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Abba Eban Quotes

"His ignorance is encyclopedic."

"A consensus means that everyone agrees to say collectively what no one believes individually."

"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."

"His ignorance is encyclopedic"

"History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives."

"Israel is not an aviary."

"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."

"When I was first here, we had the advantages of the underdog. Now we have the disadvantages of the overdog."

"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."

"Time and again these governments have rejected proposals today-and longed for them tomorrow."

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

"Men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all the other alternatives."

"It is our experience that political leaders do not always mean the opposite of what they say."

"Consensus is what many people say in chorus but do not believe as individuals."

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