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W. Averell Harriman Quote of the Day

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The war changed everybody's attitude.
We became international almost overnight.
- W. Averell Harriman

There's a myth that Roosevelt gave Stalin Eastern Europe.
I was with Roosevelt every day at Yalta.
- W. Averell Harriman

Roosevelt was the one who had the vision to change
our policy from isolationism to world leadership.
That was a terrific revolution.
Our country's never been the same since.
- W. Averell Harriman

I think Stalin was afraid of Roosevelt.
Whenever Roosevelt spoke, he sort of watched him with a certain awe.
He was afraid of Roosevelt's influence in the world.
- W. Averell Harriman

 

Yet the whole preamble of the second authorization
act for the Marshall Plan showed the direction Congress
was ready to take about breaking down barriers within Europe.
- W. Averell Harriman

Americans wanted to settle all our difficulties with
Russia and then go to the movies and drink Coke.
- W. Averell Harriman

Much of the aid we first gave to Russia we took away
from what we promised Britain.
So in a sense, Britain participated in a very real
way in the recovery of Russia.
- W. Averell Harriman


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Conferences at the top level are always courteous.
Name-calling is left to the foreign ministers.
- W. Averell Harriman

We became convinced that, regardless of Stalin's awful
brutality and his reign of terror,
he was a great war leader.
Without Stalin, they never would have held.
- W. Averell Harriman

The Russians often took advantage of Lend-Lease.
- W. Averell Harriman

As far as the Russians were concerned,
I felt the reverse; they had adequate gold,
if they wanted to buy, and they weren't dependent upon international trade.
I felt they were more self-sufficient.
- W. Averell Harriman

It was fear.
He didn't want to see a united Germany.
Stalin made it clear to me - I spoke with him many times -
that they couldn't afford to let Germany build up again.
They'd been invaded twice, and he wasn't willing to have it happen again.
- W. Averell Harriman

Roosevelt was determined to stop Stalin from taking over Eastern Europe.
He thought they finally had an agreement on Poland.
Before Roosevelt died, he realized that Stalin had broken his agreement.
- W. Averell Harriman

I think there are telegrams that may or may not be available,
which indicated that I very much had in mind the need
to give Europe substantial aid after the war,
after Lend-Lease was over.
- W. Averell Harriman

Poland, of course, was the key country.
I remember Stalin telling me that the plains of Poland
were the invasion route of Europe to Russia and always had been,
and therefore he had to control Poland.
- W. Averell Harriman

It never occurred to me that we would have as grandiose
a program as the Marshall Plan,
but I felt that we had to do something to save Europe
from economic disaster which would encourage the Communist takeover.
- W. Averell Harriman

How could you justify giving Holland twice the amount
of money that you gave Belgium? Well,
finally, I put it up to them.
They said that they couldn't do it; it would destroy them.
I said they had to do it.
And I finally got support from Hoffman on it.
- W. Averell Harriman

Actually I'd had a certain amount of experience in
Europe in the inter-war period,
as a banker, and I was also a member of the Board of
Directors of the International Chamber of Commerce.
- W. Averell Harriman

I was quite ready to accept certain restrictions on the United States.
After all, there was a great dollar shortage.
It was quite clear that the more prosperous Europe became,
the more business there would be in the United States.
- W. Averell Harriman

This was the period when I used all the influence I
had to get the British to abandon their export trade,
and as much as possible convert all of their manufacturing
facilities to the immediate needs of the war,
including civilian, as well as military requirements.
- W. Averell Harriman

The biggest trade that Germany and Britain had was with each other,
in the prewar period; I think I'm right in that.
Two highly industrialized nations had the most trade with each other,
and it wasn't tariff policies alone that made trade
relations better for both of them.
- W. Averell Harriman

We were talking about really getting Europe on its feet.
It was our hope that there would be a breakdown of
trade barriers in Europe first,
and then eventually a breakdown internationally,
which would help increase trade with Europe.
- W. Averell Harriman

We both agreed that Stalin was determined to hold out against the Germans.
He told us he'd never let them get to Moscow.
But if he was wrong, they'd go back to the Urals and fight.
They'd never surrender.
- W. Averell Harriman

