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By Anonym 13 Sep

Greg Mortenson

Haji Ali taught me to share three cups of tea, to slow down and make building relationships as important as building projects. He taught me that I had more to learn from the people I work with than I could ever hope to teach them.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Greg Mortenson

It is my vision that we all will dedicate the next decade to achieve universal literacy and education for all children, especially for girls. More than 145 million of the world's children are deprived of education due to poverty, exploitation, slavery, gender discrimination, religious extremism, and corrupt governments. May Three Cups of Tea be a catalyst to bring the gift of literacy to each of those children who deserves a chance to go to school.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Greg Mortenson

Slow down and make building relationships as important as building projects.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Greg Mortenson

We all sat there laughing and sipping tea peacefully, an infidel and representatives from three warring sects of Islam. And I thought if we can get along this well, we can accomplish anything. The British policy was ‘divide and conquer.’ But I say ‘unite and conquer.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Greg Mortenson

Everywhere I go in Pakistan and Afghanistan, I am touched by the fierce desire for education, and the outpouring of hospitality and generosity. The most important ingredient is the relationships. The process takes "Three Cups of Tea". First you are a stranger, second a friend, and the third, you become family, but the process takes several years. Here in America, we have 8 second sound bytes, 2 minute football drills, and thirty minute power lunches.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Greg Mortenson

My father ended up starting the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre, which is on the slopes of Kilimanjaro. My mother started a school.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Greg Mortenson

Certainly I am sometimes afraid, but my hope is greater than my fear, and the biggest enemy we all face is ignorance which breeds hatred, whether it be in America, or Afghanistan, or anywhere. We owe it to our children that we may give them all a legacy of peace, but it will take courage and compassion.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Greg Mortenson

Some of the most memorable moments I've had is to have my family along - who are our greatest ambassadors for peace. Politics will never bring peace, but people will.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Greg Mortenson

In times of war, you often hear leaders—Christian, Jewish, and Muslim—saying, ‘God is on our side.’ But that isn’t true. In war, God is on the side of refugees, widows, and orphans.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Greg Mortenson

Our greatest ally in the Pakistan region of turmoil is the moderate Muslim majority, who we must reach out to and embrace if we ever are to have peace for our children.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Greg Mortenson

If you really want to change a culture... empower women.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Greg Mortenson

According to UNESCO: there are over 154 million children in the world deprived of education due to poverty, slavery, racism, religious extremism, gender discrimination, and geographical isolation. The cost to educate a child in the third world is about $ 1 per month per child. To achieve global literacy, the investment would be $ 8 billion per year for 15 years.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Greg Mortenson

The first time you share tea with a Balti, you are a stranger. The second time you take tea, you are an honored guest. The third time you share a cup of tea, you become family, and for our family, we are prepared to do anything, even die.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Greg Mortenson

Once I started the first school, I realized this is what my life is meant to be, is to promote education and help kids go to school and that's very clear.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Greg Mortenson

When ordinary human beings perform extraordinary acts of generosity, endurance or compassion, we are all made richer by their example. Like the rivers that flow out of the Karakoram and the Hindu Kush, the inspiration they generate washes down to the rest of us. It waters everyone's fields.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Greg Mortenson

And they did it with something that is basicly worthless in our society - pennies. But overseas, pennies can move mountains

By Anonym 15 Sep

Greg Mortenson

You can hand out condoms, drop bombs, build roads, or put in electricity, but until the girls are educated a society won’t change.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Greg Mortenson

Just as the Torah and Bible teach concern for those in distress, the Koran instructs all Muslims to make caring for widows, orphans, and refugees a priority.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Greg Mortenson

The older I get, the more I appreciate my childhood. It was paradise.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Greg Mortenson

In "Three Cups of Tea" I was fairly critical of the military. And I mentioned that they're laptop warriors and there's no boots on the ground. But I can say now that they've gone through a tremendous learning curve.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Greg Mortenson

Haji Ali taught me to...slow down and make building relationships as important as building projects.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Greg Mortenson

I used to climb mountains a lot; I decided to go to Pakistan to climb K2, the world's second-highest mountain. I didn't get quite to the top.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Greg Mortenson

The tune was too ingrained for Mortenson to consider the novelty of this moment- an American, lost in Pakistan, singing a German hymn in Swahili.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Greg Mortenson

I say if you fight terrorism, it's based in fear, but if you promote peace, it's based on hope.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Greg Mortenson

In America we now live more in fear than in hope, and eventually that will lead to ignorance and hatred. We need to have optimism that the world can be a better place, and we can leave a legacy for our children. Being bilingual, travel and studying geography, culture and religions can help.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Greg Mortenson

If you look at the 9/11 highjackers, certainly they were educated, some even had university degrees, but nobody really checked their mothers, who were nearly all illiterate.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Greg Mortenson

