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We do not trust the goodwill of the U.S.
by Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

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

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

Condi Rice talks tough but she cannot be tough herself.
- 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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly,
"one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
- Hans Christian Andersen

The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
- Nelson Henderson

Love does not claim possession, but gives freedom.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
- Lao Tzu

I am not afraid of storms
for I am learning how to sail my ship.
- Louisa May Alcott

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.
- Marianne Williamson

Love one another but make not a bond of love.
Let it rather be a moving sea
between the shores of your souls.
- Khalil Gibran

A good traveler has no fixed plans,
and is not intent on arriving.
- Lao Tzu

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

The beauty does not live out there;
the beauty's in my eyes.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The essence of life is not in
the great victories and grand failures,
but in the simple joys.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The mind is not a vessel to be filled
but a fire to be kindled.
- Plutarch

You will not be punished for your anger,
you will be punished by your anger.
- The Buddha

Lord, grant that I might not so much
seek to be loved as to love.
- St. Francis of Assisi

Every child comes with the message
that God is not yet discouraged of man.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Everything has beauty,
but not everyone sees it.
- Confucius

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.
- Rabindranath Tagore

The world is perfect. It's a mess.
It has always been a mess.
We are not going to change it.
Our job is to straighten out our own lives.
- Joseph Campbell

Treat those who are good with goodness,
and also treat those who are not good with goodness.
Thus goodness is attained.
Be honest to those who are honest,
and be also honest to those who are not honest.
Thus honesty is attained.
- Lao Tzu

Everything is a miracle,
not just the beautiful and lovely things.
- Anonymous

Self-respect is not a function of size, age, or wealth.
Breathe deep, sing loud and sweet,
"I am me, I am unique, I am magnificent."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I do not need anyone's permission to be my true self.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Do not follow where the path may lead.
Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

A bird does not sing because it has an answer.
It sings because it has a song.
- Chinese Proverb

The full measure of a man is
not to be found in the man himself,
but in the colors and textures that
come alive in others because of him.
- Albert Schweitzer

Life may not be the party we hoped for,
but while we are here we might as well dance.
- Anonymous

Life is not supposed to be fair.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek,
but a means by which we arrive at that goal.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Truth is not defined by
how many people believe something.
Ask. Question. Think.
Decide - for yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

One can not reflect in streaming water.
Only those who know internal peace can give it to others.
- Lao Tzu

The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.
- Oscar Wilde

Trust in the Light.
Darkness is not a force -
it is merely the absence of light.
Observe that when a light is brought to a dark place,
the darkness disappears.
Sadness is similar -
when joy is brought to suffering,
the sadness disappears.
Open yourself to the Light!
Hold back nothing,
Trust in the Light.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It's not the size of the dog in the fight,
it's the size of the fight in the dog.
- Mark Twain

Let us not pray to be sheltered from dangers
but to be fearless when facing them.
- Rabindranath Tagore

A ship in harbor is safe -
but that is not what ships are for.
- John A. Shedd

To the people who love you,
you are beautiful already.
This is not because they're
blind to your shortcomings
but because they so clearly see your soul.
- Victoria Moran

Circumstance does not make the man: it reveals him to himself.
- James Allen

The opposite of courage in our society
is not cowardice, it is conformity.
- Rollo May

What you leave behind is not what
is engraved in stone monuments,
but what is woven into the lives of others.
- Pericles

Not everything that casts a long shadow is to be feared.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The wise man in the storm prays God,
not for safety from danger,
but for deliverance from fear.
It is the storm within which endangers him,
not the storm without.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The key to forgiveness is to forgive from the heart -
not from the mind.
- Sheri Rosenthal

Life is NOT "Supposed to be Fair."
Know that there is no single way that life is "supposed" to be.
Demanding that life meet our expectations
is a sure fire recipe for a miserable existence.
Life is a game with no rules.
Life just happens to us regardless of our best intentions.
Our only path to happiness lies in being open
to receiving whatever life throws at us -
with Gratitude. Have NO Expectations of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Do not let Sunday be taken from you.
If your soul has no Sunday, it becomes an orphan.
- Albert Schweitzer

One does not discover new lands without consenting
to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
- Andre Gide

Do not allow obligation or immediacy to
bind you to physical things or specific actions.
- Mary Anne Radmacher


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