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Abba Eban Quotes

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

Better to be disliked than pitied.
- Abba Eban

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

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

 

His ignorance is encyclopedic.
- Abba Eban

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus
but a molder of consensus.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Whenever you hear the consensus of scientists agrees on something or other,
reach for your wallet, because you're being had.
- Michael Crichton

That is where consensus-building begins-with the idea
that you have your own truth,
but that the negotiator on the other side of the table
has his own truth as well.
- Harri Holkeri

There are still people in my party who believe in consensus politics.
I regard them as Quislings, as traitors...
I mean it.
- Margaret Thatcher

Judy Garland's father was gay.
That seems to be the consensus.
They left Minnesota and went to California because
he got caught with some boy backstage.
- Judy Davis

Essentially we need a new social consensus for economic
reform as New Labour has achieved in Britain.
- Peter Mandelson

The problem is that no ethical system has ever achieved consensus.
Ethical systems are completely unlike mathematics or science.
This is a source of concern.
- Daniel Dennett

A consensus politician is someone who does something
that he doesn't believe is right because it keeps people quiet when he does it.
- John Major

To me, consensus seems to be the process of abandoning all beliefs,
principles, values and policies.
So it is something in which no one believes and to which no one objects.
- Margaret Thatcher

There is no consensus even today on the merits of Napoleon -
and certainly no agreement on the rights and wrongs
of the origins of the First World War.
- Douglas Hurd

The general consensus seems to be that I don't act at all.
- Gary Cooper

All forms of power - even based on the consensus of the democratic system -
react when they are being attacked,
or when those who exercise power become a target.
- Dario Fo

A fitting external security environment could also
play an important role in promoting social consensus
and institutionalization towards democratization.
- Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Fashion is a social agreement.
the result of a consensus of a large group of people.
- Stella Blum

The areas of consensus shift unbelievably fast;
the bubbles of certainty are constantly exploding.
- Rem Koolhaas

I've always thought that it's good to watch the news
to find out what everybody else is looking at and believing,
if only because that's how consensus is constructed.
- Barbara Kruger

The desire to see Okinawa returned to Japan developed
into a broad national consensus among our people.
- Eisaku Sato

A long time ago a bunch of people reached a general
consensus as to what's real and what's not and most
of us have been going along with it ever since.
- Charles de Lint

It is essential that policy instruments be developed
that would firmly establish democratization on the
basis of social consensus and enable transformation on stable grounds.
- Recep Tayyip Erdogan

There is no consensus, there is no homogeneity,
there is no truth.
- Ward Churchill

Nothing defines the quality of life in a community
more clearly than people who regard themselves,
or whom the consensus chooses to regard,
as mentally unwell.
- Renata Adler

Historically, the claim of consensus has been the first refuge of scoundrels;
it is a way to avoid debate by claiming that the matter is already settled.
- Michael Crichton

No consensus of men can make an error erroneous.
We can only find or commit an error,
not create it.
When we commit an error, we say what was an error already.
- Josiah Royce

Indeed, scientific truth by consensus has had a uniformly bad history.
- David Douglass

Our political differences, now matter how sharply they are debated,
are really quite narrow in comparison to the remarkably
durable national consensus on our founding convictions.
- John McCain

Predators make it much more difficult to find consensus.
It's a lot easier to agree about birds and plants than
about animals that endanger people and livestock.
- Gale Norton

I think we'll build a consensus for action on Social
Security reform which will reduce that long-term unfunded
obligation and put the system on a sustainable basis.
- John W. Snow

Not cohabitation but consensus constitutes marriage.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

Yet the effort to inform the public also encouraged
responsible public discussion that succeeded in developing
a consensus for the measured approach that many scientists supported.
- Paul Berg

Nothing is more obstinate than a fashionable consensus.
- Margaret Thatcher

After a week of back and forth, and forth and back over firearms,
it's good to see a consensus developing on this common-sense
amendment to keep handguns away from children.
- Herb Kohl

Very hard, very hard to represent a country,
or carry out a policy that does not have consensus support.
- John Negroponte

More humane societies are usually smaller,
like the Scandinavian countries and Holland,
where it is much easier to reach consensus and cooperation.
- David Korten

America is a place where we all come together.
It is a place of consensus.
- Charles Schumer

