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PEACE

PEACE
 
The true and solid peace of nations consists not in equality of arms, but in mutual trust alone.
— Pope John XXIII (1881-1963)
 
Peace will be victorious.
— Yitzhak Rabin (1922-1995)
 
Peace, development and environmental protection are interdependent and indivisible.
— Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, 1993
 
Peace is not the product of terror or fear.
Peace is not the silence of cemeteries.
Peace is not the silent revolt of violent repression.
Peace is the generous, tranquil contribution
of all to the good of all.
Peace is dynamism. Peace is generosity.
It is right and it is duty.
— Bishop Oscar Romero (1917-1980)
 
It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.
— Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962)
 
The structure of world peace cannot be the work of one man or one party or one nation. It must be a peace which rests on the cooperative effort of the whole world.
— Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945)
 
Here then, is the problem we present to you, stark and dreadful and inescapable: Shall we put an end to the human race; or shall mankind renounce war?
— The Russell-Einstein Manifesto, 1955
 
In the hearts of people today there is a deep longing for peace. When the true spirit of peace is thoroughly dominant, it becomes an inner experience with unlimited possibilities. Only when this really happens – when the spirit of peace awakens and takes possession of men’s hearts, can humanity be saved from perishing.
— Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965)
 
Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, 
a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.
— Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677)
 
Peace is the one condition of survival in this nuclear age.
— Adlai Stevenson (1900-1965)
 
I was once asked why I don’t participate in anti-war demonstrations. I said that I will never do that, but as soon as you have a pro-peace rally, I’ll be there.
— Mother Theresa (1910-1997)
 
All works of love are works of peace.
— Mother Theresa (1910-1997)
 
If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.
— Mother Theresa (1910-1997)
 
Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defenses of peace must be constructed.
— UNESCO Constitution
 
We, Veteran’s for Peace, view peace as a positively active and creative process which requires courage, commitment, endurance, vigilance, and integrity. Peace is a struggle toward unity, and it is characterized by an absence of violence in all its forms, including discrimination based on gender, age, race, religion, social and economic status, ethnicity, and sexual orientation. Those who labor for peace are called peacemakers because they tirelessly pursue nonviolent solutions, work for economic and social justice, celebrate diversity, and strive to build relationships between adversaries through education, conflict mediation, and humanitarian relief. We recognize that peace is both a means and end simultaneously, and that it is never finally or fully achieved. This is because change and growth require some degree of tension or conflict. Historically, such conflict has provided the impetus for military solutions. Thus we, Veteran’s for Peace, strongly believe that the greatest obstacle to peace is militarism with its reliance on violence and war. We further believe that peacekeeping action should only be accomplished by a legitimate international body.
— Committee to Define Peace, Veterans for Peace
 
Time itself becomes subordinate to war. If only we could celebrate peace as our various ancestors celebrated war; if only we could glorify peace as those before us, thirsting for adventure, glorified war; if only our sages and scholars together could resolve to infuse peace with the same energy and inspiration that others have put into war.
 
Why is war such an easy option? Why does peace remain such an elusive goal? We know statesmen skilled at waging war, but where are those dedicated enough to humanity to find a way to avoid war?
 
Every nation has its prestigious military academies – or so few of them – that reach not only the virtues of peace but also the art of attaining it? I mean attaining and protecting it by means other than weapons, the tools of war. Why are we surprised whenever war recedes and yields to peace?
— Elie Wiesel
 
Peace is always beautiful.
— Walt Whitman (1819-1892)
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
808-734-5732
545 Queen St. #701
Honolulu, Hi 96813
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