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Paddy Ashdown Quotes and Sayings

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I can establish the expectation of retributive justice.
Have we done that? No.
- Paddy Ashdown

It's not my job to be popular.
I'm goal-driven; my job is to get results.
- Paddy Ashdown

The generous way of putting it is that we were not ready for this.
The less generous way is to say: How was it possible
to return to the politics of appeasement of the 1930s?
- Paddy Ashdown

We have invented a new human right here -
the right to return home after a war.
- Paddy Ashdown

 

People do not want politicians they know to be corrupt.
- Paddy Ashdown

I've had much nastier things said about me in the British
press than in the Bosnian press.
- Paddy Ashdown

Politics is compromise.
- Paddy Ashdown

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I am here because I think it was a terrible sin of
the west to allow those years of war.
- Paddy Ashdown

I can create institutions, but I can't rewrite the chips in people's heads.
- Paddy Ashdown

I was told there would be riots in the streets,
but there were no riots.
- Paddy Ashdown

The greatest failure is that although we have created institutions,
we have not created a civil society.
- Paddy Ashdown

I don't think Bosnia is ready for reconciliation,
but I do think it is ready for truth.
- Paddy Ashdown

Politics is about putting yourself in a state of grace.
- Paddy Ashdown

It would be a foolish high representative who worked that way.
- Paddy Ashdown

We have to make their livelihoods viable,
get them the proper prices for their produce,
try and make them stay rather than sell their property and leave again.
- Paddy Ashdown

I am formally accountable to the steering board of the PIC,
and I meet with nine ambassadors from the PIC every week.
I have to have the capitals' broad agreement with what I do.
- Paddy Ashdown

What my future will not be is active politics in the Liberal Democrat party.
- Paddy Ashdown

We who came here saw what was happening.
This was far more than a war in a faraway place.
This was a moral imperative, a terrible vision of the future.
- Paddy Ashdown

It was a superb agreement to end a war,
but a very bad agreement to make a state.
From now on, we have to part company with Dayton and
try to build a modern democratic state,
for which I have tried to lay the foundations.
- Paddy Ashdown

My second job has been to try to use my power to create
institutions of a modern state that could enter the European Union,
and there was very little time.
The door was closing, and I wanted to get Bosnia through before it shut.
- Paddy Ashdown

Maybe it's legitimate criticism, though it can be hurtful.
Maybe I haven't paid sufficient attention to the people
with whom I would have a natural affinity as a liberal,
and they feel let down by that.
- Paddy Ashdown

It works both ways: there are victims of tragedy who
come to me who have experienced grief of such magnitude
that they cannot reconcile.
Likewise, I cannot change the mentality of those who
committed the crimes or the fools who followed them.
- Paddy Ashdown

I love this country, I love these people,
though I can't say I love their politicians.
People are always nicer than politicians,
but here, you can mark that difference up a hundredfold.
- Paddy Ashdown

Bosnia is under my skin.
It's the place you cannot leave behind.
I was obsessed by the nightmare of it all;
there was this sense of guilt,
and an anger that has become something much deeper over these last years.
- Paddy Ashdown

It is necessary for me to establish a winner image.
Therefore, I have to beat somebody.
- Richard M. Nixon

To establish justice and to promote the general welfare,
America does not need the abortion license.
- Robert Casey

A free and prosperous Iraq will be a major blow to
the terrorists and their desire to establish a safe
haven in Iraq where they can plan and plot attacks.
- Scott McClellan

Eighteen years ago, the Holy Spirit led me to establish
a church in the heart of Times Square.
- David Wilkerson

By the way, the point between rationality and what
we would call the irrational is a very difficult point to establish.
There's no specific line, as you know.
- Leo Ornstein

I believe the record I was allowed to help establish
by the side of the president was important.
- Rahm Emanuel

Everyone agrees that our ultimate goal is to establish a free,
open and democratic Iraqi government and bring our
men and women in uniform home as soon as possible.
- James T. Walsh

The Holy Spirit alone can do this, the Holy Spirit
alone can establish this link with one's neighbor.
- Jacques Ellul

Once you establish a look, and once everybody recognizes that look as your look,
you never have to think about fashion again.
- Doug Coupland

The first thing you need to know, in order to establish
some perspective and avoid panic,
is that the violent government excesses we're seeing
today are far from unprecedented.
- L. Neil Smith

No testimony is sufficient to establish a miracle,
unless the testimony be of such a kind,
that its falsehood would be more miraculous than the
fact which it endeavors to establish.
- David Hume

