Talent, lying in the understanding, is often inherited; genius, being the action of reason or imagination, rarely or never.
Poetry: the best words in the best order.
In my office in Jerusalem, there’s an ancient seal. It’s a signet ring of a Jewish official from the time of the Bible. The seal was found right next to the Western Wall, and it dates back 2,700 years, to the time of King Hezekiah. Now, there’s a name of the Jewish official inscribed on the ring in Hebrew. His name was Netanyahu.
My first name, Benjamin, dates back a thousand years earlier to Benjamin – Binyamin – the son of Jacob, who was also known as Israel. Jacob and his 12 sons roamed these same hills of Judea and Sumeria 4,000 years ago, and there’s been a continuous Jewish presence in the land ever since.
Now, when we say we want peace, what we want is really for our Palestinian neighbours to have a demilitarized state next to us that recognizes the Jewish State. We’re willing to recognize their state, the Palestinian state. But we ask them to recognize the Jewish state.
An independent Scotland could be far more internationalist and would benefit a great deal from links to both Scandinavia and states in other continents.
I do not accept the right of big powers to change governments as and when it affects their interests.
I requested the gentlemen to put on their hats, and the ladies their shawls, to avoid catching cold, and then had the windows widely opened. This proceeding caused some astonishment and alarm at first; for the Americans generally have a dread of cold air.
You know, I said in the U.N., I said to President Abbas, ‘Look, we’re in the same city, we’re in the same building, for God’s sake, the U.N. Let’s just sit down and begin to talk peace.’
‘Theogony’ should be read before the great Homeric epics because it gives an account of the cosmology that is taken for granted by Homer. It does for paganism what the Old Testament attempted to do for monotheism.