Vladimir Lenin

Vladimir Lenin

Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, better known by the alias Lenin (22 April 1870  – 21 January 1924), was a Russian communist revolutionary, politician, and political theorist. He served as head of government of the Russian Republic from 1917 to 1918, of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic from 1918 to 1924, and of the Soviet Union from 1922 to 1924. Under his administration, Russia and then the wider Soviet Union became a one-party socialist state governed by the Russian Communist Party. Ideologically a Marxist, his policies and theories became known as Leninism.

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Sometimes - history needs a push.

Any cook should be able to run the country.

Under socialism all will govern in turn and will soon become accustomed to no one governing.

One man with a gun can control 100 without one.

The way to crush the bourgeoisie is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation.

Despair is typical of those who do not understand the causes of evil, see no way out, and are incapable of struggle. The modern industrial proletariat does not belong to the category of such classes.

If Socialism can only be realized when the intellectual development of all the people permits it then we shall not see Socialism for at least five hundred years.

It is true that liberty is precious, so precious that it must be carefully rationed.

The goal of socialism is communism.

No amount of political freedom will satisfy the hungry masses.

While the State exists there can be no freedom, when there is freedom there will be no State.

Communism is Soviet power plus the electrification of the whole country.

When there is state there can be no freedom but when there is freedom there will be no state.

The history of all countries shows that the working class exclusively by its own effort is able to develop only trade-union consciousness.

The oppressed are allowed once every few years to decide which particular representatives of the oppressing class are to represent and repress them in parliament.

A lie told often enough becomes the truth.

The government is tottering. We must deal it the death blow an any cost. To delay action is the same as death.

If it were necessary to give the briefest possible definition of imperialism we should have to say that imperialism is the monopoly stage of capitalism.

It is impossible to predict the time and progress of revolution. It is governed by its own more or less mysterious laws.

Every cook has to learn how to govern the state.

The best way to destroy the capitalist system is to debauch the currency.

Can a nation be free if it oppresses other nations? It cannot.

Freedom in capitalist society always remains about the same as it was in ancient Greek republics: Freedom for slave owners.

A revolution is impossible without a revolutionary situation, furthermore not every revolutionary situation leads to revolution.

Give us the child for 8 years and it will be a Bolshevik forever.

There are no morals in politics, there is only expedience. A scoundrel may be of use to us just because he is a scoundrel.

Democracy is indispensable to socialism.

The press should be not only a collective propagandist and a collective agitator but also a collective organizer of the masses.

The most important thing when ill is to never lose heart.

Capitalists are no more capable of self-sacrifice than a man is capable of lifting himself up by his own bootstraps.

Crime is a product of social excess.

When one makes a Revolution one cannot mark time, one must always go forward - or go back. He who now talks about the "freedom of the press" goes backward and halts our headlong course towards Socialism.

Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted.

Fascism is capitalism in decay.

Without revolutionary theory there can be no revolutionary movement.

Our program necessarily includes the propaganda of atheism.

To rely upon conviction devotion and other excellent spiritual qualities, that is not to be taken seriously in politics.

Without a revolutionary theory there cannot be a revolutionary movement.

Politics begin where the masses are not where there are thousands but where there are millions that is where serious politics begin.