Personal Disarmament and Inner Peace

“If you yourself are at peace, then there is at least some peace in the world.” – Thomas Merton

“Only when you have removed the harm in yourself do you become truly useful to others.” – Sogyal Rinpoche

“If we want there to be peace in the world, we have to be brave enough to soften what is rigid in our hearts.” – Pema Chodron

“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 is not something you wish for; it’s something you make, something you do, something you are. ” – Robert Fulghum

“Whether a human heart is open or whether that heart closes has global implications” – Pema Chodron

“When my heart is at peace, the world is at peace.” – Chinese proverb

“A good definition of peace: Softening what is rigid in our hearts.” – Pema Chodron

“I do not want the peace which passeth understanding, I want the understanding which bringeth peace.” – Helen Keller

“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.” – Thomas Merton

“Somebody has to plant the seed so that sanity can happen on this earth” – Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

“What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.” – Mother Teresa

“Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“If in our daily life we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy…this is the most basic kind of peace work.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

“Meditation is the true practice of peace…and the real and greatest disarmament.” – Sogyal Rinpoche

“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.” – The Buddha

“World peace will never be stable until enough of us find inner peace to stabilize it.” – Peace Pilgrim

“If you want peace, don’t harbor bad thoughts, do not gossip and don’t teach what you do not know.” – Rumi

“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” – Mother Teresa

“O’ Great Spirit, help me always to speak the truth quietly, to listen with an open mind when others speak, and to remember the peace that may be found in silence.” – Cherokee Prayer

“The life of inner peace, being harmonious and without stress, is the easiest type of existence.” – Norman Vincent Peale

“Root out the violence in your life, and learn to live compassionately and mindfully.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

“The hostile multitudes are vast as space. What chance is there that all should be subdued? Let but this angry mind be overthrown. and every foe is then and there destroyed.” – Shantideva

“The entire purpose of man’s existence is to purge every negative trait and character attribute from his heart.” – Rabbi Yisrael Salanter

“Keep quiet. Do your work in the world, but inwardly keep quiet. Then all will come to you.” – Nisaragada Ha Maharaj

“Hoping for a peaceful death, we must cultivate peace in our mind, and in our way of life.” – The Dalai Lama

“Non-violence is the active spiritual immune system of humanity.” – Marianne Williamson

“As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the ‘atomic age’ – as in being able to remake ourselves.” – Gandhi

“When you find peace within yourself, you become the kind of person who can live at peace with others.”
– Peace Pilgrim

“We can, to a certain extent, change the world; we can work for the oasis, the little cell of joy and peace in a harried world. We can throw our pebble in the pond and be confident that its ever widening circle will reach around the world. ” – Dorothy Day

“We can only help make our lives and our world more peaceful, when we ourselves feel peace. Peace already exists within each of us, if we only allow ourselves to feel its comfort.” – Robert Alan

“Public peace is built in private.” – Quinn Eli

“People of the world don’t look at themselves, and so they blame one another.” – Rumi

“Although you may spend your life killing, you will not exhaust all your foes. But if you quell your own anger, your real enemy will be slain.” – Nagarjuna

“Forgiveness is not always easy. At times, it feels more painful than the wound we suffered, to forgive the one that inflicted it. And yet, there is no peace without forgiveness.” – Marianne Williamson

“God wants nothing of you, but the gift of a peaceful heart.” – Meister Eckhart

“What you are the world is. Without your transformation, there can be no transformation of the world.” – Krishnamurti

“The affairs of the world will go on forever. Do not delay the practice of meditation” – Milarepa

“A loving person lives in a loving world. A hostile person lives in a hostile world. Everyone you meet is your mirror” – Ken Keyes, Jr.

“What can we gain by sailing to the moon if we are not able to cross the abyss that separates us from ourselves?  This is the most important of all voyages of discovery, and without it, all the rest are not only useless, but disastrous.” – Thomas Merton

“Happiness is as a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but which if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne

“Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around in awareness.” – James Thurber

“Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself, and know that everything in life has purpose.  There are no mistakes, no coincidences, all events are blessings given to us to learn from.” – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

“Calmness is peace.  This is not bad news.  Our lives are not made less rich by the absence of drama and intensity.” – Christina Feldman

“A mind at peace, a mind centered and not focused on harming others, is stronger than any physical force in the universe.” – Wayne Dyer

“We need to ask ourselves how often we really feel peaceful toward others.” – Cora Scott

“Peace is not an end. Each step we take should be peace. Being peace is the basis for making peace.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

“The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the center of the universe dwells the Great Spirit, and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us.” – Black Elk

“Peace is rarely denied to the peaceful.” – Johann von Schiller

“I’m starting with the man in the mirror.  I’m asking him to change his ways….If you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself, and then make a change.” – Michael Jackson

“Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.” – Gill Vince

“Finding inner peace means coming from the self-centered life into the life centered in the good of the whole.” – Peace Pilgrim

“Peace, like love, is a process.  It has to be made all the time.  Among nations, between family members, within oneself.” – Elaine Bernstein Partnow

“What we suffer from is immaturity. If we were mature people, war would be no problem – it would be impossible.” – Peace Pilgrim

“The world has been abnormal for so long that we’ve forgotten what it’s like to live in a peaceful and reasonable climate. If there is to be any peace or reason, we have to create it in our own hearts and homes.” –  Madeleine L’Engle

“First, we must do our own personal work, then we tend the necessary work of our family, then our community, then the world.”  – Lao Tzu

“People say “I want peace.”  If you remove I (ego), and your want (desire), you are left with peace.” –  Satya Sai Baba

“When we are unable to find tranquility within ourselves, it is useless to seek it elsewhere.” – Francois de Fenelon

“I feel within me a peace above all earthly dignities, a still and quiet conscience.” – William Shakespeare

“We must learn an inner solitude wherever or with whomsoever we may be.” – Meister Eckhart

“We say we want peace, but because of our conditioning many of us actually feel more comfortable worrying.” – Michael Jeffreys

“We transform the world by transforming ourselves.”  – Deepak Chopra

“Peace in ourselves, peace in the world.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

“To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind.” – The Buddha

“Serenity is not freedom from the storm, but peace amid the storm.” – Anonymous

“Gratefulness enables us to find peace in all circumstances by freeing us from resentment.” –

“To wear the whole world as a loose garment is the key to serenity….Relax your grip, and the tide of peace will flow in.” – Unknown

“Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I have no country to fight for; my country is the earth; I am a citizen of the world. ”  – Eugene Victor Debs

“To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring – it was peace.” – Milan Kundera

“True peace can only exist in the ‘I’s absence.” – Michael Jeffreys

“Emptiness brings peace to your loving. In this world of trickery, emptiness is what your soul wants.” – Rumi

“We are what we think. With our thoughts we make the world.” – Sogyal Rinpoche

“Meditation is not a way to enlightenment, nor is it a method of achieving anything at all. It is peace itself.” – Dogen

“I’m already against the next war.” – Classic peace activist slogan

“Real peace of mind is the companion of the silence of the mind.” – Remez Sasson

“Five enemies of peace inhabit us – avarice, ambition, envy, anger and pride; if these were to be banished, we should infallibly enjoy perpetual peace.”  – Francesco Petrarch

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

“The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.”-John Milton

“There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy.” – Ralph H. Blum

“It seems like the chaos of this world is accelerating, but so is the beauty in the consciousness of more and more people.” – Anthony Kiedis

“The world we live in is a co-creation, a manifestation of individual consciousness woven into a collective dream.  How we are with each other as individuals, as groups, as nations and tribes, is what shapes that dream.” – Oriach Mountain Dreamer

“Let us dare to imagine now what it would be like to live in a world where a significant number of people took the opportunity…to devote part of their lives to serious spiritual practice…” – Sogyal Rinpoche

“By reflection and prayer, by reading and meditation, we can make our hearts a place where a blessing of peace would desire to abide and where the birth of the Prince of Peace might take place.” – Edward Hays

“I heard the bells on Christmas Day their old familiar carols play, and wild and sweet the words repeat of peace on earth, goodwill to men.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“True peace can be experienced only when we stop giving and taking sorrow.  In order not to give sorrow we need a clear heart that has no ill feelings, and for not taking sorrow we need a big heart that can tolerate and help other souls to get over their weaknesses.” –

“The enemy is fear. We think it is hate; but, it is fear.” – Gandhi

“We may idealize freedom, but when it comes to our habits, we are completely enslaved. Still, reflection can slowly bring us wisdom.” – Sogyal Rinpoche

“In its true nature, the mind is peaceful and enlightened.” – Tulku Thondup

“Nothing is permanent in this wicked world – not even our troubles.” – Charlie Chaplin

“Let us live happily, without hate amongst those who hate.” – The Dhammapada

“He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.” – Proverbs 16:32

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight, oh Lord…” – Psalm19:14

“To be able to know how to get peace of mind, how to be happy, is something you don’t just stumble across. You’ve got to search for it.” – George Harrison

“Disarmament is compassion in practice.” – The Dalai Lama

“We really can’t change the world. We can only work with our own heart and mind. But the transformational power of that is extraordinary.” – Melvin McLeod

“Triumphs in the rat race to earn more, have more, and consume more do not bring true and lasting happiness.” – Jigmi Thinley

“We can make our minds so like still water/That beings gather about us that they may see their own images,/And so live for a moment with a clearer,/Perhaps even a fiercer life,/Because of our quiet.”  – William Butler Yeats


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