Quotes

SIPER investigates the background of war and terror and works towards non-violent conflict resolution. SIPER supports the vision shared by millions of people: a vision for less war and more peace. The following quotes are taken from different cultural areas and eras, which emphasizes peace as a predominant reference point for mankind.

 
  • Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
    «It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.»

    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900-1944), was a French writer, poet and pioneering aviator.

    Quoted: The Little Prince, Chapter XXI, Page 72.
    Origin of photo: Unknown / Public Domain

  • Joachim Hagopian
    «If we come together as one voice and one people on this one planet for the same purpose of creating positive change, standing up for the greater good of all of us, with God’s help, we can and will make enormous progress toward stopping all war, violence, injustice, hunger, disease, in fact all maladies on this earth.»

    Joachim Hagopian (*1950) is a West Point graduate and former Army officer. After the military, Joachim earned a master's degree in psychology and became a licensed therapist and author.

    Quoted: Hagopian, J., 2013. Don’t Let The Bastards Getcha Down. RedRedSea (accessed 08-01-2015), http://www.redredsea.net/westpointhagopian/epilogue.html
    Origin of photo: Joachim Hagopian / All rights reserved

  • Hermann Hesse
    «And this is now a teaching you will laugh about: love, oh Govinda, seems to me to be the most important thing of all. To thoroughly understand the world, to explain it, to despise it, may be the thing great thinkers do. But I’m only interested in being able to love the world, not to despise it, not to hate it and me, to be able to look upon it and me and all beings with love and admiration and great respect.»

    Hermann Hesse (*1877-1962), was a German-born Swiss poet, novelist, and painter.

    Quoted: Siddhartha to his friend Govinda in: Hesse, H.K., 1922. Siddhartha - An Indian Tale. Fischer, Berlin.
    Origin of photo: Dutch National Archives / CC BY-SA 3.0 NL

  • Joseph Beuys
    «If war and struggle is tranferred onto a conscious level and thereby external wars are avoided, then a positive state of peace is reached. The war of ideas with oneself would actually be the desirable peace.»

    Joseph Beuys (1921-1986), was a German performance artist as well as a sculptor, installation artist, graphic artist, art theorist, and pedagogue.

    Quoted: Joseph Beuys at the «Friedensfeier» in front of the cathedral of Mönchengladbach on March 31, 1972.
    Origin of photo: Ronald Feldman Fine Arts / CC BY-SA 3.0

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    «Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding.»

    Ralph Waldo Emerson (*1803-1882) was an American essayist, lecturer, and poet, who led the Transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century.

    Quoted: Ralph Waldo Emerson cited in: Michael Douglas Carlin (2008). Perscription for Peace. Century City News Edition, p. 34.
    Origin of photo: Photographer unidentified / Public domain

  • Marshall Rosenberg
    «Peace requires something far more difficult than revenge or merely turning the other cheek; it requires empathizing with the fears and unmet needs that provide the impetus for people to attack each other. Being aware of those feelings and needs, people lose their desires to attack back because they see the human ignorance leading to those attacks. Instead, their goal becomes providing the empathic connection and education that will enable them to transcend their violence and engage in cooperative relationships.»

    Marshall Rosenberg (*1934), is an American psychologist and the creator of Nonviolent Communication, a communication process that helps people to exchange the information necessary to resolve conflicts and differences peacefully.

    Quoted: Marshall Rosenberg's NVC Quote #517
    Origin of photo: Etan J. Tal / CC BY-SA 3.0

  • Philip Snowden
    «Truth, it has been said, is the first casualty of war.»

    Philip Snowden (1864-1937), was a British politician and the first Labour Chancellor of the Exchequer.

    Quoted: Snowden, Philip in: Morel, E.,D., 1918. Truth and the War. National Labour Press, London, p. XIII.
    Origin of photo: Unbekannt / Public Domain

  • Jesus of Nazareth
    «If, then, you are bringing your gift to the altar and there you remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar, and go away. First make your peace with your brother, and then come back and offer your gift. »

    Jesus of Nazareth (ca. 0-30), was a Jewish itinerant preacher, got crucified by Roman soldiers by command of Pontius Pilatus and is the central figure of Christianity.

    Quoted: The Bible, Matthew 5:23-24
    Origin of photo: Giovanni Pietro Rizzoli / Public Domain

  • Dschalal ad-Din al-Rumi
    «Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I will meet you there.»

