Vladimir Putin Quotes About Life and Power

“I’m eternally grateful to fate and the citizens of Russia that they’ve trusted me to be the head of the Russian government.” – Vladimir Putin

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Vladimir Putin Quotes
  1. “Whoever does not miss the Soviet Union has no heart. Whoever wants it back has no brain.”

2. “In the modern world, those who are weak will get unambiguous advice from foreign visitors which way to go and what policy course to pursue.”

3. “To forgive the terrorists is up to God, but to send them there is up to me.”

4. “We shall fight against them, throw them in prisons and destroy them. ”

5. “To forgive the terrorists is up to god but to send them to him is up to me.”

6. “Those who fight corruption should be clean themselves.”

7. “How does one control weight? By not overeating. How does one stay in shape? One plays sports. There are no magic pills here.”

8. “My English is very bad.”

9. “I think every person should have some faith inside him, in his heart. What matters is not an external display of this faith, but the inner state of the soul.”

10. “Russia and China are very natural partners. We are neighbors with an immense common border.”

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11. “Maybe they have nothing else to do in America but to talk about me.”

12. “Everything will probably never be OK. But we have to try for it.”

13. “He who does not regret the break-up of the Soviet Union has no heart; he who wants to revive it in its previous form has no head.”

14. “A considerable share of the world’s population still cannot afford comfortable housing, education and quality health care.”

15. “Our military might is the guarantor of Russia’s security and independence.”

16. “If he gave an assignment, he didn’t really care how it was done or who did it or what problems they had. It just had to get done, and that was that.”

17. “The Russian people have unilaterally made their choice in direction of democracy in the early ’90s. They will not be led astray. Nobody should be having any doubts.”

18. “I think the international community should unite to fight such inhuman phenomena as terror attacks and the murder of totally innocent people.”

19. “It’s better to be hanged for loyalty than rewarded for betrayal”

20. “Political activities in Russia should be as transparent as possible. Financing political activities from abroad is something the state should keep an eye on.”

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21. “It is necessary to suppress any extremist actions, on all sides, regardless of their origin.”

22. “I have a private life in which I do not permit interference. It must be respected.”

23. “At last, Russia has returned to the world arena as a strong state – a country that others heed and that can stand up for itself.”

24. “Stalinism is linked with a cult of personality and massive violations of the law, with repression and camps. There is nothing like that in Russia and, I hope, will never again be.”

25. “If you aspire to be a leader of your own country, you must speak your own language, for God’s sake.”

26. “I have always reacted negatively to those who with their snotty noses and erotic fantasies prowl into others’ lives.”

27. “Sometimes it is necessary to be lonely in order to prove that you are right.”

28. “I’m eternally grateful to fate and the citizens of Russia that they’ve trusted me to be the head of the Russian government.”

29. “If there are people who act outside the law, then the state must use legal means to impose law in the interests of majority. That’s the way it’s done in the U.S., and that’s the way it’s done in Russia.”

30. “One has to be insincere and promise something which you cannot fulfill. So you either have to be a fool who does not understand what you are promising, or deliberately be lying.”

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31. “The Comrade Wolf knows whom to eat, as the saying goes. It knows whom to eat and is not about to listen to anyone, it seems.”

32. “Politics should not interfere with sports. And sports should impact politics.”

33. “Terrorism has no nationality or religion.”

34. “It is wrong to make anyone into an enemy; it is wrong to scare the people of one’s own country with that enemy and try to rally some allies on that basis.”

35. “There is no happiness in life, there is only a mirage on the horizon, so cherish that.”

36. “I was brought up in a very ordinary family, in fact, a worker’s family. Both my father and mother were ordinary citizens.”

37. “KGB, collapsed. Of course it was incredibly difficult to go through this. After all, most of my life had been devoted to work in the agencies. But I had made my choice.”

38. “My working and personal relationship with President Obama is marked by growing trust. I appreciate this.”

39. “Terrorists are always a threat to someone. If we’ll be scared of them, it means they have won.”

40. “I would like to draw your attention to the fact that in Russia, unlike in one third of the world’s countries, being gay is not a crime.”

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41. “In many countries today, moral and ethical norms are being reconsidered; national traditions, differences in nation and culture are being erased.”

42. “The ability to compromise is not a diplomatic politeness toward a partner but rather taking into account and respecting your partner’s legitimate interests.”

