Quotations From NIKITA KHRUSHCHEV

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    If we were to promise people nothing better than only revolution, they would scratch their heads and say: "Is it not better to have good goulash?"
    Nikita Khrushchev (1894-1971), Soviet premier. quoted in Observer, Observer (London, Sept. 12, 1971).

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    If you live among wolves you have to act like a wolf.
    Nikita Khrushchev (1894-1971), Soviet premier. quoted in Observer (London, Sept. 26, 1971).
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    Whether you like it or not, history is on our side. We will bury you.
    Nikita Khrushchev (1894-1971), Soviet premier. remark, Nov. 18, 1956, to Western diplomats, Kremlin, Moscow. quoted in Times (London, Nov. 19, 1956). Khrushchev later explained this remark as an idiomatic expression to mean "we will outlive you" (i.e. communism will triumph). On another occasion, Aug. 24, 1963, addressing a group of Westerners in Split, Yugoslavia, he referred to his controversial statement: "Of course we will not bury you with a shovel. Your own working class will bury you."

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    Politicians are the same all over: they promise to build a bridge even where there is no river.
    Nikita Khrushchev (1894-1971), Soviet premier. quoted in New York Herald-Tribune (Aug. 22, 1963). Khrushchev is earlier reported to have uttered these words at a press conference, Oct. 1960, Glen Cove, New York.

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    Those who wait for that must wait until a shrimp learns to whistle.
    Nikita Khrushchev (1894-1971), Soviet premier. speech, Sept. 17, 1955, Moscow. quoted in New York Times (Sept. 18, 1955). Referring to the possibility of the Soviet Union rejecting communism.
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    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.
    Nikita Khrushchev (1894-1971), Soviet premier. New York World-Telegram and Sun (Aug. 25, 1964).
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    Revolutions are not made for export.
    Nikita Khrushchev (1894-1971), Soviet premier. speech, Jan. 27, 1959, 21st Communist Party Congress, Moscow.
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    Comrades! We must abolish the cult of the individual decisively, once and for all.
    Nikita Khrushchev (1894-1971), Soviet premier. speech, Feb. 25, 1956, to secret session of the 20th Congress of the Communist Party. Khrushchev used the occasion to identify Stalin as the chief exponent of the cult of the individual by "the glorification of his own person."
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    When you are skinning your customers you should leave some skin on to grow again so that you can skin them again.
    Nikita Khrushchev (1894-1971), Soviet premier. Quoted in Observer (London, May 28, 1961). Advice to British businessmen.

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  • 10.
    They talk about who won and who lost. Human reason won. Mankind won.
    Nikita Khrushchev (1894-1971), Soviet premier. quoted in Observer (London, Nov. 11, 1962). Referring to the Cuban missile crisis.

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