Vladimir Lenin (Politician)

#40032 Vladimir Lenin

To accept anything on trust, to preclude critical application and development, is a grievous sin; and in order to apply and develop, “simple interpretation” is obviously not enough. .

Vladimir Lenin Quotes about men
#40033 Vladimir Lenin

Whoever wants to reach socialism by any other path than that of political democracy will inevitably arrive at conclusions that are absurd and reactionary both in the economic and the political sense. .

Vladimir Lenin Quotes about action
#40034 Vladimir Lenin

These should be arranged chronologically by source (further dating of many of these is desirable for proper sortation) .

Vladimir Lenin Quotes about man
#40035 Vladimir Lenin

Not a handful of rich people, but all the working people must enjoy the fruits of their common labour. .

Vladimir Lenin Quotes about people
#40036 Vladimir Lenin

Everyone is free to write and say whatever he likes, without any restrictions... [but the party] would inevitably break up, first ideologically and then physically, if it did not cleanse itself of people advocating anti-party views. .

Vladimir Lenin Quotes about art
#40038 Vladimir Lenin

The Congress decisively rejects terrorism, i.e., the system of individual political assassinations, as being a method of political struggle which is most inexpedient at the present time, diverting the best forces from the urgent and imperatively necessary work of organisation and agitation, destroying contact between the revolutionaries and the masses of the revolutionary classes of the population, and spreading both among the revolutionaries themselves and the population in general utterly distorted ideas of the aims and methods of struggle against the autocracy. .

Vladimir Lenin Quotes about time
#40039 Vladimir Lenin

We want to achieve a new and better order of society: in this new and better society there must be neither rich nor poor; all will have to work. Not a handful of rich people, but all the working people must enjoy the fruits of their common labour. Machines and other improvements must serve to ease the work of all and not to enable a few to grow rich at the expense of millions and tens of millions of people. This new and better society is called socialist society. The teachings about this society are called socialism. .

Vladimir Lenin Quotes about people
#40040 Vladimir Lenin

Only the most ignorant people can close their eyes to the bourgeois nature of the democratic revolution which is now taking place. Whoever wants to reach socialism by any other path than that of political democracy will inevitably arrive at conclusions that are absurd and reactionary both in the economic and the political sense. .

Vladimir Lenin Quotes about nature
#40041 Vladimir Lenin

Everyone is free to write and say whatever he likes, without any restrictions. But every voluntary association (including the party) is also free to expel members who use the name of the party to advocate anti-party views. Freedom of speech and the press must be complete. But then freedom of association must be complete too. I am bound to accord you, in the name of free speech, the full right to shout, lie and write to your heart’s content. But you are bound to grant me, in the name of freedom of association, the right to enter into, or withdraw from, association with people advocating this or that view. The party is a voluntary association, which would inevitably break up, first ideologically and then physically, if it did not cleanse itself of people advocating anti-party views. .

Vladimir Lenin Quotes about freedom
#40042 Vladimir Lenin

Notwithstanding all the differences in the aims and tasks of the Russian revolution, compared with the French revolution of 1871, the Russian proletariat had to resort to the same method of struggle as that first used by the Paris Commune — civil war. Mindful of the lessons of the Commune, it knew that the proletariat should not ignore peaceful methods of struggle — they serve its ordinary, day-to-day interests, they are necessary in periods of preparation for revolution — but it must never forget that in certain conditions the class struggle assumes the form of armed conflict and civil war; there are times when the interests of the proletariat call for ruthless extermination of its enemies in open armed clashes. .

Vladimir Lenin Quotes about war
#40043 Vladimir Lenin

It is necessary to be able to withstand all this, to agree to any and every sacrifice, and even—if need be—to resort to all sorts of stratagems, manoeuvres and illegal methods, to evasion and subterfuges in order to penetrate the trade unions, to remain in them, and to carry on Communist work in them at all costs. .

Vladimir Lenin Quotes about work
#40044 Vladimir Lenin

Human thought by its nature is capable of giving, and does give, absolute truth, which is compounded of a sum-total of relative truths. .

