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Inspirational and Insightful Quotations #3 --- Peace

Updated on October 1, 2015

Quotations on Peace

What people united can do to destroy we see plainly enough. More than ever the big task is to unite people to heal and build up. Right living is more than a solitary or private affair. People of good will must pool their efforts to make them more effective. People can live together in justice and peace only when they trust one another. The basis of such trust is ethical behavior. Moral practice, like the air we breathe, may not strike us always as fundamental. But take it away and we realize how vital it is.

---Henry Neumann, Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Brooklyn, N.Y., Oct. 6, 1941.

Where love abounds, peace reigns, and where peace reigns there is a happy contentment, the crowning glory and capstone of pure joy.

—Ben E. Rich, Southern Star, Chattanooga, Tenn., Nov. 24, 1900.

The human heart is like a harp of many strings. Harmony or discord depends on the hand that sweeps the chords. If the music is harsh don’t blame the harp.

---J. Marvin Nichols, Gainesville Daily Sun, Gainesville, Fla., Aug. 16, 1907.

The ideal of universal peace is, in its last analysis, a question of character. It requires character of such nobility as to put to shame carping critics, disarming their efforts at injury by a kind of aloofness from their low level of life.

---Perry J. Rice, El Paso Herald, El Paso, Texas, May 29, 1911.

Peace is a fruitage or result of law and method. It is useless to seek peace without observing the causes of peace, as it is to seek a crop of fine peaches apart from the proper cultivation. Peace is to the body politic like health is to the human body. It is the natural consequence of right observance of the laws of correct living.

—John Edward Carver, Ogden Standard-Examiner, Ogden, Utah, Nov. 17, 1935.

Peace is a quality and a relationship which grows out of mutual consideration, out of wide vision, out of the broadest concern.

—Theodore Cuyler Speers, New York Times, New York, N.Y., Nov. 20, 1939.

Peace sets up a chamber of silence and tranquility in the house of man’s soul, where no noise or tumult can come.

---Newell Dwight Hillis, Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Brooklyn, N.Y., Feb. 29, 1904.

Peace is always desirable, but liberty is worth more than peace. Peace obtained at the cost of liberty is dearly bought.

‑‑‑H.W. Knickerbocker, Houston Post‑Dispatch, Houston, Texas, May 27, 1929.

Peace which is purchased by compromising the truth is a false peace.

—J.B. Cranfill, Baptist Standard, Dallas, Texas, April 23, 1903.

As every man is the architect of his own fortune, every man is also the designer of his own peace.

---Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., Nov. 1, 1931.

Peace is the ultimate human need, and no one can have it to the prejudice of his neighbor.

---Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., March 14, 1940.

Peace is a flower whose bloom will start in each one’s garden of the heart.

---Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., March 24, 1946.

Peace is creative friendship between men, and it is based on justice.

---Howard V. Harper, Waycross Journal-Herald, Waycross, Ga., Nov. 9, 1938.

Peace is not a way of escape; not a vacuum made by drawing off all thought and effort. It is a way of life created by confidence in God.

---Howard V. HarperWaycross Journal-Herald, Waycross, Ga., Nov. 10, 1938.

The hornets of doubt sting the soul of peace.

---Elijah Powell Brown, Juniata Sentinel and Republican, Mifflintown, Pa., June 29, 1898.

Perfect trust and perfect peace never ask for a divorce.

---Elijah Powell Brown, San Juan Islander, Friday Harbor, Wash., June 11, 1909.

Quietness is the magnet of peace.

---Elijah Powell Brown, Willmar Tribune, Willmar, Minn., Aug. 3, 1898.

There’s no anti-speed cop to molest you when you clap on full speed for the turnpike of tranquility.

---Frank Hilton Greer, Oklahoma Farmer, Guthrie, Okla., Aug. 10, 1910.

Peace and good will, understanding and contentment will come only through the elimination of selfishness, greed, hate and misunderstanding, only with the development and strengthening of character. This great need of the world is raising to a higher level the actual desires, tastes, habits and standards of the people. Unselfishness and moral courage are among the elements demanded.

