Quotes by: Lech Walesa

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Lech Wałęsa
Wałęsa in 2009
2nd President of Poland
In office
22 December 1990 – 22 December 1995
Prime Minister Tadeusz Mazowiecki
Jan Krzysztof Bielecki
Jan Olszewski
Waldemar Pawlak
Hanna Suchocka
Waldemar Pawlak
Józef Oleksy
Preceded by Wojciech Jaruzelski (PRL)
Ryszard Kaczorowski (in exile)
Succeeded by Aleksander Kwaśniewski
Chairperson of Solidarity
In office
14 August 1980 – 12 December 1990
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Marian Krzaklewski
Personal details
Born (1943-09-29) 29 September 1943 (age 73)
Popowo, Poland
Political party Solidarity (1970–1988)
Solidarity Citizens' Committee (1988–1993)
Nonpartisan Bloc for Support of Reforms (1993–1997)
Solidarity Electoral Action (1997–2001)
Christian Democracy of the 3rd Polish Republic (1997–2001)
Civic Platform (2001–present)
Spouse(s) Danuta Gołoś (1969–present)
Children Bogdan (1970)
Sławomir (1972)
Przemysław (1974-2017)
Jarosław (1976)
Magdalena (1979)
Anna (1980)
Maria Wiktoria (1982)
Brygida (1985)
Parents Bolesław Wałęsa
Feliksa Kamieńska
Occupation Electrician
Religion Roman Catholicism

I'm lazy. But it's the lazy people who invented the wheel and the bicycle because they didn't like walking or carrying things.
Lech Walesa
My character and personality is today and tomorrow; I do not work well remembering further back.
Lech Walesa
You should go to the polls, organize yourself. But once lawmakers are chosen, they must be respected.
Lech Walesa
Technology helped end communism by bringing in information from the outside.
Lech Walesa
He who puts out his hand to stop the wheel of history will have his fingers crushed.
Lech Walesa
I don't have regrets I didn't spend more time with my family because I've lived my life to the full, and you can't look back in regret.
Lech Walesa
The hope of the nation which throughout the nineteenth century had not for a moment reconciled itself with the loss of independence, and fighting for its own freedom, fought at the same time for the freedom of other nations.
Lech Walesa
I use many different gadgets connected with computers; I use PCs, laptops and a Palm Pilot. I also use the Internet to visit websites, especially within Polish-language Internet. I usually go to political discussion groups and sites - of course, as I use my real name, people never believe that they are chatting with me!
Lech Walesa
We have travelled so far in our technical advancements that we are no longer located in our own countries.
Lech Walesa
For now, capitalism is working to produce more money but does not see the people. This problem is getting worse across the world.
Lech Walesa
I represent the concept that pluralism is essential, union pluralism. I made an oath about this.
Lech Walesa
We shall not yield to violence. We shall not be deprived of union freedoms. We shall never agree with sending people to prison for their convictions.
Lech Walesa
I am happy that Poland is returning to the road of pluralism and democracy.
Lech Walesa
This conviction brought me, in the summer of 1978, to the Free Trade Unions - formed by a group of courageous and dedicated people who came out in the defense of the workers' rights and dignity.
Lech Walesa
People always ask me, 'Lech, aren't you afraid of being killed?' And as an answer I shrug my shoulders.
Lech Walesa
I most sincerely wish that the world in which we live be free from the threat of a nuclear holocaust and from the ruinous arms race. It is my cherished desire that peace be not separated from freedom which is the right of every nation. This I desire and for this I pray.
Lech Walesa
You have riches and freedom here but I feel no sense of faith or direction. You have so many computers, why don't you use them in the search for love?
Lech Walesa
When I was fighting communism, there was rapid development of satellite television and cell phones, and communism, to survive, would have to block all these information devices.
Lech Walesa
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