Inspirational Quote of the Day: One by the First Woman Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize


Bertha Felicitas Sophie Freifrau von Suttner (Baroness Bertha von Suttner, née Countess Kinsky, Gräfin Kinsky von Wchinitz und Tettau; 9 June 1843 – 21 June 1914) was an Austrian-Bohemian pacifist and novelist. In 1905 she was the first woman to be solely awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, becoming the second female Nobel laureate after Marie Curie’s 1903 award,[1] and the first Austrian laureate.

n 1889 Suttner became a leading figure in the peace movement with the publication of her pacifist novel, Die Waffen nieder! (“Lay Down Your Arms!”), which made her one of the leading figures of the Austrian peace movement. The book was published in 37 editions and translated into 12 languages. She witnessed the foundation of the Inter-Parliamentary Union and called for the establishment of the Austrian Gesellschaft der Friedensfreunde pacifist organization in a 1891 Neue Freie Presse editorial. Suttner became chairwoman and also founded the German Peace Society the next year. She gained international repute as editor of the international pacifist journal Die Waffen nieder!, named after her book, from 1892 to 1899. In 1897 she presented Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria with a list of signatures urging the establishment of an International Court of Justice and took part in the organisation of the First Hague Conventions in 1899.

5 thoughts on “Inspirational Quote of the Day: One by the First Woman Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize

  1. She won a dynamite prize for failing to secure Peace. I have a deep suspicion that many Peaceniks were in fact in league with Arms manufacturers like Nobel. To sell peace to young white men should have been very easy. They had nothing to gain by war.

    Hermann Goering should have got a Nobel Peace Prize for this quote……Why not a posthumous one now, the quote is more true than ever? (IF he ever said it). “Source:
    Nuremberg Diary (Farrar, Straus & Co 1947), by Gustave Gilbert (an Allied appointed psychologist), who visited daily with Goering and his cronies in their cells, afterwards making notes and ultimately writing the book about these conversations.”

    “Why of course the people don’t want war. Why should some poor slob on
    a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best he can get out of
    it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally the common people
    don’t want war neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in
    Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the
    country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to
    drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist
    dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no
    voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders.
    That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked,
    and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the
    country to danger. It works the same in any country.”

    • It’s too bad that she died on the eve of WW I. Her writings might have taken an interesting turn if she had lived. Whites fighting whites is a horrific thing.

      As to Goering’s quote, the Vietnam war was sold so that if you were against it, you were anti-American. Was Jane Fonda a dupe? She’s still hated. After 9/11, everyone rallied around the idea of endless war.

      • I read much of “War What For” published by the Wobblies (Commies) the IWW. “International Workers of the World” in 1911. Rough quote from the book:

        “Yankee soldier in the 1860s “I never saw a rebel except a dead one or a prisoner. Soldiers standing next to me would get shot in the head from 500 yards away by an enemy that I never saw”.

        Why would any sane man volunteer in 1914 if he first read that? 300,000 Australian suckers volunteered for WWI. 60,000 were killed and 140,000 were wounded. As the book title says – what for? In the 1960s Britain dumped loyal Australia and New Zealand like a deadbeat nigger dad, when joining the EEC.

  2. People who have good inside of them will edify people who have good inside of them. . They that don’t have good in them will try to make others seem to not have good in them using good for nothing words. God unseen is the only thing that is good.

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