    Dschalal ad-Din al-Rumi (1207-1273), was a 13th-century Persian poet, jurist, Islamic scholar, theologian, and Sufi mystic.

    Quoted: Dschalâl-ed-dîn Rumî, quoted from: Gewaltfreie Kommunikation, Marshall B. Rosenberg, Paderborn 2003, ISBN 3-87387-454-7, p. 31
    Origin of photo: Topkapi Palace Museum / Public Domain

  • Black Elk
    «The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness, with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the center of the universe dwells Wakan-Tanka , and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us. This is the real peace, and the others are but reflections of this. The second peace is that which is made between two individuals, and the third is that which is made between two nations. But above all you should understand that there can never be peace between nations until there is known that true peace, which, as I have often said, is within the souls of men.»

    Black Elk (1863-1950), was a famous wičháša wakȟáŋ (medicine man and holy man) and heyoka of the Oglala Lakota (Sioux) who lived in the present-day United States, primarily South Dakota.

    Quoted: Joseph Epes Brown (2012) - The Sacred Pipe: Black Elk's Account of the Seven Rites of the Oglala Sioux. University of Oklahoma Press, p. 115.
    Origin of photo: Elliott & Fry / Public Domain

  • Mahatma Gandhi
    «Be the change you wish to see.»

    Mahatma Gandhi 1869-1948), lawyer and leader of the Indian Independence Movement. Gandhi always emphasized Ahimsa, the principle of non-harming. On January 30, 1948 he was shot by a Hindu extremist.

    Quoted: "Be the change you wish to see: An interview with Arun Gandhi" by Carmella B'Hahn, Reclaiming Children and Youth [Bloomington] Vol. 10, No. 1 (Spring 2001) p. 6.
    Origin of photo: Anonymous / Public Domain

  • Panthoos
    «Friends, this is why we should not blind ourselves by delusive glory of war, but rather spend our life in peace instead of setting it into the game of campaigns and lose it together with our liberty.»

    Panthoos (13th or 12th century BC), was a priest at Delphi, an elder of Troy and father of Euphorbus, Polydamas and Hyperenor.

    Quoted: Schwab, G., 1957. Die schönsten Sagen des Klassischen Altertums. Loewes Verlag Ferdinand Carl, Stuttgart, 4. Auflage, Seite 197.
    Origin of photo: John Flaxman / Public Domain

  • Smedley Butler
    «War is a racket. It always has been. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives.»

    Smedley Butler (1881-1940), was a United States Marine Corps major general, the highest rank authorized at that time, and at the time of his death the most decorated Marine in U.S. history.

    Quoted: Butler, S., 1935. War is a Racket. Feral House, Los Angeles, p. 23.
    Origin of photo: USMC Archives / CC BY 2.0

  • Daniel Hess
    «We only would have the right to instruct children, if we obviously were happier than they are.»

    Daniel Hess (*1973), is author of the book „Glücksschule, glücklich leben & freudvoll lernen“, course instructor and founder of the "Glücksschulbewegung".

    Quoted: Hess, D., 2014. Glücksschule, glücklich leben & freudvoll lernen. novum pro Verlag, Zurich, page 186 [slightly modified].
    Origin of photo: Linn Kraft / Public Domain

  • Noam Chomsky
    «Since oppression and repression exist, they are reflections of human nature. The same is true of sympathy, solidarity, kindness and concern for others. The task for social policy is to design the ways we live and the institutional and cultural structure of our lives so as to favor the benign and to suppress the harsh and destructive aspects of our fundamental nature.»

    Noam Chomsky (*1928), American Professor Emeritus for Linguistics and Philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in an interview on Truthout.

    Quoted: Chomsky, N., 2016 in: Polychroniou, P.J., 2016. Why I Choose Optimism Over Despair: An Interview With Noam Chomsky. Truthout (published 14.02.2016), http://www.truth-out.org/progressivepicks/item/34369-why-i-choose-optimism-over-despair-an-interview-with-noam-chomsky (accessed 25.03.2016).
    Origin of photo: John Soares / Public Domain

  • André Blattmann
    «Switzerland looks back on a phase of 160 years without war - a true privilege.»

    André Blattmann (*1956), is a Swiss Lieutenant General and Chief of the Armed Forces since 01 March 2009.

