Joseph Stalin

(Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin)

Joseph Stalin
Joseph Stalin
  • Born: December 18, 1878
  • Died: March 5, 1953
  • Nationality: Russian, Georgian
  • Profession: Leader

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Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin was a Soviet revolutionary and politician of Georgian ethnicity. He ruled the Soviet Union from the mid–1920s until his death in 1953. Initially presiding over an oligarchic one-party system that governed by plurality, he became the de facto dictator of the Soviet state by the 1930s while holding the posts of General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (1922–1952) and Premier (1941–1953). A communist ideologically committed to the Leninist interpretation of Marxism, Stalin helped to formalise these ideas as Marxism–Leninism, while his own policies became known as Stalinism.

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Ralph De Toledano The Liberty League was laughed out of existence by New Yorker cartoonists, who depicted its members looking out over Fifth Avenue and snorting that doomsday was here and Josef Stalin lurked in the bushes.
Osip Mandelstam Around him are the riffraff of thick-skinned party leaders. He plays off the half-humans with favours. Forging edict after edict as if they were horseshoes- Shoots some in the forehead, others in the chest, the eye, the groin. Everyday he has an execution -- for our Broadchested Georgian it's like picking raspberries
Osip Mandelstam … murderer and peasant slayer
Harry S Truman We will issue a warning statement asking the Japs to surrender and save lives. I'm sure they will not do that, but we will have given them the chance. It is certainly a good thing for the world that Hitler's crowd or Stalin's did not discover this atomic bomb. It seems to be the most terrible thing ever discovered, but it can made the most useful.
Anonymous Father of all the peoples.
Svetlana Alliluyeva He [Stalin] is gone, but his shadow still stands over us today. It still dictates to us and we, very often, obey.
James P. Cannon They killed Trotsky not by one blow; not when this murderer, the agent of Stalin, drove the pickax through the back of his skull. That was only the final blow. They killed him by inches. They killed him many times. They killed him seven times when they killed his seven secretaries. They killed him four times when they killed his four children. They killed him when his old coworkers of the Russian Revolution were killed …. Stalin and his traitor gang were consumed by a mad hatred of the man who reminded them of their yesterday. Trotsky, the symbol of the great revolution, reminded them constantly of the cause they had deserted and betrayed, and they hated him for that. They hated him for all the great and good human qualities which he personified and to which they were completely alien. They were determined, at all cost, to do away with him.
Milovan Djilas Whatever standards we use to take his measure … to him will fall the glory of being the greatest criminal in history…. He was methodical, all-embracing, and total as a criminal. He was one of those terrible dogmatists capable of destroying nine-tenths of the human race to ‘make happy’ the other tenth.
Osip Mandelstam Poetry is respected only in this country [Russia.] There is no place where more people are killed for it.
Muratov You cannot go on today, nor probably tomorrow. The weather reports are not good and it is part of my instructions to assure your safe arrival at your next stop or I shall be liquidated.
Vladimir Lenin Stalin is too coarse for the position of General Secretary. We need someone more polite and more considerate.
Vladimir Lenin Stalin is too brutal. His powers should be taken away from him.
Harry S Truman Negotiating with Stalin was like dealing with an octopus.
Mikhail Gorbachev The guilt of Stalin and his immediate entourage before the Party and the people for the mass repressions and lawlessness they committed is enormous and unforgivable.
Helen G Douglas The Big Lie: Hitler Invented It. Stalin Perfected It. Nixon Uses It.
Vladimir Lenin Stalin is too coarse, and this fault, though tolerable in dealings among us Communists, becomes unbearable in a General Secretary. Therefore I propose to the comrades to find some way of removing Stalin from his position and appointing somebody else who differs in all respects from Comrade Stalin in one characteristic-namely, someone more tolerant, more loyal, more polite and considerate to his comrades, less capricious, etc.
Sergo Ordzhonikidze; Grigoriy Ordzhonikidze You can't shut me up with your cynicism. I warn you- you must realize in time that you are not a mighty despot before whom everyone trembles. I do not tremble before you, I will fight you if you force me to it.
