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The Arab-Israeli conflict is also in many ways a conflict about status:
by Alain de Botton

The Arab-Israeli conflict is also in many ways a conflict about status:
it's a war between two peoples who feel deeply humiliated by the other,
who want the other to respect them.
Battles over status can be even more intractable than
those over land or water or oil.
- Alain de Botton

I was uncomfortable writing fiction.
My love was the personal essay, rather than the novel.
- Alain de Botton

Kant and Hegel are interesting thinkers.
But I am happy to insist that they are also terrible writers.
- Alain de Botton

What is fascinating about marriage is why anyone wants to get married.
- Alain de Botton

 

Booksellers are the most valuable destination for the lonely,
given the numbers of books that were written because
authors couldn't find anyone to talk to.
- Alain de Botton

It's clear to me that there is no good reason for many
philosophy books to sound as complicated as they do.
- Alain de Botton

We may seek a fortune for no greater reason than to
secure the respect and attention of people who would
otherwise look straight through us.
- Alain de Botton

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Status anxiety definitely exists at a political level.
Many Iraqis were annoyed with the US essentially for reasons of status:
for not showing them respect,
for humiliating them.
- Alain de Botton

I'm also interested in the modern suggestion that you
can have a combination of love and sex in a marriage -
which no previous society has ever believed.
- Alain de Botton

I am conscious of trying to stretch the boundaries of non-fiction writing.
It's always surprised me how little attention many
non-fiction writers pay to the formal aspects of their work.
- Alain de Botton

We are certainly influenced by role models,
and if we are surrounded by images of beautiful rich people,
we will start to think that to be beautiful and rich is very important -
just as in the Middle Ages,
people were surrounded by images of religious piety.
- Alain de Botton

Pick up any newspaper or magazine, open the TV,
and you'll be bombarded with suggestions of how to have a successful life.
Some of these suggestions are deeply unhelpful to our
own projects and priorities -
and we should take care.
- Alain de Botton

I passionately believe that's it's not just what you say that counts,
it's also how you say it - that the success of your
argument critically depends on your manner of presenting it.
- Alain de Botton

In Britain, because I live here, I can also run into
problems of envy and competition.
But all this is just in a day's work for a writer.
You can't put stuff out there without someone calling you a complete fool.
Oh, well.
- Alain de Botton

It is obvious that putting the Arab-Israeli dispute
on a resolution track would be an important element
of overcoming the confidence problem in the region.
- Recep Tayyip Erdogan

I was outraged to learn that the president wanted to
outsource operations at some American ports to the United Arab Emirates.
- Francine Busby

Don't forget we are in a state of war and no peace.
But it's very dynamic and challenging compared to the rest of the Arab world.
- Walid Jumblatt

It was in our power to set high price for our blood,
a price too high for the Arab community,
the Arab army, or the Arab governments to think it worth paying.
- Moshe Dayan

The Arab World is writing a new future;
the pen is in our own hands.
- Abdallah II

Hezbollah's contempt for human suffering is total,
as it showed once again this morning when its rockets
murdered two Israeli Arab children in Nazareth.
- Tom Lantos

However, the resources at our people's disposal are
very few and we require assistance from the neighboring Arab countries,
and for weapons in order to fight the enemy.
- Ahmed Yassin

Our ports are a vital link in national security and
it is extremely dangerous to be considering their sale
to the United Arab Emirates government.
- Joe Donnelly

To this day the Arab influence is evident in southern Italy,
northern Africa and, above all, in Spain.
- Carroll Quigley

If they make the deadline because the Shiites and Kurds
essentially rammed a draft through over Sunni Arab objections,
there will be hell to pay.
- Wayne White

Every Arab nation votes against us at least two thirds of the time.
- Paul Weyrich

A foreign ideology cannot be introduced into Chechnya -
were it through an Arab or al-Qaeda.
Our experience is rich and long enough for us to be
Muslims and know what jihad is.
- Aslan Maskhadov

Under the auspices of peace, our comprehensive renaissance will be built,
and it will be a model for those who wish to emulate
it in the greater Arab homeland.
- King Hussein I

We do not have many intellectuals who can speak out for us internationally.
We have no writers who are recognized,
respected and loved outside the Arab world.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

The whole notion of land property rights in the Arab
world is different from that in Europe.
- William Odom

I am a Muslim Arab, in my actions oriented very to the left,
in my convictions.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

We've got to recognize that when we march into Iraq,
we're setting up the card tables in front of every
university in the Arab world,
the Islamic world, to recruit for al-Qaida.
- Chris Matthews

I also argued before the war that the administration
was underestimating Arab nationalism and Iraqi nationalism,
that it was not going to be as easy to rule Iraq as they thought.
- Juan Cole

If God, as some now say, is dead, He no doubt died
of trying to find an equitable solution to the Arab-Jewish problem.
- I. F. Stone

