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Eastern Europe Quotes


"Vienna is the gate to Eastern Europe." - Niki Lauda

"There is no Soviet domination of Eastern Europe." - Gerald Ford

"There is no Soviet domination of Eastern Europe." - Gerald R Ford

"Kosovo today is closer to Europe than other countries in the region of South Eastern Europe." - Ibrahim Rugova

"A specter is haunting Eastern Europe: the specter of what in the West is called 'dissent." - Vaclav Havel

"EU didn't advance our [Eastern Europe] democracy by a single millimeter." - Vaclav Klaus

"Building up the arms did not cause the fall of Eastern Europe." - Michael Moore

"I was born in Eastern Europe, in Latvia, and I'm fluent in Russian." - Ksenia Solo

"The Soviet Union tried for 70 years to plant Marxism with bayonets in Eastern Europe. Today there are more Marxists on the Harvard faculty than there are in Eastern Europe." - George Will

"In light of 50 years of bondage of Eastern Europe, was probably a reasonable thing to do." - Condoleezza Rice

"were overshadowed by the photographs he took of Jews in prewar Eastern Europe and in Nazi Berlin. - Shepard, Richard" - Roman Vishniac

"There's a myth that Roosevelt gave Stalin Eastern Europe. I was with Roosevelt every day at Yalta." - W Averell Harriman

"We should never forget that Hollywood was built by Europeans, and the old Jewish boys from Eastern Europe." - Maximilian Schell

"You know, we live here in America and sometimes don't understand the realities of geography and demographics in Eastern Europe." - Martin Dempsey

"Some countries that are close to Europe that already hold Deutschemarks, clearly would automatically hold euros, those are countries in Eastern Europe mainly, a few countries in Africa." - Robert C Solomon

"Tobacco control is clearly a number one priority in Europe, not only aimed at men, particularly the male populations of Central and Eastern Europe, but increasingly targeted towards women, especially in Northern Europe." - Peter Boyle

"The western mind is linear, the eastern mind is circular." - Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

"Most likely, the system of mutual relations that has evolved in Eastern Europe and Asia corresponds to another level of governance." - Garry Kasparov

"[After returning from eastern Europe in the 1980s:] In my situation, everything goes and nothing matters; in their situation, nothing goes and everything matters." - Philip Roth

"I'm of course disillusioned with what has happened to World cinema. Now cinemas in both Eastern and Western Europe are filled with the same blockbusters from Hollywood." - Alexander Walker

"China is investing in factories in Eastern Europe, not because their labor costs are lower, but because they want to be closer to their markets." - Michael Bloomberg

"Romania can be a linchpin in delivering gas to its neighbors and even become an energy exporter for its neighbors across Central and Eastern Europe." - Joe Biden

"More than forty years of Communist rule in Central and Eastern Europe resulted in an unhappy and artificial division of Europe. It is this dark chapter of European history that we now have the opportunity to close." - Anders Fogh Rasmussen

"Europe has never existed. One must genuinely create Europe." - Jean Monnet

"It is not more Europe or less Europe that we need. We need a better Europe." - Jean-Claude Juncker

"I think that in this globalised world, the local is going to become more and more important - it is a paradox. You see it in Western Europe more and more. Eastern Europe is still coming out of the Soviet uniform cultural era, but this kind of separation and nationalism is very obvious now in Western Europe." - Robert Dessaix

"Should the German people lay down their arms, the Soviets... would occupy all eastern and south-eastern Europe, together with the greater part of the [German] Reich. All over this territory, which would be of an enormous extent, an iron curtain would at once descend." - Joseph Goebbels

"Should the German people lay down their arms, the Soviets... would occupy all eastern and south-eastern Europe together with the greater part of the Reich. Over all this territory, which with the Soviet Union included, would be of enormous extent, an iron curtain would at once descend." - Joseph Goebbels

"As we all learned from the sorry experience of state-sanctioned bureaucracies in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union, decentralization [in education] is crucial to both freedom and excellence." - Jerry Brown

"General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization: Come here to this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!" - Ronald Reagan

"If the German people lay down their arms the whole of Eastern and Southern Europe, together with the Reich, will come under Russian occupation. Behind an iron curtain mass butcheries of people would begin." - Joseph Goebbels

"There is no Soviet domination of Eastern Europe and there never will be under a Ford administration.... The United States does notconcede that those countries are under the domination of the Soviet Union." - Gerald R Ford

"A lot of heavyweights, with the exception of a few Eastern Europe fighters, they really look like being a heavyweight is just like, who can eat the most Pizza Hut and McDonalds." - Randy Johnson

