Every war is against the world, and every war against the world is lost. ~Alice Walker
Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.
At the root of all war is fear. ~Thomas Merton
In a battle, the winners and the losers both lose. ~The Buddha
Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding. ~Albert Einstein
There is no way to peace; peace is the way.~A. J. Muste
If we could read the secret history of our enemies we should find in each man’s life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility. ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Don’t throw anyone out of your heart. ~Neem Karoli Baba
We used to wonder where war lived, what it was that made it so vile. And now we realize that we know where it lives, that it is inside ourselves. ~Albert Camus
I have ordered a subscription to The Friend, the magazine of the Quakers. I am not a Quaker, but I deeply admire many of their beliefs and practices, not the least of which is their pacifism. I know that human conflict is complex, and that many have fought and even died for good causes. But I also know that it is important to speak out against war, to teach children how to be in community in spite of differences, to raise our voices against militarism. So today I offer the wisdom of those who have spoken much more eloquently than I ever could on this subject. Peace be with you.