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Lester B. Pearson Quotes and Sayings

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Misunderstanding arising from ignorance breeds fear,
and fear remains the greatest enemy of peace.
- Lester B. Pearson

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It has too often been too easy for rulers and governments to incite man to war.
- Lester B. Pearson

Politics is the skilled use of blunt objects.
- Lester B. Pearson

As a soldier, I survived World War I when most of my comrades did not.
- Lester B. Pearson

 

Today the predatory state, or the predatory group of states,
with power of total destruction, is no more to be tolerated
than the predatory individual.
- Lester B. Pearson

When you're special to a cat, you're special indeed,
she brings to you the gift of her preference of you,
the sight of you, the sound of your voice,
the touch of your hand.
- Lester B. Pearson

Today continuing poverty and distress are a deeper
and more important cause of international tensions,
of the conditions that can produce war,
than previously.
- Lester B. Pearson

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The scientific and technological discoveries that have
made war so infinitely more terrible for us are part
of the same process that has knit us all so much more closely together.
- Lester B. Pearson

As a civilian during the Second War,
I was exposed to danger in circumstances which removed
any distinction between the man in and the man out of uniform.
- Lester B. Pearson

We know now that in modern warfare, fought on any considerable scale,
there can be no possible economic gain for any side.
Win or lose, there is nothing but waste and destruction.
- Lester B. Pearson

We are all descendants of Adam, and we are all products of racial miscegenation.
- Lester B. Pearson

We must keep on trying to solve problems,
one by one, stage by stage, if not on the basis of
confidence and cooperation,
at least on that of mutual toleration and self-interest.
- Lester B. Pearson

The choice, however, is as clear now for nations as
it was once for the individual:
peace or extinction.
- Lester B. Pearson

The grim fact is that we prepare for war like precocious giants,
and for peace like retarded pygmies.
- Lester B. Pearson

A great gulf, however, has been opened between man's
material advance and his social and moral progress,
a gulf in which he may one day be lost if it is not closed or narrowed.
- Lester B. Pearson

I am grateful for the opportunities I have been given
to participate in that work as a representative of my country,
Canada, whose people have, I think, shown their devotion to peace.
- Lester B. Pearson

As to the first, I do not know that I have done very
much myself to promote fraternity between nations but
I do know that there can be no more important purpose
for any man's activity or interests.
- Lester B. Pearson

Every state has not only the right but the duty to
make adequate provision for its own defense in the way it thinks best,
providing it does not do so at the expense of any other state.
- Lester B. Pearson

But while we all pray for peace, we do not always,
as free citizens, support the policies that make for
peace or reject those which do not.
We want our own kind of peace, brought about in our own way.
- Lester B. Pearson

And I have lived since - as you have -
in a period of cold war,
during which we have ensured by our achievements in
the science and technology of destruction that a third
act in this tragedy of war will result in the peace of extinction.
- Lester B. Pearson

I cannot think of anything more difficult than to say
something which would be worthy of this impressive and,
for me, memorable occasion, and of the ideals and purposes
which inspired the Nobel Peace Award.
- Lester B. Pearson

True there has been more talk of peace since 1945 than,
I should think, at any other time in history.
At least we hear more and read more about it because man's words,
for good or ill, can now so easily reach the millions.
- Lester B. Pearson

It would be especially tragic if the people who most cherish ideals of peace,
who are most anxious for political cooperation on a
wider than national scale,
made the mistake of underestimating the pace of economic
change in our modern world.
- Lester B. Pearson

The life of states cannot, any more than the life of individuals,
be conditioned by the force and the will of a unit,
however powerful, but by the consensus of a group,
which must one day include all states.
- Lester B. Pearson

I have worked in a very close and cordial way with
Norwegian representatives at many international meetings,
and the pleasure I felt at those associations was equaled
only by the profit I always secured from them.
- Lester B. Pearson

No state, furthermore, unless it has aggressive military
designs such as those which consumed Nazi leaders in the thirties,
is likely to divert to defense any more of its resources
and wealth and energy than seems necessary.
- Lester B. Pearson

The stark and inescapable fact is that today we cannot
defend our society by war since total war is total destruction,
and if war is used as an instrument of policy,
eventually we will have total war.
- Lester B. Pearson

As for the promotion of peace congresses we have had
our meetings and assemblies,
but the promotion through them of the determined and
effective will to peace displaying itself in action
and policy remains to be achieved.
- Lester B. Pearson

Until the last great war, a general expectation of
material improvement was an idea peculiar to Western man.
Now war and its aftermath have made economic and social
progress a political imperative in every quarter of the globe.
- Lester B. Pearson

Of all our dreams today there is none more important -
or so hard to realise -
than that of peace in the world.
May we never lose our faith in it or our resolve to
do everything that can be done to convert it one day into reality.
- Lester B. Pearson

Constant kindness can accomplish much.
As the sun makes ice melt,
kindness causes misunderstanding,
mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.
- Albert Schweitzer

In human intercourse the tragedy begins,
not when there is misunderstanding about words,
but when silence is not understood.
- Henry David Thoreau

Shallow understanding from people of good will
is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding
from people of ill will.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

