A society should never become like a pond with stagnant water, without movement. That's the most important thing.
If not me, who? And if not now, when?
Sometimes it's difficult to accept, to recognise one's own mistakes, but one must do it. I was guilty of overconfidence and arrogance, and I was punished for that.
If people don't like Marxism, they should blame the British Museum.
I paid too heavy a price for perestroika.
The world will not accept dictatorship or domination.
It would be naive to think that the problems plaguing mankind today can be solved with means and methods which were applied or seemed to work in the past.
If what you have done yesterday still looks big to you, you haven't done much today.
It seems that the most important thing about Reagan was his anti-Communism and his reputation as a hawk who saw the Soviet Union as an 'evil empire.'
More socialism means more democracy, openness and collectivism in everyday life.
We could only solve our problems by cooperating with other countries. It would have been paradoxical not to cooperate. And therefore we needed to put an end to the Iron Curtain, to change the nature of international relations, to rid them of ideological confrontation, and particularly to end the arms race.
It is better to discuss things, to argue and engage in polemics than make perfidious plans of mutual destruction.
Without perestroika, the cold war simply would not have ended. But the world could not continue developing as it had, with the stark menace of nuclear war ever present.
I am a Communist, a convinced Communist! For some that may be a fantasy. But to me it is my main goal.
The soviet people want full-blooded and unconditional democracy.
Starting reforms in the Soviet Union was only possible from above, only from above. Any attempt to go from below was suppressed, suppressed in a most resolute way.
I think the environmental problem will be the number one item on the agenda of the 21st century... This is a problem that cannot be postponed.
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.
Democracy is the wholesome and pure air without which a socialist public organization cannot live a full-blooded life.
What we need is Star Peace and not Star Wars.