Quotes and Sayings about Russia



"Beslan, where the Russian authorities stopped live coverage of the school being stormed, was an illustration of the progress we still have to make."
- Kate Adie
(Related: Progress, Being, School)

"Following my junior year in high school, I went on a camping trip through Russia in a group led by Horst Momber, a young language teacher from Roosevelt."
- Peter Agre
(Related: Camping, Language, Russia, School)

"Courage: Great Russian word, fit for the songs of our children's children, pure on their tongues, and free."
- Anna Akhmatova
(Related: Children, Songs, Word)

"I took a speed-reading course and read War and Peace in twenty minutes. It involves Russia."
- Woody Allen
(Related: Peace, War, Russia)

"I mean whatever I do it's important that I put my stamp on it and keep it in my world, whether I'm doing a dance track or something like the Russian album for example."
- Marc Almond
(Related: Dance, Example, World)

"Knowing what I knew about Russia, as much as I loved the music and was fascinated by the songs and the whole idea of it, I knew it would be a very lengthy and frustrating process."
- Marc Almond
(Related: Music, Idea, Russia, Songs)

"Russia can be quite a dangerous place sometimes, but I never think about it."
- Marc Almond
(Related: Russia)

"We just kind saw the images and knew the cliches, so to have the opportunity to go there and learn something about Russian music and about Russian people and to see things apart from being a tourist."
- Marc Almond
(Related: Music, People, Opportunity, Being, Cliches)

"The way the business things work in Russia is you have to meet people, you have to go through a certain amount of etiquette and business things are done just simply by a shake of the hand and whether they like you or not."
- Marc Almond
(Related: Business, Work, People, Etiquette, Russia)

"Russians have a new freedom, but as long as they don't express that freedom on a public platform."
- Marc Almond
(Related: Freedom, Public)

"In emerging democracies like Russia, in authoritarian states like Iran or even Yugoslavia, journalists play a vital role in civil society. In fact, they form the very basis of those new democracies and civil societies."
- Christiane Amanpour
(Related: Society, Fact, Play, Russia, states)

"It came as a great shock to me when I heard that England and Soviet Russia had become allies. So much so that I thought that the people responsible in London were acting in a manner that no longer coincided with British imperial interests."
- John Amery
(Related: Thought, People, Acting, England, London, Russia)

"I had a minor in Russian history, and this was at the time when the big Cold War was going on."
- Kevin J. Anderson
(Related: Time, War, History)

"I had to choose between American and British actors, and it didn't take me more than a second to decide: Russians are Europeans and should be played by other Europeans."
- Jean-Jacques Annaud
(Related: Actors, American)

"Russian Communism is the illegitimate child of Karl Marx and Catherine the Great."
- Clement Attlee
(Related: Communism)

"My dad was born in Chicago in 1908... his parents came from Russia. They settled in Chicago, where they lived in a little tiny grocery store with eight or nine children - in the backroom all together - and my grandmother got the idea to go into the movie business."
- Bob Balaban
(Related: Business, Dad, Idea, Chicago, Children, Parents, Russia)

"Men who are scandalized at the lack of freedom in Russia do not ask themselves how real is liberty among the poor, the weak, and the ignorant in capitalist society."
- Emily Greene Balch
(Related: Men, Society, Freedom, Liberty, Poor, Russia)

"I was not extremely patriotic about Mother Russia. I played their game, pretending. You have to deal with, you know, party people, KGB. Horrifying."
- Mikhail Baryshnikov
(Related: Mother, People, Party, Russia)

"I have some Russian friends. But probably only 10 percent. I don't hang out usually in the big Russian communities in Brooklyn and New Jersey."
- Mikhail Baryshnikov
(Related: Friends)

"I feel very uneasy with a lot of aspects of the Russian life and the Russian people."
- Mikhail Baryshnikov
(Related: Life, People)

"The Russian people get so insanely close to each other as friends. Their lives are interrelated so much on an everyday basis."
- Mikhail Baryshnikov
(Related: People, Friends)

"Much of what happens in Love Always is really from overheard conversations in the Russian Tea Room. It's an improvisation of the way certain Hollywood agents think and talk to each other."
- Ann Beattie
(Related: Love, Hollywood, Talk, Tea)

"The Marxist analysis has got nothing to do with what happened in Stalin's Russia: it's like blaming Jesus Christ for the Inquisition in Spain."
- Tony Benn
(Related: Christ, Nothing, Spain)

"The secret of politics? Make a good treaty with Russia."
- Otto von Bismarck
(Related: Politics, Russia)

"So you had to rev your engines, to beat the Russians and I think more than anything, if the Soviet team would win, or the Soviet athletes would win, you would see and hear and read about that. Quite frequently. So they would make a big issue of it."
- Ralph Boston
(Related: Athletes)

"I think I was more or less, convinced of that by just the press, the US press. By people who were pressuring you, saying that you gotta beat the Russian's, if you don't win anything else, win the Russian meet and so forth."
- Ralph Boston
(Related: People, Press, Saying)

"In terms of weapons, the best disarmament tool so far is nuclear energy. We have been taking down the Russian warheads, turning it into electricity. 10 percent of American electricity comes from decommissioned warheads."
- Stewart Brand
(Related: American, Electricity, Energy, Weapons)

"So an autobiography about death should include, in my case, an account of European Jewry and of Russian and Jewish events - pogroms and flights and murders and the revolution that drove my mother to come here."
- Harold Brodkey
(Related: Death, Mother, Autobiography, Events, Revolution)

"I thought that in general we in the United States were too optimistic in believing that the Soviets might alter what had been for a long time, as a matter of fact for centuries, fundamental Russian policies in respect to the rest of the world."
- David Bruce
(Related: Time, Thought, Fact, Respect, Rest, states, United, World)

"But if Russia is to be part of this larger zone of peace it cannot bring into it its imperial baggage. It cannot bring into it a policy of genocide against the Chechens, and cannot kill journalists, and it cannot repress the mass media."
- Zbigniew Brzezinski
(Related: Peace, Policy, Genocide, Media, Russia, Zone)

"We didn't push the Russians to intervene, but we knowingly increased the probability that they would."
- Zbigniew Brzezinski
"This fact lays on us - so long as the maintenance of good relations with Russia seems to us worth an effort - the duty of satisfying Russia that she has no need to fear any invasion of her sphere of interests on Germany's part."
- Bernhard von Bulow
(Related: Fear, Duty, Effort, Fact, Germany, Russia, Worth)

"Between Russia and the United States sentiments of good will continue to be mutually cherished."
- Martin Van Buren
(Related: Russia, states, United, Will)

"The population forecast for the United States in 1970 is 170 million. The population forecast for Russia alone in 1970 is 251 million. The implications are clear."
- Emanuel Celler
(Related: Population, Russia, states, United)

"The chief fruit of the First World War was the Russian Revolution and the rise of Communism as a national power."
- Whittaker Chambers
(Related: Power, War, Communism, First, Revolution, World, World war)

"I spent a lot of my time working in the American module, and he would stay in the Russian segment working on his things, and we'd meet up at meal times. So it actually worked out very well."
- Leroy Chiao
(Related: Time, American)

"I'm Chinese-American, of course, and so it's very interesting to see China actually launch their own astronauts, becoming the third nation, following the United States and Russia, to do so."
- Leroy Chiao
(Related: Nation, Russia, states, United)

"Most of the food imported to Russia came from China."
- Alex Chiu
(Related: Food, Russia)

