Peace Pilgrim, born Mildred Lisette Norman Ryder

Peace
Pilgrim, born Mildred Lisette Norman Ryder
1908
1981

American Peace Activist, Pacifist, Vegetarian and first woman to hike the entire Appalachian Trail

Author Quotes

After that...there is a feeling of always being surrounded by all the good things, like love and peace and joy. It seems like a protective surrounding, and there is an unshakeableness within, which takes you through any situations you need to face.

I sat high upon a hill overlooking rural New England. The day before I had slipped out of harmony, and the evening before I had thought to God: "It seems to me that if I could always remain in harmony I could be of greater usefulness - for every time I slip out of harmony it impairs my usefulness. And when I woke up in the morning I was back again on the mountaintop and I knew I would never need to descend again into the valley.

I was out walking in the early morning. All of a sudden I felt very uplifted, more uplifted than I had ever been. I remember I knew timelessness and spacelessness and lightness. I did not seem to be walking on the earth...but...every flower, every bush, every tree, seemed to wear a halo. There was a light emanation around everything and flecks of gold fell like slanted rain through the air...The most important part was not the phenomena: the important part of it was the realization of the oneness of all creation.

We can work on inner peace and world peace at the same time. On one hand, people have found inner peace by losing themselves in a cause larger than themselves, like the cause of world peace, because finding inner peace means coming from the self-centered life into the life centered in the good of the whole. On the other hand, one of the ways of working for world peace is to work for more inner peace, because world peace will never be stable until enough of us find inner peace to stabilize it.

To attain inner peace you must actually give your life, not just your possessions. When you at last give your life -- bringing into alignment your beliefs and the way you live then, and only then, can you begin to find inner peace.

Praying without ceasing is not ritualized, nor are there even words. It is a constant state of awareness of oneness with God.

People see themselves as the center of the universe and judge everything as it relates to them.

Live in the present. Do the things that need to be done. Do all the good you can each day. The future will unfold.

Before the tongue can speak, it must have lost the power to wound.

Anything you strive to hold captive will hold you captive and if you desire freedom you must give freedom.

We are all cells in the body of humanity.

Unnecessary possessions are unnecessary burdens. If you have them, you have to take care of them! There is great freedom in simplicity of living. It is those who have enough but not too much who are the happiest.

The simplification of life is one of the steps to inner peace. A persistent simplification will create an inner and outer well-being that places harmony in one's life.

Anything you cannot relinquish when it has outlived its usefulness possesses you. And in this materialistic age, a great many of us are possessed by our possessions.

If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought.

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First Name
Peace
Last Name
Pilgrim, born Mildred Lisette Norman Ryder
Birth Date
1908
Death Date
1981
Bio

American Peace Activist, Pacifist, Vegetarian and first woman to hike the entire Appalachian Trail