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75 Peace Quotes
Each day for the 75 day countdown to International Peace Day 2013, Space For Peace posted a quote on Facebook related to peace. In case you missed any, find them all hear;
Peace comes from being able to contribute the best 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 they have and all that they are.’
Peace is a daily, a weekly a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures. And however undramatic the pursuit of peace, that pursuit must go on’
John F Kennedy
One does not need buildings, money, power or status to practice the Art of Peace. Heaven is right where you are standing, and that is the place to train’
‘Peace at home, Peace in the world’
Mustafa Kemal Ataturk
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
Smiling is important. If we are not able to smile, then the world will not have Peace…. It is with our capacity of smiling, breathing and being Peace that we can make Peace’
Thich Nhat Hanh
‘the happiness, peace and freedom we seek relies upon us seeing each moment through new eyes’
‘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’
Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal’
Martin Luther King, Jr
Peace rules the day, where reason rules the mind’
‘The quest for peace begins in the home, in the school and in the workplace’
Without inner peace, outer peace is impossible. We all wish for world peace, but world peace will never be achieved unless we first establish peace within our minds. We can send so-called ‘peacekeeping forces’ into areas of conflict, but peace cannot be opposed from the outside with guns. Only by creating peace within our own mind and helping others to do the same can we hope to achieve peace in this world.
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
If you want peace, you don’t talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies.’
If in our daily lives we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it. this is the most basic kind of peace work.
Thich Nhat Hanh
Peace is that state in which fear of any kind is unknown’
For a day, just for one day
Talk about that which disturbs no one
And bring some peace into your
Khwāja Šams ud-Dīn Muhammad Hāfez-e Šīrāzī
Ultimately, we have just one moral duty: to reclaim large areas of peace in ourselves, more and more peace, and to reflect it toward others. And the more peace there is in us, the more peace there will also be in our troubled world’
‘Peace is not the absence of conflict but the presence of creative alternatives for responding to conflict – alternatives to passive or aggressive responses, alternatives to violence’
He is happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home’
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
”Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
”The most valuable possession you can own is an open heart. The most powerful weapon you can be is an instrument of peace”
Peace cannot be kept by force, it can only be achieved through understanding”
‘Those who are at war with others are not at peace with themselves”
If civilisation is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships – the ability of all peoples, of all kinds, to live together, in the same world at peace.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
When I am able to resist the temptation to judge others, I can see them as teachers of forgiveness in my life, reminding me that I can only have peace of mind when I forgive rather than judge.
”If there is to be peace in the world,
There must be peace in the nations.
If there is to be peace in the nations,
There must be peace in the cities.
If there is to be peace in the cities,
There must be peace between neighbours.
If there is to be peace between neighbours
There must be peace in the home.
If there is to be peace in the home,
There must be peace in the heart.”
Everything we desire is already within us. Love, happiness, peace and abundance. Harnessing these powers means ewe sow the seeds of real change.
Peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. Peace means to be in the midst of all those things and still be calm in your heart…
The more we genuinely care about others the greater our own happiness & inner peace.”
Choose love and peace will follow. Choose peace and love will follow.”
Mary Helen Doyle
Choose your thoughts carefully. Keep what brings you peace, release what brings you suffering. And know that happiness is just a thought away.
If you cannot find peace within yourself, you will never find it anywhere else.”
For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind.
Ralph Wald Emmerson
Better than a thousand hollow words,
Is one word that brings peace.
A mind at peace, a mind centered and not focused on harming others, is stronger than any physical force in the universe
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.
Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”
Life is thickly sown with thorns, and I know no other remedy than to pass quickly through them. The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us.
Every person needs to take one day away. A day in which one consciously separates the past from the future. Jobs, family, employers, and friends can exist one day without any one of us, and if our egos permit us to confess, they could exist eternally in our absence. Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for. Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us.”
‘’Each of us by our daily acts of peace and our commitment to building a better world can inspire others and help create a groundswell for peace too powerful to be turned aside’’
If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we would find in each person’s life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Instead of hating the people you think are war-makers, hate the appetites and disorder in your own soul, which are the causes of war. If you love peace, then hate injustice, hate tyranny, hate greed – but hate these things in yourself, not in another.”
33. ‘’It is a good moment to repeat that a war is never won. Never mind that history books tell us the opposite. The psychological and material costs of war are so high that any triumph is a pyrrhic victory. Only peace can be won and winning peace means not only avoiding armed conflict but finding ways of eradicating the causes of individual and collective violence: injustice and oppression, ignorance and poverty, intolerance and discrimination’’
The deepest…dream is not the hunger for money or fame; it is the dream of settling down, in peace and freedom and cooperation.”
