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W. Averell Harriman Quotes

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We became convinced that, regardless of Stalin's awful
brutality and his reign of terror,
he was a great war leader.
Without Stalin, they never would have held.
- W. Averell Harriman

Conferences at the top level are always courteous.
Name-calling is left to the foreign ministers.
- W. Averell Harriman

Yet the whole preamble of the second authorization
act for the Marshall Plan showed the direction Congress
was ready to take about breaking down barriers within Europe.
- W. Averell Harriman

Much of the aid we first gave to Russia we took away
from what we promised Britain.
So in a sense, Britain participated in a very real
way in the recovery of Russia.
- W. Averell Harriman

 

There's a myth that Roosevelt gave Stalin Eastern Europe.
I was with Roosevelt every day at Yalta.
- W. Averell Harriman

Roosevelt was the one who had the vision to change
our policy from isolationism to world leadership.
That was a terrific revolution.
Our country's never been the same since.
- W. Averell Harriman

The war changed everybody's attitude.
We became international almost overnight.
- W. Averell Harriman

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I think Stalin was afraid of Roosevelt.
Whenever Roosevelt spoke, he sort of watched him with a certain awe.
He was afraid of Roosevelt's influence in the world.
- W. Averell Harriman

Americans wanted to settle all our difficulties with
Russia and then go to the movies and drink Coke.
- W. Averell Harriman

The Russians often took advantage of Lend-Lease.
- W. Averell Harriman

How could you justify giving Holland twice the amount
of money that you gave Belgium? Well,
finally, I put it up to them.
They said that they couldn't do it; it would destroy them.
I said they had to do it.
And I finally got support from Hoffman on it.
- W. Averell Harriman

This was the period when I used all the influence I
had to get the British to abandon their export trade,
and as much as possible convert all of their manufacturing
facilities to the immediate needs of the war,
including civilian, as well as military requirements.
- W. Averell Harriman

It was fear.
He didn't want to see a united Germany.
Stalin made it clear to me - I spoke with him many times -
that they couldn't afford to let Germany build up again.
They'd been invaded twice, and he wasn't willing to have it happen again.
- W. Averell Harriman

Actually I'd had a certain amount of experience in
Europe in the inter-war period,
as a banker, and I was also a member of the Board of
Directors of the International Chamber of Commerce.
- W. Averell Harriman

The Russians obtained a number of plants under Lend-Lease,
which had been authorized by Washington,
that I thought were not justified for their war effort.
They wanted them for postwar use.
- W. Averell Harriman

We were talking about really getting Europe on its feet.
It was our hope that there would be a breakdown of
trade barriers in Europe first,
and then eventually a breakdown internationally,
which would help increase trade with Europe.
- W. Averell Harriman

Roosevelt was determined to stop Stalin from taking over Eastern Europe.
He thought they finally had an agreement on Poland.
Before Roosevelt died, he realized that Stalin had broken his agreement.
- W. Averell Harriman

It never occurred to me that we would have as grandiose
a program as the Marshall Plan,
but I felt that we had to do something to save Europe
from economic disaster which would encourage the Communist takeover.
- W. Averell Harriman

The biggest trade that Germany and Britain had was with each other,
in the prewar period; I think I'm right in that.
Two highly industrialized nations had the most trade with each other,
and it wasn't tariff policies alone that made trade
relations better for both of them.
- W. Averell Harriman

I was quite ready to accept certain restrictions on the United States.
After all, there was a great dollar shortage.
It was quite clear that the more prosperous Europe became,
the more business there would be in the United States.
- W. Averell Harriman

I think there are telegrams that may or may not be available,
which indicated that I very much had in mind the need
to give Europe substantial aid after the war,
after Lend-Lease was over.
- W. Averell Harriman

We both agreed that Stalin was determined to hold out against the Germans.
He told us he'd never let them get to Moscow.
But if he was wrong, they'd go back to the Urals and fight.
They'd never surrender.
- W. Averell Harriman

As far as the Russians were concerned,
I felt the reverse; they had adequate gold,
if they wanted to buy, and they weren't dependent upon international trade.
I felt they were more self-sufficient.
- W. Averell Harriman

Poland, of course, was the key country.
I remember Stalin telling me that the plains of Poland
were the invasion route of Europe to Russia and always had been,
and therefore he had to control Poland.
- W. Averell Harriman

Just when the caterpillar thought
the world was over, it became a butterfly.
- Anonymous PHOTO

We did not change as we grew older;
we just became more clearly ourselves.
- Lynn Hall

A man who was completely innocent,
offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others,
including his enemies,
and became the ransom of the world.
It was a perfect act.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

I haven't eaten at a McDonald's since I became President.
- William J. Clinton

My mother said to me, 'If you are a soldier,
you will become a general.
If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.'
Instead,
I was a painter, and became Picasso.
- Pablo Picasso

