Vladimir Lenin

(Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov)

Vladimir Lenin
Vladimir Lenin
  • Born: April 22, 1870
  • Died: January 21, 1924
  • Nationality: Russian
  • Profession: Revolutionary, Politician









Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, better known by the alias Lenin, was a Russian revolutionary, politician, and political theorist. He served as head of government of Soviet Russia from 1917 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 communist state governed by the Russian Communist Party. Ideologically a Marxist and communist, he developed political theories known as Leninism.

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Lawrence Wilkerson I see them as messianic advocates of American power from one end of the globe, much as the Jacobins in France were messianic advocates of the French Revolution. I don't care whether utopians are Vladimir Lenin on a sealed train to Moscow or Paul Wolfowitz. You're never going to bring utopia, and you're going to hurt a lot of people in the process.
Herman Gorter The Executive in Moscow, the RUSSIAN leaders of a revolution that triumphed only through the help of millions of poor peasants, forces these their tactics on the proletariat of Western Europe, which stands and has to stand all alone. And in so doing annihilates the best trend in Western Europe! …. Through these your tactics on the Trade Union question you and the Moscow Executive have proved, to my mind, that UNLESS YOU ALTER THESE TACTICS, YOU CANNOT CONDUCT THE REVOLUTION IN WESTERN EUROPE
Herman Gorter The starting-point in the brochure is not right. To my idea you are mistaken in your judgment regarding the analogy of the West-European revolution with the Russian one, regarding the conditions of the West-European revolution, that is to say the class-relations- and this leads you to mistake the cause, from which this Left Wing, the opposition, originates …. Therefore the brochure SEEMS to be right, as long as your starting-point is assumed. If, however (as it should be), your starting point is rejected, the entire brochure is wrong. As all your mistaken, and partly mistaken, judgments converge …
Anatoly Lunacharsky His [Leon Trotsky’s] colossal arrogance and an inability or unwillingness to show any human kindness or to be attentive to people, the absence of that charm which always surrounded Lenin, condemned Trotsky to a certain loneliness. One only has to recall that even a number of his personal friends (I am speaking, of course, of the political sphere) turned into his sworn enemies
Anatoly Lunacharsky I was very much disturbed by Lenin's political ruthlessness
Anatoly Lunacharsky Sometimes, having laughingly accepted some critical objection, he [Lenin] will alter the wording that he himself has just put forward in all confidence
Michel Aflaq If I was asked to define socialism, I would not seek its definition in the texts of Marx or Lenin. I would rather say: it is the religion of life, and the triumph of life over death. By opening the door of employment for everyone, and allowing the gifts and virtues of all human beings to blossom, flower and be fruitful, it preserves what rightfully belongs to life, leaving death nothing but dried meat and rotten bones.
Muhammad Ali Jinnah The prosperity and advancement of a nation depend upon its intelligentsia, and Muslim India is looking forward to her young generation and education classes to give a bold lead for our guidance and a brilliant record of historical achievements and traditions…
Herman Gorter The revolution in Russia was terrible for the proletariat in the long years of its development- and it is terrible now.
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... knew more about world politics than all the cabinet ministers in office. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
...instantly introduce mass terror, shoot and transport hundreds of prostitutes who get the soldiers drunk, ex-officers, etc. Not a minute to be wasted...You must act at full stretch: mass searches. Executions for possession of weapons. Mass deportations of Mensheviks and unreliable elements. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
[Capitalism is] a special machine for the suppression of one class by another. Miscellaneous
A democracy is a state which recognizes the subjection of the minority to the majority, that is, an organization for the systematic use of violence by one class against the other, by one part of the population against another. Democracies & Republics
Absolutely everybody is in favour of peace in general. War & Peace
All colonies are oppressed peoples. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
All oppressing classes of every description need two social functions to safeguard their domination: the function of a hangman and the function of a priest. The hangman is to quell the protest ... the priest reconciles them to class domination, weans them away from revolutionary actions. Religion & God
All power to the Soviet of Workers' and Soldiers' Deputies. Power
An anarchist is just a bourgeois turned inside out. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
An armed uprising is inevitable and the time for it fully ripe. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
Any cook should be able to run the country. Leaders & Leadership
Art belongs to the people. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Capitalists are no more capable of self sacrifice than a man is capable of lifting himself by his own bootstraps. Business, Commerce & Finance
Children must be taught to hate their parents if they are not Communists. Families, Children & Parenting
Cinema is the most important of all the arts for us. Propaganda & Disinformation
Communism is Soviet power plus the electrification of the whole country. Power ;Energy
Comrades! The revolt by the five kulak administrative regions must be suppressed without mercy. The interest of the entire revolution demands this, because we have now before us the "final decisive battle" against the kulaks. We need to set an example. You need to hang (most definitely hang, so that the public sees) at least 100 notorious kulaks, the rich, the bloodsuckers. This needs to be accomplished in such a way, that people for hundreds of miles around will see, tremble, know and scream out: let's choke and strangle those blood-sucking kulaks. Telegraph us acknowledging receipt and execution of this. Yours, Lenin…. P.S. Find some of the tougher people for this. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
