"War is not the quintessential emergency in which man has to prove himself, as my generation learned at its school desks in the days of the Kaiser rather, peace is the emergency in which we all have to prove ourselves."
"When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace."Gustav Heinemann on Jimi Hendrix
"An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind."Gustav Heinemann on Mahatma Gandhi
"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other."Gustav Heinemann on Mother Teresa
"I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality... I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word."Gustav Heinemann on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us, and the world will be as one."Gustav Heinemann on John Lennon
"The time has come - and must come - for multilateral conversations about a secure peace in all of Europe."
"The first thing I see is the obligation to serve peace."
"Beyond peace, there is no longer any existence possible."
"Trust cannot be commanded and yet it is also correct that the only one who earns trust is the one who is prepared to grant trust."
"One of our most noble political tasks is to open up trust."