by Kathie MM
As currently envisioned, the U.S. Peace Memorial will consist of twelve walls, or facets, containing engraved peace quotes from famous Americans (including, for example, Noam Chomsky, Martin Luther King Jr., Jeanette Rankin, Margaret Mead, Albert Einstein) as well as lesser-known figures.
Today, for your continuing inspiration, we share some of the quotations under consideration. Embrace them.
“We must devise a system in which Peace is more rewarding than War.”
Margaret Mead (1901-1978).
“I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity.”
Dwight David Eisenhower (1890-1969).
“It is not enough to say we must not wage war. It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it.”
Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968).
“The real and lasting victories are those of peace, and not of war.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882).
“Strike against war, for without you no battles can be fought.”
Helen Keller (1880-1968).
“No, I am not going 10,000 miles to help murder kill and burn other people to simply help continue the domination of white slavemasters over dark people …”
Muhammad Ali (1942-2016).
“[t]here was never a good War, or a bad Peace.”
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790).
“I believe that the killing of human beings in a war is no better than common murder.”
Albert Einstein (1879-1955).
“I am an anti-imperialist. I am opposed to having the eagle put its talons on any other land.”
Mark Twain, pseudonym for Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910).
“We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing each other’s children.”
Jimmy Carter (1924- ).
“I’m fed up to the ears with old men dreaming up wars for young men to die in.”
George S. McGovern (1922-2012).
“How can you make a war on terror, if war itself is terrorism?”
Howard Zinn (1922-2010).
“… all war is a symptom of man’s failure as a thinking animal, …”
John Steinbeck (1902-1968).
“… he who is the author of a war, lets loose the whole contagion of hell, and opens a vein that bleeds a nation to death.”
Thomas Paine (1737-1809).