Top 15 Abba Eban Quotes of 2020

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“Consensus is what many people say in chorus but do not believe as individuals.”

― Abba Eban

“It is our experience that political leaders do not always mean the opposite of what they say.”

― Abba Eban

“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.”

― Abba Eban

“Men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all the other alternatives.”

― Abba Eban

“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.”

― Abba Eban

“His ignorance is encyclopedic.”

― Abba Eban

“The Jews are the living embodiment of the minority, the constant reminder of what duties societies owe their minorities, whoever they might be.”

― Abba Eban

“A consensus means that everyone agrees to say collectively what no one believes individually.”

― Abba Eban

“History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives.”

― Abba Eban

“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.”

― Abba Eban

“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.”

― Abba Eban

“Time and again these governments have rejected proposals today – and longed for them tomorrow.”

― Abba Eban

“Better to be disliked than pitied.”

― Abba Eban

“You can’t achieve anything without getting in someone’s way.”

― Abba Eban

“A statesman who keeps his ear permanently glued to the ground will have neither elegance of posture nor flexibility of movement.”

― Abba Eban
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