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Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev
(17 Apr 1894 - 11 Sep 1971)

Russian political leader who was the first secretary of the All Union Communist Party (1953-64)and premier of the Soviet Union (1958-64). He encouraged the policy of de-Stalinization, removing the worst practices of dictatorship. Pres. Kennedy to remove offensive missiles installed in Cuba in Oct 1962.

Science Quotes by Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev (5 quotes)

I happened to read recently a remark by American nuclear physicist W. Davidson, who noted that the explosion of one hydrogen bomb releases a greater amount of energy than the explosions set off by all countries in all wars known in the entire history of mankind. And he, apparently, is right.
[The quoted physicist was, in fact, William Davidon, Argonne National Laboratory.]
— Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev
Address to the United Nations, New York City, 18 Sep 1959. Quoted in 'Texts of Khrushchev's Address at United Nations and the Soviet Declaration', New York Times (19 Sep 1959), 8.
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The living will envy the dead.
[Speaking of nuclear war.]
— Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev
Attributed. No verification of any form of this quote has been found in the speeches or writings of Khrushchev. An Associated Press article (4 Aug 1979) about hearings on the Salt II referred to senators quoting Khrshchev in these words. This form of the quote has since been widely circulated, for example, in the Washington Post (20 Mar 1981), A23. Senator Frank Church, chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, in a hearing (11 July 1979) attributed Khrushchev as saying “the survivors would envy the dead”. The senator repeated this remark at another hearing five days later. (Recorded in The Salt II Treaty, hearings before the Committee on Foreign Relations, U.S. Senate, 96th Congress (1979), 1st session, Pt. 1, 333, and Pt. 2, 27). The quote about &;dquo;survicors” was also given in Ed Zuckerman, 'Hiding from the Bomb—Again', Harper’s Magazine (Aug 1979), 36. A copy of that issue, in circulation before its cover date, was in the Library of Congress, stamped 12 Jul 1979. In Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations (1989), 239.
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There will always be a psychological problem in the peasant’s soul: no one is born a Communist. In the Soviet Union farmers look in the barn for “their” horses even after they have given them to the collective.
— Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev
As quoted in Editorial, 'The High Cost of Marx on the Farm', Life (23 Nov 1962), 38.
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What the scientists have in their briefcases is terrifying.
— Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev
(circa 1960). As quoted in Grant Burns, The Atomic Papers: A Citizen’s Guide to Selected Books and Articles (1984), 80.
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You must never believe all these things which the scientists say because they always want more than they can get—they are never satisfied.
[Responding to a complaint of inadequate support for research.]
— Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev
Quoted in Senate Internal Security Subcommittee, Nuclear Scientist Defect to the United States (1965). In Daniel S. Greenberg, The Politics of Pure Science (1999), 156, footnote.
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