Lester B. Pearson Quotes


21 Lester B. Pearson quotes:



"A great gulf, however, has been opened between man's material advance and his social and moral progress, a gulf in which he may one day be lost if it is not closed or narrowed."
"As for the promotion of peace congresses we have had our meetings and assemblies, but the promotion through them of the determined and effective will to peace displaying itself in action and policy remains to be achieved."
"As to the first, I do not know that I have done very much myself to promote fraternity between nations but I do know that there can be no more important purpose for any man's activity or interests."
"But while we all pray for peace, we do not always, as free citizens, support the policies that make for peace or reject those which do not. We want our own kind of peace, brought about in our own way."
"During my lifetime greater and more spectacular progress has been made in the physical sciences than in many centuries that preceded it."
"Every state has not only the right but the duty to make adequate provision for its own defense in the way it thinks best, providing it does not do so at the expense of any other state."
"I am grateful for the opportunities I have been given to participate in that work as a representative of my country, Canada, whose people have, I think, shown their devotion to peace."
"I cannot think of anything more difficult than to say something which would be worthy of this impressive and, for me, memorable occasion, and of the ideals and purposes which inspired the Nobel Peace Award."
"I have worked in a very close and cordial way with Norwegian representatives at many international meetings, and the pleasure I felt at those associations was equaled only by the profit I always secured from them."
"It is already difficult to realize that a mere twenty years ago poverty was taken almost for granted over most of the earth's surface."
"Nevertheless, defense by power as a first obligation on a state has to be considered in relation to things other than economics."
"Of all our dreams today there is none more important - or so hard to realise - than that of peace in the world. May we never lose our faith in it or our resolve to do everything that can be done to convert it one day into reality."
"Our problem, then, so easy to state, so hard to solve, is how to bring about a creative peace and a security which will have a strong foundation."
"The choice, however, is as clear now for nations as it was once for the individual: peace or extinction."
"The life of states cannot, any more than the life of individuals, be conditioned by the force and the will of a unit, however powerful, but by the consensus of a group, which must one day include all states."
"Today the predatory state, or the predatory group of states, with power of total destruction, is no more to be tolerated than the predatory individual."
"True there has been more talk of peace since 1945 than, I should think, at any other time in history. At least we hear more and read more about it because man's words, for good or ill, can now so easily reach the millions."
"We are all descendants of Adam, and we are all products of racial miscegenation."
"We know now that in modern warfare, fought on any considerable scale, there can be no possible economic gain for any side. Win or lose, there is nothing but waste and destruction."
"We must keep on trying to solve problems, one by one, stage by stage, if not on the basis of confidence and cooperation, at least on that of mutual toleration and self-interest."



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