„Without the elected president and if there is a freak result, within two or three years, the army would have to come in and stop it“

MM Lee Kuan Yew on what would happen if a profligate opposition government touched Singapore's vast monetary reserves, "Lee Kuan Yew defends PAP's Political Dominance", Reuters, 16 September 2006
2000s

Übernommen aus Wikiquote. Letzte Aktualisierung 3. Juni 2021. Geschichte
Lee Kuan Yew Foto
Lee Kuan Yew2
singapurischer Politiker 1923 - 2015

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Benny Hinn Foto

„Jesus is coming again within the next two years.“

—  Benny Hinn American-Canadian evangelist 1952

July 1997, fund-raising telethon on TBN

George Orwell Foto

„By that time one did not need to be a clairvoyant to foresee that war between Britain and Germany was coming; one could even foretell within a year or two when it would come.“

—  George Orwell English author and journalist 1903 - 1950

§ 6
"Looking Back on the Spanish War" (1943)
Kontext: The outcome of the Spanish war was settled in London, Paris, Rome, Berlin — at any rate not in Spain. After the summer of 1937 those with eyes in their heads realized that the Government could not win the war unless there were some profound change in the international set-up, and in deciding to fight on Negrin and the others may have been partly influenced by the expectation that the world war which actually broke out in 1939 was coming in 1938. The much-publicized disunity on the Government side was not a main cause of defeat. The Government militias were hurriedly raised, ill-armed and unimaginative in their military outlook, but they would have been the same if complete political agreement had existed from the start. At the outbreak of war the average Spanish factory-worker did not even know how to fire a rifle (there had never been universal conscription in Spain), and the traditional pacifism of the Left was a great handicap. The thousands of foreigners who served in Spain made good infantry, but there were very few experts of any kind among them. The Trotskyist thesis that the war could have been won if the revolution had not been sabotaged was probably false. To nationalize factories, demolish churches, and issue revolutionary manifestoes would not have made the armies more efficient. The Fascists won because they were the stronger; they had modern arms and the others hadn't. No political strategy could offset that.
The most baffling thing in the Spanish war was the behaviour of the great powers. The war was actually won for Franco by the Germans and Italians, whose motives were obvious enough. The motives of France and Britain are less easy to understand. In 1936 it was clear to everyone that if Britain would only help the Spanish Government, even to the extent of a few million pounds’ worth of arms, Franco would collapse and German strategy would be severely dislocated. By that time one did not need to be a clairvoyant to foresee that war between Britain and Germany was coming; one could even foretell within a year or two when it would come. Yet in the most mean, cowardly, hypocritical way the British ruling class did all they could to hand Spain over to Franco and the Nazis. Why? Because they were pro-Fascist, was the obvious answer. Undoubtedly they were, and yet when it came to the final showdown they chose to stand up to Germany. It is still very uncertain what plan they acted on in backing Franco, and they may have had no clear plan at all. Whether the British ruling class are wicked or merely stupid is one of the most difficult questions of our time, and at certain moments a very important question.

Barack Obama Foto

„And as I said last night, my number one priority in the coming two months is to try to facilitate a transition that ensures our president-elect is successful.“

—  Barack Obama 44th President of the United States of America 1961

2016, Presidential transition of Donald Trump (November 2016)

Austen Henry Layard Foto

„I have always believed that successes would be the inevitable result if the two services, the army and the navy, had fair play, and if we sent the right man to fill the right place.“

—  Austen Henry Layard British politician (1817–1894) 1817 - 1894

Speech in Parliament (January 15, 1855), reported in Hansard's Parliamentary Debates, Third Series, vol. cxxxviii. p. 2077; this can be contrasted witho Sydney Smith's statement "The officer and the office, the doer and the thing done, seldom fit so exactly that we can say they were almost made for each other" in Sketches of Moral Philosophy (1806).

George W. Bush Foto

„"We support the election process. We support democracy, but that doesn't mean that we have to support governments that get elected as a result of democracy." Bush commenting about the Palestinian elections that resulted in Hamas coming to power in the Gaza Strip. March 29, 2006“

—  George W. Bush 43rd President of the United States 1946

"Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: George W. Bush" http://books.google.co.kr/books?id=1mEa-o1LGa8C, p.617
2000s, 2006

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Dick Cheney Foto

„If the Democratic policies had been pursued over the last two or three years…we would not have had the kind of job growth we've had.“

—  Dick Cheney American politician and businessman 1941

Lester Holt interview, MSNBC, March 2, 2004 whitehouse.archives.gov http://georgewbush-whitehouse.archives.gov/news/releases/2004/03/20040302-8.html
2000s, 2004

Ferdinand Marcos Foto

„Elect me as your congressman today, I promise you an Ilocano president in 20 years.“

—  Ferdinand Marcos former President of the Philippines from 1965 to 1986 1917 - 1989

Election speech as candidate for Congress, 1949
1949

James Eastland Foto

„Surely it is not every one who is chosen to combat a religion or a morality of two thousand years’ standing, fist within and then without himself.“

—  Oscar Levy German physician and writer 1867 - 1946

Editorial Note, Complete Works of Friedrich Nietzsche (1909), vol. 1, p. ix.

