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It is obvious that taking the country from a state
by Ahmed Ben Bella

It is obvious that taking the country from a state
of war to being a lawful state won't be easy.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

When I was engaged in the struggle for my country,
I was very young.
My horizons were open.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

Those who are leftists, once in power,
are not different from other parties.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

Algeria is not breaking up.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

 

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

In two years, there were 22 military coups d'etat,
essentially in Africa and the third world.
The coup d'etat of Algiers, in 1965,
is what opened the path.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

I accommodated practically all of the liberation movements,
including those of Latin America.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

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I am not a Marxist, but I place myself resolutely at the left.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

Che came in 1963, shortly after I had come to power.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

These are the multinationals, like General Motors and Nestle;
these are the big industrial groups that weigh,
on the monetary scale, much more than big countries like Egypt.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

The French colonisation of Algeria lasted a long time:
132 years.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

Algeria was therefore only the beginning of something that was in development:
this is why I say that it's the global capitalist system
that finally reacted against us.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

Colonialism is an idea born in the West that drives Western countries -
like France,
Italy, Belgium, Great Britain - to occupy countries outside of Europe.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

From their point of view, I had gone too far.
I had to disappear.
That is to say, if the Algerian army had not overthrown me,
others would have done so.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

I am the son of poor peasants who came at a very young age to live in Algeria.
I only recently saw the place where they were born,
near the city of Marrakech.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

Yes, I am Algerian of Moroccan origin through my parents,
but all my life is Algeria.
I was born there.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

Peace does not include a vendetta; there will be neither winners nor losers.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

When someone came to ask us for help,
it was sacred.
We did not even think twice.
We helped them, even if we had only meagre means;
we offered them arms,
a little bit of money, and in occasion,
men.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

It's with them that we have constituted a liberation
front and brought our logistic support to armies to
help their countries come out of colonialism and establish
a national internal regime.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

I'm optimistic because I'm pragmatic:
Neither of the two sides,
the military government nor the Islamic front,
is capable of winning.
If they continue to fight, they will both bleed to death.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

My life has been a bit special, this is true.
I participated in the liberation of my country.
I was one of the organisers of its struggle for liberation.
I likewise actively participated in all the struggles for liberation.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

In the past, we spoke of poverty, misery only in the south.
Now there is a lot of misery, a lot of bad that creates
victims in the north as well.
This has become manifest: the global system was not
made to serve the good of all,
but to serve multinational companies.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

I can say now: all the combatants who participated
in the fight for freedom in South America came to Algeria;
it's from there that all those who fought left.
We trained them, we arranged for the weapons to reach them,
we created networks.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

Yes, my life is a life of combat; I can say that this
has never stopped for a single instant.
It is a combat that started for me at the age of 16.
I'm 90 years old now, and my motivation hasn't changed;
it's the same fervour that drives me.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

I think that they participated in something that was
not very proper and was very pitiful,
not only for the Algerian people, but also for the
other people who counted on our support.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

With my government, we engaged in bringing our help
to fights for national freedom.
At that precise moment, several countries were still
colonised or had barely overcome colonisation.
This was the case in practically all of Africa.
We supported them.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

Everywhere that the struggle for national freedom has triumphed,
once the authorities agreed, there were military coups
d'etat that overthrew their leaders.
That is the result time and time again.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

Colonialism is known in its primitive form,
that is to say, by the permanent settling of repressive foreign powers,
with an army, services, policies.
This phase has known cruel colonial occupations which
have lasted 300 years in Indonesia.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

The liberation movement which I led in Algeria,
the organization that I created to fight the French army,
was at first a small movement of nothing at all.
We were but some tens of people throughout Algeria,
a territory that is five times the size of France.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

Be alert. The most important things in life
are seldom the most obvious.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The most important things in life
are seldom the most obvious.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The problems of the world cannot possibly
be solved by skeptics or cynics
whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities.
We need men who can dream of things that never were.
- John F. Kennedy

The obscure we see eventually.
The completely obvious,
it seems, takes longer.
- Edward R. Murrow

We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of
the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men.
- George Orwell

When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached,
don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.
- Confucius

In computing, turning the obvious into the useful is
a living definition of the word "frustration".
- Alan Perlis

It looks to me to be obvious that the whole world cannot eat an American diet.
- Jerry Brown

