35 Great Vladimir Lenin Quotes

35 Great Vladimir Lenin Quotes

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Vladimir IIyich Ulyanov, better known by his alias Vladimir Lenin, was a Russian communist, political theorist, and politician. He was he head of government for the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic from 1917 until his death in 1922. His theories are still alive today and are known as Lenninism.

“A lie told often enough becomes truth.”

“Communism is Soviet government plus the electrification of the whole country. ”

“Crime is a product of social excess. ”

“Everyone is free to write and say whatever he likes, without any restrictions.”

“Fascism is capitalism in decay.”

“Freedom of speech and the press must be complete. But then freedom of association must be complete too.”

“Give us the child for 8 years and it will be a Bolshevik forever.”

“I come to the categorical conclusion that precisely at this moment we must give battle to the Black Hundred clergy in the most decisive and merciless manner and crush its resistance with
such brutality that it will not forget it for decades to come. The greater the number of representatives of the reactionary clergy and reactionary bourgeoisie we succeed in executing for
this reason, the better.”

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

“It is necessary — secretly and urgently to prepare the terror.”

“It is not for nothing that Skaldin in one part of his book quotes Adam Smith: we have seen that both his views and the character of his arguments in many respects repeat the theses of that
great ideologist of the progressive bourgeoisie.”

“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.”

“It is true that liberty is precious – so precious that it must be rationed.”

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

“No Bolshevik, no Communist, no intelligent socialist has ever entertained the idea of violence against the middle peasants. All socialists have always spoken of agreement with them and of
their gradual and voluntary transition to socialism.”

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

“Recovery proceeding excellently. Am sure that the crushing of the Kazan Czechs and whiteguards, as well as of the kulak extortioners supporting them, will be exemplarily ruthless.”

“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.”

“The goal of socialism is communism.”

“The Poor Peasants’ Committees are necessary to fight the kulaks, the rich, the exploiters, who shackle the working peasants.”

“The progressive historical role of capitalism may be summed up in two brief propositions: increase in the productive forces of social labour, and the socialisation of that labour. But both
these facts manifest themselves in extremely diverse processes in different branches of the national economy.”

“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.”

“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.”

“The war is relentless: it puts the alternative in a ruthless relief.”

“The way to crush the bourgeoisie is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation.”

“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.”

“We must pursue the removal of church property by any means necessary in order to secure for ourselves a fund of several hundred million gold rubles.”

“We set ourselves the ultimate aim of abolishing the state, i.e., all organized and systematic violence, all use of violence against people in general.”

“We shall not achieve socialism without a struggle.”

“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.”

“We stand for an alliance with all countries without exception.”

“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.”

“What we prize most is peace and an opportunity to devote all our efforts to restoring our economy.”

“When we say “the state,” the state is We, it is we, it is the proletariat, it is the advanced guard of the working class.”

“You cannot do anything without rousing the masses to action. A plenary meeting of the Soviet must be called to decide on mass searches in Petrograd and the goods stations. To carry out
these searches, each factory and company must form contingents, not on a voluntary basis: it must be the duty of everyone to take part in these searches under the threat of being deprived of
his bread card. We can’t expect to get anywhere unless we resort to terrorism: speculators must be shot on the spot. Moreover, bandits must be dealt with just as resolutely: they must be
shot on the spot.”