Promoting Peace for the Everyday Activist
In a world that is grossly divided it is the responsibility of us as everyday activists to inspire hope, peace and unity in the world. Below are some inspirational quotes from individuals, who were everyday people who chose to stand against a culture of violence and injustice and sow seeds of peace in the world.
We hope that by reading these quotes you too would be inspired to sow seeds of peace within your communities and areas of influence and take action against all forms of violence.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”― Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches
“Peace begins with a smile.” ― Mother Teresa
“Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.” ― Albert Einstein
Peace is not absence of conflict; it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means. – Ronald Reagan
You can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom. – Malcolm X
The real and lasting victories are those of peace, and not of war. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice. – Baruch Spinoza
“The use of rape and enslavement as weapons of war MUST END!”― Widad Akrawi
“All mankind should aspire to live together in unity and in peace. Though these terms seem abstract in nature, they can be achieved by beginning with small acts of tolerance and support for your neighbour, despite their origin, race, religion, sexuality or nationality” -Takunda Mudyiwa
“We are determined to answer evil with GOOD, slavery with FREEDOM, rape with hope! We are against slavery, rape, beheading, torture, violations of human rights, corruption and misuse of religion!”― Widad Akrawi
The hope of this article is to motivate each and every individual to speak out against all forms of violence and to be pro-peace agents. It does not take one to be in parliament or active politics to advocate for peace in our world. In every area of one’s vocation and chosen field you can influence your surroundings and community to encourage peace and unity.