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And they said if we help with the crisis,
by 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 have no problems with Jews and highly respect Judaism as a holy religion.
- Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

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

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

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

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Condi Rice talks tough but she cannot be tough herself.
- Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

If we have any problems, it's always with the government 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 important matter is freedom.
When the people choose what they want,
it is good for them and for us.
- Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

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

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 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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

People will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget
how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it,
or who said it, no matter if I have said it,
unless it agrees with your own reason
and your own common sense.
- The Buddha

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was,
Thank you, that would suffice.
- Meister Eckhart

Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates.
You never know what you're gonna get.
- the movie Forrest Gump

I've learned that people will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou

Never interrupt someone doing what you said couldn't be done.
- Amelia Earhart

We can only be said to be truly alive in those moments
when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.
- Thornton Wilder

I want it said of me by those who knew me best,
that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower
where I thought a flower would grow.
- Abraham Lincoln

Courage is fear that has said its prayers.
- Karl Barth

Well done is better than well said.
- Benjamin Franklin

There is no subject so old that something new cannot be said about it.
- Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Die when I may, I want it said by those who knew me best
that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower
where I thought a flower would grow.
- Abraham Lincoln

You have heard that it was said,
"Love your neighbor and hate your enemy."
But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.
- Matthew 5:43-44

Never say or do anything you wouldn't want
to be the last thing you ever said or did.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

"Begin at the beginning," the King said, very gravely,
"and go on till you come to the end: then stop."
- Lewis Carroll

When I look back on all these worries,
I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed
that he had had a lot of trouble in his life,
most of which had never happened.
- Winston Churchill

"Good morning!" he said at last.
"We don't want any adventures here, thank you!
You might try over The Hill or across The Water."
- J. R. R. Tolkien

Examine what is said, not him who speaks.
- Arabian Proverb

When all is said and done,
the one sole condition that makes
spiritual happiness and preserves it
is the absence of doubt.
- Mark Twain

"Sometimes," said Pooh, "the smallest things take up the most room in your heart."
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

I unconditionally forgive myself for everything
that I have ever done, said, or thought
that has caused me harm or suffering.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A wise one said, "We are most like God when we forgive."
It is easy for us to blame, but hard for us to forgive.
Yet that is what we are called upon to do -
to forgive everyone for everything.
And the reward?
In this life, the reward for forgiveness
is your own happiness.
Unconditional universal forgiveness is
the key to your own happiness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

One day Alice came to a fork in the road
and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree.
"Which road do I take?" she asked.
His responses was a question: "Where do you want to go?"
"I don't know," Alice answered.
"Then," said the cat, "it doesn't matter."
- Lewis Carroll

What if it were only an illusion?
Perhaps life is not as threatening as it appears.
Perhaps the greatest threat to our serenity
is our fear of the future -
our fear of the unknown.
Perhaps, as Franklin D. Roosevelt said,
"The Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When a man you like switches from what
he said a year ago, or four years ago,
he is a broad-minded person who has courage enough
to change his mind with changing conditions.
When a man you don't like does it,
he is a liar who has broken his promise.
- Franklin Pierce Adams

My Mama always said you've got to put the past behind you
before you can move on.
- the movie Forrest Gump

"The time has come," the walrus said, "to talk of many things:
of shoes and ships - and sealing wax - of cabbages and kings."
- Lewis Carroll

Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. "Pooh?" he whispered.
"Yes, Piglet?"
"Nothing," said Piglet, taking Pooh's hand.
"I just wanted to be sure of you."
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

How true Daddy's words were when he said:
all children must look after their own upbringing.
Parents can only give good advice
or put them on the right paths,
but the final forming of a person's character
lies in their own hands.
- Anne Frank

God is the great mysterious motivator of what we call nature,
and it has often been said by philosophers,
that nature is the will of God.
And I prefer to say that nature
is the only body of God that we shall ever see.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

Overflowing Cup of Tea:
The Zen Master poured his visitor's teacup full, and then kept pouring.
The visitor watched until he could no longer restrain himself.
"It is overfull. No more will go in!"
"Like this cup," the Zen Master said,
"you are full of your own opinions and assumptions.
How can you learn truth until you first empty your cup?"
- Traditional Zen Koan

"But I don't want to go among mad people," said Alice.
"Oh, you can't help that," said the cat. "We're all mad here."
- Lewis Carroll

(Jesus on Love)
You have heard that it was said,
"Love your neighbor and hate your enemy."
But I tell you: Love your enemies
and pray for those who persecute you.
- Matthew 5:43-44

Momma always said dyin' was a part of life.
I sure wish it wasn't.
- the movie Forrest Gump

I don't see much sense in that," said Rabbit.
"No," said Pooh humbly, "there isn't.
But there was going to be when I began it.
It's just that something happened to it along the way."
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

I believe in God, but not as one thing,
not as an old man in the sky.
I believe that what people call God
is something in all of us.
I believe that what Jesus and Mohammed and Buddha
and all the rest said was right.
It's just that the translations have gone wrong.
- John Lennon

"When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone,
"it means just what I choose it to mean - neither more nor less."
- Lewis Carroll

It is my desire, in the office of a Christian minister,
to do nothing which I cannot do with my whole heart.
Having said this, I have said all.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I unconditionally forgive everyone for all hurt
that I have ever experienced in the presence of their actions.
I unconditionally forgive myself for everything that I have ever done,
said, or thought that has caused me harm or suffering.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

In my prayers I never said I needed a home.
I said I wanted a sanctuary.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

No one ever said on their deathbed, 'Gee,
I wish I had spent more time alone with my computer'.
- Danielle Berry

Everything has been said before, but since nobody listens
we have to keep going back and beginning all over again.
- Andre Gide

I had never been able to get a car that said how much
I cared about the environment until I drove electric.
- Alexandra Paul

Look your best - who said love is blind?
- Mae West

Love is said to be blind, but I know some fellows in
love who can see twice as much in their sweethearts as I do.
- Josh Billings


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