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6 Fascinating Quotes about Peace from America's Founding Fathers

America’s Founding Fathers’ are regarded as brave and wise men, whose views were molded by a fight for independence. It’s easy to look to them for wisdom regarding patriotism, war, and justice, but they also thought deeply about peace.

These quotes about peace have been preserved over time. Perhaps we can use them to learn from our nation’s Founding Fathers—men surely familiar with the effects of war.

Let’s take a look at six fascinating quotes about peace from America’s Founding Fathers.


  1. “If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.” —Thomas Paine
  2. “Observe good faith and justice towards all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all.” —George Washington
  3. “Educate and inform the whole mass of the people. Enable them to see that it is their interest to preserve peace and order, and they will preserve them.” —Thomas Jefferson
  4. “I am ever unwilling that [peace] should be disturbed as long as the rights and interests of the nations can be preserved. But whensoever hostile aggressions require a resort to war, we must meet our duty and convince the world that we are just friends and brave enemies.” —Thomas Jefferson
  5. “It is a principle incorporated into the settled policy of America, that as peace is better than war, war is better than tribute.” —James Madison
  6. “To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace.” —George Washington

These quotes were found in’s database.

If you enjoyed this article, you might also be interested in learning what the Founding Fathers had to say about patriotism and liberty.


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