---Richard R. Lyman, Deseret News, Salt Lake City, Utah, June 8, 1940.

The quality of your thinking will determine your state of mind and your peace of mind. The breadth of your interests will determine whether you are going to be a small worrier or whether you are going to live on a level above the trivial anxieties of everyday life. To find tranquility we must have an enlarged life. To have peace of mind we must live in the presence of great interests and not in the clutter of small fears. Life at its best is a series of enlargements—until we are no longer cramped by narrow horizons.

---Grove H. Patterson, Meriden Record, Meriden, Conn, July 24, 1929.

No lasting peace was ever achieved at the sacrifice of principle.

---J.H. Allen, El Paso Herald, El Paso, Texas, Dec. 15, 1917.

The world can’t hope to live in peace until it ceases to live in pieces.

---Wickes Wamboldt, Waycross Journal-Herald, Waycross, Ga., March 28, 1941.

Peace of mind is the poise of character in the midst of the storm.

---Daniel J. Wetzel, Reading Eagle, Reading, Pa., Oct. 20, 1929.

Many a person can't find peace of mind because he is always giving someone a piece of it.

—Carey Williams, Beaumont Enterprise, Beaumont, Texas, Jan. 31, 1958.

The pathway to peace is paved with will power mixed with good resolutions.

---Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., May 29, 1933.

If you cannot find the spirit of peace within yourself, you will find it nowhere.

---Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., June 4, 1934.

He is well along the road to peace who has refused hospitality to bitterness.

---Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., March 4, 1935.

One is incapable of finding peace who cannot find it within his own heart.

---Roy L. Smith, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., March 13, 1935.

It is foolish to try to make peace with others without making peace with yourself.

---Roy L. Smith, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., Feb. 10, 1936.

The man who doesn’t love peace well enough to fight for it is a coward.

---Henry Edward Warner, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Richmond, Va., Feb. 20, 1916.

Some people think they have peace when they are only petrified.

---Henry F. Cope, Lincoln County Leader, Toledo, Ore., June 15, 1906.

Peace is satisfaction. Peace is supreme serenity in spite of what's going on.

‑‑‑E. Eugene Greer, Jr., Baptist Standard, Dallas, Texas, June 7, 1989.

Peaceful thoughts are a constructive force.

-‑‑Prentice Mulford, Kansas City Post, Kansas City, Mo., Nov. 2, 1919.

Peace is frictionless motion.

-‑‑Gipsy Smith, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, March 8, 1912.

The road to peace is paved with good preventions.

---John L. Brown, Aurora Daily Star, Aurora, Ill., Dec. 7, 1921.

Peace found on fear is not permanent. Peace to be everlasting must be founded upon a sincere desire for peace, a determined purpose to have peace, and faith and confidence in those with whom we associate for peace. And now is the time to be tolerant and helpful.

—William M. Butler, New York Times, New York, N.Y., June 15, 1925.

The peacemakers. This does not mean peaceable men merely, but men who maintain peace.

—John H. Carter, The Marianna Floridan, Marianna, Fla., Jan. 24, 1930.

When you are at peace with yourself, each minute is its own eternity.

—Bill Copeland, Sarasota Journal, Sarasota, Fla., Dec. 16. 1971.

It’s better to hold your peace now than to pick up the pieces later.

—H.B. Dean, Morning Advocate, Baton Rouge, La., June 13, 1956.

A "pacifist," whether an individual or a nation, is merely a "neutral," a negative influence. A "peacemaker" is a positive creative force, who seeks to make a world in which nations may dwell in peace and progress.

—M. Ashby Jones, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., Nov. 10, 1935.

Peace is inner harmony of being. It is not calmness on the surface of one's life but tranquility in its depths. Its symbol is not the stillness of a landlocked lake but the strong and steady flow of a full-fed river. Peace is not negative but positive in its nature. It is not a centre of indifference but a source of enthusiasm. Peace means steadiness of will, unswerving and unfaltering movement towards a beckoning goal.

