International Day Of Peace is marked annually on Sept. 21 to strengthen the ideals of peace by observing a day of non-violence and cease-fire.

The United Nations General Assembly established the International Day of Peace in 1981. However, in 2001, the day was unanimously voted to be designated as a period of non-violence and cease-fire.

The theme for this year's International Day of Peace is: "End racism. Build peace," as harmony can be only achieved in a society where people are treated equally, regardless of their race.

Here are some quotes about peace that will bring hope to your lives, courtesy Parade:

  1. "It is not enough to win a war; it is more important to organize the peace." ― Aristotle
  2. Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures." — President John F. Kennedy
  3. "Peace is not something you wish for. It is something you make, something you are, something you do, and something you give away." ― Robert Fulghum
  4. "If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner." — Nelson Mandela
  5. "Peace is the only battle worth waging." — Albert Camus
  6. "To forgive is the highest, most beautiful form of love. In return, you will receive untold peace and happiness." — Robert Muller
  7. "Peace is a day-to-day problem, the product of a multitude of events and judgments. Peace is not an 'is,' it is a 'becoming.'" — Haile Selassie
  8. "Peace is not absence of conflict; it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means." — President Ronald Reagan
  9. "Do not be afraid to take a chance on peace, to teach peace, to live peace... Peace will be the last word of history." — Pope John Paul II
  10. "Peace is not the highest goal in life. It is the most fundamental requirement." — Sadhguru
  11. "World peace can be achieved when, in each person, the power of love replaces the love of power." — Sri Chinmoy
  12. "Of all our dreams today, there is none more important—or so hard to realize—than that of peace in the world." — Lester B. Pearson
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