Top 10 Most Peaceful People in History

The Top Ten
1 Jesus Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem, Palestine. He was born to Mary, as the bible says "she was found with child of the Holy Ghost" (Matthew 1:18). He was both man and God (John 20:28). According to the bible He is God alone (Deuteronomy 6:4)... read more

Jesus is the reason we can go to heaven when we die. He came down to Earth and lived with us, in a world of sin. Then he died for us. For us! If he really didn't love us, He would have just stayed up in the comforts of Heaven. But He did not do that.

To be saved, you have to have total faith in Jesus, to trust that He came to earth and took all your sins away. You have to realize that no matter what you do, you can never be good enough for Heaven, and you need Jesus to take your sins away.

I am a Christian, and I have peace in my life. For those of you who are wondering what is missing in your life, this is what you're missing: Jesus.

2 Muhammad Muhammad ibn Abdullah (570 AD - 632 AD) was an Arab religious, social, and political leader and the founder of the world religion of Islam. According to Islamic doctrine, he was a prophet, divinely inspired to preach and confirm the monotheistic teachings of Adam, Abraham, Moses, Jesus, and other prophets... read more

Muhammad (peace be upon him) is the kindest and most soft-hearted person in the world. When he was born in Arabia, Arabian society had the practice of burying their own daughters alive after birth. Muhammad (peace be upon him) abolished this system and granted women their rights.

He eliminated the differences between rich and poor, black and white, master and slave, upper caste and lower caste. Muhammad (peace be upon him) is the kindest, most peaceful, and most beautifully hearted person in the entire world. He was also the first person to assert that all people are equal.

He taught never to bully someone or hurt anyone's feelings. He did many more kind acts and overcame numerous challenges. I love him so much.

3 Mahatma Gandhi Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was the preeminent leader of the Indian independence movement in British-ruled India.

He was very kind, honest, and had an okay sense of humor. When he was five, he stole a statue from a temple with his friends, but he was the only one who admitted it! He believed in non-violence, and my favorite quote from him relates to the fact he embraced all religions. He was probably the kindest man of the modern world. As an Indian, when India was fighting for independence, he thought only to protest and didn't even argue when thrown in jail for it. Basically, he is the best.

I've read Mahatma Gandhi's book "My Experiments with Truth." Really, what a great book, man. He mentioned everything about his life, the good and the bad, and whatnot. I am 21 now. Maybe I've understood a very small percentage (maximum 30%) of that book. But I want to understand each and every line in it. It's very interesting and emotional. I like Gandhi. I am going to convert to non-veganism because I am very influenced by Mr. Gandhi. Love you, man.

4 Gautama Buddha Gautama Buddha, also known as Siddhārtha Gautama, Shakyamuni Buddha, or simply the Buddha, after the title of Buddha, was an ascetic and sage, on whose teachings Buddhism was founded.

Many people love political and Western figures, thinking they're the most kind, deep, and empathetic. Jesus and Mohammad were great figures, and many see them as holy or godly. But Buddha is arguably the single most caring, peaceful, and kind person in the last 3,000 years. He lived before Jesus and Mohammad but found similar truths and the middle way, between rigid minimalism and bold materialism.

His kindness, love, fairness, kindness to animals, and ways inspired perhaps billions. He is less of a 'lord' and more of a healer who just wanted peace, love, and equality to brighten the world.

5 Martin Luther King, Jr.

I mean, not having any intention to seek revenge for the mistreatment of black people? Peace.

Martin Luther King Jr. significantly reduced racism in America. He was an amazing person.

He was a civil rights leader! Come on.

6 Nelson Mandela Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013) was a South African anti-apartheid activist who served as the first president of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the country's first black head of state and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election. His government... read more

He was a special man who was sent to prison for standing up for what he believed in and was incarcerated for 27 years. When he was released, he chose to forgive rather than to retaliate.

He could have remained a violent, bitter terrorist after being in prison for decades. Instead, he changed his ways and helped his country peacefully end apartheid.

We are learning about Africa in school, and to be honest, from what I've heard about Nelson, he is incredibly kind.

