Peace is not unity in similarity but unity in diversity, in the comparison and conciliation of differences.

— Mikhail Gorbachev

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If what you have done yesterday still looks big to you. You haven't done much today.

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I believe in the cosmos. All of us are linked to the cosmos. So nature is my god. To me, nature is sacred. Trees are my temples and forests are my cathedrals. Being at one with nature.

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Gentlemen, comrades, do not be concerned about all you hear about Glasnost and Perestroika and democracy in the coming years. They are primarily for outward consumption. There will be no significant internal changes in the Soviet Union, other than for cosmetic purposes. Our purpose is to disarm the Americans and let them fall asleep.

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It seems that the most important thing about Reagan was his anti-Communism and his reputation as a hawk who saw the Soviet Union as an 'evil empire.'

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...the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear plant...has painfully affected the Soviet people, and shocked the international community. For the first time, we confront the real force of nuclear energy, out of control.

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When future generations judge those who came before them on environmental issues, they may conclude "they didn't know": let us not go down in history as the generations who knew, but didn't care

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It is my firm belief that the infinite and uncontrollable fury of nuclear weapons should never be held in the hands of any mere mortal ever again, for any reason.

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It is better to discuss things, to argue and engage in polemics than make perfidious plans of mutual destruction.

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We had 10 years after the Cold War to build a new world order and yet we squandered them. The United States cannot tolerate anyone acting independently. Every US president has to have a war.

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You cannot go to sleep with one form of economic system and wake up the next morning with another.

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According to Lenin, socialism and democracy are indivisible.

... The essence of perestroika lies in the fact that it unites socialism with democracy and revives the Leninist concept of socialist construction both in theory and in practice. We want more socialism and, therefore, more democracy.

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The time has come to choose a new direction of global development, to opt for a new civilization.

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About Mikhail Gorbachev

Quotes 143 sayings
Profession Statesman
Birthday October 16

Communist ideology in its pure form is akin to Christianity.

Its main ideas are the brotherhood of all peoples irrespective of their nationality, justice and equality, peace, and an end to all hostility between peoples.

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Those who are late will be punished by life itself.

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It will be difficult, even painful, but democracy will prevail in Russia.

There will be no dictatorship, although relapses into authoritarianism are possible.

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Globalization was supposed to break down barriers between continents and bring all peoples together. But what kind of globalization do we have with over one billion people on the planet not having safe water to drink?

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We must treat water as if it were the most precious thing in the world, the most valuable natural resource. Be economical with water! Don't waste it! We still have time to do something about this problem before it is too late.

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We must speak more clearly about sexuality, contraception, about abortion, about values that control population, because the ecological crisis, in short, is the population crisis. Cut the population by 90% and there aren't enough people left to do a great deal of ecological damage.

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Sometimes when you stand face to face with someone, you cannot see his face.

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Sometimes people ask me why I began perestroika.

Were the causes basically domestic or foreign? The domestic reasons were undoubtedly the main ones, but the danger of nuclear war was so serious that it was a no less significant factor.

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The forests of Russia and Brazil are the lungs of the Earth.

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Jesus was the first socialist, the first to seek a better life for mankind.

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In October 1917, we parted with the old world, rejecting it once and for all.

We are moving toward a new world, a world of Communism. We shall never turn off that road.

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Our rockets can find Halley's comet, and fly to Venus with amazing accuracy, but side by side with these scientific and technical triumphs is an obvious lack of efficiency in using scientific achievements for economic needs. Many Soviet household appliances are of poor quality.

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The social model of the Bolsheviks failed, as will any model that denies individual rights, intellectual freedom, and freedom of competing political parties. Without these freedoms and rights, there is no motivation for people to work. Such a system cannot be sustained, especially in light of the technological revolution of the information era.

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For a new type of progress throughout the world to become a reality, everyone must change. Tolerance is the alpha and omega of a new world order.

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Political leaders still think things can be done through force, but that cannot solve terrorism. Backwardness is the breeding ground of terror, and that is what we have to fight.

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If people don't like Marxism, they should blame the British Museum.

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To me, nature is sacred. Trees are my temples and forests are my cathedrals.

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Without glasnost there is not, and there cannot be, democratism, the political creativity of the masses and their participation in management.

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I support freedom and I support a free market economy, but it should be a socially oriented market economy. I support globalization, but it should be globalization with a human face.

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Imagine a country that flies into space, launches Sputniks, creates such a defense system, and it can't resolve the problem of women's pantyhose. There's no toothpaste, no soap powder, not the basic necessities of life. It was incredible and humiliating to work in such a government.

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I am a Communist, a convinced Communist! For some that may be a fantasy.

But to me it is my main goal.

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Without perestroika, the cold war simply would not have ended.

But the world could not continue developing as it had, with the stark menace of nuclear war ever present.

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The phenomenon of UFOs does exist, and it must be treated seriously.

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Further global progress is now possible only through a quest for universal consensus in the movement towards a new world order.

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The market is not an invention of capitalism.

It has existed for centuries. It is an invention of civilization.

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The threat of environmental crisis is the 'international disaster key' to unlock the New World Order.

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The world will not accept dictatorship or domination.

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On the day I became Soviet leader, in March 1985, I had a special meeting with the leaders of the Warsaw Pact countries and told them: 'You are independent, and we are independent. You are responsible for your policies, we are responsible for ours. We will not intervene in your affairs, I promise you.'

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We need a new environmental consciousness on a global basis. To do this, we need to educate people.

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The shortage of fresh water is the major ecological problem of this moment.

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More socialism means more democracy, openness and collectivism in everyday life.

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If the Russian word "perestroika" has easily entered the international lexicon, this is due to more than just interest in what is going on in the Soviet Union. Now the whole world needs restructuring, i.e. progressive development, a fundamental change.

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We have no right ever to forget that psychological warfare is a struggle for winning people's minds.

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The model of the consumer society is something that will one day end.

My personal view is that too much consumption is wrong.

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I believe, as Lenin said, that this revolutionary chaos may yet crystallize into new forms of life.

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Surely, God on high has not refused to give us enough wisdom to find ways to bring us an improvement in relations between the two great nations on earth.

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Certain people in the United States are driving nails into this structure of our relationship, then cutting off the heads. So the Soviets must use their teeth to pull them out.

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