Best Quotes by Abba Eban (Top 10)

  1. History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives.
  2. 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.
  3. His ignorance is encyclopedic.
  4. 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.
  5. A consensus means that everyone agrees to say collectively what no one believes individually.
  6. 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.
  7. The Jews are the living embodiment of the minority, the constant reminder of what duties societies owe their minorities, whoever they might be.
  8. Israel is not an aviary.
  9. 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.
  10. A statesman who keeps his ear permanently glued to the ground will have neither elegance of posture nor flexibility of movement.

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