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John Negroponte Quotes and Sayings

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To the contrary, I think we bent over backwards to
press for elections and for democratic reform.
- John Negroponte

I think people took Grenada for what it turned out to be,
which was a very specific incident and from which one
couldn't necessarily make a lot of generalizations.
- John Negroponte

Right, well I am, I was a career diplomat for 37 years
from 1960 until 1997 during the early 1980s from 1981
to 1985 I was the United States Ambassador to Honduras.
- John Negroponte

Very hard, very hard to represent a country,
or carry out a policy that does not have consensus support.
- John Negroponte

 

We believe that the vote would have been close.
We regret that in the face of an explicit threat to
veto by a permanent member,
the vote-counting became a secondary consideration.
- John Negroponte

I think there, there also had been just before I got
to Honduras a rather spectacular capture of an arms
shipment that from Nicaragua across Honduran test,
territory destined for El Salvador and I think that
some of that equipment had been also to Cuba and the Soviet bloc.
- John Negroponte

We negotiated with the Honduran government the establishment
of a regional military training center,
for training central American forces,
but the primary motivation for doing that was to be
able to bolster the quality,
improve the quality of the El Salvadoran fighting forces.
- John Negroponte

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Those of us who actually were working in the region
at the time will point out how strongly committed we
were to supporting the democratic process and encouraging elections,
in spite of the fact that a war was going on in several of these countries.
- John Negroponte

Well my briefing was that Honduras was a small and
vulnerable country just back on the path towards democracy
it was about to have just before I arrived,
the first elections for a civilian president in more than 9 years.
- John Negroponte

It seems to be that when these communist regimes take over -
if you look at the example of Vietnam or Cambodia or Nicaragua -
that even in conditions of peace they don't seem to
be able to figure out how to support their people,
and the human suffering is enormous.
- John Negroponte

The populations of Central America are very,
very small indeed, so that while no one was denying
and this was one of the great debates we used to have,
whose fault was it that there were communists were
able to do so well down there,
well, that wasn't the point.
- John Negroponte

There was the situation in Nicaragua where the Sandinistas
had taken over a couple of years earlier.
There was a civil war going on in El Salvador and there
was a similar situation in Guatemala.
So Honduras was in a rather precarious geographic position indeed.
- John Negroponte

If an opinion contrary to your own makes you angry,
that is a sign that you are subconsciously aware
of having no good reason for thinking as you do.
- Bertrand Russell

One defeats a fanatic precisely by not being a fanatic oneself,
but on the contrary by using one's intelligence.
- George Orwell

Real excellence and humility are
not incompatible one with the other,
on the contrary they are twin sisters.
- Jean Baptiste Lacordaire

This communicating of a man's self to his friend
works two contrary effects;
for it redoubleth joys, and cutteth griefs in half.
- Francis Bacon

Contrary to general belief,
I do not believe that friends are necessarily
the people you like best,
they are merely the people who got there first.
- Peter Ustinov

I hate to see complacency prevail in our lives
when it's so directly contrary to the teaching of Christ.
- Jimmy Carter

Wealth is not without its advantages and the case to the contrary,
although it has often been made, has never proved widely persuasive.
- John Kenneth Galbraith

The automobile, both a cause and an effect of this decentralization,
is ideally suited for our vast landscape and our generally
confused and contrary commuting patterns.
- Brock Yates

Faith indeed tells what the senses do not tell,
but not the contrary of what they see.
It is above them and not contrary to them.
- Blaise Pascal

Imagination grows by exercise, and contrary to common belief,
is more powerful in the mature than in the young.
- W. Somerset Maugham

Faith is not contrary to reason.
- Sherwood Eddy

The house has to please everyone, contrary to the work of art which does not.
The work is a private matter for the artist.
The house is not.
- Adolf Loos

No Man is richer for having his Estate all in Money,
Plate, etc.
lying by him, but on the contrary, he is for that reason the poorer.
- Dudley North

To abandon oneself to principles is really to die -
and to die for an impossible love which is the contrary of love.
- Albert Camus

On the contrary, all the world would point to that
nation as violating a treaty,
by going to war with a country with whom they had engaged
to enter into arbitration.
- Richard Cobden

Fear and I were old buddies, despite my best efforts to the contrary.
- Peter Straub

Leadership is particularly necessary to ensure ready
acceptance of the unfamiliar and that which is contrary to tradition.
- Cyril Falls

The Kurdish people welcome the no-fly zone protection,
contrary to the Iraqi regime that is against it.
- Jalal Talabani

Some men give up their designs when they have almost reached the goal;
While others,
on the contrary, obtain a victory by exerting,
at the last moment, more vigorous efforts than ever before.
- Herodotus

I call upon my God to judge me, he knows that I love
my friends and above all others my wife and children,
the, oppinion of the world to contrary notwithstanding.
- Stand Watie

