VLADIMIR LENIN QUOTES

Russian revolutionary (1870-1924)

Vladimir Lenin quote

You cannot make a revolution in white gloves.

VLADIMIR LENIN, attributed, Not By Politics Alone

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No mercy for these enemies of the people, the enemies of socialism, the enemies of the working people! War to the death against the rich and their hangers-on, the bourgeois intellectuals; war on the rogues, the idlers and the rowdies!

VLADIMIR LENIN, "How to Organise Competition?", December 27, 1917

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So long as the state exists there is no freedom. When there is freedom, there will be no state.

VLADIMIR LENIN, The State and Revolution

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Socialists cannot achieve their great aim without fighting against all oppression of nations.

VLADIMIR LENIN, Socialism and War

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People always have been the foolish victims of deception and self-deception in politics, and they always will be until they have learnt to seek out the interests of some class or other behind all moral, religious, political and social phrases, declarations and promises.

VLADIMIR LENIN, The Three Sources and Three Component Parts of Marxism

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

VLADIMIR LENIN, Letters from Afar

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

VLADIMIR LENIN, Report to Seventh Congress of the Russian Communist Party, March 7, 1918

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Capitalism has triumphed all over the world, but this triumph is only the prelude to the triumph of labour over capital.

VLADIMIR LENIN, The Three Sources and Three Component Parts of Marxism

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You cannot do anything without rousing the masses to action.

VLADIMIR LENIN, "Meeting of the Presidium of the Petrograd Soviet With Delegates From the Food Supply Organisations", January 27, 1918

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In capitalist society we have a democracy that is curtailed, wretched, false, a democracy only for the rich, for the minority. The dictatorship of the proletariat, the period of transition to communism, will for the first time create democracy for the people, for the majority, along with the necessary suppression of the exploiters, of the minority.

VLADIMIR LENIN, The State and Revolution

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There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen.

VLADIMIR LENIN, attributed, The Great Book Of Best Quotes Of All Time

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We must not depict socialism as if socialists will bring it to us on a plate all nicely dressed. That will never happen. Not a single problem of the class struggle has ever been solved in history except by violence. When violence is exercised by the working people, by the mass of exploited against the exploiters -- then we are for it!

VLADIMIR LENIN, Report on the Activities of the Council of People's Commissars, January 24, 1918

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Imperialism is capitalism at that stage of development at which the dominance of monopolies and finance capitalism is established; in which the export of capital has acquired pronounced importance; in which the division of the world among the international trusts has begun, in which the division of all territories of the globe among the biggest capitalist powers has been completed.

VLADIMIR LENIN, Imperialism: The Highest Stage of Capitalism

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When we say "the state," the state is We, it is we, it is the proletariat, it is the advanced guard of the working class.

VLADIMIR LENIN, speech, May 27, 1922

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We shall not achieve socialism without a struggle.

VLADIMIR LENIN, "Report on the Activities of the Council of People's Commissars", January 24, 1918

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Quantity has a quality all its own.

VLADIMIR LENIN, attributed, How to Make War

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Democracy for an insignificant minority, democracy for the rich -- that is the democracy of capitalist society.

VLADIMIR LENIN, The State and Revolution

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International unity of the workers is more important than the national.

VLADIMIR LENIN, letter to Inessa Armand, November 20, 1916

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For any truth, if overdone ... if exaggerated, or if carried beyond the limits of its applicability, can be reduced to absurdity.

VLADIMIR LENIN, Left-Wing Communism: An Infantile Disorder

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Every question "runs in a vicious circle" because political life as a whole is an endless chain consisting of an infinite number of links. The whole art of politics lies in finding and taking as firm a grip as we can of the link that is least likely to be struck from our hands, the one that is most important at the given moment, the one that most of all guarantees its possessor the possession of the whole chain.

VLADIMIR LENIN, "The Plan For an All-Russia Political Newspaper", What Is To Be Done?

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