    Quoted: Schweiz am Sonntag, "Wie hat sich die Bedrohungslage der Schweiz geändert?" (26.12.2015).
    Origin of photo: Lilienberg / Public Record

  • Albert Schweitzer
    «Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.»

    Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965), was a German—and later French—theologian, organist, philosopher, physician, and medical missionary in Africa.

    Quoted: Albert Schweitzer (1923) - Kulturphilosophie. Paul Haupt, Bern.
    Origin of photo: Bundesarchiv / CC-BY-SA 3.0

  • Baruch Spinoza
    «Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.»

    Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677), was a Dutch philosopher. By laying the groundwork for the 18th-century Enlightenment and modern biblical criticism, including modern conceptions of the self and, arguably, the universe, he came to be considered one of the great rationalists of 17th-century philosophy.

    Quoted: Baruch Spinoza, Political Treatise (1677), Tractatus Politicus as translated by A. H. Gosset (1883), Ch. 5, Of the Best State of a Dominion
    Origin of photo: Unknown Painter (ca. 1665) / Public Domain

  • Margaret Mead
    «Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.»

    Margaret Mead (1901-1978), was an American cultural anthropologist, who was frequently a featured writer and speaker in the mass media throughout the 1960s and 1970s.

    Quoted: Disputed Source // Attributed to Margaret Mead in: Frank G. Sommers, Tana Dineen (1984) Curing Nuclear Madness. p. 158
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  • Mother Teresa
    «If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.»

    Mother Teresa (1910-1997), was a Roman Catholic Sister and Nobel Peace Prize winner.

    Quoted: Mother Teresa Reflects on Working Toward Peace. Essay, Santa Clara University.
    Origin of photo: Túrelio / CC BY-SA 2.0 DE

  • Isaiah
    «The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace.»

    Isaiah (740-701 v. Chr.), was the Jewish prophet who gave his name to the Book of Isaiah.

    Quoted: Isaiah 59:8
    Origin of photo: Kizhi monastery / Public Domain

  • Erich Fromm
    «Man of today has a dishonest relationship towards religion: He thinks he is a christian, or whatever his religion is; but in reality he is a pagan, because he worships false gods: money, profit, his own grandeur, his own person, narcissism. This is the worship of idols, but he often calls it religion, because it has become popular and because he then can stand in front of himself and others as a fine man.»

    Erich Fromm (1900-1980), was a German social psychologist, psychoanalyst, sociologist, humanistic philosopher, and democratic socialist.

    Quoted: Rainer Funk: Mein Glaube an den Menschen. Erich Fromm. S.109
    Origin of photo: Müller-May / Rainer Funk / CC BY-SA 3.0 DE

  • Sophie Scholl
    «Even if I do not understand much about politics, and do not have the ambition to do so, I do have a bit of a sense of what is right and wrong. And I could cry when I see how mean the people in big politics are, how they betray their brothers for some small personal advantage ... We all carry our moral standards within us, only too few ever really look for them. Maybe this is because these are the harshest standards.»

    Sophie Scholl (1921-1943) in a letter she wrote as a nineteen year old to her fiancé Fritz Hartnagel. The German resistance fighter of the group "White Rose", which called for disobedience to the Nazi dictatorship, was arrested in 1943 along with her brother Hans while distributing leaflets at Munich University. Four days later, both were charged with "high treason" and "undermining military morals" and beheaded with the guillotine.

    Quoted: Sönke Zankel: «Mit Flugblättern gegen Hitler» (Köln: Böhlau Verlag, 2008), p. 95.
    Origin of photo: indymedia / CC BY-SA 2.0 DE

  • Christian Morgenstern
    «All secrets lie in complete openness in front of us. Only we are grading ourselves against them, from the stone to the seer. There is no secret by itself, only the uninitiated of all grades.»

    Christian Morgenstern (1871-1914), was a German author, poet and translator.

    Quoted: «Stufen - Eine Entwicklung in Aphorismen und Tagebuch-Notizen», R. Pieper & Co. Verlag München, 1922
    Origin of photo: Antropositiv / Public Domain

  • Barbara Lee
    «First, our nation is in grieving, we're all mourning, we're angry; there are a range of emotions taking place ... Let's pause for a moment and let's look at using some restraint before we rush to action. Because military action can lead to an escalation and spiral out of control ... As we act, let us not become the evil that we deplore.»

    Barbara Lee (*1946), is a member of the Democratic Party and was the only member of Congress to vote against the authorization to use military force following the September 11, 2001 attacks.

