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Quotes of the day: Anwar El Sadat

Published Monday, October 05, 2015 @ 4:15 PM EDT
Oct 05 2015

Muhammad Anwar El Sadat (December 25, 1918 – October 6, 1981) was the third President of Egypt, serving from 15 October 1970 until his assassination by fundamentalist army officers on 6 October 1981. Sadat was a senior member of the Free Officers who overthrew King Farouk in the Egyptian Revolution of 1952, and a close confidant of President Gamal Abdel Nasser, under whom he served as Vice President twice and whom he succeeded as President in 1970. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Fear is, I believe, a most effective tool in destroying the soul of an individual - and the soul of a people.

He who cannot change the very fabric of his thought will never be able to change reality.

I believe that for peace a man may, even should, do everything in his power. Nothing in this world could rank higher than peace.

I do not care for socially recognizable success. I only value that success which I can feel within me, which satisfies me, and which basically stems from self-knowledge.

I was brought up to believe that how I saw myself was more important than how others saw me.

If human values were relative, all laws-whether those based on revealed religions or those devised by man-would become meaningless.

If you don't have the power to change yourself, then nothing will change around you.

Land is immortal, for it harbors the mysteries of creation.

Most people seek after what they do not possess and are enslaved by the very things they want to acquire.

No man can be honest with others unless he is true to himself.

Peace is much more precious than a piece of land... let there be no more wars.

Real success is success with self. It's not in having things, but in having mastery, having victory over self.

Russians can give you arms but only the United States can give you a solution.

Suffering crystallizes a soul's intrinsic strength; for it is through suffering that a man of mettle can come into his own, and fathom his own depths.

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

There is no happiness for people at the expense of other people.

To be gripped by fear is, I believe, the most degrading of all emotions for a human being. In fear personality disintegrates, the human will is paralyzed, and man acts as an automaton.

Two places in this world make it impossible for a man to escape from himself: a battlefield and a prison cell.


(October 6 is also the birthday of Thor Heyerdahl and Shana Alexander.)

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