Russia Quotes

 About Russia- The trees in Siberia are miles apart, that is why the dogs are so fast.  
Author: Bob Hope
Nationality: American
b. December 1903  - d.  December 2003
  
 An intelligent Russian once remarked to us, 'Every country has its own constitution; ours is absolutism moderated by assassination'. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: American   
 Beware, for the time may be short. A shadow has fallen across the scenes so lately lighted by the Allied victory. Nobody knows what Soviet Russia and its Communist international organisation intend to do in the immediate future. From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic an Iron Curtain has descended across the Continent. 
Author: Sir Winston Churchill
Nationality: British
b. 30 November 1874  - d. 14 January 1965
  
 But I also made it clear to Vladimir Putin that it's important to think beyond the old days of when we had the concept that if we blew each other up, the world would be safe. 
Author: George W. Bush
Nationality: American
b. 6 July 1946
  
 How can I, that girl standing there, My attention fix On Roman or on Russian Or on Spanish politics? 
Author: W. B. Yeats
Nationality: Irish
b. 13 June 1865  - d. 28 January 1939
  
 I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. 
Author: Sir Winston Churchill
Nationality: British
b. 30 November 1874  - d. 14 January 1965
  
 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. 
Author: Yakov Smirnoff
Nationality: American
b. 24 January 1951
  
 Intellectuals can tell themselves anything, sell themselves any bill of goods, which is why they were so often patsies for the ruling classes in nineteenth-century France and England, or twentieth-century Russia and America. 
Author: Lillian Hellman
Nationality: American
b. 20 June 1905  - d. 30 June 1984
  
 Many of the world's troubles are not due just to Russia or communism. They would be with us in any event because we live in an era of revolution-the revolution of rising expectations. 
Author: Adlai Stevenson II
Nationality: American
b. 5 February 1900  - d. 14 July 1965
  
 My fellow Americans, I've signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes. 
Author: Ronald Reagan
Nationality: American
b. 6 February 1911  - d. 5 June 2004
  
 Russian Communism is the illegitimate child of Karl Marx and Catherine the Great. 
Author: Clement Richard Attlee
Nationality: British
b. 3 January 1883  - d. 8 October 1967
  
 So far, neither Russia nor any other country has information about Iraq's ties with al-Qaeda. Statements made so far are not backed by concrete documents and concrete facts. 
Author: Igor Ivanov
Nationality: Russian   
 The policy of Russia is changeless. Its methods, its tactics, its maneuvers may change, but the polar star of its policy - world domination - is a fixed star. 
Author: Karl Marx
Nationality: German
b. 5 May 1818  - d. 14 March 1883
  
 The Russians love Brooke Shields because her eyebrows remind them of Leonid Brezhnev. 
Author: Robin Williams
Nationality: American
b. 21 July 1951
  
 This is a world that is much more uncertain than the past. In the past we were certain, we were certain it was us versus the Russians in the past. We were certain, and therefore we had huge nuclear arsenals aimed at each other to keep the peace. That's what we were certain of. ... You see, even though it's an uncertain world, we're certain of some things. We're certain that even though the 'evil empire' may have passed, evil still remains. We're certain there are people that can't stand what America stands for. ... We're certain there are madmen in this world, and there's terror, and there's missiles and I'm certain of this, too: I'm certain to maintain the peace, we better have a military of high morale, and I'm certain that under this administration, morale in the military is dangerously low. 
Author: George W. Bush
Nationality: American
b. 6 July 1946
  
 When the Tzar has a cold all Russia coughs. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: American   
 When you take an English girl to bed she gets up afterwards and says: 'Feel better now, luv? The Russian girl says:- 'You have possessed my body but never my soul'. The American girls says:- 'Hey honey, that was great. What was your name again? And the Australian girl says:- 'Aw, now you'll think I'm awful'. 
Author: Sue Rhodes
Nationality: American   
 Russia, Russia-unwashed, backward, appealing Russia, so ashamed of your own backwardness, so orientally determined to conceal it from us by clever deceit.  
Author: George Frost Kennan
Nationality: American
b. 16 February 1904  - d. 17 March 2005
  
 The best thing we can do if we want the Russians to let us be Americans is to let the Russians be Russian. 
Author: George Frost Kennan
Nationality: American
b. 16 February 1904  - d. 17 March 2005
  
 Between Russia and the United States sentiments of good will continue to be mutually cherished. 
Author: Martin van Buren
Nationality: American
b. 5 December 1782  - d. 24 July 1862
  
