Wisdom Quotes about War and Peace
A collection of inspirational wisdom, sayings and quotes on the subject of war and peace.
War is allowed to exist because in general, people allow themselves to be controlled, and fear standing up to self-serving rulers. People also have tendency to give their power away to governments and expect them to do all their thinking for them.
Rulers are in power because of the people they purport to look after, however, if they don't do the job they are meant to do, then it is up to each individual to take action. We are all responsible for the world we live in, and lack of action and participation will serve to have our rights stripped away from us, little by little. Take for example these two chilling statements by two of the most notorious war criminals:
"Naturally, the common people don't want war......., but after all it is the
leaders of a country who determine the policy, and its always a simple
matter to drag the people along whether its a democracy, or a fascist
dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship...... voice or no
voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders.
That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked,
and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the
country to danger. It works the same in every country."
~ Hermann Goering ~
during the course of the Nuremberg Trials after World War II
Published in the book "Nuremberg Diary" by Gustave
"How fortunate for governments
that the people they administer don't think."
~ Adolf Hitler ~
We all need to be ever vigilent, and keep an ear and eye open, and each of us do our part in keeping peace in the world.
When the power of love
overcomes the love of power,
the world will know peace.
Our lives begin to end
the minute we become silent
about things that matter.
The worst sin towards our fellow creatures
is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them.
That's the essence of humanity.
The ultimate measure of a man
is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience,
but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
"To put the world in order, we must first put the nation in order;
to put the nation in order, we must put the family in order;
to put the family in order, we must cultivate our personal life;
and to cultivate our personal life, we must first set our hearts right.
He that will not reason is a bigot,
He that cannot reason is a fool,
He that dares not reason is a slave.
You must be the change
you want to see
in the world.
You need only reflect
that one of the best ways to get yourself a reputation
as a dangerous citizen these days
is to go about repeating the very phrases
which our founding fathers used
in the struggle for independence.
A man who stands for nothing
will fall for anything!
Each time a person stands up for an ideal,
or acts to improve the lot of others,
or strikes out against injustice,
he or she sends forth a tiny ripple of hope.
Crossing each other from a million different centres of energy and daring,
those ripples build a current that can sweep down
the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.
If there is light in the soul,
there will be beauty in the person.
If there is beauty in the person,
there will be harmony in the house.
If there is harmony in the house,
there will be order in the nation.
If there is order in the nation,
there will be peace in the world.