The Best of Notable Quotables; December 23, 1991

Vol. Four; No. 26

Bring Back the Iron Curtain Award

“Ten months after the new Germany merged, women in the eastern sector are coming to the stunning realization that, in many ways, democracy has set them back 40 years.”

Los Angeles Times staff writer Tamara Jones, August 6.


“Inefficient as the old communist economy was, it did provide jobs of a sort for everybody and a steady, if meager, supply of basic goods at low, subsidized prices; Soviet citizens for more than 70 years were conditioned to expect that from their government. Says a Moscow worker: ‘We had everything during [Leonid] Brezhnev’s times. There was sausage in the stores. We could buy vodka. Things were normal.’”

-- Time Associate Editor George J. Church, September 23.

“Like many other women in what used to be the German Democratic Republic, she worries that political liberation has cost her social and economic freedom...The kindergartens that cared for their children are becoming too expensive, and West Germany’s more restrictive abortion laws threaten to deny many Eastern women a popular method of birth control....East Germany’s child-care system helped the state indoctrinate its young, but also assured women in the East the freedom to pursue a career while raising a family.”

U.S. News & World Report special correspondent John Marks, July 1 news story.

“But most of his fellow countrymen do not share John Paul’s concept of morality...many here expect John Paul to use his authority to support Church efforts to ban abortion, perhaps the country’s principal means of birth control. And this, they say, could deprive them of a freedom of choice the communists never tried to take away from them.”

– CBS News reporter Bert Quint on the June 1 Evening News.