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Most of us are just about as happy as we make up our minds to be.
Abraham Lincoln mind
War will exist until that distant day when theenjoys the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today.
John F. Kennedy war
Every influence, every motive, that provokes the spirit of murder among men, impels these mountaineers to deeds of treachery and violence. The strong aboriginal propensity to kill, inherent in all human beings, has in these valleys been preserved in unexampled strength and vigour. That religion, which above all others was founded and propagated by the sword — the tenets and principles of which are instinct with incentives to slaughter and which in three continents has produced fighting breeds of men — stimulates a wild and merciless fanaticism. The love of plunder, always a characteristic of hill tribes, is fostered by the spectacle of opulence and luxury which, to their eyes, the cities and plains of the south display. A code of honour not less punctilious than that of old Spain, is supported by vendettas as implacable as those of Corsica.
Winston Churchill love
If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.
Margaret Thatcher man
The important thing is not what they think of me, but what I think of them.
Queen Victoria think
Without perestroika, the cold war simply would not have ended. But the world could not continue developing as it had, with the stark menace of nuclear war ever present.
Mikhail Gorbachev war
The most effective pose is one in which there seems to be the least of posing, and Jawahar had learned well to act without the paint and powder of an actor ... What is behind that mask of his?
Jawaharlal Nehru pain
The country needs and, unless I mistake its temper, the country demands bold, persistent experimentation.
Franklin D. Roosevelt men
We should not mourn for men of high ideals. Rather we should rejoice that we had the privilege of having had them with us, to inspire us by their radiant personalities.
Indira Gandhi men
Extremism can flourish only in an environment where basic governmental social responsibility for the welfare of the people is neglected. Political dictatorship and social hopelessness create the desperation that fuels religious extremism.
Benazir Bhutto hope
Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time.
Barack Obama time
A sincere diplomat is like dry water or wooden iron.
Joseph Stalin sin
I feel my belief in sacrifice and struggle getting stronger. I despise the kind of existence that clings to the miserly trifles of comfort and self-interest. I think that a man should not live beyond the age when he begins to deteriorate, when the flame that lighted the brightest moment of his life has weakened.
Fidel Castro life
The god of war has gone over to the other side.
Adolf Hitler god
One legislator accused me of having a nineteenth-century attitude on law and order. That is a totally false charge. I have an eighteenth-century attitude...
Ronald Reagan attitude
Life is not an easy matter... You cannot live through it without falling into frustration and cynicism unless you have before you a great idea which raises you above personal misery, above weakness, above all kinds of perfidy and baseness.
Leon Trotsky live
The man who is swimming against the stream knows the strength of it.
Woodrow Wilson strength
A revolution is not a dinner party, or writing an essay, or painting a picture, or doing embroidery. It cannot be so refined, so leisurely and gentle, so temperate, kind, courteous, restrained and magnanimous. A revolution is an insurrection, an act of violence by which one class overthrows another.
Mao Zedong writing
Judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.
Simon Bolivar men
Today we're dumping 70 million tons of global-warming pollution into the environment, and tomorrow we will dump more, and there is no effective worldwide response. Until we start sharply reducing global-warming pollution, I will feel that I have failed.
Al Gore war
Vellem nescire literas.
Nero
When a High Explosive shell bursts in fifteen feet and does you no damage, you can bet your sweet life you bear a charmed life and no mistake.
Harry S. Truman
Men willingly believe what they wish.
Julius Caesar believe
For there is but one essentialwhich cements , and onewhich establishes this justice. This law is right , which is the trueof all commandments and prohibitions. Whoever neglects this law, whether written or unwritten, isunjust and wicked.
Cicero men
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Benjamin Disraeli
Traditionally Marxism attracts the oppressed. This, however, is not the case in the Arab nation... The socialist programs in Arab history did not always come from the poor, but from men who had known no oppression and became the leaders of the poor. The Arab nation has never been as class-conscious as other nations.
Saddam Hussein history
I'm going to command the whole shebang.
Dwight D. Eisenhower man
It doesn't matter whether the cat is black or white, as long as it catches mice.
Deng Xiaoping cat
Of course a bilingual state is more expensive than a unilingual one — but it is a richer state.
Pierre Trudeau rich
Let me just tell you how thrilling it really is, and how, what a challenge it is, because in 1988 the question is whether we're going forward to tomorrow or whether we're going to go past to the back! … That's a Hoosierism. You've got to get used to that!
Dan Quayle war
The brave man inattentive to his , is worth little more to his , than thewho deserts her in the hour of .
Andrew Jackson man
This administration has proved that it is utterly incapable of cleaning out the corruption which has completely eroded it and reestablishing the confidence and faith of the American people in the morality and honesty of their government employees.
Richard Nixon faith
It is not unfrequent to hear men declaim loudly upon liberty, who, if we may judge by the whole tenor of their actions, mean nothing else by it but their own liberty, — to oppress without control or the restraint of laws all who are poorer or weaker than themselves.
