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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"I'm living my dream right now. I get to make music, perform and travel"
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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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"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 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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"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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"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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"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 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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