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Whatever you do, you need courage.  Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong.  There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right.  To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs.  Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.
  ―  Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones.  And when you have finished your daily task, go to sleep in peace.  God is awake.
  —  Victor Hugo
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While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart.
  —  Francis of Assisi
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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.
  —  Marel Morin
Peace is not the absence of war.  It is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition of benevolence, confidence, and justice.
  —  Spinoza
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The bitter lesson that may be drawn from this tragedy is that eternal vigilance is the price of civilization.  A nation must love peace, but keep its powder dry.
  —  Will Durant
From his book:  “The History of Civilization: Our Oriental Heritage
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The world stands upon three things:
Upon truth.
Upon peace.
Upon justice.
“Speak truth each to the other, establish peace, and render honest judgment in your gates.” (Zechariah 8:16)
  —  Rabban Shimon ben Gamliel
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Let’s not have any more wars to end all war.
  —  William Feather
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I’ve read the words of men who walk where understanding grows: who’ve passed beneath the tree of wisdom and had its shadow grant them peace, briefly though it be.
Look in their eyes and you will discover glimpses of eternity.  With them you sense the present is infinite, and events the actors which provide a change of scenery.  In life there are many theories but few explanations.  With time I discovered that we will know more than we can say, and understand beyond our powers of expression.
  —  Peter Wells
From his blog: countingducks   at:  http://countingducks.wordpress.com/
The specific post is: Beneath The Tree Of Life  at:  http://countingducks.wordpress.com/2017/06/26/beneath-the-tree-of-life/
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Peace is the highest aspiration of the American people.  We will negotiate for it, sacrifice for it; we will not surrender for it, now or ever.  Our forbearance should never be misunderstood.  Our reluctance for conflict should not be misjudged as a failure of will.  When action is required to preserve our national security, we will act.  We will maintain sufficient strength to prevail if need be, knowing that if we do so we have the best chance of never having to use that strength.  Above all, we must realize that no arsenal or no weapon in the arsenals of the world is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women.
   —  President Ronald Reagan
From his 1981 Inaugural Address
[Once again, I don’t have to agree with someone’s politics or administration to acknowledge his speechwriters could really string some words…  —  KMAB]
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What is the rule of honor to be observed by a power so strongly and so advantageously situated as this Republic is?  Of course I do not expect it meekly to pocket real insults if they should be offered to it.  But, surely, it should not, as our boyish jingoes wish it to do, swagger about among the nations of the world, with a chip on its shoulder, shaking its fist in everybody’s face.  Of course, it should not tamely submit to real encroachments upon its rights.  But, surely, it should not, whenever its own notions of right or interest collide with the notions of others, fall into hysterics and act as if it really feared for its own security and its very independence.
As a true gentleman, conscious of his strength and his dignity, it should be slow to take offense.  In its dealings with other nations it should have scrupulous regard, not only for their rights, but also for their self-respect.  With all its latent resources for war, it should be the great peace power of the world.  It should never forget what a proud privilege and what an inestimable blessing it is not to need and not to have big armies or navies to support.  It should seek to influence mankind, not by heavy artillery, but by good example and wise counsel.  It should see its highest glory, not in battles won, but in wars prevented.  It should be so invariably just and fair, so trustworthy, so good tempered, so conciliatory, that other nations would instinctively turn to it as their mutual friend and the natural adjuster of their differences, thus making it the greatest preserver of the world’s peace.
This is not a mere idealistic fancy.  It is the natural position of this great republic among the nations of the earth.  It is its noblest vocation, and it will be a glorious day for the United States when the good sense and the self-respect of the American people see in this their “manifest destiny.”  It all rests upon peace.  Is not this peace with honor?  There has, of late, been much loose speech about “Americanism.”  Is not this good Americanism?  It is surely today the Americanism of those who love their country most.  And I fervently hope that it will be and ever remain the Americanism of our children and our children’s children.
 —  Carl Schurz
Speech at the Chamber of Commerce, New York City, New York (2 January 1896)
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Fuzzy Vision

Only the dead have seen the end of war.
  —  George Santayana
[But can we try peace until we need glasses?  —  KMAB]
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