"But before and after the Mongol upheaval, the Khazars sent many offshoots into the unsubdued Slavonic lands, helping ultimately to build up the great Jewish centers of eastern Europe." - Salo Wittmayer Baron

"Borat shows American stereotypes of Eastern Europe but it's an accurate depiction of what a certain type of American is. They think they can buy and sell these girls and then they get bought and sold." - Eli Roth

"If men had known how to permeate the soul with mathematics in the right way in the arithmetic lessons during these past years, we should not now have Bolshevism in Eastern Europe." - Rudolf Steiner

"Jewish nationalism means no more than recognition of the peoplehood of Israel, and of the propriety of that people's being a religio-cultural group in America, a nationality in Eastern Europe, and in Palestine an actualized nation." - Milton Steinberg

"Well the most likely emerging countries are Japan, Turkey, and Poland. So I would say Eastern Europe, the Middle East and a maritime war by Japan with the United States enjoying its own pleasures." - George Friedman

"The emergence of the market model in Eastern Europe, Africa, Latin America, and Asia is no accident. It is not the product of a corporate conspiracy. It is the consequence of hard lessons learned from cold experience." - Bob Rae

"There is no Soviet domination of Eastern Europe - and there never will be under a Ford administration... The United States does not concede that those countries are under the domination of the Soviet Union." - Gerald Ford

"We have a Conservative leader that believes in green taxes, that won't bring back grammar schools, that believes in continuing with total open-door migration from eastern Europe and refuses to give us a referendum on the EU." - Nigel Farage

"In light of 50 years of bondage of Eastern Europe, [invading the Soviet Union in 1948 to prevent it from acquiring nuclear weapons] was probably a reasonable thing to do." - Condoleezza Rice

"Because my name is Hungarian, everyone assumed I knew about Hungary. I didn't. They also assumed that if you knew about Hungary, you also knew about the rest of Eastern Europe." - Tibor Fischer

"Contrary to Eastern Europe, where the border was more porous and you could exchange information more easily, Cuba is an island. Thus, it is more isolated, and it's easier for the government to have great control over its citizens." - Luis Fortuno

"Roosevelt was determined to stop Stalin from taking over Eastern Europe. He thought they finally had an agreement on Poland. Before Roosevelt died, he realized that Stalin had broken his agreement." - W Averell Harriman

"Romania, which had the worst dictator in Eastern Europe, Ceausescu, he was a darling of the West. The United States and Britain loved him. He was supported until the last minute." - Noam Chomsky

"There is no desire from the new British players. They say their coach doesn't travel with them so it's hard, but I played hundreds of players from Eastern Europe and Russia who had no facilities at all." - Tim Henman

"There's no question that Stalin broke the agreements made at Yalta completely about elections that were supposed to be held immediately in Poland, and Eastern Europe was plunged into slavery as a consequence." - Mark Shields

"Socialism is undoubtedly in the throes of a crisis greater than at any time since 1917. The last half of 1989 saw the dramatic collapse of most of the communist party governments of Eastern Europe." - Joe Slovo

"From its earliest days in the nineteenth century, and until the Holocaust, the Orthodox rabbinate in eastern Europe was not enthusiastic about the Zionist movement, which at the time was led by irreligious Jews." - Elliott Abrams

"I'm very drawn to Eastern Europe, so I like a Hungarian writer who wrote in French called Emil Cioran; he was always good for giving me such a stir." - Dylan Moran

"Gil and I crossed the eastern divide about two by the sun." - Walter Van Tilburg Clark

"I thought Europe was a country?" - Kellie Pickler

"Europe has memories, America has t-shirts." - Jean-Luc Godard

"Europe has resurrected its pagan gods." - Subhash Kak

"Paris is the cafe of Europe." - Ferdinando Galiani

"We go to Europe to be Americanized." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Without a tighter union, Europe will disintegrate" - Rem Koolhaas

"An iron curtain has descended over Europe." - Winston Churchill

"Europe is a collection of free countries." - Douglas Feith

"Happiness is a new idea in Europe." - Louis Antoine de Saint-Just

"You can't build Europe against anyone." - Jacques Santer

"All Europe, including Erasmus, has followed Luther." - Julien Benda

"Europe is merely powerful; India is beautiful." - Savitri Devi

"We in Europe have great capacities." - George Papandreou

"Does this boat go to Europe, France?" - Anita Loos

"I love going over to Europe." - David Boreanaz

"The poor are the blacks of Europe." - Nicolas Chamfort

"Morality in Europe today is herd-morality" - Friedrich Nietzsche

"Football has limited success in Europe." - Chad Hurley

"As I wrote Working toward Whiteness, I came to see one historic task on the New Deal - and one in which it succeeded - as the fostering of fuller U.S. citizenship among immigrants from southern and eastern Europe and their kids. But this very achievement separated poorer and often despised immigrant workers from Europe and workers of color in unprecedented ways." - David Roediger

