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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"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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"In F1 too many things overshadow the racing. There is too much politics"
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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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"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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"In Finland we have equal political rights for women and men. We do not regard ourselves according to sex"
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"I think we have grave problems. I am very much concerned about environmental questions, even though in Finnish society, we are not facing the most urgent problems"
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"Without rebuilding the confidence between parties, you will never succeed"
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"What we can do as individuals may not be very much on the global scale, but we have to start the change by living as we are teaching"
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"We have the tools, but we have to learn how to use them. That is my political philosophy"
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"We Finns represent a very transparent and open-minded way of reaching political decisions"
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"The Baltic Sea is becoming more and more polluted. Not everybody living near the shore of the Baltic Sea is protecting it. It is the water of life for countries like Finland and Sweden"
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"Peace enforcement is a much more difficult kind of operation than peacekeeping"
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"My opinion on who's wrong or who's right has nothing to do with the fact that we have to bring together people who are against each other, to transform antagonism into cooperation"
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"If you come to a negotiation table saying you have the final truth, that you know nothing but the truth and that is final, you will get nothing"
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"I think I can regard myself as a political decision-maker"
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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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"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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