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Paddy Ashdown Quotes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Politics is compromise.
- Paddy Ashdown

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

The beauty does not live out there;
the beauty's in my eyes.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Every child comes with the message
that God is not yet discouraged of man.
- Rabindranath Tagore

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly,
"one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
- Hans Christian Andersen

The essence of life is not in
the great victories and grand failures,
but in the simple joys.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You will not be punished for your anger,
you will be punished by your anger.
- The Buddha

I do not need anyone's permission to be my true self.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Do not let Sunday be taken from you.
If your soul has no Sunday, it becomes an orphan.
- Albert Schweitzer

Love one another but make not a bond of love.
Let it rather be a moving sea
between the shores of your souls.
- Khalil Gibran

Everything is a miracle,
not just the beautiful and lovely things.
- Anonymous

The mind is not a vessel to be filled
but a fire to be kindled.
- Plutarch

Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek,
but a means by which we arrive at that goal.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Lord, grant that I might not so much
seek to be loved as to love.
- St. Francis of Assisi

One can not reflect in streaming water.
Only those who know internal peace can give it to others.
- Lao Tzu

Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations.
I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty,
believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.
- Louisa May Alcott

Love does not claim possession, but gives freedom.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle,
and the life of the candle will not be shortened.
Happiness never decreases by being shared.
- The Buddha

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.
- Marianne Williamson

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant.
If we did not sometimes taste of adversity,
prosperity would not be so welcome.
- Anne Bradstreet

The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.
- Oscar Wilde

I am not afraid of storms
for I am learning how to sail my ship.
- Louisa May Alcott

Self-respect is not a function of size, age, or wealth.
Breathe deep, sing loud and sweet,
"I am me, I am unique, I am magnificent."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The possession of knowledge does not
kill the sense of wonder and mystery.
There is always more mystery.
- Anais Nin

Sometimes we need the fog to remind ourselves
that all of life is not black and white.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The wise man in the storm prays God,
not for safety from danger,
but for deliverance from fear.
It is the storm within which endangers him,
not the storm without.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

We are not held back by the love we didn't receive in the past,
but by the love we're not extending in the present.
- Marianne Williamson

Everything has beauty,
but not everyone sees it.
- Confucius

The wise man does not lay up his own treasures.
The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own.
- Lao Tzu

I am not a slave to my thoughts or emotions.
- Richard Carlson

Do not allow obligation or immediacy to
bind you to physical things or specific actions.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

A ship in harbor is safe -
but that is not what ships are for.
- John A. Shedd

A good traveler has no fixed plans,
and is not intent on arriving.
- Lao Tzu

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Life may not be the party we hoped for,
but while we are here we might as well dance.
- Anonymous

One does not discover new lands without consenting
to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
- Andre Gide

Imagine all the people living life in peace.
You may say I'm a dreamer,
but I'm not the only one.
I hope someday you'll join us,
and the world will be as one.
- John Lennon

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
- Lao Tzu

It's not the size of the dog in the fight,
it's the size of the fight in the dog.
- Mark Twain

Love means not ever having to say you're sorry.
- Erich Segal

What you leave behind is not what
is engraved in stone monuments,
but what is woven into the lives of others.
- Pericles

The full measure of a man is
not to be found in the man himself,
but in the colors and textures that
come alive in others because of him.
- Albert Schweitzer

The world is perfect. It's a mess.
It has always been a mess.
We are not going to change it.
Our job is to straighten out our own lives.
- Joseph Campbell

Treat the earth well.
It was not given to you by your parents,
it was loaned to you by your children.
We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors,
we borrow it from our Children.
- Native American traditional

Adventure is not outside man; it is within.
- George Eliot

Hold on... Joyfully.
Holding-on does not have to be
a desperate teeth-gritting kind of holding-on.
Holding-on can be a joyful
"this is just the nature of Life,
so I may as well enjoy it"
kind of holding-on.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To the people who love you,
you are beautiful already.
This is not because they're
blind to your shortcomings
but because they so clearly see your soul.
- Victoria Moran

Trust in the Light.
Darkness is not a force -
it is merely the absence of light.
Observe that when a light is brought to a dark place,
the darkness disappears.
Sadness is similar -
when joy is brought to suffering,
the sadness disappears.
Open yourself to the Light!
Hold back nothing,
Trust in the Light.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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