"We've had some fairly intensive discussions leading up to these meetings between NATO and Russia, preparing for them, and it's going to be a very important six months for NATO."
- Warren Christopher
(Related: Leading, Meetings, Months, Russia)

"This is a very important relationship we have with Russia, the relationship over the nuclear arsenal that they have obviously is important. They're a very powerful country."
- Warren Christopher
(Related: Country, Russia)

"We see considerable strain in Russia, and that's obviously a matter of concern to us. It's in the very strong self-interest of Russia to continue on the reform path."
- Warren Christopher
(Related: Concern, Reform, Russia, Self)

"It will be undertaken, of course, in the June or July summit, and then to bring NATO closer to Russia or vice versa is a way to move toward integration - toward the integration of Europe."
- Warren Christopher
(Related: Europe, July, June, Russia, Vice, Will)

"I think there is a good deal of promise in those discussions as well. I think there is a range of matters that might be discussed between NATO and Russia that can provide a mechanism for talking through these issues, a way to give reassurance on these issues."
- Warren Christopher
(Related: Promise, Reassurance, Russia, Talking)

"The kind of capitalism I hate most is crony capitalism, the friends who decide. These are things which should be killed in Russia."
- Anatoly Chubais
(Related: Capitalism, Friends, Hate, Russia)

"Bill Gates finds people in Russia to hire them to Microsoft. That's the Russian interest in this process."
- Anatoly Chubais
(Related: People, Interest, Russia)

"Russia should support globalization. The Internet can develop in Russia in a very speedy way."
- Anatoly Chubais
(Related: Globalization, Internet, Russia, Support)

"The red directors were one of the main political forces. Another force was the former Soviet ministers who lost everything because of the transformation of the Soviet Union to Russia."
- Anatoly Chubais
(Related: Force, Russia)

"I joined the city government, and we start to operate as the bureaucrats on the local level, so we were the only ones in the whole Russian team who were experienced in practical bureaucratic management in the complicated condition of 1990."
- Anatoly Chubais
(Related: Government, Management)

"I don't think Russia will follow the United States's way. I don't think Russia will follow the French way. I'm sure Russia will find its own way."
- Anatoly Chubais
(Related: Russia, states, United, Will)

"You're never able to please everybody, especially when you're transforming a country like Russia."
- Anatoly Chubais
(Related: Country, Russia)

"Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma."
- Winston Churchill
(Related: Mystery, Russia)

"Probably what pushed the Russians over the edge was SDI. They realized they couldn't beat us."
- Tom Clancy
"There remains, however, the hope, at least in Russia, that, as sometimes happens in history, the memory of lost alternatives will one day inspire efforts to regain them."
- Stephen Cohen
(Related: History, Hope, Day, Memory, Russia, Will)

"Thirteen years after the end of the Soviet Union, the American press establishment seemed eager to turn Ukraine's protested presidential election on November 21 into a new cold war with Russia."
- Stephen Cohen
(Related: War, American, End, Press, Russia, Years)

"Don't you forget what's divine in the Russian soul and that's resignation."
- Joseph Conrad
(Related: Soul, Forget, Resignation)

"I landed a job with Roger Corman. The job was to write the English dialogue for a Russian science fiction picture. I didn't speak any Russian. He didn't care whether I could understand what they were saying; he wanted me to make up dialogue."
- Francis Ford Coppola
(Related: Science, Care, English, Fiction, Job, Saying)

"I guess the real reason that my wife and I had children is the same reason that Napoleon had for invading Russia: it seemed like a good idea at the time."
- Bill Cosby
(Related: Time, Wife, Idea, Children, Reason)

"We have lost one shuttle for every 57 flights and that is not a good ratio. I do believe we need to continue space flights, but maybe we can follow the example of the Russians and use unmanned vehicles to transport hardware into space."
- Lincoln Davis
(Related: Example, Hardware, Space)

"Russia's biggest problem is organized crime and its leaders are influenced by the Russian mafia. But it's not right to call it a Russian mafia, it's a Jewish mafia."
- David Duke
(Related: Crime, Leaders, Right, Russia)

"I didn't choose Russia but Russia chose me. I had been fascinated from an early age by the culture, the language, the literature and the history to the place."
- Helen Dunmore
(Related: Age, History, Culture, Language, Literature, Russia)

"Today's difference between Russia and the United States is that in Russia everybody takes everybody else for a spy, and in the United States everybody takes everybody else for a criminal."
- Friedrich Durrenmatt
(Related: Difference, Russia, states, Today, United)

"My mother would take groups of students to different countries and always brought us along, so by the time I was 10, I had been to Russia, China, Nicaragua and several other countries."
- Eliza Dushku
(Related: Time, Mother, Countries, Russia, Students)

"In the sense that people who produce things and work get rewarded, statistically. You don't get rewarded precisely for your effort, but in Russia you got rewarded for being alive, but not very well rewarded."
- Esther Dyson
(Related: Work, People, Being, Effort, Russia, Sense)

"And the Russians certainly don't have it. If a woman shows up in a fur coat, I just assume she's a crook. And that's me, the nice American. The assumption that you can't make money honestly is a killer."
- Esther Dyson
(Related: Money, American, Woman)

"Television is something the Russians invented to destroy American education."
- Paul Erdos
(Related: Education, American, Television)

"We have a chance to wind down and expedite the removal of 96 percent of the world's nuclear weapons. What an achievement it would be, if at the end of the next administration, we could say that the nuclear arsenals of both Russia and the United States had been reduced to the barest minimums."
- Diane Feinstein
(Related: Achievement, Chance, End, Russia, states, United, Weapons, Wind, World)

"We have an interest in excellent relations because we are neighbours as Europeans with Russia. We are allies with the United States in the NATO framework."
- Joschka Fischer
(Related: Interest, Russia, states, United)

"At the end of all this, Russia held in her hands a vast belt of land running from the Baltic sea in the north to the Black Sea in the south, comprising eleven nations with a population of 100 million people."
- John T. Flynn
(Related: People, End, Land, Nations, Population, Running, Russia, Sea)

"So I left with Jean Claude and went to Paris, so when the Russians came to Prague, I was in Paris."
- Milos Forman
(Related: Paris)

"If all Europe lies flat while the Russian mob tramps over it, we will then be faced with a war under difficult circumstances, and with a very good chance of losing it."
- James Forrestal
(Related: War, Chance, Circumstances, Europe, Lies, Losing, Mob, Will)

"Moreover, the accomplishment of Russia's aims has been greatly simplified by the fact that we have heretofore offered the world no practical antidote for the Russian poison."
- James Forrestal
(Related: Accomplishment, Fact, Poison, Russia, World)

"It is inconceivable that even the gang who runs Russia would be willing to take on war, but one always has to remember that there seemed to be no reason in 1939 for Hitler to start war, and yet he did, and he started it with a world practically unprepared."
- James Forrestal
(Related: War, Reason, Russia, World)

"Russia under President Putin is less democratic and less free today than when he assumed office. If Russia cannot fulfill its obligation to the G-8 and maintain a high standard of democratic governance then its membership should be suspended."
- Vito Fossella
(Related: Obligation, Office, President, Russia, Today)

"I worked the drive-through at McDonald's and tried out different accents - Italian, Russian, Irish."
- James Franco
(Related: Irish)

"Well first of all, tell me, is there some society you know of that doesn't run on greed? You think Russia doesn't run on greed? You think China doesn't run on greed? What is greed?"
- Milton Friedman
(Related: Society, First, Greed, Russia)

"If you don't know how great this country is, I know someone who does; Russia."
- Robert Frost
(Related: Country, Russia)

