in the home, in the school and in the workplace"

“The quest for peace begins in the home, in the school and in the workplace.” – Silvia Cartwright

“Peace is more important than all justice; and peace was not made for the sake of justice, but justice for the sake of peace.” – Martin Luther

“Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures.” – John F. Kennedy

“World peace must develop from inner peace. Peace is not just mere absence of violence. Peace is, I think, the manifestation of human compassion.” – Dalai Lama

“Peace is not something you wish for, it is something you make, something you are, something you do, and something you give away.” – Robert Fulghum

Michael Cunningham peace quote "You cannot find peace by avoiding life"

“You cannot find peace by avoiding life.” – Michael Cunningham

“Many people think excitement is happiness…. But when you are excited you are not peaceful. True happiness is based on peace.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

“Fighting for peace is like screwing for virginity.” – George Carlin

“Learning to distance yourself from all the negativity is one of the greatest lessons to achieve inner peace.” – Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

“You find peace not by rearranging the circumstances of your life, but by realizing who you are at the deepest level.” – Eckhart Tolle

"If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there'd be peace"

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

“Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.” – Albert Einstein

“Peace is the only battle worth waging.” – Albert Camus

“Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.” – Albert Schweitzer

“Peace can become a lens through which you see the world. Be it. Live it. Radiate it out. Peace is an inside job.” – Wayne Dyer

Siddhārtha Gautama quote "Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without"

“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.” – Siddhārtha Gautama

“Don’t search for anything except peace. Try to calm the mind. Everything else will come on its own.” – Baba Hari Das

“There is “what is” only when there is no comparison at all, and to live with what is, is to be peaceful.” – Bruce Lee

“Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.” – Dale Carnegie

“No person, no place, and no thing has any power over us, for ‘we’ are the only thinkers in our mind. When we create peace and harmony and balance in our minds, we will find it in our lives.” – Louise Hay

Laini Taylor peace quote "Peace is more than the absence of war. Peace is accord. Harmony"

“Peace is more than the absence of war. Peace is accord. Harmony.” – Laini Taylor

“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

“Forgiveness equals inner peace – more peaceful people equals more world peace.” – Richard Branson

“Don’t hope that events will turn out the way you want, welcome events in whichever way they happen: this is the path to peace.” – Epictetus

“Peace is not absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.” – Ronald Reagan

Lewis Howes peace quote "Stress is a choice. So is inner peace"

“Stress is a choice. So is inner peace.” – Lewis Howes

“When you make peace with yourself, you make peace with the world.” – Maha Ghosananda

“They call it “peace of mind” but maybe it should be called “peace from mind”.” – Navil Ravikant

“The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize at the center of the universe dwells the Great Spirit, and that its center is really everywhere, it is within each of us.” – Black Elk

"It is my conviction that there is no way to peace - peace is the way"

“It is my conviction that there is no way to peace – peace is the way.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

“Learning to ignore things is one of the great paths to inner peace.” – Robert J. Sawyer

“Peace of mind is that mental condition in which you have accepted the worst.” – Lin Yutang

“We don’t realize that, somewhere within us all, there does exist a supreme self who is eternally at peace.” – Elizabeth Gilbert

“The answer lies within ourselves. If we can’t find peace and happiness there, it’s not going to come from the outside.” – Tenzin Palmo

Van Gough peace quote "There is peace even in the storm"

“There is peace even in the storm.” – Vincent Van Gogh

“Inner peace doesn’t come from getting what we want, but from remembering who we are.” – Marianne Williamson

“It is not enough to win a war; it is more important to organize the peace.” – Aristotle

“Not one of us can rest, be happy, be at home, be at peace with ourselves, until we end hatred and division.” – John Lewis

“Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.” – Dalai Lama

Paolo Coelho quote "Make peace with your past so it won’t destroy your present"

“Make peace with your past so it won’t destroy your present.” – Paulo Coelho

“There is no ‘way to peace,’ there is only ‘peace.’” – Mahatma Gandhi

“Sometimes you can find peace of mind by transferring yourself to different situations. They’re just reminders to stay calm.” – Yves Behar

“You will find peace not by trying to escape your problems, but by confronting them courageously. You will find peace not in denial, but in victory.” – J. Donald Walters

“Every breath we take, every step we make, can be filled with peace, joy and serenity.”– Thich Nhat Hanh

Emerson quote "Nobody can bring you peace but yourself"

“Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace.” – Buddha

“For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“We must restore hope to young people, help the old, be open to the future, spread love. Be poor among the poor. We need to include the excluded and preach peace.” – Pope Francis

“If we are peaceful, if we are happy, we can smile, and everyone in our family, our entire society, will benefit from our peace.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

Cicero peace quote "Peace is liberty in tranquility"

“Peace is liberty in tranquility.” – Marcus Tulius Cicero

“The lessons from the peace process are clear; whatever life throws at us, our individual responses will be all the stronger for working together and sharing the load.” – Queen Elizabeth II

“If there is not the war, you don’t get the great general; if there is not a great occasion, you don’t get a great statesman; if Lincoln had lived in a time of peace, no one would have known his name.” – Theodore Roosevelt

