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Power to the peaceful.
– Spearhead

We say we want peace, but nobody wants to change their own mind.
– Michael Franti and Spearhead, Yell Fire

There is no path to peace. Peace is the path. (No hay camino para la paz, la paz es el camino.)
– Mahatma Gandhi

El respeto al derecho ajeno es la paz. (Respect for the rights of others is peace.)
– Benito Juárez

Un area de conflictos es un area de oportunidades para cambiar. (An area of conflict is an opportunity for change).
– Hugo Antonio Santiago, Oaxaca

Every moment of the day provides an opportunity to create the conditions for Peace. For Peacemaking is not that special activity undertaken only in those moments of intense and violent conflict. Indeed, when we reach such moments, that is a clear indication that we have not been doing our daily jobs as Peacemakers.
– Harrison Owen, Many Roads to Peace

First examine our attitude towards peace itself. Too many of us think it is impossible. Too many think it is unreal. But that is a dangerous, defeatist belief. It leads to the conclusion that war is inevitable, that mankind is doomed, that we are gripped by forces we cannot control. We need not accept that view. Our problems are manmade; therefore, they can be solved by man. And man can be as big as he wants. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings. Man’s reason and spirit have often solved the seemingly unsolvable, and we believe they can do it again. I am not referring to the absolute, infinite concept of universal peace and good will of which some fantasies and fanatics dream. I do not deny the value of hopes and dreams but we merely invite discouragement and incredulity by making that our only and immediate goal. Let us focus instead on a more practical, more attainable peace, based not on a sudden revolution in human nature but on a gradual evolution in human institutions — on a series of concrete actions and effective agreements which are in the interest of all concerned. There is no single, simple key to this peace; no grand or magic formula to be adopted by one or two powers. Genuine peace must be the product of many nations, the sum of many acts. It must be dynamic, not static, changing to meet the challenge of each new generation. For peace is a process, a way of solving problems.
– John F. Kennedy, American University Address

According to mythologist Michael Meade, real warriors are those who are experts at avoiding violence. They know how to prevent the escalation of conflict. They’re skilled at resolving problems before they explode. In fact, Meade says, war breaks out only when there are no authentic warriors involved in the situation.
– Rob Brezsny, Free Will Astrology

Nonviolence does’t always work — but violence never does.
– Madge Micheels-Cyrus

The war on terror is a war on peace.
– Michael Franti and Spearhead, Yell Fire

Efforts undertaken in the mode of ‘Top Down/Command and Control’ may have immediate impact, even immediate positive impact (people stop shooting each other), but the longer term effect is not as promising. The reason is a simple. The mode of operation is the very antithesis of Peace. The system addressed (company, county, country, region) is usually not appreciated in its full, complex diversity. Chaos, confusion and conflict are eliminated if possible, rather than honored for the gifts they give, and then invited to integrate into the larger fabric. And most destructive, and therefore least effective, is the presumption that those who undertake the project actually know what they are doing, and therefore feel at liberty to impose their authority, their design, their control.
– Harrison Owen, Many Roads to Peace

Given the room and the freedom to move, the complex adaptive system will do what it is very good at … create wholeness, health and harmony. We call that Peace.
– Harrison Owen, A Strategy for Peace

Peace be with you
– Genesis

A peace above all earthly dignities, a still and quiet conscience.
– William Shakespeare

A writer must be at peace.
– Conversation

So let’s leave it alone ’cause we can’t see eye to eye. There ain’t no good guy, there ain’t no bad guy, there’s only you and me and we just disagree.
– Dave Manson

Babylon is that worldly state of affairs in which the struggle for power and possessions take precedence over the cultivation of human freedom and the concern for human dignity.
– Ennis Edmonds, The Rastafari Reader: Chanting Down Babylon

Let go, let god.
– Conversation, 2004

The matrix, the material, the stuff for prayer is life itself.
– Matthew Fox

Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.
-Pablo Picasso

Oh I’ve been smiling lately, dreaming about the world as one
And I believe it could be, some day it’s going to come
Cause out on the edge of darkness, there rides a peace train
Oh peace train take this country, come take me home again
– Cat Stevens, Peace Train

What terrible discipline it takes to live harmoniously.
– Angela Carter

I’d rather make friends than enemies.
– Bart Davenport, Everyone on earth is so beautiful, even you

Practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty.
– Anne Herbert

We have seen the devil and he is a cartographer.
– Christopher Cessac

Sometimes I think war is God’s way of teaching us geography.
– Paul Rodriguez


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