Henry A. Wallace Where I Was Wrong
Stephen Cohen Not counting the 26.5 million Russians who died in WWII, 20 million Russians were killed by the Stalinist regimes….the Stalinist regeme is still an open wound that the country can’t close.
Geoffery Robertson Stalin loved trials so long as everyone got shot at the end.
Leon Trotsky In inner-party politics, these methods lead, as we shall yet see, to this: the party organization substitutes itself for the party, the central committee substitutes itself for the organization, and, finally, a "dictator" substitutes himself for the central committee.
Josip Broz Tito To Joseph Stalin: Stop sending people to kill me! We've already captured five of them, one of them with a bomb and another with a rifle... If you don't stop sending killers, I'll send a very fast working one to Moscow and I certainly won't have to send another.
Paul Robeson Sometimes great injustices may be inflicted on the minority when the majority is in the pursuit of a great and just cause.
Winston Churchill If only I could dine with Stalin once a week, there would be no trouble at all.
Anastas Ivanovich Mikoyan Stalin's methods did not help.
Anastas Ivanovich Mikoyan For about 20 years we have had practically no collective leadership; there flourished the cult of the individual which was [earlier] condemned first by Marx and then by Lenin
Nikita Khrushchev Joseph Stalin was a supreme egotist and sadist, capable of sacrificing everything and anyone for the sake of his own power and glory.
Dwight D. Eisenhower Ever since 1946, all the so-called experts have been yapping about what would happen when Stalin dies and what we as a nation should do about it. We’ll he’s dead, and you can turn the files of our government inside out—in vain—looking for any plans laid. We have no plan. We are not even sure what difference his death makes.
William Sloane Coffin Stalin could occasionally make Hitler look like a Boy Scout.
Pete Seeger Heaven’s Yes. I was hopelessly naïve regarding Joseph Stalin. I thought he just drove too hard.
Pete Seeger My father, Charles Seeger, got me into the Communist movement. He backed out around '38. I drifted out in the '50s. I apologized for following the party line so slavishly, for not seeing that Stalin was a supremely cruel misleader.
Hafizullah Amin Comrade Stalin showed us how to build socialism in a backward country: it's painful to begin with, but afterwards everything turns out just fine.
Max Hastings The Allied cause [in WWII] was morally compromised by the need to enlist the service of Joseph Stalin’s tyranny in order to defeat the forces of Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, and Hideki Tojo.
Paul Robeson Sometimes great injustices may be inflicted on the minority when the majority is in the pursuit of a great and just cause.
Tim Buck For a time I gave the appearance of defending Stalin. I didn't defend what he had done; the fact is, nobody could defend the things that Khrushchev revealed.
Enver Hoxha Did Stalin make mistakes? Of course he did. In so long a period filled with heroism, trials, struggle, triumphs, it is inevitable not only for Joseph Stalin personally but also for the leadership as a collective body to make mistakes. Which is the party and who is the leader that can claim to have made no mistakes in their work? When the existing leadership of the Soviet Union is criticized, the comrades of the Soviet leadership advise us to look ahead and let bygones be bygones, they tell us to avoid polemics, but when it comes to Stalin, they not only did not look ahead but they turned right round, completely backward, in order to track down only the weak spots in Stalin's work.
W. Averell Harriman Stalin is a strong, ruthless revolutionist and therefore a very potential threat to future world conditions.
Keith Gessen In 1917, with the Bolsheviks, you had intra-elite conversations about what the country should be doing. You had arguments. Under Stalin, you didn’t really. But then after Stalin, you started having those arguments again.
Lev Ponomarev Russia has never recognized the crime of the Soviet regime. The crimes of the Stalin regime and the millions who died—There was no repentance.
Mao Zedong In the Soviet Union those who once extolled Stalin to the skies have now in one sweep condemned him to purgatory … Stalin’s mistakes amounted to only 30 percent of the whole and his achievement to 70 percent. On balance he was a great Marxist.