Samuel Adams men
A new regime would have become the United States’ responsibility. Conceivably, this could have led the United States into a more or less permanent occupation of a country that could not govern itself, but where the rule of a foreign occupier would be increasingly resented.
Paul Wolfowitz self
I can be President of the United States, or I can control Alice. I cannot possibly do both.
Theodore Roosevelt control
Remember that time is money.
Benjamin Franklin time
Let's not talk about . Communism was just an , just pie in the .
Boris Yeltsin communism
Men are qualified for civil liberty in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains upon their own appetites, — in proportion as their love to justice is above their rapacity, — in proportion as their soundness and sobriety of understanding is above their vanity and presumption, — in proportion as they are more disposed to listen to the counsels of the wise and good, in preference to the flattery of knaves.
Edmund Burke love
He whoinwithlives in harmony with the .
Marcus Aurelius live
I feel your pain.
Bill Clinton pain
Delivery, delivery, delivery.
Demosthenes live
We came to this country which was already populated by Arabs, and we are establishing a Hebrew, that is a Jewish state here. In considerable areas of the country we bought lands from the Arabs. Jewish villages were built in the place of Arab villages. You do not even know the names of these Arab villages, and I do not blame you, because these geography books no longer exist; not only do the books not exist, the Arab villages are not there either. Nahalal arose in the place of Mahalul, Gevat — in the place of Jibta, Sarid — in the place of Haneifs and Kefar Yehoshua — in the place of Tell Shaman. There is no one place built in this country that did not have a former Arab population.
Moshe Dayan books
I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.
James Madison freedom
To all who mourn a son, a brother, a husband, a father, a friend — I can only offer you the gratitude of a nation, for your loved one served his country with distinction and honor.
George H. W. Bush love
I, serial number 30743, Lieutenant General in reserves Yitzhak Rabin, a soldier in the Israeli Defense Forces and in the army of , I, who have sent armies into fire and soldiers to their , say today: We sail onto awhich has no casualties, no wounded, no blood nor suffering. It is the only war which is ato participate in — the war for peace.
Yitzhak Rabin war
The Xanthians, suspecting my kindness, have made their country the grave of their despair; the Patareans, trusting themselves to me, enjoy in all points their former liberty; it is in your power to choose the judgment of the Patareans or the fortune of the Xanthians.
Marcus Junius Brutus power
Stop quoting laws, we carry weapons!
Pompey law
The growth of entrepreneurial classes throughout the world is an asset in the promotion of human rights and individual liberty, and it should be understood and used as such. Yet peace is the first and most important condition for continued prosperity and freedom. America's military power must be secure because the United States is the only guarantor of global peace and stability. The current neglect of America's armed forces threatens its ability to maintain peace.
Condoleezza Rice freedom
From Department of Defense news briefing, February 12, 2002 .
Donald Rumsfeld art
How is this? Ought not the petitioner to speak first, and the conqueror to listen in silence?
Lucius Cornelius Sulla silence
Alexander Mackenzie
Alexander Mackenzie alex
To accept anything on trust, to preclude critical application and development, is a grievous sin; and in order to apply and develop, “simple interpretation” is obviously not enough.
Vladimir Lenin men
My prison shall be my grave before I will budge a jot; for I owe my conscience to no mortal man.
William Penn science
I think thatwould be disappointed in our ignoring the plight of those around us who are suffering and our focus on our own selfish short-term needs. I think he would be appalled, actually.
John Edwards light
Unlike the current occupant of the White House, he has no difficulty in orally extemporising a series of grammatical English sentences, each containing a main verb.
Boris Johnson sin
You know, Paul,proved that deficits don't matter. We won the mid-term elections, this is our due.
Dick Cheney you
The United Nations will spearhead our efforts to manage the new conflicts (that afflict our world)....Yes the principles of the United Nations Charter are worth our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor."
Colin Powell art
How do you ask a man to be the last man to die in Vietnam? How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?
John Kerry man
They say that the Soviet delegates smile. That smile is genuine. It is not artificial. We wish to live in peace, tranquility. But if anyone believes that our smiles involve abandonment of the teaching of Marx, Engels and Lenin he deceives himself poorly. Those who wait for that must wait until a shrimp learns to whistle.
Nikita Khrushchev art
For us the national flag is a rag to be planted on a dunghill. There are only two fatherlands in the world: that of the exploited and that of the exploiters.
Benito Mussolini world
Because power corrupts, society's demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases.
John Adams power
The time has come to end the suffering and the plight of millions of Palestine refugees in the homeland and the Diaspora, to end their displacement and to realize their rights, some of them forced to take refuge more than once in different places of the world.
Mahmoud Abbas time
I have experienced failure as a politician and for that very reason, I am ready to give everything for Japan.
Shinzo Abe failure
One man's transparency is another's humiliation.
