Richard Holbrooke Quotes

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United Nations peacekeepers are going all over the world spreading AIDS even while they're trying to bring peace. What a supreme irony. -Richard Holbrooke
A peace deal requires agreements, and you don't make agreements with your friends, you make agreements with your enemies. -Richard Holbrooke
Nothing generates more heat in the government than the question of who is chosen to participate in important meetings. -Richard Holbrooke
Know something about something. Don't just present your wonderful self to the world. Constantly amass knowledge and offer it around. -Richard Holbrooke
The negotiations were simultaneously cerebral and physical, abstract and personal, something like a combination of chess and mountain climbing. -Richard Holbrooke
Although he won't serve out many years in jail, [Milosevic] paid the price by ending his life in jail. -Richard Holbrooke
As highly successful and secure Americans, they could have lived a comfortable life surrounded by their family and their many friends, -Richard Holbrooke
He faces two futures now -- to spend the rest of his life on the run or else he can defend himself in the International Court of The Hague. -Richard Holbrooke
It's an improvisation on a theme. You know where you want to go, but you don't know how to get there. It's not linear. -Richard Holbrooke
If a country denies it has AIDS, that country will inevitably become an even greater victim. -Richard Holbrooke
It is essential that the foreign forces who have invaded and occupy large parts of the Congo halt their offensive action -Richard Holbrooke
As countries grapple with modernization, people who are left behind tend to hold firmer and firmer to their view of the evil of modernity. -Richard Holbrooke
World War I was not inevitable, as many historians say. It could have been avoided, and it was a diplomatically botched negotiation. -Richard Holbrooke
In short, you can't let the deadline define the mission. The mission has to define the duration. -Richard Holbrooke
Diplomacy is like jazz: endless variations on a theme. -Richard Holbrooke
I'm a product of the Kennedy era. Kennedy's Inaugural plus the accident of Dean Rusk brought me into the government. Those were my values. -Richard Holbrooke
You have to test your hypothesis against other theories. Certainty in the face of complex situations is very dangerous. -Richard Holbrooke
The World War II generation believed the United States could do anything - anything... And Vietnam was a shattering experience for everyone. -Richard Holbrooke
The male elites that run most countries are exceedingly uncomfortable with the subject of AIDS because it's a sexually transmitted disease. -Richard Holbrooke
Pakistani politics is complicated, and I think it's not something a foreigner can easily assimilate and understand. -Richard Holbrooke
I have worked in every - every Democratic administration since the Kennedy administration, and I know dysfunctionality when I see it. -Richard Holbrooke
We should not be surprised that democracy is imperfect even in Western countries. -Richard Holbrooke
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