Jim Bakker spells his name with two k's because three would be too obvious.
- Bill Maher

Art is a step from what is obvious and well-known toward
what is arcane and concealed.
- Khalil Gibran

It is perfectly obvious that no one nor any single
country can save the world from the horrors of tsunamis,
hurricanes, earthquakes and winged influenza.
- Richard Reeves

It seems to me that at this time we need education
in the obvious more than the investigation of the obscure.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Nothing can be more obvious than that all animals were
created solely and exclusively for the use of man.
- Thomas Love Peacock

If interstellar travel is as time- or energy-
demanding as the above figures indicate,
it is far from obvious what the motive for colonization might be.
- Barney Oliver

With everything it has to offer, Las Vegas is an obvious
destination for tourists,
as proven by the over 40 million visitors the city welcomes per year.
- Jon Porter

The whole idea that the rescue was staged or the soldiers were shooting blanks,
that's just obvious stuff.
Why would you do that in the middle of a war? It's just crazy.
- Jessica Lynch

Lennon was very helpful.
What he taught me seems completely obvious:
he expected people to treat each other well.
- Annie Leibovitz

Yeah, I had gay friends.
The first thing I realized was that everybody's different,
and it becomes obvious that all of the gay stereotypes are ridiculous.
- Bruce Springsteen

Misquotation is, in fact, the pride and privilege of the learned.
A widely- read man never quotes accurately,
for the rather obvious reason that he has read too widely.
- Hesketh Pearson

An economist is a man who states the obvious in terms of the incomprehensible.
- Alfred A. Knopf

One can't relive one's life.
Forgiveness is not what's difficult;
one's always too ready to forgive.
And it does no good, that's obvious.
- Louis-Ferdinand Celine

Nobody understood better than Mr. Lincoln the obvious
truth that in politics it does not suffice merely to nominate candidates.
Something must also be done to elect them.
- John George Nicolay

An athlete must have ability to reach the top,
but many who have ability and who do not live clean
lives never have and never will be champions for obvious reasons.
- Major Taylor

Sometimes the first duty of intelligent men is the
restatement of the obvious.
- George Orwell

But there is no obvious reason for holding that some
normal adults are entitled to make choices for other normal adults,
as paternalists of both left and right believe.
- Tom G. Palmer

The great discoveries are usually obvious.
- Phil Crosby

It's like our relationship is always about the other
side that isn't the obvious side.
- Rosario Dawson

It's obvious that they're going to want Ali's daughter
and Frazier's daughter to fight it out.
- Robert Goulet

It's tedious to watch something very obvious being worked out,
like a movie that's not particularly good and after
about half an hour you know how it's going to end.
- Rudy Rucker

It is obvious that the greatest and most important
service that is required of our agriculture under existing
conditions is an enlarged production of the staple food crops.
- David F. Houston

It is obvious that different individuals require different things to live good,
healthy, and virtuous lives.
- Tom G. Palmer

I think the obvious answer is I was raised in New York City,
so growing up, not only myself but my family,
like my father, we would watch a lot of Scorsese films.
- Anthony Michael Hall

Now that copyrights can be just about a century long,
the inability to know what is protected and what is
not protected becomes a huge and obvious burden on the creative process.
- Lawrence Lessig

I could have begged.
They made it obvious to me that if I wanted to come
back and be a good boy...
but I'd rather be in Roots than Good Times.
- John Amos

It is obvious that we can no more explain a passion
to a person who has never experienced it than we can
explain light to the blind.
- T. S. Eliot

"Obvious" is the most dangerous word in mathematics.
- E. T. Bell

I wanted to write songs which I think is a different thing.
I wanted to write music that is informed by folk music.
The chord progressions are obvious references.
- Joanna Newsom

I know people look at me and try to make conclusions about me immediately,
based on the obvious, let's say.
- John Lone

In saying what is obvious, never choose cunning.
Yelling works better.
- Cynthia Ozick

I don't know how anyone could vote Republican.
It's so obvious that their only interest is keeping the rich rich.
- Vivian Campbell

A life spent largely among books, and in the exercise
of a literary profession,
has very obvious drawbacks, as a subject-matter,
when one comes to write about it.
- Mary A. Ward

Most of the research which is done is determined by
the requirement that it shall,
in a fairly obvious and predictable way,
reinforce the approved or fashionable theories.
- Celia Green


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