    Quoted: Loretta Alper: War made easy – Wenn Amerikas Präsidenten lügen. ZDF Info, 12.07.2012.
    Origin of photo: Tom / Public Domain

  • Christian Görke
    «We have a historic responsibility to take care of peace and disarmament. Tanks do not create peace - nowhere.»

    Christian Görke (*1962), finance minister of the federal state of Brandenburg, Germany.

    Quoted: Panzer schaffen keinen Frieden - nirgends! DIE LINKE Brandenburg, 06-01-2017.
    Origin of photo: Ralf Roletschek / fahrradmonteur.de

  • John Kozy
    «A nation that doesn‘t need the resources found in other lands has no reason to go to war.»

    John Kozy (*1931), retired professor of philosophy and author.

    Quoted: John Kozy in: Specie, Script, and War: The Contradictory Practices of the Global Economic System. GlobalResearch (06-05-2010).
    Origin of photo: John Kozy / CC BY-NC-ND

  • Jiddu Krishnamurti
    «To believe that peace can be achieved through violence is to sacrifice the present for a future ideal; and this seeking of a right end through wrong means is one of the causes of the present disaster.»

    Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895-1986), was a philosopher, speaker and writer.

    Quoted: Jiddu Krishnamurti in: Education and The Significance of Life - Chapter 4 'Education and World Peace'. Jiddu-Krishnamurti.net (1952).
    Origin of photo: George Grantham Bain / Public Domain

  • Ron Paul
    «Can we get out of a central bank that finances the wars that make us less safe? Can we exit Executive Orders? Can we exit the surveillance state? The PATRIOT Act? Can we exit NDAA and indefinite detention? Can we exit the US worldwide drone program, that kills innocents overseas and makes us ever-more hated? Getting out of NATO would be a good first move. This Cold War relic survives only by stirring up conflict and then selling itself as the only option to confront the conflict it churned up. Wouldn’t it be better to not go looking for a fight in the first place?»

    Ron Paul (*1935), is an American author, physician, and former politician. He served as the U.S. Representative for Texas' 14th and 22nd congressional districts.

    Quoted: Paul, R., (2016). After ‘Brexit,’ Can We Exit a Few Things Too? Ron Paul Institute (published 27-06-2016).
    Origin of photo: David Carlyon / CC BY-SA 3.0

  • Yogi Bhajan
    «If you can’t see God in all, you can’t see God at all.»

    Yogi Bhajan (1929-2004), was the spiritual leader who introduced Kundalini-Yoga in the West.

    Quoted: Kundalini Yoga : The Flow of Eternal Power‎ (1998) by Shakti Pawha Kaur Khalsa
    Origin of photo: The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan / All Right Reserved

  • Ban Ki-moon
    «The world is over-armed and peace is under-funded.»

    Ban Ki-moon (*1944), is a South Korean statesman and politician who was the eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations.

    Quoted: United Nations Office for Disarmament Affaires, 'The world is over-armed and peace is under-funded' (30.08.2012)
    Origin of photo: World Economic Forum / CC BY-SA 2.0

  • Eckhart Tolle
    «To end the misery that is tantalizing mankind for thousands of years, you have to start with yourself and take responsibility at any moment for your inner state ... Be attentive and take care of your thoughts and emotions ... Our consciousness creates our world, and as long as there is no change on this internal level, nothing new will come out of any action.»

    Eckhart Tolle (*1948), is a German-born resident of Canada, best known as the author of The Power of Now and A New Earth: Awakening to your Life's Purpose.

    Quoted: Eckhart Tolle: Eine neue Erde. Bewusstseinssprung anstelle von Selbstzerstörung (Goldmann 2005) pp. 126 & 300.
    Origin of photo: Kyle Hoobin / CC BY-SA 3.0

  • Voltaire
    «Here a law case to examine: it is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large accompaniment and to the sound of trumpets; that's the rule.»

    Voltaire (1694 - 1778), French Enlightenment writer, historian, and philosopher.

    Quoted: Garnier Frères (1878) - Œuvres complètes de Voltaire. Nouvelle Édition, Paris, tome 18, page 435.
    Origin of photo: Musée Carnavalet / Public Domain

  • Albert Camus
    «Nothing is more unforgivable than war and the incitement of people hatred. But once war has erupted it is futile and cowardly to do nothing under the pretext that one was not responsible for the war … Every person has a sphere of influence of varying size … It is individuals who send us to death today – why should it not be up to other individuals to create peace in the world? In the time between birth and death almost nothing is predetermined: one can change everything and even put an end to war and maintain peace if one’s will is long-lasting and strong enough.»