Vladimir Lenin Quotes about truth
#40045 Vladimir Lenin

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#40046 Vladimir Lenin

The sole "property" of matter with whose recognition philosophical materialism is bound up is the property of being an objective reality, of existing outside the mind. .

Vladimir Lenin Quotes about reality
#40048 Vladimir Lenin

The reflection of nature in man’s thought must be understood not lifelessly but in the eternal process of movement, the arising of contradictions and their solution. .

Vladimir Lenin Quotes about life
#40049 Vladimir Lenin

Human reason has discovered many amazing things in nature and will discover still more, and will thereby increase its power over nature. .

Vladimir Lenin Quotes about nature
#40050 Vladimir Lenin

If the world is eternally moving and developing matter (as the Marxists think), reflected by the developing human consciousness, what is there “static” here? The point at issue is not the immutable essence of things, or an immutable consciousness, but the correspondence between the consciousness which reflects nature and the nature which is reflected by consciousness. .

Vladimir Lenin Quotes about nature
#40051 Vladimir Lenin

Materialism is the recognition of "objects in themselves", or outside the mind; ideas and sensations are copies of images of those objects. .

Vladimir Lenin Quotes about mind
#40052 Vladimir Lenin

Sensation is a subjective image of the objective world. .

Vladimir Lenin Quotes about world
#40053 Vladimir Lenin

To be a materialist is to acknowledge objective truth, which is revealed to us by our sense organs. .

Vladimir Lenin Quotes about truth
#40054 Vladimir Lenin

People always have been the foolish victims of deception and self-deception in politics, and they always will be, until they have learned to seek out the interests of some class or other behind all moral, religious, political and social phrases, declarations and promises. .

Vladimir Lenin Quotes about politics
#40055 Vladimir Lenin

Man's consciousness not only reflects the objective world, but creates it. .

Vladimir Lenin Quotes about world
#40056 Vladimir Lenin

The Bolsheviks will do everything to secure this peaceful development of the revolution. .

Vladimir Lenin Quotes about peace
#40057 Vladimir Lenin

Victory will belong only to those who have faith in the people, those who are immersed in the life-giving spring of popular creativity. .

Vladimir Lenin Quotes about life
#40058 Vladimir Lenin

We shall not bind ourselves by treaties. We shall not allow ourselves to be entangled by treaties. .

Vladimir Lenin
#40059 Vladimir Lenin

The war is relentless: it puts the alternative in a ruthless relief: either to perish, or to catch up with the advanced countries and outdistance them, too, in economic matters. .

Vladimir Lenin Quotes about war
#40060 Vladimir Lenin

When violence is exercised by the working people, by the mass of exploited against the exploiters — then we are for it! .

Vladimir Lenin Quotes about people
#40061 Vladimir Lenin

You cannot do anything without rousing the masses to action. .

Vladimir Lenin Quotes about action
#40062 Vladimir Lenin

It is not national interests we are upholding — we claim that the interests of socialism, the interests of world socialism, rank higher than national interests, higher than the interests of the state. .

Vladimir Lenin Quotes about world
#40063 Vladimir Lenin

It is necessary — secretly and urgently to prepare . .

Vladimir Lenin Quotes about secret
#40064 Vladimir Lenin

Recovery proceeding excellently. Am sure that the crushing of the Kazan Czechs and , as well as of theextortioners supporting them, will be exemplarily ruthless. .

Vladimir Lenin Quotes about will
#40065 Vladimir Lenin

You must remember that, of all the arts, for us the cinema is the most important. .

Vladimir Lenin Quotes about art
#40066 Vladimir Lenin

We have to be on the alert and to realise that theis indispensable! .

Vladimir Lenin Quotes about real
#40067 Vladimir Lenin

Political institutions are a superstructure resting on an economic foundation. .

Vladimir Lenin Quotes about political
#40068 Vladimir Lenin

What caused the war? The greed of the Italian money bags and capitalists, who need new markets and new achievements for Italian imperialism. What kind of war was it? A perfected, civilised blood bath, the massacre of Arabs with the help of the “latest” weapons. .

