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    It's not my job to be popular. I'm goal-driven; my job is to get results.
    — Paddy Ashdown
    tags: job 
     
    We have invented a new human right here - the right to return home after a war.
    — Paddy Ashdown
    tags: human  right  war 
     
    Politics is compromise.
    — Paddy Ashdown
    tags: politics 
     
    I am formally accountable to the steering board of the PIC, and I meet with nine ambassadors from the PIC every week. I have to have the capitals' broad agreement with what I do.
    — Paddy Ashdown
    History teaches us these lessons for the interveners: leave your prejudices at home, keep your ambitions low, have enough resources to do the job, do not lose the golden hour, make security your first priority, involve the neighbours.
    — Paddy Ashdown
    Maybe it's legitimate criticism, though it can be hurtful. Maybe I haven't paid sufficient attention to the people with whom I would have a natural affinity as a liberal, and they feel let down by that.
    — Paddy Ashdown
    We have to make their livelihoods viable, get them the proper prices for their produce, try and make them stay rather than sell their property and leave again.
    — Paddy Ashdown
    tags: sell  property 
     
    The generous way of putting it is that we were not ready for this. The less generous way is to say: How was it possible to return to the politics of appeasement of the 1930s?
    — Paddy Ashdown
    tags: politics 
     
    At the next election he'll offer the British public an alternative that provides weight and substance and seriousness in a political debate that is, frankly, increasingly obsessed with modishness and flim-flam.
    — Paddy Ashdown
    tags: hell  political 
     
    The United States will remain the most powerful nation on Earth for the next 10, 15 years, but the context in which she holds her power has now radically altered.
    — Paddy Ashdown
    tags: power  earth  powerful  year 
     
    My second job has been to try to use my power to create institutions of a modern state that could enter the European Union, and there was very little time. The door was closing, and I wanted to get Bosnia through before it shut.
    — Paddy Ashdown
    tags: time  power  job 
     
    What my future will not be is active politics in the Liberal Democrat party.
    — Paddy Ashdown
    tags: future  politics 
     
    I can establish the expectation of retributive justice. Have we done that? No.
    — Paddy Ashdown
    Coalition will come sooner or later, I'm certain of that.
    — Paddy Ashdown
    It would be a foolish high representative who worked that way.
    — Paddy Ashdown
    Bosnia is under my skin. It's the place you cannot leave behind. I was obsessed by the nightmare of it all; there was this sense of guilt, and an anger that has become something much deeper over these last years.
    — Paddy Ashdown
    tags: anger  guilt  year 
     
    Politics is about putting yourself in a state of grace.
    — Paddy Ashdown
    tags: grace  politics 
     
    People do not want politicians they know to be corrupt.
    — Paddy Ashdown
    tags: people  corrupt 
     
    Blair is regarded by most people in Britain as a smarmy git.
    — Paddy Ashdown
    tags: people 
     
    The advent of interconnectedness and of weapons of mass destruction means that, increasingly, I share a destiny with my enemy.
    — Paddy Ashdown
    I can create institutions, but I can't rewrite the chips in people's heads.
    — Paddy Ashdown
    I've had much nastier things said about me in the British press than in the Bosnian press.
    — Paddy Ashdown
    There can be no place in a 21st-century parliament for people with 15th-century titles upholding 19th-century prejudices.
    — Paddy Ashdown
    tags: people  prejudice 
     
    The greatest failure is that although we have created institutions, we have not created a civil society.
    — Paddy Ashdown
    tags: failure  society 
     
    In the modern age where everything is connected to everything, the most important thing about what you can do is what you can do with others.
    — Paddy Ashdown
    tags: age 
     
    The multinational corporations now developing budgets often bigger than medium-sized countries - these live in a global space which is largely unregulated, not subject to the rule of law, and in which people may act free of constraint.
    — Paddy Ashdown
    tags: people  live  law  space  rules 
     
    Now we are intimately locked together. You get swine flu in Mexico; it's a problem for Charles de Gaulle Airport 24 hours later. Lehman Brothers goes down; the whole lot collapses. There are fires in the steppes of Russia; food riots in Africa.
    — Paddy Ashdown
    tags: food  problem  fire  africa 
     
    One of the great barriers to peace in the Middle East is that both sides, both Israel and the Palestinians, do not understand that they share a collective destiny.
    — Paddy Ashdown
    tags: peace  shares 
     
    Truth and reconciliation' are always combined, but I would split them: I don't think Bosnia is ready for reconciliation, but I do think it is ready for truth.
    — Paddy Ashdown
    tags: truth 
     
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