“The lessons from the peace process are clear; whatever life throws at us, our individual responses will be all the stronger for working together and sharing the load.” – Benjamin Franklin

Mason Cooley quote "The only peace is being out of earshot"

“The only peace is being out of earshot.” – Mason Cooley

“When you can whip any man in the world, you never know peace.” – Muhammad Ali

“We should live, act, and say nothing to the injury of anyone. It is not only best as a matter of principle, but it is the path to peace and honor.” – Robert E. Lee

“If you are depressed you are living in the past if you are anxious you are living in the future, if you are at peace, you are living in the present.” – Lao Tzu

“The life of inner peace, being harmonious and without stress, is the easiest type of existence.” – Norman Vincent Peale

"Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace"

“Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace.” – Amelia Earhart

“True peace is not merely the absence of war, it is the presence of justice.” – Jane Addams

“Do not be afraid to take a chance on peace, to teach peace, to live peace…Peace will be the last word of history.” – Pope John Paul II

“Peace does not mean an absence of conflicts; differences will always be there. Peace means solving these differences through peaceful means; through dialogue, education, knowledge; and through humane ways.” – Dalai Lama

“Establishing lasting peace is the work of education; all politics can do is keep us out of war.” – Maria Montessori

Peace quote "Go in the direction of where your peace is coming from"

“Go in the direction of where your peace is coming from.” – C. Joybell C.

“Peace demands the most heroic labor and the most difficult sacrifice. It demands greater heroism than war. It demands greater fidelity to the truth and a much more perfect purity of conscience.” – Thomas Merton

“I still believe that peace and plenty and happiness can be worked out some way. I am a fool.” – Kurt Vonnegut, Jailbird

“Peace comes when you talk to the guy you most hate. And that’s where the courage of a leader comes, because when you sit down with your enemy, you as a leader must already have very considerable confidence from your own constituency.” – Desmond Tutu

“Peace is its own reward.” – Mahatma Gandhi

JFK quote "It is an unfortunate fact that we can secure peace only by preparing for war"

“It is an unfortunate fact that we can secure peace only by preparing for war.” – John F. Kennedy

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

“I prefer peace. But if trouble must come, let it come in my time, so that my children can live in peace.” – Thomas Paine

“He that would live in peace and at ease must not speak all he knows or all he sees.” – Benjamin Franklin

“I do not want the peace which passeth understanding, I want the understanding which bringeth peace.” – Helen Keller

Reagan peace quote "A people free to choose will always choose peace"

“A people free to choose will always choose peace.” – Ronald Reagan

“It is not enough to say we must not wage war. It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

“Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love.” – St. Francis of Assisi

“You can have peace. Or you can have freedom. Don’t ever count on having both at once.” – Robert A. Heinlein

“Be a peacemaker in everyday life. Display peace in everything you do. Be peace. Live in peace.” – Buddhist Proverb

"We make war that we may live in peace"

“We make war that we may live in peace.” – Aristotle

“Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations… entangling alliances with none.” – Thomas Jefferson

“Better than a thousand hollow words is one word that brings peace.” – Buddha

“We do not need guns and bombs to bring peace, we need love and compassion.” – Mother Teresa

“If you want peace, stop fighting. If you want peace of mind, stop fighting with your thoughts.” – Peter McWilliams

Sri Chinmoy peace quote "Peace begins when expectation ends"

“Peace begins when expectation ends.” – Sri Chinmoy

“Peace by persuasion has a pleasant sound, but I think we should not be able to work it. We should have to tame the human race first, and history seems to show that that cannot be done.” – Mark Twain

“Peace doesn’t require two people; it requires only one. It has to be you. The problem begins and ends there.” – Katie Byron

“Let the peace of this day be here tomorrow when I wake up.” – Thomas Pynchon

“Peace is such hard work. Harder than war. It takes way more effort to forgive than to kill.” – Rae Carson

Walt Whitman peace quote "Peace is always beautiful"

“Peace is always beautiful.” – Walt Whitman

“”You have peace,” the old woman said, “when you make it with yourself.”” – Mitch Albom, The Five People You Meet in Heaven

“People always make war when they say they love peace.” – Charlie Chaplin

“It is madness for sheep to talk peace with a wolf.” – Thomas Fuller

“The most valuable possession you can own is an open heart. The most powerful weapon you can be is an instrument of peace.” – Carlos Santana

"If there is to be any peace it will come through being, not having"

“If there is to be any peace it will come through being, not having.” – Henry Miller

“What we need is Star Peace and not Star Wars.” – Mikhail Gorbachev

“Peace isn’t an experience free of challenges, free of rough and smooth, it’s an experience that’s expansive enough to include all that arises without feeling threatened.” – Pema Chödrön

“Yes, we love peace, but we are not willing to take wounds for it, as we are for war.” – John Holmes

“Peace has to be created, in order to be maintained. It will never be achieved by passivity and quietism.” – Dorothy Thompson

Maria Schell quote "Peace is when time doesn't matter as it passes by"

“Peace is when time doesn’t matter as it passes by.” – Maria Schell

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