Peace Quotes

“If we are to have real peace in the world, we will have to begin with the children” ~Gandhi

The following peace quotes are divided according to age group and the themes of personal, relational, and global peace. These pages were created by Jessie Schneider, a senior in Early Childhood Education Major, in 2009.

Many of these quotations can be taught/discussed in over lapping grades as long as it is done in a developmentally appropriate mannor.  It depends on the particular dynamics of the class being taught.

*  =  Written by students

Peace Quotes Early Childhood (Elementary Grades K-4)

Personal Peace

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, and names will also hurt me.”                                      ~Anonymous

“No person is angry that feels not themselves hurt.”  ~Francis Bacon

“He who becomes angry becomes cool again.” ~Greek Proverb

“When a person points a finger at someone else, one should remember that three of the fingers are pointing to oneself.”  ~Unknown

“Our manners and behaviors often speak louder than words.”  ~Edward Hall

“Not right, not wrong, just different.” ~Hawaiian Proverb

“I will act as if what I do makes a difference.”  ~William James

* “Peace is inside us; we just need to share it.”  ~Jacoba Barber-Rozema, age 10

*  “Peace makes everyone smile.”  ~Sonika Ramachandran, age 7

*  “When there is love there is peace.”  ~Neil Wu, age 12

“You cannot shake hands with a clinched fist.”  ~Gandhi


“Peace is our gift to each other.”  ~Elie Wiesl

“Two persons cannot long be friends, if they cannot forgive each other's failings.”

*  “Peace means joy and love and share a toy with our enemies.”  ~Valerie

*  “I think peace is when you want to make friend and not fight.”  ~Jeb

*  “Peace means to care about everybody and not have fights.”  ~Erin

* “Peace means having friends around the world.”  ~Eisa Hayashi, age 11

“The only way to have a friend is to be one.”  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

“If you make it plain you like people, it’s hard for them to resist liking you back.” ~Lois McMaster Bujold

Global Peace

“I’m always so scared. Scared to come to school. I don’t want to be afraid                       anymore.”  ~Johnny, age 11

  “Peace is something the world should share. It’s about loving, we dare to care.”
~Elmcrest Elementary School; Liverpool, NY

"If you want peace, stop fighting." ~Peter McWillimas

"Peace is not a season. It's a way of life."

“Peace is a nice thing we share. And it’s where you won’t have worries.”                               ~Abby

*  “Peace is a sign of love. Peace is a sign of respect. Peace is a good thing.”                             ~Young Student

*  “Peace brings the world together.”   ~Aiishwariya Haran, age 9

Peace Quotes Middle Childhood  (Junior High Grades 6-8)


“The important thing is to be capable of emotions, but to experience only one’s own would be a sorry limitation.”  ~Andre Gide

“Everybody wants to change the world. Nobody wants to change themselves.”                       ~Leo Tolstoy

“You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.” ~Proverb

“One must learn to listen with ears, eyes, and the heart.”  ~Chinese Proverb

“When you give into a negative peer pressure, you no longer are a free person.”                    ~Fran Schmidt

“What you do may seem insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.”                              ~Gandhi

*  “Peace is the waves at sea. Peace must begin with you and me!”                              
~Gander Middle School, Canada

“An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.”  ~Gandhi

“If you want to make peace you don’t talk to your friend, you talk to your                              enemies.”  ~Moshe Dayan

“How wonderful it is that no one needs to wait a single moment before starting to                    improve the world.”  ~Anne Frank

"You must be the change you wish to see in the world." ~Gandhi

“On our own we are glitter…together we shine.”  ~Mitra Sen

“Remember the whole world changes when we do.”  ~Unknown

“When you make peace with yourself, you make peace with the world.” 
~Maha Ghasananda

“We need not to think alike to love alike.”  ~Francis David

“He who has a thousand friends has not one to spare, and he who has one enemy will meet him everywhere.”  ~Ali ibn-Abi-Talib

"All people want someone to listen." ~Hugh Elliott


“From violence comes more violence.” ~Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“When one group is threatened, everyone’s liberty is at stake.” ~Unknown

“A sword kills one, but a tongue kills thousands.”  ~French Proverb

“Non-violence is not inaction.  It is not discussion.  It is not for the timid or                                 weak.”  ~Cesar Chavez

“At the center of nonviolence stands the principle of love.” 
~Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“There was never a good war or a bad peace.”  ~Benjamin Franklin

“There is no way to peace, peace is the way.”  ~AJ Muste

“I object to violence because when is appears to do good, the good is only temporary, the evil it does is permanent.”  ~Gandh

“Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.”  ~Isaac Asimor

“There are more pleasant things to do than beat up people.”  ~Muhammad Ali

Global Peace

“A mind stretched to a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions.”                              ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

“We must never believe that diversity is a weakness. It is our greatest strength.”                   ~President Bill Clinton

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good people to do nothing.”  ~Edmund Burke

*  “As I look around the world I sigh, and think, we could at least give peace a try.” ~Exeter-West Greenwich Junior High

“Peace, like charity, begins at home.”  ~Franklin D. Roosevelt

“The way of peace…Overcome evil with good, falsehood with truth, and hatred with love.” 
~Peace Pilgrim

“I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles, but today it means getting along                      with people.”  ~Gandhi

“Why can’t peace be a single overriding common purpose; why do we wait for a                    crisis to pull us together? Let’s pull together for peace.”  ~Rita Mae Brown

"There is no way to peace, peace is the way." ~AJ Muste

Peace Quotes High School (9th - 12th)

Personal Peace

“Mediators must be patient, understanding, and neutral enough to be trusted by                          both sides.”  ~President Jimmy Carter

“A pebble cast into a pond causes ripples that spread in all directions. And each one of our thoughts, words, and deeds is like that.”  ~Dorothy Day

“It is not 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

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

“The peacemaker’s job is to settle differences through compromise and negotiation before they erupt into violence.”  ~President Jimmy Carter

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”  ~LAO TSE

“In war truth is the first casualty.”  ~Unknown

“Peace is the only battle worth waging.”  ~Albert Camus

“Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind.”
~John F. Kennedy

“I was once asked why I don’t participate in anti-war demonstrations. I said I will                    never do that, but as soon as you have a pro-peace rally, I’ll be there.”                            ~Mother Teresa

“The real and lasting victories are those of peace and not of war.”
 ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

“War making doesn’t stop war making. If it did, our problems would have                             stopped millennia ago.”  ~Colman McCarthy

“You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.”  ~Jeanette Rankin

“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution                             inevitable.”  ~John F. Kennedy

“You cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war.”  ~Albert Einstein

“The only way to win an atomic war is to make certain in never starts.” ~Omar Bradley

“Wars teach us not to love our enemies, but to hate our allies.”  ~W.L. George

“Violence can only be concealed by a lie, and the lie can only be maintained by                          violence.”  ~Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Global Peace

"A mind stretched to a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions." ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

"Understanding human needs is half the job of meeting them.”  ~Adlai Stevenson

“Prejudice is the child of ignorance.”  ~William Hazlitt

*  “Why destroy when we could create, keep the peace, erase the hate.”
~Normal Community High School; Normal, IL

“Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding.
~Albert Einstein

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know                              peace.”  ~Jimi Hendrix

“Peace is not a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that                   goal.”  ~Dr. Martin Luther King

“Let us embrace the beauty of every culture and faith to create peace in our                               world.”  ~Mitra Sen

“I don’t want peace that passeth understanding.  I want understanding which                              bringith peace.”  ~Helen Keller

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