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It's with them that we have constituted a liberation
by 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

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

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

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

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

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

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Algeria is not breaking up.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences.
No one can eliminate prejudices -
just recognize them.
- Edward R. Murrow

Miracles occur naturally as expressions of love.
The real miracle is the love that inspires them.
In this sense everything that comes from love is a miracle.
- A Course in Miracles

I believe that everything happens for a reason.
People change so that you can learn to let go,
things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right,
you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself,
and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.
- Marilyn Monroe

Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations.
I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty,
believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.
- Louisa May Alcott

All our dreams can come true,
if we have the courage to pursue them.
- Walt Disney

The worst sin toward our fellow creatures
is not to hate them,
but to be indifferent to them:
that's the essence of inhumanity.
- George Bernard Shaw

We cannot choose our external circumstances,
but we can always choose how to respond to them.
- Epictetus

If things are not as you wish,
wish them as they are.
- Yiddish Proverb

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

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

Our loved ones -
whether by blood, by marriage, or by choice -
are delicate treasures.
If we hold them too close, they break -
as a butterfly would.
By honoring and enjoying
the freedom of our loved ones,
we gain our own freedom.
Have the courage to trust that
the beautiful butterflies of your life
will return - or not - as life intends.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Obstacles are like wild animals.
They are cowards but they will bluff you if they can.
If they see you are afraid of them...
they are liable to spring upon you;
but if you look them squarely in the eye,
they will slink out of sight.
- Orison Swett Marden

Am I not destroying my enemies
when I make friends of them?
- Abraham Lincoln

If you have built castles in the air,
your work need not be lost;
that is where they should be.
Now put foundations under them.
- Henry David Thoreau

As we express our gratitude,
we must never forget that the highest appreciation
is not to utter words, but to live by them.
- John F. Kennedy

Many people allow their need
for other people's approval to control their lives.
They spend their lives worrying about what others think of them.
- Rick Warren

The only way to discover the limits of the possible
is to go beyond them into the impossible.
- Arthur C. Clarke

Farewell My Friend
It was beautiful as long as it lasted
The journey of my life.
I have no regrets whatsoever
save the pain I'll leave behind.
Those dear hearts who love and care...
And the strings pulling at the heart and soul...
The strong arms that held me up
When my own strength let me down.
At every turning of my life
I came across good friends,
Friends who stood by me,
Even when the time raced me by.
Farewell, farewell my friends
I smile and bid you goodbye.
No, shed no tears for I need them not
All I need is your smile.
If you feel sad do think of me
for that's what I'll like
when you live in the hearts
of those you love, remember then
you never die.
- Gitanjali Ghei

Happiness is not the absence of problems,
but the willingness to deal with them joyfully.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Books are mirrors:
you only see in them what you already have inside you.
- Carlos Ruiz Zafon

The eyes of the cheerful and of the melancholy man
are fixed upon the same creation;
but very different are the aspects which it bears to them.
- Albert Pike

I must uphold my ideals,
for perhaps the time will come
when I shall be able to carry them out.
- Anne Frank

Men are disturbed not by things,
but by the view which they take of them.
- Epictetus

People are not disturbed by things,
but by the view they take of them.
- Epictetus

Eagles come in all shapes and sizes,
but you will recognize them chiefly by their attitudes.
- E. F. Schumacher

Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care
for people will hear them and be influenced
by them for good or ill.
- The Buddha

Books can only reveal us to ourselves,
and as often as they do us this service we lay them aside.
- Henry David Thoreau

Can anything be so elegant as to have few wants,
and to serve them one's self?
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

That you may retain your self-respect, it is better
to displease the people by doing what you know is right,
than to temporarily please them by doing what you know is wrong.
- William J. H. Boetcker

We cause ourselves untold misery whenever we believe
others to be imperfect and try to change them.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The less I take the difficulties of my life as personal affront,
and the more I use them as an opportunity to learn and grow...
the easier I sleep at night.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The hardest of all, is learning to be
a well of affection, and not a fountain,
to show them that we love them,
not when we feel like it, but when they do.
- Nan Fairbrother

Know that you cannot create great new beginnings
until you sincerely celebrate the endings that precede them.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Most men lead lives of quiet desperation
and go to the grave with the song still in them.
- Henry David Thoreau

"Go to the people and live among them
in order to know them and learn from them.
- Jimmy Yen

If you can, help others;
if you cannot do that, at least do not harm them.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.
- Michael Jordan

We fear things in proportion to our ignorance of them.
- Titus Livius

Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries.
Without them humanity cannot survive.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

We may have found a cure for most evils;
but we have found no remedy for the worst of them all,
the apathy of human beings.
- Helen Keller

Motivation is the art of getting people to do
what you want them to do because they want to do it.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower


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