Over grown military establishments are under any form of government inauspicious to liberty, and are to be regarded as particularly hostile to republican liberty.
- George Washington
Compromise does not mean cowardice.
- John F. Kennedy
I hope...that mankind will at length, as they call themselves reasonable creatures, have reason and sense enough to settle their differences without cutting throats; for in my opinion there never was a good war, or a bad peace.
- Benjamin Franklin
Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind.
- John F. Kennedy
When men talk about defense, they always claim to be protecting women and children, but they never ask the women and children what they think.
- Pat Schroeder
I refuse to accept the cynical notion that nation after nation must spiral down a militaristic stairway into the hell of nuclear destruction. I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
- Nelson Mandela
The problem in defense is how far you can go without destroying from within what you are trying to defend from without.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower
The longer we listen to one another -- with real attention -- the more commonality we will find in all our lives. That is, if we are careful to exchange with one another life stories and not simply opinions.
- Barbara Deming
War is an invention of the human mind. The human mind can invent peace with justice.
- Norman Cousins
There are only two families in the world, as my grandmother used to say: the haves and the have-nots
- Sancho Panza
I do admit that the destructive energy is there, but it is evanescent, always futile before the creative, which is permanent.
- Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
The cause of violence is not ignorance. It is self-interest. ... Only reverence can restrain violence -- reverence for human life and the environment.
- William Sloan Coffin, Jr.
Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.
- William Shakespeare
It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.