„A mediator is an impartial outsider who tries to aid the negotiators in their quest to find a compromise agreement.“

Part I, Chapter 2, Research Perspectives, p. 23.
The Art and Science of Negotiation (1982)

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„It is a very tough agreement, with many thorns, and as for the question of who will implement it, that depends on who the Greek people trust to negotiate debt restructuring.“

—  Euclid Tsakalotos Greek economist and politician 1960

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„An artist is someone who carries his center within himself. Whoever lacks such a center has to choose some particular leader and mediator outside of himself.“

—  Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel German poet, critic and scholar 1772 - 1829

Ein Künstler ist, wer sein Centrum in sich selbst hat. Wem es da fehlt, der muss einen bestimmten Führer und Mittler ausser sich wählen.
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„The military option will remain on the table. If there is a good agreement to have, obviously it's worth waiting for and completing the negotiations.“

—  Ash Carter United States Secretary of Defense 1954

About the nuclear talks with Iran.
today.com http://www.today.com/news/ashton-carter-defeating-isis-talks-iran-bidens-close-talking-his-2D80578405

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„A man who tries to please all men by weakening his position or compromising his beliefs, in the end has neither position nor beliefs.“

—  Pierre Trudeau 15th Prime Minister of Canada 1919 - 2000

A man must say what he believes clearly, without dogma, and without guile.
Statement during the 1968 election campaign, as quoted in party literature. "Pierre Elliott Trudeau for Canada", 1968 leaflet http://www.ebay.com/itm/Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau-for-Canada-1968-Leaflet-Bill-Vander-Zalm-Liberal-Party-BC/322004097304?_trksid=p2045573.c100033.m2042&_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20131017132637%26meid%3D9020a37aa0b24dd68f1d3f5025b50b52%26pid%3D100033%26rk%3D2%26rkt%3D4%26sd%3D381542319016

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„Is it not absurd when a human being tries to find happiness somewhere outside himself, and thinks that wealth and birth and the influence of friends… is of the utmost importance?“

—  Julian (emperor) Roman Emperor, philosopher and writer 331 - 363

As quoted in The Works of the Emperor Julian (1923) by Wilmer Cave France Wright, p. 41
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„Standing outside the fire;
Standing outside the fire.
Life is not tried, it is merely survived
If you're standing outside the fire.“

—  Garth Brooks American country music artist 1962

Standing Outside the Fire, written by Jenny Yates and G. Brooks.
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—  Barack Obama 44th President of the United States of America 1961

Remarks by the President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron in Joint Press Conference https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/04/22/remarks-president-obama-and-prime-minister-cameron-joint-press (22 April 2016). "Barack Obama: Brexit would put UK 'back of the queue' for trade talks" http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/apr/22/barack-obama-brexit-uk-back-of-queue-for-trade-talks, The Guardian.
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—  Giovanni Gentile Italian neo-Hegelian Idealist philosopher and politician 1875 - 1944

Orgini e dottrina del fascismo, Rome: Libreria del Littorio, (1929). Origins and Doctrine of Fascism, A. James Gregor, translator and editor, Transaction Publishers (2003) p. 31

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