After I won the Oscar, my salary doubled,
my friends tripled, my children became more popular at school,
my butcher made a pass at me, and my maid hit me up for a raise.
- Shirley Jones

I just became one with my browser software.
- Bill Griffith

Each problem that I solved became a rule,
which served afterwards to solve other problems.
- Rene Descartes

I basically became a cheerleader because I had a very strict mom.
That was my way of being a bad girl.
- Sandra Bullock

I became a fanatic about healthy food in 1944.
- Gloria Swanson

The danger of the past was that men became slaves.
The danger of the future is that man may become robots.
- Erich Fromm

Then the war became a real problem and along with other shortages,
they started to have paper problems.
- Gil Kane

It finally became clear to me that they had no hopes
of my ever walking again.
- Marie Windsor

From 1962 to 1965, the guitar became this icon of youth culture,
thanks mostly to the Beatles.
- Pat Metheny

When David left me I became totally brokenhearted.
- Isabella Rossellini

In Germany air became generally accepted Berlin in this area.
It operated with 45 airplanes within the Low Cost range from Germany,
and is one the most successful carriers in Europe.
- Niki Lauda

I became kind of a drop-out in science after I came back to America.
I wanted to photograph.
- Imogen Cunningham

When I started working for Rolling Stone,
I became very interested in journalism and thought
maybe that's what I was doing,
but it wasn't.
- Annie Leibovitz

I became a performer because it was what I enjoyed doing.
- Richard Pryor

Then in college I became obsessed with film,
and wanted to be part of that.
- Christopher Durang

Consider the momentous event in architecture when the
wall parted and the column became.
- Louis Kahn

Although raised on the farm - my grandfather was an
unsuccessful fundamentalist preacher turned farmer -
my father and his brother both became professors.
- Philip Warren Anderson

The field of quantum valence fluctuations was another
older interest which became much more active during this period,
partly as a consequence of my own efforts.
- Philip Warren Anderson

I opened an office in Terre Haute, established eight of them,
and became one of the eight county agents.
- Orville Redenbacher

The very effect of the education they were given...
was to make men think; and, thinking,
they became less and less satisfied with the miserable pays they received.
- John Grierson

I became the unnatural son of a few score of beaten men.
- Neal Cassady

My ordination in the Church of God in Christ was at age 9,
and I later became a Baptist minister,
which I am today.
- Al Sharpton

The irony is, going to work every day became the subject
of probably my best poetry.
- Philip Levine

I get very caught up with things.
I used to be dominated by domestic things.
I had a lovely house in LA-and it became this growing,
mad obsession.
- Kyle MacLachlan

Looking through the list of earlier Nobel laureates,
I note a large number with whom I became acquainted
and with whom I interacted during those years as they
passed through Cambridge.
- John Pople

Now we are using the body scanner to scan the pilots.
They became the dangerous people of this country?
- Isaac Yeffet

No, originally I thought that writing articles would
keep me from having to see a psychiatrist,
but I became even more depressed as a result.
- Theo Van Gogh

I became obsessed with all these women who die never
feeling they did anything extraordinary with their lives.
- Salma Hayek

It wasn't until I became more confident with myself
and I put myself forward instead of the jokes;
at first it was put the jokes out there and I'm just behind the jokes.
- Wanda Sykes

But the reason I became, why I wanted to be in the
business was because there was Midnight Cowboy.
- Jodie Foster

Some broad themes brought me where I am today.
At a very young age, my hobby became thinking and finding connections.
- Dean Kamen

We became the songs we wrote.
- Barry Mann

Getting and keeping my immunity became very important to me.
For I needed to take care of myself and my family.
No one else was worried about me.
- Monica Lewinsky

I got pigeonholed a bit.
When I wanted to be an actress, I never wanted to be
the kind of actress I became.
- Rachel Ward

Mick Jagger, his face was very new.
It became a sex symbol.
- Isaac Mizrahi

My dream became bigger and bigger.
And the box got bigger than the message,
than the Gospel.
- Jim Bakker

Doing that hunt scene was really quite demanding.
I actually broke a rib during that scene.
And then all the scenes after that became quite challenging,
just breathing and laughing.
- Guy Pearce

I just think the word interview, although it is the
view between two people exchanged,
became a sort of cliche.
You ask questions and the other one answers.
- Maximilian Schell

Playing Christ, I began to feel shut away from the world.
A newspaper became one of my biggest luxuries.
I noticed that some of my close friends began treating me with reverence.
- Max von Sydow

It became much more complicated politically to work
with psychedelics because of the unsupervised experimentation with psychedelics,
particularly among young people.
- Stanislav Grof

So I became a producer because I knew one of the reasons
was they didn't do them the way I thought was right.
- Lee Hazlewood

At first it was exhilarating but when I realized it wasn't going away,
it became scary and claustrophobic.
Fame is a weird thing.
- Sharon Stone


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