"I must weep for joy that it happened so quickly and simply. And I must weep for wrath that it took so abysmally long."
-- Wolf Biermann, East German poet and protest singer who was stripped of his citizenship in 1976 while on tour in West Germany. An idealistic socialist, he returned to his country in December.
"Polish society, often badly assessed by itself and its leaders, has proved itself better and much more mature than we thought it was."
-- Andrzej Wajda, Senator and movie director.
"I am proud that these historical changes...