Cold War Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old cold war quotes, cold war sayings, and cold war proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


It was man who ended the Cold War in case you didn't notice. It wasn't weaponry, or technology, or armies or campaigns. It was just man. Not even Western man either, as it happened, but our sworn enemy in the East, who went into the streets, faced the bullets and the batons and said: we've had enough. It was their emperor, not ours, who had the nerve to mount the rostrum and declare he had no clothes. And the ideologies trailed after these impossible events like condemned prisoners, as ideologies do when they've had their day.     

John Le Carré

The Cold War had gotten so bad that there wasn't a story anymore.     

Arthur Massolo

During the Cold War, we lived in coded times when it wasn't easy and there were shades of grey and ambiguity.     

John Le Carre

The Cold War isn't thawing; it is burning with a deadly heat. Communism isn't sleeping; it is, as always, plotting, scheming, working, fighting.     

Richard M. Nixon

Here's my strategy on the Cold War: we win, they lose.     

Ronald Reagan