We utterly deny all outward wars and strife and fighting with outward weapons for any end or under any pretense whatsoever; this is our testimony to the whole world . . . .
Excerpts from a Statement by the Quakers to King Charles II (1660)
“I told them I knew from whence all wars arose…and that I lived in the virtue of that life and power that took away the occasion of all wars; and that I was come into the covenant of peace which was before all wars and strife.”
George Fox, founder of Quakerism (1650)