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Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.

We don't have any bad memories of the people of the United States.
- Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

Condi Rice talks tough but she cannot be tough herself.
- Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

We do not trust the goodwill of the U.S.
They have cut the ties.
- Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

And they said if we help with the crisis,
they would do a lot of positive acts.
After we helped in those crises, they showed negative
acts and the Japanese and Turks were ashamed.
- Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

 

We want all the Palestinians back in their homeland,
and then there can be a fair referendum for people
to choose the form of state they want.
Whoever gets the majority can rule.
- Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

If we have any problems, it's always with the government of the United States.
- Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

And I gave this directive to them, that if they free
our assets in the United States,
that would be a sign of goodwill.
I have the same idea this time.
- Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

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When I talk about the assets, that was at the beginning of the talks.
I was president then.
I'm not president now.
When I said it, this would be a sign of goodwill to begin the talks.
- Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

Miss Rice talks very tough.
We have gotten used to this nonsense.
Miss Rice is a bit emotional about this,
and we predicted that she would have a more emotional approach to this.
- Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

Both of them were the children of the United States.
They sacrificed their children for the benefit of the others.
But they were not very devoted children of the United States.
- Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

I'm not satisfied with the progress of the work,
but I am happy that the talks are going on.
It might have a negative effect if the United States joins.
- Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

The important matter is freedom.
When the people choose what they want,
it is good for them and for us.
- Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

We did not treat the Americans badly.
They left Iran in a relaxed mood.
The embassy was active here after the revolution.
We didn't have any problem with them.
They started it.
- Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

The problem is that the Iraqi people are facing atrocities from both sides -
Zarqawi and also the American troops at times.
The Zarqawi groups uses car bombs, the Americans use other bombs.
You also know what they do in the prisons.
- Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

Goodwill can be indicated in various ways.
I raised that particular example because at that time I was in charge.
Today, I'm not in a position to present other possibilities.
- Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

Each department and institution has its own authorities and responsibilities,
and they act on that basis.
It is wrong to even compare such actions to what is
done in Guantanamo or elsewhere by the Americans.
They do not stand on a high moral platform to preach to others.
- Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

I have no idea what the U.S.
intends to do further there and what would be the reaction of the Iraqi people.
I only know that the sole option is to leave Iraq to the Iraqi people.
- Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

I think the elections have gone well,
although there is so much insecurity in Iraq.
So far during the counting of ballots,
there has not been a significant complaint.
We have to wait to see what the outcome of the counting is.
- Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

There is no doubt that America is a superpower of the
world and we cannot ignore them.
- Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

I think that Americans should gradually begin to adopt
positive behavior rather than doing evil.
They should not expect an immediate reaction in return
for their positive measures.
It will take time.
- Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

We have no problems with Jews and highly respect Judaism as a holy religion.
- Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

The United States is a big country but unfortunately
it seems it has the brain of a little bird not befitting
the greatness of the country.
- Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

We don't have a major problem right now in our country,
and life is normal.
Things like unemployment, which the youth are suffering from,
and the rate of inflation - these are chronic conditions
and we have to solve them.
- Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

When al-Qaeda was on the run from Afghanistan crossing through Iran,
some were arrested and they are imprisoned.
Some of them are charged with some actions in Iran.
- Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

I believe the main solution is to gain the trust of
Europe and America and to remove their concerns over
the peaceful nature of our nuclear industry and to
assure them that there will never be a diversion to military use.
- Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

Our Joy comes from living our own lives simply -
never from demanding that others live simply -
or from ever making any demands whatsoever upon others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you don't know where you're going,
any road will take you there.
- Lewis Carroll
(Alice in Wonderland)

Change of any sort requires courage.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

A mind at peace, a mind centered
and not focused on harming others,
is stronger than any physical force in the universe.
- Wayne Dyer

Choose to See Beauty and Joy:
Much in life can be seen as ugly or beautiful - it's our choice.
Why would we choose to see any part of life as ugly?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Fear defeats more people than
any other one thing in the world.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.
- William Shakespeare

Your example is far more influential and inspiring
than any words of instruction, or threats,
or even words of encouragement.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain,
and most fools do.
- Benjamin Franklin

He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

The fear of death follows from the fear of life.
A man who lives fully, is prepared to die at any time.
- Mark Twain

Happiness doesn't depend on any external conditions,
it is governed by our mental attitude.
- Dale Carnegie

If it is surely the means to the highest end we know,
can any work be humble or disgusting?
Will it not rather be elevating as a ladder,
the means by which we are translated?
- Henry David Thoreau

