Quotations From LEON TROTSKY


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  • There is a limit to the application of democratic methods. You can inquire of all the passengers as to what type of car they like to ride in, but it is impossible to question them as to whether to apply the brakes when the train is at full speed and accident threatens.
    Leon Trotsky (1879-1940), Russian revolutionary. The History of the Russian Revolution, vol. 3, ch. 6 (1933).

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  • There is no example in history of a revolutionary movement involving such gigantic masses being so bloodless.
    Leon Trotsky (1879-1940), Russian revolutionary. The History of the Russian Revolution, vol. 2, ch. 7 (1933). On the initial stages of the Russian Revolution (which included the storming of Moscow's Winter Palace).

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  • In Stalin each [Soviet bureaucrat] easily finds himself. But Stalin also finds in each one a small part of his own spirit. Stalin is the personification of the bureaucracy. That is the substance of his political personality.
    Leon Trotsky (1879-1940), Russian revolutionary. The Revolution Betrayed, ch. 11 (1937).
  • Old age is the most unexpected of all things that happen to a man.
    Leon Trotsky (1879-1940), Russian revolutionary. Diary in Exile, entry for May 8, 1935 (1959).
  • The literary "fellow travelers" of the Revolution.
    Leon Trotsky (1879-1940), Russian revolutionary. Literature and Revolution, ch. 2 (1923).
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