"There is nobody I know by name who is concerned with collecting information for the Russian authorities. There are people whom I know by sight whom I trusted with my life."
- Klaus Fuchs
(Related: Life, People, Information, Name, Sight)

"Since that time I have had continuous contact with the persons who were completely unknown to me, except that I knew they would hand whatever information I gave them to the Russian authorities."
- Klaus Fuchs
(Related: Time, Information)

"In the post war period I began again to have my doubts about Russian policy."
- Klaus Fuchs
(Related: War, Policy, Post)

"At this time I had complete confidence in Russian policy and believed that the Western Allies deliberately allowed Germany and Russia to fight each other to death."
- Klaus Fuchs
(Related: Death, Time, Policy, Confidence, Fight, Germany, Russia)

"Finally Germany's attack on Russia seemed to confirm that Russia was not shirking and was prepared to carry out a foreign policy with the risk of war with Germany."
- Klaus Fuchs
(Related: War, Policy, Foreign policy, Germany, Risk, Russia)

"At that time I had complete confidence in Russian policy and I believed that the Western Allies deliberately allowed Russia and Germany to fight each other to the death."
- Klaus Fuchs
(Related: Death, Time, Policy, Confidence, Fight, Germany, Russia)

"Of course, the outcome of the war would not have been changed. The war was lost perhaps, when it was started. At least it was lost in the winter of '42, in Russia."
- Adolf Galland
(Related: War, Russia, Winter)

"I had to inspect all fighter units in Russia, Africa, Sicily, France, and Norway. I had to be everywhere."
- Adolf Galland
(Related: France, Russia)

"We're taking up some science experiments, some crystal growth things, we have a refrigerator that carries up some samples, new samples that go into the station, we bring the old ones home; we have a lot of clothing, we have a lot of food-U.S. and Russian food."
- Linda M. Godwin
(Related: Food, Science, Home, Growth, Old)

"The original settlers of Alaska apparently were Russian."
- Jeff Goldblum
"There is an enormous difference between Russia and Western Europe."
- Herman Gorter
(Related: Difference, Europe, Russia)

"The revolution in Russia was victorious with the help of the poor peasants. This should always be borne in mind here in Western Europe and all the world over. But the workers in Western Europe stand alone: this should never be forgotten in Russia."
- Herman Gorter
(Related: Europe, Revolution, Help, Mind, Poor, Russia, Workers, World)

"The revolution in Russia was terrible for the proletariat in the long years of its development and it is terrible now, after the victory. But at the actual time of revolution it was easy, and this was due to the peasants."
- Herman Gorter
(Related: Time, Development, Victory, Revolution, Now, Russia, Years)

"Moreover, in Russia there was an enormous amount of landed property to be divided, large estates, crown lands, government land, and the estates held by the monasteries."
- Herman Gorter
(Related: Government, Land, Property, Russia)

"For the Russian masses, the proletarians, knew for certain, and already saw during the war, and in part before their very eyes, that the peasants would soon be on their side."
- Herman Gorter
(Related: War, Eyes)

"Because in Russia you were able to triumph with the help of a large class of poor peasants, you represent things in such a way, as if we in Western Europe are also going to have that help."
- Herman Gorter
(Related: Class, Europe, Help, Poor, Russia)

"The poor peasant here hives under conditions quite different from those of Russia. Though often terrible, they are not as appalling as they were there."
- Herman Gorter
(Related: Poor, Russia)

"Iran is part of the problem, not the solution. And the Russian government is ignoring reality."
- Lindsey Graham
(Related: Government, Reality, Solution)

"If Russians knew how to read, they would write me off."
- Catherine the Great
"I said to the German Ambassador that, as long as there was only a dispute between Austria and Serbia alone, I did not feel entitled to intervene; but that, directly it was a matter between Austria and Russia, it became a question of the peace of Europe, which concerned us all."
- Edward Grey
(Related: Peace, Europe, Question, Russia)

"I had furthermore spoken on the assumption that Russia would mobilize, whereas the assumption of the German Government had hitherto been, officially, that Serbia would receive no support; and what I had said must influence the German Government to take the matter seriously."
- Edward Grey
(Related: Government, Influence, Russia, Support)

"In effect, I was asking that if Russia mobilized against Austria, the German Government, who had been supporting the Austrian demand on Serbia, should ask Austria to consider some modification of her demands, under the threat of Russian mobilization."
- Edward Grey
(Related: Government, Effect, Russia)

"The fact is that Americans were sent to Russia that have not been returned."
- Bo Gritz
(Related: Americans, Fact, Russia)

"Well, The Day the Earth Caught Fire was a story... I don't if anybody knows what it is but it was about... in the early days of testing nuclear bombs, that Russia and America happened to test a nuclear bomb at the same moment at different ends of the earth."
- Val Guest
(Related: America, Bombs, Day, Earth, Fire, Russia, Testing)

"Ours is a country built more on people than on territory. The Jews will come from everywhere: from France, from Russia, from America, from Yemen... Their faith is their passport."
- David Ben Gurion
(Related: Faith, People, America, Country, France, Russia, Will)

"First we attacked the Russian soldiers with our gases, and then when we saw the poor fellows lying there, dying slowly, we tried to make breathing easier for them by using our own life-saving devices on them."
- Otto Hahn
(Related: Life, Dying, First, Lying, Poor, Soldiers)

"The warning message we sent the Russians was a calculated ambiguity that would be clearly understood."
- Alexander Haig
(Related: Ambiguity)

"A lot of leading countries in the world, including the United States and Russia, have to take their responsibilities much more seriously to ensure we are back on the road to peace and stability."
- Peter Hain
(Related: Peace, Countries, Leading, Road, Russia, Stability, states, United, World)

"Come to find out, the Russians were never afraid of the Americans. They weren't raised with the terror that we were by our government. I was struck by how our government misled us for so many years."
- Deidre Hall
(Related: Government, Americans, Terror, Years)

"The Russians often took advantage of Lend-Lease."
- W. Averell Harriman
"The Russians obtained a number of plants under Lend-Lease, which had been authorized by Washington, that I thought were not justified for their war effort. They wanted them for postwar use."
- W. Averell Harriman
(Related: War, Thought, Effort, Plants, Washington)

"Poland, of course, was the key country. I remember Stalin telling me that the plains of Poland were the invasion route of Europe to Russia and always had been, and therefore he had to control Poland."
- W. Averell Harriman
(Related: Control, Country, Europe, Key, Russia)

"Americans wanted to settle all our difficulties with Russia and then go to the movies and drink Coke."
- W. Averell Harriman
(Related: Movies, Americans, Difficulties, Russia)

"Much of the aid we first gave to Russia we took away from what we promised Britain. So in a sense, Britain participated in a very real way in the recovery of Russia."
- W. Averell Harriman
(Related: First, Russia, Sense)

"As far as the Russians were concerned, I felt the reverse; they had adequate gold, if they wanted to buy, and they weren't dependent upon international trade. I felt they were more self-sufficient."
- W. Averell Harriman
(Related: Gold, Self, Trade)

"This Government has found occasion to express, in a friendly spirit, but with much earnestness, to the Government of the Czar, its serious concern because of the harsh measures now being enforced against the Hebrews in Russia."
- Benjamin Harrison
(Related: Government, Being, Concern, Now, Russia, Spirit)

"The decision, therefore, lies here in the East; here must the Russian enemy, this people numbering two hundred million Russians, be destroyed on the battle field and person by person, and made to bleed to death ."
- Heinrich Himmler
(Related: Death, People, Decision, Battle, Enemy, Lies)

