Óscar Arias Sánchez (b. September 13, 1940 in Heredia, Costa Rica) was President of Costa Rica from 1986 to 1990 and from 2006 to 2010. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1987 for his efforts to end the Central American crisis. He is also a recipient of the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism and a trustee of Economists for Peace and Security. In 2003, he was elected to the Board of Directors of the International Criminal Court's Trust Fund for Victims. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)
I cannot accept that to be realistic means to tolerate misery, violence and hate.
I do not believe that the hungry man should be treated as subversive for expressing his suffering.
I shall never accept that the law can be used to justify tragedy, to keep things as they are, to make us abandon our ideas of a different world.
It is essential that justice be done, and it is equally vital that justice not be confused with revenge, for the two are wholly different.
Justice and peace can only thrive together, never apart.
Law is the path of liberty, and must as such open the way to progress for everyone.
Nuclear arms kill many people all at once, but other weapons kill many people, little by little, every day, everywhere in the world.
Only peace can write the new history.
Peace consists, very largely, in the fact of desiring it with all one's soul.
Peace is not a dream; it is hard work, and there is nothing naive, glamorous or simplistic about it.
Peace is not the product of a victory or a command. It has no finishing line, no final deadline, no fixed definition of achievement. Peace is a never-ending process, the work of many decisions.
The effect of one good-hearted person is incalculable.
The more freedom we enjoy, the greater the responsibility we bear, toward others as well as ourselves.
The most deadly disease truly is the failure of the heart.
War, and the preparation for war, are the two greatest obstacles to human progress, fostering a vicious cycle of arms buildups, violence and poverty.
When hope is born, it is necessary to unite courage with wisdom. Only then is it possible to avoid violence.