Gerry Adams man
If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.
John Quincy Adams dream
It is with deep regret that the determination to assemble Parliament has been so long delayed.
Henry Addington men
In view of the fact that God limited the intelligence of man, it seems unfair that He did not also limit his stupidity.
Konrad Adenauer intelligence
A good person can make another person good; it means that goodness will elicit goodness in the society; other persons will also be good.
Bhumibol Adulyadej society
I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 96% how I react to it.
Scipio Africanus life
Those who insist on having hostilities with us, kill and destroy the option of friendship with us in the future, which is unfortunate because it is clear the future belongs to Iran and that enmities will be fruitless.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad friendship
I am Syrian, I was made in Syria, I have to live in Syria and die in Syria.
Bashar al Assad live
I am an international leader, the dean of the Arab rulers, the king of kings of Africa and the imam of Muslims, and my international status does not allow me to descend to a lower level.
Muammar al Gaddafi leader
Unlike a drop of water which loses its identity when it joins the ocean, man does not lose his being in the society in which he lives. Man's life is independent. He is born not for the development of the society alone, but for the development of his self.
B. R. Ambedkar life
In any country there must be people who have to die. They are the sacrifices any nation has to make to achieve law and order.
Idi Amin people
Cyprus was a breath away from economic collapse. It was a big battle in which we came out wounded, but upright and determined to make a fresh start.
Nicos Anastasiades art
I recognize my limits but when I look around I realise I am not living exactly in a world of giants.
Giulio Andreotti world
Every nation sincerely desires peace; and all nations pursue courses which if persisted in, must make peace impossible.
Norman Angell peace
I would rather die a meaningful death than to live a meaningless life.
Corazon Aquino life
I believe America is the most powerful country in the world and is a country that stands on principle. Its principles are enshrined in its very foundation and constitution, and it has a duty to serve humanity. America has a duty to follow its conscience to reject repression. It must reject oppression. It must reject humiliation.
Abdullah of Saudi Arabia science
We plan to eliminate the state of Israel and establish a purely Palestinian state. We will make life unbearable for Jews by psychological warfare and population explosion. We Palestinians will take over everything, including all of Jerusalem.
Yasser Arafat life
If one suffers we all suffer. Togetherness is strength. Courage.
Jean Bertrand Aristide strength
Without peace, there is no freedom, individual or national. War and hostilities are a form of slavery.
Klas Pontus Arnoldson freedom
Men may die, but the fabrics of free institutions remains unshaken.
Chester A. Arthur free
In foreign policy, there are times when speaking with one voice - and it doesn't have to be mine - allows us to engage better on issues, and enables us to do things more effectively.
Catherine Ashton time
I have no religion, and at times I wish all religions at the bottom of the sea. He is a weak ruler who needs religion to uphold his government; it is as if he would catch his people in a trap.
Mustafa Kemal Ataturk religion
Democracy means government by discussion, but it is only effective if you can stop people talking.
Clement Attlee people
I found Rome a city of bricks and left it a city of marble.
Augustus city
The only thing that preoccupies me is that France has broken down, and we need to start up the engine again - all the way. But not so as to run into a wall.
Jean Marc Ayrault art
Originality is the essence of true scholarship. Creativity is the soul of the true scholar.
Nnamdi Azikiwe soul
Terrorism is a big danger to Pakistan's independence. We will fight this danger for the sake of independence of Pakistan and will defeat it at all levels.
Shaukat Aziz anger
Appeasement was never a very clever policy, and it should not be our option today.
Jose Maria Aznar men
My theory on life is that life is beautiful. Life doesn't change. You have a day, and a night, and a month, and a year. We people change - we can be miserable or we can be happy. It's what you make of your life.
Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum life
Great ambition is the passion of a great character. Those endowed with it may perform very good or very bad acts. All depends on the principles which direct them.
Napoleon Bonaparte passion
You all want to know what is my dream? Very simple. To walk along the beach, holding the hand of my lover.
Michelle Bachelet love
The Holy Spirit is our comforter, our teacher. That's why, in prayer, we can ask the Lord to open up Scripture and make it come alive to us, to open our understanding. He left his Spirit with us until we join him in Heaven.
Michele Bachmann prayer
It must be a balance in everything we do, not too much of everything, keep it simple, not complicated.
Abdullah Ahmad Badawi balance
By a great man, however, we mean a man who, because of his spiritual gifts, his character, and other qualities, deserves to be called great and who as a result earns the power to influence others.
Fredrik Bajer power
Sometimes you move publicly, sometimes privately. Sometimes quietly, sometimes at the top of your voice.
James Baker time
Enthusiasm moves the world.
Arthur Balfour world
The horrors of the Second World War, the chilling winds of the Cold War and the crushing weight of the Iron Curtain are little more than fading memories. Ideals that once commanded great loyalty are now taken for granted.
Jan Peter Balkenende horror