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Quotes 4 Peace

When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?" -Eleanor Roosevelt, 1948

"The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness."
- John Kenneth Galbraith, economist (1908-2006)

"It's not my victory, it's yours and yours and yours. If
a gay can win, it means there is hope that the system can work for all minorities if we fight. We've given them hope."
- Harvey Milk 1930-1978

"Our country, right or wrong.
When right, to be kept right; when wrong, to be put right"

- Carl Schurz, revolutionary, statesman and reformer (1829-1906)

“You shoot at men who are fathers: war is completely stupid.”
- Lazare Ponticelli, France's last surviving World War I veteran reflecting on his experience of war shortly before his death. He was 110.

"There is no greater gift to an insecure leader that
quite matches a vague enemy who can be used to whip up fear
and hatred among the population."

- Paul Rusesabagina, humanitarian

"The first man to raise a fist is the one who has run out of ideas."
source unknown

"Anyone who has ever looked into the glazed eyes of a soldier dying on the battlefield will think hard before starting a war."
- Otto von Bismarck

"The way to war is a well-paved highway and the way to peace is still a wilderness."
- Paul P. Harris

" This business of burning human beings with napalm, of filling our nation's homes with orphans and widows, of injecting poisonous drugs of hate into veins of peoples normally humane, of sending men home from dark and bloody battlefields physically handicapped and psychologically deranged, cannot be reconciled with wisdom, justice and love."

- Martin Luther King

"Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."
- attributed to Benjamin Franklin

"Probably, no nation is rich enough to pay for both war and civilization.
We must make our choice; we cannot have both."

- Abraham Flexner

"I dream of giving birth to a child who will ask,
'Mother, what was war?'"
- Eve Merriam

" Sit up, join up, get on line, get in touch, find out who's raising hell and join them. No use waiting on a bunch of wussy politicians."

- Molly Ivins

"If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy."
- James Madison

“In time of war, the loudest patriots are the greatest profiteers.”
- August Bebel, 1870

"Every war when it comes, or before it comes, is represented not as a war but as an act of self-defense against a homicidal maniac."
– George Orwell

"There is no flag large enough to cover the shame

of killing innocent people."
– Howard Zinn

"A state of war only serves as an excuse for domestic tyranny."
– Alexander Solzhenitsyn

"I'm fed up to the ears with old men dreaming up wars

for young men to die in."
– George McGovern

"During times of war, hatred becomes quite respectable,

even though it has to masquerade often

under the guise of patriotism."

- Howard Thurman (theologian)

"War should be made a crime, and those who instigate

it should be punished as criminals."
– Charles Evans Hughes

"War cannot be humanized, only abolished"

- Albert Einstein


If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.

Nelson Mandela


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