Abba Eban

Abba Eban
Abba Eban
  • Born: February 2, 1915
  • Died: November 17, 2002
  • Nationality: Israeli
  • Profession: Diplomat

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[Describing the United Nations:] ... a beehive without honey ... a chaotic and sterile maelstrom United Nations
a charge of monumental inconsequentiality. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
A consensus means that everyone agrees to say collectively what no one believes individually Miscellaneous
A great part Jewish history was occupied by the simple attempt of Jews to stay alive. Minorities & Women
A statesman who keeps his ear permanently glued to the ground will have neither elegance of posture nor flexibility of movement. Public Opinion & Polling ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
American democracy is at its best in its talent for the transfer for power. Democracies & Republics
Failure was built into it by an extraordinary of exaggerated expectations. United Nations
Few strong leaders are enthusiastic about their successors. Leaders & Leadership
Governments first decide on their interests and then seek the vocabulary most congenial to their policies. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
I think this is the first war in history [the Six-Day War] that on the morrow the victors sued for peace and the vanquished called for unconditional surrender. War & Peace
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 Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
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. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes ;United Nations
If the United Nations would not take responsibility in time of peril, by what right should it claim authority when the danger is passed. United Nations
In most nations, public opinion is in revolt against foreign policy. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
In the last resort nations can only find security in doing what their material interests dictate. Defense & National Security
Israel can either shoot or shout, but it is politically impossible to be silent about terrorism Terrorism
It is doubtful if anyone could recount a single instance in which a rupture of diplomatic relations has ever brought any benefit to the government that initiated the break. Diplomacy & Diplomats
It was the most ill-considered statement in the history of diplomacy. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives. Policy & Policy Making
No Secretary of State can give constant personal care to more than a few problems among the global abundance. Management & Managing Government
Our task was not only to assert our rights, but also to bring our rights into harmony with the rights and interests of others. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Politics is the only profession where there's life after death. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Propaganda is the art of persuading others of what one does not believe oneself. Public Relations & Image
Reason without passion is sterile, but passion without reason is hysteria. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
Science has a human origin and a human destination. Terrorism
Since negotiation would have to take place after the war, why not have negotiations before and instead of the war. Negotiating & Negotiations
Since war is everybody's tragedy, diplomacy is everybody's business. Diplomacy & Diplomats
Surely diplomacy is needed when there is conflict, not when there is harmony. Diplomacy & Diplomats
The approach of danger always lends precision to the diplomatic art. Discrimination & Prejudice
The Arabs never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
The Constitution guaranteed every individual’s rights but could not eliminate their prejudices. Constitution / Bills & Declaratiobns of Rights
The government of Israel is not an aviary. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
The important thing is to know when the hour is right to be seized. Leaders & Leadership
The Middle East is so constructed that the rational things are the things least likely to occur. Miscellaneous
The Palestinians have never lost an opportunity to lose an opportunity. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
This is the first war in history that on the morrow the victors sued for peace and the vanquished called for unconditional surrender. War & Peace
Time and again ... governments have rejected proposals today—and longed for them tomorrow. Negotiating & Negotiations
Wars are most often won by those who have made the greatest effort to prevent them. War & Peace
We do not have orders or decorations ... We have no tradition of formality ... One thing, however, is within the power of Israel to confer. It is the gift of immortality ... We are now writing the name of President Truman upon the map of our country. In a village ... we establish ... near the gateway to Israel, we establish a monument not of dead stone but of living hope. [Truman Village] Memorials, Monuments, Medals, Statues & Buildings
A consensus means that everyone agrees to say collectively what no one believes individually.
Better to be disliked than pitied.
Consensus is what many people say in chorus but do not believe as individuals.
His ignorance is encyclopedic.
History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives. History
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. History ;War & Peace
It is our experience that political leaders do not always mean the opposite of what they say. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
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.
Men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all the other alternatives.
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.
The Jews are the living embodiment of the minority, the constant reminder of what duties societies owe their minorities, whoever they might be.
Time and again these governments have rejected proposals today - and longed for them tomorrow. Time
You can't achieve anything without getting in someone's way.