Josef Stalin

Josef Stalin Quotes

  • ''History shows that there are no invincible armies.''
    Josef Stalin (1879-1953), Soviet leader. Radio broadcast, July 3, 1941, declaring war on Germany. Three weeks before Hitler invaded Russia.
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  • ''Gratitude ... is a sickness suffered by dogs.''
    Josef Stalin (1879-1953), Soviet leader. Quoted in Nikolai Tolstoy, Stalin's Secret War, ch. 2 (1981).
  • ''To choose one's victims, to prepare one's plan minutely, to slake an implacable vengeance, and then to go to bed ... there is nothing sweeter in the world.''
    Josef Stalin (1879-1953), Soviet leader. quoted in Robert Conquest, "Lenin's Guffaw," New Republic (Washington, D.C., Sept. 15, 1986). Remark to colleague before signing almost 40,000 death warrants.

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