I posted this long ago, but it deserves to be reposted. This list was compiled by my dear friend Scaughdt.

As shown below, there a tenants of every major world religion that directly reflect the Truth:  that the “Way to Peace” is attained through active, selfless compassion given willingly to one’s enemies … In other words, Peace comes while being kind when least inclined …


Buddhism — “Hatreds never cease through hatred in this world; through love alone they cease. This eternal law conquers anger with love. Conquer evil with goodness.”

~ Buddha (in the Dhammapada 5 & 223)

Christianity — “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”

~ Paul (in Romans 12:21)

Confucianism — “He whose heart is in the smallest degree set upon goodness will dislike no one.” ~ Confucius (in Analects 4:3-4)

Hinduism — “One should never harm the wicked … or even criminals traditionally meriting death. A noble soul will ever exercise compassion, even towards those who enjoy injuring others … even to those of cruel deeds while they are actually committing them.”

~ Ramayana (in Yuddha Kanda 115)

Islam — “God will ordain love between you and those whom you hold as enemies.  For God has power over all things; and God is most merciful.”

~ Muhammad (in the Qur’an 60:7)

Jainism — “Have benevolence towards all living beings, joy at the sight of the virtuous, compassion for the afflicted, and kindness towards the indolent and ill-behaved.”

~ Unknown (in Tattvarthasutra 7:11)


Judaism — “Aid an enemy before you aid a friend.”

~ Tosefta (in Baba Metzia 2:26)

Mormonism — “They had rather sacrifice their lives than even to take the life of their enemy; and they have buried their weapons of war deep in the earth, because of their love towards their brethren.”  ~ Book of Mormon (in Alma 26:32)


Sikhism — “Those who beat you with fists, do not pay them in the same coin.  But go to their houses and kiss their feet.” ~ Unknown (in Adi Granth, Shalok Farid pg. 1378)

Taoism — “I treat those who are good with goodness, and I also treat those who are not good with goodness.  Thus goodness is attained … Do good to him who has done you an injury.” ~ Lao Tsu (in the Tao Te Ching verse 49 & 63)

Zoroastrianism — “May love triumph over contempt.”

~ Unknown (in Yasna 60:5)