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Quotations From VLADIMIR ILYICH LENIN

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  • 11.
    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.
    Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (1870-1924), Russian communist leader. Remark, 1910. Quoted in Tamara Deutsche, Not By Politics Alone, ch. 4 (1973). Real name: Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov.

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  • 12.
    Literature must become Party literature.... Down with unpartisan litterateurs! Down with the superman of literature! Literature must become a part of the general cause of the proletariat.
    Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (1870-1924), Russian revolutionary leader. First published in Party Organization and Party Literature (1905). Quoted in George Steiner, "Marxism and the Literary Critic," Language and Silence (1967).

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  • 13.
    You cannot make a revolution in white gloves.
    Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (1870-1924), Russian revolutionary leader. Quoted in Tamara Deutsche, Not By Politics Alone, ch. 2 (1973). Lenin to Kropotkin, May 1919.
  • 14.
    Freedom in capitalist society always remains about the same as it was in ancient Greek republics: Freedom for slave owners.
    Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (1870-1924), Russian revolutionary leader. The State and Revolution, ch. 5, sct. 2 (1917).

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  • 15.
    I am a bad, wicked man, but I am practising moral self- purification; I don't eat meat any more, I now eat rice cutlets.
    Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (1870-1924), Russian revolutionary leader. Quoted in Not By Politics Alone, ch. 4, Tamar Deutsche (1973).
  • 16.
    A good man fallen among Fabians.
    Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (1870-1924), Russian revolutionary leader. Quoted in Six Weeks in Russia in 1919, "Notes of a Conversation with Lenin," Arthur Ransome (1919). Remark to Arthur Ransome.
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