The failure of Christianity in the areas west from Sicily was even greater,
and was increased by the spread of Arab outlooks and influence to that area,
and especially to Spain.
- Carroll Quigley

I cannot conceive of Israel withdrawing if Arab states do not recognize Israel,
within secure borders.
- Nelson Mandela

You in Lebanon, your power is no match to Israel.
Israel, militarily, is more powerful than you and maybe
it is more powerful than all the Arab countries,
or most of them.
- Bashar al-Assad

The logical thing is to implement the Arab Defense Agreement.
- Bashar al-Assad

It was in our power to cause the Arab governments to
renounce the policy of strength toward Israel by turning
it into a demonstration of weakness.
- Moshe Dayan

One of the most widespread myths about the deal is
that the Administration is outsourcing the security
of our ports to a company from the United Arab Emirates.
- Kit Bond

Soldiers of Israel, we have no aims of conquest.
Our purpose is to bring to naught the attempts of the
Arab armies to conquer our land.
- Moshe Dayan

You couldn't have done this without killing an Arab prince.
- Michael Scheuer

But there is a difference here: When Jewish children are murdered,
Arabs celebrate the deed.
The death of an Arab child is no cause for celebration in Israel.
- Theodore Bikel

There is not one single place built in this country
that did not have a former Arab population.
- Moshe Dayan

In the Arab world, there is no link between the cultural
habits of peoples and the ways of thinking and creating of modern intellectuals.
They are two separate worlds.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

We have no Arab intellectuals of international stature
because we live in a state of generalized mediocrity.
We are suspended in the pit without touching the bottom.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

I came to declare that I am a friend to Arabs,
at a time when it is not easy to be friend to Arabs,
because nowadays those who have ambitions and interests would not befriend Arab.
- George Galloway

As for the future, we are equally determined to explore
all possibilities of getting rid,
once and for all, of the huge Arab minority which originally threatened us.
- Moshe Sharett

When Arab apologists wring their hands over an Israeli military incursion,
they never mention what the Israelis are reacting to,
or else diminish and distort it.
- Jack Schwartz

I shook hands with a friendly Arab.
I still have my right arm to prove it.
- Spike Milligan

The idea of photographing an Arab man naked and having
him simulate homosexual activity,
and having an American GI woman in the photographs,
is the end of society in their eyes.
- Seymour Hersh

Do not forget that the Arab countries,
starting with Algeria and Egypt, are the ones that
have paid the heaviest toll because of Islamic terror.
- Omar Bongo

Our ability to effectively engage China and the Arab
world rests on shared economic and political interests
and mutual understanding.
- Rick Larsen

No Arab ruler will consider the peace process seriously
so long as he is able to toy with the idea of achieving
more by the way of violence.
- Yitzhak Rabin

Fear is the main factor in Arab politics...
There is no Arab who is not harmed by Jews' entry into Palestine.
- Moshe Sharett

We have no opinion on the Arab-Arab conflicts.
- April Glaspie

Almost all Iraqis with any previous experience in the
intelligence business are Sunni Arab,
increasing the risk of penetration of the new intelligence
apparatus by the insurgency.
- Wayne White

There is a gulf between the Arab peoples and Arab intellectuals.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

Public interest in most of the Middle East was slight at that time;
the Arab-Israeli conflict was all that people were
interested in and that was not my specialty.
- Juan Cole

For decades, the violence in the Middle East has claimed
a multitude of innocent civilian victims:
Men,
women and children, Arab and Israeli.
- John Conyers

The world does not look to us in the Arab world out
of a healthy desire for knowledge.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

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

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 geography books no longer exist.
- Moshe Dayan

Somebody was asking me the other day -
President Bush is now talking about freedom for the Arab world.
I say, well, that's great.
I was talking about that fifty years ago.
- Lakhdar Brahimi

How will decent people in the region ever believe in
peace if Arab terrorists interpret every gesture of
peace as a display of weakness and then act accordingly?
- Tom Lantos

The times of Arab nationalism and unity are gone forever.
- Muammar al-Gaddafi

Any solution for the Iraqi problem cannot be reached
without Arabs and Arab participation.
- Amr Moussa

All I wanted with that film was to represent the possibility
that there might be normal people who are Muslim or
Arab with the same fears,
responsibilities, hopes.
- Tony Shalhoub

We oppose occupation of land by force and we believe
in dialogue as the method for regaining Arab rights.
This is the spirit of the Great Arab Revolt.
- King Hussein I

It would be hard to ignore the absence of democracy in any Arab nation.
- Jack Schwartz

Palestine is the cement that holds the Arab world together,
or it is the explosive that blows it apart.
- Yasser Arafat

When a 'Life of Brian' comes out with Muhammad in the lead role,
directed by an Arab equivalent of Theo van Gogh,
it will be a huge step forward.
- Ayaan Hirsi Ali


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