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The tormenting dilemma of the Middle East is this:
by Afif Safieh

The tormenting dilemma of the Middle East is this:
either we have one people too many,
or one state too few.
- Afif Safieh

Author: A fool who, not content with having bored those who have lived with him,
insists on tormenting generations to come.
- Baron de Montesquieu

Of all the cants which are canted in this canting world,
- though the cant of hypocrites may be the worst,
- the cant of criticism is the most tormenting!
- Laurence Sterne

I am fully persuaded that thousands of our fellow-men
might profit equally by a similar course to mine;
but,
constitutions not being all alike, a different course
of treatment may be advisable for the removal of so
tormenting an affliction.
- William Banting

 

We want every human being in the womb to be safe,
not have these babies be killed to solve some dilemma.
- Randall Terry

Somewhere in the world there is an epigram for every dilemma.
- Hendrik Willem Van Loon

Our dilemma is that we hate change and love it at the same time;
what we really want is for things to remain the same but get better.
- Sydney J. Harris

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The modern dilemma is essentially a spiritual one,
and every one of its main aspects, moral,
political and scientific, brings us back to the need of a religious solution.
- Christopher Dawson

The invisible dilemma is that men face the very real
problem that they don't feel comfortable bringing these
issues up and they tend not to be acknowledged at work.
- James Levine

I had found myself a new mission - and once more my
recurring dilemma between corporate commercial needs
and personal scientific ambitions was solved unexpectedly.
- James W. Black

The dilemma felt by science fiction writers will be
perceived in other creative endeavors.
- Vernor Vinge

The central dilemma in journalism is that you don't
know what you don't know.
- Bob Woodward

A king, realizing his incompetence, can either delegate or abdicate his duties.
A father can do neither.
If only sons could see the paradox, they would understand the dilemma.
- Marlene Dietrich

I hate violence, yes I do.
It's kind of a dilemma, huh?.
- Jackie Chan

We have the melancholy dilemma of not being in a state
to make peace or to prosecute war.
- George Montagu

You get on the radio by writing your own songs.
But we had the dilemma of not being able to play anywhere
because we weren't able to play anything that anyone wanted to hear.
So we learned songs that we thought that we could do without puking.
- Wayne Kramer

The essence of humanity's spiritual dilemma is that
we evolved genetically to accept one truth and discovered another.
Is there a way to erase the dilemma,
to resolve the contradictions between the transcendentalist
and the empiricist world views?
- E. O. Wilson

We have to bring stability to Iraq, otherwise we will
be faced with a future dilemma of sending our loved
ones into harms way to stop a civil war or the rise
of a new tyrant born from the instability that we created.
- Jay Rockefeller

Three Rules of Work:
Out of clutter find simplicity;
From discord find harmony;
In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.
- Albert Einstein

Walk on road, hmmm?
Walk left side, safe. Walk right side, safe.
Walk middle, sooner or later get squish just like grape.
Here, karate, same thing.
Either you karate do "yes" or karate do "no."
You karate do "guess so," squish just like grape. Understand?
- Miyagi: character in the movie Karate Kid

Love is what makes two people
sit in the middle of a park bench
when there is plenty of room at both ends.
- Anonymous

Middle age is when your broad mind and narrow waist begin to change places.
- E. Joseph Cossman

The youth gets together his materials
to build a bridge to the moon,
or, perchance, a palace or temple on the earth,
and, at length, the middle-aged man
concludes to build a woodshed with them.
- Henry David Thoreau

The enemy of society is middle class and the enemy of life is middle age.
- Orson Welles

Middle age is the awkward period when Father Time starts
catching up with Mother Nature.
- Harold Coffin

Middle age is youth without levity, and age without decay.
- Doris Day

It is utterly false and cruelly arbitrary
to put all the play and learning into childhood,
all the work into middle age,
and all the regrets into old age.
- Margaret Mead

Middle age is the time when a man is always thinking
that in a week or two he will feel as good as ever.
- Don Marquis

One of the greatest titles we can have is "old friend."
We never appreciate how important old friends are until we are older.
The problem is we need to start our old friendships when we are young.
We then have to nurture and grow those friendships over our middle age
when a busy life and changing geographies
can cause us to neglect those friends.
Today is the day to invest in those people
we hope will call us "old friend" in the years to come.
- Grant Fairley

A story should have a beginning, a middle,
and an end...
but not necessarily in that order.
- Jean-Luc Godard

Youth is when you're allowed to stay up late on New Year's Eve.
Middle age is when you're forced to.
- Bill Vaughan

