Vladimir Ilyich Lenin
Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (born Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov; 22 April 1870 – 21 January 1924) was a Russian communist revolutionary, politician and political theorist. He served as the leader of the Russian SFSR from 1917, and then concurrently as Premier of the Soviet Union from 1922, until his death. Politically a Marxist, his theoretical contributions to Marxist thought are known as Leninism, which ... more »
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''Communism is Soviet power plus the electrification of the whole country.''Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (1870-1924), Russian revolutionary leader. Report on the Work of the Council of People's Commissars, Dec. 22, 1920 (1920), repr....
''Politics begin where the masses are, not where there are thousands, but where there are millions, that is where serious politics begin.''Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (1870-1924), Russian revolutionary leader. Report to Seventh Congress of the Russian Communist Party, March 7, 1918 (1920), publ...
''To rely upon conviction, devotion, and other excellent spiritual qualitiesthat is not to be taken seriously in politics.''Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (1870-1924), Russian revolutionary leader. Address, March 1922, to the 11th Party Congress.
''It is true that liberty is preciousso precious that it must be rationed.''Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (1870-1924), Russian revolutionary leader. Attributed in Soviet Communism: A New Civilisation? P. 1036, Sidney and Beatrice Webb...
''Capitalists are no more capable of self-sacrifice than a man is capable of lifting himself up by his own bootstraps.''Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (1870-1924), Russian revolutionary leader. Letters From Afar, ch. 4 (1917).