43. “We must stop using the language of force and return to the path of civilized diplomatic and political settlement.”

44. “The Declaration on Strategic Partnership between India and Russia signed in October 2000 became a truly historic step. The developments in the first decade of the 21 century confirmed that it was a particularly significant and timely step.”

45. “Few people understand the magnitude of the catastrophe that happened late in the 1980s when the Communist Party had failed to modernize the Soviet Union.”

46. “One can truly enjoy his or her life only while experiencing it, and it is inevitably related to a certain level of risk.”

47. “My personal position is that society must keep children safe.”

48. “We need business to understand its social responsibility, that the main task and objective for a business is not to generate extra income and to become rich and transfer the money abroad, but to look and evaluate what a businessman has done for the country, for the people, on whose account he or she has become so rich.”

49. “I don’t read books by people who have betrayed the Motherland.”

50. “Despite all the achievements of civilisation, the human being is still one of the most vulnerable creatures on earth.” – Vladimir Putin

51. “The worst thing for a politician is to try and cling to power by every possible means, and focus only on that.”

52. “Russian democracy is the power of the Russian people with their own traditions of national self-government, and not the realisation of standards foisted on us from outside.”

53. “There are big countries and small countries, rich and poor, those with long democratic traditions and those still finding their way to democracy.”

54. “I have a very positive attitude to anyone who is protecting the environment, but it’s inadmissible when people are using it as a means of promoting themselves, using it as a source of self-enrichment. I don’t want to name any specific examples… but often, environmentalism is used to blackmail companies.”

55. “No references to the need to fight terror can be an argument for restricting human rights.”

56. “Terrorism has once again shown it is prepared deliberately to stop at nothing in creating human victims. An end must be put to this. As never before, it is vital to unite forces of the entire world community against terror.”

57. “It’s alarming that military intervention in internal conflicts in foreign countries has become commonplace for the United States.”

58. “I have never stated Russia is an energy superpower, but we have more reserves than almost anybody else. We have always behaved, and we will continue to behave, in a responsible way. We intend to participate in the elaboration of common rules in the energy sector and to abide by rules which are developed together.”

59. “We are all different, but when we ask for the Lord’s blessings, we must not forget that God created us equal.”

60. “Between major countries, there certainly always are some common ground and points of tension.”

61. “History proves that all dictatorships, all authoritarian forms of government are transient. Only democratic systems are not transient. Whatever the shortcomings, mankind has not devised anything superior.”

62. “The state security bodies should not be seen as an institution that works against society and the state; one needs to understand what makes them work against their own people.”

63. “Russia is opposed to the proliferation of mass destruction weapons, including nuclear weapons, and in this context we call upon our Iranian friends to abandon the uranium enrichment programme”

64. “There are big countries and small countries, rich and poor, those with long democratic traditions and those still finding their way to democracy.”

65. “Russia needs a strong state power and must have it. But I am not calling for totalitarianism.”

66. “I have always loved and avidly read the novels of Jack London, Jules Verne and Ernest Hemingway. The characters depicted in their books, who are brave and resourceful people embarking on exciting adventures, definitely shaped my inner self and nourished my love for the outdoors.”

About Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin (born 7 October 1952) is a Russian politician and former intelligence officer who currently serves as Russia’s president. Putin has been president or prime minister continuously since 1999, serving as prime minister from 1999 to 2000 and again from 2008 to 2012, and as president from 2000 to 2008 and again since 2012.

Putin spent 16 years as a KGB foreign intelligence officer, rising to the rank of lieutenant colonel before resigning in 1991 to pursue a political career in Saint Petersburg. In 1996, he relocated to Moscow to join President Boris Yeltsin’s administration. 

Before being appointed Prime Minister in August 1999, he briefly served as Director of the Federal Security Service (FSB) and Secretary of the Russian Security Council.

 Following Yeltsin’s resignation, Putin took over as acting president and was elected president for the first time less than four months later. 

In 2004, Putin was re-elected. Because he was constitutionally limited to two consecutive terms as president, Putin served as prime minister again under Dmitry Medvedev from 2008 to 2012. 

He was re-elected president in 2012, despite allegations of fraud and protests, and was re-elected in 2018. 

After a referendum, he signed constitutional amendments into law in April 2021, including one that would allow him to run for reelection twice more, potentially extending his presidency to 2036.

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