A beautiful thing is never perfect.

Because we focused on the snake, we missed the scorpion.

Learn politeness from the impolite.

Pride and dignity would belong to women if only men would leave them alone.

Run as hard as a wild beast if you will, but you won't get any reward greater than that destined for you.

You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers.

You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.

 image quote by Egyptian Proverbs

Know yourself... and you shall know the Gods.

The tyrant is only the slave turned inside out.

Put a rope around your neck and many will be happy to drag you along.

Making money selling manure is better than losing money selling musk.

A man's ruin lies in his tongue.

The sources of human problems have to do with egotism, 'I.'

Pride goes before a fall.

Malice drinketh its own poison.

The barking of a dog does not disturb the man on a camel.

Making love? It's a communion with a woman.

The bed is the holy table. There I find passion -- and purification.

Be patient with a bad neighbor: he may move or face misfortune.

It makes the heart to tremble when you open an undiscovered tomb.

Peace is more precious than a piece of land.

If there were no fault, there would be no pardon.

All strange and terrible events are welcome, but comforts we despise.

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.

Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.

I'm very wary about giving advice. I think it's very dangerous to give advice to people, except if you know them very well.

Mankind is poised midway between the gods and the beasts.

My honour was not yielded, but conquered merely.

The world is on a bumpy journey to a new destination and the New Normal.

I will reveal the secrets behind these doors.

Sharon is capable of making peace.

Knowledge, if it does not determine action, is dead to us.

Put by for a rainy day.

I want to live every moment totally and intensely.

Even when I'm giving an interview or talking to people, that's all that I'm thinking about.

There can be hope only for a society which acts as one big family, not as many separate ones.

Celerity is never more admired than by the negligent.

Calm can solve all issues.

The world sees in our conduct, in our behaviour, the proof that we are the real children of God.

If everyone got a divorce and looked for a second wife, the Coptic family would lose its moral compass.

We are not going to toy with our religion or any other.

Nor are we going to barter. We are here to extend our hands to build peace and harmony.

We have reached a stage in human history where we have no option: We must lower our egos.

Indulge not thyself in the passion of anger;

it is whetting a sword to wound thine own breast, or murder thy friend.

Rwanda was considered a second-class operation;

because it was a small country, we had been able to maintain a kind of status quo. They were negotiating, they'd accepted the new peace project, so we were under the impression that everything would be solved easily.

It was a mistake. I was wrong, but I discovered this many years later. I was acting on the basis of this mandate given me by the most important leaders of the world: President Bush's father, prime minister of France, President Mitterand, the Chinese, everybody.

But I believe that the DPKO at this time was very much involved with American administration and was acting, taking on consideration the demand or the recommendation of the American administration. American administration was very powerful.

But at the beginning, our definition of the genocide was what happened to Armenia in 1917 or 1919, it's happened to the Jew in Europe, and we were not realizing - In our point of view, they have not the tools to do a genocide.

When you have an accident, they will save their own people, and those who have worked with you or with the NGOs are left. Unfortunately, this happens always. It is not an excuse at all.

We were not realizing that, with just a machete, you can do a genocide.

We got involved in the Rwanda peace process for the simple reason that there was a decision which was taken by the Security Council, because the troops were in Uganda, and we decided to have a military presence.

There is a greater fatigue concerning the African problem today than five or 10 years ago. The situation now in Africa is worse today than it was 10 years ago.

The real problem was not the troops; the real problem was that only the United States had the infrastructure to do the transport of troops with big planes, and then who will pay?

The problem is when you are writing something in retrospective, it needs a lot of courage not to change, or you will forget a certain reality, and you will just take in consideration your view today.

The failure of the United Nations - My failure is maybe, in retrospective, that I was not enough aggressive with the members of the Security Council.