Scott Russell Sanders
‘’Peace may sound simple – one beautiful word – but it requires everything we have, every quality, every strength, every dream, every high ideal’’
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
If you were all alone in the universe with no one to talk to, no one with which to share the beauty of the stars, to laugh with, to touch, what would be your purpose in life? It is other life, it is love, which gives your life meaning. This is harmony. We must discover the joy of each other, the joy of challenge, the joy of growth.”
‘’The structure of 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
‘’We must see that peace represents a sweeter music, a cosmic melody that is far superior to the discords of war’’
Martin Luther King, Jr
26 – 27/8/13
The peace I am thinking of is the dance of an open mind when it engages another equally open one.”
25. ‘’Peace is not something you wish for; it is something you make, something you do, something you are, and something you give away’’
What is tolerance? It is the consequence of humanity. We are all formed of frailty and error; let us pardon reciprocally each other’s folly – that is the first law of nature.
We have enough people who tell it like it is- now we could use a few who tell it like it can be. ”
22. ‘’With every true friendship we build more firmly the foundations on which the peace of the whole world rests’’
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
20. ‘’ A little peace here, a little peace there, and pretty soon all the peaces will fit together to make one big peace everywhere’’
All we are saying is give peace a chance.
If they want peace, nations should avoid the pin-pricks that precede cannon shots
Peace has to be created, in order to be maintained. It is the product of Faith, Strength, Energy, Will, Sympathy, Justice, Imagination, and the triumph of principle. It will never be achieved by passivity and quietism.”
― Dorothy Thompson
You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.”
― Indira Gandhi
One is called to live nonviolently, even if the change one works for seems impossible.
Peace is the number one beautiful ornament you can wear, I really believe that. They say you should always wear a smile, but I don’t believe that you should “always” wear a smile, seriously, you’re going to look stupid! But peace, you should always carry peace within you, its the most beautifying thing you could ever have or do. Peace makes your heart beautiful and it makes you look beautiful, too. You want to have perfect physical posture when you stand, sit, and walk, and peace is the perfect posture of the soul, really. Try perfect posture outside as well as inside. Peace creates grace and grace gives peace.”
― C. JoyBell C.
13. ‘’Unless we teach our children peace, somebody else will teach them violence’’
We measure our wealth by the positives we hold onto, we measure our peace by the negatives we let go of
‘’Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex and more violent. It takes a touch of genius—and a lot of courage- to move in the opposite direction’’
10 – 12/9/13
If someone thinks that love and peace is a cliche that must have been left behind in the Sixties, that’s his problem. Love and peace are eternal.
‘’If every 8 year old in the world is taught meditation, we will eliminate violence from the world within one generation’’
If you or I are having a single thought of violence or hatred against anyone in the world at this moment, we are contributing to the wounding of the world.”
― Deepak Chopra
’’All these you may avoid but the lie direct; and you may avoid that too, with an if. I knew when seven justices could not take up a quarrel, but when the parties were met themselves, one of the thought of an if, as, ‘if you said so then I said so’, and they shook hands and swore brothers. Your IF is the only peace-maker; much virtue in if’’
William Shakespeare, As you like it
Declare it. Just the same way we declare war. That is how we will have peace… we just need to declare it.”
― John Lennon
‘’Peace will come wherever it is sincerely invited’’
‘’… to achieve peace of mind, people have to kindle a vision of what they really want for themselves and keep that vision alive in the face of inner and outer hardships, obstacles and setbacks’’
‘’Peace is a conscious choice’’
Peace begins with a smile. I will never understand all the good that a simple smie can accomplish’’
‘’There is no trust more sacred than the one the world holds with children. There is no duty more important than ensuring that their rights are respected, that their welfare is protected, that their lives are free from fear and want and that they grow up in peace’’
Space For Peace have a vision to create peace gardens in every community across the North East of England. Not just to make unused public space a nicer place to be, although that certainly would be a part of it. We see the creation of a network of peace gardens to be a catalyst to embed a culture of peace within our communities.
We are surrounded by images, news, games, movies and stories that reinforce a message of individuals, communities and nations continually in conflict. It is no wonder that when bombarded with all of this we rarely consider the alternative, the one thing that unites us all, the desire for peace.
