Lester B. Pearson

Lester B. Pearson (April 23, 1897 - December 27, 1972) was the fourteenth Prime Minister of Canada from April 22, 1963 to April 20, 1968.
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The grim fact is that we prepare for war like precocious giants, and for peace like retarded pygmies.

Lester B. Pearson

When you're special to a cat, you're special indeed...she brings to you the gift of her preference of you, the sight of you, the sound of your voice, the touch of your hand.

Lester B. Pearson

A great gulf, however, has been opened between man's material advance and his social and moral progress, a gulf in which he may one day be lost if it is not closed or narrowed.

Lester B. Pearson

We must keep on trying to solve problems, one by one, stage by stage, if not on the basis of confidence and cooperation, at least on that of mutual toleration and self-interest.

Lester B. Pearson

Today the predatory state, or the predatory group of states, with power of total destruction, is no more to be tolerated than the predatory individual.

Lester B. Pearson

The scientific and technological discoveries that have made war so infinitely more terrible for us are part of the same process that has knit us all so much more closely together.

Lester B. Pearson

And I have lived since - as you have - in a period of cold war, during which we have ensured by our achievements in the science and technology of destruction that a third act in this tragedy of war will result in the peace of extinction.

Lester B. Pearson

The life of states cannot, any more than the life of individuals, be conditioned by the force and the will of a unit, however powerful, but by the consensus of a group, which must one day include all states.

Lester B. Pearson

No state, furthermore, unless it has aggressive military designs such as those which consumed Nazi leaders in the thirties, is likely to divert to defense any more of its resources and wealth and energy than seems necessary.

Lester B. Pearson

The choice, however, is as clear now for nations as it was once for the individual: peace or extinction.

Lester B. Pearson

Politics is the skilled use of blunt objects.

Lester B. Pearson

I cannot think of anything more difficult than to say something which would be worthy of this impressive and, for me, memorable occasion, and of the ideals and purposes which inspired the Nobel Peace Award.

Lester B. Pearson

It would be especially tragic if the people who most cherish ideals of peace, who are most anxious for political cooperation on a wider than national scale, made the mistake of underestimating the pace of economic change in our modern world.

Lester B. Pearson

As to the first, I do not know that I have done very much myself to promote fraternity between nations but I do know that there can be no more important purpose for any man's activity or interests.

Lester B. Pearson

Nevertheless, defense by power as a first obligation on a state has to be considered in relation to things other than economics.

Lester B. Pearson

We are all descendants of Adam, and we are all products of racial miscegenation.

Lester B. Pearson

Our problem, then, so easy to state, so hard to solve, is how to bring about a creative peace and a security which will have a strong foundation.

Lester B. Pearson

Whatever it is that leads men to fight and suffer, to face mutilation and death, the motive is not now self-interest in any material sense.

Lester B. Pearson