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Leon Trotsky quotes by Simon Sebag Montefiore
#1. Stalin was always exceptional, even from childhood. We have relied on Trotsky's unrecognizably prejudiced portrait for too long. The truth was different. Trotsky's view tells us more about his own vanity, snobbery and lack of political skills than about the early Stalin. #Quote by Simon Sebag Montefiore
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#2. Lenin refused to recognise moral norms established by slave-owners for their slaves and never observed by the slave-owners themselves; he called upon the Proletariat to extend the class struggle into the moral sphere too. Who fawns before the precepts established by the enemy will never vanquish that enemy! #Quote by Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky quotes by Leon Trotsky
#3. Let us not forget that revolutions are accomplished through people, although they be nameless. Materialism does not ignore the feeling, thinking, and acting man, but explains him. #Quote by Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky quotes by Leon Trotsky
#4. Everything is relative in this world, where change alone endures. #Quote by Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky quotes by Leon Trotsky
#5. The usages and methods of warfare are thus determined by changing circumstances and, therefore, they themselves can in nowise be eternal. #Quote by Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky quotes by Leon Trotsky
#6. City of prose and fantasy, of capitalist automation, its streets a triumph of cubism, its moral philosophy that of the dollar. New York impressed me tremendously because, more than any other city, it is the fullest expression of our modern age. #Quote by Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky quotes by Leon Trotsky
#7. As for us, we were never concerned with the Kantian-priestly and vegetarian-Quaker prattle about the "sacredness of human life". We were revolutionaries in opposition, and have remained revolutionaries in power. To make the individual sacred, we must destroy the social order which crucifies him. And that problem can only be solved by blood and iron. The man who recognizes the revolutionary historic importance of the very fact of the existence of the Soviet system must also sanction the Red Terror. #Quote by Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky quotes by C. Wright Mills
#8. Here's to the day when the complete works of Leon Trotsky are published and widely distributed in the Soviet Union. On that day the USSR will have achieved democracy! #Quote by C. Wright Mills
Leon Trotsky quotes by Leon Trotsky
#9. Fascism is a caricature of Jacobinism. #Quote by Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky quotes by Leon Trotsky
#10. Culture feeds on the sap of economics, and a material surplus is necessary, so that culture may grow, develop and become subtle. #Quote by Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky quotes by Leon Trotsky
#11. Tell me anyway
Maybe I can find the truth by comparing the lies. #Quote by Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky quotes by Isaac Deutscher
#12. Wherever he went he left footprints so firm that nobody could later efface or blur them, not even he himself, when on rare occasions he was tempted to do so. #Quote by Isaac Deutscher
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#13. The objective prerequisites for the proletarian revolution have not only 'ripened'; they have begun to get somewhat rotten. Without a socialist revolution, in the next historical period at that, a catastrophe threatens the whole culture of mankind. #Quote by Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky quotes by Leon Trotsky
#14. The serious and critical reader will not want a treacherous impartiality, which offers him a cup of conciliation with a well-settled poison of reactionary hate at the bottom, but a scientific conscientiousness, which for its sympathies and antipathies - open and undisguised - seeks support in an honest study of the facts, a determination of their real connections, an exposure of the causal laws of their movement. #Quote by Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky quotes by Leon Trotsky
#15. Not only in peasant homes, but also in city skyscrapers, there
lives alongside the twentieth century the thirteenth. A hundred
million people use electricity and still believe in the magic powers of signs and exorcisms. Movie stars go to mediums. Aviators who pilot miraculous mechanisms created by man's genius wear amulets on their sweaters. What inexhaustible reserves they possess of darkness, ignorance and savagery! #Quote by Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky quotes by Leon Trotsky
#16. If one cannot get along without a mirror, even in shaving oneself, how can one reconstruct oneself or one's life, without seeing oneself in the "mirror" of literature? #Quote by Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky quotes by Leon Trotsky
#17. Revolutions are always verbose. #Quote by Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky quotes by Leon Trotsky
#18. Thousands and thousands of books are thrown on the market every year
presenting some new variant of the personal romance, some tale of the vacillations
of the melancholic or the career of the ambitious. The heroine of Proust requires
several finely-wrought pages in order to feel that she does not feel anything. It
