Lech Wałęsa Quotes Page 2


Best 60 Quotes by Lech Wałęsa – Page 2 of 2

“My country is in the grips of a major economic crisis. This is causing dramatic consequences for the very existence of Polish families. A permanent economic crisis in Poland may also have serious repercussions for Europe. Thus, Poland ought to be helped and deserves help.”

“My most ardent desire is that my country will recapture its historic opportunity for a peaceful evolution and that Poland will prove to the world that even the most complex situations can be solved by a dialogue and not by force.”

“My youth passed at the time of the country's reconstruction from the ruins and ashes of the war in which my nation never bowed to the enemy paying the highest price in the struggle.”

“Now is the era of intellect, information and the Internet.”

“Obviously people want social calm, but if you do not let clever and ingenious people to participate, obviously there must be some dormant volcano that will erupt, sooner or later.”

“One could always do more, faster and cleverer, but democracy has its own rhythm.”

“Our firm conviction that ours is a just cause and that we must find a peaceful way to attain our goals gave us the strength and the awareness of the limits beyond which we must not go.”

“Our national history has so often filled us with bitterness and the feeling of helplessness.”

“Power is only important as an instrument for service to the powerless.”

“The defense of our rights and our dignity, as well as efforts never to let ourselves to be overcome by the feeling of hatred – this is the road we have chosen.”

“The fall of the Berlin Wall makes for nice pictures. But it all started in the shipyards.”

“The hope of the nation which throughout the nineteenth century had not for a moment reconciled itself with the loss of independence, and fighting for its own freedom, fought at the same time for the freedom of other nations.”

“The sole and basic source of our strength is the solidarity of workers, peasants and the intelligentsia, the solidarity of the nation, the solidarity of people who seek to live in dignity, truth, and in harmony with their conscience.”

“The United States is only one superpower. Today they lead the world. Nobody has doubts about it. Militarily. They also lead economically but they're getting weak. But they don't lead morally and politically anymore. The world has no leadership. The United States was always the last resort and hope for all other nations. There was the hope, whenever something was going wrong, one could count on the United States. Today, we lost that hope.”

“The world needs leaders of vision instead of leaders on television.”

“There is something of a warrior in me.”

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“This is the moment of your defeat; you have just put in the last nails in the coffin of communism.”

“We hold our heads high, despite the price we have paid, because freedom is priceless.”

“We must be courageous but also reasonable. The world admires us for walking a tightrope without falling off. It asks us to keep our balance.”

“We need a global parliament, a global government and possibly a global ministry for security.”

“We respect the dignity and the rights of every man and every nation. The path to a brighter future of the world leads through honest reconciliation of the conflicting interests and not through hatred and bloodshed. To follow that path means to enhance the moral power of the all-embracing idea of human solidarity.”

“We shall not yield to violence. We shall not be deprived of union freedoms. We shall never agree with sending people to prison for their convictions.”

“What until then seemed impossible to achieve has become a fact of life. We have won the right to association in trade unions independent from the authorities, founded and shaped by the working people themselves.”

“When I recall my own path of life I cannot but speak of the violence, hatred and lies. A lesson drawn from such experiences, however, was that we can effectively oppose violence only if we ourselves do not resort to it.”

“When I was fighting communism, there was rapid development of satellite television and cell phones, and communism, to survive, would have to block all these information devices.”

“Without a single shot we've managed to liberate the world of communism but now there is a need for a global solidarity.”

“Without Pope John Paul II there would be no end of Communism or at least much later, and the end would have been bloody.”

“Words are plentiful; deeds are precious.”

“You have riches and freedom here but I feel no sense of faith or direction. You have so many computers, why don't you use them in the search for love?”

“You should go to the polls, organize yourself. But once lawmakers are chosen, they must be respected.”

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