Leon Trotsky

(1879_1940 / Bereslavka)

Leon Trotsky Quotes

  • ''It was the supreme expression of the mediocrity of the apparatus that Stalin himself rose to his position.''
    Leon Trotsky (1879-1940), Russian revolutionary. My Life, ch. 40 (1930).
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  • ''It was the supreme expression of the mediocrity of the apparatus that Stalin himself rose to his position.''
    Leon Trotsky (1879-1940), Russian revolutionary. My Life, ch. 40 (1930). In his last book, Stalin (published 1947), drafted while in exile in Mexico, Trotsky wrote: "Our paths diverged so long ago and so far, and in my eyes he is so much the instrument of historical forces that are alien and hostile to me, that my feelings towards him differ little from those I have towards Hitler or the Mikado. The personal element burned out long ago." Trotsky was assassinated on Stalin's orders before the book could be finished.
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  • ''The end may justify the means as long as there is something that justifies the end.''
    Leon Trotsky (1879-1940), Russian revolutionary. Quoted in Antonio Gramsci: an Introduction to his Thought, preface, Alberto Pozzolini (1970).
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  • ''Our party's most outstanding mediocrity.''
    Leon Trotsky (1879-1940), Russian revolutionary. Quoted in Dmitri Volkogonov, Stalin: Triumph and Tragedy, foreword (1989, trans. 1991). In his last book, Stalin, Trotsky wrote: "Our paths diverged so long ago and so far, and in my eyes he is so much the instrument of historical forces that are alien and hostile to me, that my feelings towards him differ little from those I have towards Hitler or the Mikado. The personal element burned out long ago." Trotsky was assassinated on Stalin's orders before the book could be finished.
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  • ''Under all conditions well-organized violence seems to him the shortest distance between two points.''
    Leon Trotsky (1879-1940), Russian revolutionary. Stalin, ch. 3 (1947). Unfinished biography of Stalin.
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  • ''Let a man find himself, in distinction from others, on top of two wheels with a chain—at least in a poor country like Russia—and his vanity begins to swell out like his tyres. In America it takes an automobile to produce this effect.''
    Leon Trotsky (1879-1940), Russian revolutionary. The History of the Russian Revolution, vol. 2, ch. 7 (1933).
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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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  • ''In a serious struggle there is no worse cruelty than to be magnanimous at an inopportune time.''
    Leon Trotsky (1879-1940), Russian revolutionary. The History of the Russian Revolution, vol. 2, ch. 7 (1933).
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  • ''From being a patriotic myth, the Russian people have become an awful reality.''
    Leon Trotsky (1879-1940), Russian revolutionary. The History of the Russian Revolution, vol. 3, ch. 7 (1933). On the chaotic aftermath of the October Revolution, 1917.
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  • ''Revolutions are always verbose.''
    Leon Trotsky (1879-1940), Russian revolutionary. The History of the Russian Revolution, vol. 2, ch. 12 (1933).
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