"I don't want to predict calamity. But I am afraid of a new Russian occupation of parts of Eastern Europe. Also of a new Russian campaign to exert influence in Germany or other parts Europe, aimed at making continental politics less democratic. I am afraid of a US trade war and even a shooting war with China." - Anne Applebaum

"The largest source of greenhouse gases in the coming decades will not be the US, Western Europe and Japan, but the developing economies of East Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe. The coming eruption of carbon emissions from the poor world will dwarf any reductions in the North." - Ross Gelbspan

"As one looks back, one sees that the fall of the Berlin Wall opened the door to three developments - the Eurozone, which was crafted around German unification, the free movement of peoples within Europe, particularly people from the new democracies of Eastern Europe, and, more broadly, it opened the door to globalization." - Timothy Garton Ash

"Well, I think he's right to notice that there is a difference in attitudes and even in the broadest sense of world view between Eastern Europe and Western Europe. Which is old and which is new is an interesting question, and I almost think that maybe he's got it backwards." - Robert Kagan

"Overcoming the Cold War required courage from the people of Central and Eastern Europe and what was then the German Democratic Republic, but it also required the steadfastness of Western partner over many decades when many had long lost hope of integration of the two Germanys and Europe." - Angela Merkel

"Labour has converted to Europe because Europe has converted to socialism." - Roy Hattersley

"I want to destroy the EU, not Europe! I believe in a Europe of nation-states." - Marine Le Pen

"You look what's happening all over Europe - Europe is being absolutely swamped and destroyed." - Donald Trump

"Once the Eastern Bloc collapsed, what I call 'historical spontaneity' prevailed and the countries that were subject to Soviet control naturally gravitated to the West. That's where they sought their security; I don't think there was a way to avoid that. If we tried to exclude them, we would have today not one Europe, we would have three Europes: one in the West, one in the middle and one in the East, and the middle would be insecure and a tempting target. The insecurity felt [today] by Eastern Europe would be replicated on a much larger and more consequential scale." - Zbigniew Brzezinski

"Each morning I gaze at the eastern horizon, and if the sun keeps its promise, I keep mine." - Robert Breault

"Christianity... is an Eastern religion." - Tom Robbins

"The largest weight is now on Germany's shoulders. Chancellor Merkel must continue to convince people of the EU's importance; she must spearhead the effort to redefine the EU. In order to do this, Germany must become a muscular democracy. It needs to shoulder far more responsibility for the physical security of Europe, especially Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean. So far, unfortunately, Germany has taken the lead in disrespecting Europe's borders by opening its doors to more than a million refugees and migrants." - Anthony Glees

"History has often showed us the strength of the forces that are unleashed by the yearning for freedom. It moved people to overcome their fears and openly confront dictators such as in East Germany and Eastern Europe about 22 years ago. [...] The yearning for freedom cannot be contained by walls for long. It was this yearning that brought down the Iron Curtain that divided Germany and Europe, and indeed the world, into two blocs." - Angela Merkel

"Pharisaism became Talmudism...But the spirit of the Ancient Pharisee survives unaltered. When the Jew...studies the Talmud, he is actually repeating the arguments used in the Palestinian academies. From Palestine to Babylonia; from Babylonia to North Africa, Italy, Spain, France and Germany; from these to Poland, Russia and eastern Europe generally, ancient Pharisaism has wandered..." - Louis Finkelstein

"Vladimir Putin and Russia. 'When a bear wakes up from hibernation, he doesn't eat a few blueberries and then go back to sleep.' They have their eyes on Eastern Europe, and if NATO is not willing to stand up forcefully to this threat today, it will only become more difficult to do so down the road." - Seth Moulton

"We will stop Iran from becoming a nuclear power. We will stop that nuclear arms race that could happen in the Middle East. We will also make that Putin knows we have brigades in eastern Europe to make sure we deter his aggression. Peace through strength works." - Bobby Jindal

"For the Russians, frankly, it's time that we punched the Russians in the nose. They've gotten away with too much in this world and we need to stand up against them, not just there, but also in Eastern Europe where they threaten some of our most precious allies." - John Kasich

"This administration, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton through their foreign policy, have betrayed the American people, because the weakness they've displayed has led to Putin's incursions in the Middle East and in eastern Europe, and has led - has led to significant problems in the Middle East as well, and the death and murder of lots of folks." - Chris Christie

