"We should urge our students to see through many differences amongst nations and cultures and look at the aspirations and wisdom common to all of us as human beings."—Jing Lin (in Transforming Education for Peace, 2008, p. 313)

Quotations & Inspirations

"I would teach peace rather than war, love rather than hate."
Albert Einstein

“Hatred must be replaced by love, and fear by faith that love will prevail."
Peace Pilgrim

"When we have inner peace, we can be at peace with those around us.
When our community is in a state of peace, it can share that peace with neighboring communities."
XIV Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso

"We must have research for peace... It would embrace the outstanding problems of morality. The time has come for man's intellect, his scientific method, to win over the immoral brutality and irrationality of war and militarism... Now we are forced to eliminate from the world forever this vestige of prehistoric barbarism, this curse to the human race."

Linus Pauling

"Establishing lasting peace is the work of education; all politics can do is keep us out of war."
Maria Montessori

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

"I believe that peace is not merely an absence of war but the nurture of human life, and that in time this nurture would do away with war as a natural process."
Jane Addams

"As a doctor, as well as a mother and a world citizen, I wish to practice the ultimate form of preventive medicine by ridding the earth of these technologies that propagate disease, suffering, and death."
Helen Caldicott

"Everyone has a right to peaceful coexistence, the basic personal freedoms, the alleviation of suffering, and the opportunity to lead a productive life..."
Jimmy Carter

"We must inoculate our children against militarism, by educating them in the spirit of pacifism... Our schoolbooks glorify war and conceal its horrors. They indoctrinate children with hatred. I would teach peace rather than war, love rather than hate."
Albert Einstein

“Education is, quite simply, peace building by another name.  It is the most effective form of defense spending there is.”
Kofi Annan

"A culture of peace will be achieved when citizens of the world understand global problems; have the skills to resolve conflict constructively; know and live by international standards of human rights, gender and racial equality; appreciate cultural diversity; and respect the integrity of the Earth. Such learning can not be achieved without intentional, sustained and systematic education for peace."
Global Campaign for Peace Education

“Human history is more and more a race between education and catastrophe.”
H. G. Wells

"Peace is not the product of terror or fear. Peace is not the silence of cemeteries. Peace is not the silent result 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."
Oscar Romero

"I will go down on my knees to beg those who want to drag our country into bloodshed."
Nelson Mandela

"Nonviolence is not to be used ever as the shield of the coward. It is the weapon of the brave."
Mahatma Gandhi

"There can be no compromise with war; it cannot be reformed or controlled; cannot be disciplined into decency or codified into common sense; for war is the slaughter of human beings, temporarily regarded as enemies, on as large a scale as possible."
Jeannette Rankin

"Strange how blind people are! They are horrified by the torture chambers of the Middle Ages, but their arsenals fill them with pride!"
Bertha Von Suttner

"To create this new society, we must present outstretched and friendly hands, without hatred and rancor, even as we show great determination and never waver in the defense of truth and justice. Because we know that we cannot sow seeds with clenched fists. To sow we must open our hands."
Adolfo Perez Esquivel

"Love cannot remain by itself-it has no meaning, Love has to be put into action and that action is service... All works of love are works of peace."
Mother Theresa

"...the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve."
Albert Schweitzer

“Peace education transforms student and teacher alike, empowering us to look at the world through lenses of peace.”
Susan Gelber Cannon

"Unless we teach our children peace, someone else will teach them violence."
Coleman McCarthy

“I can UNDERSTAND pessimism, but I don't BELIEVE in it. It's not simply a matter of faith, but of historical EVIDENCE. Not overwhelming evidence, just enough to give HOPE, because for hope we don't need certainty, only POSSIBILITY.”
Howard Zinn

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