„I'm really a peaceful sort of coward.“

—  L.A. Meyer
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American writer 1942 - 2014

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„It was a hot, peaceful, optimistic sort of day in September.“

—  Elaine Dundy American journalist, actress 1921 - 2008
Context: It was a hot, peaceful, optimistic sort of day in September. It was around eleven in the morning, I remember, and I was drifting down the boulevard St. Michel, thoughts rising in my head like little puffs of smoke, when suddenly a voice bellowed into my ear: "Sally Jay Gorce! What the hell? Well, for Christ’s sake, can this really be our own little Sally Jay Gorce?” I felt a hand ruffling my hair and I swung around, furious at being so rudely awakened. Who should be standing there in front of me, in what I immediately spotted as the Left Bank uniform of the day, dark wool shirt and a pair of old Army suntans, but my old friend Larry Keevil. He was staring down at me with some alarm. I said hello to him and added that he had frightened me, to cover any bad-tempered expression that might have been lingering on my face, but he just kept on staring dumbly at me. "What have you been up to since … since … when the hell was it that I last saw you?” he asked finally. Curiously enough I remembered exactly. Part One, One

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„The Peace Corps is a sort of Howard Johnson’s on the main drag into maturity.“

—  Paul Theroux American travel writer and novelist 1941
Sunrise with Seamonsters (1985).

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„There is, I'm happy to say, a religion of peace in this world, but it's not Islam.“

—  Sam Harris American author, philosopher and neuroscientist 1967
Context: "Religion" is a nearly useless term. It's a term like "sports". Now there are sports like Badminton and sports like Thai Boxing, and they have almost nothing in common apart from breathing. There are sports that are just synonymous with the risk of physical injury or even death … There is, I'm happy to say, a religion of peace in this world, but it's not Islam. The claim that Islam is a religion of peace that we hear ceaselessly reiterated is completely delusional. Now Jainism actually is a religion of peace. The core principle of Jainism is non-violence. Gandhi got his non-violence from the Jains. The crazier you get as a Jain, the less we have to worry about you. Jain extremists are paralysed by their pacifism. Jain extremists can't take their eyes off the ground when they walk lest they step on an ant... Needless to say they are vegetarian. So the problem is not religious extremism, because extremism is not a problem if your core beliefs are truly non-violent. The problem isn't fundamentalism. We often hear this said: these are euphemisms... The only problem with Islamic fundamentalism are the fundamentals of Islam. Sam Harris, Lecture https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDMOxjHIt0U at the First Congregational Church of Berkeley (November 10, 2010)

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„I'm going to give you a peaceful Basque Country“

—  José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero Former Prime Minister of Spain 1960
Note: To Eduardo Madina, after an ETA assasination attempt

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„I suppose when there's no more room for another crow's-foot, one attains a sort of peace?“

—  Ronald Firbank British novelist 1886 - 1926
Valmouth (1918), cited from The Complete Ronald Firbank (London: Duckworth, 1961) p. 448.

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„I'm gonna spare the defeated—I'm gonna speak to the crowd
I'm gonna spare the defeated, boys, I'm going to speak to the crowd
I am goin' to teach peace to the conquered
I'm gonna tame the proud“

—  Bob Dylan American singer-songwriter, musician, author, and artist 1941
Compare: "But yours will be the rulership of nations, / remember Roman, these will be your arts: / to teach the ways of peace to those you conquer, / to spare defeated peoples, tame the proud." The Aeneid of Virgil: A Verse Translation by Allen Mandelbaum, 6.1134–1137.

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„Please be at peace father,
I'm at peace with you,
bitterness isn't worth clinging to,
after all the anguish we've all been through.“

—  Mariah Carey American singer-songwriter 1970
"Sunflowers For Alfred Roy", Charmbracelet, 2002. Dedicated to Carey’s father, Alfred Roy