Event Reminders: Protest of Drones in Poway - 1 year anniversary
The San Diego Vets for Peace with peace and justice supporters, will conduct its one year anniversary of DRONE PROTESTS on Thursday, Aug. 15th at 4:00PM. Medea Benjamen, of code Pink, will attend. After one year of protests across from the offices of drone manufacturer General Atomics, the company has come to understand there is fierce opposition in America to the criminal murder of innocent civilians, and children especially, in foreign lands. A year ago the company tried to disrupt these demonstrations. Bring a homemade sign.
Special Dinner for Amnesty - No. County Chapter
Friends and supporters of Amnesty International have a special dinner for AI, at the Hill Street Café, Oceanside, on Aug. 10 at 6:30PM. Outside patio with the music of Kelsey Landazuri and featuring Robin Adler with many songs by Joni Mitchell.Fund raiser RSVP.
This 'N ThatA solid rock is not disturbed by the wind; even so, a wise person is not agitated by praise or blame.
Do your work as though you had a thousand years to live, & as if you were to die tomorrow.
- Mother Anna Lee, founder of the Shakers
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.
- Matthew 5:3
Don't ever let them pull you down so low as to hate them. (also cited as: I will permit no man to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him.)
- Booker T. Washington
Why should we be in such desperate haste to succeed and in such desperate enterprises? If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.
- Henry David Thoreau
If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should find in each life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.
We cannot change the past, but we can change our attitude toward it. Uproot guilt and plant forgiveness. Tear out arrogance and seed humility. Exchange love for hate --- thereby, making the present comfortable and the future promising.
- Maya Angelou
Do it big or stay in bed.
- Larry Kelly
The direct use of force is such a poor solution to any problem, it is generally employed only by small children and large nations.
- David Friedman
Gandhi once declared that it was his wife who unwittingly taught him the effectiveness of nonviolence. Who better than women should know that battles can be won without resort to physical strength? Who better than we should know all the power that resides in noncooperation?
- Barbara Deming
Peace is a gift,
- It is a gift we give to ourselves,
The soldier, above all other people, prays for peace, for he must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.
- Douglas MacArthur
Plans to protect air and water, wilderness and wildlife are in fact plans to protect man.
- Stewart Udall
The arms race can kill, though the weapons themselves may never be used...by their cost alone, armaments kill the poor by causing them to starve.
- Vatican statement to the U.N., 1976
It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Only when there are many people who are pools of peace, silence, understanding, will war disappear.
- Osho (1931-1990)
Mankind will never win lasting peace so long as men use their full resources only in tasks of war. While we are yet at peace, let us mobilize the potentialities, particularly the moral and spiritual potentialities, which we usually reserve for war.
- John Foster Dulles, War or Peace 1950.
The right to swing my fist ends where the other man's nose begins
- Oliver Wendell Holmes
If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.
- Nelson Mandela
If you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. Wherever you are, if you are following your bliss, you are enjoying that refreshment, that life within you, all the time.
- Joseph Campbell
We must be the change we wish to see.
- Mahatma Gandhi
The story of the human race is characterized by efforts to get along much more than by violent disputes, although it's the latter that make the history books. Violence is actually exceptional. The human race has survived because of cooperation, not aggression.
- Gerard Vanderhaar
I stand at the altar of murdered men, and, while I live, I fight their cause.
- Florence Nightingale, 1856
If it's natural to kill, how come men have to go into training to learn how?
- Joan Baez
To see the world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower, hold infinity in the palm of your hand and eternity in an hour.
- William Blake
What good is a house, if you haven't got a decent planet to put it on?
- Henry David Thoreau
War is, at first, the hope that one will be better off; next, the expectation that the other fellow will be worse off; then, the satisfaction that he isn't any better off; and, finally, the surprise at everyone's being worse off.
- Karl Kraus (1874-1936)
A time will come when a politician who has willfully made war and promoted international dissension will be as sure of the dock and much surer of the noose than a private homicide. It is not reasonable that those who gamble with men's lives should not stake their own.
- H.G. Wells
The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.
- Bertrand Russell
If we do not change our direction we are likely to end up where we are headed for.
- Chinese Proverb
Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess.
