"Bahrainis are better off than many other Arabs. We have a welfare state, everybody gets a salary whether they have a job or not. Electricity and food are subsidized school and healthcare are free. And we don't differentiate between Bahrainis and foreigners. We are very proud of that."
"I want my food dead. Not sick, not dying, dead."Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa on Oscar Wilde
"You can tell alot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jellybeans."Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa on Ronald Reagan
"It's difficult to believe that people are still starving in this country because food isn't available."Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa on Ronald Reagan
"You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I'm not hungry enough to eat six."Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa on Yogi Berra
"Beware the hobby that eats."Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa on Benjamin Franklin
"By being friends with all, we are not alone."
"Sectarian divide has created a schism in our society that is a major challenge. As monarch of all Bahrainis, it pains me to see many harmed by the actions of a few. And yet I am optimistic and have faith in our people. We all realize that now is the time to strike a balance between stability and gradual reform."
"You cannot transpose the U.S. system on Turkey, and the Turkish system on France etc. You have to understand the people and their culture. That's leadership."