would seem that one might, at least with equal justice, demand attention to a
series of collective historic dramas which lifted hundreds of millions of human
beings out of nonexistence, transforming the character of nations and intruding
forever into the life of all mankind. #Quote by Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky quotes by Leon Trotsky
#19. It is unquestionably true that the need for art is not created by economic conditions. But neither is the need for food created by economics. On the contrary, the need for food and warmth creates economics. #Quote by Leon Trotsky
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#20. Com­rades, we love the sun that gives us light, but if the rich and the ag­gressors were to try to mono­pol­ize the sun, we should say:
"Let the sun be ex­tin­guished, let dark­ness reign, etern­al night… #Quote by Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky quotes by Leon Trotsky
#21. Natasha has just come up to the window from the courtyard and opened it wider so that the air may enter more freely into my room. I can see the bright green strip of grass beneath the wall, and the clear blue sky above the wall, and sunlight everywhere. Life is beautiful. Let the future generations cleanse it of all evil, oppression and violence, and enjoy it to the full. #Quote by Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky quotes by Leon Trotsky
#22. You may not be interested in strategy, but strategy is interested in you. #Quote by Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky quotes by Leon Trotsky
#23. He who slanders the victim aids the executioner. #Quote by Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky quotes by Leon Trotsky
#24. Without a guiding organization, the energy of the masses would dissipate like steam not enclosed in a piston box. But nevertheless what moves things is not the piston or the box, but the steam. #Quote by Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky quotes by Leon Trotsky
#25. Our planet is being turned into a filthy and evil-smelling imperialist barrack. #Quote by Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky quotes by Leon Trotsky
#26. The feeling of the supremacy of general over particular, of law over fact, of theory over personal experience, took root in my mind at an early age and gained increasing strength as the years advanced. It was the town that played the major role in shaping this feeling, a feeling which later became the basis for a philosophic outlook on life. When I heard boys who were studying physics and natural history repeat the superstitious notions about "unlucky" Monday, or about meeting a priest crossing the road, I was utterly indignant. I felt that my intelligence had been insulted, and I was on the verge of doing any mad thing to make them abandon their shameless superstitions. #Quote by Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky quotes by David I. Kertzer
#27. Relations between the Facist regime and the American government were rapidly cooling. Italian newspapers did nothing to help, charging that Jews ruled the United States. They offered a list of the all-Jewish makeup of what was said to be the likely next American cabinet, headed by the President Bernard Baruch and Vice President Albert Einstein. Leon Trotsky was slated to be secretary of war; the face that he was neither American nor lived in the country was apparently no impediment. #Quote by David I. Kertzer
Leon Trotsky quotes by Isaac Deutscher
#28. For nearly thirty years the powerful propaganda machines of Stalinism worked furiously to expunge Trotsky's name from the annals of the revolution, or to leave it there only as the synonym for arch-traitor. To the present Soviet generation, and not only to it, Trotsky's life-story is already like an ancient Egyptian sepulchre which is known to have contained the body of a great man and the record, engraved in gold, of his deeds; but tomb-robbers and ghouls have plundered and left it so empty and desolate that no trace is found of the record it once contained. The work of the tomb-robbers has, in this present instance, been so persistent that it has strongly affected the views even of independent Western historians and scholars. #Quote by Isaac Deutscher
Leon Trotsky quotes by Leon Trotsky
#29. At the first sound of the drum, the revolutionary movement died down. The more active layers of the workers were mobilized. The revolutionary elements were thrown from the factories to the front. Severe penalties were imposed for striking. The workers' press was swept away. Trade unions were strangled. Hundreds of thousands of women, boys, peasants, poured into the workshops. The war - combined with the wreck of the International - greatly disoriented the workers politically, and made it possible for the factory administration, then just lifting its head, to speak patriotically in the name of the factories, carrying with it a considerable part of the workers, and compelling the more bold and resolute to keep still and wait. The revolutionary ideas were barely kept glowing in small and hushed circles. In the factories in those days, nobody dared to call himself "Bolshevik" for fear, not only of arrest, but of a beating from the backward workers. #Quote by Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky quotes by Leon Trotsky
#30. Slavophilism, the messianism of backwardness, has based its philosophy upon the assumption that the Russian people and their church are democratic through and through, whereas official Russia is a German bureaucracy imposed upon them by Peter the Great. #Quote by Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky quotes by Leon Trotsky
