Eduard Shevardnadze

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The ideas of economists and political philosophers, both when they are right and when they are wrong, are more powerful than is commonly understood. Indeed the world is ruled by little else. Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influence, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist.
John Maynard Keynes
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Eduard Shevardnadze (born 25 January 1928) is a Georgian politician. He served as President of Georgia from 1995 until 2003. Prior to Georgian independence from the USSR, he served as Soviet Foreign Minister.

  • "In times of crisis, I always believe one should be where the people are."
    • While standing on a tank outisde the Parliament building in Moscow during the August 1991 coup.
  • "Corruption has its own motivations, and one has to thoroughly study that phenomenon and eliminate the foundations that allow corruption to exist."
  • "You know, to address crowds and make promises does not require very much brains."
  • "It is time to realize that neither socialism, nor friendship, nor good-neighborliness, nor respect can be produced by bayonets, tanks or blood."