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Conferences at the top level are always courteous.
by W. Averell Harriman

Conferences at the top level are always courteous.
Name-calling is left to the foreign ministers.
- W. Averell Harriman

We became convinced that, regardless of Stalin's awful
brutality and his reign of terror,
he was a great war leader.
Without Stalin, they never would have held.
- W. Averell Harriman

I think Stalin was afraid of Roosevelt.
Whenever Roosevelt spoke, he sort of watched him with a certain awe.
He was afraid of Roosevelt's influence in the world.
- W. Averell Harriman

The Russians often took advantage of Lend-Lease.
- W. Averell Harriman

 

Much of the aid we first gave to Russia we took away
from what we promised Britain.
So in a sense, Britain participated in a very real
way in the recovery of Russia.
- W. Averell Harriman

Yet the whole preamble of the second authorization
act for the Marshall Plan showed the direction Congress
was ready to take about breaking down barriers within Europe.
- W. Averell Harriman

Roosevelt was the one who had the vision to change
our policy from isolationism to world leadership.
That was a terrific revolution.
Our country's never been the same since.
- W. Averell Harriman

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The war changed everybody's attitude.
We became international almost overnight.
- W. Averell Harriman

Americans wanted to settle all our difficulties with
Russia and then go to the movies and drink Coke.
- W. Averell Harriman

There's a myth that Roosevelt gave Stalin Eastern Europe.
I was with Roosevelt every day at Yalta.
- W. Averell Harriman

We both agreed that Stalin was determined to hold out against the Germans.
He told us he'd never let them get to Moscow.
But if he was wrong, they'd go back to the Urals and fight.
They'd never surrender.
- W. Averell Harriman

I think there are telegrams that may or may not be available,
which indicated that I very much had in mind the need
to give Europe substantial aid after the war,
after Lend-Lease was over.
- W. Averell Harriman

I was quite ready to accept certain restrictions on the United States.
After all, there was a great dollar shortage.
It was quite clear that the more prosperous Europe became,
the more business there would be in the United States.
- W. Averell Harriman

As far as the Russians were concerned,
I felt the reverse; they had adequate gold,
if they wanted to buy, and they weren't dependent upon international trade.
I felt they were more self-sufficient.
- W. Averell Harriman

How could you justify giving Holland twice the amount
of money that you gave Belgium? Well,
finally, I put it up to them.
They said that they couldn't do it; it would destroy them.
I said they had to do it.
And I finally got support from Hoffman on it.
- W. Averell Harriman

It never occurred to me that we would have as grandiose
a program as the Marshall Plan,
but I felt that we had to do something to save Europe
from economic disaster which would encourage the Communist takeover.
- W. Averell Harriman

Roosevelt was determined to stop Stalin from taking over Eastern Europe.
He thought they finally had an agreement on Poland.
Before Roosevelt died, he realized that Stalin had broken his agreement.
- W. Averell Harriman

This was the period when I used all the influence I
had to get the British to abandon their export trade,
and as much as possible convert all of their manufacturing
facilities to the immediate needs of the war,
including civilian, as well as military requirements.
- W. Averell Harriman

The Russians obtained a number of plants under Lend-Lease,
which had been authorized by Washington,
that I thought were not justified for their war effort.
They wanted them for postwar use.
- W. Averell Harriman

Poland, of course, was the key country.
I remember Stalin telling me that the plains of Poland
were the invasion route of Europe to Russia and always had been,
and therefore he had to control Poland.
- W. Averell Harriman

The biggest trade that Germany and Britain had was with each other,
in the prewar period; I think I'm right in that.
Two highly industrialized nations had the most trade with each other,
and it wasn't tariff policies alone that made trade
relations better for both of them.
- W. Averell Harriman

It was fear.
He didn't want to see a united Germany.
Stalin made it clear to me - I spoke with him many times -
that they couldn't afford to let Germany build up again.
They'd been invaded twice, and he wasn't willing to have it happen again.
- W. Averell Harriman

Actually I'd had a certain amount of experience in
Europe in the inter-war period,
as a banker, and I was also a member of the Board of
Directors of the International Chamber of Commerce.
- W. Averell Harriman

We were talking about really getting Europe on its feet.
It was our hope that there would be a breakdown of
trade barriers in Europe first,
and then eventually a breakdown internationally,
which would help increase trade with Europe.
- W. Averell Harriman

In contrast to what most prosecutors do,
we try to treat all individuals with complete fairness.
We do not go out and hold press conferences and the like.
- Kenneth Starr

Fortunately, John Houseman is a marvelous writer and
he sat in on so many story conferences.
He worked with Welles, you know, and he's a marvelous man.
- Vincente Minnelli

My oldest son, Gary, is a seasoned minister and travels
with me for ministers' conferences.
- David Wilkerson

In addition, I'll be attending women's health expos
and medical conferences with the goal to promote dialogue
between women and their health-care providers.
- Karen Duffy

Listen to advice.
You don't know how many writer's conferences I've taught
at where at least half the audience fights all the
conventions of the field.
- Jane Haddam

News conferences are the only chance the American public
has to see Ronald Reagan use his mind.
- Sam Donaldson

