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Quotes of the Day for 24 October 2000 – United Nations Day

The Charter of the United Nations was adopted on this day in 1945, and today is United Nations Day. Many arguments have been made about the contributions of the organization, which is not really my concern today, but I do have a few quotes on the subject of nations that may illuminate the general problem.

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The quotes:

The direct use of force is such a poor solution to any problem, it is generally employed only by small children and large nations.
     - David Friedman

All nations have present, or past, or future reasons for thinking themselves incomparable.
     - Paul Valery

History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives.
     - Abba Eban

What experience and history teach is this - that nations and governments have never learned anything from history, or acted upon any lessons they might have drawn from it.
     - Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

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