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Concession comes with better grace and more salutary effect from superior power.
      - William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham,
        Speech to Recall Troops from Boston

Blessedness is promised to the peacemaker, not to the conqueror.
      - Francis Quarles

No peace was ever won from fate by subterfuge or argument; no peace is ever in store for any of us, but that which we shall win by victory over shame or sin--victory over the sin that oppresses, as well as over that which corrupts.
      - John Ruskin

You may assuredly find perfect peace, if you are resolved to do that which your Lord has plainly required--and content that He should indeed require no more of you--than to do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with Him.
      - John Ruskin

People are always expecting to get peace in heaven; but you know whatever peace they get there will be ready-made. Whatever making of peace they can be blest for, must be on the earth here.
      - John Ruskin, The Eagle's Nest (lecture IX)

If peace cannot be maintained with honor, it is no longer peace.
      - John Russell (1), Speech at Greenoch

Peace is much more precious than a piece of land.
      - Anwar al-Sadat, in a speech in Cairo

How ironic for peacemaking efforts to discover that hatred is stronger for many than love; that the longing to achieve power through military victories makes so many men lose their reason, forget all shame, and betray history.
      - Oscar Arias Sanchez,
        Only Peace Can Write the New History,
        upon accepting the 1987 Nobel peace prize

Peace is rarely denied to the peaceful.
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

The most pious may not live in peace, if it does not please his wicked neighbor.
  [Ger., Es kann der Frommste nicht im Frieden bleiden,
    Wenn es dem bosen Nachbar nicht gefallt.]
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller,
        Wilhelm Tell (IV, 3, 124)

Peace won by compromise is usually a short lived achievement.
      - Winfield Scott

In her days, every man shall eat in safety,
  Under his own vine, what he plants; and sing
    The merry song of peace to all his neighbours.
      - William Shakespeare

Peace, dear nurse of arts, plenties and joyful births.
      - William Shakespeare

O sir, we quarrel in print, by the book, as you have books for good manners. I will name you the degrees. The first, the Retort Courteous; the second, the Quip Modest; the third, the Reply Churlish; the fourth, the Reproof Valiant; the fifth, the Countercheck Quarrelsome; the sixth, the Lie with Circumstance; the seventh, the Lie Direct. All these you may avoid but the Lie Direct, and you may avoid that too, with an If. I knew when seven justices could not take up a quarrel, but when the parties were met themselves, one of tem thought but of an If: as, 'If you said so, then I said so'; and they shook hands and swore brothers. Your If is the only peacemaker. Much virtue in If.
      - William Shakespeare, As You Like It
         (Touchstone at V, iv)

A peace is of the nature of a conquest,
  For then both parties nobly are subdued,
    And neither party loser.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Fourth, Part II
         (Scroop, Archbishop of York at IV, ii)

So are you to my thoughts as food to life,
  Or as sweet-seasoned showers are to the ground;
    And for the peace of you I hold such strife
      As 'twixt a miser and his wealth is found:
        Now proud as an enjoyer, and anon
          Doubting the filching age will steal his treasure;
            Now counting best to be with you alone,
              Then better that the world may see my pleasure;
                Sometime all full with feasting on your sight,
                  And by and by clean starved for a look,
                    Possessing or pursuing no delight
                      Save what is had or must from you be took.
                        Thus do I pine and surfeit day by day,
                          Or gluttoning on all, or all away.
      - William Shakespeare, Sonnet LXXV

Still in thy right hand carry gentle peace
  To silence envious tongues.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life of King Henry the Eighth
         (Wolsey at III, ii)

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:
              Let it pry through the portage of the head
                Like the brass cannon; let the brow o'erwhelm it
                  As fearfully as doth a galled rock
                    O'erhand and jutty his confounded base,
                      Swilled with the wild and wasteful ocean.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life of King Henry the Fifth
         (King Henry at III, i)

Since, then, my office hath so far prevailed
  That, face to face and royal eye to eye,
    You have congreeted, let it not disgrace me
      If I demand before this royal view,
        What rub or what impediment there is
          Why that the naked, poor, and mangled Peace,
            Dear nurse of arts, plenties, and joyful births,
              Should not, in this best garden of the world,
                Our fertile France, put up her lovely visage.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life of King Henry the Fifth
         (Burgundy at V, ii)

In God's name cheerly on, courageous friends,
  To reap the harvest of perpetual peace
    By this one bloody trial of sharp war.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Tragedy of King Richard the Third
         (Richmond at V, ii)

Peace is not only better than war, but infinitely more arduous.
      - George Bernard Shaw

In the arts of peace Man is a bungler.
      - George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman

Peace is the soft and holy shadow that virtue casts.
      - Henry Wheeler Shaw (used pseudonyms Josh Billings and Uncle Esek)

When it is peace, then we may view again
  With new-won eyes each other's truer form
    And wonder. Grown more loving-kind and warm
      We'll grasp firm hands and laugh at the old pain
        When it is peace. But until peace, the storm
          The darkness and the thunder and the rain.
      - Charles Hamilton Sorley, To Germany

Peace is the one condition of survival in this nuclear age.
      - Adlai E. Stevenson

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