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Abba Eban Quotes

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History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely
only after they have exhausted all other alternatives.
- Abba Eban

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It is our experience that political leaders do not
always mean the opposite of what they say.
- Abba Eban

Better to be disliked than pitied.
- Abba Eban

The Jews are the living embodiment of the minority,
the constant reminder of what duties societies owe their minorities,
whoever they might be.
- Abba Eban

 

You can't achieve anything without getting in someone's way.
- Abba Eban

Men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted
all the other alternatives.
- Abba Eban

I think that this is the first war in history that
on the morrow the victors sued for peace and the vanquished
called for unconditional surrender.
- Abba Eban


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Consensus is what many people say in chorus but do
not believe as individuals.
- Abba Eban

A consensus means that everyone agrees to say collectively
what no one believes individually.
- Abba Eban

If Algeria introduced a resolution declaring that the
earth was flat and that Israel had flattened it,
it would pass by a vote of 164 to 13 with 26 abstentions.
- Abba Eban

Time and again these governments have rejected proposals today -
and longed for them tomorrow.
- Abba Eban

One of the chief tasks of any dialogue with the Gentile
world is to prove that the distinction between anti-Semitism
and anti-Zionism is not a distinction at all.
- Abba Eban

His ignorance is encyclopedic.
- Abba Eban

Lest Arab governments be tempted out of sheer routine
to rush into impulsive rejection,
let me suggest that tragedy is not what men suffer but what they miss.
- Abba Eban

A statesman who keeps his ear permanently glued to
the ground will have neither elegance of posture nor flexibility of movement.
- Abba Eban

A small body of determined spirits
fired by an unquenchable faith
in their mission
can alter the course of history.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Yesterday is history,
tomorrow is a mystery.
Today is a gift.
That is why it is called Present.
- Anonymous

Live out of your imagination, not your history.
- Stephen Covey

Well-behaved women seldom make history.
- Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

It is the soothing thing about history that it does repeat itself.
- Gertrude Stein

History is the sum total of things that could have been avoided.
- Konrad Adenauer

You have to look at history as an evolution of society.
- Jean Chretien

In the long history of humankind (and animal-kind, too)
those who learned to collaborate and
improvise most effectively have prevailed.
- Charles Darwin

History is more or less bunk.
- Henry Ford

History is a gallery of pictures in which there are
few originals and many copies.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

History is a tool used by politicians to justify their intentions.
- Ted Koppel

Everything we say, do, think, and feel
is a product of our personal history
and the collective history of humankind.
Our name for these histories is "prejudice."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

History is a vast early warning system.
- Norman Cousins

For my part, I consider that it will be found much better
by all parties to leave the past to history,
especially as I propose to write that history myself.
- Winston Churchill

Who has fully realized that history
is not contained in thick books
but lives in our very blood?
- Carl Jung

People that are really very weird can get into sensitive
positions and have a tremendous impact on history.
- Dan Quayle

History is a cyclic poem written by time upon the memories of man.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

History is a pack of lies about events that never happened
told by people who weren't there.
- George Santayana

People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them.
- James A. Baldwin

Never in the field of human conflict
was so much owed by so many to so few.
- Winston Churchill

History is indeed little more than the register of the crimes,
follies, and misfortunes of mankind.
- Edward Gibbon

The importance of history is in it's
educational value for our lives today,
not in regret, resentment, or revenge.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Human history becomes more and more a race between
education and catastrophe.
- H. G. Wells

History is a vision of God's creation on the move.
- Arnold J. Toynbee

That great dust-heap called 'history'.
- Augustine Birrell

History never looks like history when you are living through it.
- John W. Gardner

The past actually happened but history is only what someone wrote down.
- A. Whitney Brown

Everything we believe is a matter of evolution and history.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Never doubt that you can change history.
You already have.
- Marge Piercy

France is delighted at this new opportunity to show
the world that when one has the will one can succeed
in joining peoples who have been brought close by history.
- Francois Mitterrand

It's a very good historical book about history.
- Dan Quayle

We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason
if we dig deep in our history and remember
that we are not descended from fearful men,
not from men who feared to write, to speak,
to associate and to defend causes
which were for the moment unpopular.
- Edward R. Murrow

It takes an endless amount of history to make even a little tradition.
- Henry James

History is an account, mostly false,
of events,
mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers,
mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools.
- Ambrose Bierce

Tell the FBI that the kidnappers should pick out a
judge that Nixon wants back.
- William O. Douglas

Open markets offer the only realistic hope of pulling
billions of people in developing countries out of abject poverty,
while sustaining prosperity in the industrialized world.
- Kofi Annan

Violent men have not been known in history to die to a man.
They die up to a point.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Democratic nations must try to find ways to starve
the terrorist and the hijacker of the oxygen of publicity on which they depend.
- Margaret Thatcher

Keeping books on social aid is capitalistic nonsense.
I just use the money for the poor.
I can't stop to count it.
- Evita Peron

We, therefore, here in Britain stand shoulder to shoulder
with our American friends in this hour of tragedy,
and we, like them, will not rest until this evil is driven from our world.
- Tony Blair

It was a Greek tragedy.
Nixon was fulfilling his own nature.
Once it started it could not end otherwise.
- Henry A. Kissinger

There are no extraordinary men...
just extraordinary circumstances that ordinary men are forced to deal with.
- William Halsey

The claim "I was only following orders" has been used
to justify too many tragedies in our history.
- Captain Picard of the television series
STAR TREK: The Next Generation

When the rich think about the poor, they have poor ideas.
- Evita Peron

One truth stands firm. All that happens in world history
rests on something spiritual.
If the spiritual is strong, it creates world history.
If it is weak, it suffers world history.
- Albert Schweitzer

Seek freedom and become captive of your desires.
Seek discipline and find your liberty.
- Frank Herbert

Thanks to television, for the first time
the young are seeing history made
before it is censored by their elders.
- Margaret Mead

Despise the enemy strategically, but take him seriously tactically.
- Mao Tse-Tung

Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down
on the tracks of history
to wait for the train of the future to run over him.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

A pint of sweat, saves a gallon of blood.
- George S. Patton

They died hard, those savage men - like wounded wolves at bay.
They were filthy, and they were lousy,
and they stunk.
And I loved them.
- Douglas MacArthur

It is necessary for me to establish a winner image.
Therefore, I have to beat somebody.
- Richard M. Nixon

Failure is impossible.
- Susan B. Anthony

Remember, God provides the best camouflage several hours out of every 24.
- David M. Shoup

Friendship is a word, the very sight of which in print makes the heart warm.
- Augustine Birrell

What is history but a fable agreed upon?
- Napoleon Bonaparte


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