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    America's a hard school, I know, but hard schools make excellent graduates.
    — Oriana Fallaci
    tags: america  school 
     
    I defend Israel's right to exist, to defend themselves, to not let themselves be exterminated a second time.
    — Oriana Fallaci
    tags: time  right 
     
    I have always looked on disobedience toward the oppressive as the only way to use the miracle of having been born.
    — Oriana Fallaci
    tags: miracle 
     
    But to deny fate is arrogance, to declare that we are the sole shapers of our existence is madness;if you deny fate life becomes the series of missed opportunities, a regret for what never was and could have been, a remorse of what was not done and could have been done, and the present is wasted, twisted into another missed oppurtunity.
    — Oriana Fallaci
    Life is such an effort, Child. It's a war that is renewed each day, and its moments of joy are brief parentheses for which you pay a cruel price.
    — Oriana Fallaci
    tags: children  joy  moment  child  war 
     
    Arafat contradicts himself every five minutes. He always plays the double-cross, lies even if you ask him what time it is.
    — Oriana Fallaci
    tags: time  lies 
     
    Journalism is an extraordinary and terrible privilege. Not by chance, if you are aware of it, does it consume you with a hundred feelings of inadequacy. Not by chance, when I find myself going through an event or an important encounter, does it seize me like anguish, a fear of not having enough eyes and enough ears and enough brains to look and listen and understand like a worm hidden in the wood of history.
    — Oriana Fallaci
    tags: fear  chance  eyes  brain 
     
    Love isn't putting chain on someone who wants to struggle and is ready to die for it, love is letting him die in the way he's chosen.
    — Oriana Fallaci
    tags: struggle  die 
     
    I'll parade with those who are alone like me. They exist. They are very few, but they exist. I'll find them.
    — Oriana Fallaci
    tags: alone 
     
    We are an age without leaders. We stopped having leaders at the end of the 20th century
    — Oriana Fallaci
    tags: age  leader 
     
    The increased presence of Muslims in Italy and in Europe is directly proportional to our loss of freedom.
    — Oriana Fallaci
    tags: freedom  loss 
     
    Why do the people humiliate themselves by voting? I didn't vote because I have dignity. If I had closed my nose and voted for one of them, I would spit on my own face.
    — Oriana Fallaci
    tags: people  dignity 
     
    You cannot govern, you cannot administrate, with an ignoramus.
    — Oriana Fallaci
    If a man is a man and not a sheep in the flock, he has a survival instinct in him that leads him to fight even if he realizes he's fighting in vain, even if he knows he will lose.
    — Oriana Fallaci
    You belong neither to God nor the state nor me. You belong to yourself and no one else.
    — Oriana Fallaci
    tags: god 
     
    The more democratic and open a society is, the more it's exposed to terrorism. The more a country is free, not governed by a police regime, the more it risks hijackings or massacres like the ones that took place for many years in Italy and Germany and other parts of Europe.
    — Oriana Fallaci
    tags: society  risk  terrorism  year 
     
    No matter what system you live under, there is no escaping the law that it's always the strongest, the cruellest, the least generous who win.
    — Oriana Fallaci
    tags: live  law 
     
    There are three points of view to everything - mine, yours, and the truth.
    — Oriana Fallaci
    tags: truth 
     
    Instead of learned young people we have donkeys with University degrees. Instead of future leaders we have mollusks with expensive blue jeans and phony revolutionaries with ski masks. And do you know what? Maybe this is another reason why our Moslem invaders have such an easy game.
    — Oriana Fallaci
    There are moments in Life when keeping silent becomes a fault, and speaking an obligation. A civic duty, a moral challenge, a categorical imperative from which we cannot escape.
    — Oriana Fallaci
    tags: moment  challenge  morals 
     
    The Muslims refuse our culture and try to impose their culture on us. I reject them, and this is not only my duty toward my culture-it is toward my values, my principles, my civilization.
    — Oriana Fallaci
    The moment you give up your principles, and your values, you are dead, your culture is dead, your civilization is dead. Period.
    — Oriana Fallaci
    I have expressed my opinion through the written word through my books, that is all.
    — Oriana Fallaci
    tags: opinion  book 
     
    To be good or bad doesn't count: life out in this world doesn't depend on that. It depends on a relation of forces based on violence. And survival is violence. You'll wear leather shoes because someone has killed a cow and skinned it to make leather.
    — Oriana Fallaci
    tags: world  violence  survival  bad 
     
    But here's what I've learned in this war, in this country, in this city: to love the miracle of having been born.
    — Oriana Fallaci
    tags: miracle  war 
     
    Equality ... like freedom, exists only where you are now. Only as an egg in the womb are we all equal.
    — Oriana Fallaci
    tags: freedom  equality 
     
    What's the point anyway - Of suffering, dying? It teaches us to live, boy. A man who does not struggle does not live, he survives.
    — Oriana Fallaci
    tags: men  live  suffering  struggle  boys 
     
    True power does not need arrogance, a long beard and a barking voice. True power strangles you with silk ribbons, charm and intelligence.
    — Oriana Fallaci
    I am angry at the Jews for many things... If you want to take the example of America, how they hold the power, the economical power in so many ways, and the press and the other kind of stuff... I never realized how it happened and they came to control the media to that point. Why?
    — Oriana Fallaci
    A lot of women ask themselves why they should bring a child into the world? So that it will be hungry, so that it will be cold, so that it will be betrayed and humiliated, so that it will be slaughtered by war or disease? They reject the hope that its hunger will be satisfied, its cold warmed, that loyalty and respect will accompany it through life, that it will be a devote a life to the effort to eliminate war and disease.
    — Oriana Fallaci
    Henry Kissinger may have wished I had presented him as a combination of Charles DeGaulle and Disraeli, but I didn't....out of respect for DeGaulle and Disraeli. I described him as a cowboy because that is how he describes himself. If I were a cowboy I would be offended.
    — Oriana Fallaci
    tags: respect 
     
    You wear yourself out in the pursuit of wealth or love or freedom, you do everything to gain some right, and once it's gained you take no pleasure in it.
    — Oriana Fallaci
    To have realized your dream makes you feel lost.
    — Oriana Fallaci
    tags: lost  dreams 
     
    I have reached the conclusion that those who have physical courage also have moral courage. Physical courage is a great test.
    — Oriana Fallaci
    tags: morals  courage 
     
    Whether it comes from a despotic sovereign or an elected president, from a murderous general or a beloved leader, I see power as an inhuman and hateful phenomenon.
    — Oriana Fallaci
    tags: power  leader 
     
    I am an atheist, and if an atheist and a pope think the same things, there must be something true. There must be some human truth that is beyond religion.
    — Oriana Fallaci
    tags: truth  human  true  atheist 
     
    Hearing him speak is so fun, reassuring I dare say. You can say all you like about Sihanouk: that he's an atrocious liar, a madman, a fraud, a swashbuckler, an international blot. You may think that, but you cannot deny how in this age in which the political arena seems to generate only dull, obtuse and boring characters with no imagination, he's a kind of miracle.
    — Oriana Fallaci
    I find it shameful that in nearly all the universities of Europe, Palestinian students sponsor and nurture anti-Semitism.
    — Oriana Fallaci
    tags: university 
     
    I always introduce myself as an encyclopedia of defects which I do not deny. Why should I? It took me a whole life to build myself as I am.
    — Oriana Fallaci
    Sometimes I ask myself whether [Indira Gandhi] had, even then, a certain contempt for the system she represented and, years later, would overthrow.
    — Oriana Fallaci
    tags: year 
     
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