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The United States, for a French citizen,
by Jean-Pierre Raffarin

The United States, for a French citizen,
is a friend, an ally, to whom we owe,
along with most Europeans, our freedom.
- Jean-Pierre Raffarin

We believe that the European Union is facing a truly historic choice.
- Jean-Pierre Raffarin

I think that we must come together progressively,
with the British, the Germans, the Spanish,
the Italians and with the new members of the European Union,
we must make an effort to forge closer links.
- Jean-Pierre Raffarin

We shall say clearly that any symbol conspicuously
displaying religious affiliation in school is prohibited.
- Jean-Pierre Raffarin

 

It's a different outlook, and one that I understand.
When you are a former member of the Warsaw Pact,
when you have lived behind the Berlin Wall,
when you have experienced the communist systems that
existed in these countries,
for them, the West represents hope.
- Jean-Pierre Raffarin

France has a very important relationship with Germany.
But that does not mean that we agree about everything
or that two of our universities or companies are not going to compete.
- Jean-Pierre Raffarin

It's true that the question of Iraq divided Europe.
- Jean-Pierre Raffarin

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We have come a long way in terms of foreign policy.
- Jean-Pierre Raffarin

I am a believer, but I affirm that in public buildings
the law of the Republic overrides religious rules.
- Jean-Pierre Raffarin

Prohibiting a visible religious sign,
which isn't a manifestation of militancy,
would look like a fight against religions.
- Jean-Pierre Raffarin

Europe started out with six countries;
three small countries and three large countries.
- Jean-Pierre Raffarin

A country like France now does two-thirds of its trade within the euro zone.
- Jean-Pierre Raffarin

The Europe we are in the process of building is the
Europe of the 21st century;
it's not the Europe of the 20th century.
- Jean-Pierre Raffarin

We feel an enormous sense of gratitude towards the American people.
- Jean-Pierre Raffarin

There have been major disagreements within the European Union.
- Jean-Pierre Raffarin

This constitution recognises the need for social dialogue
involving labour and management;
it involves trade unions in the decision-making process;
it has a social vision founded on social dialogue.
- Jean-Pierre Raffarin

Obviously, there is diversity, but Europe is a union of diversity.
- Jean-Pierre Raffarin

When I see the cultural diversity that exists today,
I feel that we must defend it, and we need Europe,
because otherwise we are going to live in a society with a single model,
the Anglo-American model.
- Jean-Pierre Raffarin

Let them be reassured, it has never been one of our
intentions to ban religion in society,
but solely to protect the national education system
from any conspicuous display of religious affiliation.
- Jean-Pierre Raffarin

But the Republic has its rules and it must not tolerate any abuse of them.
- Jean-Pierre Raffarin

We must stress that the euro has been beneficial to
the European Union because,
otherwise, in this context of international turmoil,
every country would have to devalue their currencies.
- Jean-Pierre Raffarin

I was a Member of the European Parliament for a period
of time and I saw a lot of European laws and treaties.
- Jean-Pierre Raffarin

I believe that transatlantic relations are very important
and that President Bush's visit to Brussels,
in a few days, will have a major impact on that.
- Jean-Pierre Raffarin

The Republic is open and tolerant but also knows how
and when to be firm and make its values respected.
- Jean-Pierre Raffarin

It's important to show that, while authorizing the
demonstrations and promoting diversity of opinion,
the Republic can't allow itself to be undermined from within.
- Jean-Pierre Raffarin

I tell fundamentalists that there is no question of
them attacking our Republic's foundations.
- Jean-Pierre Raffarin

I think that the proposed constitution is one of the
European legal documents with the strongest social
dimension I have seen since I began following European issues.
- Jean-Pierre Raffarin

We would like UN resolutions to be enforced,
including on Iraq.
- Jean-Pierre Raffarin

What's very important is that we build a space that matters in the world,
one that operates according to democratic rules,
and that small and large countries enjoy a good relationship.
- Jean-Pierre Raffarin

To be one, to be united is a great thing.
But to respect the right to be different is maybe even greater.
- Bono

True enjoyment comes from activity of the mind and exercise of the body;
the two are ever united.
- Wilhelm von Humboldt

Perhaps it is because cats do not live by human patterns,
do not fit themselves into prescribed behavior,
that they are so united to creative people.
- Andre Norton

I haven't, in the 23 years that I have been in the
uniformed services of the United States of America,
ever violated an order - not one.
- Oliver North

