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Never explain -- your friends do not need it, and your enemies will not believe you anyway.

A strong nation, like a strong person, can afford to be gentle, firm, thoughtful, and restrained. It can afford to extend a helping hand to others. It's a weak nation, like a weak person, that must behave with bluster and boasting and rashness and other signs of insecurity.
France has neither winter nor summer nor morals. Apart from these drawbacks it is a fine country.
There is no waste of time in life like that of making explanations.
How can you govern a country with two hundred and forty six varieties of cheese?
Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. [About Russia]
The maxim of the British people is Business as usual.
The greatest nations have all acted like gangsters and the smallest like prostitutes.
Examinations, sir, are pure humbug from beginning to end. If a man is a gentleman, he knows quite enough, and if he is not a gentleman, whatever he knows is bad for him.
This organization is created to prevent you from going to hell. It isn't created to take you to heaven.
The French complain of everything, and always.
Americans are benevolently ignorant about Canada, while Canadians are malevolently well informed about the United States.
Switzerland is simply a large, lumpy, solid rock with a thin skin of grass stretched over it.
We prefer world law, in the age of self-determination, to world war in the age of mass extermination.
I like the English. They have the most rigid code of immorality in the world.
The more I saw of foreign countries the more I loved my own.
The best thing I know between France and England is the sea.
Great nations write their autobiographies in three manuscripts -- the book of their deeds, the book of their words and the book of their art.
I showed my appreciation of my native land in the usual Irish way: by getting out of it as soon as I possibly could.
Russia has abolished God, but so far God has been tolerant.
France is the country where the money falls apart and you can't tear the toilet paper.
There is occasions and causes why and wherefore in all things.
A little inaccuracy sometimes saves tons of explanations.
The United Nations is designed to make possible lasting freedom and independence for all its members.
The whole basis of the United Nations is the right of all nations--great or small--to have weight, to have a vote, to be attended to, to be a part of the twentieth century.
The United Nations cannot do anything, and never could; it is not an animate entity or agent. It is a place, a stage, a forum and a shrine... a place to which powerful people can repair when they are fearful about the course on which their own rhetoric seems to be propelling them.
The heroes of the world community are not those who withdraw when difficulties ensue, not those who can envision neither the prospect of success nor the consequence of failure -- but those who stand the heat of battle, the fight for world peace through the United Nations.
The UN is not just a product of do-gooders. It is harshly real. The day will come when men will see the U.N. and what it means clearly. Everything will be all right -- you know when? When people, just people, stop thinking of the United Nations as a weird Picasso abstraction, and see it as a drawing they made themselves.
The United Nations was not set up to be a reformatory. It was assumed that you would be good before you got in and not that being in would make you good.
The United Nations is our one great hope for a peaceful and free world.
I am like a doctor. I have written a prescription to help the patient. If the patient doesn't want all the pills I've recommended, that's up to him. But I must warn that next time I will have to come as a surgeon with a knife.
We have actively sought and are actively seeking to make the United Nations an effective instrument of international cooperation.
Without a country, I am not a man.
In every particular state of the world, those nations which are strongest tend to prevail over the others; and in certain marked peculiarities the strongest tend to be the best.
Nations, like men, have their infancy.
It profits a man nothing to give his soul for the whole world... but for Wales!
A country grows in history not only because of the heroism of its troops on the field of battle, it grows also when it turns to justice and to right for the conservation of its interests.
A nation is not conquered which is perpetually to be conquered.
A Canadian is someone who knows how to make love in a canoe.
England can never be ruined except by a Parliament.

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