Quotations on Nations

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When I talk to people in need, they tell me they want to hope; they are eager for opportunity; they are ready for better days. And I can tell you that every time their hopes are disappointed, all nations lose.
- Abdallah II
(Keywords: Time, People, Opportunity, Hope, Nations, Talk, Want)

The world knows of a vast stock of epic material scattered up and down the nations; sometimes its artistic value is as extraordinary as its archaeological interest, but not always.
- Lascelles Abercrombie
(Keywords: Interest, Nations, Value, World)

We have actively sought and are actively seeking to make the United Nations an effective instrument of international cooperation.
- Dean Acheson
(Keywords: Cooperation, Nations, United)

By a series of violent shocks, the nations in succession have struggled to shake off the Past, to reverse the action of Time and the verdict of success, and to rescue the world from the reign of the dead.
- John Acton
(Keywords: Time, Success, Action, Nations, Past, World)

We have nothing in our history or position to invite aggression; we have everything to beckon us to the cultivation of relations of peace and amity with all nations.
- Franklin P. Adams
(Keywords: History, Peace, Aggression, Nations, Nothing)

But in the first Gulf war the United Kingdom was not under any threat from Iraq, and is still less so in the second one. Then there is no justification for obstructing freedom of information, particularly as nations have a right to know what their soldiers are being used for.
- Kate Adie
(Keywords: War, Being, First, Freedom, Information, Iraq, Justification, Nations, Right, Soldiers, United)

The system of domination is founded on depriving nations of their true identity. It seeks to deprive nations of their culture, identity, self-confidence and in this way dominate them.
- Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
(Keywords: Culture, Identity, Nations, Self)

The United States' administrations... must recognize that Iran is a big power. Having said that, we consider ourselves to be a human force and a cultural power and hence a friend of other nations. We have never sought to dominate others or to violate the rights of any other country.
- Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
(Keywords: Power, Friend, Country, Force, Rights, Nations, states, United)

People are people the world over. Some are good, some bad, some greedy and some generous. Nations are like people and act the same way.
- George Aiken
(Keywords: People, Act, Nations, World)

The United Nations is a place for prostitution under the feet of Americans.
- Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf
(Keywords: Americans, Feet, Nations, Prostitution, United)

Wars of nations are fought to change maps. But wars of poverty are fought to map change.
- Muhammad Ali
(Keywords: Change, Nations, Poverty)

If it is widely assumed that the new President cannot move forward simply because of a narrow victory, there can easily develop a sense of unease and uncertainty, adversely affecting every sector of American society, our economy and the perception of other nations.
- Richard V. Allen
(Keywords: Society, Perception, Victory, American, Economy, Nations, President, Sense, Uncertainty)

Christ had given the apostles a world-wide commission, embracing all the nations; but intellectually they did not understand what He meant. They found that out as they followed the impulse of the Spirit.
- Roland Allen
(Keywords: Christ, Nations, Spirit, World)

More than ever before in human history, we share a common destiny. We can master it only if we face it together. And that, my friends, is why we have the United Nations.
- Kofi Annan
(Keywords: History, Destiny, Friends, Nations, United)

In the 21st century, I believe the mission of the United Nations will be defined by a new, more profound awareness of the sanctity and dignity of every human life, regardless of race or religion.
- Kofi Annan
(Keywords: Religion, Life, Awareness, Dignity, Mission, Nations, Race, United, Will)

The United Nations, whose membership comprises almost all the states in the world, is founded on the principle of the equal worth of every human being.
- Kofi Annan
(Keywords: Being, Nations, states, United, World, Worth)

If the United Nations does not attempt to chart a course for the world's people in the first decades of the new millennium, who will?
- Kofi Annan
(Keywords: People, First, Nations, United, Will, World)

My father is a man of impeccable character who has worked tirelessly for the United Nations for many years. His integrity is beyond reproach.
- Kojo Annan
(Keywords: Father, Character, Integrity, Man, Nations, United, Years)

I have never participated directly or indirectly in any business related to the United Nations.
- Kojo Annan
(Keywords: Business, Nations, United)

I think the British have the distinction above all other nations of being able to put new wine into old bottles without bursting them.
- Clement Attlee
(Keywords: Being, Nations, Old, Wine)

Another cause of change, one less noticeable but fundamental, is the modern growth of population closely connected with scientific and medical discoveries. It is interesting that the United Nations has set up a special Commission to study this question.
- Emily Greene Balch
(Keywords: Medical, Change, Growth, Cause, Nations, Population, Question, Study, United)

In all nations an exceptional man exists that compensates the deficiencies of the remainder. In those moments, when humanity is found collectively in a state of decadence, there always remain those exceptional beings as point of reference.
- Augusto Roa Bastos
(Keywords: Humanity, Moments, Nations, State)

Back then, a half-a-century ago, the situation was totally different. Economically, we were practically on our knees, and politically, we were still excluded from the community of nations. Today, in this respect, we have a totally different and much more stable basis.
- Franz Beckenbauer
(Keywords: Community, Nations, Respect, Today)

Money speaks sense in a language all nations understand.
- Aphra Behn
(Keywords: Money, Language, Nations, Sense)

And most importantly perhaps, children can learn about their rights, share their knowledge with the children of other nations, identify problems with them and establish how they might work together to address them.
- Carol Bellamy
(Keywords: Work, Knowledge, Children, Rights, Nations, Problems)

