"I urge the Iraqi leadership for sake of its own people... to seize this opportunity and thereby begin to end the isolation and suffering of the Iraqi people."
"If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right."Kofi Annan on Henry Ford
"A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus."Kofi Annan on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership."Kofi Annan on Nelson Mandela
"A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves."Kofi Annan on Lao Tzu
"Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership."Kofi Annan on Colin Powell
"The Lord had the wonderful advantage of being able to work alone."
"Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family."
"Education is a human right with immense power to transform. On its foundation rest the cornerstones of freedom, democracy and sustainable human development."
"More countries have understood that women's equality is a prerequisite for development."
"Gender equality is more than a goal in itself. It is a precondition for meeting the challenge of reducing poverty, promoting sustainable development and building good governance."