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100 Motivational Peace Quotes

Throughout history, the word ‘peace’ has meant different things to people. In the past, it meant a time without any violence, fighting, or wars, while today it means a state of calm, quiet, or harmony. Inner peace refers to our ability to find tranquility within us that can change how we view the world and interact with those around us.  

In this article, we’ll take a look at 100 motivational peace quotes that can inspire you to seek inner peace or to find peace even in the most stressful times.  

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“Peace begins with a smile.”  

Mother Teresa

“Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. Nothing can bring you peace but the triumph of principles.”  

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.”  

Dalai Lama

“An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.” 

Mahatma Gandhi

“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us. And the world will live as one.” 

John Lennon, Imagine

“You cannot find peace by avoiding life.”  

Michael Cunningham, The Hours

“Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.”  

Albert Einstein

“When you do the right thing, you get the feeling of peace and serenity associated with it. Do it again and again.” 

Roy T. Bennett

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

Siddhārtha Gautama

“You have peace when you make it with yourself.”  

Mitch Albom

“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

“Peace is more than the absence of war. Peace is accord. Harmony.”  

Laini Taylor

“Peace is the only battle worth waging.”  

Albert Camus

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

Jimi Hendrix 

“The words ‘I Love You’ kill, and resurrect millions, in less than a second.”  


“Everywhere I have sought peace and not found it, except in a corner with a book.” 

Thomas á Kempis 

“World peace must develop from inner peace. Peace is not just mere absence of violence. Peace is, I think, the manifestation of human compassion.”  

Dalai Lama XIV

“Peace is always beautiful.”  

Walt Whitman

“Many people think excitement is happiness… But when you are excited you are not peaceful. True happiness is based on peace.”  

Thich Nhat Hanh

“There is no ‘way to peace,’ there is only ‘peace.”

Mahatma Gandhi 

“Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.” 

Martin Luther King Jr.

“Peace is not absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.”

Ronald Reagan

“Nothing can disturb your peace of mind unless you allow it to.”

Roy T. Bennett 

“Pleasure is always derived from something outside you, whereas joy arises from within.”

Eckhart Tolle

“You will find peace not by trying to escape your problems, but by confronting them courageously. You will find peace not in denial, but in victory.”  

J. Donald Walters

“There comes a time in your life when you have to choose to turn the page, write another book or simply close it.”  

Shannon L. Alder

“The day I understood everything, was the day I stopped trying to figure everything out. The day I knew peace was the day I let everything go.”

C. JoyBell C. 

“Persistence. Perfection. Patience. Power. Prioritize your passion. It keeps you sane.” 

Criss Jami 

“Once you embrace your value, talents and strengths, it neutralizes when others think less of you.”  

Rob Liano

“Do not look for happiness outside yourself. The awakened seek happiness inside.” 

Peter Deunov 

“Beautify your inner dialogue. Beautify your inner world with love, light and compassion. Life will be beautiful.” 

Amit Ray

“Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances.”

Mahatma Gandhi 

“First keep the peace within yourself, then you can also bring peace to others.” 

Thomas á Kempis 

“There is always a certain peace in being what one is, in being that completely.”  

Ugo Betti

“Peace is costly, but it is worth the expense.”  

African proverb

“Only art and music have the power to bring peace.”  

Yoko Ono

“Peace is our gift to each other.”  

Elie Wiesel

“The best fighter is never angry. 

Lao Tzu

“Peace, which costs nothing, is attended with infinitely more advantage than any victory with all its expense.”  

Thomas Paine

“We don’t realize that, somewhere within us all, there does exist a supreme self who is eternally at peace.”

Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

“Not one of us can rest, be happy, be at home, be at peace with ourselves, until we end hatred and division.”  

Congressman John Lewis

“You’ll never find peace of mind until you listen to your heart.” 

George Michael

“We will know peace the day we truly know ourselves.”

Maxime Lagacé 

“The only alternative to war is peace and the only road to peace is negotiations.”  

Golda Meir

“Peace by persuasion has a pleasant sound, but I think we should not be able to work it. We should have to tame the human race first, and history seems to show that that cannot be done.”  

Mark Twain, The Complete Letters of Mark Twain

“Peace only comes from accepting the inevitable and taming our desires.”

Mark Twain, The Complete Letters of Mark Twain

“Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is, rather than as you think it should be.”  

Wayne W. Dyer

“Peace is something we must all work for, every day, in every country.”  

Ban Ki-moon

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”

Leo Tolstoy 

“Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.”  

John Wooden

“If you have a common purpose and an environment in which people want to help others succeed, the problems will be fixed quickly.”  

Alan Mulally

“Peace is not only better than war but infinitely more arduous.”  

George Bernard Shaw

“Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.” 

Saint Francis de Sales

“Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace.” 


