-- Joan Baez
Three quotes of unknown origin:
Fighting for peace is like %#&!*% for virginity.
An optimist says, 'War is impossible.' A pessimist says, 'War is inevitable.' A realist says, 'War is inevitable unless we make it impossible.'
There is no honourable way to kill, no gentle way to destroy.
There is nothing good in war. Except its ending.
"There can never be peace between nations until there is first known that true peace which … is within the souls of men."
-- Black Elk
"Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace."
The release of atomic energy has not created a new problem. It has merely made more urgent the necessity of solving an existing one.
There will one day spring from the brain of science a machine or force so fearful in its potentialities, so absolutely terrifying, that even man, the fighter, who will dare torture and death in order to inflict torture and death, will be appalled, and so abandon war forever.
Thomas A. Edison
If they want peace, nations should avoid the pin-pricks that precede cannon shots.
Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
War does not decide who is right, war decides who is left.
The best way of avenging thyself is not to become like the wrong-doer.
---Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
"Anyone who is willing to stand for peace and tolerance in this world is not only my friend but is also my family. Together we have a stronger voice."
'Our Task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures, the whole of nature, and its beauty.'
Do you know what astonished me most in the world? The inability of force to create anything. In the long run the sword is always beaten by the spirit. Soldiers usually win battles and generals get the credit for them. You must not fight too often with one enemy, or you will teach him all your art of war. If they want peace, nations should avoid the pin-pricks that precede cannon shots.
- Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821)
We know how to organize warfare, but do we know how to act when confronted with peace?
- Jacques-Yves Cousteau (1910-1997)
Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding.
- Albert Einstein (1979-1955)
Time itself becomes subordinate to war. If only we could celebrate peace as our various ancestors celebrated war; if only we could glorify peace as those before us, thirsting for adventure, glorified war; if only our sages and scholars together could resolve to infuse peace with the same energy and inspiration that others have put into war.
Why is war such an easy option? Why does peace remain such an elusive goal? We know statesmen skilled at waging war, but where are those dedicated enough to humanity to find a way to avoid war>
Every nation has its prestigious military academies - or so few of them - that reach not only the virtues of peace but also the art of attaining it? I mean attaining and protecting it by means other than weapons, the tools of war. Why are we surprised whenever war recedes and yields to peace?
- Elie Wiesel
"The office of president is a bastardized thing, half royalty and half democracy, that nobody knows whether to genuflect or spit."
"Cheney has proven to be the greatest Vic-President ever. His genius comes in the fact that he can wake up each day and let Bush think he is the President."
John Dean, Former Republican White House Counsel, 1971-1973
I would no more teach children military training than teach them arson, robbery or assassination. ~Eugene V. Debs
All we are saying is Give Peace a Chance. ~John & Yoko
Military Intelligence is a contradiction in terms. ~from a bumpersticker
"The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing". Albert Einstein.
Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth. Albert Einstein, (1879-1955)
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." Martin Luther King, Jr.
Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.
When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.
When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.
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 that at the center of the universe dwells the Great Spirit, and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us.
-Black Elk (1863-1950)
instead of sending whole nations to war
There is an old italian proverb:
"When the game is over the kings and the pawns go back in the same box"
I think it has an ambiguous charm and sums up how invariably ridiculous war is.
There has always been fewer famous people ,then the non famous they would dearly love PEACE too. Not to send their sons and daughters into harms way. Not to have their children orphans or crippled or killed by some instrument of war.Who do you think was the main people responsible for getting the US out of Vietnam?We would still be fighting their today if it wasn't for the non famous people hitting the bricks and taking a stand for the P-word. The pity is many of those people sold out after it was over. That comman we are one again went back to Wall Steet. HIPPIEs are not even jokes anymore. They are just ignored and unseen. A PEACE protest today is fools like me typing on sites like this that few will even read. Recently I even started attending Quaker Meetings thinking that there might be a few Peaceniks around.i found a few. They are as paralized as I am on doing anything to even get the word PEACE mention. I just showed one a so called poem entitled LACK OF WAR. he read it patted me on the back and said I hope to see more. It was a king gesture ,but both him and I know that even to get an unbeliever to read the titlle of such works ,would take violent actions from unviolent peoples such as us.
You know going to Quaker meeting did open my mind.One of its early leaders George Fox we non violent to his core.Turn the other check was his credo Ala Jesus Christ. Could any of us do this today for PEACE? It happen a few time in Americaan History. The last I expect was THOSE FREEDOM RIDERS that went south on buses ,so the Blacks in the south coould have thee same rights as white people. Anyone remember them?
They were beaten with out resistence buy so called normal citizens of the cities they went. Thrown in prison,but they stayed non violent. Anyone rember the college sit ins against the war How common people locked hands to block buildings and hasd to be cafrried away by police? I guess the question is could Noon violence work today? In this day of many cameras and cellphones everywhere,could a protest even have the minutes to set up?And would those people that we werre proostesting for tuurn on us and beat and sspit on us, because they are taught to be happy hating their fellow man.Could George Fox or Even JESUS CHRIST change or encourage a single mind in this days age?
NOW the other question. Is there any other alternative?PEACE is more then a word.It is worth more then all the riches of Wall Street.Look into any baby's face.should that baby die for the few who want to increase their ower and wealth on either side. Or should that bbaby being able to see his baby,then his gran baby ,and possibly his great gran baby?Life is hard with or without war anyway. If it wasn't most would get bored and many would just jump off cliffs. But As John Lennon once wrote IMAGINE
Do not let us speak of darker days; let us speak rather of sterner days. These are not dark days: these are great days - the greatest days our country has ever lived.
- Winston Churchill