Vladimir Lenin; Nikolai

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… in this new and better society there must be neither rich nor poor; all will have to work. Not a handful of rich people, but all the working people must enjoy the fruits of their common labor. Equality & Equal Opportunity
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. Media, Journalism & The Press ;Capitalism
All the marvels of science and the gains of culture belong to the nation as a whole, and never again will man’s brain and human genius be used for oppression and exploitation. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Communism cannot be imposed by force. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
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. Discrimination & Prejudice
Everyone is free to write and say whatever he likes, without any restrictions. But every voluntary association (including the party) is also free to expel members who use the name of the party to advocate anti-party views. Freedom of speech and the press must be complete. But then freedom of association must be complete too. I am bound to accord you, in the name of free speech, the full right to shout, lie and write to your heart’s content. But you are bound to grant me, in the name of freedom of association, the right to enter into, or withdraw from, association with people advocating this or that view. The party is a voluntary association, which would inevitably break up, first ideologically and then physically, if it did not cleanse itself of people advocating anti-party views. Freedom & Liberty
Hang (hang without fail, so the people see) no fewer than one hundred known kulaks, rich men, bloodsuckers. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
History is moving in zig-zags and by roundabout ways. History
I am not fond of the Germans by any means but at the present time it is more advantageous to use them than to challenge them. An independent Poland is very dangerous to Soviet Russia: it is an evil which, however, at the present time has also its redeeming features; for while it exists, we may safely count on Germany, because the Germans hate Poland and will at any time make common cause with us in order to strangle Poland. .. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
In the final account, the fate of our republic will depend upon whether the masses of the peasantry will go hand in hand with the working class States. Nations & Nationhood
It is necessary … to agree to any and every sacrifice, and even—if need be—to resort to all sorts of stratagems, maneuvers and illegal methods, to evasion and subterfuges in order to penetrate the trade unions, to remain in them, and to carry on Communist work in them at all costs. Labor Unions, Labor Relations & Strikes
It is not national interests we are upholding — we claim that the interests of socialism, the interests of world socialism, rank higher than national interests, higher than the interests of the state. We are defenders of the socialist fatherland. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
Nine-tenths of the peasants have gone over to our side within a few weeks because we adopted an agrarian program that was not our own but that of the Socialist-Revolutionaries, and put it into execution. Our victory consisted precisely in the carrying out of the Socialist-Revolutionary program. That is why it was so easy.
No Bolshevik, no Communist, no intelligent socialist has ever entertained the idea of violence against the middle peasants. All socialists have always spoken of agreement with them and of their gradual and voluntary transition to socialism. Miscellaneous
No revolution is worth anything unless it can defend itself. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
Not a single problem of the class struggle has ever been solved in history except by violence. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
Only an understanding with the peasant can save the social revolution until the revolution is ready to break out in other countries. . . . The situation is now this: either we must satisfy economically the peasant of the middle group, or it will be impossible to maintain the power of the proletariat in Russia. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
Only by abolishing private property in land and building cheap and hygienic dwellings can the housing problem be solved. Housing
Peaceful surrender of power by the bourgeoisie is possible, if it is convinced that resistance is hopeless and if it prefers to save its skin. It is much more likely, of course, that even in small states socialism will not be achieved without civil war, and for that reason the only program of international Social-Democracy must be recognition of civil war, though violence is, of course, alien to our ideals. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
Russians are too kind, they lack the ability to apply determined methods of revolutionary terror. Terrorism
Shame on accursed Csarism which tortured and persecuted the Jews. Shame on those who foment hatred towards the Jews, who foment hatred towards other nations. Ethnic Groups
Shame on America for the plight of the Negroes Discrimination & Prejudice
Take immediate and decisive steps to better the condition of the peasant. Abandon the system of war-time Communism by which we practically took from the peasant all his surplus, and sometimes what was not his surplus but part of his necessary subsistence.
The bourgeoisie incites the workers of one nation against those of another in the endeavor to keep them disunited. Welfare
The Congress decisively rejects terrorism, i.e., the system of individual political assassinations, as being a method of political struggle which is most inexpedient at the present time, diverting the best forces from the urgent and imperatively necessary work of organization and agitation, destroying contact between the revolutionaries and the masses of the revolutionary classes of the population, and spreading both among the revolutionaries themselves and the population in general utterly distorted ideas of the aims and methods of struggle against the autocracy. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
The government considers it the greatest of crimes against humanity to continue this war over the issue of how to divide among the strong and rich nations the weak nationalities they have conquered, and solemnly announces its determination immediately to sign terms of peace to stop this war on the terms indicated, which are equally just for all nationalities without exception. War & Peace
The oppressed are allowed once every few years to decide which particular representatives of the oppressing class shall represent and repress them in parliament.. Voters, Voting & Elections
The passing of state power from one class to another is the first, the principal, the basic sign of a revolution, both in the strictly scientific and in the practical political meaning of that term. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
The Proletariat cannot achieve complete liberty until it has won complete liberty for women. Freedom & Liberty
To accept anything on trust, to preclude critical application and development, is a grievous sin; Human Nature
To hoard surpluses of grain and other food products at a time when the people in Petrograd, in Moscow, and in dozens of non-agricultural uyezds are not only suffering from a shortage of bread, but are cruelly starving, is an enormous crime deserving the most ruthless punishment. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
To picture world history as advancing smoothly and steadily without sometimes taking gigantic strides backward is undialectical, unscientific and theoretically wrong History
Under capitalism the female half of the human race is doubly oppressed … firstly because the law does not give them equality with men; and secondly—and this is the main thing—they remain in ‘household bondage’; they continue to be ‘household slaves’, for they are overburdened with the drudgery if the most squalid, backbreaking and stultifying toil in the kitchen in the family household. Discrimination & Prejudice ;Capitalism
We are out to rebuild the world. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
We can't expect to get anywhere unless we resort to terrorism: speculators must be shot on the spot. Moreover, bandits must be dealt with just as resolutely: they must be shot on the spot. Terrorism
When we are reproached with having established a dictatorship of one party... we say, ‘Yes, it is a dictatorship of one party! This is what we stand for and we shall not shift from that position... Political Parties & Machines ;Dictators, Despots, Autocrats, Autocracies & Dictatorships
Where and when have riots and anarchy been provoked by wise measures? If the government had acted wisely, and if their measures had met the needs of the poor peasants, would there have been unrest among the peasant masses? Riots ;Civil Disorder, Riots, Protests & Demonstrations
Whoever wants to reach socialism by any other path than that of political democracy will inevitably arrive at conclusions that are absurd and reactionary both in the economic and the political sense. Democracies & Republics
You cannot do anything without rousing the masses to action. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers