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Sometimes – history needs a push.
– Vladimir Lenin
While the State exists there can be no freedom; when there is freedom there will be no State.
The goal of socialism is communism.
Crime is a product of social excess.
The history of all countries shows that the working class exclusively by its own effort is able to develop only trade-union consciousness.
Democracy is indispensable to socialism.
To rely upon conviction, devotion, and other excellent spiritual qualities; that is not to be taken seriously in politics.
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.
Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted.
Without revolutionary theory there can be no revolutionary movement.
Can a nation be free if it oppresses other nations? It cannot.
When there is state there can be no freedom, but when there is freedom there will be no state.
The press should be not only a collective propagandist and a collective agitator, but also a collective organizer of the masses.
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.
Without a revolutionary theory there cannot be a revolutionary movement.
One man with a gun can control 100 without one.
It is true that liberty is precious; so precious that it must be carefully rationed.
The most important thing when ill is to never lose heart.
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.
There are no morals in politics; there is only expedience. A scoundrel may be of use to us just because he is a scoundrel.
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.
The way to crush the bourgeoisie is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation.
Our program necessarily includes the propaganda of atheism.
Under socialism all will govern in turn and will soon become accustomed to no one governing.
Capitalists are no more capable of self-sacrifice than a man is capable of lifting himself up by his own bootstraps.
Freedom in capitalist society always remains about the same as it was in ancient Greek republics: Freedom for slave owners.