Liberals, conservatives, Muslims, Jews, Christians, and I find - I think education is something that can bring us together.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Greg Mortenson

The people of Pakistan are some of the most hospitable, kinds and generous people I have met anywhere, in the over 70 countries I have visited in my lifetime.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Greg Mortenson

I don't do what I'm doing to fight terror. ... I do it because I care about kids. Fighting terror is maybe seventh or eighth on my list of priorities. But working over there, I've learned a few things. I've learned that terror doesn't happen because some group of people somewhere like Pakistan or Afghanistan simply decide to hate us. It happens because children aren't being offered a bright enough future that they have a reason to choose life over death.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Greg Mortenson

The solution to terrorism is education, not bombs.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Greg Mortenson

Yes, I was detained for eight days in Waziristan in 1996. It was against my will, and my passport and money were taken from me. I was not mistreated or harmed, but I was also not allowed to leave.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Greg Mortenson

the people who live in the last places - the people who are most neglected and least valued by the larger world - often represent the best of who we are and the finest standard of what we are meant to become. This is the power that last places hold over me, and why I have found it impossible to resist their pull.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Greg Mortenson

I have always been dismayed by the West’s failure—or unwillingness—to recognize that establishing secular schools that offer children a balanced and nonextremist form of education is probably the cheapest and most effective way of combating this kind of indoctrination.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Greg Mortenson

By the way, although the subtitle of the book "Three Cups of Tea" is "fighting terror, one school at a time", that was not my choice, as fighting terror is not why I do this, I do it to promote peace, and give hope and opportunity to children deprived of education.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Greg Mortenson

He was a man who understood the virtue of small things.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Greg Mortenson

If you teach a boy, you educate an individual; but if you teach a girl, you educate a community.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Greg Mortenson

The Balti had as many names for rock as the Inuit have for snow.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Greg Mortenson

One thing that I noticed is having met some former Taliban is even they, as children, grew up being indoctrinated. They grew up in violence. They grew up in war. They were taught to hate. They were, they grew up in very ignorant cultures where they didn't learn about the outside world.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Greg Mortenson

If you really want to change a culture to empower women improve basic hygiene and health care and fight high rates of infant mortality the answer is to educate girls.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Greg Mortenson

Yes, I first visited Korphe village, Braldu valley, Baltistan, Pakistan, after failing to summit K2 in 1993, and met Haji Ali, a long time dear mentor and friend. My second visit to Korphe was in 19

By Anonym 13 Sep

Greg Mortenson

If we try to resolve terrorism with military might and nothing else, then we will be no safer than we were before 9/11. If we truly want a legacy of peace for our children, we need to understand that this is a war that will ultimately be won with books, not with bombs.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Greg Mortenson

Despite everything that has befallen us, do we not continue to hold the destiny of this shattered and magnificent nation, together with the future of all our children-girls and boys alike-in the palm of our hands?

By Anonym 13 Sep

Greg Mortenson

...education is a sacred thing, and the pledge to build a school is a commitment that cannot be surrendered or broken, regardless of how long it may take, how many obstacles must be surmounted, or how much money it will cost. It is by such promises that the balance sheet of one's life is measured.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Greg Mortenson

In tribal society, the most important thing to do when civilians are killed in a skirmish is to acknowledge the deaths, and provide compensation. When tribal clans fight, the victor is required to take care of the vanquished widows and orphans, which puts a limitation on bloodshed, and tempers warring groups to try and negotiate a compromise.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Greg Mortenson

The Koran and Islam is about submission, justice and compassion. All people of the "book" - which means the Torah, Koran and Bible are accorded equal respect under Islam.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Greg Mortenson

Because most of the girls were still in mourning and all of them had lost their textbooks, even pencils and pens, Shaukat Ali began the first classes by reading to them from poetry and religious texts. "Reading, literature, and spirituality are good for the soul," he told them. "So we will start with these studies.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Greg Mortenson

When your kids accomplish something it means much more than anything you've done.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Greg Mortenson

Osama, baah!" Bashir roared. "Osama is not a product of Pakistan or Afghanistan. He is a creation of America. Thanks to America, Osama is in every home. As a military man, I know you can never fight and win against someone who can shoot at you once and then run off and hide while you have to remain eternally on guard. You have to attack the source of your enemy's strength. In America's case, that's not Osama or Saddam or anyone else. The enemy is ignorance. That only way to defeat it is to build relationships with these people, to draw them into the modern world with education and business. Otherwise the fight will go on forever.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Greg Mortenson

But what I really believe is education is a key to pretty much everything - prosperity, economics, peace, stability.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Greg Mortenson

You have to attack the source of your enemy’s strength. In America’s case, that’s not Osama or Saddam or anyone else. The enemy is ignorance. The only way to defeat it is to build relationships with those people, to draw them into the modern world with education and business. Otherwise the fight will go on forever.