quote by Todor Zhivkov

There are some common problems in the Balkans in the settlement of which Bulgaria should also participate.

— Todor Zhivkov

Jaw-dropping Bulgaria quotations

Bulgaria is the first state that has been awarded for its excellent fight against iodine deficiency by UNICEF.

Romania and Bulgaria were particularly irresponsible.

If they wanted to diminish their chances of joining Europe they could not have found a better way.

I want to be on stage and perform and win Grammys and help out my family in Bulgaria, because they are struggling, and my mom and dad, too.

The United States is the only country left now, bar Romania, Bulgaria and Poland, that has this all-government system.

Iran also has an extensive missile development programme.

Iranian officials declare that the range of their modified Shahab-3 missiles is 2,000km, putting allied countries such as Turkey, Greece, Romania, and Bulgaria within reach.

You are not going to see me puffing around the pitch.

There is a saying in Bulgaria that great quality doesn’t require much effort.

Bulgaria is a fascinating, beautiful, difficult country, and I fell in love with it.

Bulgaria has been deindustrialized by interest groups who extracted state assets like oil states extract the oil in their ground.

Tell me, what do they do for us in Bulgaria? Do they fix the prices? Or is there some kind of a free market?

A basic ingredient in the manufacture of perfume, the attar-a heavy, pale-yellow oil stored in small metal drums-had been put up as collateral by Bulgaria, in lieu of gold, at the Moscow Narodny Bank, a Communist finance house for East-West trade.

Of course, in no case would we allow the creation of a regional union in the Balkans, directed against the Soviet Union and Bulgaria.

Bulgaria is fascinating. Because it had been a Communist country until the mid-80s, so it had just recently transitioned. And there were still the police towers on the street corners, where they look down - they were still there, although no one was in them.

Good times are always where I am. I feel bored if I'm not there.

Some write that I'm a genius, others say that I'm disrespectful towards their country... If you remember in 1993 I squatted to tie my shoe during the French national anthem.

We speak of peace, yes, but whose peace? Poland's? Bulgaria's? The peace of the grave?

Hungary is very similar to Bulgaria. I know they're different countries.

We are aware that in 2005 our efforts to preserve the stability and prestige of the Republic of Bulgaria in the area of foreign policy, and our efforts to attain fully our strategic goals will be mostly contingent upon the way we address our domestic priorities.

Vladimir Putin is doubtlessly trying to drive a wedge into the Western alliance.

When it comes to the Russian minorities in the Baltics, Putin will surely know that his chances there are slim to none. They are quite comfortable in those countries. But at the moment, there are at least three EU member-states where it is questionable whether they still belong among Western democracies: Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria.

There were free elections in Bulgaria, where the opposition has just won.

In a democracy, the government is a reflection of society because people are elected. Sometimes the type of person from the old machine, who is everything but an appealing figure, happens to win an election. But democracy applies to everyone, not just the noble and the clever.

I love the Olympics. I love the idea of something happening every four years. I've always had love for Bulgaria, and I've always been a Bulgarian. That's also really part of why I want to play it. I know it's tough for the calendar, but at the same time, it's the Olympics.

I'm sure that growing up in the Midwest played a role in my chronic escapism.

In fact, before I lived in France, I lived in Japan, England, and Bulgaria. I was determined to experience other places and cultures, particularly because I had the perception that I'd been cut off from these experiences as a child.

Honestly, I'd love to think I was in a position where I had that decision.

But last year I worked on a movie in Bulgaria, now I'm in New York or LA. It really sounds jet-setting when you say it, but there's lots of down-time where you wonder what you're doing or you wonder about life.

If my novel gets any attention in Bulgaria, it will be as a scandal: a book about a teacher at a famous school and his relationship with a prostitute. I doubt very much it will be evaluated on its merits as literature. If Bulgarian were the book's only language, that would be painful and limiting to me as a writer. Since my book also exists in English - where it isn't scandalous at all - I feel comfortable with the possibility of scandal.

I feel good... considering I managed to wake up.

Since the national team doesn't have a stadium yet, they'll come to play here, at Sofia airport.

I'm sick of these congress meetings. There no reason to meet again. As you know, if there's a congress, I usually win it.

The only thing that's running well in Bulgaria is the Bulgarian Football Union.

Unlike the BFU, many footballers here don't run, they limp.

I am satisfied with everything in my life. Including the fact that I spent time in jail.

I like marriage. I've been married three times.

What do we need spectators for? The game should be played behind closed doors. Football is an art!

I am happy! I'm leaving on a trip and my wife is staying in Bulgaria.

First, learn how to report traffic jams, then you can talk about football.

(on Bulgarian journalists)

I know him. He's a hot chilli pepper, just like me! (on Valeri Bojinov)

Lubo Penev is a fighter, he never gives up and remains cool during tough moments. I remember when he was sick with cancer, but fought and returned to football. Most people would have given up and prayed to God for mercy. (on former teammate Luboslav Penev)

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