There are few words more loaded, disputed, and colorful as peace. The word likely conjures different interpretations and imageries in each of us, but what do well-known historical figures think?

Here, we let them weigh in on what peace is in their own words.

“Peace does not mean an absence of conflicts; differences will always be there. Peace means solving these differences through peaceful means; through dialogue, education, knowledge; and through humane ways.”

Dalai Lama XIV

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

Martin Luther King, Jr., American Civil Rights Leader

“Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures.”

John F. Kennedy, 35th US President

“We seek peace, knowing that peace is the climate of freedom.”

Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th US President

“Peace is the only battle worth waging.”

Albert Camus, French Philosopher & Writer

“Peace is our gift to each other.”

Elie Wiesel, Holocaust Survivor, Writer & Political Activist

“Establishing lasting peace is the work of education; all politics can do is keep us out of war.”

Maria Montessori, Italian Educator & Physician

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

Daisaku Ikeda, Japanese Buddhist Philosopher & Educator

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