Peace

"Since the advent of nuclear weapons, it seems clear that there is no longer any alternative to peace, if there is to be a happy and well world."

  - Remarks at the Department of State 1954 Honor Awards Ceremony, October 19, 1954

"There can be no true disarmament without peace, and there can be no real peace without very material disarmament."


  - Remarks at the Republican Women's National Conference, May 10, 1955

"The peace we seek and need means much more than mere absence of war. It means the acceptance of law, and the fostering of justice, in all the world."

  - Radio and Television Report to the American People on the Developments in Eastern Europe and the Middle East, October 31, 1956

"In vast stretches of the earth, men awoke today in hunger. They will spend the day in unceasing toil. And as the sun goes down they will still know hunger. They will see suffering in the eyes of their children. Many despair that their labor will ever decently shelter their families or protect them against disease. So long as this is so, peace and freedom will be in danger throughout our world. For wherever free men lose hope of progress, liberty will be weakened and the seeds of conflict will be sown."

  - Remarks of Welcome to the Delegates to the Tenth Colombo Plan Meeting, Seattle, Washington, November 10, 1958

"I like to believe that people, in the long run, are going to do more to promote peace than our governments. Indeed, I think that people want peace so much that one of these days governments had better get out of the way and let them have it."

  - Radio and Television Broadcast With Prime Minister Macmillan in London, August 31, 1959

"So - our readiness to meet and defeat this kind of possible attack is forced upon us, both as a potent preventive of actual war and to insure survival in event of attack. This alertness to danger has to be translated into specific policies and activities in the several parts of the world where our rights - our way of life - can be seriously damaged. Work of this kind occupies my days and nights."

  - Letter from DDE to Hallock Brown Hoffman, February 7, 1955

"I have said time and again there is no place on this earth to which I would not travel, there is no chore I would not undertake if I had any faintest hope that, by so doing, I would promote the general cause of world peace."

  - The President's News Conference, March 23, 1955

"As for myself and for the Secretary of State and others involved, including those in the Legislature, we stand ready to do anything, to meet with anyone, anywhere, as long as we may do so in self-respect, demanding the respect due this Nation, and there is any slightest idea or chance of furthering this great cause of peace."

  - Remarks at the Republican Women's National Conference, May 10, 1955

"For a just and lasting peace, here is my solemn pledge to you: by dedication and patience we will continue, as long as I remain your President, to work for this simple - this single - this exclusive goal."

  - Address at Byrd Field, Richmond, Virginia, October 29, 1956

"The building of such a peace is a bold and solemn purpose. To proclaim it is easy. To serve it will be hard. And to attain it, we must be aware of its full meaning - and ready to pay its full price."

  - Second Inaugural Address, January 21, 1957

"For all that we cherish and justly desire - for ourselves or for our children - the securing of peace is the first requisite."

  - Radio and Television Address to the American People on the Need for Mutual Security in Waging the Peace, May 21, 1957

"Having established as our goals a lasting world peace with justice and the security of freedom on this earth, we must be prepared to make whatever sacrifices are demanded as we pursue this path to its end."

  - Remarks at the Fort Pitt Chapter, Association of the United States Army May 31, 1961