Vladimir Lenin Quotes about war
#40070 Vladimir Lenin

The bourgeoisie incites the workers of one nation against those of another in the endeavour to keep them disunited. Class-conscious workers, realising that the break-down of all the national barriers by capitalism is inevitable and progressive, are trying to help to enlighten and organise their fellow-workers from the backward countries. .

Vladimir Lenin Quotes about war
#40071 Vladimir Lenin

Man’s consciousness not only reflects the objective world, but creates it. .

Vladimir Lenin Quotes about world
#40072 Vladimir Lenin

An end to wars, peace among the nations, the cessation of pillaging and violence — such is our ideal, but only bourgeois sophists can seduce the masses with this ideal, if the latter is divorced from a direct and immediate call for revolutionary action. .

Vladimir Lenin Quotes about war
#40073 Vladimir Lenin

Peaceful surrender of power by the bourgeoisie is possible, if it is convinced that resistance is hopeless and if it prefers to save its skin. It is much more likely, of course, that even in small states socialism will not be achieved without civil war, and for that reason the only programme of international Social-Democracy must be recognition of civil war, though violence is, of course, alien to our ideals. .

Vladimir Lenin Quotes about hope
#40074 Vladimir Lenin

is the ideal of socialism. There will be no wars in socialist society; consequently, disarmament will be achieved. But whoever expects that socialism will be achieved without a social revolution and the dictatorship of the proletariat is not a socialist. Dictatorship is state power based directly on violence. And in the twentieth century — as in the age of civilisation generally — violence means neither a fist nor a club, but troops. To put “disarmament” in the programme is tantamount to making the general declaration: We are opposed to the use of arms. There is as little Marxism in this as there would be if we were to say: We are opposed to violence! .

Vladimir Lenin Quotes about war
#40075 Vladimir Lenin

International unity of the workers is more important than the national. .

Vladimir Lenin Quotes about work
#40076 Vladimir Lenin

The “democratisation” of the ownership of shares, from which the bourgeois sophists and opportunist so-called “Social-Democrats” expect (or say that they expect) the “democratisation of capital”, the strengthening of the role and significance of small scale production, etc., is, in fact, one of the ways of increasing the power of the financial oligarchy. .

Vladimir Lenin Quotes about power
#40077 Vladimir Lenin

It is essential to grasp the incontestable truth that a Marxist must take cognisance of real life, of the true facts of reality, and not cling to a theory of yesterday, which, like all theories, at best only outlines the main and the general, only comes near to embracing life in all its complexity. .

Vladimir Lenin Quotes about life
#40078 Vladimir Lenin

In the two months following the revolution the industrialists have robbed the whole of Russia. .

Vladimir Lenin Quotes about evolution
#40080 Vladimir Lenin

Our business is to help get everything possible done to make sure the "last" chance for a peaceful development of the revolution, to help by the presentation of our programme, by making clear its national character, its absolute accord with the interests and demands of a vast majority of the population. .

Vladimir Lenin Quotes about peace
#40082 Vladimir Lenin

Where and when have riots and anarchy been provoked by wise measures? If the government had acted wisely, and if their measures had met the needs of the poor peasants, would there have been unrest among the peasant masses? .

Vladimir Lenin Quotes about men
#40083 Vladimir Lenin

We shall not bind ourselves by treaties. We shall not allow ourselves to be entangled by treaties. We reject all clauses on plunder and violence, but we shall welcome all clauses containing provisions for good-neighbourly relations and all economic agreements; we cannot reject these. .

Vladimir Lenin Quotes about men
#40084 Vladimir Lenin

The government considers it the greatest of crimes against humanity to continue this war over the issue of how to divide among the strong and rich nations the weak nationalities they have conquered, and solemnly announces its determination immediately to sign terms of peace to stop this war on the terms indicated, which are equally just for all nationalities without exception. .

Vladimir Lenin Quotes about war
#40085 Vladimir Lenin

No mercy for these enemies of the people, the enemies of socialism, the enemies of the working people! War to the death against the rich and their hangers-on, the bourgeois intellectuals; war on the rogues, the idlers and the rowdies! .

Vladimir Lenin Quotes about death
#40086 Vladimir Lenin

We know that an unskilled labourer or a cook cannot immediately get on with the job of state administration. .

Vladimir Lenin Quotes about media

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