United Nations Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old united nations quotes, united nations sayings, and united nations proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


The United Nations is like a spade; it is not self-operating. It is what we make of it, for purposes that we can find in common with our neighbors in the world.     

Adlai Stevenson

In a sense, the United Nations is like a vase. Without a vase there can be no lasting bouquet of flowers; but the aroma--or perfume--depends on the flowers, not on the vase.     

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The United Nations is our conscience. If it succeeds it is our success. If it fails it is our failure.     

Barbara Hepworth

The UN wasn’t created to take mankind into paradise, but rather, to save humanity from hell.     

Dag Hammarskjold

The United Nations rose from the ashes of destruction, and created a magnificent vision for all of humankind: to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, and protect universal human rights.     

Jose Ramos - Horta

The whole basis of the United Nations is the right of all nations—great or small—to have weight, to have a vote, to be attended to, to be a part of the twentieth century.     

Adlai Stevenson

The United Nations is designed to make possible lasting freedom and independence for all its members.     

Harry S Truman

The United Nations system is still the best instrument for making the world less fragile.     

Carlo Azeglio Ciampi

The United Nations is our world's greatest mechanism for making peace.     

Gillian Sorensen

The United Nations is our one great hope for a peaceful and free world.     

Ralph Bunche

The United Nations is an organizational body where people, through their Governments, come together; and it can be the only place where there can be a melting pot.     

Asma Jahangir

The U.N. acts as the world's conscience, and over eighty-five percent of the work that is done by the United Nations is in the social, economic, educational and cultural fields.     

Shirley Temple

The reality is that international institutions like the UN can only be as effective as its members allow it to be.     

Atal Bihari Vajpayee

The United Nations has a proud record of helping millions of people in mine-affected countries.     

Ban Ki-moon

The heroes of the world community are not those who withdraw when difficulties ensue, not those who can envision neither the prospect of success nor the consequence of failure — but those who stand the heat of battle, the fight for world peace through the United Nations.     

Hubert Humphrey