Mikhail Gorbachev


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  • ''Democracy is the wholesome and pure air without which a socialist public organization cannot live a full-blooded life.''
    Mikhail Gorbachev (b. 1931), Soviet politician. speech, Feb. 25, 1986, to 27th Party Congress, Moscow.
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  • ''The market came with the dawn of civilization and it is not an invention of capitalism.... If it leads to improving the well-being of the people there is no contradiction with socialism.''
    Mikhail Gorbachev (b. 1931), Soviet political leader. Quoted in Guardian (London, June 21, 1990).
  • ''I am a Communist, a convinced Communist! For some that may be a fantasy. But to me it is my main goal.''
    Mikhail Gorbachev (b. 1931), Soviet political leader. speech, Dec. 1989, to second national Congress of People's Deputies, Moscow. quoted in New York Times (Dec. 26, 1989). A week before, however, Newsweek had quoted Gorbachev as confiding to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, "I don't even know if I'm a Communist any more." Both pronouncements are discussed in Gail Sheehy, Gorbachev, pt. 6, "Sakharov's Warning" (1991).
  • ''My life's work has been accomplished. I did all that I could.''
    Mikhail Gorbachev (b. 1931), Soviet political leader. Quoted in Observer (London, December 15, 1991). On being ousted as Soviet president.
  • ''I believe, as Lenin said, that this revolutionary chaos may yet crystallize into new forms of life.''
    Mikhail Gorbachev (b. 1931), Soviet political leader. Quoted in Times (London, May 18, 1990). To journalists, of the Soviet Union's regional difficulties.

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