- Oscar Wilde
Jaw-jaw is better than war-war.
- Harold MacMillan
When I have money, I get rid of it quickly, lest it find a way into my heart.
- John Wesley
In separateness lies the world's great misery; in compassion lies the world's true strength.
Until lions have their historians, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunters.
- African Proverb
I'm not disturbing the peace. I'm disturbing the war.
- Ammon Hennacy, US Labor leader
Let all bear in mind that a society is judged not so much by the standards attained by its more affluent and privileged members as by the quality of life which it is able to assure for its weakest members.
- H.E. Javier Perez de Cuellar, Secretary General of the United Nations
In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
- George Orwell
We can’t become nonviolent on the basis of intellectual conviction. Commitment to nonviolence demands a very profound conversion of mind and heart. If we take the time to pray with Jesus, we too will be converted in mind and heart. It won’t work if we try to reason it out. The only way is through a change of heart, a coming into a way of being that is the way of Jesus.
- Bishop Thomas Gumbleton
The ultimate measure of a person is not where one stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where one stands in times of challenge and controversy.
- Martin Luther King
Sports plays a societal role in engendering jingoist and chauvinist attitudes. They're designed to organize a community to be committed to their gladiators.
- Noam Chomsky
The maxim that people should not have a right till they are ready to exercise it properly, is worthy of the fool in the old story who resolved not to go into the water till he had learned to swim.
I have great belief in the fact that whenever there is chaos, it creates wonderful thinking. I consider chaos a gift.
- Septima Poinsette Clark
Insanity in individuals is something rare - but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.
- Friedrich Nietzsche
To see the earth as it truly is, small and blue in that eternal silence where it floats, is to see riders on the earth together, brothers on that bright loveliness in the eternal cold - brothers who know now they are truly brothers.
- Archibald Mc Leish
The world cannot continue to wage war like physical giants and to seek peace like intellectual pygmies
- Basil O'Connor
God grant me the courage to change the things I can, the patience to accept the things I can't, and the wisdom to know the difference.
- The Serenity Prayer
Our friends show us what we can do; our enemies teach us what we must do.
There is nothing that war has ever achieved that we could not better achieve without it.
- Havelock Ellis
If all the Churches of Europe closed their doors until the drums ceased rolling they would act as a most powerful reminder that though the glory of war is a famous and ancient glory, it is not the final glory of God.
- George Bernard Shaw
And then to each other.
- Richard Goode
The hottest fires in hell are reserved for those who remain neutral in times of moral crisis.
- Edmund Burke
We challenge the culture of violence when we ourselves act in the certainty that violence is no longer acceptable, that it's tired and outdated no matter how many cling to it in the stubborn belief that it still works and that it's still valid.
- Gerard Vanderhaar
Wars are not acts of God. They are caused by man, by man-made institutions, by the way in which man has organized his society. What man has made, man can change.
- Frederick Moore Vinson, Speech at Arlington National Cemetery (Memorial Day, 1945)
If I can't dance I don't want to be part of your revolution.
- Emma Goldman
Dust turned to hope.
- Elie Weisel
What all men fear, I too must fear - how barren and pointless a thought!
- Tao Te Ching
Freedom is actually a bigger game than power. Power is about what you can control. Freedom is about what you can unleash.
- Harriet Rubin
There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root."
- Henry David Thoreau, Walden
When the people fear the government you have tyranny...when the government fears the people you have liberty.
- Thomas Jefferson
We must have research for peace ... It would embrace the outstanding problems of morality. The time has come for man's intellect, his scientific method, to win over the immoral brutality and irrationality of war and militarism ... Now we are forced to eliminate from the world forever this vestige of prehistoric barbarism, this curse to the human race.
- Linus Pauling
Each person has inside a basic decency and goodness. If he listens to it and acts on it, he is giving a great deal of what it is the world needs most. It is not complicated but it takes courage. It takes courage for a person to listen to his own goodness and act on it.
- Pablo Casals
The dark night is over and dawn has begun. Rise, hope of the ages, arise like the sun! All speech, flow to music; all hearts, beat as one.
- John Greenleaf Whittier
We plant seeds that will flower as results in our lives, so best to remove the weeds of anger, avarice, envy and doubt, that peace and abundance may manifest for all.
