We rose up. We shared our stories of survival. We said: humanity and nuclear weapons cannot coexist.

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It is no longer good enough to cry peace. We must act peace, live peace, and march in peace in alliance with the people of the world.”

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So when you experience pain, whether physical or mental, you have to recognize it just as it is and not exaggerate it ... When you can make peace with it, you won’t suffer as much.

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As activists we want to do something to help the world to suffer less but when we’re not peaceful, when we don’t have enough compassion in us, we are unable to do much to help the world.

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The development of nuclear weapons signifies not a country’s elevation to greatness, but its descent to the darkest depths of depravity. These weapons are not a necessary evil; they are the ultimate evil.

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Peace is far more than ceasing to fire.

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I truly believe that humanity can drag itself from the pit of war, racism and discrimination. Violence is not inevitable; it is a learned behaviour, from which we can and will – and must – evolve.

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Understandably, the anti-nuclear movement had a fairly chronic humour deficiency. For me the real magic sauce was our determination to stigmatise nuclear weapons using humour, hope and horror in fairly equal quantities. .

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If we don’t learn ways to be unified in our deepest differences, we will never achieve collective liberation.

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Real peace implies something deeper than polite acceptance of those who are different. It means meeting and creating bonds of friendship with them.

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Once weapons were manufactured to fight wars. Now wars are manufactured to sell weapons.

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We want to disarm human hearts and human beings, one by one, country by country.

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Most people think of peace as a state of Nothing Bad Happening, or Nothing Much Happening. Yet if peace is to overtake us and make us the gift of serenity and well-being, it will have to be the state of Something Good Happening. What is this good thing? I think it is the evolution of community, community slowly and surely invested with the robes of government by the consent of the governed.

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We cry peace and cry peace, and there is no peace. There is no peace because there are no peacemakers. There are no makers of peace because the making of peace is at least as costly as the making of war – at least as exigent, at least as disruptive, at least as liable to bring disgrace and prison and death in its wake.

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

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Either war is obsolete or humans are.

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Making peace, I have found, is much harder than making war.

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We need to move beyond a world divided into ‘us’ and ‘them.’

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You don’t get people singing about going off to war today. War is regarded as a futile means of resolving conflict. That’s a very significant gain that people ought to take on board their thinking.

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If we want to reap the harvest of peace and justice in the future, we will have to sow seeds of nonviolence here and now, in the present.

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One is called to live non-violently, even if the change one works for seems impossible.

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We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.

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Means are ends in the making; nothing good can ultimately result from violence.

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I have always believed that resistance against repression and violence is possible without relying on similar repression and violence.

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In a culture of peace, people who are stronger are encouraged to recognize and accept their own weaknesses, and to serve and give support to those who are more vulnerable and to help them discover their own capacities.

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Ultimately, we have just one moral duty; to reclaim large areas of peace in ourselves, more and more peace, and to reflect it onwards to others. And the more peace there is in us, the more peace there will also be in our troubled world.

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You cannot find peace by avoiding life.

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The old activist quip, ‘If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem’ actually misses a more important point, which is that if you are not part of the problem then you cannot be part of the solution.

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Peace begins at home. Peace begins with me.

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War is madness.

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The pen is mightier than the sword, but only in retrospect,” she wrote. “At the time of combat, those with the swords generally win.”

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When it gets down to having to use violence, then you are playing the system’s game. The establishment will irritate you – pull your beard, flick your face – to make you fight. Because once they’ve got you violent, then they know how t handle you. The only thing they don’t know how to handle is non-violence and humour.

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In short we must work on two fronts. On the one hand, we must continue to resist the system of segregation, which is the basic cause of our lagging standards; on the other hand we must work constructively to improve the standards themselves. There must be a rhythmic alternation between attacking the causes and healing the effects.

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The noble art of losing face May one day save the human race And turn into eternal merit What others call disgrace.

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We become peacemakers when we are no longer struggling for power, to be at the top, but just working to serve each other…We cannot all do big things, but all of us can kneel at each other’s feet and say, “I trust you and believe in you.”

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It’s terrible for me to live in a time where I have nothing to say to human beings except, ‘Stop killing.” There are other beautiful things that I would love to be saying to people.

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Violence is what happens when we don’t know what else to do with our suffering.

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Peace does not mean just to stop wars, but also to stop oppression and injustice.

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How do you want to create peace, if there is no peace inside yourselves?

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The day the power of love overrules the love of power, the world will know peace.

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Nowhere can one find a quieter or more in troubled retreat than in one’s soul.

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Conflict is a fact of life. Violence and conflict do not mean the same thing because conflict involves choices that include interventions before it becomes violent. We must now join hands to work towards the kind of interventions that promote community ownership of peace.

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Peace requires participation.

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In the end it is how you fight, as much as why you fight, that makes your cause good or bad.

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Peace demands the most heroic labour and the most difficult sacrifice. It demands greater heroism than war.

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In the extreme depths of suffering, you really find what you need to sustain you. I have experienced the resilience of the human spirit. If the feeling of peace comes when we realize that all human beings are made of love, that is when fear is gone and you can move more easily into a peaceful state.

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Peacemaking, it is welcoming those who are culturally, psychologically, intellectually different from us.

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There will be peace on earth when there is peace among the world religions.

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I was motivated to write about violence because I believe it’s not unusual. I see it as just a part of life, and I think we get in trouble when we separate people who’ve experienced it from those who haven’t. Though it’s a horrible experience, it’s not as if violence hasn’t affected many of us.

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One hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the most skillful. Subduing the other’s military without battle, is the most skillful.

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