Abba Eban Quote

“History teaches us that men and nations only behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives.”

~ Abba Eban

Speech in London, 16 December 1970

Ratings and Comments

Waffler, Smith, Arkansas

I liked this guy. I don't why but I always felt hat he was well maybe a small great spirit. Here he is paraphrasing "Necessity is the mother of invention." The issue is some have a different idea of what is necessary or when it is necessary. As a cynic friend of mine told me, "Nature will take care of all of our problems of global warming, overpopulation etcetera." When questioned he said he meant that "nature will kill us and starve us back to reasonableness and responsibility." Why should intelligent beings live cynically? The fact that they do is probably proof that they are not intelligent at all.

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RobertSRQ    8/13/08

Unfortunately true but shouldn't be so. We are so dumb nature will kill us period no maybe

Mike, Norwalk

Kinda with RobertSRQ on this one.

warren, olathe

Good humor has to have a touch of truth in order to be good humor.

Ken, Allyn, WA

Social Darwinism in action.

E Archer, NYC

For the most part, men and nations are more interested in power than wisdom.

Joe, Milwaukee

Actions are based on current information that is typically too inadequate to appear wise in retrospect. Give us a break. We cannot see the future.


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