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Excerpts From My Father's Statement On the Occasion of Audience Granted to the Members of the Central Council for the Celebration of the 25th Century of the Foundation of the Iranian Empire, 1959

Friday, April 14th, 2000

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Reza Pahlavi

...It is not enough to boast about the boundaries of the Persian Empire or to flaunt the power we once possessed. We must search for the roots of its greatness and glory, and the reasons behind this dynamism, benevolence and valor which have steadfastly endured for more than twenty-five centuries...