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United Nations

  • Since the moment of the United Nations' inception, untold energies have been expended by governments not only toward the exclusion of persons of principle and distinction from the organization's leading positions, but toward the installation of men whose character and affiliations would as far as possible preclude any serious challenge to governmental sovereignty.

  • The United Nations emerged as a temple of official good intentions, a place where governments might — without abating their transgressions — go to church; a place made remote — by agreed untruth and procedural complexity, and by tedium itself — from the risk of intense public involvement.

  • The building of a just and peaceful world order, the aim of the United Nations, is hampered not by a dearth of ideas, resources, and manpower but by the lack of will on the part of governments to take the required steps ...

  • When the United Nations was born it was believed to be a positive instrument for peace. From this exalted position it became an organization in which nations would at least keep talking instead of shooting. Soon it was discovered ... that words were as deadly as any weapon, and when these words had a number of interpretations they could and did lead to conflict.

  • The United Nations is our conscience. If it succeeds it is our success. If it fails it is our failure.