Peace Sayings Give Voice to Utopian Hopes

From John Lennon to Mahatma Gandhi, Words to Ponder

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A world without wars sounds Utopian. The nuclear threat looms large. Real world peace remains an elusive dream. Get some inspiration about peace with these words of wisdom from maybe the most iconic speaker on peace of all -- singer, songwriter, and icon John Lennon -- along with thinkers, writers, generals and politicians who knew war up close.

Words on Peace

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

“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 live as one.” 

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

Agatha Christie
"One is left with the horrible feeling now that war settles nothing; that to win a war is as disastrous as to lose one."

"We make war that we may live in peace."

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

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

George W. Bush
"No, I know all the war rhetoric, but it's all aimed at achieving peace."

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Peace cannot be achieved through violence; it can only be attained through understanding."

Napoleon Bonaparte
"If they want peace, nations should avoid the pin-pricks that precede cannon shots."

Mahatma Gandhi
"An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind."

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

Woodrow Wilson
"Right is more precious than peace."

Winston Churchill
"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."

Franklin D. Roosevelt
"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."

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

Thomas Hardy
"War makes good history but peace is poor reading."

"In peace sons bury fathers, but war violates the order of nature, and fathers bury sons."

George Orwell
"Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength. War is peace."

Abraham Lincoln
"Avoid popularity if you would have peace."

Helen Keller
"I do not want the peace that passeth understanding. I want the understanding which bringeth peace."

"Peace comes from within.

Do not seek it without."

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
"Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek but a means by which we arrive at that goal."

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