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Lest Arab governments be tempted out of sheer routine
by 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

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

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

Better to be disliked than pitied.
- Abba Eban

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

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

His ignorance is encyclopedic.
- 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 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

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

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

Control thy passions lest they take vengeance upon thee.
- Epictetus

Beware, lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.
- Aesop

Time is the coin of your life.
It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent.
Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.
- Carl Sandburg

Temper your enjoyments with prudence,
lest there be written on your heart that fearful word "satiety."
- Francis Quarles

Indeed it is better to postpone, lest either we complete too little by hurrying,
or wander too long in completing it.
- Tertullian

The arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled,
and assistance to foreign hands should be curtailed,
lest Rome fall.
- Taylor Caldwell

Actually, most things I say in public lead more or
less directly to my own compositional practice,
so I should be careful about generalizing lest they come back to haunt me.
- Brian Ferneyhough

Some men love truth so much that they seem to be in
continual fear lest she should catch a cold on overexposure.
- Samuel Butler

Do not be too hard, lest you be broken;
do not be too soft,
lest you be squeezed.
- Ali ibn Abi Talib

Man must shape his tools lest they shape him.
- Arthur Miller

The danger is not lest the soul should doubt whether there is any bread,
but lest, by a lie, it should persuade itself that it is not hungry.
- Simone Weil

She gave up beauty in her tender youth,
gave all her hope and joy and pleasant ways;
she covered up her eyes lest they should gaze on vanity,
and chose the bitter truth.
- Christina Rossetti

That's the wise thrush; he sings each song twice over,
lest you should think he never could recapture the
first fine careless rapture!
- Robert Browning

Submit to the present evil, lest a greater one befall you.
- Phaedrus

But let us not too hastily triumph in the shame of Sparta,
lest we aggravate our own condemnation.
- Thomas Day

Have the courage to face a difficulty lest it kick
you harder than you bargain for.
- Stanislaus I

Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you.
- John Ruskin

I must lose myself in action, lest I wither in despair.
- Alfred Lord Tennyson

Monkeys who very sensibly refrain from speech,
lest they should be set to earn their livings.
- Kenneth Grahame

Stand not too near the rich man lest he destroy thee -
and not too far away lest he forget thee.
- Aneurin Bevan

Beware lest in your anxiety to avoid war you obtain a master.
- Demosthenes

Put a bridle on thy tongue; set a guard before thy lips,
lest the words of thine own mouth destroy thy peace...
on much speaking cometh repentance, but in silence is safety.
- William Drummond

The poor man wishes to conceal his poverty,
and the rich man his wealth: the former fears lest he be despised,
the latter lest he be plundered.
- Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

Judge not, lest you be so fearful of judgment that you can hardly breath.
- Paul Williams

Lest when I am gone you may be at a loss for an epitaph for me,
let me give you one - He Fed Fevers.
- Robert James Graves

Truth is a good dog; but always beware of barking too
close to the heels of an error,
lest you get your brains kicked out.
- Francis Bacon

Whatever we have of this world in our hands,
our care must be to keep it out of our hearts,
lest it come between us and Christ.
- Matthew Henry

Mars, when guilty of homicide, and set free from the
charge of murder by the Athenians through favour,
lest he should appear to be too fierce and savage,
committed adultery with Venus.
- Lactantius

A man should live with his superiors as he does with his fire:
not too near,
lest he burn; nor too far off, lest he freeze.
- Albert Pike

I am opposed to the laying down of rules or conditions
to be observed in the construction of bridges lest
the progress of improvement tomorrow might be embarrassed
or shackled by recording or registering as law the
prejudices or errors of today.
- Isambard K. Brunel

As though there were a tie And obligation to posterity.
We get them, bear them, breed, and nurse:
What has posterity done for us.
That we, lest they their rights should lose,
Should trust our necks to gripe of noose?
- John Trumbull

Art is the most beautiful deception of all.
And although people try to incorporate the everyday events of life in it,
we must hope that it will remain a deception lest it
become a utilitarian thing,
sad as a factory.
- Claude Debussy

When the legislative and executive powers are united in the same person,
or in the same body of magistrates, there can be no liberty;
because apprehensions may arise,
lest the same monarch or senate should enact tyrannical laws,
to execute them in a tyrannical manner.
- Charles de Secondat

To the American people I say, awaken to what is happening.
It is the duty of each citizen to be vigilant,
to protect liberty, to speak out, left and right and
disagree lest be trampled underfoot by misguided zealotry
and extreme partisanship.
- Robert Byrd

So far as hypotheses are concerned, let no one expect
anything certain from astronomy,
which cannot furnish it, lest he accept as the truth
ideas conceived for another purpose,
and depart from this study a greater fool than when he entered it.
- Nicolaus Copernicus

Lest those islands still seem to you too remote in
space and time to be relevant to our modern societies,
just think about the risks...
of our increasing globalization and increasing worldwide
economic interdependence.
- Jared Diamond

Do not fear lest you should meditate too much upon
Him and speak of Him in an unworthy way,
providing you are led by faith.
Do not fear lest you should entertain false opinions
of Him so long as they are in conformity with the notion
of the infinitely perfect Being.
- Nicolas Malebranche

If, amid the multitude of contending counsel,
you have hesitated and doubted; if, when a great measure suggested itself,
you have shrunk from the vast responsibility,
afraid to go forward lest you should go wrong,
what wonder?
- Robert Dale Owen

We Americans are world leaders and we must lead by example -
particularly in times that require careful deliberation
before any precipitous action -
lest we fail to walk in the shoes of those we might injure.
- Peter Yarrow

But God, who is the beginning of all things,
is not to be regarded as a composite being,
lest perchance there should be found to exist elements
prior to the beginning itself,
out of which everything is composed,
whatever that be which is called composite.
- Origen

It has always been a great wrong that these men and
their families should be held in bondage.
We of the North have hitherto acquiesced in it,
lest, in the endeavor to redress it in violation of the Constitution,
greater evils might ensue.
- Jay Alan Sekulow

On His Blindness:
When I consider how my light is spent
Ere half my days in this dark world and wide,
And that one Talent which is death to hide
Lodged with me useless, though my soul more bent
To serve therewith my Maker, and present
My true account, lest He returning chide,
"Doth God exact day-labour, light denied?"
I fondly ask. But Patience, to prevent
That murmur, soon replies, "God doth not need
Either man's work or his own gifts. Who best
Bear his mild yoke, they serve him best. His state
Is kingly: thousands at his bidding speed,
And post o'er land and ocean without rest;
They also serve who only stand and wait.
- John Milton (1608-1674)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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