7 Mother Teresa Mother Teresa (26 August 1910 – 5 September 1997), also known as Saint Teresa of Calcutta, was an Albanian-Indian Roman Catholic nun and missionary. Although her passport name was Mary Teresa Bojaxhiu, she was born Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu, in Üsküb—now Skopje, capital of North Macedonia. After... read more

As an Albanian, Mother Teresa was one of the greatest persons in the history of mankind. She proved this by contributing in as many aspects as she could to make life easier for people living in poor countries.

Mother Teresa is a Nobel Peace Prize-winning Christian nun who will forever be remembered as one of the holiest Christians ever.

She demonstrated what a person, not only Catholic or religious, but anyone, should be and do. She was the embodiment of goodness and selflessness.

8 Abraham Lincoln Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865) was an American lawyer and statesman who served as the 16th president of the United States from 1861 until his assassination in 1865. Lincoln led the nation through the American Civil War and succeeded in preserving the Union, abolishing slavery,... read more

He was a very peaceful person who did much for human rights. He can be called a champion of human rights. He abolished the slavery system in the U.S.

If it wasn't for him, black slavery might never have ended.

He was an amazing president to us all.

9 John Lennon John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (9 October 1940 - 8 December 1980) was an English singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a co-founder of the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music. He was assassinated by Mark David Chapman on December 8, 1980 at age... read more

John Lennon is a peace on earth icon. He represented more than just The Beatles. He was the symbol of anti-war. He preached for peace and love in almost all of his songs. His ideas were simple yet creative, and he was able to express all of them through the infamous music that he created.

John Lennon is an inspiration to all who campaign against war. Lennon should definitely place somewhere in the top 7.

Though he has physically abused his wife and stated that he is more famous than Jesus, John Lennon is an influential man of his time and inspirational at that. As others before me, I completely agree that our generation is in need of his creative mindset and to help

those who can't see the peace in our world. He is an inspiration to most and still is to this day.

10 Michael Jackson Michael Jackson (Michael Joseph Jackson; August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) was an American singer, dancer, and songwriter. He passed away from cardiac arrest caused by a propofol and benzodiazepine overdose on June 25, 2009. He donated (at least) a remarkable 500,000,000 dollars to charity. Michael... read more

The King of Giving didn't just write songs about racial brotherhood, togetherness, and world peace. He had an impressively huge heart behind closed doors. His legacy has always been about love and peace. Michael's lifelong philanthropy is listed in the Guinness World Records. In death, upon his orders, his estate is continuing the gift of giving to others. He is truly worthy of mention among the peacemakers.

Michael truly was one of the kindest souls to ever exist. From a young age, he always wanted to make the world a better place, and that was his dream. He fought hard for it and devoted countless hours helping the less fortunate, away from the spotlight.

Michael not only inspired others through his songs but also through his own actions. He made me a better person.

The Contenders
11 Socrates Socrates was a classical Greek philosopher credited as one of the founders of Western philosophy, and as being the first moral philosopher, of the Western ethical tradition of thought.

He killed himself rather than change his opinion to appease the masses.

The unexamined life is not worth living.

12 Fred Rogers Fred McFeely Rogers was an American television personality, musician, puppeteer, writer, producer, and Presbyterian minister.

Quite possibly the best human being who ever lived! I see myself as a very good person, but I can't hold a candle to Mr. Rogers.

If anyone was as perfect and peaceful as this man, we would never die, for he who is free of faults will never perish.

I came here just because I wanted to confirm my suspicion that he was the kindest person ever. He should be number one on the list.

13 Pope John Paul II Pope John Paul II served as Pope and sovereign of the Vatican City State from 1978 to 2005. He is called Saint John Paul the Great by some Catholics.

He ended the Cold War peacefully with the help of Ronald Reagan.

14 Confucius Confucius was a Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher of the Spring and Autumn period of Chinese history. He is the founder of the religion with the same name as him. Confucius believed he was doing the Will of Ti'en (God or 'Heaven') by preaching ethics.

Although he may make patriotism seem overrated, his philosophy is very peaceful. He opposes all kinds of war and refrains from doing anything he wouldn't want done to himself.

Probably one of the most peaceful people who ever lived. This man believed in peace and nothing but peace.

As a Filipino girl, I think this man was really nice.

15 Selena Gomez Selena Marie Gomez is an American actress and singer. She is best known for songs like "Come & Get It", "Good For You", "Same Old Love", and "It Ain't Me". Selena Gomez's voice is mezzo-soprano but she usually sings in alto. She is best known for her role as Alex Russo in Wizards of Waverly Place.

