55 Best Peace Quotes

We started with our 55 favorite peace quotes, but we extended it quite a bit. Famous sayings from the likes of Buddha, Walt Whitman, and Gandhi will help you reflect on peacefulness and serenity.

12 Top Peace Quotes

1.) Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.

2.) Peace is always beautiful.
Walt Whitman

3.) There was never a good war or a bad peace.
Benjamin Franklin

4.) There is no path to peace. Peace is the path.

5.) Those who love peace must learn to organize as effectively as those who love war.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

6.) It’s not enough to win a war; it is more important to organize the peace.

7.) Peace begins with a smile.
Mother Teresa

8.) All we are saying is give peace a chance.
John Lennon

9.) Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

10.) Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.
Albert Einstein

11.) The purpose of all wars is peace.
Saint Augustine

12.) The best weapon is to sit down and talk.
Nelson Mandela

Best Peace Quotes.

Quotes About Peace

Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.

Love, Peace, and Soul.
Don Cornelius (Soul Train Host)

Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.
Dalai Lama

If you want peace, you won’t get it with violence.
John Lennon

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

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 Teresa

The very first step in nonviolence is that we cultivate in our daily life, as between ourselves, truthfulness, humility, tolerance, and loving-kindness.
Gandhi – 60 more Gandhi Quotes

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
Martin Luther King Jr.

When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.
Jimi Hendrix

Peaceful Quotes

Peace on earth would mean the end of civilization as we know it.
Joseph Heller

Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.
John Wooden

No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.
Nelson Mandela

If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there’d be peace.
John Lennon

I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies, for the hardest victory is the victory over self.

Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.
Desmond Tutu

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
Martin Luther King, Jr.


What kind of peace do we seek? Not a Pax Americana enforced on the world by American weapons of war. Not the peace of the grave or the security of the slave. I am talking about genuine peace, the kind of peace that makes life on earth worth living, the kind that enables men and nations to grow and to hope and to build a better life for their children . . . not merely peace in our time but peace for all time.
John F. Kennedy

Peace Quote

Peace does not rest in the charters and covenants alone. It lies in the hearts and minds of all people. So let us not rest all our hopes on parchment and on paper, let us strive to build peace, a desire for peace, a willingness to work for peace in the hearts and minds of all of our people. I believe that we can. I believe the problems of human destiny are not beyond the reach of human beings.
John F. Kennedy

Until he extends his circle of compassion to include all living things, man will not himself find peace.
Albert Schweitzer

If there is a mystical chord in democracy, it probably revolves around the notion that unexpected music can resonate from politics when people are pursuing questions larger than self… I have seen that ennobling effect in people many, many times— expressed by those who found themselves engaged in genuine acts of democratic expression, who claimed their right to define the larger destiny of their community, their nations.
William Greider

Our souls may lose their peace and even disturb other people if we are always criticizing trivial actions – which often are not real defects at all, but we construe them wrongly through our ignorance of their motives.
St. Teresa of Avila


The moment we begin to fear the opinions of others and hesitate to tell the truth that is in us, and from motives of policy are silent when we should speak, the divine floods of light and life no longer flow into our souls.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Our peace shall stand as firm as rocky mountains.
William Shakespeare

What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments but what is woven into the lives of others.

Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace.
Amelia Earhart

George Bernard Shaw

This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.

I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community, and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live – I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no brief candle for me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.


An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.

If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children.

Peace is its own reward.
Mahatma Gandhi

World Peace Quotes

I am poor and naked, but I am the chief of the nation. We do not want riches but we do want to train our children right. Riches would do us no good. We could not take them with us to the other world. We do not want riches – We want peace and love.
Red Cloud

I see the world being slowly transformed into a wilderness – I hear the approaching thunder that, one day, will destroy us too. I feel the suffering of millions. And yet, when I look up at the sky, I somehow feel that everything will change for the better, that this cruelty too shall end, that peace and tranquility will return once more.
Anne Frank

I speak of peace, therefore, as the necessary rational end of rational men. I realize the pursuit of peace is not as dramatic as the pursuit of war… But we have no more urgent task.
John F. Kennedy

Hobbits are unobtrusive but very ancient people, more numerous formerly than they are today, for they love peace and quiet and good-tilled earth: a well-ordered and well-farmed countryside was their favorite haunt.
J.R.R. Tolkien

War is Not the Answer

War is an instrument entirely inefficient toward redressing wrong; and multiplies instead of indemnifying losses.
Thomas Jefferson

If the human race wishes to have a prolonged and indefinite period of material prosperity, they have only got to behave in a peaceful and helpful way toward one another.
Winston Churchill

We must restore hope to young people, help the old, be open to the future, and spread love. Be poor among the poor. We need to include the excluded and preach peace.
Pope Francis

There is a higher court than courts of justice, and that is the court of conscience. It supersedes all other courts.
Mahatma Gandhi


Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
Margaret Mead

You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.
Indira Gandhi

If you want to end the war, then Instead of sending guns, send books. Instead of sending tanks, send pens. Instead of sending soldiers, send teachers.
Malala Yousafzai

Quotes on Peace

Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones, and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace.
Victor Hugo

Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.
Albert Einstein

War is only a cowardly escape from the problems of peace.
Thomas Mann

Avoid popularity if you would have peace.
Abraham Lincoln – for more Lincoln Quotes

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve a lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring; those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.
Robert F. Kennedy

While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart.
Francis of Assisi

Peaceful Resolve Sayings

Violence is impractical because it is a descending spiral ending in destruction for all. It is immoral because it seeks to humiliate the opponent rather than win his understanding: it seeks to annihilate rather than convert.

