Things that are complex are not useful, Things that are useful are simple.— Mikhail Kalashnikov
The most delightful Mikhail Kalashnikov quotes that are easy to memorize and remember
I would prefer to have invented a machine that people could use and that would help farmers with their work - for example a lawnmower.
I created a weapon to defend the borders of my motherland.
It's not my fault that it's being used where it shouldn't be. The politicians are more to blame for this.
The fact that people die because of an AK-47 is not because of the designer, but because of politics.
When a young man, I read somewhere the following: God the Almighty said, 'All that is too complex is unnecessary, and it is simple that is needed.' So this has been my lifetime motto – I have been creating weapons to defend the borders of my fatherland, to be simple and reliable.
When I see Bin Laden with his AK-47, I got nervous.
But what can I do, terrorists aren't fools: they too chose the most reliable guns.
I sleep well. It's the politicians who are to blame for failing to come to an agreement and resorting to violence.
It is painful for me to see when criminal elements of all kinds fire from my weapon.
My work is my life, and my life is my work.
I invented this assault rifle to defend my country. Today, I am proud that it has become for many synonymous with liberty.
I had to gain experience as I did not have a technical education.
I'm proud of my invention, but I'm sad that it is used by terrorists.
I am still ready to shake hands with anyone who designs a better assault rifle than mine.
I tried a dozen different modifications that were rejected.
But they all served as a path to the final design.
My spiritual pain is unbearable. I keep having the same unsolved question: if my rifle claimed people's lives, then can it be that I a Christian and an Orthodox believer, was to blame for their deaths?
The AK-47 is not a device of aggression .
.. I devised this machine-gun for the security of my country.
Man keeps inventing things all the time.
It is the Germans who are responsible for the fact that I became a fabricator of arms. If not for them, I would have constructed agricultural machines. (...) If someone asks me how I can sleep at night knowing that my arms have killed millions of people, I respond that I have no problem sleeping, my conscience is clean. I constructed arms to defend my country.
Before attempting to create something new, it is vital to have a good appreciation of everything that already exists in this field.
I made it to protect the motherland.
You see, with [designing]weapons, it is like a woman who bears children.
For months she carries her baby and thinks about it. A designer does much the same thing with a prototype. I felt like a mother - always proud. It is a special feeling, as if you were awarded with a special award. I shot with it a lot. I still do now. That is why I am hard of hearing.
I was trying to perform as best as possible.
I was a boy at the time, but worked well with the sickle.
I've always wanted to improve and expand on the good name of my weapon by doing good things.
I shot with it a lot. I still do now. That is why I am hard of hearing.
It is the Germans who are responsible for the fact that I became a fabricator of arms. If not for them, I would have constructed agricultural machines.
Terrorists also want to use simple and reliable arms.
Then it was like a genie out of the bottle and it began to walk all on its own and in directions I did not want.
Life is composed of different inventions.
Life can make you do many things, even kiss a man with a runny nose.
I was probably born with some designing abilities.
We had grain but no mills, so I designed a special mill of wood so we could make flour.
I have continued to work at different things, and rebuilt my home all by myself.
I did it for the sake of satisfaction at doing something. I did it because I happened to be where I was.