Selena Gomez is just a wonderful person who donates money and is the greatest singer I can think of.

She is so kind. I saw one of her videos where she was giving money to the poor.

16 Abraham Abraham, originally Abram, is the first of the three biblical patriarchs. His story, told in chapters 11 through 25 of the Book of Genesis, plays a prominent role as an example of faith in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. According to the bible, God called upon him and told him 'through your son, Isaac,... read more
17 Alexander Hamilton Alexander Hamilton was an American statesman, politician, legal scholar, military commander, lawyer, banker, and economist. He was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States.
18 Josip Broz Tito Josip Broz (7 May 1892, Kumrovec – 4 May 1980, Ljubljana), commonly known as Tito, was a Yugoslav communist revolutionary and statesman, serving in various roles until his death in 1980. During World War II he was the leader of the Partisans, often regarded as the most effective resistance movement... read more

Josip Broz Tito remarkably united Serbs, Croats, Bosniaks, Slovenes, Macedonians, Montenegrins, and major minorities such as Albanians and Hungarians in one seemingly impossible country - Yugoslavia. For decades, he made them believe in their mutual affection. It's notable that Yugoslavia was united after WWII, a time when most of these smaller states were either puppet fascist states under Hitler's or Mussolini's regimes or parts of Italy.

As a result, these separated people had been involved in hunting and genocide against each other. Tito united them all under one flag as equal nations, accomplishing what seemed an impossible task. Today, these nations may not fully grasp that strength lies in unity and that national pride, while important, has its limits before history repeats itself, potentially leading them to become puppet states once more or, worse, vanish from history as some other nation rises. The Balkans is where East/West and South/North converge.

19 Leo Tolstoy Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy, usually referred to in English as Leo Tolstoy, was a Russian writer who is regarded as one of the greatest authors of all time.
20 Swami Vivekananda Swami Vivekananda (12 January 1863 – 4 July 1902), born Narendranath Datta, was an Indian Hindu monk, a chief disciple of the 19th-century Indian mystic Ramakrishna... read more

A true and absolute man of God, in the sense of God being a universal being.

And yes, he was more peaceful than anyone else on this list.

He was a powerful leader and a great motivator.

21 George Washington George Washington (February 22, 1732– December 14, 1799) was an American military officer, statesman, and Founding Father who served as the first president of the United States from 1789 to 1797. Appointed by the Continental Congress as commander of the Continental Army, Washington led the Patriot... read more
22 Diana, Princess of Wales Diana, Princess of Wales (born Lady Diana Frances Spencer; 1 July 1961 - 31 August 1997), was the first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales, who is the eldest child and heir apparent of Queen Elizabeth II, and the mother of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex... read more

Princess Diana was beautiful on the outside and inside. She was a caring person and would be queen now if King Charles hadn't committed his selfish act. She helped sick people and those in need and was also nice in regular talk as well. It's so sad what happened, even though I was not even born when she died.

If you disagreed with Princess Diana, she was not in the habit of having you executed, and none of her followers would murder you either. How many above her on this "peace" list could say the same?

I think only a woman is able to love the world with all her heart. Men usually do good things because of some woman in their life, and Diana was the best, sincere, fragile, strong, and most beautiful person doing good and not playing a goddess.

23 Elizabeth II Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary; 21 April 1926 – 8 September 2022) was Queen of the United Kingdom and 14 other Commonwealth realms from 6 February 1952 until her death in 2022. Elizabeth was born in Mayfair, London, as the first child of the Duke and Duchess of York (later King George VI and... read more

She is so beautiful. I just view her as the queen of her era.

She was fair to whoever and whatever country she might have had to rule and promoted equal rights.

24 Ronald Reagan Ronald Wilson Reagan (1911-2004) was an American politician and actor who was 40th President of the United States from 1981 to 1989 . Prior to his presidency, he was the 33rd Governor of California from 1967 to 1975, following a career as a Hollywood actor and union leader until his death in 2004
25 B. R. Ambedkar Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar (14 April 1891 – 6 December 1956), popularly known as Babasaheb or B. R. Ambedkar, was an Indian jurist, economist, politician and social reformer who inspired the Dalit Buddhist movement and campaigned against social discrimination towards Untouchables (Dalits), while also... read more

An individual who fought against discrimination.

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