#31. England is nothing but the last ward of the European madhouse, and quite possibly it will prove to be the ward for particularly violent cases. #Quote by Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky quotes by Leon Trotsky
#32. Where force is necessary, there it must be applied boldly, decisively and completely. But one must know the limitations of force; one must know when to blend force with a maneuver, a blow with an agreement. #Quote by Leon Trotsky
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#33. For the first time in world history the peasant was destined to find a leader in the person of the worker. In that lies the fundamental, and you may say the whole, difference between the Russian Revolution and all those preceding it. In #Quote by Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky quotes by Leon Trotsky
#34. The artist can not serve his struggle for freedom unless he subjectively assimilates the social content, unless he feels in his very nerves its meaning and drama and freely seeks to give his own inner world incarnation in his art. #Quote by Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky quotes by Leon Trotsky
#35. In a serious struggle there is no worse cruelty than to be magnanimous at an inopportune time. #Quote by Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky quotes by Leon Trotsky
#36. In a country where the sole employer is the State, opposition means death by slow starvation. The old principle: who does not work shall not eat, has been replaced by a new one: who does not obey shall not eat. #Quote by Leon Trotsky
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#37. As long as human labor power, and, consequently, life itself, remain articles of sale and purchase, of exploitation and robbery, the principle of the "sacredness of human life" remains a shameful lie, uttered with the object of keeping the oppressed slaves in their chains. #Quote by Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky quotes by Leon Trotsky
#38. The comparison of Rasputin and Christ was customary in that circle, and by no means accidental. The alarm of the royal couple before the menacing forces of history was too sharp to be satisfied with an impersonal God and the futile shadow of a Biblical Christ. They needed a second coming of "the Son of Man." In Rasputin the rejected and agonizing monarchy found a Christ in its own image. "If there had been no Rasputin," said Senator Tagantsev, a man of the old regime, "it would have been necessary to invent one." There is a good deal more in these words than their author imagined. #Quote by Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky quotes by Leon Trotsky
#39. Not believing in force is the same as not believing in gravity. #Quote by Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky quotes by Leon Trotsky
#40. The boycott of parliamentary institutions on the part of anarchists and semianarchists is dictated by a desire not to submit their weakness to a test on the part of the masses, thus preserving their right to an inactive hauteur which makes no difference to anybody. A revolutionary party can turn its back to a parliament only if it has set itself the immediate task of overthrowing the existing regime. #Quote by Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky quotes by Leon Trotsky
#41. If we had had more time for discussion we should probably have made a great many more mistakes. #Quote by Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky quotes by Leon Trotsky
#42. The people will have the right to elect their representatives from a list of candidates [who have been approved by the Party]. #Quote by Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky quotes by Leon Trotsky
#43. A means can be justified only by its end. But the end in its turn needs to be justified. #Quote by Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky quotes by Leon Trotsky
#44. With all due respect to all philistines, the dictatorship of the proletariat does just consist in "giving a hiding" to the classes that were previously supreme, before forcing them to recognize the new order and to submit to it. #Quote by Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky quotes by Hank Bracker
#45. Wild Times
Since Mexico accepted communism as a legitimate political party during the 1920's and allowed refugees greater flexibility of thought, it became a haven from persecution. Moreover, living in Mexico was less costly than most countries, the weather was usually sunny and no one objected to the swinging lifestyle that many of the expats engaged in. It was for these reasons that Julio Mella from Cuba, Leon Trotsky from Russia and others sought refuge there. It also attracted many actors, authors and artists from the United States, many of whom were Communist or, at the very least were "Fellow Travelers" and had leftist leanings. Although the stated basic reason for the Communist Party's existence was to improve conditions for the working class, it became a hub for the avant-garde, who felt liberated socially as well as politically. The bohemian enclave of Coyoacán now a part of Mexico City, where Frida Kahlo was born, was located just east of San Angel which at the time was a district of the ever expanding City. It also became the gathering place for personalities such as the American actor Orson Welles, the beautiful actress Dolores del Río, the famous artist Diego Rivera and his soon-to-be-wife, "Frida," who became and is still revered as the illustrious matriarch of Mexico. #Quote by Hank Bracker
