make love, not war

make love, not war

cliché A slogan promoting peace and love in opposition to war and violence. A: "I say we go in and bomb them back to the Stone Age!" B: "Come on, man, make love, not war!"
See also: make, not, war
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swords into ploughshares

Make peace, not war. This expression comes from the Bible, when the prophet Isaiah has a vision in which people “shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks” (Isaiah 2:4). O. Henry played on this cliché (The Moment of Victory, 1909): “His bayonet beaten into a cheese slicer.” Opponents of the Vietnam War in the 1960s abandoned it altogether and invented the slogan, Make love, not war.
See also: ploughshares, sword
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