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The United States is a big country but unfortunately
by 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To be one, to be united is a great thing.
But to respect the right to be different is maybe even greater.
- Bono

I always seem to get inspiration and renewed vitality
by contact with this great novel land of yours
which sticks up out of the Atlantic.
- Winston Churchill

If the United Nations is a country unto itself,
then the commodity it exports most is words.
- Esther B. Fein

I haven't, in the 23 years that I have been in the
uniformed services of the United States of America,
ever violated an order - not one.
- Oliver North

Ohio claims they are due a president as they haven't had one since Taft.
Look at the United States, they have not had one since Lincoln.
- Will Rogers

More die in the United States of too much food than of too little.
- John Kenneth Galbraith

Perhaps it is because cats do not live by human patterns,
do not fit themselves into prescribed behavior,
that they are so united to creative people.
- Andre Norton

My father was not a failure.
After all, he was the father of a president of the United States.
- Harry S. Truman

Russians can give you arms but only the United States can give you a solution.
- Anwar Sadat

As a governor, I am naturally inclined to focus on
the domestic side of protecting the United States.
- Bill Owens

I never make a trip to the United States without visiting a supermarket.
To me they are more fascinating than any fashion salon.
- Wallis Simpson

If all the cars in the United States were placed end to end,
it would probably be Labor Day Weekend.
- Doug Larson

You know they say the most dangerous person of the
world is a member of the United States Congress just
home from a three-day fact-finding trip.
- Johnny Isakson

True enjoyment comes from activity of the mind and exercise of the body;
the two are ever united.
- Wilhelm von Humboldt

A nation is a society united by a delusion about its
ancestry and by common hatred of its neighbours.
- William Ralph Inge

There are 80 million moms in the United States.
Forty million stay at home with their children.
- Andrew Shue

For example, colon cancer is the second leading cause
of cancer death in the United States.
Every four minutes someone is diagnosed,
and every nine minutes someone dies.
- Kevin Richardson

My grandfather, in 1848, had fled from Germany to find
political freedom in the United States.
- Emanuel Celler

I have never participated directly or indirectly in
any business related to the United Nations.
- Kojo Annan

No nation, savage or civilized, save only the United States of America,
has confessed its inability to protect its women save by hanging,
shooting, and burning alleged offenders.
- Ida B. Wells

I describe my works as books, but my publishers in Spain,
in the United States, and elsewhere insist on calling them novels.
- Guillermo Cabrera Infante

You can safely appeal to the United Nations in the
comfortable certainty that it will let you down.
- Conor Cruise O'Brien

I am not a federal employee.
I am a constitutional officer.
My job is the Constitution of the United States,
I am not a government employee.
I am in the Constitution.
- Tom DeLay

We are a people who can bring about miracles if united.
- Moo-hyum Roh

Also, people are not often aware of the way the United
States' policies influence what happens in places like
Haiti or El Salvador or Nicaragua.
Or in Columbia right now.
- Edwidge Danticat

If you look at the U.S.
government data, our own data, there is as much coca
today in Colombia and as much cocaine in the United
States as there was 6 years ago.
- Jan Schakowsky

Under the leadership of President Bush and Vice President Cheney,
the United States has given up the moral high ground
that we used to occupy as an international leader.
- Marty Meehan

I have often heard it said that the United States is
isolated and is not interested in European affairs.
I assure you that this is not the case.
- Frank B. Kellogg

I was six months old at the time that I was taken,
with my mother and father, from Sacramento,
California, and placed in internment camps in the United States.
- Robert Matsui

Someone's just told me the English are still trying
to take over the United States -
is that true?
- Steve Guttenberg

I must say the idea of a United Africa was nonsense.
- C. L. R. James

Transferring our sovereignty and decisionmaking power to the WTO,
to the United Nations, or any other international body
is not in the long-term interests of our people.
- Dana Rohrabacher

I do not see how the Japanese can hold out against this united front.
- Henry L. Stimson

The United States has got some of the dumbest people in the world.
I want you to know that we know that.
- Ted Turner

Russia will not soon become, if it ever becomes,
a second copy of the United States or England -
where liberal value have deep historic roots.
- Vladimir Putin

To the extent that I considered the personal burden
of harming the people who had trusted me,
plus the Agency, or the United States,
I wasn't processing that.
- Aldrich Ames

I really do hope that the Millennium Summit gives new
impetus to the work of the United Nations.
- Harri Holkeri

By what right do you refuse to accept the vote of a
citizen of the United States?
- Victoria Woodhull

I think almost every newspaper in the United States
has lost circulation due to the Internet.
I also think the Internet will lead to a lot of plagiarism in journalism.
- Will McDonough

The United States can tell you all about what's wrong with the British,
to say nothing of the Russians.
- Arthur Hays Sulzberger

On the acquisition of Louisiana, in the year 1803,
the attention of the government of the United States,
was early directed towards exploring and improving the new territory.
- Meriwether Lewis

On 16 September 1985, when the Commerce Department
announced that the United States had become a debtor nation,
the American Empire died.
- Gore Vidal

If you think the United States has stood still,
who built the largest shopping center in the world?
- Richard M. Nixon

The object of China's strategy is inexorably to supplant
the United States as the world's premier economic power,
and if necessary, to defeat us militarily.
- Frank Gaffney

All countries, big or small, strong or weak,
are equal members of the United Nations.
- Nong Duc Manh

There can be no permanent disfranchised peasantry in the United States.
- James A. Garfield


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