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Brent Scowcroft Quotes and Sayings

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An idea can be as flawless as can be,
but its execution will always be full of mistakes.
- Brent Scowcroft

The Iraqi elections were an important first step.
- Brent Scowcroft

Saddam's ouster will not necessarily lead to the same result,
since Iraq lacks democratic traditions.
Democracy doesn't just consist of holding elections.
- Brent Scowcroft

I'm afraid that the United States is more isolated
today than at any other time in my memory.
- Brent Scowcroft

 

Progress is only possible if the United States and
its allies work together.
- Brent Scowcroft

After all, we didn't bring democracy to Germany in 1945;
Hitler destroyed democracy there first.
- Brent Scowcroft

It is beyond dispute that Saddam Hussein is a menace.
- Brent Scowcroft

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My point was that removing Saddam should not have been our highest priority.
Fighting terrorism should have been our number one concern,
followed by the Palestinian peace process.
- Brent Scowcroft

We must find out where the roots of terrorism lie.
- Brent Scowcroft

The Iraqis need help establishing a government.
We have to provide them with security.
- Brent Scowcroft

First of all, I think the Saudis are deeply concerned
about the collapse of negotiations between the Israelis
and the Palestinians and the resumption of conflict.
- Brent Scowcroft

Osama bin Laden is going after us to get us out of the region,
so he can deal with the regimes that he sees in the region,
or replace them with purists.
- Brent Scowcroft

So far the changes in the president in his second term
have been mainly of a rhetorical nature.
- Brent Scowcroft

But the central point is that any campaign against Iraq,
whatever the strategy, cost and risks,
is certain to divert us for some indefinite period
from our war on terrorism.
- Brent Scowcroft

But, if you believe we should go around the world overturning
regimes to make little United States,
I don't agree with that, because I don't think we're capable of doing that.
- Brent Scowcroft

Simply killing everyone who is already a terrorist
today won't solve the problem.
- Brent Scowcroft

But there is scant evidence to tie Saddam to terrorist organizations,
and even less to the Sept.
11 attacks.
- Brent Scowcroft

Yes, Israel's our ally.
But, are the Palestinians our enemy? No,
they are not.
- Brent Scowcroft

You know, different people are going to react different ways.
And I don't think we should be intolerable because
people do things a little differently.
- Brent Scowcroft

The UN could help the Iraqi government get on its feet
and help the United States withdraw a bit more.
- Brent Scowcroft

If Iraq were to descend into chaos, the Europeans would
feel the effects just as much as we would.
- Brent Scowcroft

The Europeans must finally understand the incredible
shock triggered by the attacks of September 11.
- Brent Scowcroft

The radical elements in Islam are very dangerous.
- Brent Scowcroft

Europeans are familiar with terrorism and violence.
We have not experienced a true conflict on our soil in a hundred years,
and especially not one that involved 3,000 dead.
- Brent Scowcroft

Saddam is a familiar dictatorial aggressor,
with traditional goals for his aggression.
- Brent Scowcroft

Many Sunnis, who are still stuck in the Saddam era
mindset and believe Iraq belongs to them,
are trying to prevent a new country from developing at all.
- Brent Scowcroft

America has never seen itself as a national state like all others,
but rather as an experiment in human freedom and democracy.
- Brent Scowcroft

To sum up, the position we took was that since we didn't
know the internal situation in Iraq nor Saddam Hussein,
that our best bet was to take counsel from the people
who did know him and who did deal with him.
- Brent Scowcroft

But figuring out Saddam Hussein was one our greatest mysteries.
He marched to his own drummer and frequently as this
unfolded he made decisions which were sometimes inexplicable
to us and sometimes didn't look very smart.
- Brent Scowcroft

I never accepted the idea
that I had to be guided by
some pattern or blueprint.
- Little Richard PHOTO

An invasion of armies can be resisted,
but not an idea whose time has come.
- Victor Hugo

If you are possessed by an idea,
you will find it expressed everywhere,
you even smell it.
- Thomas Mann

When an idea reaches critical mass
there is no stopping the shift
its presence will induce.
- Marianne Williamson

An idea that is developed and put into action
is more important than
an idea that exists only as an idea.
- The Buddha

An idea that is not dangerous is
unworthy of being called an idea at all.
- Oscar Wilde

A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.
- John F. Kennedy

No idea is so outlandish that it should not be considered
with a searching but at the same time a steady eye.
- Winston Churchill

An idea is salvation by imagination.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

Every really new idea looks crazy at first.
- Alfred North Whitehead

Unity can only be manifested by the Binary.
Unity itself and the idea of Unity are already two.
- The Buddha

If it's a good idea, go ahead and do it.
It is much easier to apologize than it is to get permission.
- Grace Hopper