Violence is immoral because it thrives on hatred rather than love. It destroys the community and makes brotherhood impossible. It leaves society in monologue rather than dialogue. Violence ends up defeating itself. It creates bitterness in the survivors and brutality in the destroyers.
Martin Luther King

To replace the old paradigm of war with a new paradigm of waging peace, we must be pioneers who can push the boundaries of human understanding. We must be doctors who can cure the virus of violence. We must be soldiers of peace who can do more than preach to the choir. And we must be artists who will make the world our masterpiece.
Paul Chappell

Famous Peace Quotations

Peace does not mean an absence of conflicts; differences will always be there. Peace means solving these differences through peaceful means; through dialogue, education, knowledge; and through humane ways.
Dalai Lama XIV

We seek peace, knowing that peace is the climate of freedom.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time; the need for mankind to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence. Mankind must evolve for all human conflict, a method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.
Martin Luther King

It is madness for sheep to talk peace with a wolf.
Thomas Fuller

Love is the vital essence that pervades and permeates, from the center to the circumference, the graduating circles of all thought and action. Love is the talisman of human weal and woe –the open sesame to every soul.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton

If you want peace, you don’t talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies.
Desmond Tutu

More than just an end to war, we want an end to the beginnings of all wars.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
Eleanor Roosevelt

Finding Peace Sayings

To forgive is the highest, most beautiful form of love. In return, you will receive untold peace and happiness
Robert Muller

Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures.
John F. Kennedy

Peace comes from being able to contribute the best that we have, and all that we are, toward creating a world that supports everyone. But it is also securing the space for others to contribute the best that they have and all that they are.
Hafsat Abiola

An army of principles can penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot.
Thomas Paine

If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.
Nelson Mandela

Barbecue may not be the road to world peace, but it’s a start.
Anthony Bourdain

Peace demands the most heroic labor and the most difficult sacrifice. It demands greater heroism than war. It demands greater fidelity to the truth and a much more perfect purity of conscience.
Thomas Merton

Inspirational Peace Quotes

Every breath we take, every step we make can be filled with peace, joy, and serenity.
Thich Nhat Hanh

Not one of us can rest, be happy, be at home, and be at peace with ourselves until we end hatred and division.
John Lewis

Peace brings with it so many positive emotions that it is worth aiming for in all circumstances.
Estella Eliot

Peace is the only battle worth waging.
Albert Camus

First, keep the peace within yourself; then, you can also bring peace to others.
Thomas á Kempis

You can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom. Malcolm X

Peace can become a lens through which you see the world. Be it. Live it. Radiate it out. Peace is an inside job.

Calming Peace Quotes

Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.
Saint Francis de Sales

I do not want the peace which passeth understanding, I want the understanding which bringeth peace.
Hellen Keller

Peace is liberty in tranquility.
Marcus Tullius Cicero

You should feel beautiful, and you should feel safe. What you surround yourself with should bring you peace of mind and peace of spirit.;
Stacy London

Let go of the thoughts that don’t make you strong.
Karen Salmansohn

You find peace not by rearranging the circumstances of your life but by realizing who you are at the deepest level.
Eckhart Tolle

The life of inner peace, being harmonious and without stress, is the easiest type of existence.
Norman Vincent Peale

Hopeful Peace Quotes

Peace is not absence of conflict; it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.
Ronald Reagan

You will find peace not by trying to escape your problems but by confronting them courageously. You will find peace not in denial but in victory.
J. Donald Walters

Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say that I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will be as one.
John Lennon

Of all our dreams today, there is none more important—or so hard to realize—than that of peace in the world.
Lester B. Pearson

If you don’t know the guy on the other side of the world, love him anyway because he’s just like you. He has the same dreams, the same hopes, and fears. It’s one world, pal. We’re all neighbors.
Frank Sinatra

Learning to distance yourself from all the negativity is one of the greatest lessons to achieve inner peace.
Roy T. Bennett

Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace.

At Peace

We don’t realize that, somewhere within us all, there does exist a supreme self who is eternally at peace.
Elizabeth Gilbert

Sometimes, you can find peace of mind by transferring yourself to different situations. They’re just reminders to stay … calm.
Yves Behar

Peace will be the last word of history.
Pope John Paul II

I learned in those moments that true peace comes from within, and I learned to be patient by learning to be around those that I love.
E’yen A.Gardner

True peace is not merely the absence of war; it is the presence of justice.
Jane Addams

To achieve peace, let go of guilt, anger, and bitterness. To achieve happiness, embrace virtue, faith, and love.
Matshona Dhliwayo

A compassionate state of mind brings inner peace and, therefore, a healthier body.
Dalai Lama

By Mike O’Halloran

Mike is the founder and editor of Greeting Card Poet.


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