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).

According To The Christian Bible, Jesus' purpose on Earth was redemption and salvation. While He was on Earth he healed the sick, brought the dead back... read more

Jesus of Nazareth, also known as Jesus the Christ, Jesus Christ, Christ Jesus, or simply Jesus, was one of the nicest people in history. According to his teachings, it is always good to give to those in need and to treat all people (the key word being "all") with equal respect and care. Additionally, he taught the importance of being your best self, being selfless, caring, and forgiving. One notable example is when he saved a woman from being stoned for committing adultery. His followers were about to stone her, but he said, "Those without sin, cast the first stone." This implies that we all make mistakes, and we should forgive others. He even forgave those responsible for his execution, if you believe in that. I'm not a Christian, but it's undeniable that he was an incredibly nice guy, possibly with Buddha in second place.

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. He is believed to be the Seal of the Prophets within Islam. Muhammad united Arabia into a single... read more

He's the best person to ever walk on the Earth. Many people cry when they hear about his character. He was the kindest, most generous, and held the most compassion any human being could ever hold. He forgave those whom people would kill at first sight, and he was extremely humble, often asking forgiveness from his lord, though he had no record of bad deeds. Many people say bad things about him with no proof. It makes me sigh to hear such comments. In short, the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) was the best person the Earth has ever seen and will see.

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 (max. 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.

The kindest person in the entire world is Lord Buddha. He spread kindness to all living beings. Upon waking each morning, he would search for helpless people to assist. His ability to influence one's mind is incomparable. On many occasions, he created peace in society. In a previous birth, he had the opportunity to attain Nirvana without teaching others how to reach it. However, he chose to attain Samma Sambuddhahood so he could guide others on the path to liberation from sorrow and Nirvana. He lived a normal life until he accumulated all the merits necessary to achieve Samma Sambuddhahood.

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. 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 focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid by fostering racial reconciliation. Ideologically... read more

He was a special man and was sent to prison for standing up to what he believed in and got sent to jail for 27 years. When he got out, he forgave, not fought back.

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 damn 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 living in Skopje for eighteen years, she moved to Ireland and then to India, where she lived for most... 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 leave this Earth as one of the holiest Christians ever.

She showed what a person, not only Catholic or religious, anyone, should be and do. She was the impersonation 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, bolstering the federal government, and modernizing the U.S. economy... read more

Lincoln: "Michael Jackson the pedophile is ahead of me? Hmm, tough crowd. I guess I need to take another nation through an incredible struggle and free another large group of people to beat him. Wait, Mother Theresa is #7?! What, man, I quit!"

He is a very peaceful person. He 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.

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 40. Lennon was characterised by the rebellious nature and acerbic wit in his music, writing and drawings,... 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.

Millions of young people adored this man and his wife, Yoko Ono. In the world today, there is an urgent need for the revival of his ideas, to inspire our youth to have another goal in life than becoming rich!

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 is also known as The King of Pop (a title given to him by Elizabeth Taylor) or under the initials MJ... 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 & 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.

An interview with the Captain EO dancers revealed how Michael felt devastated when one of the dancers killed a bee. He said, "That bee had a soul too, Tony." And he was not joking.

When his vocal coach Seth Riggs killed a fly in front of him, tears appeared in his eyes, and he told Seth, "It was enjoying its freedom, living its life, and you ended it." And he was not joking.

He even had compassion for insects.

He was one of those few people who - quite literally - couldn't hurt a fly.

He was persecuted in one of the most mean-spirited witch hunts in American history, and still, in the middle of it all, he thought about an old man, the founder of Sony, who suffered a stroke, and sent him a "healing tape". If you listen to it and you still believe he could harm anyone, you need your head checked.

Even in 2005, when his life was at stake, he found the strength to think about Tom Mesereau's dying sister and a cancer-stricken fan. He still opened the gates of Neverland for hundreds of strangers who could enjoy the place for free.

And even after that horrible trial, which almost - literally - killed him, he went to orphanages and still dreamed about building hospitals for kids.

In the words of Wayne Dyer, who spent days with him in Neverland:

"This was the kindest, sweetest, most beautiful human being, and I trusted my children with him, obviously.

More than a great entertainer, this was a great man who had lived a tortured life, particularly in the last several years of his life. Being accused of those kinds of things when his heart was so pure... it took a huge toll on him.

My time with him those five days back in 1991 solidified for me that this was a transcendent being who had not only enormous talent but a heart as big as the sky."

The Newcomers

? Bilquis Edhi Bilquis Bano Edhi HI was a Pakistani nurse who helped save the lives of over 16,000 children. During her career as a nurse and marriage to Abdul Sattar Edhi, she was one of the most active philanthropists in Pakistan.
? Yoko Ono Yoko Ono is a Japanese multimedia artist, singer, songwriter, and peace activist who is also known for her work in performance art, music, and filmmaking. Singer-songwriter John Lennon of the Beatles was her third husband.
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 on here just because I was going to make sure I was right in suspecting he was the kindest person ever. He should be #1 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 makes patriotism overrated, his philosophy is very peaceful. He opposes all kinds of war and doesn't do anything he wouldn't want to get.

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 dude 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 could 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, will come a great nation.' He was given a son at the age of 100. One day, God spoke to him and... 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.

My favorite president.

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 in occupied Europe.

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.

He was a key figure in the introduction of the Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the Western world and is credited with raising interfaith awareness, bringing Hinduism to the status of a major world religion during the... 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 forces to victory in the American Revolutionary War and served as the president of the Constitutional... 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.

She married Prince Charles on 29 July 1981, and separated from him in 1992 before finally divorcing him... 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 done 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 Queen Elizabeth). Her father acceded to the throne in 1936 upon the abdication of his brother, King... read more

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

She is very charismatic.

She was fair to whoever and whatever country she might have had to rule and made 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 supporting the rights of women and labour. He was Independent India's first law minister, the principal... read more

An individual who fought against discrimination.

He was a peaceful man.

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