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There are many things that have the potential to divide us—our politics, our religion, and our diverse backgrounds, to name a few—but in spite of all that makes us different, we're able to come together to face everything from natural disasters to terrorist attacks. But despite our ability to unite under difficult circumstances, it's no secret that we're living in divisive times. Nearly every day there are headlines that, if you let them, can cause you to lose hope in the state of the world.
Because we could all use some words of humanity, compassion, courage, and most importantly, unity, we're sharing a compilation of some of our favorite peace quotes. We turned to inspiring women for motivation to strive for peace, speak out against injustice, stand up against ignorance, and fight for basic human decency. Below are famous women including Michelle Obama, Malala Yousafzai, and Arundhati Roy on peace—how to define it, how to work for it, and how to share it.
"Tolerance, like any aspect of peace, is forever a work in progress, never completed, and, if we're as intelligent as we like to think we are, never abandoned."
"There can be no real peace without justice. And without resistance there will be no justice."
"Let us pick up our books and our pens, they are the most powerful weapons. One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen can change the world."
"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."
"You're going to come across all kinds of people from all different places and faiths and walks of life. And you can choose to pass them by without a word, or you can choose to reach out to them, no matter who they are or where they come from or what ideas they might have."
"We are all part of one another."
"Make every effort to change things you do not like. If you cannot make a change, change the way you have been thinking. You might find a new solution."
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