Quotes and Sayings about the Cold War

Quotes and Sayings about the Cold War

The war is won, but the peace is not.
Albert Einstein - December 1945
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People nowadays don't know about the Cold War and the U.S.'s old rivalry with the U.S.S.R.
This is the first time since the end of the Cold War that almost the whole world stands together. Even in my wildest dreams, I didn't expect such solidarity to happen in four to five days.
Garry Kasparov - March 2022
The great and abiding lesson of American history, particularly the cold war, is that the engine of capitalism, the individual, is mightier than any collective.
If you grew up during that Cold War period, then you saw a time in politics when the word 'socialism' could be used to end an argument. Today, I think a word like that is the beginning of a debate, not the end of a debate.
With the end of the cold war, all the 'isms' of the 20th century - Fascism, Nazism, Communism and the evil of apartheid-ism - have failed. Except one. Only democracy has shown itself true the help of all mankind.
When I was in the White House, I was confronted with the challenge of the Cold War. Both the Soviet Union and I had 30,000 nuclear weapons that could destroy the entire earth and I had to maintain the peace.
The Cold War isn't thawing; it is burning with a deadly heat.

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When the action is over and we look back, we understand both more and less. This much is certain. Before the Doolittle raid, America knew nothing but defeat. After it, there was hope of victory. Japan realized, for the first time, they could lose and began to pull back. America realized, that she would win and surged forward. It was a war, that changed America and the world. Dorie Miller was the first black American to be awarded the Navy Cross. But he would not be the last. He joined a brotherhood of heroes. World War II, for us, began at Pearl Harbor, and 1.177 men still lie entombed in the battleship Arizona. America suffered, but America grew stronger. It was not inevitable. The times tried our souls, and through the trial, we overcame.
Evelyn Johnson in Pearl Harbor
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In remembering the appalling suffering of war on both sides, we recognise how precious is the peace we have built in Europe since 1945.
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Trump: "North Korea, we're not in a war. We have a good relationship. People don't understand, having a good relationship with leaders of other countries is a good thing."
Biden: "We had a good relationship with Hitler before he invaded Europe. Come on!"
Joe Biden - October 2020, second United States presidential debate
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Yesterday, December 7, 1941 - a date which will live in infamy - the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by the naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.
Franklin D. Roosevelt - December 1941
But let all strive without failing in faith or in duty, and the dark curse of Hitler will be lifted from our age.
Winston Churchill - July 1940
You ask what is our aim? I can answer in one word: Victory. Victory at all costs. Victory in spite of all terror. Victory however long and hard the road may be. For without victory there is no survival.
We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender, and even if, which I do not for a moment believe, this Island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, would carry on the struggle, until, in God's good time, the New World, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the old.
Winston Churchill - June 1940
Once upon a time, Russians and Ukranians fought together hand in hand to stop the murderous regime of national socialist Germany.
Olaf Scholz - May 2022
Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.
If Hitler invaded hell I would make at least a favourable reference to the devil in the House of Commons.
Winston Churchill - 1941, zu einem Bündnis mit Stalin
You will not f*ck with my children's future. You will not destroy the freedoms my grandfather fought two world wars to defend.
Hugh Grant - August 2019, about Boris Johnson
You read in any war stories - World War II, whatever - that there are many, many heroes. There are the main stories you always hear about, but there are all these other little people that did things that were very important that we don't always know about.
There's no question in my mind that those people want to have a war. They're determined to be a world power and seem to feel that's the only way to become one. Those storm troopers are awesome. The atmosphere in Berlin - well, I've never sensed such tension.
Oh, great warrior? Wars not make one great.
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I don't want to be in a battle, but waiting on the edge of one I can't escape is even worse.
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They got money for the war, but can't feed the poor.
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War is when the young and stupid are tricked by the old and bitter into killing each other.
Niko Bellic in GTA - Grand Theft Auto - IV
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I was a warrior who dreamed he could bring peace. Sooner or later though, you always have to wake up.
Jake Sully in Avatar -
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This is how it's done. When people are sittin' on shit that you want, you make 'em your enemy. Then you're justified in taking it.
Jake Sully in Avatar -
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War educates the senses, calls into action the will, perfects the physical constitution, brings men into such swift and close collision in critical moments that man measures man.
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An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.
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The stronger we are, the less likely a war is.
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Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.
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I fear the day when the technology overlaps with our humanity. The world will only have a generation of idiots.
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Games shouldn't only be fun. They should teach or spark an interest in other things.
This may sound pretentious, but I don't like being thought of as the "Metal Gear guy". There's a lot more I can do.
Having a dictator rule in Russia is by far the greatest existential threat to humanity.
Garry Kasparov - March 2022
This is tragic for my country. Thousands of young Russians die for that lunatic dictator. Many of them were born under Putin and now die under Putin.
Garry Kasparov - March 2022
The thing is I think vaccines are one of the greatest medical breakthroughs that we have. I'm a big fan and a great fan of the history of the development of the smallpox vaccine, for example.
I think what happened during the Great Depression was that African Americans understood that Republicans championed citizenship and voting rights but they became impatient for economic emancipation.
I am a Democrat because I believe in protecting freedom, fairness, families, and the future.
Pete Buttigieg - December 2016
My generation is the generation that experienced school shootings beginning when I was in high school, the generation that fought in the post-9/11 wars, the first generation to have to deal with the reality of climate change, and the first generation not to be better off than our parents materially — if nothing changes.
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Pro football gave me a good sense of perspective to enter politics: I'd already been booed, cheered, cut, sold, traded and hung in effigy.
There's no limit to what free men and free women in a free market with free enterprise can accomplish when people are free to follow their dream.
America did not invent human rights. In a very real sense… human rights invented America.
I have often wanted to drown my troubles, but I can't get my wife to go swimming.
The presidency has many problems, but boredom is the least of them.
If you take no risks, you will suffer no defeats. But if you take no risks, you win no victories.
Peace is not absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.
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Before this war, I was opposed to membership of Ukraine in NATO because I feared that it would start exactly the process that we have seen now. Now that this process has reached this level, the idea of a neutral Ukraine under these conditions is no longer meaningful. I believe Ukrainian membership in NATO would be an appropriate outcome.
Henry Kissinger - January 2023

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