Leon Trotsky quotes by Leon Trotsky
#46. Our party's most outstanding mediocrity. #Quote by Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky quotes by Leon Trotsky
#47. The pillars of Hercules of the United States are vulgarity and stupidity. #Quote by Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky quotes by Leon Trotsky
#48. The United States is not only the strongest, but also the most terrified country. #Quote by Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky quotes by Leon Trotsky
#49. I feel here that this time they have succeeded. #Quote by Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky quotes by Leon Trotsky
#50. I was not prepared to play the role of singer in the camp of the warriors #Quote by Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky quotes by Leon Trotsky
#51. For the information of these "friends" who consider themselves called to defend against us the role of the Bolsheviks in the October Revolution, we give warning that our book teaches not how to love a victorious revolution after the event, in the person of the bureaucracy it has brought forward, but only how a revolution is prepared,
how it develops, and how it conquers. A party is not for us a machine whose
sinlessness is to be defended by state measures of repression, but a complicated organism that like all living things develops in contradictions. #Quote by Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky quotes by Leon Trotsky
#52. There is no justice in bureaucracy for the individual, for bureaucracy caters only to itself. One cannot practice the same bureaucracy as one is fighting against. #Quote by Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky quotes by Leon Trotsky
#53. If you cannot convince a Fascist, acquaint his head with the pavement. #Quote by Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky quotes by Leon Trotsky
#54. The creative union of the conscious with the unconscious is what one usually calls 'inspiration.' #Quote by Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky quotes by Leon Trotsky
#55. Terror, as the demonstration of the will and strength of the working class, is historically justified, precisely because the proletariat was able thereby to break the political will of the intelligentsia, pacify the professional man of various categories and work, and gradually subordinate them to its own aims within the field of their specialties. #Quote by Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky quotes by Christopher Hitchens
#56. Trotsky was so much an intellectual that in the final analysis, Marxism was not quite enough for him. #Quote by Christopher Hitchens
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#57. The fall of the present bureaucratic dictatorship [in the Soviet Union], if it were not replaced by a new socialist power, would thus mean a return to capitalist relations with a catastrophic decline of industry and culture. #Quote by Leon Trotsky
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#58. Every historical form of society is in its foundation a form of organization of labor. While every previous form of society was an organization of labor in the interests of a minority, which organized its State apparatus for the oppression of the overwhelming majority of the workers, we are making the first attempt in world history to organize labor in the interests of the laboring majority itself. #Quote by Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky quotes by Leon Trotsky
#59. An army cannot be built without reprisals. Masses of men cannot be led to death unless the army command has the death-penalty in its arsenal. So long as those malicious tailless apes that are so proud of their technical achievements - the animals that we call men - will build armies and wage wars, the command will always be obliged to place the soldiers between the possible death in the front and the inevitable one in the rear. And yet armies are not built on fear. The Tsar's army fell to pieces not because of any lack of reprisals. In his attempt to save it by restoring the death-penalty, Kerensky only finished it. Upon the ashes of the great war, the Bolsheviks created a new army. These facts demand no explanation for any one who has even the slightest knowledge of the language of history. The strongest cement in the new army was the ideas of the October revolution, and the train supplied the front with this cement. #Quote by Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky quotes by Leon Trotsky
#60. From being a patriotic myth, the Russian people have become an awful reality. #Quote by Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky quotes by Leon Trotsky
#61. Workers – men and women – of all countries, place yourselves under the banner of the Fourth International. It is the banner of your approaching victory! #Quote by Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky quotes by Leon Trotsky
#62. You are pitiful isolated individuals; you are bankrupts; your role is played out. Go where you belong from now on - into the dustbin of history! #Quote by Leon Trotsky
