Lech Walesa

No one has a clear idea, and some politicians behave just like an animal in the presence of a bigger and unknown beast. If it cannot run away, the animal tries to ignore it, hoping that the stranger will do the same. The ostrich, in turn, solves this problem by hiding his head in the sand. If he does not see, or does not want to see, the threat, the danger does not exist. On a number of occasions, while participating in international meetings, I closed my eyes and I saw a flock of ostriches sitting at round tables, oval ones, square ones, and, in fact, tables of different forms.

Lech Walesa, quoted in Edmund Morris, "A Celebration of Reagan," New Yorker, February 16, 1998, 53.