Immortal Utterances Gorbachev

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“With every step forward we are more and more convinced that we have taken the right track and are doing things properly.”

Perestroika

“Mankind today faces unprecedented problems and the future will hang in the balance if joint solutions are not found. All countries are now more interdependent than ever before.”
Perestroika

“We have abandoned the claim to have a monopoly on the truth; we no longer think that we are always right, that those who disagree with us are our enemies. We have now decided, firmly and irrevocably, to base our policy on the principles of freedom of choice, and to develop our culture through dialogue and acceptance of all that is applicable in our conditions.”
Speech on Dec. 1st, 1989 in Rome

“We need spiritual values, we need a revolution of the mind. This is the only way toward a new culture and new politics that can meet the challenge of our time.”
Meeting on Dec. 1st, 1989 with Pope John Paul II at the Vatican

“Now we not only proceed from the assumption that no one should interfere in matters of the individual’s conscience; we also say that the moral values that religion generated and embodied for centuries can help in the work of renewal in our country.”
Meeting on Dec. 1st, 1989 with Pope John Paul II at the Vatican

“People of many faiths, including Christians, Muslims, Jews, Buddhists and others, live in the Soviet Union. All of them have a right to satisfy their spiritual needs – this is the only way toward a new culture and new politics that can meet the challenge of our time.”
Meeting on Dec. 1st, 1989 with Pope John Paul II at the Vatican

“God is on your side at the United Nations.”
Speech on Dec. 7th, 1988 at the United Nations Headquarters, New York

“Europeans can meet the challenge of the coming century only by pooling their efforts. We are convinced that what they need is one Europe, peaceful and democratic – a Europe that maintains all its diversity and common humanistic ideas, a prosperous Europe that extends its hand to the rest of the world, a Europe that confidently advances into the future.”
Speech on Jul. 6th, 1989 in Strasbourg, France

“We need a new system of values, a system of the organic unity between humankind and nature and the ethic of global responsibility. We are all passengers aboard one ship, the Earth, and we must not allow it to be wrecked.”
Perestroika

“People, human beings, with all their creative diversity, are the makers of history. So the initial task of restructuring is to wake up those people who have fallen asleep and make them truly active and concerned, to ensure that everyone feels as if he is the master of the country, of his enterprise, office or institute.”
Perestroika

“So if you see this lofty goal, a shining temple on a green hill, then the heaviest of stones are light, the most exhausting work a pleasure.”
Perestroika

“Any job one takes on must be grasped and felt with one’s soul, mind and heart; only then will one work an extra bit harder.”
Perestroika

“Today our main joy is to lift the individual spiritually, respecting his inner world and giving him moral strength.”
Perestroika

“An individual must know and feel that his contribution is needed, that his dignity is not being infringed upon, that he is being treated with trust and respect. When an individual sees all this, he is capable of accomplishing much.”
Perestroika

“Renewal of society also means striving to assert the dignity of man, his elevation and his honour.”
Perestroika

“Never flinch; search and try things out. The people have so much wisdom and so keen a sense of responsibility that you can and must act boldly and confidently.”
Perestroika

“Suppose we make mistakes. So what? It is better to rectify them than sit and wait.”
Perestroika

“Would it not be more correct to step over the things that divide us for the sake of the interests of all mankind, for the sake of life on Earth?”
Perestroika

“The nations of the world resemble today a pack of mountaineers tied together by a climbing rope. They can either climb on together to the mountain peak or fall together into an abyss.”
Perestroika

“History cannot wait; people cannot afford to waste time. It may also be too late tomorrow, and the day after tomorrow may never come.”
Perestroika

“We, all mankind, are in the same boat, and we can sink or swim only together.”
Perestroika