    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French Nobel Prize winning author, journalist and philosopher.

    Quoted: Albert Camus on World War Two and the role of the individual in a seemingly hopeless situation. Diary from 1939, quoted in Marin, L. (Ed.) (2013). Albert Camus – Libertäre Schriften (1948-1960). Hamburg: Laika Verlag, p. 268-273.
    Origin of photo: Mitmensch0812 / CC BY-SA 2.0

  • Allah
    «But if the enemy incline towards peace, do thou also incline towards peace.»

    Allah is the Arabic word referring to God.

    Quoted: Quran, Sura 8:61
    Origin of photo: Wikipedia / Public Domain

  • Dalai Lama
    «We can never find peace in the world if we neglect the inner world and do not make peace with ourselves. World peace must arise from inner peace ... Our battle is not outside, but within ourselves.»

    Dalai Lama (*1935), Buddhist monk, the 14th Dalai Lama. Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.

    Quoted: Convention on «Fear and Anxiety», ETH Zurich, August 4, 2005.
    Origin of photo: kris krüg / CC BY-SA 2.0

  • Frans de Waal
    «In the world we certainly have a problem with hostilities that run out of control. Man is actually a specialist when it comes to excluding others. Humans tend to demonize people of another nationality or religion, generating fear and anger. We then tend to label these groups as non-humans or animals. Then it becomes easy to eliminate the non-humans since one isn’t required to have empathy with them. If I could change the world I would extend the reach of empathy.»

    Frans de Waal (*1948), Dutch zoologist who is specialized in apes.

    Quoted: «Ich glaube, dass wir Tiere sind.» NZZ am Sonntag, April 10, 2011.
    Origin of photo: Catherine Marin / CC BY 2.5

  • Pope Francis
    «War is Madness … Today, too, the victims are many… How is this possible? It is so because in today’s world, behind the scenes, there are interests, geopolitical strategies, lust for money and power, and there is the manufacture and sale of arms, which seem to be so important! »

    Pope Francis (*1936) in Buenos Aires, Argentina has been since 13. March 2013 the 266th Bishop of Rome, Head of the Roman Catholic Church and Sovereign of the Vatican State.

    Quoted: "Papst bei Gedenkfeier zum 1. Weltkrieg: Krieg ist Wahnsinn" on Radio Vatikan, released on 13. September 2014
    Origin of photo: Jeon Han / CC BY-SA 2.0

  • Niccolò Machiavelli
    «Within the benefactions the god of the sky granted the mortals, peace is by far outreaching all the others.»

    Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527), was an Italian Renaissance historian, politician, diplomat, philosopher, humanist, and writer.

    Quoted: L’Entremetteuse Maladroite (1520) - Acte V, Scène IV.
    Origin of photo: Santi di Tito / Public Domain

  • Joseph Anton Schneiderfranken (Bô Yin Râ)
    «If you fid the answer in yourself which brings you peace, then only use it to help others to ask themselves in a right way the same question.»

    Joseph Anton Schneiderfranken (Bô Yin Râ) (1876-1943), was a German poet, painter and theosophist.

    Quoted: Bô Yin Râ, Der Sinn des Daseins (1927)
    Origin of photo: Kober Verlag AG, CH-8640 Rapperswil / CC BY-SA 3.0 DE

  • Kilez More
    «I say the truth, no matter if I'm allowed to or not.»

    Kilez More (*1988), is an political rap artist.

    Quoted: KILEZ MORE - MEDIALE KUGELN [Alchemist 05.05.17]
    Origin of photo: YouTube / Public Domain

  • Muhammad
    «Do you want me to tell you what is even better than fasting, prayer and charity? It is to bring reconciliation.»

    Muhammad (570-632), was a man from Mecca who unified Arabia into a single religious polity under Islam. As it is uncommon to depict him with an image, SIPER is using an Arabic calligraphic script.

    Quoted: Mertek, M., 2012. Türkisch-Deutsches Wörterbuch islamischer Begriffe mit deutsch-türkischem Glossar. Main-Donau Verlag, Frankfurt, Seite 146.
    Origin of photo: Morgan Phoenix / CC BY-SA 3.0

  • YHWH
    «Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shalt thou speak in a cause to decline after many to wrest judgment.»