 Stalin's henchman Molotov, 96, died old and in bed, a privilege he helped to deny to millions. 
Author: George Will
Nationality: American
b. 04 May 1941
  
 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. 
Author: Yakov Smirnoff
Nationality: American
b. 24 January 1951
  
 In America you can always find a party. In Russia the party always finds you. 
Author: Yakov Smirnoff
Nationality: American
b. 24 January 1951
  
 In Russia, if a male athelete loses he becomes a female athelete. 
Author: Yakov Smirnoff
Nationality: American
b. 24 January 1951
  
 Reading employment announcements of "Part-Time Woman: Wanted": "What a country! Even transvestites can get work. 
Author: Yakov Smirnoff
Nationality: American
b. 24 January 1951
  
 Russian visitors as well as Germans came to Egypt to invite us to the Frankfurt International Book Fair. 
Author: Naguib Mahfouz
Nationality: Egyptian
b. 11 December 1911  - d. 30 August 2006
  
 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. 
Author: Pete Seeger
Nationality: American
b. December 1919
  
 The Russians imitate French ways, but always at a distance of fifty years. 
Author: Marie Stendhal
Nationality: French
b. 23 January 1783  - d. 23 March 1842
  
 As the former dissident Vladimir Bukovsky one remarked - referring to the Russian proverb to the effect that you cannot make an omlette without breaking eggs - he had seen plenty of broken eggs, but had never tasted any omlette. 
Author: Margaret Hilda Thatcher
Nationality: British
b. 13 October 1925
  
 When we hear - as we sometimes do - that Russia's economic output is about half the level of a decade ago or that real incomes have fallen sharply, it is worth recalling that economic statistics under the Soviet Union were hardly more reliable than any other official statements. Moreover, a country that produces what no one wants to buy, and whose workers receive wages that they cannot use to buy goods they want, is hardly in the best of economic health. 
Author: Margaret Hilda Thatcher
Nationality: British
b. 13 October 1925
  
 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. 
Author: Yevgeny Yevtushenko
Nationality: Russian
b. 18 July 1933
  
 In Russia all tyrants believe poets to be their worst enemies. 
Author: Yevgeny Yevtushenko
Nationality: Russian
b. 18 July 1933
  
 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. 
Author: Francis Ford Coppola
Nationality: American
b. 7 April 1939
  
 The principle of evil in Europe is the enervating spirit of Russian absolutism. 
Author: Lajos Kossuth
Nationality: Hungarian
b. 19 September 1802  - d. 20 March 1894
  
 The Tsarist police, in alliance with the landowners and the capitalists, organized pogroms against the Jews. The landowners and capitalists tried to divert the hatred of the workers and peasants who were tortured by want against the Jews. ... Only the most ignorant and downtrodden people can believe the lies and slander that are spread about the Jews. ... It is not the Jews who are the enemies of the working people. The enemies of the workers are the capitalists of all countries. Among the Jews there are working people, and they form the majority. They are our brothers, who, like us, are oppressed by capital; they are our comrades in the struggle for socialism. Among the Jews there are kulaks, exploiters and capitalists, just as there are among the Russians, and among people of all nations. Rich Jews, like rich Russians, and the rich in all countries, are in alliance to oppress, crush, rob and disunite the workers. Shame on accursed Tsarism which tortured and persecuted the Jews. Shame on those who foment hatred towards the Jews, who foment hatred towards other nations. 
Author: Vladimir Lenin
Nationality: Russian
b. 22 April 1870  - d. 21 January 1924
  
 The Sovereign is absolute; for there is no other Literatureity but that which centers in his single Person, that can act with a Vigour proportionate to the Extent of such a vast Dominion. The Extent of the Dominion requires an absolute Power to be vested in that Person who rules over it. It is expedient so to be, that the quick Dispatch of Affairs, sent from distant Parts, might make ample Amends for the Delay occasioned by the great Distance of the Places. Every other Form of Government whatsoever would not only have been prejudicial to Russia, but would even have proved its entire Ruin. 
Author: Catherine II of Russia
Nationality: Russian
b. 2 May 1729  - d. 17 November 1796
  
 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. 
Author: Leon Trotsky
Nationality: Russian
b. 7 November 1879  - d. 21 August 1940
  
 From being a patriotic myth, the Russian people have become an awful reality. 
Author: Leon Trotsky
Nationality: Russian
b. 7 November 1879  - d. 21 August 1940
  
