Messages for World Peace
"Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things,
man will not himself find peace."
- Dr Albert Schweitzer
"We are all sisters and brothers, all children of the God of peace. This vision is fundamental reality. All life is sacred..... If we want to move toward a culture of peace and nonviolence, we will have to open our eyes, see with new vision, and recognize every human being as our very own sister and brother. This vision of peace is the center of the world's religions and a spirituality of peace and nonviolence."
- John Dear, Jesuit activist
"Hatred does not cease by hatred at any time, but hatred ceases by love; this is an eternal truth."
Jews often use the word for Peace (shalom) as a greeting; Muslims say "Salaam Alekim" (peace go with you) as a greeting. Hindus often conclude their prayers with peace (shanti). The Indian saint Mahavira made "ahimsa" the essential principle of the Jain religion. Ahimsa has been translated as "non-violence," but it literally means not hurting, not harming, living in peace.
"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you."
- John 14:27