There seems to be a terrible misunderstanding on the
part of a great many people to the effect that when
you cease to believe you may cease to behave.
- Louis Kronenberger

Love involves a peculiar unfathomable combination of
understanding and misunderstanding.
- Diane Arbus

The fact is that much misunderstanding is often caused
by our modern attempts to limit too strictly the meaning of a Greek word.
- Gilbert Murray

Where misunderstanding serves others as an advantage,
one is helpless to make oneself understood.
- Lionel Trilling

Most quarrels amplify a misunderstanding.
- Andre Gide

There's never going to be a great misunderstanding of me.
I think I'm a little whacked.
- Pamela Anderson

It is by universal misunderstanding that all agree.
For if, by ill luck, people understood each other,
they would never agree.
- Charles Baudelaire

Is an intelligent human being likely to be much more
than a large-scale manufacturer of misunderstanding?
- Philip Roth

Logic: The art of thinking and reasoning in strict
accordance with the limitations and incapacities of
the human misunderstanding.
- Ambrose Bierce

To be misunderstood can be the writer's punishment
for having disturbed the reader's peace.
The greater the disturbance, the greater the possibility of misunderstanding.
- Anatole Broyard

Too many of these writers in the music papers,
they are misunderstanding everything.
The disco sound is not art or anything so serious.
- Giorgio Moroder

The effort to blur the lines between Guantanamo and
Abu Ghraib reflects a deep misunderstanding about the
different legal regimes that apply to Iraq and the war against al Qaeda.
- John Yoo

To label me an intellectual is a misunderstanding of what that is.
- Dick Cavett

We are infected by our own misunderstanding of how our own minds work.
- Kevin Kelly

A mistake is to commit a misunderstanding.
- Bob Dylan

The world only goes round by misunderstanding.
- Charles Baudelaire

Worrying that banning flag desecration would inhibit
free speech reveals a misunderstanding of the flag's fundamental nature.
- Adrian Cronauer

In the whole round of human affairs little is so fatal
to peace as misunderstanding.
- Margaret E. Sangster

If you want that good feeling that comes from doing
things for other folks then you have to pay for it
in abuse and misunderstanding.
- Zora Neale Hurston

I've always liked pop music.
There was a bit of a misunderstanding with the avant-garde rock scene,
because I think I was sort of swimming the wrong way,
really.
- Robert Wyatt

Not only the entire ability to think rests on language...
but language is also the crux of the misunderstanding of reason with itself.
- Johann G. Hamann

In South America, I heard the 8th Symphony of Beethoven.
And the young conductor thought, Beethoven must be heroic.
But this is piece which shouldn't be heroic.
And this was such a misunderstanding,
such a deep misunderstanding.
- Kurt Masur

It may be added, to prevent misunderstanding,
that when I speak of contemplated objects in this last
phrase as objects of contemplation,
the act of contemplation itself is of course an enjoyment.
- Samuel Alexander

When a scientist is ahead of his times,
it is often through misunderstanding of current,
rather than intuition of future truth.
In science there is never any error so gross that it won't one day,
from some perspective, appear prophetic.
- Jean Rostand

What I would like to be remembered for is that Walter
Washington changed the spirit of the people of this city,
that he came in as mayor when there was hate and greed
and misunderstanding among our people and the races were polarized.
- Walter Washington

Second, the resolution contains the blatantly false
assertion that negotiating a timeline for bringing U.S.
troops home with the Iraqi government undermines U.S.
national security.
Such a statement shows a misunderstanding of the enemy we face in Iraq.
- Peter DeFazio

But let there be no misunderstanding.
The war against terror is every bit as important as
our fight against fascism in World War II.
Or our struggle against the spread of Communism during the Cold War.
- Jim Bunning

We have nearly complete misunderstanding between
people of different faiths in Lake Wobegon,
and that's probably one reason why we get along so very well.
It's when you are trying to convince another person to think
the same way that you do that there is
friction and trouble between people.
But when you feel that the other person is
dumber than dirt, too dumb for words -
why waste your breath - you get along pretty well.
There's no bond between people that's quite so strong as
when people each feel slightly superior towards the other one.
- Garrison Keillor

Consistent happiness is found through
living in a state of constant gratitude.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The inherent nature of life is constant change.
To fear change is to fear life itself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

They must often change,
who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.
- Confucius

Life is NOT a constant emergency.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If a man does not make new acquaintances
as he advances through life,
he will soon find himself alone.
A man, sir, should keep his friendships in constant repair.
- Samuel Johnson

Be slow to fall into friendship;
but when thou art in, continue firm and constant.
- Socrates

Praying without ceasing is not ritualized,
nor are there even words.
It is a constant state of awareness of oneness with God.
- Peace Pilgrim

The very nature of the world is constant change.
You set a goal and create a plan to achieve it;
then the assumptions on which you
based your plan change - they always do.
The challenge is to retain your goals
while adapting your tactics.
Relax and stay flexible in order to reach
your goals and maintain your happiness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is a constant opponent,
and an overpowering adversary if attacked directly.
The successful and happy ones dance lightly with life -
a parry here, a feint there - always engaged,
but never in the direct line of life's heaviest blows.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To his dog, every man is Napoleon; hence the constant popularity of dogs.
- Aldous Huxley


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