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Kofi Annan Quotes and Sayings
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We may have different religions, different
languages, different colored skin,
but we all belong to one human race.
- Kofi Annan

Related topics: Inspirational Government Political Acceptance Unity Oneness World

To live is to choose. But to choose well,
you must know who you are and what you stand for,
where you want to go and why you want to get there.
- Kofi Annan

To live is to choose.
- Kofi Annan

Open markets offer the only realistic hope of pulling
billions of people in developing countries out of abject poverty,
while sustaining prosperity in the industrialized world.
- Kofi Annan

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More countries have understood that women's equality
is a prerequisite for development.
- Kofi Annan

You have made people listen.
You have made people care, and you have taught us
that whether we are poor or prosperous,
we have only one world to share.
You have taught young people that
they do have the power to change the world.
- Kofi Annan, UN Secretary General, to Bono. (November 1999)

In the rush for justice it is important not to lose
sight of principles the country holds dear.
- Kofi Annan


 

Gender equality is more than a goal in itself.
It is a precondition for meeting the challenge of reducing poverty,
promoting sustainable development and building good governance.
- Kofi Annan

Education is a human right with immense power to transform.
On its foundation rest the cornerstones of freedom,
democracy and sustainable human development.
- Kofi Annan

I urge the Iraqi leadership for sake of its own people...
to seize this opportunity and thereby begin to end
the isolation and suffering of the Iraqi people.
- Kofi Annan

Iraq has a new opportunity to comply with all these
relevant resolutions of the Security Council.
- Kofi Annan

We have to choose between a global market driven only
by calculations of short-term profit,
and one which has a human face.
- Kofi Annan

If the United Nations does not attempt to chart a course
for the world's people in the first decades of the new millennium,
who will?
- Kofi Annan

We need to keep hope alive and strive to do better.
- Kofi Annan

We need to think of the future and the planet we are
going to leave to our children and their children.
- Kofi Annan

We have the means and the capacity to deal with our problems,
if only we can find the political will.
- Kofi Annan

It has been said that arguing against globalization
is like arguing against the laws of gravity.
- Kofi Annan

The United Nations, whose membership comprises almost
all the states in the world,
is founded on the principle of the equal worth of every human being.
- Kofi Annan

Business, labor and civil society organizations have
skills and resources that are vital in helping to build
a more robust global community.
- Kofi Annan

The Lord had the wonderful advantage of being able to work alone.
- Kofi Annan

In their greatest hour of need, the world failed the people of Rwanda.
- Kofi Annan

There is no development strategy more beneficial to society as a whole -
women and men alike -
than the one which involves women as central players.
- Kofi Annan

Many African leaders refuse to send their troops on
peace keeping missions abroad because they probably
need their armies to intimidate their own populations.
- Kofi Annan

If one is going to err, one should err on the side of liberty and freedom.
- Kofi Annan

More than ever before in human history,
we share a common destiny.
We can master it only if we face it together.
And that, my friends, is why we have the United Nations.
- Kofi Annan

If information and knowledge are central to democracy,
they are the conditions for development.
- Kofi Annan

Knowledge is power.
Information is liberating.
Education is the premise of progress,
in every society, in every family.
- Kofi Annan

National markets are held together by shared values
and confidence in certain minimum standards.
But in the new global market, people do not yet have that confidence.
- Kofi Annan

We cannot wait for governments to do it all.
Globalization operates on Internet time.
Governments tend to be slow moving by nature,
because they have to build political support for every step.
- Kofi Annan

In the 21st century, I believe the mission of the United
Nations will be defined by a new,
more profound awareness of the sanctity and dignity of every human life,
regardless of race or religion.
- Kofi Annan

The question is the morning after.
What sort of Iraq do we wake up to after the bombing?
What happens in the region? What impact could it have?
These are questions leaders I have spoken to have posed.
- Kofi Annan

Above all else, we need a reaffirmation of political
commitment at the highest levels to reducing the dangers
that arise both from existing nuclear weapons and from further proliferation.
- Kofi Annan

We must ensure that the global market is embedded in
broadly shared values and practices that reflect global social needs,
and that all the world's people share the benefits of globalization.
- Kofi Annan

Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again,
but expecting different results.
- Rita Mae Brown, also attributed to Einstein

In choosing joy, the finish line dissolves
into a different matter altogether.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing
over and over and expecting different results.
- Albert Einstein

We become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic.
Different people, different beliefs,
different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams.
- Jimmy Carter

We are all different - and we are all one.
Take time to understand, and to appreciate.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We all live with the objective of being happy;
our lives are all different and yet the same.
- Anne Frank

We may have all come on different ships,
but we're in the same boat now.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Sisters are different flowers from the same garden.
- Anonymous

Celebration has many different outfits
but she always wears the same beautiful dancing shoes.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Why should we be in such desperate haste to succeed,
and in such desperate enterprises?
If a man does not keep pace with his companions,
perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.
- Henry David Thoreau

I can't go back to yesterday -
because I was a different person then.
- Lewis Carroll

Could we change our attitude,
we should not only see life differently,
but life itself would be different.
- Katherine Mansfield

The eyes of the cheerful and of the melancholy man
are fixed upon the same creation;
but very different are the aspects which it bears to them.
- Albert Pike

The essence of all religions is one.
Only their approaches are different.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

If a man does not keep pace with his companions,
perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.
- Henry David Thoreau

How different our lives are when we
really know what is deeply important to us,
and keeping that picture in mind,
we manage ourselves each day
to be and to do what really matters most
- Stephen Covey

Every day is a new beginning -
a day for a new plan and new action.
If today, in conscious awareness, you choose
the same plan as yesterday, you are wise.
If you choose a different plan, you are equally wise.
Whatever you choose, choose with intention.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If a man loses pace with his companions,
perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.
Let him step to the music which he hears,
however measured or far away.
- Henry David Thoreau

Life and death are one thread,
the same line viewed from different sides.
- Lao Tzu

Conversations with God are very different
from the usual nature of prayer.
Prayers are commonly only in one direction -
the one praying speaks and hopes God is listening.
Prayers also tend to focus on asking
for specific things or outcomes one wants,
rather than seeking to better understand the mind of God.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence.
Inaction is not only the result, but the cause, of fear.
Perhaps the action you take will be successful;
perhaps different action or adjustments will have to follow.
But any action is better than no action at all.
- Norman Vincent Peale

Choose your goal and keep your eye on it. Never give up.
Perhaps you will need to change your plan
and approach you goal from a different direction, but don't quit.
Keep thinking. Keep re-planning. Keep going.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When was the last time you took
a different route to work ... just because?
Consider shaking up your life a little (or a lot) ...
for no reason, except to do it.
Let your life be an adventure.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We can never replace a friend.
When a man is fortunate enough to have several,
he finds they are all different.
No one has a double in friendship.
- Johann Schiller

If you want reality to be different than it is,
you might as well try to teach a cat to bark.
- Byron Katie

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again
and expecting different results.
- Albert Einstein (attributed)

It is one thing to say that something should be done,
but quite a different matter to do it.
- Aesop

The things that make me different are the things that make me.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

What people say, what people do,
and what they say they do
are entirely different things.
- Margaret Mead

Uncertainty that comes from knowledge
(knowing what you don't know)
is different from uncertainty coming from ignorance.
- Isaac Asimov

Suspended between earth and sky,
my humanity draws from both,
my tendrils reach for the energies of each.
Spirit and Ground - equal yet opposite,
the lightness and the solidarity,
the ephemeral and the substantial.
The substantial is no more and no less
than the ephemeral - merely different.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Ask five economists and you'll get five different answers -
six if one went to Harvard.
- Edgar R. Fiedler

People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness.
Just because they're not on your road
doesn't mean they've gotten lost.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

The way people in democracies think of the government
as something different from themselves is a real handicap.
And, of course, sometimes the government confirms their opinion.
- Lewis Mumford

NO ONE is really different;
each of us is actually a member of the human race.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I just like movies that somehow expose the world in
a way that's different than you imagine it.
- Alex Winter

Just because everything is different doesn't mean anything has changed.
- Irene Peter

I try to give people a different way of looking at their surroundings.
That's art to me.
- Maya Lin


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