Peace Quotes

We make war that we may live in peace.

Aristotle 384-322 B.C. ‘Nicomachean Ethics’ bk. 10, ch. 7.

Ah, love, let us be true
To one another! for the world, which seems
To lie before us like a land of dreams,
So various, so beautiful, so new,
Hath really neither joy, nor love, nor light,
Nor certitude, nor peace, nor help for pain;
And we are here as on a darkling plain
Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight,
Where ignorant armies clash by night.

Matthew Arnold 1822-88 ‘Dover Beach’ (1867) l. 21

Calm soul of all things! make it mine
To feel, amid the city’s jar,
That there abides a peace of thine,
Man did not make, and cannot mar.

Matthew Arnold 1822-88 ‘Lines written in Kensington Gardens’ (1852)

This land is not the sweet home that it looks,
Nor its peace the historical calm of a site
Where something was settled once and for all: A backward
And dilapidated province, connected
To the big busy world by a tunnel, with a certain Seedy appeal.

W. H. Auden (Wystan Hugh Auden) 1907-73 ‘In Praise of Limestone’ (1951) l. 61

Our researchers into Public Opinion are content
That he held the proper opinions for the time of year;
When there was peace, he was for peace; when there was war, he went.

W. H. Auden (Wystan Hugh Auden) 1907-73 ‘The Unknown Citizen’ (1940)

See in what peace a Christian can die.

Joseph Addison 1672-1719 Dying words to his stepson Lord Warwick, in Edward Young ‘Conjectures on Original Composition’ (1759)

Lá, tout n’est qu’ordre et beautè, Luxe, calme et voluptè.
Everything there is simply order and beauty, luxury, peace and sensual indulgence.

Charles Baudelaire 1821-67 ‘Les fleurs du mal’ (1857) ‘L’Invitation au voyage’-
’Spleen et idèal’ no. 56

The object of government in peace and in war is not the glory of rulers or of races, but the happiness of the common man.

William Henry Beveridge (First Baron Beveridge) 1879-1963 ‘Social Insurance and Allied Services’ (1942) pt. 7