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Vladimir Lenin

Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, 1870-1924 ,  Soviet revolutionary & leader
Vladimir LeninRussian revolutionary, founder of the Russian Communist Party (Bolsheviks), inspirer and leader of the Bolshevik Revolution (1917), and the architect, builder, and first head (1917–24) of the Soviet state.
He was the founder of the organization known as Comintern (Communist International) and the posthumous source of Leninism, the doctrine codified and conjoined with Marx’s works by Lenin’s successors to form “Marxism-Leninism”.

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

Political institutions are a superstructure on the economic foundation.

Disarmament is the ideal of socialism. There will be no wars in socialist society.

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

When violence is exercised by the working people, by the mass of exploited against the exploiters — then we are for it!

Hang (hang without fail, so the people see) no fewer than one hundred known kulaks, rich men, bloodsuckers.

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

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

One cannot live in society and be free from society.

Every cook must learn to rule the State.

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

It is in prison … that one becomes a real revolutionary.

We will hang the capitalists with the rope that they sell us.

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

Despair is typical of those who do not understand the causes of evil, see no way out, and are incapable of struggle.

Without Revolutionary theory, there can be no Revolutionary Movement.

The best way to control the opposition is to lead it ourselves.

The goal of Socialism is Communism.

You probe with bayonets: if you find mush, you push. If you find steel, you withdraw.

A lie told often enough becomes the truth.

You must have your heart on fire and your brain on ice.

Fascism is capitalism in decay.

Germany will militarize herself out of existence, England will expand herself out of existence, and America will spend herself out of existence.

Give me just one generation of youth, and I'll transform the whole world.

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

Honesty in politics is the result of strength; hypocrisy is the result of weakness.

Free speech is a bourgeois prejudice.

You cannot make a revolution in white gloves.

I can't listen to music too often. It affects your nerves, makes you want to say stupid, nice things, and stroke the heads of people who could create such beauty while living in this vile hell.

Atheism is the natural and inseparable part of Communism.

Trust is good, but control is better.

A newspaper is not only a collective propagandist and a collective agitator, it is also a collective organiser.

But every little difference may become a big one if it is insisted on.

Capital, created by the labor of the worker, crushes the worker, ruining small proprietors and creating an army of unemployed.

By destroying small-scale production, capital leads to an increase in productivity of labor and to the creation of a monopoly position for the associations of big capitalists.

When feudalism was overthrown and “free” capitalist society appeared in the world, it became apparent that this freedom meant a new system of oppression and exploitation of the working people.

The so-called Great Powers have long been exploiting and enslaving a whole number of small and weak nations. And the imperialist war is a war for the division and redivision of this kind of booty.

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

It is, of course, much easier to shout, abuse, and howl than to attempt to relate, to explain.

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