"In the account book of the Great War the page recording the Russian losses has been ripped out. The figures are unknown. Five millions, or eight? We ourselves know not."
- Paul von Hindenburg
(Related: War)

"All we know is that, at times, fighting the Russians, we had to remove the piles of enemy bodies from before our trenches, so as to get a clear field of fire against new waves of assault."
- Paul von Hindenburg
(Related: Enemy, Fighting, Fire)

"Our part of Poland was under Russian occupation from 1939-1941."
- Roald Hoffmann
(Related: Occupation)

"Luck, like a Russian car, generally only works if you push it."
- Tom Holt
(Related: Car, Luck)

"Nuclear deterrence doesn't work outside of the Russian - U.S. context; Saddam Hussein showed that."
- Charles Horner
(Related: Work)

"I make the most money, I think, in Russia and Paris, for the people of those countries are so willing to be amused, so eager to see something new and out of the ordinary."
- Harry Houdini
(Related: Money, People, Countries, Paris, Russia)

"We know that Europe loves President Obama. He had adoring crowds. The press loves Obama. The question is how will this date end? Okay? The question is, to what end? Why do they love President Obama? They love his personal story, they love his wife. North Korea, China and Russia don't really care about Michelle's arms and, you know, whether they gave an iPod to the Queen, okay?"
- Laura Ingraham
(Related: Love, Wife, Care, Crowds, End, Europe, President, Press, Queen, Question, Russia, Will)

"Resolution 1441 does not give anyone the right to an automatic use of force. Russia believes that the Iraqi problem should be regulated by the Security Council, which carries the main responsibility for ensuring international security."
- Igor Ivanov
(Related: Force, Resolution, Responsibility, Right, Russia, Security)

"The Russians feared Ike. They didn't fear me."
- Lyndon B. Johnson
(Related: Fear)

"Scratch a Russian, and you'll find a peasant."
- Milla Jovovich
"Tolstoy may not be showing that much of Russia at that time even. It's hard to tell. You tend to associate the quality of the period with what's lasted - what's still good. And that quality becomes the whole period."
- Donald Judd
(Related: Time, Quality, May, Russia)

"People took part in the referendum because they were tired of the war. They are afraid of talking about it out loud, but they have shown exactly where they stand: Yes, we want peace, and we want to be a part of Russia."
- Akhmad Kadyrov
(Related: Peace, War, People, Russia, Talking, Want)

"The people have already determined Chechnya's status at the referendum - it is a unit of the Russian Federation. Its political status is not to be discussed any more."
- Akhmad Kadyrov
(Related: People)

"We have to still develop the Ikea group. We need many billions of Swiss francs to take on China or Russia."
- Ingvar Kamprad
(Related: Russia)

"No, my family is Russian, Georgian, via Ellis Island."
- Mitch Kapor
(Related: Family)

"Most correspondents came from the former colonial powers - there were British, French, and a lot of Italians, because there were a lot of Italian communities there. And of course there were a lot of Russians."
- Ryszard Kapuscinski
"There is a fundamental difference between the Polish experience of the state and the Russian experience. In the Polish experience, the state was always a foreign power. So, to hate the state was a patriotic act."
- Ryszard Kapuscinski
(Related: Experience, Power, Act, Difference, Hate, State)

"In the Russian experience, although the Russian state is oppressive, it is their state, it is part of their fabric, and so the relation between Russian citizens and their state is complicated."
- Ryszard Kapuscinski
(Related: Experience, State)

"The tradition of Russian literature is also an eastern tradition of learning poetry and prose by heart."
- Ryszard Kapuscinski
(Related: Poetry, Heart, Learning, Literature, Prose, Tradition)

"There are several reasons why Russians view the oppressive state positively. First, in the Russian Orthodox religion, there is an understanding of authority as something sent by God."
- Ryszard Kapuscinski
(Related: God, Religion, Authority, First, State, Understanding)

"In modern Russia, you have no official, formal assessment of this past. Nobody in any Russian document has said that the policy of the Soviet government was criminal, that it was terrible. No one has ever said this."
- Ryszard Kapuscinski
(Related: Government, Policy, Past, Russia)

"I remember in 1978 meeting two Ugandan captains in the hotel talking Russian. They had been educated in Moscow and since they came from different Ugandan peoples, it was the only way they could understand one another."
- Ryszard Kapuscinski
(Related: Meeting, Talking)

"I think Russian people are learning that democracy is not an alien thing; it's not a western invention."
- Garry Kasparov
(Related: People, Democracy, Invention, Learning)

"I think Russians today have a distorted picture of capitalism, liberal democracy and market economy."
- Garry Kasparov
(Related: Capitalism, Democracy, Economy, Liberal, Today)

"I think that it's a vital moment now for Russian democracy to convince people that it's only our actions, our joined actions and protests that could force Kremlin to reconsider its plans to abolish presidential elections."
- Garry Kasparov
(Related: People, Actions, Democracy, Elections, Force, Now)

"Russian Parliament today is a bunch of puppets that just fall in with the instructions from Kremlin."
- Garry Kasparov
(Related: Parliament, Today)

"Ukraine had quite serious impact on the many Russians. They could see that ordinary people in Ukraine which is a bordering state, very close to Russia, the people of this state are, they didn't want to tolerate anymore the power abuse by Ukrainian officials."
- Garry Kasparov
(Related: Power, People, Abuse, Russia, State, Want)

"The real political life in Russia unfortunately is not in the parliament but on the streets and in the media."
- Garry Kasparov
(Related: Life, Media, Parliament, Russia)

"We should note that this latter type of shift was successfully amplified to a considerable extent by Russian physicists using the intense light of a ruby laser whose wavelength is close to that of a transition of the potassium atom."
- Alfred Kastler
(Related: Light)

"I have no spy stories to tell, because I saw no spies. Nor did I understand, at that time, any opposition between American and Russian national interest."
- Elia Kazan
(Related: Time, American, Interest, Opposition)

"Where were they when the Russians went down?"
- Stacy Keach
"The best thing we can do if we want the Russians to let us be Americans is to let the Russians be Russian."
- George F. Kennan
(Related: Americans, Want)

"Think of war as a game of Russian roulette. It is a game of chance with your life as the grand prize."
- Ramman Kenoun
(Related: Life, War, Chance)

"The Russian people are suffering from economic fatigue and from disillusionment with the Allies! The world thinks the Russian Revolution is at an end. Do not be mistaken. The Russian Revolution is just beginning."
- Alexander Kerensky
(Related: People, Beginning, Disillusionment, End, Fatigue, Revolution, Suffering, World)

"We must remember, too, that the Russian population of the Caucasus are to a large extent Muslims, and the areas such as Georgia which have aspirations of their own."
- Aly Khan
(Related: Aspirations, Population)

"Russia knows of the vulnerability of her frontiers in this part of the world."
- Aly Khan
(Related: Russia, Vulnerability, World)

"A left turn in the fate of Russia is as necessary as it is inevitable."
- Mikhail Khodorkovsky
(Related: Fate, Russia)

"Paul Farmer has helped to build amazing health care system in one of the poorest areas of Haiti. He founded Partners in Health, which serves the destitute and the sick in many parts of the world from Haiti to Boston and from Russia to Peru."
- Tracy Kidder
(Related: Health, Boston, Care, Russia, World)

"And look at the mess that Russia is; most Chinese don't want to follow that."
- William Kirby
(Related: Russia, Want)

