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" My observation on most people in national governments is that they have very little interest in and very little knowledge of the multinational institutions. "
" The Bank had never used the word 'corruption' at all until I got there, and the reason for that was, as the general counsel pointed out to me, that quite a number of our shareholders represented were not immune from corruption in their governments. "
" The poor people of the world tend to be the places that al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups can recruit. "
" You don't succeed on corruption in five minutes. I wish one could. "
" It is possible to have a public education system that works. "
" You can't wish away poverty overnight. "
" It's probably conventional wisdom now that you bring openness of markets only after the market has developed to a certain level. "
" But when someone is on a winning horse, and everything looks wonderful, it's very hard as an outsider to persuade them something is wrong. "
" Well the specific role of the World Bank is to be ready with financial assistance immediately after this emergency takes place because you need to reconnect water, you need to reconnect power, you need roads, you need bridges, and that has to be done urgently. "
" If you have Palestinians who have no hope, who don't have a job, who've used up all their resources, the notion of getting rid of violence is a dream. "
" China never borrowed less than $3 billion a year during my tenure. They were the most significant client. They used the Bank not just for money but for the know-how. "
" When I travel, I make certain that I spend at least half of my time in the field. You have to get out to meet people that are in poverty, that are looking to improve their lives. That's something that you can't read in books. "
" The only way really to influence countries, in terms of poverty, is to get them to change their policies and get them to understand what the issues are. "
" I was deeply concerned then, and have become more concerned since, that unless we can deal with the questions of development and the questions of poverty, there's no way that we're going to have a peaceful world for our children. "
" I believe and still believe that the Chinese government puts great weight on the experience of the Bank in terms of development. "
" The notion of the world as a village is becoming a reality. "
" Rebuilding Afghanistan is not going to be solved by pouring billions in. Getting rid of the Taliban does not rid us of the problems of fundamentalism and instability. "
" I think that so-called capitalism and trade is a very important element in giving people opportunity. "
" We have made a full frontal attack on corruption. The question is whether we can address the question of governance in developing countries and, particularly, corruption. "
" Many people of my generation grew up in developed countries thinking that the world was divided into two parts and that there was a wall round the developed world. They thought that poor people had no relevance to us. What happened on September 11 was that anybody who thought there was a wall now knows that there is no wall. "
" As you look at the flow of Muslim fundamentalism, or fundamentalism in various areas and various religions, they all play on the people who have very little. "
" Most people recognize that to create jobs is really the essential element in their drive against poverty. "
" You can't compete globally unless you have appropriate communication skills. "
" We have three billion people, half the world's population today, living on less than two dollars a day. "
" So the first thing you need to do about conflict is to prevent it, and the best way of preventing it is by dealing with the question of poverty. "