There is one criticism which cannot be leveled at interparliamentary
conferences but which is applicable to a great extent to peace congresses:
the meetings waste time.
- Fredrik Bajer

May the spirit of devotion to duty which inspires us
always dominate this Committee's conferences!
- Gustav Krupp

We started giving presentations at practitioner conferences in 1986,
and since then all of our derivatives research has
been stimulated by contact with practitioners.
- John Hull

Recently I've been participating in radio and television
talk programs doing broadcasts and conferences,
and shooting my mouth off and really going to town.
- Peter Maxwell Davies

Godard is incredibly brilliant, the things he says.
Apparently here in France, the most interesting thing
when a new film of his is going to come out are his press conferences,
because he's so brilliant.
- Brian De Palma

I would have thought it possible to choose delegates
for these larger conferences who,
even if they could not speak the principal languages,
could at least understand them or could have friends
seated beside them who could keep them informed on essential points.
- Fredrik Bajer

My dad's a doctor, and when I was 8,
I went to one of his medical conferences where they
were demonstrating laser surgery on a chicken.
I was so mad that a chicken had to die,
I never ate meat again.
- Natalie Portman

I also meet with city officials, representatives from governors' offices,
really anyone in that sort of position who has shown
an interest in youth fitness,
to let them know why this sort of program is so important.
I give the same message when I speak at conferences.
- Rafer Johnson

I never participated in far-reaching political decisions,
since I never belonged to the circle of the closest
associates of Adolf Hitler,
neither was I consulted by Adolf Hitler on general political questions,
nor did I ever take part in conferences about such problems.
- Hans Frank

And I would be the first to admit that probably,
in a lot of press conferences over the time that I have been in coaching,
indulging my own sense of humor at press conferences
has not been greatly to my benefit.
- Bobby Knight

I believe we are going to move into a situation where
the more effective conferences will be smaller,
more specialized, more focused, with occasional large
gatherings to get the attention of the larger world.
- Maurice Strong

Life is an adventure.
I can only wonder what treasure
awaits at the top of the path.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I can only wonder what treasure awaits at the top of the path.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We'll take the cake with the red cherry on top.
- Navjot Singh Sidhu

Nobody's a natural.
You work hard to get good and then work to get better.
It's hard to stay on top.
- Paul Coffey

Our natures are a lot like oil, mix us with anything else,
and we strive to swim on top.
- Joan Rivers

A two-year-old is kind of like having a blender,
but you don't have a top for it.
- Jerry Seinfeld

If one morning I walked on top of the water across the Potomac River,
the headline that afternoon would read:
"President Can't Swim."
- Lyndon B. Johnson

Occasionally I have come across a last patch of snow
on top of a mountain in late May or June.
There's something very powerful about finding snow in summer.
- Andy Goldsworthy

Never measure the height of a mountain until you have reached the top.
Then you will see how low it was.
- Dag Hammarskjold

Civilization is unbearable, but it is less unbearable at the top.
- Timothy Leary

Success to me is having ten honeydew melons and eating
only the top half of each slice.
- Barbra Streisand

I think the government has to reposition environment
on top of their national and international priorities.
- Brian Mulroney

The worst government is often the most moral.
One composed of cynics is often very tolerant and humane.
But when fanatics are on top there is no limit to oppression.
- H. L. Mencken

Wise are those who learn that the bottom line doesn't
always have to be their top priority.
- William Arthur Ward

Like dogs in a wheel, birds in a cage,
or squirrels in a chain, ambitious men still climb and climb,
with great labor, and incessant anxiety,
but never reach the top.
- Robert Browning

I grew up in a household where everybody lived at the top of his lungs.
- Frank Langella

Be as a tower firmly set; Shakes not its top for any blast that blows.
- Dante Alighieri

Maybe in a few months I can start to daydream if we
are still top of the league.
That is the main one for us.
- John Terry

I wouldn't say I was the best manager in the business.
But I was in the top one.
- Brian Clough

It's like tabloid news programs that talk about how horrible something is,
while at the same time they're glorifying it as their top story.
- Daisy Berkowitz

To be positive is to be mistaken at the top of one's voice.
- Ambrose Bierce

It's not magic!
It's physics.
The speed of the turn is what keeps you upright.
It's like a spinning top.
- Deborah Bull

No, because I think I have a reason to believe in myself
and I think I'm also pretty confident about who I am
and what I'm doing and it might be because I'm still at the top too.
- Martina Hingis

Television is now so desperately hungry for material
that they're scraping the top of the barrel.
- Gore Vidal

People think that at the top there isn't much room.
They tend to think of it as an Everest.
My message is that there is tons of room at the top.
- Margaret Thatcher

The violence in society, I'm afraid,
is perpetrated by the people at the top.
- Rob Walton

I used a baritone guitar with a very unusual tuning
that became the body of the composition,
while the classical guitar is on top of it with the main rhythm part.
- Lee Ritenour

The kind of people I look for to fill top management
spots are the eager beavers,
the mavericks.
These are the guys who try to do more than they're expected to do -
they always reach.
- Lee Iacocca

The more games I will play, the faster I will be back
on a top spot in the world rankings.
- Jan Timman

No company can afford not to move forward.
It may be at the top of the heap today but at the bottom of the heap tomorrow,
if it doesn't.
- James Cash Penney


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