„All your strength is in your union,
All your danger is in discord;
Therefore be at peace henceforward,
And as brothers live together.“

—  Henry Longfellow, Pt. I, The Peace-Pipe, st. 13.
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—  Eugene V. Debs American labor and political leader 1855 - 1926
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—  Morihei Ueshiba founder of aikido 1883 - 1969
Context: The Art of Peace begins with you. Work on yourself and your appointed task in the Art of Peace. Everyone has a spirit that can be refined, a body that can be trained in some manner, a suitable path to follow. You are here to realize your inner divinity and manifest your innate enlightenment. Foster peace in your own life and then apply the Art to all than you encounter. As quoted in Inspire! What Great Leaders Do (2004) by Lance Secretan, p. 45

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—  Nelson Mandela President of South Africa, anti-apartheid activist 1918 - 2013
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