Quotes by Boris Jelzin

Boris Nikolayevich Yeltsin; 1 February 1931 – 23 April 2007) was a Soviet and Russian politician and the first President of the Russian Federation, serving from 1991 to 1999. Originally a supporter of Mikhail Gorbachev, Yeltsin emerged under the perestroika reforms as one of Gorbachev's most powerful political opponents.

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It is especially important to encourage unorthodox thinking when the situation is critical. At such moments every new word and fresh thought is more precious than gold. Indeed, people must not be deprived of the right to think their own thoughts.

Character, InnovationBoris Jelzin

You can build a throne with bayonets, but you can't sit on it for long.

War, Weapons, ViolenceBoris Jelzin

Let's not talk about Communism. Communism was just an idea, just pie in the sky.

CommunismBoris Jelzin

We don't appreciate what we have until it's gone. Freedom is like that. It's like air. When you have it, you don't notice it.

Freedom, SatisfactionBoris Jelzin

A man must live like a great brilliant flame and burn as brightly as he can. In the end he burns out. But this is far better than a mean little flame.

Life, RiskBoris Jelzin