"Back in the days of the Soviet Union, the countries of Eastern Europe, being under the control of the USSR, would call their states "people's republics." The sham that is currently going on in the states of the former Soviet Union is due to the fact that the politicians in power are eager to polish up their image abroad." - Garry Kasparov

"I have been criticized for pointing out that anarchism is likely to flourish more easily, at least in the western world, and to a certain extent in eastern Europe, in those areas where there is either grim need or considerable technological development." - Murray Bookchin

"In fact, what were called the socialist countries in Eastern Europe were the most anti-socialist systems in the world. Workers had more rights in the United States and England than they had in Russia, and it was somehow still called socialism." - Noam Chomsky

"Most of intellectuals are false prophets, flatterers of the court. The real prophets are the exception and treated badly. How badly they're treated depends on the society. Like in Eastern Europe, they were treated very badly. In Latin America, they were slaughtered." - Noam Chomsky

"Luckily I was not born in Eastern Europe, because I might have been born into the communist establishment and I'm glad I was not. But in Israel, communists were dissidents. So you grow up in an environment which is very critical of Israeli policies." - Amira Hass

"In conversations and visits with friends from Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe I am often struck by the gaps in our Western theological approaches. The most common texts used in evangelical schools have been written in the US, UK, and Australia. However, they miss some fundamental contextual issues." - Ed McBain

"Many young Danish theologians went to Wittenberg starting in 1517, listened to Luther's theses and, in 1536, brought the Reformation to our country. This is why the Danes, unlike the people of many countries in Eastern and Central Europe, became Lutherans and not Calvinists." - Margrethe Ii Of Denmark

"In the '30s and '40s, the search for Hungarian national identity led famously to an alliance with Hitler and the destruction of more than a half million of the nation's Jews. And here we are now, more than 70 years later, witnessing a resurgence of xenophobia and authoritarianism, and not just in Eastern Europe." - Susan Faludi

"The route for the refugees currently goes through Greece and the Balkans or through Italy; if there were a crisis in north-eastern Europe, Poland might just as well be affected. In this case we are dealing with mechanisms that we do not control. We need to change that." - Paolo Gentiloni

"Italy spills over to everything. Italy is a huge banking system. It has been the major banking system in Eastern Europe. It's worked with Austria's banking system. There's all sorts of interplays there. So it's not the PIIGS one should worry about. Germany hasn't even begun falling yet. And when Germany falls, and it will, that's when the panic begins to set in." - George Friedman

"I was interested in the ways that artists responded to totalitarianism - the Czech Jazz Section, Romanian absurdist theatre, Brecht's alienation effect. The anything-goes, anarchic qualities of jazz and Surrealism seemed to offer a way to cross some of the forbidden frontiers of Eastern Europe." - Nicholas Royle

"The court has overseen the slow but steady consolidation of the rule of law and democracy in Central and Eastern Europe. Much remains to be done, but the court can be proud of what it has achieved over the past 10 years." - Nicolas Bratza

"I have not the slightest doubt that the economic measures and the Socialist measures which one will find in the countries of Eastern Europe, will become increasingly powerful against the unco-ordinated, planless society in which the West is living at present." - James Callaghan

"I've worked behind counters serving food, and I've lived on the circus train, and I've led bicycle tours in Eastern Europe and the Balkans and Russia. I've been a key liner for a newspaper, I've done typesetting. Oh, all sorts of things." - Bonnie Jo Campbell

"I think it does work. The fact that the law is there and injustices can be rectified, I think has a lot to do with the fact that the people in this country aren't as frustrated as they are in some of these places in Eastern Europe and don't resort to violent revolution." - Harold H Greene

"I've always held the view that great states need strategic space. I mean, George Washington took his space from George III. Britain took it from just about everybody. Russia took all of Eastern Europe. Germany's taken it from everywhere they can, and China will want its space too." - Paul Keating

"In spite of the frightful pogroms which took place, first in Poland and then in unprecedented fashion in the Ukraine, and which cost the lives of thousands of Jews, the Jewish people considered the post-war period as a messianic era. Israel, during those years, 1919-1920, rejoiced in Eastern and Southern Europe, in Northern and Southern Africa, and above all in America." - Denis Fahey

"The trouble with the Labour Party leadership and the trade union leadership, they're quite willing to applaud millions on the streets of the Philippines or in Eastern Europe, without understanding the need to also produce millions of people on the streets of Britain." - Arthur Scargill

