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W. Averell Harriman Quotes and Sayings

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Conferences at the top level are always courteous.
Name-calling is left to the foreign ministers.
- W. Averell Harriman

The Russians often took advantage of Lend-Lease.
- W. Averell Harriman

The war changed everybody's attitude.
We became international almost overnight.
- W. Averell Harriman

Americans wanted to settle all our difficulties with
Russia and then go to the movies and drink Coke.
- W. Averell Harriman

 

I think Stalin was afraid of Roosevelt.
Whenever Roosevelt spoke, he sort of watched him with a certain awe.
He was afraid of Roosevelt's influence in the world.
- W. Averell Harriman

Roosevelt was the one who had the vision to change
our policy from isolationism to world leadership.
That was a terrific revolution.
Our country's never been the same since.
- W. Averell Harriman

Much of the aid we first gave to Russia we took away
from what we promised Britain.
So in a sense, Britain participated in a very real
way in the recovery of Russia.
- W. Averell Harriman

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There's a myth that Roosevelt gave Stalin Eastern Europe.
I was with Roosevelt every day at Yalta.
- W. Averell Harriman

We became convinced that, regardless of Stalin's awful
brutality and his reign of terror,
he was a great war leader.
Without Stalin, they never would have held.
- W. Averell Harriman

Yet the whole preamble of the second authorization
act for the Marshall Plan showed the direction Congress
was ready to take about breaking down barriers within Europe.
- W. Averell Harriman

I was quite ready to accept certain restrictions on the United States.
After all, there was a great dollar shortage.
It was quite clear that the more prosperous Europe became,
the more business there would be in the United States.
- W. Averell Harriman

We were talking about really getting Europe on its feet.
It was our hope that there would be a breakdown of
trade barriers in Europe first,
and then eventually a breakdown internationally,
which would help increase trade with Europe.
- W. Averell Harriman

I think there are telegrams that may or may not be available,
which indicated that I very much had in mind the need
to give Europe substantial aid after the war,
after Lend-Lease was over.
- W. Averell Harriman

Actually I'd had a certain amount of experience in
Europe in the inter-war period,
as a banker, and I was also a member of the Board of
Directors of the International Chamber of Commerce.
- W. Averell Harriman

Poland, of course, was the key country.
I remember Stalin telling me that the plains of Poland
were the invasion route of Europe to Russia and always had been,
and therefore he had to control Poland.
- W. Averell Harriman

It never occurred to me that we would have as grandiose
a program as the Marshall Plan,
but I felt that we had to do something to save Europe
from economic disaster which would encourage the Communist takeover.
- W. Averell Harriman

The Russians obtained a number of plants under Lend-Lease,
which had been authorized by Washington,
that I thought were not justified for their war effort.
They wanted them for postwar use.
- W. Averell Harriman

The biggest trade that Germany and Britain had was with each other,
in the prewar period; I think I'm right in that.
Two highly industrialized nations had the most trade with each other,
and it wasn't tariff policies alone that made trade
relations better for both of them.
- W. Averell Harriman

It was fear.
He didn't want to see a united Germany.
Stalin made it clear to me - I spoke with him many times -
that they couldn't afford to let Germany build up again.
They'd been invaded twice, and he wasn't willing to have it happen again.
- W. Averell Harriman

Roosevelt was determined to stop Stalin from taking over Eastern Europe.
He thought they finally had an agreement on Poland.
Before Roosevelt died, he realized that Stalin had broken his agreement.
- W. Averell Harriman

We both agreed that Stalin was determined to hold out against the Germans.
He told us he'd never let them get to Moscow.
But if he was wrong, they'd go back to the Urals and fight.
They'd never surrender.
- W. Averell Harriman

How could you justify giving Holland twice the amount
of money that you gave Belgium? Well,
finally, I put it up to them.
They said that they couldn't do it; it would destroy them.
I said they had to do it.
And I finally got support from Hoffman on it.
- W. Averell Harriman

This was the period when I used all the influence I
had to get the British to abandon their export trade,
and as much as possible convert all of their manufacturing
facilities to the immediate needs of the war,
including civilian, as well as military requirements.
- W. Averell Harriman

As far as the Russians were concerned,
I felt the reverse; they had adequate gold,
if they wanted to buy, and they weren't dependent upon international trade.
I felt they were more self-sufficient.
- W. Averell Harriman

Listen to advice.
You don't know how many writer's conferences I've taught
at where at least half the audience fights all the
conventions of the field.
- Jane Haddam

In contrast to what most prosecutors do,
we try to treat all individuals with complete fairness.
We do not go out and hold press conferences and the like.
- Kenneth Starr

My oldest son, Gary, is a seasoned minister and travels
with me for ministers' conferences.
- David Wilkerson

Fortunately, John Houseman is a marvelous writer and
he sat in on so many story conferences.
He worked with Welles, you know, and he's a marvelous man.
- Vincente Minnelli

May the spirit of devotion to duty which inspires us
always dominate this Committee's conferences!
- Gustav Krupp

Recently I've been participating in radio and television
talk programs doing broadcasts and conferences,
and shooting my mouth off and really going to town.
- Peter Maxwell Davies

In addition, I'll be attending women's health expos
and medical conferences with the goal to promote dialogue
between women and their health-care providers.
- Karen Duffy

We started giving presentations at practitioner conferences in 1986,
and since then all of our derivatives research has
been stimulated by contact with practitioners.
- John Hull

There is one criticism which cannot be leveled at interparliamentary
conferences but which is applicable to a great extent to peace congresses:
the meetings waste time.
- Fredrik Bajer

News conferences are the only chance the American public
has to see Ronald Reagan use his mind.
- Sam Donaldson