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… if the proletariat is to achieve victory, all the workers, irrespective of nationality, must be united. Clearly, the demolition of national barriers and close unity between the Russian, Georgian, Armenian, Polish, Jewish and other proletarians is a necessary condition for the victory of the proletariat of all Russia. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
… it is time to finish retreating. Not one step back! Such should now be our main slogan. ... Henceforth the solid law of discipline for each commander, Red Army soldier, and commissar should be the requirement — not a single step back without order from higher command. Slogans & Mottoes
A sincere diplomat is like dry water or wooden iron. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
A single death is a tragedy, a million deaths is a statistic. Human Nature
Anarchists are real enemies of Marxism Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Anti-Semitism, as an extreme form of racial chauvinism, is the most dangerous vestige of cannibalism. … Communists, as consistent internationalists, cannot but be irreconcilable and bitter enemies of anti-Semitism. In the U.S.S.R., anti-Semitism is strictly prosecuted as a phenomenon hostile to the Soviet system. According to the laws of the U.S.S.R. active anti-Semites are punished with death. Discrimination & Prejudice
Can't he understand it if a soldier who has crossed thousands of kilometers through blood and fire and death has fun with a woman or takes some trifle? War & Peace
Comrades, Red Army and Red Navy men, commanders and political instructors, men and women guerrillas! The whole world is looking to you as a force capable of destroying the brigand hordes of German invaders. The enslaved peoples of Europe under the yoke of the German invaders are looking to you as their liberators. A great mission of liberation has fallen to your lot. Be worthy of this mission! The war you are waging is a war of liberation, a just war. War & Peace
Education is a weapon whose effects depend on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Everything changes. . . . Social life changes, and with it the "national question" changes, too. At different periods different classes enter the arena, and each class has its own view of the "national question." Consequently, in different periods the "national question" serves different interests and assumes different shades, according to which class raises it, and when. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
God's not unjust, he doesn't actually exist. We've been deceived. If God existed, he'd have made the world more just... Justice & Injustice
Gratitude is a sickness suffered by dogs. Miscellaneous
History shows that there are no invincible armies and that there never have been. History
I consider it completely unimportant who in the party will vote, or how; but what is extraordinarily important is this—who will count the votes, and how. Voters, Voting & Elections
I hope that you will use your new bomb against the Japanese. Nuclear, Chemical & Biological Weapons & Energy
I know that after my death a pile of rubbish will be heaped on my grave, but the wind of History will sooner or later sweep it away without mercy. History
I know what Hitler is up to. He thinks he has outsmarted me, but actually it is I who have outsmarted him. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
I may be older but I never stopped studying. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
I must give a most emphatic warning, in the interest of our common cause, of the grave danger with which further delay in opening a second front in France is fraught War & Peace
I trust no one, not even myself. Trust ;Miscellaneous ;Dictators, Despots, Autocrats, Autocracies & Dictatorships
Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns, why should we let them have ideas? Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns, why should we let them have ideas? Freedom & Liberty
If any foreign minister begins to defend to the death a "peace conference," you can be sure his government has already placed its orders for new battleships and aeroplanes. Discrimination & Prejudice
If the opposition disarms, all is well and good. If it refuses to disarm, we shall disarm it ourselves. Guns & Gun Control
If there's an air raid during the parade and there are dead and wounded, they must be quickly removed and the parade allowed to go on. Leaders & Leadership
If, against all expectation, Germany finds itself in a difficult situation then she can be sure that the Soviet people will come to Germany's aid and will not allow Germany to be strangled. The Soviet Union wants to see a strong Germany and we will not allow Germany to be thrown to the ground Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Dictators, Despots, Autocrats, Autocracies & Dictatorships
In relation to the Dagestani and other bands which obstruct the movements of trains from the North Caucasus, you must be absolutely merciless. A number of their villages should be set on fire and burned to the ground so as to teach them not to make raids on trains. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Language is an instrument of development and struggle. Different nations have different languages. The interests of the proletariat of all Russia demand that the proletarians of the different nationalities inhabiting Russia shall have full right to use the language in which it is easiest for them to receive education, in which they can best oppose their enemies at meetings or in public, state and other institutions. That language is the native language. English, Languages & Bilingualism
