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Mikhail Gorbachev (Politician)

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.
Mikhail Gorbachev war
We could only solve our problems by cooperating with other countries. It would have been paradoxical not to cooperate. And therefore we needed to put an end to the Iron Curtain, to change the nature of international relations, to rid them of ideological confrontation, and particularly to end the arms race.
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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.
Mikhail Gorbachev war
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.'
Mikhail Gorbachev you
I am a Communist, a convinced Communist! For some that may be a fantasy. But to me it is my main goal.
Mikhail Gorbachev fantasy
Sometimes it's difficult to accept, to recognise one's own mistakes, but one must do it. I was guilty of overconfidence and arrogance, and I was punished for that.
Mikhail Gorbachev time
The world will not accept dictatorship or domination.
Mikhail Gorbachev world
America must be the teacher of democracy, not the advertiser of the consumer society. It is unrealistic for the rest of the world to reach the American living standard.
Mikhail Gorbachev society
If not me, who? And if not now, when?
Mikhail Gorbachev
What we need is Star Peace and not Star Wars.
Mikhail Gorbachev need
The market came with the dawn of civilization and it is not an invention of capitalism. If it leads to improving the well-being of the people there is no contradiction with socialism.
Mikhail Gorbachev people
More socialism means more democracy, openness and collectivism in everyday life.
Mikhail Gorbachev life
There should be competition and exchanges between different countries, but there are certainly certain universal values, and that is freedom and democracy.
Mikhail Gorbachev freedom
If what you have done yesterday still looks big to you, you haven't done much today.
Mikhail Gorbachev you
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.
Mikhail Gorbachev life
Sometimes when you stand face to face with someone, you cannot see his face.
Mikhail Gorbachev time
It is better to discuss things, to argue and engage in polemics than make perfidious plans of mutual destruction.
Mikhail Gorbachev age
I paid too heavy a price for perestroika.
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A society should never become like a pond with stagnant water, without movement. That's the most important thing.
Mikhail Gorbachev society
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.
Mikhail Gorbachev war
The soviet people want full-blooded and unconditional democracy.
Mikhail Gorbachev people
I couldn't wait to get to the most powerful position, because I thought then I would be able to fix problems that only the leader can fix. But when I got there, I realized we needed revolutionary change.
Mikhail Gorbachev change
I don't think Russia is setting this as a goal; I don't think this should be Russia's goal. I think even the United States doesn't need to be a superpower. China doesn't need to be a superpower. It's a different world.
Mikhail Gorbachev power
Jesus was the first socialist, the first to seek a better life for mankind.
Mikhail Gorbachev life
It would be naive to think that the problems plaguing mankind today can be solved with means and methods which were applied or seemed to work in the past.
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