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Famous quotes

We are all familiar with quotes from famous personalities in our own languages and cultures - but how many do we know from elsewhere in different languages? Here is a chance to discover the wisdom, truths (or half-truths!), creativity, humour and sometimes downright cynicism from a range of cultures and languages as well as their origins. Do you have a favourite? We would be delighted if you would also contribute some of your own!

Famous quotes

We are all familiar with quotes from famous personalities in our own languages and cultures - but how many do we know from elsewhere in different languages? Here is a chance to discover the wisdom, truths (or half-truths!), creativity, humour and sometimes downright cynicism from a range of cultures and languages as well as their origins. Do you have a favourite? We would be delighted if you would also contribute some of your own!
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Kõikjal räägitakse kommunismi surmast, aga keegi ei ole veel näinud kommunismi laipa. The death of communism is being proclaimed from the rooftops, but no one has yet seen a corpse.

By Lennart Meri, former president of Estonia


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Sotsiaalse ebavõrdsuse kahandamise kõige tõhusam viis on haridusse investeerimine. The best way to reduce social inequality is to invest into education.

By Lennart Meri, former president of Estonia


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Ükskord me võidame niikuinii! One day, no matter what, we will win!

By Heinz Valk
This phrase refers to Estonia's struggle for independence in the late 1980's. Heinz Valk, an Estonian artist and politician, is also credited with coining the term "Singing Revolution" (in Estonian: laulev revolutsioon) - a series of non violent protest events that ultimately led to the restoration of independence of the Baltic countries from the Soviet Union.


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Kunst on paratamatus. Kunst on kultuuri geen, mis iseennast taastoodab ja niiviisi kultuuri kasvatab, ainsat keskkonda, milles inimese vaim saab hingata. Art is inevitable. Art is the cultural gene that reproduces itself and thus cultivates culture, the only environment in which the human spirit can breathe.

By Lennart Meri, former president of Estionia