Soviet Secretary General Mikhail Gorbachev during the Geneva Summit in Switzerland, 1985

Mikhail Gorbachev
(*2. März 1931 Priwolnoje - † 30. August 2022 Moskau)

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"Dangers await only those who do not react to life.
Speech in East Berlin
(7 October 1989)"

"Gefahren warten nur auf jene, die nicht auf das Leben reagieren, but often cited as "Wer zu spät kommt, den bestraft das Leben", hence the English translation: "He who comes too late is punished by life."