"Just as the Russians and the Soviets didn't manage to wipe out languages in Lithuania, neither have they managed to wipe out religion to the extent that we had feared."
- Jeane Kirkpatrick
(Related: Religion)

"Russia is Germany's most important neighbor in the East, and it will remain so."
- Helmut Kohl
(Related: Germany, Russia, Will)

"The principle of evil in Europe is the enervating spirit of Russian absolutism."
- Lajos Kossuth
(Related: Europe, Evil, Spirit)

"When I was 12, every little girl in Russia was trying to wear her hair like mine and playing tennis."
- Anna Kournikova
(Related: Hair, Russia, Tennis, Trying)

"We then came to the Soviet Union. One day we were walking and carrying our banner and distributing a few leaflets in Russian to people, and we met two women on the road."
- Satish Kumar
(Related: Women, People, Day, Road, Walking)

"Well, we are very glad that Russia is so close with NATO."
- Aleksander Kwasniewski
(Related: Russia)

"We welcome, we welcome this good cooperation between Russia and NATO."
- Aleksander Kwasniewski
(Related: Cooperation, Russia)

"He told me he was working as an interpreter in a doctor's office in Brookline, Massachusetts, where I was living at the time, and he was translating for a doctor who had a number of Russian patients. On my way home, after running into him, I just heard this phrase in my head."
- Jhumpa Lahiri
(Related: Home, Time, Living, Office, Running)

"Just five years before that the Russians were our allies."
- Martin Landau
(Related: Years)

"Russia is the only place where men and women can be free."
- James Larkin
(Related: Men, Women, Russia)

"Only to he avoid misunderstandings, I must say that even last year, when I wrote my pamphlet, I heartily wished that Prussia should declare war against Napoleon."
- Ferdinand Lassalle
(Related: War)

"Don't you want to know what's real and what's not? I remember when I was a kid, you know, this whole Cold War thing. They had us scared of the Russians. So, it's almost like, what's real and what's not?"
- Queen Latifah
(Related: War, Want)

"In the event of a victory over Germany by Soviet Russia and England, Bolshevism in Europe would inevitably follow. Under these circumstances I would prefer to see Germany win the war."
- Pierre Laval
(Related: War, Victory, Circumstances, EnglEurope, Germany, Russia)

"I think somebody who speaks the language is going to notice immediately that I'm not Russian."
- Nicholas Lea
(Related: Language)

"I mean that at least 80% of the Russian people feel destitute. It's the people who had their past and future taken from them - they don't get paid - many of them face a wall. They have nowhere to go."
- Aleksandr Lebed
(Related: People, Future, Past)

"You must go deeper into Russia - 150 kilometres from Moscow or more, and look there. The kids are fed with cattle feed - people don't get paid for half a year."
- Aleksandr Lebed
(Related: People, Kids, Russia)

"That was the era when we might have destroyed Russia completely and not even skinned our elbows doing it."
- Curtis Lemay
(Related: Russia)

"So I started to learn Russian and I was one of those probably way too eager, annoying young actor kids who was trying to change all my lines to Russian, much to the dismay of the director and Nic Cage."
- Jared Leto
(Related: Change, Actor, Kids, Trying)

"Here we were, corrupting all those Russians toward communism."
- Jack Levine
(Related: Communism)

"The Russian revolution was to an unprecedented degree the cause of the proletariat of the whole world becoming more revolutionary."
- Karl Liebknecht
(Related: Cause, Revolution, World)

"The failure of the Russian Socialist Republic will be the defeat of the proletariat of the whole world."
- Karl Liebknecht
(Related: Failure, Defeat, Will, World)

"People often thought Leopold Auer was Russian because he lived in St. Petersburg so long, almost fifty years."
- Gyorgy Ligeti
(Related: Thought, People, Years)

"Firstly, economic globalisation has brought prosperity and development to many countries, but also financial crises to Asia, Latin America and Russia, and increasing poverty and marginalisation."
- Anna Lindh
(Related: Development, Financial, America, Countries, Poverty, Prosperity, Russia)

"If it hadn't been for the Cold War, neither Russia nor America would have been sending people into space."
- James Lovelock
(Related: War, People, America, Russia, Space)

"It was just using the liquid shampoo - the Russians have one very similar to the stuff we use on the Shuttle - you just wet your hair with it and then wipe it out."
- Shannon Lucid
(Related: Hair)

"I would like to raise my glass to friendship between Russia and the United States."
- Richard Lugar
(Related: Friendship, Russia, states, United)

"Despite elections and the experience of post-Soviet personal freedoms by the Russian people, the fate of democracy in Russia is perhaps more ambiguous now than at any time since the collapse of the Communist system."
- Richard Lugar
(Related: Experience, Time, People, Democracy, Elections, Fate, Now, Post, Russia)

"Many of the Central Asians know Russian, and Ted Levin speaks it fluently. I speak Chinese, but Mongolian is completely different, so we had to have translators."
- Yo-Yo Ma
"There is no man who desires as passionately as a Russian. If we could imprison a Russian desire beneath a fortress, that fortress would explode."
- Joseph De Maistre
(Related: Desire, Man)

"The music we're playing now is based on my heritage, which is Russian, Romanian and Hungarian."
- Herbie Mann
(Related: Music, Now)

"My father's father came from Russia; my mother came from Romania."
- Herbie Mann
(Related: Mother, Father, Russia)

"We will liberate our country from the occupying forces and put an end to relations between Russia and the Chechen State, no matter how difficult the task may be."
- Aslan Maskhadov
(Related: Country, End, May, Russia, State, Will)

"It is not advantageous for Russia in its present state to fight against Chechnya. The army is a mess. It must be made combat ready. That will take time. Russia has a lot of economic, social and political problems much more important than Chechnya."
- Aslan Maskhadov
(Related: Time, Army, Fight, Present, Problems, Russia, State, Will)

"Western States keep playing with, and around, Russia."
- Aslan Maskhadov
(Related: Russia, states)

"I can remember in early elementary school when the Russians launched the first satellite. There was still so much unknown about space. People thought Mars was probably populated."
- Christa McAuliffe
(Related: Thought, People, First, School, Space)

"Math and science fields are not the only areas where we see the United States lagging behind. Less than 1 percent of American high school students study the critical foreign languages of Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean or Russian, combined."
- Cathy McMorris
(Related: Science, American, School, states, Students, Study, United)

"Today's Russia is not to be compared with the Soviet Union of back then."
- Angela Merkel
(Related: Russia, Today)

"Russia, France, Germany and China. They revere their writers. America is still a frontier country that almost shudders at the idea of creative expression."
- James A. Michener
(Related: Idea, America, Country, Expression, France, Germany, Russia, Writers)

"The collapse of Russia was the second great event of 1917."
- Kelly Miller
(Related: Russia)

"The success of the Allies in the west was in a measure offset by Teutonic victories in the east. When the invasion of Belgium began, Russia made immediate efforts to counteract by invasion of East Prussia."
- Kelly Miller
(Related: Success, Belgium, Measure, Russia)

"Having achieved such signal successes in the east, Russia and Roumania being both disposed of, the German leaders planned a campaign designed to crush Italy."
- Kelly Miller
(Related: Being, Italy, Leaders, Russia)

"For a century after the reign of Frederick, Prussia remained the most prominent Germanic state in Europe."
- Kelly Miller
(Related: Europe, State)

"We host some trips all over the world. We go to Alaska. We go to Mexico. We're going to Venezuela in December. We've been to Russia, all in conjunction with the radio show."
- Martin Milner
(Related: December, Russia, World)

