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History is more interesting than politics.
– Lennart Meri
I am not always happy with the compliments Estonia has received.
Looking in the mirror to check if my tie is straight is a waste of my time. I only look in the mirror once a day, and that’s in the morning when I shave.
Security is like virginity: you’re either a virgin or you’re not. You either have security or you don’t.
I was too busy looking into Yeltsin’s eyes to notice what was under the table.
I’ve never met a general yet who could milk a cow.
If geography is prose, maps are iconography.
In the past, when I shot films about fishermen and hunters, I always had to admire their ability to perceive time in its entirety. The present was always temporary.
With that radio I was always swimming with the current political streams in the West. I was never stranded.
Science will liberate us from the chains of big cities and lead us back to nature.
That radio was very important for me. It meant I always knew what was going on in the world.
Throughout Soviet times, I understood what was really happening in the world around me.
Our civilisation has lost this bond between times, and tends to measure time with a yardstick, bit by bit, from one point to another.
Traveling is the only passion that doesn’t need to feel shy in front of intellect.