Everyone tries to talk you out of going to college.
The consensus being that people are just gonna forget about you,
you know, and that's the way the business works.
- Larisa Oleynik

Once again we have misleading climate change pronouncements
being based on data errors,
data errors detected by non-UN, non-IPCC,
non-peer-reviewed external observers.
This is exactly what happens when you base your arguments
on 'consensus science' and not scientific fact.
- Doug L. Hoffman

And the inner dynamics of Hollywood are like politics.
Say you give a script to a group of executives -
they all sit around,
afraid to voice an opinion, saying nothing,
waiting to know what the consensus is.
Just like focus groups, opinion polls or a cabinet.
- Joe Eszterhas

I've got billions of sparrows to worry about as well as everything else'.
So there's the whole idea that whatever it is that you believe,
it can never be valid unless you have some consensus reality demonstration.
- Todd Rundgren

I am pleased to be considered a 'denier' in this cause
if this puts me in the class with those who defied
prevailing 'scientific consensus' that the earth was
flat and that the earth was the not the center of the universe.
- William Lyons

Therefore we examine with considerable diligence the consensus of the true,
learned, and purer antiquity, and we love and praise
the testimonies of the fathers which agree with the Scripture.
- Martin Chemnitz

The president does not have any obligation to make
a consensus appointment here.
What the president's obligation is, is to pick a judicial conservative,
and I believe that's what he's gonna do.
- Jay Alan Sekulow

In my view, there is an urgent need to communicate
with the public and help to explain where there is consensus,
and where are there doubts about the issues of sustainable development.
- Jeffrey Sachs

In this context, social consensus, and institutions
that embody this consensus,
must be made effective in order for democratization
not to be abused as a provisional instrument to establish
an anti-democratic regime.
- Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Then I sit down, work at it, because now I have a convincing
feeling about what that place wants to be,
you see? And it's not just me.
Me and my talent comes in taking that consensus and
then making something wonderful out of it -
a work of art.
- Lawrence Halprin

The notion of a neutral, mainstream national media
gained dominance only in World War II and in its aftermath,
when what turned out to be a temporary moderate consensus
came to govern the country.
- Howard Fineman

I do not find the supposed scientific consensus among my colleagues.
Curiously, it is a feature of man-made global warming
that every fact confirms it:
rising temperatures or decreasing temperatures.
No matter what the weather, some model of global warming
offers a watertight explanation.
- Javier Cuadros

Corporate documents, like football game plans,
are not easily drafted in a stadium,
with thousands of very interested fans participating,
each with their own red pencil, trying to reach a consensus on every word.
- Jon Postel

The life of states cannot, any more than the life of individuals,
be conditioned by the force and the will of a unit,
however powerful, but by the consensus of a group,
which must one day include all states.
- Lester B. Pearson

The earth is ready, the time is ripe,
for the authoritative expression of the feminine as
well as the masculine interpretation of that common
social consensus which is slowly writing justice in
the State and fraternity in the social order.
- Anna Garlin Spencer

Let's be clear: the work of science has nothing whatever
to do with consensus which is the business of politics.
What is relevant is reproducible results.
The greatest scientists in history are great precisely
because they broke with the consensus.
- Timothy R. Minnich

It's an embarrassment that we don't have a broad enough
consensus among political leaders that true reform should take place.
I could count the members of Congress on one hand that
took these issues seriously.
- DeForest Soaries

That was the first major social sciences conference
at which social scientists from all cultures wanted
to reach a consensus on whether we can continue to
pursue a national course in the social sciences or
whether we need a cosmopolitan path that also connects us in a new way.
- Ulrich Beck

The key to any successful plan is buy-in from the public,
and what this process has demonstrated is the importance
of including citizens in formulating a consensus plan
that preserves our beautiful refuge.
- Ron Kind

I come to urge my party to be open to debate and discussion;
to move away from a lock-step litmus test which advocates
abortion on demand in an effort to reach a broader national consensus.
- Robert Casey

I believe - I'm not a political expert,
but I believe there is a broad consensus,
a middle ground if you will, that Democrats and Republicans,
business people and workers can agree on,
to get this - the economy growing faster,
getting people back to work.
- Austan Goolsbee

And you finally get to a consensus, where you get a
sense of what really ought to be done,
and then they give it to me and then I draw it.
I mean draw it in the sense, the philosophical sense.
- Lawrence Halprin


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