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Dag Hammarskjöld
Never measure the height of a mountain until you have reached the top. Then you will see how low it was.
Dag Hammarskjöld, Secretary-General from 1953 to 1961



Kofi Annan
We may have different religions, different languages, different coloured skin, but we all belong to one human race. We all share the same basic values.
Kofi Annan, Secretary-General from 1997 to 2006



U Thant
Every human being, of whatever origin, of whatever station, deserves respect. We must each respect others even as we respect ourselves.
U Thant, Secretary-General from 1961 to 1972



Kofi Annan
More than ever before in human history, we share a common destiny. We can master it only if we face it together. And that, my friends, is why we have the United Nations.
Kofi Annan, Secretary-General from 1997 to 2007



Norman Cousins
If the United Nations is to survive, those who represent it must bolster it, those who advocate it must submit to it, and those who believe in it must fight for it.
Norman Cousins, political journalist, author, professor, and world peace advocate



Dwight D. Eisenhower
If the United Nations once admits that international disputes can be settled by using force, then we will have destroyed the foundation of the organization and our best hope of establishing a world order.



Hubert Humphrey
The heroes of the world community are not those who withdraw when difficulties ensue, not those who can envision neither the prospect of success nor the consequence of failure -- but those who stand the heat of battle, the fight for world peace through the United Nations.



Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.
The primary, the fundamental, the essential purpose of the United Nations is to keep peace. Everything it does which helps prevent World War III is good. Everything which does not further that goal, either directly or indirectly, is at best superfluous.



Jeffrey Sachs
Despite a decade of criticism and budget cuts, the specialized UN agencies have far more expertise and hands-on experience than any other organizations in the world.



Adlai Stevenson
The whole basis of the United Nations is the right of all nations – great or small – to have weight, to have a vote, to be attended to.



Kofi Annan
In the 21st century, I believe the mission of the United Nations will be defined by a new, more profound awareness of the sanctity and dignity of every human life, regardless of race or religion.
Kofi Annan, Secretary-General from 1997 to 2006



Dag Hammarskjöld
"The UN was not created to take mankind to heaven, but to save humanity from hell."
Dag Hammarskjöld, Secretary-General from 1953 to 1961



Winston Churchill
To jaw-jaw is always better than to war-war.
Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945, and from 1951 to 1955