Comrades, the revolution is on. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
Democracy is of great importance for the working class in its struggle for freedom against the capitalists. But ... it is only one of the stages in the course of development from feudalism to capitalism, and from capitalism to Communism. Democracies & Republics ;Capitalism
Every cook has to learn how to govern the state. Citizenship & Patriotism
Every cook or every laborer cannot govern the state. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Every worker receives from society as much as he has given it. Labor Unions, Labor Relations & Strikes
Fascism is capitalism in decay. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Capitalism
First we pin the convict's badge on him: then we examine his case. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Freedom in capitalist society always remains about the same as it was in ancient Greek republics: Freedom for slave owners. Society ;Freedom & Liberty ;Capitalism
Freedom" is a grand word, but under the banner of Free Trade the most predatory wars were conducted; under the banner of "free labor" the toilers were robbed. Freedom & Liberty
Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Give us the child for 8 years and it will be a Bolshevik forever. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
History proceeds in zig zags through crooked paths. History
How can you compare the the masses of Western Europe with our people—so patient, so accustomed to privation? Human Nature
How can you make a revolution without executions? Capital Punishment, Dealth Penalty & State Execution
I request that my vote be added in favor of the acceptance of potatoes and arms from the bandits of Anglo-French imperialism. Foreign Aid
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. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
Imperialism is the monopoly stage of capitalism. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism ;Capitalism
In the end a funeral requiem will be sung over the Soviet Republic or over world capitalism. As long as capitalism remains we cannot live in peace. In the end one or the other will triumph. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance ;Capitalism
In the end, one or the other will triumph—a funeral dirge will be sung over the Soviet Republic or over world capitalism. Miscellaneous ;Capitalism
It all goes completely to your head. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
It is better to destroy 100 innocent people than to let one guilty one escape. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
It is impossible to become a real communist without studying-really studying - all that Plekhanov has written on philosophy, as this is the best of the whole international literature of Marxism Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
It is necessary secretly ---and urgently---to prepare for terror. And on Tuesday we will decide whether it will be through the SNK or otherwise Terrorism
It should not be imagined that Party organizations must consist solely of professional revolutionaries. We need the most diverse organizations of all types, ranks and shades. Political Parties & Machines
One step forward, two steps back ... It happens in the lives of individuals, and it happens in the history of nations and in the development of parties. Miscellaneous
One technical expert is worth twenty Communists. Management & Managing Government
Only force would produce social change. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
Only idiots think that the proletariat will win a majority right away. First we topple the bourgeoisie. Then we seize power. That is the dictatorship of the proletariat. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
Our involvement in this war is treason to the interests of international socialism. War & Peace
Our party has stagnated while working underground. Political Parties & Machines
Peace, Bread & Land Slogans & Mottoes
Political institutions are a superstructure resting on an economic foundation. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
Practical and obvious interests of all the capitalistic powers have demanded the development, consolidation and expansion of trade with Russia. Foreign Trade
Real freedom for women is possible only through Communism. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Religion is a clumsy sort of whiskey in which the slaves of capital drown their human being and their revenge for an existence little worthy of men. Religion & God
Revolutions are the locomotives of history. Drive them full speed ahead and keep them on the rails. . . . Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
Stalin is too brutal. His powers should be taken away from him. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Stalin is too coarse for the position of General Secretary. We need someone more polite and more considerate. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
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. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
The best way to destroy the capitalist system is to debauch the currency. Money, Coins & Minting ;Capitalism
The bloody capitalists cannot conclude an honorable peace. They can conclude only a dishonorable peace, based upon a division of spoils. War & Peace
The bourgeoisie is having recourse to the vilest crimes, bribing society's lowest elements and supplying liquor to these outcasts with the purpose of bringing on pogroms. The partisans of the bourgeoisie, especially the higher officials, bank clerks, etc., are sabotaging and organizing strikes in order to block the government's efforts to reconstruct the state on a socialistic basis. Sabotage has spread even to the food-supply organizations and millions of people are threatened with famine. Special measures must be taken to fight counter-revolution and sabotage. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
The existence of the: Soviet Republic, side by side with the imperialist states for a long time is unthinkable. One or the other must triumph in the end. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Capitalism
The freedom of the press throughout the world where the capitalists rule, is the freedom to buy up papers, the freedom to buy writers, to buy and manufacture public opinion in the interest of the capitalists. Media, Journalism & The Press
The French monarchist and I shook hands, knowing that each of us would gladly have hung the other. But at the moment, our interests coincided. Negotiating & Negotiations