If we can by any method establish a relation of mutual
trust between the laborer and the employer,
we shall lay the foundation stone of a structure that
will endure for all time.
- Mark Hanna

If you're going to establish a certain level of unreality
than you have to deal with it.
- Bill Sienkiewicz

I am tomorrow, or some future day, what I establish today.
I am today what I established yesterday or some previous day.
- James Joyce

Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it.
Establish your priorities and go to work.
- H. L. Hunt

He will therefore seek to establish for his country
in the eyes of the world,
such a character as shall make her not unworthy of
the name of a Christian nation.
- Francis Scott Key

A subtle thought that is in error may yet give rise
to fruitful inquiry that can establish truths of great value.
- Isaac Asimov

Have your new year's resolutions been a new beginning for you
or have they just been different words on the same old beginning?
Maybe now's the time to establish
a new pattern of viewing your life fresh.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

To imply that religious believers have no right to
engage moral questions in the public square or at the
ballot is simply to establish a Reichian secularism as our state faith.
- Maggie Gallagher

After learning the language and culture of the Chinese people,
these Jesuits began to establish contacts with the
young intellectuals of the country.
- Hu Shih

There are different things one can do to establish
and hasten the peace process.
Meditation is one way.
- Mike Love

The ultimate end of all revolutionary social change
is to establish the sanctity of human life,
the dignity of man, the right of every human being
to liberty and well-being.
- Emma Goldman

My third appeal is to my fellow citizens in all countries:
Help us to establish lasting peace in the world.
- Joseph Rotblat

Science by itself has no moral dimension.
But it does seek to establish truth.
And upon this truth morality can be built.
- William Masters

Sir, there is no Christian nation, thus free to choose as we are,
which would establish slavery.
- William H. Seward

Reason cannot establish values, and its belief that
it can is the stupidiest and most pernicious illusion.
- Allan Bloom

I declare that I will establish peace in this world.
- Prem Rawat

India is a regional power.
It does not need anything to establish it.
- Gary Ackerman

I am above the weakness of seeking to establish a sequence of cause and effect,
between the disaster and the atrocity.
- Edgar Allan Poe

Whether or not we establish freedom rests with ourselves.
- Florence E. Allen

We have a law that allows us to establish charter schools here in this state.
We ought to get going on it.
- Craig Benson

The trade union movement represents the organized economic power of the workers...
It is in reality the most potent and the most direct
social insurance the workers can establish.
- Samuel Gompers

It is essential that policy instruments be developed
that would firmly establish democratization on the
basis of social consensus and enable transformation on stable grounds.
- Recep Tayyip Erdogan

You can never have a revolution in order to establish a democracy.
You must have a democracy in order to have a revolution.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

I began wearing hats as a young lawyer because it helped
me to establish my professional identity.
Before that, whenever I was at a meeting,
someone would ask me to get coffee.
- Bella Abzug

When I left 20th Century-Fox to freelance,
my agent believed that getting big money was the way
to establish real importance in our industry.
- Loretta Young

To establish any mode to abolish war,
however advantageous it might be to Nations,
would be to take from such Government the most lucrative of its branches.
- Thomas Paine

The most important thing for a young man is to establish a credit...
a reputation, character.
- John D. Rockefeller

One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution;
one makes a revolution in order to establish a dictatorship.
- George Orwell

To criticize is to appreciate, to appropriate,
to take intellectual possession, to establish in fine
a relation with the criticized thing and to make it one's own.
- Henry James

Lasting peace and security in Iraq and Afghanistan
will be achieved when we establish the conditions for democratic,
economically viable nations.
- John Warner

While we are under the tyranny of Priests,
it will ever be their interest, to invalidate the law of nature and reason,
in order to establish systems incompatible therewith.
- Ethan Allen

I perceived how that it was impossible to establish
the lay people in any truth except the Scripture were
plainly laid before their eyes in their mother tongue.
- William Tyndale

We constantly learn new lessons up here.
The experiences we gather will enable us to establish
a long-term station on the moon and to go on to Mars.
- John Phillips

What we should be trying to do is to encourage people
to establish private retirement accounts and help them
take pressure off the Social Security system.
- Dennis Moore

Among peoples who are geographically grouped together
like the peoples of Europe there must exist a sort of federal link.
It is this link which I wish to endeavour to establish.
- Aristide Briand

As for the men in power, they are so anxious to establish
the myth of infallibility that they do their utmost to ignore truth.
- Boris Pasternak


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