"There was this mountain village in Russia where my music was getting in on some German radio station. I remember this because music used to get up to Saskatchewan from Texas. Late at night after the local station closed down."
- Joni Mitchell
(Related: Music, Night, Russia)

"I have great satisfaction in stating that our relations with France, Russia, and other powers continue on the most friendly basis."
- James Monroe
(Related: France, Russia, Satisfaction)

"Never will the Anarchists in Spain be made to suffer as they have been and are in Russia."
- Frederica Montseny
(Related: Russia, Spain, Will)

"Whilst in Prussia poets only speak of the love of country as one of the dearest of all human affections, here there is no man who does not feel, and describe with rapture, how much he loves his country."
- Karl Philipp Moritz
(Related: Love, Country, Man, Poets)

"In particular, I studied German and Russian biomechanics."
- Edwin Moses
"The Russian composers, especially, tricked the symphony orchestra into the kind of dynamic, rhythmic thing."
- Gerry Mulligan
(Related: Composers)

"We were fortunate to have the Russians as our childhood enemies. We practiced hiding under our desks in case they had the temerity to drop a nuclear weapon."
- Kary Mullis
(Related: Childhood, Enemies)

"Thanks to nanny, I've got a deep understanding of Russian tales."
- Modest Mussorgsky
(Related: Deep, Understanding)

"Time passed by. I had furnished steam hammers to the principal foundries in England. I had sent them abroad, even to Russia. At length it became known to the Lords of the Admiralty that a new power in forging had been introduced."
- James Nasmyth
(Related: Power, Time, England, Russia)

"My parents came to the United States in the early years of this century as part of a wave of Russian Jewish immigrants seeking freedom and opportunity in the New World."
- Daniel Nathans
(Related: Opportunity, Freedom, Parents, states, United, World, Years)

"'Evil men have no songs.' How is it that the Russians have songs?"
- Friedrich Nietzsche
(Related: Men, Songs)

"I have lived and slept in the same bed with English countesses and Prussian farm women... no woman has excited passions among women more than I have."
- Florence Nightingale
(Related: Women, Bed, English, Woman)

"I'm glad I'm not Brezhnev. Being the Russian leader in the Kremlin. You never know if someone's tape recording what you say."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: Leader, Being)

"I've decided that the political context is such that the only way reform will finally come about in the Russian military is that the deterioration goes beyond the point to which these old generals can stand up there and resist it."
- William Odom
(Related: Military, Old, Reform, Will)

"To say that you now trust the Russian military command and control system because some Russian general told you from the bottom of his heart that's the case, strikes me as most unrealistic."
- William Odom
(Related: Trust, Heart, Control, Military, Now)

"The real evil of the Russian communist state is not communism. It is the secret police and the concentration camp."
- John Boyd Orr
(Related: Communism, Evil, Police, State)

"The relationship between a Russian and a bottle of vodka is almost mystical."
- Richard Owen
"In Russia we had to have special visas in our passports, and when we had to show our passports at the Kremlin gates, we realized that, Oh my God, we're actually playing in THE Kremlin!"
- Alan Parsons
(Related: God, Russia)

"Probably Romania and China and Russia. I think they're all working really hard to beat us right now."
- Carly Patterson
(Related: Now, Right, Russia)

"About 1900 my parents came to the United States as children from what was then the Polish area of Russia."
- Martin Lewis Perl
(Related: Children, Parents, Russia, states, United)

"As Jews, their families left Russia to escape the poverty and the antisemitism."
- Martin Lewis Perl
(Related: Poverty, Russia)

"And everything stopped quite rapidly because I knew that nobody in Europe was able to go to space. It was the privilege of being either American or Russian."
- Philippe Perrin
(Related: American, Being, Europe, Privilege, Space)

"The way I understand it, the Russians are sort of a combination of evil and incompetence... sort of like the Post Office with tanks."
- Emo Philips
(Related: Evil, Incompetence, Office, Post)

"Since the Columbia accident, the Russian space agency, or the Russian space program, has been literally carrying the load bringing us all the supplies we need on the Progress vehicle, smaller amounts on the Soyuz vehicles."
- John L. Phillips
(Related: Progress, Accident, Space)

"At the time of the Revolution, dogs howled day and night all over Russia."
- Andrei Platonov
(Related: Time, Day, Dogs, Revolution, Night, Russia)

"I want my word to be up to the scale of the feat of arms performed by the Russian soldier."
- Andrei Platonov
(Related: Want, Word)

"All the real things in Russia are done in the villages."
- Ernest Poole
(Related: Russia)

"The democratic choice Russian people made in the early 90's is final."
- Vladimir Putin
(Related: People, Choice)

"Russia needs a strong state power and must have it. But I am not calling for totalitarianism."
- Vladimir Putin
(Related: Power, Needs, Russia, State)

"Nobody and nothing will stop Russia on the road to strengthening democracy and ensuring human rights and freedoms."
- Vladimir Putin
(Related: Democracy, Rights, Human rights, Nothing, Road, Russia, Will)

"Russia is a part of European culture. Therefore, it is with difficulty that I imagine NATO as an enemy."
- Vladimir Putin
(Related: Culture, Difficulty, Enemy, Russia)

"Russia will not soon become, if it ever becomes, a second copy of the United States or England - where liberal value have deep historic roots."
- Vladimir Putin
(Related: Deep, England, Liberal, Russia, states, United, Value, Will)

"By the winter of 1945-1946, the Russian peoples were being warned of the dangers from the West."
- Carroll Quigley
(Related: Being, Winter)

"My favorite album would have to be Rocket To Russia. I feel this album has the most classic Ramones songs."
- Johnny Ramone
(Related: Favorite, Russia, Songs)

"The greatest problem all around the world today, whether in America, Japan, China Russia, India or anywhere else in the world, is that people are not in peace. People want peace."
- Prem Rawat
(Related: Peace, People, America, Russia, Today, Want, World)

"It is already clear, after twenty years of socialism in Russia, that if you do not provide your society with a new religion, it will gradually revert to the old one."
- Herbert Read
(Related: Society, Religion, Old, Russia, Socialism, Will, Years)

"My fellow Americans, I am pleased to tell you I just signed legislation which outlaws Russia forever. The bombing begins in five minutes."
- Ronald Reagan
(Related: Americans, Legislation, Russia)

"I am often on guard over the Russians. In the darkness one sees their forms move like stick storks, like great birds. They come close up to the wire fence and lean their faces against it. Their fingers hook round the mesh."
- Erich Maria Remarque
(Related: Birds, Darkness, Faces)

"I just love bikes. It's not the safest passion to have, but I guess it's better than Russian roulette."
- Ryan Reynolds
(Related: Love, Passion)

"It is a pity that my collection of trophies contains not a single Russian."
- Manfred von Richthofen
(Related: Pity)

"In the heat of the Russian summer a sleeping car is the most horrible instrument of martyrdom imaginable."
- Manfred von Richthofen
(Related: Car, Summer)

"We loved being in Russia and would love to go back again, especially to visit my namesake."
- Eric Roberts
(Related: Love, Being, Russia, Visit)

"In Russia I felt for the first time like a full human being. No color prejudice like in Mississippi, no color prejudice like in Washington. It was the first time I felt like a human being."
- Paul Robeson
(Related: Time, Being, First, Prejudice, Russia, Washington)

"My father was an immigrant from Russia and my mother was first generation."
- Arthur Rock
(Related: Mother, Father, First, Russia)

