Nikita Khrushchev Best Quotes

Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev (April 15 [O.S. April 3] 1894 – September 11, 1971) was a Russian politician who led the Soviet Union during part of the Cold War. He served as First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union from 1953 to 1964, and as Chairman of the Council of Ministers, or Premier, from 1958 to 1964. Khrushchev was responsible for the de-Stalinization of the Soviet Union, for backing the progress of the early Soviet space program, and for several relatively liberal reforms in areas of domestic policy. Khrushchev’s party colleagues removed him from power in 1964, replacing him with Leonid Brezhnev as First Secretary and Alexei Kosygin as Premier. Enjoy Nikita Khrushchev’s best quotes below.

Nikita Khrushchev
“But life is a great school. It thrashes and bangs and teaches you.”
“Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build bridges even when there are no rivers.”
“The press is our chief ideological weapon.”
“If you live among wolves you have to act like a wolf.”
“Do you think when two representatives holding diametrically opposing views get together and shake hands, the contradictions between our systems will simply melt away? What kind of a daydream is that?”
“The purpose of the United Nations should be to protect the essential sovereignty of nations, large and small.”
“The more bombers, the less room for doves of peace.”
“Support by United States rulers is rather in the nature of the support that the rope gives to a hanged man.”
“When you are skinning your customers, you should leave some skin on to heal, so that you can skin them again.”
“If you live among dogs, keep a stick. After all, this is what a hound has teeth for-to bite when he feels like it!”
“I once said, ‘We will bury you,’ and I got into trouble with it. Of course we will not bury you with a shovel. Your own working class will bury you.”
“If you cannot catch a bird of paradise, better take a wet hen.”
“Economics is a subject that does not greatly respect one’s wishes.”
“Bombs do not choose. They will hit everything.”
“I want to talk to these people because they stay in power and you change all the time.”
“What the scientists have in their briefcases is terrifying.”
“If one cannot catch a bird of paradise, better take a wet hen.”
“Whether you like it or not, history is on our side. We will bury you!”
“What innocence, may I ask, is being played here when it is known that this virtuous damsel has already got a dozen illegitimate children?”
“Call it what you will, incentives are what get people to work harder.”
“Even now we feel that Stalin was devoted to Communism, he was a Marxist, this cannot and should not be denied.”
“In a fight you don’t stop to choose your cudgels.”
“We say the name of God, but that is only habit.”
“If you start throwing hedgehogs under me, I shall throw a couple of porcupines under you.”
“All the sparrows on the rooftops are crying about the fact that the most imperialist nation that is supporting the colonial regime in the colonies is the United States of America.”
“He who cannot eat horsemeat need not do so. Let him eat pork. But he who cannot eat pork, let him eat horsemeat. It’s simply a question of taste.”
“When it comes to combating imperialism we are all Stalinists.”
“Revolutions are not made for export.”
“He was a crystal of morality among our scientists.”
“Don’t you have a machine that puts food into the mouth and pushes it down?”
“They pay little attention to what we say and prefer to read tea leaves.”

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