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Peace at any price.
[Fr., Paix a tout prix.]
- Alphonse de Lamartine,
as quoted by A.H. Clough in "Letters and Remains" (ed. 1865)
Peace will come soon and come to stay, and so come as to be worth keeping in all future time. It will then have been proved that among free men there can be no successful appeal from the ballot to the bullet, and that they who take such appeal are sure to lose their cases and pay the cost.
- Abraham Lincoln,
quoted by E.J. Young "The Lesson of the Hour", in "Magazine of History", no. 43
Such will be a great lesson of peace; teaching men that what they cannot take by an election, neither can they take by a war; teaching all the folly of being the beginners of a war.
- Abraham Lincoln
Peace is indivisible.
- Maxim Litvinov
Peace! and no longer from its brazen portals
The blast of War's great organ shakes the skies!
But beautiful as songs of the immortals,
The holy melodies of love arise.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
Arsenal at Springfield
Buried was the bloody hatchet;
Buried was the dreadful war-club;
Buried were all warlike weapons,
And the war-cry was forgotten.
Then was peace among the nations.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Hiawatha
(pt. XIII, l. 7)
Ef you want peace, the thing you've gut to du
Is jes' to show you're up to fightin', tu.
- James Russell Lowell, The Biglow Papers
(second series, 2)
Peace if possible, truth at all costs.
- Martin Luther
In the inglorious arts of peace.
- Andrew Marvell, the Younger,
Upon Cromwell's Return from Ireland
Peace gives food to the husbandman, even in the midst of rocks; war brings misery to him, even in the most fertile plains.
Peace hath her victories,
No less renowned than war.
- John Milton,
Sonnet--To the Lord General Cromwell
Establishing lasting peace is the work of education; all politics can do is keep us out of war.
- Maria Montessori
I knew by the smoke that so gracefully curled
Above the green elms, that a cottage was near,
And I said, "If there's peace to be found in the world,
A heart that was humble might hope for it here."
- Thomas Moore, Ballad Stanzas
How calm, how beautiful comes on
The stilly hour, when storms are gone!
When warring winds have died away,
And clouds, beneath the glancing ray,
Melt off, and leave the land and sea
Sleeping in bright tranquillity.
- Thomas Moore,
Lalla Rookh--Fire Worshippers (st. 52)
Peace is the masterpiece of reason.
- Johann Muller
The Empire means peace.
[Fr., L'empire, c'est la paix.]
- Charles Louis Napoleon III,
Speech to the Chamber of Commerce in Toulouse
Would you end war?
Create great Peace.
- James Oppenheim,
War and Laughter, 1914, And After (IV)
For peace do not hope; to be just you must break it.
Still work for the minute and not for the year.
- John Boyle O'Reilly, LL.D.,
Rules of the Road
Fair peace becomes men; ferocious anger belongs to beasts.
[Lat., Candida pax homines, trux decet ira feras.]
- Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Ars Amatoria
Peace is the proper result of the Christian temper. It is the great kindness which our religion doth us, that it brings us to a settledness of mind, and a consistency within ourselves.
- Simon Patrick
The life of inner peace, being harmonious and without stress, is the easiest type of existence.
- Norman Vincent Peale
His helmet now shall make a hive for bees,
And lover's sonnets turn'd to holy psalms;
A man at arms must now serve on his knees,
And feed on prayers, which are his age's alms.
- George Peele, Sonnet ad fin--Polyhymnia
Five great enemies of peace inhabit with us--avarice, ambition, envy, anger and pride; if these were to be banished, we should infallibly enjoy perpetual peace.
- Francesco Petrarch
An equal doom clipp'd Time's blest wings of peace.
- Francesco Petrarch,
To Laura in Death--Sonnet XLVIII (l. 18)
Allay the ferment prevailing in America by removing the obnoxious hostile cause--obnoxious and unserviceable--for their merit can only be in action. "Non dimicare et vincare."
- William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham,
in a speech referring to the American colonies
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