Vladimir Lenin Quotes

Who is Vladimir Lenin?

Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov Lenin was a Russian revolutionary and politician.

Born April 22, 1870
Died January 21, 1924

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“A lie told often enough becomes the truth.”

“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.”

“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.”

“Despair is typical of those who do not understand the causes of evil, see no way out, and are incapable of struggle.”

“Every society is three meals away from chaos.”

“Freedom in capitalist society always remains about the same as it was in ancient Greek republics: Freedom for slave owners.”

“Give me just one generation of youth, and I'll transform the whole world.”

“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.”

“I can't listen to music too often. It affects your nerves, makes you want to say stupid nice things and stroke the heads of people who could create such beauty while living in this vile hell.”

“I particularly approve of and welcome the arrest of millionaire saboteurs in the first and second-class railway carriage.”

“Imperialism: The final stage of capitalism.”

“It is more pleasant and useful to go through the 'experience of the revolution' than to write about it.”

“It is necessary sometimes to take one step backward to take two steps forward.”

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“It is true that liberty is precious; so precious that it must be carefully rationed.”

“One man with a gun can control 100 without one. Make mass searches and hold executions for found arms.”

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“We cannot build our own future without helping others to build theirs.”


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“Revolution can never be forecast; it cannot be foretold; it comes of itself. Revolution is brewing and is bound to flare up.”

“So long as the state exists there is no freedom. When there is freedom, there will be no state.”

“Socialism means keeping account of everything. You will have socialism if you take stock of every piece of iron and cloth.”

“Sometimes history needs a push.”

“The best way to control the opposition is to lead it ourselves.”

“The bourgeoisie are today evading taxation by bribery and through their connections; we must close all loopholes.”

“The capitalists will sell us the rope with which we will hang them.”

“The goal of socialism is communism.”

“The revolution does not need historians.”

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

“There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen.”

“There are no morals in politics; the is only experience. A scoundrel may be of use because he is a scoundrel.”

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“Three keys to success: read, read, read.”

“Trust is good, control is better.”

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“No one starts a war–or rather, no one in his sense ought to do so–without first being clear in his mind what he intends to achieve by the war and how he intends to conduct it.”


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