    YHWH is one of the names of God used in the Hebrew Bible.

    Quoted: Exodus 23:2
    Origin of photo: João Zeferino da Costa / Public Domain

  • Albert Einstein
    «It is up to us whether we find the way of peace, or follow the previous way of brute force that is unworthy of our civilization. On the one hand there are freedom of individuals and security of the communities while on the other side threatens servitude for individuals and destruction of our civilization. Our destiny will be what we deserve.»

    Albert Einstein (1879-1955), Physicist. Einstein was active during World War I in the anti-war movement. In 1921 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics.

    Quoted: Albert Einstein: «Mein Weltbild» (Zürich, Ullstein 2005), p. 65 (first edition published in 1934).
    Origin of photo: Oren Jack Turner / Public Domain

  • Sun Tzu
    «All warfare is based on deception.»

    Sun Tzu (544–496 BCE), was a Chinese military general, strategist, and philosopher.

    Quoted: The Art of War, Chapter 1 (Laying Plans), Point 18.
    Origin of photo: kanegen / CC BY 2.0

  • Dag Hammarskjöld
    «From my father I inherited the belief that no life was more satisfactory than one of selfless service to your country — or to humanity. This service requires a sacrifice of all personal interests, but likewise the courage to stand up unflinchingly for your convictions concerning what is right and good for the community and to remain independent of fashions in opinions.»

    Dag Hammarskjöld (1905-1961), Swedish Deputy Foreign Minister, then UN Secretary-General. Hammarskjold died on 18 September 1961 in an unexplained plane crash. Shortly after his death, he received the Nobel Peace Prize.

    Quoted: New Yorker Radioshow «This I believe», April 1953. Quoted in: Stephan Mögle-Stadel: Dag Hammarskjöld. Vision einer Menschheitsethik (Stuttgart: Verlag Urachhaus, 1999), S. 67.
    Origin of photo: UN/DPI / CC BY 2.0

  • Slavoj Žižek
    «Europe is important, as it stands for ethical values. All the criticism aside, one has to note that Europe has set the great ideas of mankind like freedom, equality and fraternity on the agenda of world history. Those universally valid values cannot be reduced to a particular provenience, identity, ethnic or religious affiliation. We are all universal beings with particular, non-disposable rights. This is an idea coming from the European Age of Enlightenment. The fact that this message of universality is increasingly ignored nowadays is frightening me, and it is sad, because we need a new universalism.»

    Slavoj Žižek (*1949), is a Slovenian psychoanalytic philosopher, cultural critic, and Hegelian Marxist.

    Quoted: Slavoj Žižek in: Patriotismus dominiert das Weltgeschehen. Tages-Anzeiger (31-05-2017).
    Origin of photo: Gisbert H. Drignat / CC BY 2.0

  • Rudolf Steiner
    «To wonder at beauty, stand guard over truth, look up to the noble, decide for the good; leads man on his journey, to goals for his life, to right in his doing, to peace in his feeling, to light in his thought; and teaches him trust in the guidance of God in all that there is: in the world-wide All, in the soul’s deep soil.»

    Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925), Austrian esotericist, philosopher and founding father of Anthroposophy.

    Quoted: Rudolf Steiner (1961). Wahrspruchworte - Abendglockengebet. Rudolf Steiner Verlag, Dornach, p. 84.
    Origin of photo: Wolfgang G. Vögele / Public Domain

  • Johan Galtung
    «Conflicts are not a game that you win or loose. They are often a struggle for survival, well-being, freedom, identity, which means a struggle for the fulfillment of basic human needs ... Conflicts affect the whole person: feelings and thoughts. They demand everything from us. If we do not try our utmost, such feelings may lead to acts of violence. In the form of verbal abuse or physical violence, or both, they will then prevent the fulfillment of these basic needs.»

    Johan Galtung (*1930), Norwegian peace researcher. He founded in 1959 the first International Peace Research Institute in Oslo (PRIO).

    Quoted: Johan Galtung: «Konflikte und Konfliktlösungen. Die Transcend-Methode und ihre Anwendung» (Berlin: Kai Homilius Verlag, 2007), pp. 9;17
    Origin of photo: Arnfinn Pettersen / CC BY-SA 2.0