In honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., learn more about peace, non-violent resistance, and freedom through these quotes:

“One day we must come to see that peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but that it is a means by which we arrive at that goal. We must pursue peaceful ends through peaceful means.” – Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“When you find peace within yourself, you become the kind of person who can live at peace with others.” – Peace Pilgrim

“There is no way to peace, peace is the way.” – A.J. Muste

“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.” – Buddha

“Peace is its own reward.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” – Jimi Hendrix

“We look forward to the time when the Power of Love will replace the Love of Power. Then will our world know the blessings of peace.” – William Gladstone

“Peace is costly but it is worth the expense” – African proverb

“Freedom is dearer than bread or joy.” – Jessie E. Sampter

“All we are saying is give peace a chance.” – John Lennon

“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” – Mother Teresa

“An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“We seek peace, knowing that peace is the climate of freedom.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower

“It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“Nonviolence is the first article of my faith. It is also the last article of my creed.” – Mohandas Gandhi

“The pursuit of peace and progress cannot end in a few years in either victory or defeat. The pursuit of peace and progress, with its trials and its errors, its successes and its setbacks, can never be relaxed and never abandoned.” – Dag Hammarskjold

“The real and lasting victories are those of peace, and not of war.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Peace is the only battle worth waging.” – Albert Camus

“Human Beings, indeed all sentient beings, have the right to pursue happiness and live in peace and freedom.” – Dalai Lama

“Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding.” – Albert Einstein

“It is possible to live in peace.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“Peace is every step.” – Thich Nhat Hahn

“Nothing is more precious than peace. Peace is the most basic starting point for the advancement of humankind.” – Daisaku Ikeda

“Peace may sound simple – one beautiful word – but it requires everything we have, every quality, every strength, every dream, every high ideal.” – Yehudi Menuhin

“The more freedom we enjoy, the greater the responsibility we bear, toward others as well as ourselves.” – Oscar Arias Sanchez

“Brute force, no matter how strongly applied, can never subdue the basic human desire for freedom.” – Dalai Lama

“The well-being and the hopes of the peoples of the world can never be served until peace – as well as freedom, honor and self-respect – is secure.” – Ralph J. Bunche

“Everyone has a right to peaceful coexistence, the basic personal freedoms, the alleviation of suffering, and the opportunity to lead a productive life…” – Jimmy Carter

“Peace can only last where human rights are respected, where the people are fed, and where individuals and nations are free.” – Dalai Lama

“There is in this world no such force as the force of a person determined to rise. The human soul cannot be permanently chained.” – W. E. B. DuBois

“Nobody’s free until everybody’s free.” – Fannie Lou Hamer

“Let us not accept violence as the way of peace. Let us instead begin by respecting true freedom: the resulting peace will be able to satisfy the world’s expectations, for it will be a peace built on justice, a peace founded on the incomparable dignity of the free human being.” – Pope John Paul II

“Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.” – Abraham Lincoln

“If you are tired, keep going; if you are scared, keep going; if you are hungry; keep going; if you want to taste freedom, keep going.” – Harriet Tubman

“When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, ‘Free at last! free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!'” – Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.