Don't worry about that chair with a hole in the middle.
It's merely waiting to be reupholstered.
- the movie Casino Royale (1966)

In politics the middle way is none at all.
- John Adams

Middle age is when your age starts to show around your middle.
- Bob Hope

Love is the word used to label the sexual excitement of the young,
the habituation of the middle-aged, and the mutual dependence of the old.
- John Ciardi

The really frightening thing about middle age is the
knowledge that you'll grow out of it.
- Doris Day

Always read something that will make you look good
if you die in the middle of it.
- P. J. O'Rourke

Iran is central to our foreign policy in the Middle East,
a major player in global energy markets,
and a key country in terms of our interaction with the Muslim world.
- Howard Berman

In the absence of evidence, superstition.
It's a Middle Ages thing.
That's my theory anyway.
- Tucker Carlson

The people of the Middle East share the desire for freedom.
We have an opportunity - and an obligation -
to help them turn this desire into reality.
- Condoleezza Rice

The intellectual is a middle-class product;
if he is not born into the class he must soon insert himself into it,
in order to exist.
He is the fine nervous flower of the bourgeoisie.
- Louise Bogan

I'm painfully middle class.
- Valerie Harper

It's no longer an exaggeration to say that middle-class
Americans are an endangered species.
- Arianna Huffington

I still have a passion for the music,
which is such a beautiful thing.
I still wake up in the middle of the night out of a
dream and have a melody in my head,
and run to my piano.
- Teena Marie

No student of history can fail to see the moral interest of the Middle Ages,
any more than an artist can fail to see their aesthetic interest.
- Goldwin Smith

Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night and
wonder how I do these things.
I can embarrass myself so badly that I literally get
a hot prickle down the back of my neck.
- Daisy Donovan

Jerusalem Syndrome is actually a rare psychological
condition that occurs to some visitors to the Middle East.
They get to Israel and just snap.
- Marc Maron

White middle- and upper-class men have a longer journey to go than many people.
- Holly Near

My father was a middle manager at an oil company,
but I never knew anything about his work.
Whatever business acumen I have just got gleaned over the years.
- Donna Mills

Bipartisanship isn't an option anymore;
it is a requirement.
The American people have divided responsibility for
leadership right down the middle.
- Tom Daschle

I'm the one by the backdoor - I am not the one in the middle of the party.
- Stephanie Beacham

As long as we're dependent on those fossil fuels,
we're dependent on the Middle East.
If we are not victims, we're certainly captives.
- John McHugh

In youth, we get plenty of exercise through games and running around,
but as middle life approaches, we settle down,
literally and figuratively.
- Gene Tunney

You have to look at the history of the Middle East in particular.
It has been one of failure and frustration,
of feudalism and tribalism.
- Alexander Haig

One marvels why the middle classes still insist on
so much discomfort for their children at such expense to themselves.
- E. M. Forster

Therefore, the observation must be explicitly made:
In the Middle East and in the Muslim world,
suspicions linger concerning the objectives of the West and notably the US.
- Recep Tayyip Erdogan

All my roots are still in the prarie country of the Middle West.
- James Norman Hall

Americans don't think we should be raising taxes on anybody,
especially in the middle of a recession.
- Mitch McConnell

Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East.
- Jack Schwartz

Standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous;
you get knocked down by the traffic from both sides.
- Margaret Thatcher

Men who are orthodox when they are young are in danger
of being middle-aged all their lives.
- Walter Lippmann

I don't have any children, I have four middle-aged people.
- Dick Van Dyke

The stage is close to being in the middle of the hall,
so that the performers are surrounded by the listeners.
I feel that we are all experiencing the music together.
- Emanuel Ax

We always had chocolates and my mother was careful
to make sure they were unwrapped in advance so the
paper wouldn't rustle in the middle of a performance.
- Penelope Keith

Pell Grants are, and have been, critically important
tools in making higher education a possibility for lower-
and middle-income students.
- Christopher Dodd

Men who consistently leave the toilet seat up secretly
want women to get up to go the bathroom in the middle
of the night and fall in.
- Rita Rudner

I was held hostage and almost executed by a man who
was robbing us in the middle of the night.
- William Hurt

There is something dark and wintry about the atmosphere
of the later Middle Ages.
- Lytton Strachey

If you asked anybody in my family, they would have
very stridently proclaimed themselves middle class.
My mother and father were separated,
so he doesn't count.
- Dave Van Ronk

I got canceled in the middle of making the pilot.
- Harvey Korman

The pyramid once passed there was still a short way
to go before we confronted the Sphinx,
in the middle of what our contemporaries have left him of his desert.
- Pierre Loti


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