In these first few moments of the new year, 2007, I thought to reproduce from The Globalist some of their selection of the most insightful quotes of the past year.
On the economy …
"Being a tiger is not important. What is important is to have an economy that provides enough to eat and live."
(Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej)
On the environment …
"In the debate over global warming, there is a big gap between
public rhetoric, which verges on hysteria — and public behavior, which
(Robert J. Samuelson, Newsweek columnist)
"Right now, it seems that the glaciers in Greenland are moving faster than the negotiators."
(John Coequyt, energy policy analyst for Greenpeace)
On global institutions …
"We are like a group of marathon runners that have run 25 miles
and now must go the last mile. That last mile is often the toughest —
but after you’ve run 25 miles, why abandon the race?"
(Pascal Lamy, WTO Director General, on the Doha round)
"The troubles at the IMF, World Bank and World Trade
Organization are paradoxical. It’s not that the underlying forces of
globalization have gone limp — it’s that nobody wants to invest
political capital in global institutions."
(Sebastian Mallaby, Washington Post columnist)
On war and peace …
"The only thing you prevent by war is peace."
(Former U.S. President Harry Truman)
"In my country, we’re very arrogant, and I admit to it. You have
to understand that Americans have for 200 years fought and died not
just for our freedom, but for other people’s freedoms."
(U.S. Senator Lindsey O. Graham)
On the role of women …
"With a few women in politics, women change. With many women in politics, politics change."
(Chilean saying on the influence of women on politics)
"The women who are now leading nations are the most independent
and accomplished group of female leaders ever collected — with the
possible exception of when Elizabeth I dined alone."
(Editorial in the International Herald Tribune)