Ohio claims they are due a president as they haven't had one since Taft.
Look at the United States, they have not had one since Lincoln.
- Will Rogers

Russians can give you arms but only the United States can give you a solution.
- Anwar Sadat

You know they say the most dangerous person of the
world is a member of the United States Congress just
home from a three-day fact-finding trip.
- Johnny Isakson

If all the cars in the United States were placed end to end,
it would probably be Labor Day Weekend.
- Doug Larson

A nation is a society united by a delusion about its
ancestry and by common hatred of its neighbours.
- William Ralph Inge

If anyone is crazy enough to want to kill
a president of the United States, he can do it.
All he must be prepared to do is give his life for the president's.
- John F. Kennedy

If the United Nations is a country unto itself,
then the commodity it exports most is words.
- Esther B. Fein

My father was not a failure.
After all, he was the father of a president of the United States.
- Harry S. Truman

The United States has to move very fast to even stand still.
- John F. Kennedy

I am mortified to be told that, in the United States of America,
the sale of a book can become a subject of inquiry,
and of criminal inquiry too.
- Thomas Jefferson

If the United States of America or Britain is having elections,
they don't ask for observers from Africa or from Asia.
But when we have elections, they want observers.
- Nelson Mandela

There are 80 million moms in the United States.
Forty million stay at home with their children.
- Andrew Shue

More die in the United States of too much food than of too little.
- John Kenneth Galbraith

As a governor, I am naturally inclined to focus on
the domestic side of protecting the United States.
- Bill Owens

India is a geographical term.
It is no more a united nation than the Equator.
- Winston Churchill

I always seem to get inspiration and renewed vitality
by contact with this great novel land of yours
which sticks up out of the Atlantic.
- Winston Churchill

I never make a trip to the United States without visiting a supermarket.
To me they are more fascinating than any fashion salon.
- Wallis Simpson

We must make it clear that a platform
of "I hate gay men and women'
is not a way to become president of the United States.
- Jimmy Carter

My parents were French and Irish and our family even
has Spanish blood-and I do so love the United States
and consider myself part American.
- Vivien Leigh

You cannot be President of the United States if you don't have faith.
Remember Lincoln, going to his knees in times of trial
in the Civil War and all that stuff.
- George H. W. Bush

Why is America such a great country.
It is because we stand united.
- Martin Yan

Canadians look down on the United States and consider it Hell.
They are right to do so.
Canada is to the United States what,
in Dante's scheme,
Limbo is to Hell.
- Irving Layton

Whenever the government of the United States shall break up,
it will probably be in consequence of a false direction
having been given to public opinion.
- James F. Cooper

I had a career for 25 years in Australia before I ever
came to the United States.
- Helen Reddy

Exeter City's trip to Old Trafford will be a great
day for their fans but that is about it -
they won't get the result they want against Manchester United.
- Mark Lawrenson

It is important that the United States remain a two-party system.
I'm a fellow who likes small parties and the Republican
Party can't be too small to suit me.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

The independence of the United States is not only more
precious to ourselves but to the world than any single possession.
- Henry Cabot Lodge

We wish to be citizens of the United States or citizens of Puerto Rico.
In either case, with all the inherent rights of a natural sovereignty.
- Jose de Diego

The Smithsonian Institute is one of the most popular
agencies of government in the United States.
- Norm Dicks

The interests of the United States are better served
by demanding reform and seeing that reform takes place
than by removing our influence from the UN.
- Jesse Helms

One doesn't become a soldier in a week -
it takes training,
study and discipline.
There is no question that the finest Army in the world
is found in the United States.
- Daniel Inouye

In fact, street gangs are the primary distributor of
illegal drugs in the United States.
- Dave Reichert

Europe and the U.K.
are yesterday's world.
Tomorrow is in the United States.
- R. W. Tiny Rowland

There are blessed intervals when I forget by one means
or another that I am President of the United States.
- Woodrow Wilson

I worked on the United Parcel Service truck,
I sold home delivery of milk.
But always, in the back of my mind, I wanted to get into radio.
- Larry King

I'm always making Butcher Holler sound like the most
backward part of the United States-and I think maybe it is.
- Loretta Lynn

After four years at the United Nations I sometimes
yearn for the peace and tranquillity of a political convention.
- Adlai E. Stevenson

It's a shame the Manchester United situation turned sour.
- Paul Ince


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