Mankind is divided into rich and poor, into property owners and exploited; and to abstract oneself from this fundamental division, and from the antagonism between poor and rich, means abstracting oneself from fundamental facts. Miscellaneous
One of Ivan the Terrible's mistakes was to overlook the five great feudal families. If he had annihilated those five families, there would definitely have been no Time of Troubles. But Ivan the Terrible would execute someone and then spend a long time repenting and praying. God got in his way in this matter. He ought to have been still more decisive! Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership ;Dictators, Despots, Autocrats, Autocracies & Dictatorships
Purge the ministry of Jews. Discrimination & Prejudice
She died and with her died my last warm feelings for humanity. Families, Children & Parenting
The existing pseudo-government which was not elected by the people and which is not accountable to the people must be replaced by a government recognized by the people, elected by representatives of the workers, soldiers and peasants and held accountable to their representatives. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
The leaders come and go, but the people remain. Only the people are immortal Leaders & Leadership
The people who cast the votes don't decide an election, the people who count the votes do. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The Pope! How many divisions does he have? Military & Veterans
The press must grow day in and day out — it is our Party's sharpest and most powerful weapon. Media, Journalism & The Press
The Russian Czars did a great deal that was bad. They robbed and enslaved the people. They waged wars and seized territories in the interest of landowners. But they did one thing that was good—they amassed an enormous state. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
The writer is the engineer of the human soul. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
There are no fortresses that Bolsheviks cannot storm. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
This war is not as in the past; whoever occupies a territory also imposes on it his own social system. Everyone imposes his own system as far as his army can reach. It cannot be otherwise. If now there is not a communist government in Paris, this is only because Russia has no an army which can reach Paris in 1945. War & Peace
Toys to frighten children Nuclear, Chemical & Biological Weapons & Energy
We are fifty or a hundred years behind the advanced countries. We must make good this distance in ten years. Either we do it, or they will crush us. Development & Growth
We are fifty or a hundred years behind the advanced countries. We must make good this distance in ten years. Either we do it, or they will crush us. Development & Growth
We do not want a single foot of foreign territory; but of our territory we shall not surrender a single inch to anyone. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
We have unified the state in such a way that if any part were isolated from the common socialist state, it would not only inflict harm on the latter but would be unable to exist independently and would inevitably fall under foreign subjugation. Therefore, whoever attempts to destroy the socialist state … is an enemy, a sworn enemy of the state and of the peoples of the USSR. And we will destroy each and every such enemy, even if he is an old Bolshevik; we will destroy all his kin; we will mercilessly destroy anyone who by his deeds or his thoughts—threatens the unity of this socialist state. To the complete destruction of all enemies, themselves and their kin. Miscellaneous
We think that a powerful and vigorous movement is impossible without differences — "true conformity" is possible only in the cemetery. Freedom & Liberty
World War II proved our Soviet system to be a better form of organization of society than any non-Soviet social system. War & Peace
Young people must sieze the fortress of science if they want to truly replace the old guard. Freedom & Liberty ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology ;Social Sciences
Death is the solution to all problems. No man - no problem. Death
Death solves all problems - no man, no problem. Death
Everyone imposes his own system as far as his army can reach.
Gaiety is the most outstanding feature of the Soviet Union.
History shows that there are no invincible armies. History
I believe in one thing only, the power of human will. Power
Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns, why should we let them have ideas.
If any foreign minister begins to defend to the death a 'peace conference', you can be sure his government has already placed its orders for new battleships and airplanes. Death ;Government ;War & Peace
If the opposition disarms, well and good. If it refuses to disarm, we shall disarm it ourselves.
In the Soviet army it takes more courage to retreat than advance.
It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Mankind is divided into rich and poor, into property owners and exploited; and to abstract oneself from this fundamental division; and from the antagonism between poor and rich means abstracting oneself from fundamental facts.
One death is a tragedy; one million is a statistic. Death
Print is the sharpest and the strongest weapon of our party.
The death of one man is a tragedy. The death of millions is a statistic. Death
The only real power comes out of a long rifle. Power
The Pope? How many divisions has he got?
We don't let them have ideas. Why would we let them have guns?
When we hang the capitalists they will sell us the rope we use.
You cannot make a revolution with silk gloves.