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Laurent Fabius Quotes and Sayings

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This revision of the Constitution will not be perfect.
But at least the Constitution will not be inflexible.
It will be a step towards the Social Europe which we wish.
- Laurent Fabius

This assumes an upward revision of the European Budget,
which is precisely what Jacques Chirac refuses to do.
On the contrary, he has demanded a reduction.
- Laurent Fabius

France on its own cannot impose its point of view.
But neither should it give up on its demands.
With a clear vote for change France will be in a strong position.
- Laurent Fabius

The U.S.
withdrawal from the Kyoto protocol endangers the entire process.
- Laurent Fabius

 

Shopkeepers are not bankers.
- Laurent Fabius

We on the left who are pro-European and Internationalist
wish to unite the peoples under a social model.
- Laurent Fabius

I want to make an extremely strong appeal to those who abstained.
Vote.
It takes five minutes and then it's for five years.
- Laurent Fabius

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I am a partisan and artisan of Europe.
But I draw the lessons of my experience in government.
- Laurent Fabius

The single currency should allow the European Union,
and therefore France, to balance its monetary strength with the United States.
It should help us adjust to the development of China.
- Laurent Fabius

At the same time the Constitution sets in stone the
Stability Pact and risks preventing member States from
implementing a policy of growth.
So we are not able to do things at the European or the national level.
- Laurent Fabius

For a long time many believed that there would be an
automatic adjustment and counted on a rapid increase
in the wages of the emerging nations,
on our advances in technology and the costs of transport preventing disruption.
But this reassuring analysis is out of date.
- Laurent Fabius

But Maastricht was not the end of history.
It was a first step towards a Europe of growth,
of employment, a social Europe.
That was the vision of Francois Mitterrand.
We are far from that now.
- Laurent Fabius

The demographic weight of countries such as China and
India exercise a massive pressure on our wages and salaries.
They have accomplished massive technological advances
and the revolution in information technology has reduced the costs of transport.
- Laurent Fabius

There are 20 million unemployed and what does the Constitution
offer us in the Europe of 25,
27 and soon to be 30: policies of unrestricted competition
to the detriment of production,
wages, research and innovation.
- Laurent Fabius

Skepticism is an important historical tool.
It is the starting point of all revision of hitherto accepted history.
- Samuel E. Morison

There is an urgent need for a radical revision of our
current concepts of the nature of consciousness and
its relationship to matter and the brain.
- Stanislav Grof

It was my dream, and probably the dream of every one of us,
to bring about a revision of the Versailles Treaty by peaceful means,
which was provided for in that very treaty.
- Hans Frank

After I've sent my revised draft to my agent and editor,
they suggest more improvement sand again,
this revision phase can take anywhere from a few hours to a few months.
- Margaret Haddix

Half my life is an act of revision.
- John Irving

In working on a poem, I love to revise.
Lots of younger poets don't enjoy this,
but in the process of revision I discover things.
- Rita Dove

Real equality is immensely difficult to achieve,
it needs continual revision and monitoring of distributions.
And it does not provide buffers between members,
so they are continually colliding or frustrating each other.
- Mary Douglas

Revision is one of the exquisite pleasures of writing.
- Bernard Malamud

The psyche of the individual is commensurate with the
totality of creative energy.
This requires a most radical revision of Western psychology.
- Stanislav Grof

I would rather have one article a day of this sort;
and these ten or twenty lines might readily represent
a whole day's hard work in the way of concentrated,
intense thinking and revision, polish of style,
weighing of words.
- Joseph Pulitzer

The revision of the books of Judges,
Samuel,
and Kings, undertaken towards the end of the Babylonian exile,
a revision much more thorough than is commonly assumed,
condemns as heretical the whole age of the Kings.
- Julius Wellhausen

All the revision in the world will not save a bad first draft:
for the architecture of the thing comes,
or fails to come, in the first conception,
and revision only affects the detail and ornament,
alas!
- T. E. Lawrence

Maintain a balance between skepticism and faith.
Maintain a beginner mind. Be open to possibility.
Don't give in to skepticism,
but don't give in to fantasy either.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Man's most valuable trait is a judicious sense
of what not to believe.
- Euripides

Everyone has an opinion on many subjects
and is ready to share those opinions -
labeling them as "truth."
Sometimes it is relatively easy
to filter out these opinions.
Upon hearing an ad for the latest
weight-loss powder on late-night TV,
our skepticism leaps to our defense.
However, if we have heard the same opinion for years
from our parents, friends,
government officials, or religious leaders,
we are more likely to believe without questioning
than to raise our filter of skepticism
and ask the hard questions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The natural cause of the human mind
is certainly from credulity to skepticism.
- Thomas Jefferson

My position now, especially in this town,
adds an element of skepticism with people you meet -
especially girls.
I mean, it becomes a lot more difficult.
- Jason Biggs