My dad's a doctor, and when I was 8,
I went to one of his medical conferences where they
were demonstrating laser surgery on a chicken.
I was so mad that a chicken had to die,
I never ate meat again.
- Natalie Portman

I also meet with city officials, representatives from governors' offices,
really anyone in that sort of position who has shown
an interest in youth fitness,
to let them know why this sort of program is so important.
I give the same message when I speak at conferences.
- Rafer Johnson

Godard is incredibly brilliant, the things he says.
Apparently here in France, the most interesting thing
when a new film of his is going to come out are his press conferences,
because he's so brilliant.
- Brian De Palma

I never participated in far-reaching political decisions,
since I never belonged to the circle of the closest
associates of Adolf Hitler,
neither was I consulted by Adolf Hitler on general political questions,
nor did I ever take part in conferences about such problems.
- Hans Frank

I believe we are going to move into a situation where
the more effective conferences will be smaller,
more specialized, more focused, with occasional large
gatherings to get the attention of the larger world.
- Maurice Strong

I would have thought it possible to choose delegates
for these larger conferences who,
even if they could not speak the principal languages,
could at least understand them or could have friends
seated beside them who could keep them informed on essential points.
- Fredrik Bajer

And I would be the first to admit that probably,
in a lot of press conferences over the time that I have been in coaching,
indulging my own sense of humor at press conferences
has not been greatly to my benefit.
- Bobby Knight

Live with intention.
Walk to the edge.
Listen hard.
Practice wellness.
Play with abandon.
Laugh.
Choose with no regret.
Appreciate your friends.
Continue to learn.
Do what you love.
Live as if this is all there is.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Don't die with your music still inside you.
Listen to your intuitive inner voice
and find what passion stirs your soul.
- Wayne Dyer

Listen to the compass of your heart.
All you need lies within you.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Curiosity takes courage.
The most important promises are the ones you make to yourself.
Pay Attention.
Appreciate. Listen. Imagine.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Be skeptical, but learn to listen.
- don Miguel Ruiz

Listen to all, plucking a feather
from every passing goose,
but, follow no one absolutely.
- Chinese Proverb

Always listen to the experts.
They'll tell you what can't be done and why.
Then do it.
- Robert Heinlein

Don't give up. There are too many nay-sayers out there
who will try to discourage you.
Don't listen to them.
The only one who can make you give up is yourself.
- Sidney Sheldon

It is the province of knowledge to speak,
and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Listen or your tongue will keep you deaf.
- Native American Proverb

We have two ears and one mouth so that
we can listen twice as much as we speak.
- Epictetus

Always aim high, work hard, and care deeply
about what you believe in.
When you stumble, keep faith.
When you're knocked down, get right back up.
And never listen to anyone who says
you can't or shouldn't go on.
- Hilary Clinton

Everyone hears what you say.
Friends listen to what you say.
Best friends listen to what you don't say.
- Anonymous

I Listen to the Heartbeat of Life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Anthropology demands the open-mindedness
with which one must look and listen,
record in astonishment
and wonder that which one would not have been able to guess.
- Margaret Mead

There are choirs singing in your head.
If you listen, you will hear the music.
It is the song of angels.
Pay no attention to the sounds of the world.
They are just noises, and even when
added up all together
they have no value, make no sense.
Strain to hear the song of angels.
Listen to the melody within your soul.
- Neale Donald Walsch

I want to share with you the three rules
that I have in order to accept an apprentice.
Rule Number 1: Don't believe me.
I don't want you to believe me
but I want you to listen and make choices - your choices.
If what I say, doesn't work for you, leave it.
But if it works for you and that's what you want, then make it yours.
Rule Number 2: Don't believe yourself.
Why? Because most of your belief system is a lie - it's not true.
And by believing yourself, you create all the limitations
that don't allow you to be what you really are.
Don't believe yourself. Listen to what you say,
listen to what you think, listen to what you believe.
And when you listen, open your ears, open your mind,
open your intelligence and make choices.
Rule 3 is, don't believe anybody else.
Don't believe them at all.
Open your ears and your mind; listen and make choices.
- don Miguel Ruiz

We listen. We listen. We move.
We sit. It rains. The sun comes out.
(there stands a friend)
We listen. We laugh. We share.
We sit. We dance. It rains.
There stands a friend.
We listen. We share. We sit. We dance.
The sun comes up.
There. I stand, a friend.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

We were given:
Two hands to hold.
Two legs to walk.
Two eyes to see.
Two ears to listen.
But why only one heart?
Because the other was given to someone else.
For us to find.
- Anonymous

Education is the ability to listen to almost anything
without losing your temper or your self-confidence.
- Robert Frost

We are apt to forget that children watch examples better
than they listen to preaching.
- Roy L. Smith

Maybe there is no actual place called hell.
Maybe hell is just having to listen to our grandparents
breathe through their noses when they're eating sandwiches.
- Jim Carrey

Nor shall derision prove powerful against those who
listen to humanity or those who follow in the footsteps of divinity,
for they shall live forever.
Forever.
- Khalil Gibran

Sometimes before we make a record I go back and listen to a few.
It's equally humbling and uplifting.
- Michael Stipe

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak;
courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.
- Winston Churchill

Women have a lot to say about how to advance women's rights,
and governments need to learn from that,
listen to the movement and respond.
- Charlotte Bunch

If you listen to your fears, you will die never knowing
what a great person you might have been.
- Robert H. Schuller

Know or listen to those who know.
- Baltasar Gracian

It's so sweet, I feel like my teeth
are rotting when I listen to the radio.
- Bono

Your modern teenager is not about to listen to advice from an old person,
defined as a person who remembers when there was no Velcro.
- Dave Barry


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