"If the English want a king, it is their business. If the Russians want communism, it is their business. If the Americans want our form of government, it is our business."
- Julius Rosenberg
(Related: Business, Government, Americans, Communism, English, Want)

"Russians call me German, Germans call me Russian, Jews call me a Christian, Christians a Jew."
- Anton Rubinstein
(Related: Christian)

"Another adverse factor was the way the Russians received continual reinforcements from their back areas, as they fell back. It seemed to us that as soon as one force was wiped out, the path was blocked by the arrival of a fresh force."
- Gerd von Rundstedt
(Related: Force)

"If was, increased by a lack of railways in Russia - for bringing up supplies to our advancing troops."
- Gerd von Rundstedt
(Related: Russia, Troops)

"My parents were angry, but they were relieved that I was in good condition. They had been afraid the Russians would torture me. They told me not to do it again!"
- Mathias Rust
(Related: Parents)

"I had one companion. He was a teacher from the Ukraine who spoke English so we could communicate a bit. I learnt a few Russian words, but it was hard to concentrate."
- Mathias Rust
(Related: English, Words)

"Georgia does not need Russia as an enemy."
- Mikhail Saakashvili
(Related: Enemy, Russia)

"The Russian drama began at the end of 1991, when the Soviet Union mercifully ended. Russia and 14 other new countries emerged from the ruins of the Soviet Union. Every one of those 15 new states faced a profound historical, economic, financial, social and political challenge."
- Jeffrey Sachs
(Related: Financial, Challenge, Countries, Drama, End, Russia, states)

"We're going to have to forgive a great deal of the Soviet era debt. There's no question about that. Let's face up to that. We're going to have to put in money if Russia is really going to consolidate a democracy."
- Jeffrey Sachs
(Related: Money, Debt, Democracy, Question, Russia)

"We, being the Western world, wouldn't let Russia off the hook on debt. So there were demands on debt servicing in the early days until they ran out of reserves. There was no real aid program, just a fictional aid program."
- Jeffrey Sachs
(Related: Being, Debt, Russia, World)

"Russia has gone through eight years of continuing economic pain."
- Jeffrey Sachs
(Related: Pain, Russia, Years)

"Let's start fresh with Russia on some real help and some real reform."
- Jeffrey Sachs
(Related: Help, Reform, Russia)

"Russians can give you arms but only the United States can give you a solution."
- Anwar Sadat
(Related: Solution, states, United)

"The difference between our decadence and the Russians is that while theirs is brutal, ours is apathetic."
- David Sarnoff
(Related: Difference)

"The repeated announcements that the Russian resistance was definitely broken have been proved to be untrue."
- Hjalmar Schacht
"Allied supplies of arms to Russia, and the manpower reserves of Russia have been sufficient to bring continuous counter-attacks against our Eastern Front."
- Hjalmar Schacht
(Related: Russia)

"The Russians have a lot at stake, and the power of Moscow pride should never be underestimated."
- Bob Schaffer
(Related: Power, Pride)

"If I correctly understand the goal of American policy, one wishes Russia to be a partner."
- Gerhard Schroder
(Related: Policy, Goal, American, Russia, Wishes)

"Obama does not represent America. Nor does he represent anything what our forefathers stood for. This country is basically built on an attitude. It's a way of life. It's not because you're born here. It's not that you're supposed to take from those who have and give to those who haven't. That kills a country. It killed Russia."
- Luke Scott
(Related: Life, Attitude, America, Country, Russia)

"I still call myself a communist, because communism is no more what Russia made of it than Christianity is what the churches make of it."
- Pete Seeger
(Related: Christianity, Churches, Communism, Russia)

"It is important to remember that some of the most serious thinkers once thought that democracy was not compatible with the cultures of Germany, Italy, Japan, Latin America and Russia."
- Natan Sharansky
(Related: Thought, America, Democracy, Germany, Italy, Russia)

"Another woman approached me while I was having lunch at the Russian Tea Room in New York and told me that the reason she had become a lawyer was because she had read 'Rage of Angels'. To me, that kind of feedback has more meaning than any sales figures."
- Sidney Sheldon
(Related: Angels, Meaning, Reason, Sales, Tea, Woman)

"Prospects of normalizing our relations with Russia look good."
- Eduard Shevardnadze
(Related: Russia)

"As for myself, I was never against Russia."
- Eduard Shevardnadze
(Related: Russia)

"Modern Armenia survived only because it was the single province controlled, and protected, by the Russian Empire. The rest of the territory within its historical borders is almost wholly devoid of ethnic Armenians."
- John Shimkus
(Related: Rest)

"Much that we read of Russia is imagination and desire only."
- Agnes Smedley
(Related: Imagination, Desire, Russia)

"For months it seemed that a revolution was certain. But instead, slavery seems more likely now. The working class no longer has the physical resistance for a revolution, and the Entente is too strong, and Russia is too weak."
- Agnes Smedley
(Related: Class, Revolution, Months, Now, Russia, Slavery)

"Everybody calls everybody a spy, secretly, in Russia, and everybody is under surveillance. You never feel safe."
- Agnes Smedley
(Related: Russia)

"Homosexuality in Russia is a crime and the punishment is seven years in prison, locked up with the other men. There is a three year waiting list."
- Yakov Smirnoff
(Related: Men, Crime, Homosexuality, Prison, Punishment, Russia, Waiting, Years)

"In Russia we only had two TV channels. Channel One was propaganda. Channel Two consisted of a KGB officer telling you: Turn back at once to Channel One."
- Yakov Smirnoff
(Related: Propaganda, Russia)

"I like American women. They do things sexually Russian girls never dream of doing - like showering."
- Yakov Smirnoff
(Related: Women, Dream, American, Girls)

"I have another Russian idea, too, with a place and a period, so I guess I have enough to keep me busy for quite some time, especially considering that I'm such a slow writer."
- Martin C. Smith
(Related: Time, Idea, Writer)

"The major material advantage, financial advantage from having a reserve currency is that between 200 and 300 billion dollar bills, that may be twenty, fifty, hundred dollar bills as well as ones, exist in the world - a lot of them in Russia as you all know I'm sure."
- Robert C. Solomon
(Related: Financial, May, Russia, World)

"For us in Russia communism is a dead dog. For many people in the West, it is still a living lion."
- Alexander Solzehnitsyn
(Related: People, Communism, Living, Russia)

"Today when we say the West we are already referring to the West and to Russia. We could use the word "modernity" if we exclude Africa, and the Islamic world, and partially China."
- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
(Related: Russia, Today, Word, World)

"I can say without affectation that I belong to the Russian convict world no less than I do to Russian literature. I got my education there, and it will last forever."
- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
(Related: Education, Affectation, Literature, Will, World)

"First would be the literary side, then the spiritual and philosophical. The political side is required principally because of the necessity of the current Russian position."
- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
(Related: First, Literary, Necessity, Spiritual)

"For us in Russia, communism is a dead dog, while, for many people in the West, it is still a living lion."
- Alexander Solzhenitsyn
(Related: People, Communism, Living, Russia)

"Only the Russian Cultural Officer was interested in my project."
- Wolfgang Staudte
(Related: Project)

"The Russians imitate French ways, but always at a distance of fifty years."
- Stendhal
(Related: Years)

"Russia will occupy most of the good food lands of central Europe while we have the industrial portions. We must find some way of persuading Russia to play ball."
- Henry L. Stimson
(Related: Food, Europe, Play, Russia, Will)

"The bomb and the entrance of the Russians into the war will certainly have an effect on hastening the victory."
- Henry L. Stimson
(Related: War, Victory, Effect, Will)

