The Best of Notable Quotables; December 24, 1990

Vol. Three; No. 26

Gorbasm Award*

"Gorbachev has probably moved more quickly than any person in the history of the world. Moving faster than Jesus Christ did. America is always lagging six months behind...I think we can get by easily with a $75 billion military budget. Those bombers and all of this stuff is an absolute waste of money and a joke."

-- Ted Turner, "TV chieftain with an outspoken conscience," celebrated in the January 22 Time.


"The supreme leader of an atheistic state was baptized as a child. Now, in a sense, Gorbachev means to accomplish the salvation of an entire society that has gone astray...Much more than that, Gorbachev is a visionary enacting a range of complex and sometimes contradictory roles. He is simultaneously the communist Pope and the Soviet Martin Luther, the apparatchik as Magellan and McLuhan. The Man of the Decade is a global navigator."

-- Time Senior Writer Lance Morrow, January 1.

"He has, as many great leaders have, impressive eyes...There’s a kind of laser-beam stare, a forced quality, you get from Gorbachev that does not come across as something peaceful within himself. It’s the look of a kind of human volcano, or he’d probably like to describe it as ahuman nuclear energy plant."

-- Dan Rather on Mikhail Gorbachev, quoted in the May 10 Seattle Times.

* With thanks to Rush Limbaugh