—John D. Freeman, Christian Index, Atlanta, Ga., Jan. 13, 1938.

Peace is a state of mind that is automatically enhanced if you mind your own business.

—Purser Hewitt, The Clarion-Ledger, Jackson, Miss., June 18, 1971.

Happiness must have peace of mind as a cornerstone.

—Burris A. Jenkins, Kansas City Post, Kansas City, Mo., July 12, 1920.

Peace is a by-product, not a buy-product.

—Roy L. Smith, Christian Advocate, Chicago, Ill., Dec. 20, 1945.

The greatest enemy of peace is a lust for power.

—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., May 23, 1934.

Peace as a goal instead of as a method is a weakness. A new habit of life in every field must be built up gradually and conflicting interests must be brought together in such a way as to make peace a method which is ever present.

—Paul Jones, New York Times, New York, N.Y., June 25, 1928.

Peace does not just happen. Peace must be made; and it is made by men and women of good will. ... The peacemaker is needed in the local community. The greatest enemy of peace among us is prejudice: race, class and religious prejudice.

—Bruce H. Price, Religious Herald, Richmond, Va., June 16, 1960.

I know of but one way to rid the earth of strife and contention. That is to change men’s lives, to lift them to a higher plane of thought and endeavor, and to do it on such a scale that a universal brotherhood will be created.

—Gordon B. Hinckley, Deseret News, Salt Lake City, Utah, July 25, 1936.

Peace is a plant that grows in the soil of good will, kindness and altruism, and it can be produced in no other element.

—Vernald William Johns, Garland Times, Garland, Utah, Dec. 31, 1936.

War is virtually organized insanity.

—Arthur Barksdale Kinsolving II, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh, Pa., Nov. 1, 1940.

Peace of mind is not a formula of thought. The mind as a mind is incapable of it. For the brain, after all, is but a calculating and recording device for the soul. Peace is not a matter of cleverness or of correctness or even of perceptiveness. Nobody is serene until he is loved and loves in return. In our troubled day only the beloved of God are at peace.

—Lynn W. Landrum, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, May 29, 1950.

Peace is love in repose.

—T.W. Phillips, Jr., The Shreveport Times, Shreveport, La., June 8, 1925.

Where love abounds, peace reigns, and where peace reigns there is a happy contentment, the crowning glory and capstone of pure joy.

—Ben E. Rich, Southern Star, Chattanooga, Tenn., Nov. 24, 1900.

If you have peace within, you can bear pain without.

—Ernest C. Wareing, Western Christian Advocate, Cincinnati, Ohio, Feb. 19, 1925.

Difference of opinion rather than principle is the cause of most conflict. You can afford to change your opinions, but not your principles.

—Perry F. Webb, Tulia Herald, Tulia, Texas, Jan. 14, 1954.

We lose the peace of years when we hunt after the rapture of moments.

Gulf Coast Cattleman, Beaumont, Texas, March 1950.

Peace can come to earth only when men learn to love their neighbors as themselves. We cannot have peace on earth until we have a people who will accord to others the same things they desire for themselves.

—Albert E. Bowen, Ogden Standard-Examiner, Ogden, Utah, Dec. 12, 1938.

Peace can’t be created simply by going off into a corner, or staying away from life. Peace is not seclusion, but building in one’s own heart the possession of peace. It begins in your own heart.

—Hugh Latimer Burleson, New York Times, New York, N.Y., Dec. 16, 1929.

If there were enough peace keepers the peace makers would not be needed.

—Henry F. Cope, Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Ill., Nov. 7, 1909.

The peacemaker is that man who desires peace above profit, above national pride, above political expediency, above all else. Peacemakers are needed locally, domestically, everywhere that there are enemies who should be friends.

—Charles G. Cullum, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, Oct. 27, 1946.


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