- Dorothy Day
We must be prepared to make heroic sacrifices for the cause of peace that we make ungrudgingly for the cause of war. There is no task that is more important or closer to my heart.
- Albert Einstein
The question is not, do we go to church; the question is, have we been converted. The crux of Christianity is not whether or not we give donations to popular charities but whether or not we are really committed to the poor.
- Joan Chittester, OSB
Alan John Percivale Taylor
It is easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them.
- Alfred Adler
Would that even today you knew the things that make for peace.
- Luke 19:42
No one is so foolish as to prefer to peace, war, in which, instead of sons burying their fathers, fathers bury their sons.
- Croesus, King of Lydia, in Herodotus' The Persian Wars
To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best day and night to make you everybody else, means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight, and never stop fighting.
A good end sanctify evil means; not must we ever do evil, that good might come of it. We are ready to retaliate, rather than forgive or gain by love and information . . . Force may subdue, but love gains. And one that forgives first wins the laurel.
- William Penn
Always forgive your enemies. Nothing annoys them more.
- Oscar Wilde
I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends.
- Abraham Lincoln
An act of love, a voluntary taking on oneself of some of the pain of the world, increases the courage and love and hope of all.
- Dorothy Day
One must care about a world one will never see.
- Bertrand Russell, 20th-century British mathematician and philosopher
Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
You can't lead anyone else further than you have gone yourself.
- Gene Mauch
The first question which the priest and the Levite asked [on the Jericho Road] was: ‘If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?' But...the good Samaritan reversed the question: ‘If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?'
- Martin Luther King
Let us plant dates even though those who plant them will never eat them. We must live by the love of what we will never see. This is the secret discipline. It is a refusal to let the creative act be dissolved away in immediate sense experience, and a stubborn commitment to the future of our grandchildren. Such disciplined love is what has given prophets, revolutionaries, and saints the courage to die for the future they envisaged. They make their own bodies the seed of their highest hope.
- Ruben Alves, Tomorrow’s Child
Young people say, What is the sense of our small effort? They cannot see that we must lay one brick at at time, take one step at a time; we can be responsible only for the one action in the present moment. But we can beg for an increase of love in our hearts that will vitalize and transform all our individual actions, and know that God will take them and multiply them, as Jesus multiplied the loaves and fishes.
- Dorothy Day, 1963
The only thing that's been a worse flop than the organization of nonviolence has been the organization of violence.
- Joan Baez
When the rich make war, it's the poor that die.
- Jean-Paul Sartre
In the struggle rewards are few. In the fact, I know of only two, loving friends and living dreams. These rewards are not so few it seems.
Someday, after we have mastered the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, shall harness for God the energies of love. Then for the second time in the history of the world, we will have discovered fire.
- Teilhard de Chardin
Peace is the work of justice indirectly, in so far as justice removes the obstacles to peace; but it is the work of charity (love) directly, since charity, according to its very notion, causes peace.
- Thomas Aquinas
If Columbus had an advisory committee he would probably still be at the dock.
- Justice Arthur Goldberg
The poor cannot be convinced that God is neutral . . .
- Author Unknown
Everything, everything in war is barbaric . . . But the worst barbarity of war is that it forces men collectively to commit acts against which individually they would revolt with their whole being.
- Ellen Key, 1916
Non-violence is not inaction. It is not discussion. It is not for the timid or weak...Non-violence is hard work. It is the willingness to sacrifice. It is the patience to win.
- Cesar Chavez
At all the times you can,
- To all the people you can,
In History, stagnant waters, whether they be the stagnant waters of custom or those of despotism, harbour no life; life is dependent on the ripples created by a few eccentric individuals. In homage to that life & vitality, the community has to brave certain perils and must countenance a measure of heresy. One must live dangerously if one wants to live at all.
- Herbert Read
Nothing is so strong as gentleness; nothing so gentle as real strength.
- St. Francis de Sales
Why does man have reason if he can only be influenced by violence?
- Leo Tolstoy
And all good things are yours.
- Swedish proverb
Aggressive conduct, if allowed to go unchecked and unchallenged, ultimately leads to war.
- John F. Kennedy
The real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth.
- Thich Nhat Hanh