Peace is a state of harmony characterized by the lack of violent conflict and the freedom from fear of violence. Commonly understood as the absence of hostility, peace also suggests the existence of healthy or newly healed interpersonal or international relationships, prosperity in matters of social or economic welfare, the establishment of equality, and a working political order that serves the true interests of all. In international relations, peacetime is not only the absence of war or violent conflict, but also the presence of positive and respectful cultural and economic relationships.
Famous quotes containing the word peace:
“The peace loving nations must make a concerted effort in opposition to those violations of treaties and those ignorings of humane instincts which today are creating a state of international anarchy and instability from which there is no escape through mere isolation or neutrality.... When an epidemic of physical disease starts to spread, the community approves and joins in a quarantine of the patients in order to protect the health of the community against the spread of the disease.”
—Franklin D. Roosevelt (18821945)
“Better and safer is an assured peace than a victory hoped for. The one is in your own power, the other is in the hands of the gods.”
—Titus Livius (Livy)
“Mrs. Finney: Cant we have some peace in this house, even on New Years Eve?
Sadie: You got it mixed up with Christmas. New Years Eve is when people go back to killing each other.”
—Joseph L. Mankiewicz (19091993)