“Of all our dreams today, there is none more important — or so hard to realize — than that of peace in the world.”  

Lester B. Pearson

“Worrying does not take away tomorrow’s troubles. It takes away today’s peace.” 

Randy Armstrong 

“Peace is not the highest goal in life. It is the most fundamental requirement.”   


“World peace can be achieved when, in each person, the power of love replaces the love of power.”  

Sri Chinmoy

“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.”  

Desmond Tutu

“I do not want the peace which passeth understanding, I want the understanding which bringeth peace.” 

Helen Keller

“Do not be afraid to take a chance on peace, to teach peace, to live in peace… Peace will be the last word of history.”

Pope John Paul II 

“Peace is such hard work. Harder than war. It takes way more effort to forgive than to kill.”  

Rae Carson, The Bitter Kingdom

“In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you.”  

Deepak Chopra

“To forgive is the highest, most beautiful form of love. In return, you will receive untold peace and happiness.” 

Robert Muller

“Peace is a day-to-day problem, the product of a multitude of events and judgments. Peace is not an ‘is,’ it is a ‘becoming.”  

Haile Selassie

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”  

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“If you don’t know the guy on the other side of the world, love him anyway because he’s just like you. He has the same dreams, the same hopes and fears. It’s one world, pal. We’re all neighbors.”  

Frank Sinatra

“Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace.”  

Amelia Earhart

“Why can’t people just sit and read books and be nice to each other?”

David Baldacci, The Camel Club 

“Peace is liberty in tranquility.”  

Marcus Tullius Cicero

“If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.” 

Amit Ray 

“Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.”  

Albert Schweitzer

“Even if things don’t unfold the way you expected, don’t be disheartened or give up. One who continues to advance will win in the end.”  

Daisaku Ikeda

“I do my best thinking at night when everyone else is sleeping. No interruptions. No noise. I like the feeling of being awake when no one else is.”  

Jennifer Niven

“There is more to life than increasing its speed.” 

Mahatma Gandhi

“Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer.”   

William Burroughs

“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes… Including you.”

Anne Lamott 

“Calm mind brings inner strength and self-confidence, so that’s very important for good health.” 

Dalai Lama

“Your calm mind is the ultimate weapon against your challenges. So relax.” 

Bryant McGill

“Slow down and everything you are chasing will come around and catch you.”

John De Paola 

“Surrender to what is. Let go of what was. Have faith in what will be.”  

Sonia Ricotte

“The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.”  

Sydney Harris

“Act the way that you want to feel.”  

Gretchen Rubin

“Every breath we take, every step we make, can be filled with peace, joy and serenity.”  

Thich Nhat Hanh

“I took a deep breath and listened to the old bray of my heart. I am. I am. I am.” 

Sylvia Plath 

“You should feel beautiful and you should feel safe. What you surround yourself with should bring you peace of mind and peace of spirit.”  

Stacy London

“Sometimes you can find peace of mind by transferring yourself to different situations. They’re just reminders to stay … calm.”  

Yves Behar

“Don’t search for anything except peace. Try to calm the mind. Everything else will come on its own.”  

Baba Hari Das

“Let go of the thoughts that don’t make you strong.”  

Karen Salmansohn

“Forgiveness equals inner peace – more peaceful people equals more world peace.”   

Richard Branson

“Don’t hope that events will turn out the way you want, welcome events in whichever way they happen: this is the path to peace.” 


“They call it “peace of mind” but maybe it should be called “peace from mind.”

Navil Ravikant 

“Learning to ignore things is one of the great paths to inner peace.” 

Robert J. Sawyer

“Peace of mind is that mental condition in which you have accepted the worst.”  

Lin Yutang

“Inner peace doesn’t come from getting what we want, but from remembering who we are.” 

Marianne Williamson

“It is not enough to win a war; it is more important to organize the peace.”  


“For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind.”  

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“If we are peaceful, if we are happy, we can smile, and everyone in our family, our entire society, will benefit from our peace.”  

Thich Nhat Hanh

“The only peace is being out of earshot.”  

Mason Cooley

“The life of inner peace, being harmonious and without stress, is the easiest type of existence.”  

Norman Vincent Peale

Wrapping Up  

We hope you enjoyed this collection of quotes about peace and that they helped you to find some peace in your life.  If you did, don’t forget to share them with your loved ones to help them find some motivation in the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

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Dani Rhys
Dani Rhys

Dani Rhys has worked as a writer and editor for over 15 years. She holds a Masters degree in Linguistics and Education, and has also studied Political Science, Ancient History and Literature. She has a wide range of interests ranging from ancient cultures and mythology to Harry Potter and gardening. She works as the chief editor of Symbol Sage but also takes the time to write on topics that interest her.