There is a kind of courtesy in skepticism.
It would be an offense against polite conventions to
press our doubts too far.
- George Santayana

Its attitude, which it has preached and practiced,
is skepticism.
Now, it finds, the public is applying that skepticism to the press.
- Thomas Griffith

The improver of natural knowledge absolutely refuses
to acknowledge authority,
as such.
For him, skepticism is the highest of duties;
blind faith the one unpardonable sin.
- Thomas Huxley

The capacity to combine commitment with skepticism
is essential to democracy.
- Mary Catherine Bateson

The same principles which at first view lead to skepticism,
pursued to a certain point, bring men back to common sense.
- George Berkeley

The poison of skepticism becomes, like alcoholism,
tuberculosis, and some other diseases,
much more virulent in a hitherto virgin soil.
- Simone Weil

People have moved beyond apathy, beyond skepticism into deep cynicism.
- Elliot Richardson

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist.
- Jean-Paul Sartre

The path of sound credence is through the thick forest of skepticism.
- George Jean Nathan

Skepticism, like chastity, should not be relinquished too readily.
- George Santayana

The most striking development of the great depression
of 1929 is a profound skepticism of the future of contemporary
society among large sections of the American people.
- C. L. R. James

Skepticism is a virtue in history as well as in philosophy.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

On the road from the City of Skepticism,
I had to pass through the Valley of Ambiguity.
- Adam Smith

The logic of validation allows us to move between the
two limits of dogmatism and skepticism.
- Paul Ricoeur

Education has failed in a very serious way to convey
the most important lesson science can teach:
skepticism.
- David Suzuki

I'm the most cynical person, and I know what that sounds like when you say,
I don't drink and drive, and I don't.
But I know people look at that with skepticism,
and I understand.
- Tracey Gold

Skepticism: the mark and even the pose of the educated mind.
- John Dewey

The virtues of science are skepticism and independence of thought.
- Walter Gilbert

Do not let yourself be tainted with a barren skepticism.
- Louis Pasteur

We all approached doing a sequel with great trepidation and skepticism.
- Jason Biggs

Investors should start with a view of skepticism.
They should become intellectual investors rather than emotional investors.
They should be careful, and they should be skeptical.
- Arthur Levitt

Large skepticism leads to large understanding.
Small skepticism leads to small understanding.
No skepticism leads to no understanding.
- Xi Zhi

Skepticism, riddling the faith of yesterday,
prepared the way for the faith of tomorrow.
- Romain Rolland

Skepticism is the first step on the road to philosophy.
- Denis Diderot

It is evident that skepticism, while it makes no actual change in man,
always makes him feel better.
- Ambrose Bierce

I'd say there was a fair amount of skepticism at the
time about whether the Internet held any promise.
And of course I felt that it did.
- Jim Clark

Skepticism is the sadism of embittered souls.
- Emile M. Cioran

Skepticism has never founded empires,
established principals, or changed the world's heart.
The great doers in history have always been people of faith.
- Edwin Hubbel Chapin

I've encountered a lot of people who sound like critics
but very few who have substantive criticisms.
There is a lot of skepticism, but it seems to be more
a matter of inertia than it is of people having some
real reason for thinking something else.
- K. Eric Drexler

Somehow liberals have been unable to acquire from life
what conservatives seem to be endowed with at birth:
namely,
a healthy skepticism of the powers of government agencies to do good.
- Daniel P. Moynihan

Well, I had a small degree, that little infection of
skepticism about America which resides in the minds
of even America's closest friends.
That America can't be quite as good as it says it is.
And why does it need so relentlessly to keep saying how good it is?
- Robert MacNeil

Where journalists have gotten themselves in trouble
over the last few decades is that their skepticism
often extends only to American officials,
the U.S.
military and Republican politicians.
- Linda Chavez

Dogmatism and skepticism are both, in a sense,
absolute philosophies; one is certain of knowing,
the other of not knowing.
What philosophy should dissipate is certainty,
whether of knowledge or ignorance.
- Bertrand Russell

It is the press that has taken these charges and accusations
and blown them up without any kind of skepticism whatsoever -
blown them into realities and treated them as if they were true.
- Dixie Lee Ray

To oppose something is to maintain it.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

Innocence isn't ever lost completely;
we just need to maintain our goodness to regain it.
- Jewel

We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive.
He who is devoid of the power to forgive
is devoid of the power to love.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Being part of the natural world reminds me
that innocence isn't ever lost completely;
we just need to maintain our goodness to regain it.
- Jewel

Those who are highly evolved,
maintain an undiscriminating perception.
Seeing everything, labeling nothing,
they maintain their awareness of the Great Oneness.
Thus they are supported by it.
- Lao Tzu

We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive.
He who is devoid of the power to forgive
is devoid of the power to love.
There is some good in the worst of us
and some evil in the best of us.
When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.


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