"The fall of the Berlin Wall is very much a sequel, a continuation of the story about Eastern Europe emerging from war and Communism. The notion of presenting history as a story also appealed to me very much, since that is the way I look at the events I cover as a reporter." - Serge Schmemann

"To be the child of immigrants from Eastern Europe is in itself a special kind of experience; and an important one to an author. He has heard two languages through childhood, the one spoken with ease at home, and the other spoken with ease in the streets and at school, but spoken poorly at home." - Delmore Schwartz

"I was born too late to have any temptation with communism, or at least Soviet-type communism. Travelling in Eastern Europe and the ex-Soviet Union, you clearly don't want to defend a system that would have empty shops and a totalitarian regime and internal passports." - Thomas Piketty

"I have visited some places where the differences between black and white are not as profound as they used to be, but I think there is a new form of racism growing in Europe and that is focused on people who are Middle Eastern. I see it." - Montel Williams

"We can be proud of our record as an international beacon of liberty. From fostering democracies in Eastern Europe to the stabilization of Iraq and Afghanistan, we have been true to that calling and helped spread freedom to oppressed peoples everywhere." - Kay Bailey Hutchison

"Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher did more to liberate people by defeating the Soviet Union and freeing eastern Europe than the Obamas, the Clintons, and Kerrys of this world ever have. They were all on the wrong side of that debate." - Rush Limbaugh

"I'd been keeping tour diaries, and especially when I go somewhere where I felt the experience might be interesting, like Eastern Europe or South America or whatever, where the whole perception of what I was doing there and stuff that I was seeing and music I was hearing, I could put all that into a diary." - David Byrne

"In a summer marked by instability in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, I know the world also took notice of the small American city of Ferguson, Missouri - where a young man was killed, and a community was divided. So yes, we have our own racial and ethnic tensions." - Barack Obama

"Every argument that Margaret Thatcher ever made internationally didn't have a great deal to do with her contempt for Communism - she never really got into that. What she talked about was giving freedom to tens of millions of people in Central and Eastern Europe. She was an inspirational leader when it came to discussing her belief in freedom. More visceral and moral." - Brian Mulroney

"When Paris has a cold, all Europe sneezes." - Klemens von Metternich

"In Southern Europe, we have, of course, very bad governments." - Gore Vidal

"I am not confident that Europe can make it." - Ana Patricia Botin

"Europe extends to the Alleghenies; America lies beyond." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"I'm amazed to find those countries are in Europe." - Tony Pulis

"Be advised that there is no parking in Europe." - Dave Barry

"Europe will get a stable and prosperous Turkey." - Olli Rehn

"Spain: A whale stranded upon the coast of Europe." - Edmund Burke

"The EU project is to create a country called Europe." - John Redwood

"Europe was founded as a community bound together by solidarity." - Martin Schulz

"Europe is endearingly old fashioned in its secularism." - Sally Quinn

"Europe is the most complicated place, in my opinion." - Jamie Dimon

"The U.S. is different from Europe and other industrial countries." - Noam Chomsky

"A spectre is haunting Europe; the spectre of Communism." - Karl Marx

"Of which all Europe rings from side to side." - John Milton

"Europe has resurrected its pagan gods. ** Recursionism and Reality." - Subhash Kak

"The day was gray, the color of Europe." - Markus Zusak

"I grew up in Europe, where the history comes from." - Eddie Izzard

"The key point to bear in mind is that Russia cannot be in Europe without Ukraine also being in Europe, whereas Ukraine can be in Europe without Russia being in Europe." - Zbigniew Brzezinski

"Greece's position in Europe will not be put in doubt." - Antonis Samaras

"I lived in Europe until I was 9, really." - Gloria Vanderbilt

"In Europe people don't worry about the body." - Paz Vega

"I think China represents huge opportunities for Europe." - Luca Cordero Di Montezemo

"There is an enormous difference between Russia and Western Europe." - Herman Gorter

"Every country in Europe needs immigrants for its economic survival." - Tariq Ramadan

"Europe was created by history. America was created by philosophy." - Margaret Thatcher

"We stayed in some pretty shabby places in Europe." - Phil Collins

"In Europe, I always have fun bike riding in Amsterdam." - Ezra Koenig

"Europe is trying to get its fiscal house in order." - Jacob Lew

"I could sooner reconcile all Europe than two women." - Louis Xiv

"Greater inequality in Europe has made people less happy." - Derek Bok

"In Europe, the big word is tolerance. You tolerate everything." - Pat Robertson

"The West wanted to avoid an Islamic state in Europe." - Franjo Tudjman

"Today, Germany is on the borders of Europe everywhere." - Heinrich Himmler



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