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A consensus means that everyone agrees to say collectively
by Abba Eban

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

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

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

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

 

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

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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

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

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

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

Better to be disliked than pitied.
- Abba Eban

His ignorance is encyclopedic.
- Abba Eban

Time and again these governments have rejected proposals today -
and longed for them tomorrow.
- Abba Eban

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Not cohabitation but consensus constitutes marriage.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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

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

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

But just as they did in Philadelphia when they were
writing the constitution,
sooner or later, you've got to compromise.
You've got to start making the compromises that arrive
at a consensus and move the country forward.
- Colin Powell

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

For we can affirm with a good conscience that we have,
after reading the Holy Scripture, applied ourselves
and yet daily apply ourselves to the extent that the
grace of the Lord permits to inquiry into and investigation
of the consensus of the true and purer antiquity.
- Martin Chemnitz

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

There has been a growing consensus across the country -
from statehouses to the White House and the halls of Congress -
that we need to take dramatic steps to improve our secondary schools.
- Ruben Hinojosa

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

If you look over the course of a hundred years,
I think the gradual erosion of the consensus that's
held our country together is probably more serious
than a few bearded terrorists who fly into buildings.
- Pat Robertson

There's a bit of debate about that; some say it was really Matthew,
but the popular consensus is that Mark was the first one,
so that's why I did that one first.
And I was planning on doing all four.
- Chester Brown

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

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

There is zero debate about whether the world is getting warmer.
That is a fact, a measured fact.
There is some debate, although not much anymore,
about what's causing the world to get warmer.
And the consensus, by far is that it's us.
- Peter Barnes

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

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

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 danger of what's happening right now in terms of using reconciliation is,
the purpose of the Senate is going to be defeated.
And that is to bring consensus to big issues in this
country so that we have a reasoned and thoughtful approach
and that the American public buys into it.
- Tom Coburn

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

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

But I think it's very key that there's a plan for Haiti.
And we have to begin to - as progressives and people
who are concerned about Haiti and have been concerned about Haiti,
we have to begin to build some sort of consensus,
a movement around the Haiti that the Haitians envision.
- Danny Glover

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

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

Projecting a persuasive image of a desirable and practical
future is extremely important to high morale,
to dynamism, to consensus, and in general to help the
wheels of society turn smoothly.
- Herman Kahn


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