 The Russians are bent on world dominance, and they are rapidly acquiring the means to become the most powerful imperial nation the world has seen. The men in the Soviet Politburo do not have to worry about the ebb and flow of public opinion. They put guns before butter, while we put just about everything before guns. 
Author: Margaret Hilda Thatcher
Nationality: British
b. 13 October 1925
  
 The secret of politics? Make a good treaty with Russia. 
Author: Prince Otto von Bismarck
Nationality: German
b. 1 April 1815  - d. 30 July 1898
  
 Your map of Africa is really quite nice. But my map of Africa lies in Europe. Here is Russia, and here... is France, and we're in the middle - that's my map of Africa. 
Author: Prince Otto von Bismarck
Nationality: German
b. 1 April 1815  - d. 30 July 1898
  
 Television is something the Russians invented to destroy American education. 
Author: Paul Erd?s
Nationality: Hungarian
b. 26 March 1913  - d. 30 September 1996
  
 We cannot use Russia's methods, as they only and at best prove that the economy of an agrarian nation can be leveled to the ground; Russia's thoughts are not our thoughts. They are, as it is in the spirit of the Russian city intelligentsia, unphilosophical, and highly dialectic; they are passionate logic based on unverified suppositions. They assume that a single good, the destruction of the capitalist class, weighs more than all other goods, and that poverty, dictatorship, terror and the fall of civilization must be accepted to secure this one good. 
Author: Walter Rathenau
Nationality: German
b. 29 September 1867  - d. 24 June 1922
  
 If ten million people must die to free ten million people from the bourgeoisie, then this is a harsh but necessary consequence. The Russian idea is compulsory happiness, in the same sense and with the same logic as the compulsory introduction of Christianity and the Inquisition. 
Author: Walter Rathenau
Nationality: German
b. 29 September 1867  - d. 24 June 1922
  
 The ambassador [of Russia] and the grandees who accompanied him were so gorgeous that all London crowded to stare at them, and so filthy that nobody dared to touch them. They came to the court balls dropping pearls and vermin. 
Author: Thomas Babington Macaulay
Nationality: English
b. 25 October 1800  - d. 28 December 1859
  
 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. 
Author: Bernhard von Bülow
Nationality: German
b. 3 May 1849  - d. 28 October 1929
  
 Yet, today, America's leaders are reenacting every folly that brought these great powers Russia, Germany, and Japan to ruin - from arrogance and hubris, to assertions of global hegemony, to imperial overstretch, to trumpeting new 'crusades,' to handing out war guarantees to regions and countries where Americans have never fought before. We are piling up the kind of commitments that produced the greatest disasters of the twentieth century. 
Author: Patrick J. Buchanan
Nationality: American
b. 2 November 1938
  
 One thing I fear, that you Americans will do the same thing that you did after the last war. I mean that you will pull out of here and leave Europe, then Russia will have her way. Private enterprise and individual rights will be lost just as much as under a Nazi government. Frightful! 
Author: Hjalmar Schacht
Nationality: German
b. 22 January 1877  - d. 3 June 1970
  
 They're our next-door neighbors and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska, from an island in Alaska. 
Author: Sarah Palin
Nationality: American
b. 11 February 1964
  
 Gray are the passing days. One by one the embers of hope have died out. Terror and despotism have crushed the life born in October. Dictatorship is trampling the masses under foot. The Revolution is dead; its spirit cries in the wilderness - I have decided to leave Russia. 
Author: Alexander Berkman
Nationality: American
b. 21 November 1870  - d. 28 June 1936
  
 I have Russian, German, Spanish, Italian, French and Ethiopian blood in my veins. 
Author: Peter Ustinov
Nationality: English
b. 16 April 1921  - d. 28 March 2004
  
 I have always been of the opinion that we have no right to impose our ideals upon other nations, no matter how strange it may seem to us that they enjoy the kind of life they lead, how slow they may be in utilizing the resources of their countries, or how much opposed their ideals may be to ours. Our intolerant attitude is most pronounced in regard to what we like to call "our free institutions." Modern democracy was no doubt the most wholesome and needed reaction against the abuses of absolutism and of a selfish, often corrupt, bureaucracy. That the wishes and thoughts of the people should find expression, and that the form of government should conform to these wishis is an axiom that has pervaded the whole Western world, and that is even taking root in the Far East. It is a quite different question, however, in how far the particular machinery of democratic government is identical with democratic institutions. To claim as we often do, that our solution is the only democratic and the ideal one is a one-sided expression of Americanism. I see no reason why we should not allow the Germans, Austrians, and Russians, or whoever else it may be, to solve their problems in their own ways, instead of demanding that they bestow upon themselves the benefactions of our régime. 
Author: Franz Boas
Nationality: American
b. 9 July 1858  - d. 21 December 1942
  
