Vladimir Ilyich Lenin


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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. In Collected Works, vol. 31 (1966). The words were used as a slogan to promote the plans of the State Committee for the Electrification of Russia.
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  • ''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), published in Selected Works, vol. 7 (1937).
  • ''To rely upon conviction, devotion, and other excellent spiritual qualities—that 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 precious—so 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 (1936).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''If Socialism can only be realized when the intellectual development of all the people permits it, then we shall not see Socialism for at least five hundred years.''
    Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (1870-1924), Russian revolutionary leader. speech, Nov. 27, 1917, at Peasants' Congress, Petrograd. Quoted in John Reed, Ten Days That Shook the World, ch. 12 (1919).
  • ''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).
  • ''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.
  • ''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.

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