The history of all countries shows that, by its own efforts, the working class can develop only a trade-union consciousness—that is, the realization of the need of getting together in unions in order to fight employers and to demand from the government the passing of laws necessary for the workers. Labor Unions, Labor Relations & Strikes
The people want to exercise power but what on earth would they do with it if it were given to them? Power
The press should be not only a collective propagandist and a collective agitator, but also a collective organizer of the masses. Propaganda & Disinformation
The purpose of terrorism is to terrorize. Terrorism
The revolutionary dictatorship of the proletariat ... [is a] state that is democratic for the proletariat and the poor in general. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
The strictest loyalty to the ideas of communism must be combined with the ability to make all the necessary practical compromises, to tack, to make agreements, zigzags, retreats, and so on, in order to accelerate coming into power. Loyalty & Loyalty Oaths
The theory of Socialism grew out of the philosophic, historical and economic theories that were elaborated by the educated representatives of the propertied classes, the intellectuals. The founders of modern scientific Socialism, Marx and Engels, belonged to the bourgeois intelligentsia. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The worst enemy of the new radicals are the old liberals. Liberals & Conservatives
There are no morals in politics; there is only expedience. A scoundrel may be of use to us just because he is a scoundrel. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
This is only a preliminary step toward a similar revolution everywhere. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
Those going to Russia undertake to work their hardest and with the greatest efficiency and discipline exceeding those of capitalist standards, as otherwise Russia will not be able to outstrip capitalism or even catch up with it. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs ;Capitalism
Trade unionism means the enslavement of the workers by the bourgeoisie. Labor Unions, Labor Relations & Strikes
Trotsky has earned it by his brilliant and unflagging work Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Under capitalism we have a state in the proper sense of the word, that is, a special machine for the suppression of one class by another. States. Nations & Nationhood ;Capitalism
Under socialism all will govern in turn and we will soon be accustomed to no one governing. Miscellaneous
Unevenness of economic and political development is the inflexible law of capitalism. Equality & Equal Opportunity ;Capitalism
Until we apply terror to speculators --- shooting on the spot --- we won’t get anywhere. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement ;Dictators, Despots, Autocrats, Autocracies & Dictatorships
Victory in war depends on the morale of the masses which are shedding their blood on the battlefield. War & Peace
We must be engineers of souls. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
We must be ready to employ trickery, deceit, law-breaking, withholding and concealing truth. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
We must not regard what is obsolete to us as something that is obsolete to the class, to the masses...How can one say that ‘parliamentarianism is politically obsolete’, when ‘millions’ and ‘legions’ of proletarians are not only in favor of parliamentarianism in general, but are downright ‘counter revolutionary’!? Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
We shall now proceed to construct the socialist order. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
What is Communism? The Soviet Republic plus electrification. Development & Growth
When we are reproached for exercising the dictatorship of party, we say, yes ... We stand by it and cannot do without it. Political Parties & Machines
While the state exists there is no freedom; when there is freedom, there will be no state. States. Nations & Nationhood
Why should freedom of speech and freedom of the press be allowed? Why should a government which is doing what it believes is right allow itself to be criticized? It would not allow opposition by lethal weapons. Ideas are much more fatal things than guns. Freedom & Liberty
A lie told often enough becomes the truth. Truth
A revolution is impossible without a revolutionary situation; furthermore, not every revolutionary situation leads to revolution.
Can a nation be free if it oppresses other nations? It cannot.
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.
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.
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. Time ;History
It is true that liberty is precious; so precious that it must be carefully rationed.
No amount of political freedom will satisfy the hungry masses. Freedom & Liberty
One man with a gun can control 100 without one.
Our program necessarily includes the propaganda of atheism.
Politics begin where the masses are, not where there are thousands, but where there are millions, that is where serious politics begin. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Sometimes - history needs a push. History
The goal of socialism is communism.
The government is tottering. We must deal it the death blow an any cost. To delay action is the same as death. Death ;Government
The history of all countries shows that the working class exclusively by its own effort is able to develop only trade-union consciousness. History
The most important thing when ill is to never lose heart.
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. Government
The way to crush the bourgeoisie is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation.
To rely upon conviction, devotion, and other excellent spiritual qualities; that is not to be taken seriously in politics. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Under socialism all will govern in turn and will soon become accustomed to no one governing.
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. Time ;Freedom & Liberty
When there is state there can be no freedom, but when there is freedom there will be no state. Freedom & Liberty
While the State exists there can be no freedom; when there is freedom there will be no State. Freedom & Liberty
Without a revolutionary theory there cannot be a revolutionary movement.
Without revolutionary theory there can be no revolutionary movement.