 My mother and father had been brought to this country from Russia when they were infants. Their fathers had found that the great promise of America was true - it was no crime to be a Jew. 
Author: Al Capp
Nationality: American
b. 28 September 1909  - d. 5 November 1979
  
 This war is not as in the past; whoever occupies a territory also imposes on it his own social system. Everyone imposes his own system as far as his army can reach. It cannot be otherwise. If now there is no a communist government in Paris, cause of this is Russia has no an army which can reach to Paris in 1945. 
Author: Joseph Stalin
Nationality: Russian
b. 21 December 1879  - d. 5 March 1953
  
 How can I explain the difference to me between America and Russia?... the America I've known is a place where men on horseback escort union marchers, the Russia I've known is a place where men on horseback slaughter young Socialists and Jews. 
Author: Golda Meir
Nationality: Israeli
b. 3 May 1898  - d. 8 December 1978
  
 From Russia I didn't bring out a single happy memory, only sad, tragic ones. The nightmare of pogroms, the brutality of Cossacks charging young Socialists, fear, shrieks of terror. 
Author: Golda Meir
Nationality: Israeli
b. 3 May 1898  - d. 8 December 1978
  
 We wondered why we ever thought there was, during the Cold War, any serious danger of Russia conquering the world when they couldn't even deliver the scenery for The Tempest. 
Author: John Mortimer
Nationality: British
b. 21 April 1923  - d. 16 January 2009
  
 The United States can tell you all about what's wrong with the British, to say nothing of the Russians. 
Author: Arthur Hays Sulzberger
Nationality: American
b. 12 September 1891  - d. 11 December 1968
  
 Punish France, ignore Germany, and forgive Russia. 
Author: Condoleezza Rice
Nationality: African-American
b. 14 November 1954
  
 I have told you, mister, that I would not discuss anything with the people who have murdered sixty million of my people, and I will not discuss Stalin with you." And "I will discuss Stalin when I may be among the Russian people some day, singing for them, I will discuss it there. It is their problem." Asked if he had praised Stalin during his previous trip to the Soviet Union, Robeson replied, "I do not know. 
Author: Paul Robeson
Nationality: African-American
b. 09 April 1898  - d. 23 January 1976
  
 Whatever has happened to Stalin, gentlemen, is a question for the Soviet Union, and I would not argue with a representative of the people who, in building America, wasted sixty to a hundred million lives of my people, black people drawn from Africa on the plantations. You are responsible, and your forebears, for sixty million to one hundred million black people dying in the slave ships and on the plantations, and don’t ask me about anybody, please. 
Author: Paul Robeson
Nationality: African-American
b. 09 April 1898  - d. 23 January 1976
  
 If the United States and the United Nations truly want peace and security let them fulfill the hopes of the common people everywhere – let them work together to accomplish on a worldwide scale, precisely the kind of democratic association of free people which characterizes the Soviet Union today. 
Author: Paul Robeson
Nationality: African-American
b. 09 April 1898  - d. 23 January 1976
  
 I am truly happy that I am able to travel from time to time to the USSR - the country I love above all. I always have been, I am now and will always be a loyal friend of the Soviet Union. 
Author: Paul Robeson
Nationality: African-American
b. 09 April 1898  - d. 23 January 1976
  
 From what I have already seen of the workings of the Soviet Government, I can only say that anybody who lifts his hand against it ought to be shot! It is the government's duty to put down any opposition to this really free society with a firm hand, and I hope they will always do it, for I already regard myself at home here. This is home to me. I feel more kinship to the Russian people under their new society than I ever felt anywhere else. It is obvious that there is no terror here, that all the masses of every race are contented and support their government. 
Author: Paul Robeson
Nationality: African-American
b. 09 April 1898  - d. 23 January 1976
  