"The Japanese campaign involves therefore two great uncertainties; first, whether Russia will come in though we think that will be all right; and second, when and how S-1 will resolve itself."
- Henry L. Stimson
(Related: First, Right, Russia, Will)

"There has been growing quite a strain of irritating feeling between our government and the Russians and it seems to me that it is a time for me to use all the restraint I can on these other people who have been apparently getting a little more irritated."
- Henry L. Stimson
(Related: Government, Time, People, Feeling, Restraint)

"I told him that my own opinion was that the time now and the method now to deal with Russia was to keep our mouths shut and let our actions speak for words."
- Henry L. Stimson
(Related: Time, Actions, Now, Opinion, Russia, Words)

"There must be a punitive expedition against the Jews in Russia, a punitive expedition which will expect: death sentence and execution. Then the world will see the end of the Jews is also the end of Bolshevism."
- Julius Streicher
(Related: Death, End, Execution, Russia, Will, World)

"The United States can tell you all about what's wrong with the British, to say nothing of the Russians."
- Arthur Hays Sulzberger
(Related: Nothing, states, United, Wrong)

"I'm not panicking, and I'm not scared, I've been through the Gulf War, the Asia crisis, and the Russian crisis."
- Al Waleed bin Talal
(Related: War, Crisis)

"Had we not pursued the hydrogen bomb, there is a very real threat that we would now all be speaking Russian. I have no regrets."
- Edward Teller
(Related: Now)

"The first song is called "London." It's about two Russian soldiers who desert the Russian army and escape to London, where they indulge in a life of crime."
- Neil Tennant
(Related: Life, Army, Crime, First, London, Soldiers, Song)

"Russia is still the leader in world space exploration. But its position of leader involves great responsibility - we have no right to lag behind. We can and we must move constantly forward."
- Valentina Tereshkova
(Related: Leader, Exploration, Responsibility, Right, Russia, Space, World)

"If women can be railroad workers in Russia, why can't they fly in space?"
- Valentina Tereshkova
(Related: Women, Russia, Space, Workers)

"The difference between our decadence and the Russians' is that while theirs is brutal, ours is apathetic."
- James Thurber
(Related: Difference)

"The food was interesting. My background is Russian, so cheese and potatoes are my love. There was plenty of that. And fried cheese! It is really, really, really good. And really, really, really bad for you. It's like an artery on a plate."
- Michelle Trachtenberg
(Related: Food, Love)

"Let a man find himself, in distinction from others, on top of two wheels with a chain - at least in a poor country like Russia - and his vanity begins to swell out like his tires. In America it takes an automobile to produce this effect."
- Leon Trotsky
(Related: America, Country, Effect, Man, Poor, Russia, Vanity)

"From being a patriotic myth, the Russian people have become an awful reality."
- Leon Trotsky
(Related: People, Being, Myth, Reality)

"In days of doubt, in days of dreary musings on my country's fate, you alone are my comfort and support, oh great, powerful, righteous, and free Russian language!"
- Ivan Turgenev
(Related: Comfort, Country, Doubt, Fate, Support)

"The thought that we're in competition with Russians or with Chinese is all a mistake, and trivial. We are one species, with a world to win."
- George Wald
(Related: Thought, Mistake, Competition, World)

"The dangerous American fascist is the man who wants to do in the United States in an American way what Hitler did in Germany in a Prussian way."
- Henry A. Wallace
(Related: American, Germany, states, United)

"The U.S. along with China, Japan, South Korea and Russia has an important role to play in containing North Korea's nuclear ambitions and exerting all the influence we can possibly exert."
- Zach Wamp
(Related: Influence, Play, Russia)

"The New Deal is plainly an attempt to achieve a working socialism and avert a social collapse in America; it is extraordinarily parallel to the successive 'policies' and 'Plans' of the Russian experiment. Americans shirk the word 'socialism', but what else can one call it?"
- H. G. Wells
(Related: America, Americans, Socialism, Word)

"The Russians love Brooke Shields because her eyebrows remind them of Leonid Brezhnev."
- Robin Williams
(Related: Love)

"In the same proportion Russia is the misfortune of Europe and the Israelites."
- Isaac Mayer Wise
(Related: Europe, Misfortune, Russia)

"Russia contains one fourth of the inhabitants of all Europe, and one half of the entire number of Israelites."
- Isaac Mayer Wise
(Related: Europe, Russia)

"One of the last courses I taught was on the Russian short story, which I love."
- Tobias Wolff
(Related: Love)

"I have never allowed anti-Russian rhetoric in Ukrainian policy toward such a strategic partner like Russia. This is the first point. I never went against the interests of the Ukrainian state and the Ukrainian people."
- Viktor Yanukovych
(Related: People, Policy, First, Rhetoric, Russia, State)

"You have no right to criticise Russia over Chechnya."
- Boris Yeltsin
(Related: Right, Russia)

"There were no strategic mistakes that could affect Russia's history and it further development. No, there were no such mistakes. Tactical errors were made in some less significant options, problems and so on. But, on the whole, Russia embarked on a correct path and it changed."
- Boris Yeltsin
(Related: History, Development, Errors, Mistakes, Options, Problems, Russia)

"We, Russia, are prepared to work with others. I am convinced that stability and security in Europe cannot be considered without taking Russia into account."
- Boris Yeltsin
(Related: Work, Europe, Russia, Security, Stability)

"Your commanders have ordered you to storm the White House and to arrest me. But I as the elected President of Russia give you the order to turn your tanks and not to fight against your own people."
- Boris Yeltsin
(Related: People, Commanders, Fight, Order, President, Russia)

"International terrorism is throwing down a challenge, and not just to Russia."
- Boris Yeltsin
(Related: Challenge, Russia, Terrorism)

"Russia also declared its independence. This was approved by the Supreme Soviet, and you know and remember that there was the Declaration on the Independence of Russia."
- Boris Yeltsin
(Related: Independence, Russia)

"The Russians are turning east to the Chinese - to the Europeans' surprise. It always seemed to me that the relationship between Russia and China would shift from being based in Marx and Lenin to being based in oil and gas."
- Daniel Yergin
(Related: Being, Oil, Russia)

"In my blood there is no Jewish blood. In their callous rage, all anti-Semites must hate me now as a Jew. For that reason I am a true Russian."
- Yevgeny Yevtushenko
(Related: Blood, Hate, Now, Reason)

"In Russia all tyrants believe poets to be their worst enemies."
- Yevgeny Yevtushenko
(Related: Enemies, Poets, Russia)

"If Russia rises, it means that the USA falls down."
- Vladimir Zhirinovsky
(Related: Russia)

"The true reason of Ms. Rice's attack against Russia is very simple. Condoleezza Rice is a very cruel, offended woman who lacks men's attention."
- Vladimir Zhirinovsky
(Related: Men, Attention, Reason, Russia, Woman)

"Europe has united, China is growing speedily and Russia possesses immense power in terms of fuel resources. The US administration cannot do anything about it."
- Vladimir Zhirinovsky
(Related: Power, Europe, Russia, United)

"Russia is an Eastern Orthodox country."
- Vladimir Zhirinovsky
(Related: Country, Russia)

"For an event that was wholly created in the poisonous psychological warfare kitchens of the Second World War, run by the ministries of propaganda in many countries, not just by the British or the Americans, but also the Russians and undoubtedly the world Jewish organizations."
- Ernst Zundel
(Related: War, Americans, Countries, Propaganda, World, World war)