An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





We have actively sought and are actively seeking to make the United Nations an effective instrument of international cooperation.


Dean Acheson (1893-1971, American statesman, lawyer)


The United Nations is our one great hope for a peaceful and free world.


Ralph Bunche


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.


Javier Perez De Cuellar


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.


John Foster Dulles (1888-1959, American republican secretary of state)


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.


Dag Hammarskjold (1905-1961, Swedish statesman, Secretary-General of the UN)


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.


Hubert H. Humphrey (1911-1978, American Vice President)


We prefer world law, in the age of self-determination, to world war in the age of mass extermination.


John F. Kennedy (1917-1963, American President (35th))


This organization is created to prevent you from going to hell. It isn't created to take you to heaven.


Henry Cabot Lodge Jr.


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.


Conor Cruise O'Brien (1917-, Irish historian, critic, and statesman)


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.


Adlai E. Stevenson (1900-1965, American lawyer, politician)


The United Nations is designed to make possible lasting freedom and independence for all its members.


Harry S. Truman (1884-1972, American President (33rd))


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