Lech Walesa (1943-Present)

“Deep faith eliminates fear.”

“He who puts out his hand to stop the wheel of history will have his fingers crushed.”

“I must tell you that the supply of words on the world market is plentiful, but the demand is falling.”

“The thing that lies at the foundation of positive change, the way I see it, is service to a fellow human being.”

“I knew right from the start that those who carried me on their shoulders will hurl stones at me one day. How was I to tell the workers ‘now you will all be jobless’? But we had no choice.”

“I got politics and economics moving and then others took over.”

“It was in us, in our hearts and minds that something started that changed the face of this earth.”

“I believed it would succeed. It was Polish Solidarity and its victory that put an end to the old era when what mattered were borders and rival blocs.”

“I used to lead 10 million people, so what use to me is just 1,000? From a logical point of view, there is no room for me here.”

“I made the right decisions, I set everything on the right course, the reforms are going in the right direction.”

 “Broke the Soviet bear’s teeth”

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

“At that time, I tried to control enthusiasm and streamline it in the right direction. Today I only try to share my experience, pass it on and do something good for the world.”

“Irrespective of today’s judgment and the price we had to pay in this generation, we were able to close an epoch of divisions, different blocs and borders, opening the way for an era of globalization.”

“Why did we do all of it? To launch a new epoch, one without divisions. Without one shot, our generation was able to do it.”

“Here the (Soviet) bear got his teeth knocked out. He could no longer bite other nations trying to break away to freedom.”

“Freedom came, but it is still hard to get bread.”

“John Paul II is the most important person in my life, … I owe him a lot, and I wanted to thank him.”

“Every drop of blood causes suffering for the Holy Father.”

 “I have always been and will be an enemy of communism, but I love all people.”

“In front of God, everything that is sacred, I declare that there was no manipulation.”

“It all began after a Pole became the pope. His words awakened the Polish nation and other nations followed.”

“It takes really a long while for people to learn to take advantage of (democracy). So the legal framework of democracy can function everywhere. But as we say in Poland, it’s hard to make a bull move unless it really wants to.”


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