Quotes by Finnish authors


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"There's always a lot of talk about motivation to race, but nobody really knows what I do or what I think apart from myself, so I don't really care what people think"
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"Since I started in motor racing I've worked with people from all over the world. We are all here to go racing and prejudice will never play any part in that"
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"That is where consensus-building begins-with the idea that you have your own truth, but that the negotiator on the other side of the table has his own truth as well"
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"One of the biggest development issues in the world is the education of girls. In the United States and Europe, it has been accepted, but not in Africa and the developing countries"
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"In F1 too many things overshadow the racing. There is too much politics"
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"I'm delighted to be coming back to Formula 1 after a two-year break, and I'm grateful to Lotus Renault GP for offering me this opportunity"
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"When I was a kid, I would watch the grands prix. Everyone dreamt of becoming a race driver, while I only started thinking about it when I was 18 or 19. Only at that age did I seriously start thinking about this job. Before then, I would change ideas from one second to the next"
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"When I did some Nascar races this year I noticed that I was increasingly missing the racing side, to race against each other, because in rallying you really race against the clock"
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"It was an easy choice to return with Lotus Renault GP as I have been impressed by the scope of the team's ambition"
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"Do you have any ambitions outside racing? My main ambition at the moment, whether inside or outside racing, is to become Formula 1 World Champion"
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"In rallying every curve, every hill may be different than you thought. That makes it interesting"
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"My time in the World Rally Championship has been a useful stage in my career, but I can't deny the fact that my hunger for F1 has recently become overwhelming"
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"I just love the American spirit of racing. It feels just great to get involved with that"
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"You cannot make easy decisions unless you first commit yourself to hard solutions"
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"If there is something I would like to do as President of the General Assembly, it is to place more emphasis on the issue of education, which enables a better life for women"
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"I do not want to speak about overpopulation or birth control, but I think education is the way to give new impetus to the poverty question"
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"Without accepting the other person's thinking, you cannot further your own interest. You need the other's help to get results"
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"When the problems in Northern Ireland started, it was not a question of Protestantism or Catholicism, because the Catholic church was the only church at that time-it was a nationalist conflict"
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"When my first child was born in 1962, I wrote a letter to my grandfather telling him how happy I was but how concerned; concerned because there were so many visions which were not very good"
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"There are many challenges, there are many obstacles; let us try to change the obstacles to advantages"
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"There are big issues, like the reform of the Security Council. These kinds of questions are something the President of the General Assembly must keep his eye on"
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"I recently reread an article of mine written in 1964, and I think it is still valid. There is not much difference. Many of the items on the agenda 37 years ago are still there"
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"I really do hope that the Millennium Summit gives new impetus to the work of the United Nations"
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"Discussion is just a tool. You have to aim; the final goal must be a decision"
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"In international or national crises, there are always questions of lack of confidence. You have to change the minds of the people in order to get results"
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"In Finland, we learned quite a lot from our own civil war. The wounds were visible when I was a boy, but my generation went into the Second World War and it united the Finnish nation, so I do not see any more wounds"
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"Finland had a civil war less than 100 years ago, just like in Ireland. If you look at the history of newly independent nations, civil war is almost every time present, even in the United States"
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"Men and women have roles - their roles are different, but their rights are equal"
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"In every European nation, there have been problems in history when the society was too divided"
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"If we go back in the history of different nations, violence and the use of force are part of their heritage. These are the traditions of mankind"
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