The Russians obtained a number of plants under Lend-Lease,
which had been authorized by Washington,
that I thought were not justified for their war effort.
They wanted them for postwar use.
- W. Averell Harriman

When we step on the battlefield, I will be
The First Boots On and the Last Boots Off.
- LtG. Hal Moore PHOTO

When you are in any contest,
you should work as if there were -
to the very last minute - a chance to lose it.
This is battle, this is politics, this is anything.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.
- Alfred, Lord Tennyson PHOTO

We will not learn how to live together in peace
by killing each other's children.
- Jimmy Carter PHOTO

I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.
- Winston Churchill

Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory.
Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.
- Sun Tzu

An unjust peace is better than a just war.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

We have war when at least one of the parties to a conflict
wants something more than it wants peace.
- Jeane Kirkpatrick

War is only a cowardly escape from the problems of peace.
- Thomas Mann

The supreme art of war is
to subdue the enemy without fighting.
- Sun Tzu

War is the unfolding of miscalculations.
- Barbara Tuchman

Men ought either to be indulged or utterly destroyed,
for if you merely offend them, they take vengeance,
but if you injure them greatly, they are unable to retaliate,
so that the injury done to a man
ought to be such that vengeance cannot be feared.
- Niccolo Machiavelli

In peace, sons bury their fathers.
In war, fathers bury their sons.
- Herodotus

You can't say civilization don't advance...
in every war they kill you in a new way.
- Will Rogers

I must study politics and war that my sons may have
liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.
- John Adams

If I am happy in spite of my deprivations,
if my happiness is so deep that it is a faith,
so thoughtful that it becomes a philosophy of life.
If, in short, I am an optimist,
my testimony to the creed of optimism is worth hearing.
- Helen Keller
...
Helen Keller (1880-1968) overcame being both deaf and blind
to become a famous author, lecturer, and activist
for women's suffrage, workers' rights, and ending war.

The object of war is not to die for your country but
to make the other bastard die for his.
- George S. Patton

You can discover what your enemy fears most
by observing the means he uses to frighten you.
- Michael Moncur

Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants.
We know more about war that we know about peace,
more about killing that we know about living.
- Omar N. Bradley

A visitor from Mars could easily pick out the civilized nations.
They have the best implements of war.
- Herbert V. Prochnow

Sometime they'll give a war and nobody will come.
- Carl Sandburg

John Dalton's records, carefully preserved for a century,
were destroyed during the World War II bombing of Manchester.
It is not only the living who are killed in war.
- Isaac Asimov

It has too often been too easy for rulers and governments to incite man to war.
- Lester B. Pearson

War settles nothing.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

The first casualty when war comes is truth.
- Hiram Johnson

The problems of victory are more agreeable
than those of defeat,
but they are no less difficult.
- Winston Churchill

War is a series of catastrophes which result in victory.
- Albert Pike

War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things.
The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic
feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse.
- John Stuart Mill

We have been travelling through a cloud.
The sky has been dark ever since the war began.
- Black Kettle

Older men declare war.
But it is the youth that must fight and die.
- Herbert Hoover

Only the dead have seen the end of the war.
- George Santayana

The power to wage war is the power to wage war successfully.
- Charles Evans Hughes

There is no avoiding war; it can only be postponed
to the advantage of others.
- Niccolo Machiavelli

You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.
- Jeannette Rankin

I have never advocated war except as a means of peace.
- Ulysses S. Grant

I do not believe that the men who served in uniform
in Vietnam have been given the credit they deserve.
It was a difficult war against an unorthodox enemy.
- William Westmoreland

We have no enemies,
we have only friendships that we haven't yet developed
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

All war is deception.
- Sun Tzu

It is well that war is so terrible.
We should grow too fond of it.
- Robert E. Lee

The scenes on this field would have cured anybody of war.
- William Tecumseh Sherman

War does not determine who is right -
only who is left.
- Bertrand Russell

If we don't end war, war will end us.
- H. G. Wells

War is the symptom, not the disease.
- L. M. Heroux

When the rich wage war, it's the poor who die.
- Jean-Paul Sartre

Never think that war, no matter how necessary,
nor how justified, is not a crime.
- Ernest Hemingway

In modern war...
you will die like a dog for no good reason.
- Ernest Hemingway

War is hell.
- William Tecumseh Sherman


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