Imagine if every community had a public place dedicated to peace, reconcilliation, forgiveness and healing. A secular space for the whole community to use as place for prayer, reflection, meditation or just a moment to stop, to think, to be and take a break from from whatever chaos surrounds their lives. A place to raise awareness and conciousness of what peace means, where to find it and how to make it. And in the centre of this space a place to make a public commitment to peace, a place to share their personal pledge for how they will make peace.
Imagine the power of communities united together for peace, imagine peace gardens acting as beacons offering a constant reminder that peace is always available, imagine a place for the celebration, learning and growth of peace.
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A Space For Peace – A Place to Be
One element of our work is to combine the development of physical spaces for peace with support to individuals and groups to explore and discover their own personal space for peace. Integral to this vision is the creation of Peace gardens in every community across the North East of England.
To create Peace Gardens within disadvantaged and deprived communities across North East England.
- Community cohesion.
- Effective, innovative use of unused space.
- Reduction in Anti-social behaviour.
- Improved health and well being.
- Creation of new public community space.
The unique and integral concept inherent in the project will be the introduction of mindfulness based meditation combined with the creation of a physical community space for reflection. Mindfulness is an approach to well being that combines meditation, breathing techniques and paying attention to the present moment which helps people change the way they think, feel and act. The health and well being benefits of mindfulness are well documented and mindfulness based cognitive therapy is now recommended by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) as an alternative to medication in the treatment of anxiety and depression within the NHS.
Each Peace Garden, although based around an outline framework, would be designed and created by the community, for the community. Space for Peace would provide the outline framework and engage in community consultation with members of the local community, across all age groups.
This consultation would include raising awareness around issues of peace and an introduction to the use of mindfulness meditation to rediscover peace within themselves.
The purpose of each Peace Garden will be to both provide a physical space for peace for members of the local community to use to reflect on peace and a symbol of the community’s commitment to Peace.
Each Peace Garden will be circular in shape and include three separate sections. Each section will focus on a different question related to peace;
- What does peace mean to you and for you?
- Where is peace for you?
- How do you make peace?
Each section will also include a locking post box in which people can post peace pledges. These pledges would then be laminated for protection from the elements and hung on the tree in the centre of the garden. The act of writing down the pledge psychologically reinforces the personal commitment, this is further reinforced by sharing the pledge publicly by hanging it on the tree.
The creation of Peace Gardens will provide an opportunity to develop greater community cohesion, release the power of individuals to create the Space for Peace and revitalise unused space. Through embedding peace as a concept into the culture and beliefs of the people within these communities an impetus will be created for shifting cultural norms around anti-social behaviour, domestic Abuse and bullying. The use of mindfulness will develop greater self ownership and therefore less reliance and dependence on ‘services’ as communities will manage challenges within.
SCHOOL PUPILS HELP TO CREATE SPACE FOR PEACE
Tristar Homes is supporting a day which encourages peace and unity by raising awareness of the issues of domestic abuse, bullying and anti-social behaviour.
As part of international Peace Day on 21 September, the housing provider which owns and manages over 10,000 homes across Stockton, has been working with local pupils from St Bede’s Primary School in Newtown and Preston Primary School in Eaglescliffe.
Pupils aged 10 were given a leading role by helping Tristar patch manager, Chris Peters, to deliver puppet shows at the schools with the aim of teaching other young people about various social issues and behaviours which can affect a neighborhood’s peace and wellbeing.
Tristar Homes is a key partner and founding sponsor in Space for Peace, a north east organisation which works to reduce domestic abuse, bullying and anti-social behaviour across the region, as well as raising awareness of International Peace Day used to promote ceasefire and non-violence.
Paul Noddings, Tristar Homes neighbourhood operations manager and a board trustee for Space For Peace said: “At Tristar we are committed to supporting the neighbourhoods in which we work by making these safer and more pleasant places to live. By working together we aim to raise awareness of peace in our local communities and facilitate interventions that enable individuals to understand the impact of peace on the health, wealth and happiness of our customers.”
At Tristar’s annual open day in August, customers were also invited to make peace pledges by asking what peace meant to them. Over 120 pledges were completed and placed on olive trees which have since been donated to Tristar’s 2013 corporate charities – Butterwick and Hartlepool & District Hospices.
Paula McCormack of Space for Peace added: “Our aim is to raise awareness of peace in our local communities and enable individuals in our communities understand the meaning of peace and the impact it can have.
“We are passionate about bringing this awareness to the widest context possible working within many areas from schools, local authorities to health and charity and voluntary sectors