"I am both for - and against." The quintessential Walesa quote, covering his stand on wide range of issues.
"I will build democracy - democratically, semi-demo cratically and even undemocratically." Pledge to the nation shortly after the toppling of communist rule in 1989.
"I won't do anything bad, and if I do, I will apologise." Taken from column in the satirical magazine Nie.
"The country needs political balance; the government is its left leg, the parliament is its right leg and I am in between." On being elected President in December 1990.
"I will tell you directly in a roundabout way."
"At a certain moment I had to descend from the trees and stop making faces ... I have simply begun to calculate, to be flexible and smart." On making the switch from trade union leader to politician.
"I will not bring the army or the police on to the streets. I will not shoot at Poles, even if only because I have the Nobel Peace Prize." - response to wave of strikes.
"I know adversaries who must be respected and friends who are worse than enemies." Interview last month.
"My critics say that I should speak better ... that I should read the things they write for me. But I have another principle, gentlemen, and that is to get things done." - Shortly after assuming office.
"The bed was so big that I couldn't find my wife in it", reference to being entertained by the Queen at Windsor Castle during state visit to Britain in 1991.
"My name is President." Freudian slip.Reuse content