The shallow consider liberty a release from all law,
from every constraint.
The wise man sees in it, on the contrary,
the potent Law of Laws.
- Walt Whitman

The theologian considers sin mainly as an offence against God;
the moral philosopher as contrary to reasonableness.
- Thomas Aquinas

Globalization, far from putting an end to power diplomacy between States,
has, on the contrary, intensified it.
- Omar Bongo

Socialism, on the contrary, extends its function to
the description of society as it should be,
and the discovery of the means of making it what it should be.
- Benjamin Tucker

Yes, free markets tend to produce unequal incomes.
We should not be ashamed of that.
On the contrary, our system is the envy of the world
and should be a source of pride.
- Arthur C. Brooks

When we long for life without difficulties,
remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and
diamonds are made under pressure.
- Peter Marshall

Never walk away from failure.
On the contrary, study it carefully and imaginatively for its hidden assets.
- Michael Korda

Contrary to the claims of some of my critics and some of the editorial pages,
I am an ardent believer in the free market.
- Barack Obama

Contrary to what the fans may think,
you don't just show up,
wear a striped shirt and a whistle on Friday night.
- Jim Mitchell

The common idea that success spoils people by making them vain,
egotistic and self-complacent is erroneous;
on the contrary it makes them,
for the most part, humble, tolerant and kind.
- W. Somerset Maugham

Faith is not contrary to the usual ideas,
something that turns out to be right or wrong,
like a gambler's bet.
- Joanna Russ

When we see men of worth, we should think of equalling them;
when we see men of a contrary character,
we should turn inward and examine ourselves.
- Gustave Courbet

If you follow reason far enough it always leads to
conclusions that are contrary to reason.
- Samuel Butler

There are two contrary impulses which govern this man's brain-the one sane,
and the other eccentric.
They alternate at regular intervals.
- Franz Schubert

Among the southern tribes, on the contrary,
hats were sometimes worn in the dance,
although this was not considered in strict accordance with the doctrine.
- James Mooney

Extreme complication is contrary to art.
- Claude Debussy

Hence we did not foster competition in our school,
on the contrary.
- Dora Russell

What is earnest is not always true; on the contrary,
error is often more earnest than truth.
- Benjamin Disraeli

On the contrary, I tried on numerous occasions to convince
the American president not to go to war.
I did what was within my capabilities to avoid that happening.
- Silvio Berlusconi

Work continuously to trim the White House staff from
your first day to your last.
All the pressures are to the contrary.
- Donald Rumsfeld

On the contrary, woman is the best equipped fighting
machine that ever went to battle.
- Richard Le Gallienne

I undertake the same project as Montaigne,
but with an aim contrary to his own:
for he wrote his Essays only for others,
and I write my reveries only for myself.
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Contrary to popular belief, Americans don't hate advertising.
- Roy H. Williams

The way to Heaven is ascending; we must be content to travel uphill,
though it be hard and tiresome, and contrary to the
natural bias of our flesh.
- Jonathan Edwards

We do not live to think, but, on the contrary,
we think in order that we may succeed in surviving.
- Jose Ortega y Gasset

If the facts are contrary to any predictions,
then the hypothesis is wrong no matter how appealing.
- David Douglass

Miracles are not contrary to nature,
but only contrary to what we know about nature.
- Saint Augustine

Contrary to what Kafka does, I always like to refer
all of my fictions to the level of reality,
He, on the other hand, leaves them at an imaginary level.
- Manuel Puig

But contrary to what some people seem to think,
I was never a bully.
I was just a hard man.
- Roger Daltrey

Knowledge is not simply another commodity.
On the contrary.
Knowledge is never used up.
It increases by diffusion and grows by dispersion.
- Daniel J. Boorstin

Relativism is not indifference; on the contrary,
passionate indifference is necessary in order for you
not to hear the voices that oppose your absolute decrees.
- Karel Capek

Destiny is something not be to desired and not to be avoided.
a mystery not contrary to reason, for it implies that the world,
and the course of human history, have meaning.
- Dag Hammarskjold

Contrary to what the politicians and religious leaders
would like us to believe,
the world won't be made safer by creating barriers between people.
- Michael Palin

Faith certainly tells us what the senses do not,
but not the contrary of what they see;
it is above,
not against them.
- Blaise Pascal

Contrary to what most people think, there is a Rich Daley under Mayor Daley.
- William M. Daley

Despite claims by some to the contrary,
we have heard numerous times in hearings and briefings
by experts that existing technologies do not fully
or effectively detect nuclear material.
- John Linder

I continue to believe, contrary to the given wisdom,
that it's more interesting to have an album -
or,
indeed, an individual song - which has variety rather than homogeneity.
- Peter Hammill

The submission of her body without love or desire is
degrading to the woman's finer sensibility,
all the marriage certificates on earth to the contrary notwithstanding.
- Margaret Sanger

Nothing can have as its destination anything other than its origin.
The contrary idea, the idea of progress,
is poison.
- Simone Weil


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