F. Scott Fitzgerald Foto

„I might have enjoyed the company of a woman or two… Or three but that had never
stopped me from loving you.“

—  F. Scott Fitzgerald, buch The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Quelle: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Lee Kuan Yew Foto

„I have visited (Burma) and I know that there is only one instrument of government, and that is the army…If I were Aung San Suu Kyi, I think I'd rather be behind a fence and be a symbol than after two or three years, be found impotent.“

—  Lee Kuan Yew First Prime Minister of Singapore 1923 - 2015

SM Lee Kuan Yew, Reuters, Jun 6, 1996, which sparked a flurry of protests from Burmese students.
1990s

Jules Verne Foto

„Now when an American has an idea, he directly seeks a second American to share it. If there be three, they elect a president and two secretaries. Given four, they name a keeper of records, and the office is ready for work; five, they convene a general meeting, and the club is fully constituted.“

—  Jules Verne, buch From the Earth to the Moon

Or, quand un Américain a une idée, il cherche un second Américain qui la partage. Sont-ils trois, ils élisent un président et deux secrétaires. Quatre, ils nomment un archiviste, et le bureau fonctionne. Cinq, ils se convoquent en assemblée générale, et le club est constitué.
Quelle: From the Earth to the Moon (1865), Ch. I: The Gun Club

George Marshall Foto

„I said bluntly that if the president were to follow Mr. Clifford's advice and if in the elections I were to vote, I would vote against the president.“

—  George Marshall US military leader, Army Chief of Staff 1880 - 1959

Statement indicating his opposition to Clark Clifford's advice to Harry S Truman for the US recognition of the state of Israel prior to UN decisions on the partitioning of Palestine, in official State Department records. (12 May 1948)
If you follow Clifford's advice and if I were to vote in the election, I would vote against you.
Marshall's statement as quoted by Clark Clifford in The New Yorker (25 March 1991)

Babe Ruth Foto

„I'd have broken hell out of that home run record! Besides, the President gets a four-year contract. I'm only asking for three.“

—  Babe Ruth American baseball player 1895 - 1948

Speaking on January 7, 1930, when asked what made him think he was "worth more than the President of the United States," as quoted in "Yanks Refuse Ruth's Demand For $100,000; Star Asks That Figure On 3-Year Contract or $85,000 and No Exhibitions" http://www.mediafire.com/view/mbioqflkxsmp4cb/Vidmer%2C%20Richards.%20Yanks%20Refuse%20Ruth's%20Demand%20for%20a%20Hundred%20Thousand.%20The%20New%20York%20Herald%20Tribune.%20Wednesday%2C%20January%208%2C%201930..jpg by Richards Vidmer, in The New York Herald Tribune (January 8, 1930); also quoted in part—i.e. "The President gets a four-year contract; I'm only asking for three"—later that month in a syndicated story http://www.google.com/search?q=%22babe+ruth%22+%22four-year+contract+I%27m+only+asking%22++Claire+NEA&hl=en&gbv=2&oq=%22babe+ruth%22+%22four-year+contract+I%27m+only+asking%22++Claire+NEA&gs_l=heirloom-serp.12...14955.25097.0.27212.14.12.1.0.0.0.183.1124.3j6.9.0....0...1ac.1.34.heirloom-serp..14.0.0.VHm9Bp_6pGo by NEA sportswriter Claire Burcky.
<blockquote><center><sup>✱</sup>Immediately following is the virtually ubiquitous but almost certainly apocryphal "I had a better year..." variation; in addition, see related contemporaneous quotes from Brian Bell, Herbert Hoover, Albert Keane, Reuters and Will Rogers in Quotes about Ruth.</center></blockquote>
Kontext: Say, if I hadn't been sick last summer, I'd have broken hell out of that home run record! Besides, the President gets a four-year contract. I'm only asking for three.✱</sup

Rex Stout Foto

„One trouble with living beyond your deserved number of years is that there's always some reason to live another year. And I'd like to live another year so that Nixon won't be President. If he's re-elected I'll have to live another four years.“

—  Rex Stout American writer 1886 - 1975

Nixon was re-elected in 1972, but Stout survived his August 1974 resignation from the Presidency by more than a year.
The New York Times, "Rex Stout, 85, Gives Clues on Good Writing"

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