Abba Eban quotes

  • History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives.
    -- Abba Eban

    #Funny #Sarcastic #War

  • A consensus means that everyone agrees to say collectively what no one believes individually.
    -- Abba Eban

    #Believe #Mean #Sarcasm

  • If Algeria introduced a resolution declaring that the earth was flat and that Israel had flattened it, it would pass by a vote of 164 to 13 with 26 abstentions.
    -- Abba Eban

    #Israel #Algeria #Earth

  • Playing the game I have learned the meaning of humility. It has given me an understanding of futility of the human effort.
    -- Abba Eban

    #Humility #Golf #Games

  • Nobody does Israel any service by proclaiming its 'right to exist.' Israel's right to exist, like that of the United States, Saudi Arabia and 152 other states, is axiomatic and unreserved. Israel's legitimacy is not suspended in midair awaiting acknowledgement.... There is certainly no other state, big or small, young or old, that would consider mere recognition of its 'right to exist' a favor, or a negotiable concession.
    -- Abba Eban

    #Israel #United States #Arabia

  • His ignorance is encyclopedic.
    -- Abba Eban

    #Ignorance #Sarcasm

  • You can't achieve anything without getting in someone's way. You can't be detached and effective.
    -- Abba Eban

    #Change #Way #Achieve

  • It [idolatry] nourishes mans ambition to domineer over his fellow man. Idolatry, therefore, is the source of all social and moral evil in the world.
    -- Abba Eban

    #Ambition #Men #Evil

  • Better to be disliked than pitied.
    -- Abba Eban

  • Zionism is nothing more, but also nothing less, than the Jewish People's sense of origin and destination in the Land linked eternally with its name. It is also the instrument whereby the Jewish Nation seeks an authentic fulfillment of itself.
    -- Abba Eban

    #Land #Names #People

  • I think that this is the first war in history that on the morrow the victors sued for peace and the vanquished called for unconditional surrender.
    -- Abba Eban

    #War #Unconditional Love #Thinking

  • Lest Arab governments be tempted out of sheer routine to rush into impulsive rejection, let me suggest that tragedy is not what men suffer but what they miss.
    -- Abba Eban

    #Men #Rejection #Missing

  • Tragedy is the difference between what is and what could have been.
    -- Abba Eban

    #Differences #Tragedy

  • Tragedy is not what men suffer but what they miss.
    -- Abba Eban

    #Men #Missing #Suffering

  • Salvation, the prophets tell us, is preconditioned by repentance. The redeeming act of God waits upon man's initiative.
    -- Abba Eban

    #Men #Waiting #Initiative

  • Palestinians never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.
    -- Abba Eban

    #Opportunity #Missing #Palestinian

  • It is our experience that political leaders do not always mean the opposite of what they say.
    -- Abba Eban

    #Mean #Opposites #Leader

  • Our intention to regard the closing of the Straits as a casus belli was communicated...to the foreign ministers of those states which had supported international navigation in the Straits in 1957 and thereafter. There can be no doubt that these warnings reached Cairo. One thing was now clear. If Nasser imposed a blockade, the explosion would ensue not from 'miscalculation', but from an open-eyed and conscious readiness for war.
    -- Abba Eban

    #War #Doubt #Cairo

  • A nation writes its history in the image of its ideal.
    -- Abba Eban

    #Writing #Justice #Social Justice

  • The Jews are the living embodiment of the minority, the constant reminder of what duties societies owe their minorities, whoever they might be.
    -- Abba Eban

    #Minorities #Embodiment #Might

  • A statesman who keeps his ear permanently glued to the ground will have neither elegance of posture nor flexibility of movement.
    -- Abba Eban

    #Ears #Movement #Elegance

  • Consensus is what many people say in chorus but do not believe as individuals.
    -- Abba Eban

    #Believe #People #Belief

  • One of the chief tasks of any dialogue with the Gentile world is to prove that the distinction between anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism is not a distinction at all.
    -- Abba Eban

    #Israel #Tasks #World

  • Human beings act intelligently only after they have exhausted the alternatives
    -- Abba Eban

    #Alternatives #Exhausted #Humans

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