No individual has any right to come into the world
and go out of it without leaving something behind.
- George Washington Carver

I do not concern myself with gods and spirits
either good or evil, nor do I serve any.
- Lao Tzu

I like the silent church before the service begins,
better than any preaching.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

What are the proper grounds for joy?
Is it circumstance which will
determine the stature of my spirit?
Ah, no. It is choice. It is always a choice -
in the face of any event - for joy.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men
who walked through the huts comforting others,
giving away their last piece of bread...
They offer sufficient proof that everything
can be taken from a man but one thing:
to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances,
to choose one's own way.
- Viktor E. Frankl

Failure does not exist.
Failure is simply someone else's opinion of how
a certain act should have been completed.
Once you believe that no act must be performed
in any specific other-directed way,
then failing becomes impossible.
- Wayne Dyer

If a man loses his reverence for any part of life,
he will lose his reverence for all of life.
- Albert Schweitzer

I reject any religious doctrine that does not appeal
to reason and is in conflict with morality.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

We are not afraid to follow truth
wherever it may lead,
nor to tolerate any error
so long as reason is left free to combat it.
- Thomas Jefferson

Increase of material comforts,
it may be generally laid down,
does not in any way whatsoever
conduce to moral growth.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

It is any day better to stand erect
with a broken and bandaged head
then to crawl on one's belly,
in order to be able to save one's head.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on.
It is never of any use to oneself.
- Oscar Wilde

I expect to pass through this world but once.
Any good therefore that I can do,
or any kindness that I can show to my fellow-creature,
let me do it now.
Let me not defer or neglect it,
for I shall not pass this way again.
- William Penn

God's Spirit moves through us and the world
at a pace that can never be constricted
by any one religious paradigm.
I love that.
- Bono

The important thing is this: to be able, at any moment,
to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.
- Charles Du Bos (1882-1939), from his book Approximations (1922)
(not Charles DuBois or Maharishi Mahesh Yogi)

Hatred does not cease through hatred at any time.
Hatred ceases through love.
This is an unalterable law.
- The Buddha

Society is always taken by surprise
at any new example of common sense.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

You may be always victorious if
you will never enter into any contest
where the issue does not wholly depend upon yourself.
- Epictetus

As long as any adult thinks that he,
like the parents and teachers of old,
can become introspective,
invoking his own youth to understand
the youth before him,
he is lost.
- Margaret Mead

Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it.
- Henry David Thoreau

The Spirit is described in the Holy Scriptures
as much more anarchic than any established religion credits.
- Bono

Any emotion, if it is sincere, is involuntary.
- Mark Twain

I have gratitude for EVERYTHING that has ever occurred
to bring me to this moment.
I accept that no one else is ever to blame
for either my joy or my suffering.
The entire cause of all my joys and all my sufferings
is my own emotional response to the events of my life,
and I am committed to consistently distinguishing
between my feelings about events
and the physical occurrences of those events.
I declare that everyone who has ever played
any role in any of the events of my life
is entirely without fault.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Distrust any enterprise that requires new clothes.
- Henry David Thoreau

Nurture your mind with great thoughts,
for you will never go any higher than you think.
- Benjamin Disraeli

All compromise is based on give and take,
but there can be no give and take on fundamentals.
Any compromise on mere fundamentals is a surrender.
For it is all give and no take.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

When I examine myself and my methods of thought,
I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy
has meant more to me than
any talent for absorbing positive knowledge.
- Albert Einstein

I offer my body, my mind
and any ability that I posses,
to be used by Thee, O Infinite Creator,
in whatever way Thou dost choose
to express Thyself through me.
I know that all work is Thy work,
and that no task is too difficult
or too menial when offered
to Thee in loving service.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

One who is injured ought not to return the injury,
for on no account can it be right to do an injustice;
and it is not right to return an injury,
or to do evil to any man,
however much we have suffered from him.
- Socrates

When you are offended at any man's fault,
turn to yourself and study your own failings.
Then you will forget your anger.
- Epictetus

Beginning today, treat everyone you meet
as if they were going to be dead by midnight.
Extend to them all the care,
kindness and understanding you can muster,
and do with no thought of any reward.
Your life will never be the same again.
- Og Mandino

Any man today who returns from work,
sinks into a chair,
and calls for his pipe is a man with an appetite for danger.
- Bill Cosby

The dream you are living is your creation.
It is your perception of reality that you can change at any time.
- don Miguel Ruiz


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