December 1, 2016

Vladimir Lenin Quotes

“A lie told often enough becomes the truth.”

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

“All over the world, wherever there are capitalists, freedom of the press means freedom to buy up newspapers, to buy writers, to bribe, buy and fake public opinion for the benefit of the bourgeoisie.”

“America has become one of the foremost countries in regard to the depth of the abyss which lies between the handful of arrogant multimillionaires who wallow in filth and luxury, and the millions of working people who constantly live on the verge of pauperism.”

“Any cook should be able to run the country.”

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

“Complete equality of rights for all nations; the right of nations to self-determination; the unity of the workers of all nations — such is the national programme that Marxism, the experience of the whole world, and the experience of Russia, teach the workers.”

“Crime is a product of social excess.”

“Democracy is indispensable to socialism.”

“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.”

“Discrimination among citizens on account of their religious convictions is wholly intolerable. Even the bare mention of a citizen’s religion in official documents should unquestionably be eliminated.”

“Fascism is capitalism in decay.”

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

“I don’t care what becomes of Russia. To hell with it … All this is only the road to a World Revolution.”

“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.”

“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.”

“Materialism is the recognition of objects in themselves, or outside the mind; ideas and sensations are copies of images of those objects.”

“No revolution is worth anything unless it can defend itself.”

“One fool can ask more questions in a minute than twelve wise men can answer in an hour.”

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

“Political institutions are a superstructure resting on an economic foundation.”

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

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

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

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

“To accept anything on trust, to preclude critical application and development, is a grievous sin; and in order to apply and develop, simple interpretation is obviously not enough.”

“To be a materialist is to acknowledge objective truth, which is revealed to us by our sense organs.”

“To decide once every few years which members of the ruling class is to repress and crush the people through parliament — this is the real essence of bourgeois parliamentarism, not only in parliamentary- constitutional monarchies, but also in the most democratic republics.”

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

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

“When we are victorious on a world scale I think we shall use gold for the purpose of building public lavatories in the streets of some of the largest cities of the world.”

“Without a revolutionary theory there cannot be a revolutionary movement.”

“Worst of all, it is women who usually have to do, usually alone, all the dirty work of the kitchen and household, work that is unimportant, hard, tiresome, and soul-destroying.”