The United Nations charter gives every nation the right to self defence, therefore when the American embassies were bombed it was a matter of time before the Americans responded by going for what they suspected were the causes of the attack.
- Benazir Bhutto
(Keywords: Time, American, Americans, Causes, Nation, Nations, Right, Self, United)

We have to withdraw from this undemocratic institution and ensure that these people no longer have any influence on British affairs. We would like to see other European nations do the same thing. I think that will happen.
- Steve Blake
(Keywords: People, Influence, Nations, Will)

Poetry fettered, fetters the human race. Nations are destroyed or flourish in proportion as their poetry, painting, and music are destroyed or flourish.
- William Blake
(Keywords: Music, Poetry, Nations, Painting, Race)

This resolution simply says Israel has the right to defend itself. This includes conducting operations both inside its borders and in the territory of nations that threaten it, which is in accordance with international law.
- John Boehner
(Keywords: Israel, Law, Nations, Resolution, Right)

There's no such thing as the United Nations. If the U.N. secretary building in New York lost 10 stories, it wouldn't make a bit of difference.
- John Bolton
(Keywords: Building, Difference, Nations, United)

If they want peace, nations should avoid the pin-pricks that precede cannon shots.
- Napoleon Bonaparte
(Keywords: Peace, Nations, Want)

The free market economy is supposed to be the only path leading to the happiness of humanity by promoting wealth and prosperity, power and influence of nations.
- Omar Bongo
(Keywords: Happiness, Power, Wealth, Economy, Humanity, Influence, Leading, Nations, Prosperity)

In spite of our poverty and our economic dependence, we do not have to give in, neither because we are sometimes abandoned nor because of the wish of some nations to impose their economic or political models.
- Omar Bongo
(Keywords: Dependence, Nations, Poverty)

But it is important to observe that when Europe or the United Nations impose sanctions that are supposed to be aimed against a certain regime, usually generally millions of people end up being directly punished.
- Omar Bongo
(Keywords: People, Being, End, Europe, Nations, United)

Members of al Qaeda and other affiliated organizations spent a great deal of time blending into the populations of several nations around the world and exploring all aspects of life there.
- Jo Bonner
(Keywords: Life, Time, Nations, World)

Let peace, descending from her native heaven, bid her olives spring amidst the joyful nations; and plenty, in league with commerce, scatter blessings from her copious hand!
- Daniel Boone
(Keywords: Peace, Blessings, Commerce, Heaven, Nations, Spring)

The green revolution has an entirely different meaning to most people in the affluent nations of the privileged world than to those in the developing nations of the forgotten world.
- Norman Borlaug
(Keywords: People, Revolution, Meaning, Nations, World)

The forgotten world is made up primarily of the developing nations, where most of the people, comprising more than fifty percent of the total world population, live in poverty, with hunger as a constant companion and fear of famine a continual menace.
- Norman Borlaug
(Keywords: People, Fear, Famine, Hunger, Nations, Population, Poverty, World)

If the lives of men can be measured in terms of years, ideologies in decades, and nations in centuries, then the unit measuring civilizations, born of the interaction among peoples, would be the millennium.
- Abdelaziz Bouteflika
(Keywords: Men, Nations, Years)

The mandate you go with is intimidating and also is a source of respect that you gain, because you have come with this mandate from the United Nations.
- Lakhdar Brahimi
(Keywords: Gain, Nations, Respect, United)

Last year, the Assembly of the League, as a result of the initiative taken by the Scandinavian nations, further limited and clarified all the provisions of the clause prescribing the duty of states to participate in sanctions.
- Hjalmar Branting
(Keywords: Duty, Nations, Result, states)

There is no reason why agreement on particular points should not be both possible and advantageous to the so-called neutrals and to one or more of the blocs, either existing or in the process of formation, within the League of Nations.
- Hjalmar Branting
(Keywords: Agreement, Nations, Reason)

As long as the problem of world reconstruction remains the center of interest for all nations, blocs having similar attitudes will form and operate even within the League itself.
- Hjalmar Branting
(Keywords: Interest, Nations, Will, World)

A formally recognized equality does, however, accord the smaller nations a position which they should be able to use increasingly in the interest of humanity as a whole and in the service of the ideal.
- Hjalmar Branting
(Keywords: Equality, Humanity, Interest, Nations, Service)

Let us return, however, to the League of Nations. To create an organization which is in a position to protect peace in this world of conflicting interests and egotistic wills is a frighteningly difficult task.
- Hjalmar Branting
(Keywords: Peace, Nations, World)

He gave us the lakes for our Northern boundary, and the rivers stretching to the seas upon whose waters floats our commerce to the nations of the world; while man has done all that can be done by science to bind us together.
- John Brough
(Keywords: Science, Commerce, Man, Nations, Rivers, World)

The E.U. is more than just a trade organization or a common market; it is a guarantee of democracy, freedom, justice, and human rights. Nations cannot stay in the E.U. if they do not respect these guarantees.
- John Bruton
(Keywords: Democracy, Freedom, Rights, Human rights, Justice, Nations, Respect, Trade)

Risk is a part of God's game, alike for men and nations.
- Warren Buffett
(Keywords: Men, God, Nations, Risk)

The United Nations is our one great hope for a peaceful and free world.
- Ralph Bunche
(Keywords: Hope, Nations, United, World)

I loved her. I still love her, though I curse her in my sleep, so nearly one are love and hate, the two most powerful and devasting emotions that control man, nations, life.
- Edgar Rice Burroghs
(Keywords: Life, Love, Control, Emotions, Hate, Man, Nations, Sleep)



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