The world has had many great leaders over the course of history. Leaders that have earned our respect for being able to think strategically and make the right decisions in times of trouble.  However, the ones that we love the most are the ones who not only talked about peace, but actually did whatever they could to maintain it.

But making this world a better place is not a one man job, no matter how great he is. We all have to contribute in some way in order to make our world a safer and less chaotic place. And the first step would be to become better individuals ourselves.

Peace starts with you, when you act from a place of kindness and understanding. When you learn to say ‘sorry’ because you’ve made a mistake. When you are able to accept that others can have different opinions and not take that as a personal attack.

Peace starts when you become a voice for the ones that are not heard. When you no longer ignore people that are marginalized or left out because they’re not ‘your problem’.

Here are 27 peace quotes to make you strive for a better world:

When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.

JIMI HENDRIX

Peace is more important than all justice; and peace was not made for the sake of justice, but justice for the sake of peace.

MARTIN LUTHER

World peace must develop from inner peace. Peace is not just mere absence of violence. Peace is, I think, the manifestation of human compassion.

DALAI LAMA (more Dalai Lama quotes)

Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding.

RALPH WALDO EMERSON

There is no ‘way to peace,’ there is only ‘peace.’

MAHATMA GANDHI (more Mahatma Gandhi quotes)

Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures.

JOHN F. KENNEDY

Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.

NELSON MANDELA (more Nelson Mandela quotes)

It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.

ELEANOR ROOSEVELT

Peace can become a lens through which you see the world. Be it. Live it. Radiate it out. Peace is an inside job.

WAYNE DYER

When you do the right thing, you get the feeling of peace and serenity associated with it. Do it again and again.

ROY T. BENNETT

We do not need guns and bombs to bring peace, we need love and compassion.

MOTHER TERESA (more Mother Teresa quotes)

Forgiveness equals inner peace — more peaceful people equals more world peace.

RICHARD BRANSON

Peace is not absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.

RONALD REAGAN

You can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.

MALCOLM X (more Malcolm X quotes)

We must restore hope to young people, help the old, be open to the future, spread love. Be poor among the poor. We need to include the excluded and preach peace.

POPE FRANCIS

Non-violence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him.

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR (more Martin Luther King Jr. quotes)

The lessons from the peace process are clear; whatever life throws at us, our individual responses will be all the stronger for working together and sharing the load.

QUEEN ELIZABETH II

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

Peace does not mean an absence of conflicts; differences will always be there. Peace means solving these differences through peaceful means; through dialogue, education, knowledge; and through humane ways.

DALAI LAMA

Be a peacemaker in everyday life. Display peace in everything you do. Be peace. Live in peace.

BUDDHIST PROVERB

Peace demands the most heroic labor and the most difficult sacrifice. It demands greater heroism than war. It demands greater fidelity to the truth and a much more perfect purity of conscience.

THOMAS MERTON

It is not enough to say we must not wage war. It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it.

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.

Peace and friendship with all mankind is our wisest policy, and I wish we may be permitted to pursue it.

THOMAS JEFFERSON

The most valuable possession you can own is an open heart. The most powerful weapon you can be is an instrument of peace.

CARLOS SANTANA

Peace has to be created, in order to be maintained. It will never be achieved by passivity and quietism.

DOROTHY THOMPSON

While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart.

ST FRANCIS OF ASSISI

Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding.

ALBERT EINSTEIN