Peace & War
Saint Augustine (354-430) The purpose of all war is peace.
Menachem Begin (1913-) No more wars, no more bloodshed. Peace unto you. Shalom, salaam, forever.
On signing the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty, Washington, D.C. (March 26, 1979)
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. (1841-1935) I think that, as life is action and passion, it is required of a man that he should share the passion and action of his time at peril of being judged not to have lived. Memorial Day Address (1884)
A. E. Housman (1859-1936) Here dead lie we because we did not choose
To live and shame the land from which we sprung
. Life to be sure, is nothing much to lose;
But young men think it is, and we were young.
Bible, Isaiah They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
John Lennon (1940-1980) When we say "War is over if you want it," we mean that if everyone demanded peace instead of another TV set, we'd have peace.
Martin Luther (1483-1546) Peace is more important than all justice; and peace was not made for the sake of justice, but justice for the sake of peace.
On Marriage (1530)
Robert Lynd (1879-1949) Anglo-Irish essayist, journalist The belief in the possibility of a short decisive war appears to be one of the most ancient and dangerous of human illusions.
John Milton (1608-1674) Peace hath her victories, no less renowned than War.
Pablo Neruda (1904-1973) Poetry is an act of peace. Peace goes into the making of a poet as flour goes into the making of bread.
Memoirs (Confieso Que He Vivido: Memorias) (1974)
William Shakespeare (1564-1616) Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more;
Or close the wall up with our English dead!
In peace there's nothing so becomes a man
As modest stillness and humility:
But when the blast of war blows in our ears,
Then imitate the action of the tiger;
Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood,
Disguise fair nature with hard-favored rage;
Then lend the eye a terrible aspect.
King Henry the Fifth (1598-1600), Act: III, Scene: i, Line: 1
UNESCO Constitution Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defenses of peace must be constructed.
Frederick Moore Vinson (1890-1953) Wars are not acts of God. They are caused by man, by man-made institutions, by the way in which man has organized his society. What man has made, man can change.
Speech at Arlington National Cemetery (Memorial Day, 1945)
Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924) (The Civil War) created in this country what had never existed before a national consciousness. It was not the salvation of the Union; it was the rebirth of the Union.
Memorial Day Address (1915]
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