 Yes, all Africa remembers that it was Litvinov who stood alone beside Haile Selassie in Geneva, when Mussolini's sons flew with the blessings of the Pope to drop bombs on Ethiopian women and children. Africa remembers that it was the Soviet Union which fought the attempts of the Smuts to annex Southwest Africa to the slave reservation of the Union of South Africa, if the peoples of the Congo refuse to mine the uranium for the atom bombs made in Jim Crow factories in the United States; if all these peoples demand an end to floggings, an end to the farce of 'trusteeship' in the former Italian colonies.The Soviet Union is the friend of the African and the West Indian peoples. 
Author: Paul Robeson
Nationality: African-American
b. 09 April 1898  - d. 23 January 1976
  
 And, gentlemen, they have not yet done so, and it is quite clear that no Americans, no people in the world probably, are going to war with the Soviet Union. 
Author: Paul Robeson
Nationality: African-American
b. 09 April 1898  - d. 23 January 1976
  
 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. 
Author: Paul Robeson
Nationality: African-American
b. 09 April 1898  - d. 23 January 1976
  
 I knew I wouldn't ever trade all this whirling about my head for Russia or heaven or anything on earth. 
Author: Henry Miller
Nationality: American
b. 26 December 1891  - d. 07 June 1980
  
 The first time I went to a restaurant, they asked me 'How many in your party?' and I said 'Six hundred million' 
Author: Yakov Smirnoff
Nationality: American
b. 24 January 1951
  
 In America, you catch a cold. In Russia, cold catches you. 
Author: Yakov Smirnoff
Nationality: American
b. 24 January 1951
  
 All we know is that, at times, fighting the Russians, we had to remove the piles of enemy bodies from our trenches, so as to get a clear field of fire against new waves of assault. 
Author: Paul von Hindenburg
Nationality: German
b. 02 October 1847  - d. 02 August 1934
  
 However, the fact that the tanks had now been raised to such a pitch of technical perfection that they could cross our undamaged trenches and obstacles did not fail to have a marked effect on our troops. 
Author: Paul von Hindenburg
Nationality: German
b. 02 October 1847  - d. 02 August 1934
  
 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. 
Author: Paul von Hindenburg
Nationality: German
b. 02 October 1847  - d. 02 August 1934
  
 If we see that Germany is winning we ought to help Russia and if Russia is winning we ought to help Germany, and that way let them kill as many as possible, although I don't want to see Hitler victorious under any circumstances. Neither of them thinks anything of their pledged word. 
Author: Harry S. Truman
Nationality: American
b. 8 May 1884  - d. 26 December 1972
  
 You will notice that France, Germany Russia, China are against this decision. It is clearly a decision that is motivated by George W. Bush's desire to please the arms and oil industries in the United States of America. If you look at those factors, you'll see that an individual like myself, a man who has lost power and influence, can never be a suitable mediator. Neither Bush nor Tony Blair has provided any evidence that such weapons exist. But what we know is that Israel has weapons of mass destruction. Nobody talks about that. Why should there be one standard for one country, especially because it is black, and another one for another country, Israel, that is white. ... Many people say quietly, but they don't have the courage to stand up and say publicly, that when there were white secretary generals you didn't find this question of the United States and Britain going out of the United Nations. But now that you've had black secretary generals like Boutros Boutros Ghali, like Kofi Annan, they do not respect the United Nations. They have contempt for it. This is not my view, but that is what is being said by many people. 
Author: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
Nationality: South African
b. 18 July 1918
  
 In Thompson's mind was this thought: Khrushchev's gotten himself in a hell of a fix. He would then think to himself, "My God, if I can get out of this with a deal that I can say to the Russian people: 'Kennedy was going to destroy Castro and I prevented it.'" Thompson, knowing Khrushchev as he did, thought Khrushchev will accept that. And Thompson was right. That's what I call empathy. We must try to put ourselves inside their skin and look at us through their eyes, just to understand the thoughts that lie behind their decisions and their actions.  
Author: Robert Strange McNamara
Nationality: American
b. 09 June 1916  - d. 06 July 2009
  
 In the first message, Khrushchev said this: "We and you ought not to pull on the ends of a rope which you have tied the knots of war. Because the more the two of us pull, the tighter the knot will be tied. And then it will be necessary to cut that knot, and what that would mean is not for me to explain to you. I have participated in two wars and know that war ends when it has rolled through cities and villages, everywhere sowing death and destruction. For such is the logic of war. If people do not display wisdom, they will clash like blind moles and then mutual annihilation will commence." 
Author: Robert Strange McNamara
Nationality: American
b. 09 June 1916  - d. 06 July 2009
  




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