Many persons have a wrong idea of
what constitutes true happiness.
It is not attained through self-gratification
but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.
- Helen Keller

A person with a new idea is
a crank until the idea succeeds.
- Mark Twain

A good question is never answered.
It is not a bolt to be tightened into place
but a seed to be planted and to bear more seed
toward the hope of greening the landscape of idea.
- John Ciardi

I will dance a little.
I will move with the wind.
I will give my body to my love and celebrate
that we have substance beyond the idea of ourselves.
We can move. We can touch. This is my physical exclamation point.
This is how I can awaken my mind to the possibilities in the day.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The human mind treats a new idea the way the body
treats a strange protein; it rejects it.
- Peter Medawar

Plant trees for your great-grandchildren -
for future generations.
Create the legacy of a better world.
Leave this world a better place than you found it.
Literally planting trees for
your great-grandchildren is a wonderful idea,
but far more important...
use this symbolism - this imagery -
to represent the kind of legacy
you want to leave to future generations.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Unity with all creation is a huge idea,
but it fits comfortably within the vast cathedral of our being.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The intellect is a cold thing
and a merely intellectual idea
will never stimulate thought
in the same manner that a spiritual idea does.
- Ernest Holmes

The movie character Forrest Gump describing life
as being "like a box of chocolates,"
is such a positive upbeat way of
characterizing the uncertainty of life.
I have no idea what life will give me next,
but whatever it is, it will be sweet.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

However carefully we plan our future,
we are always climbing the steps to nowhere.
While it is important to our happiness
that we have an intent for our lives,
it is equally crucial to accept in advance
that we truly have no idea how our lives will turn out -
and that is good.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Man's mind, once stretched by a new idea,
never regains its original dimensions.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

That deep emotional conviction of the presence
of a superior reasoning power, which is revealed
in the incomprehensible universe, forms my idea of God.
- Albert Einstein

There is a secret wisdom-of-the-ages
that holds the key to breaking our
cycle of self-imposed suffering.
The secret wisdom is, "Life is not supposed to be fair."
This is not sad news. This is GLORIOUS news!
Life is not broken. Nothing is wrong.
God has not failed, died, or gone on vacation.
The world is working perfectly. We just misunderstood.
Somewhere along the way, someone got the idea that
life was "supposed" to be "fair,"
and all the trouble started -
expectation, disappointment, resentment, anger -
a whole cycle of suffering that began
with the belief that life is "supposed" to be "fair."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I guess the real reason that my wife and I had children
is the same reason that Napoleon had for invading Russia:
it seemed like a good idea at the time.
- Bill Cosby

It takes a long while for a naturally trustful person
to reconcile himself to the idea that
after all God will not help him
- H. L. Mencken

Sex education may be a good idea in the schools,
but I don't believe the kids should be given homework.
- Bill Cosby

Important ideas can come from unexpected places.
We tend to label people - Genius, Idiot,
Socialist, Regressive, Wingnut, Revolutionary, Terrorist.
But it is helpful to remind ourselves to be open
to good ideas - whatever their source.
It is equally important to avoid accepting any idea
merely because we respect that person's
other ideas or accomplishments.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I come from that society and there is a common thread,
specifically family values - the idea that you do anything for your family,
and the unconditional love for one's children.
- Ednita Nazario

Modern art is what happens when painters stop looking
at girls and persuade themselves that they have a better idea.
- John Ciardi

My kids idea of a hard life is to live in a house with only one phone.
- George Foreman

All the forces in the world are not so powerful as
an idea whose time has come.
- Victor Hugo

The idea is to die young as late as possible.
- Ashley Montagu

There is no force so powerful as an idea whose time has come.
- Everett Dirksen

An idea isn't responsible for the people who believe in it.
- Don Marquis

Not a shred of evidence exists in favor of the idea that life is serious.
- Brendan Gill

When you make a film you usually make a film about an idea.
- Sydney Pollack

When I eventually met Mr. Right
I had no idea that his first name was Always.
- Rita Rudner

The basis of computer work is predicated on the idea
that only the brain makes decisions and only the index finger does the work.
- Brian Eno

I had no idea that mothering my own child would be
so healing to my own sadness from my childhood.
- Susie Bright

Beyond mind, there is an awareness that is intrinsic,
that is not given to you by the outside, and is not an idea -
and there is no experiment up to now
that has found any center in the brain
which corresponds to awareness.
The whole work of meditation is
to make you aware of all that is "mind"
and disidentify yourself from it.
That very separation is the
greatest revolution that can happen to man.
Now you can do and act on only that
which makes you more joyous, fulfills you,
gives you contentment, makes your life a work of art, a beauty.
But this is possible only if the master in you is awake.
- Osho


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