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#63. Similar (of course, far from identical) irritations in similar conditions call out similar reflexes; the more powerful the irritation, the sooner it overcomes personal peculiarities. To a tickle, people react differently, but to a red-hot iron, alike. As a steam-hammer converts a sphere and a cube alike into sheet metal, so under the blow of too great and inexorable events resistances are smashed and the boundaries of "individuality" lost. #Quote by Leon Trotsky
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#64. On December 13, the tsarina suggests to the tsar: "Anything but this responsible ministry about which everybody has gone crazy. Everything is getting quiet and better, but people want to feel your hand. How long they have been saying to me, for whole years, the same thing: 'Russia loves to feel the whip.' That is their nature!" This orthodox Hessian, with a Windsor upbringing and a Byzantine crown on her head, not only "incarnates" the Russian soul, but also organically despises it. Their nature demands the whip - writes the Russian tsarina to the Russian tsar about the Russian people, just two months and a half before the monarchy tips over into the abyss. In #Quote by Leon Trotsky
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#65. Life is not an easy matter ... . You cannot live through it without falling into frustration and cynicism unless you have before you a great idea which raises you above personal misery, above weakness, above all kinds of perfidy and baseness. #Quote by Leon Trotsky
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#66. A revolution is always distinguished by impoliteness, probably because the ruling classes did not take the trouble in good season to teach the people fine manners. #Quote by Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky quotes by Leon Trotsky
#67. In the meantime, the first characteristic of a really revolutionary party is -- to be able to look reality in the face. #Quote by Leon Trotsky
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#68. Fascism is nothing but capitalist reaction. #Quote by Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky quotes by Leon Trotsky
#69. The revenge of history is more powerful than the revenge of the most powerful General Secretary. #Quote by Leon Trotsky
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#70. The bourgeoisie, which far surpasses the proletariat in the completeness and irreconcilibility of its class consciousness, is vitally interested in imposing its moral philosophy upon the exploited masses. It is exactly for this purpose that the concrete norms of the bourgeois catechism are concealed under moral abstractions ... The appeal to abstract norms is not a disinterested philosophic mistake but a necessary element in the mechanics of class deception. #Quote by Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky quotes by Leon Trotsky
#71. Against my protests a mausoleum was built on the Red Square, a monument unbecoming and offensive to the revolutionary consciousness. #Quote by Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky quotes by Leon Trotsky
#72. Generally speaking, by the way, that is the moral of the opponents of violence in politics: they renounce violence when it comes to introducing changes in what already exists, but in defense of the existing order they will not stop at the most ruthless acts. #Quote by Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky quotes by Isaac Deutscher
#73. The local liberal press, much molested by the censorship, had its courageous and skilful writers such as VM Doroshevich, the master of that semi-literary and semi-journalistic essay at which Bronstein himself was one day to excel. #Quote by Isaac Deutscher
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#74. We seek to uncover
behind the events changes in the collective consciousness. We reject wholesale references to the "spontaneity" of the movement, references which in most cases
explain nothing and teach nobody. Revolutions take place according to certain laws. This does not mean that the masses in action are aware of the laws of revolution, but it does mean that the changes in mass consciousness are not accidental, but are subject to an objective necessity which is capable of theoretic explanation, and thus makes both prophecy and leadership possible. #Quote by Leon Trotsky
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#75. The basis of bureaucratic rule is the poverty of society in objects of consumption, with the resulting struggle of each against all. When there is enough goods in a store, the purchasers can come whenever they want to. When there is little goods, the purchasers are compelled to stand in line. When the lines are very long, it is necessary to appoint a policeman to keep order. Such is the starting point of the power of the Soviet bureaucracy. It "knows" who is to get something and who has to wait. #Quote by Leon Trotsky
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#76. Transcending class distinctions, the speaker [Stalin] portrays the relation between the bourgeoisie and the proletariat as a mere division of labor. The workers and soldiers achieve the revolution, Guchkov and Miliukov "fortify" it.[ ... ] This superintendent's approach to the historical process is exactly characteristic of the leaders of Menshevism, this handing out of instructions to various classes and then patronizingly criticizing their fulfillment. #Quote by Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky quotes by Leon Trotsky
#77. Ideas that enter the mind under fire remain there securely and for ever. #Quote by Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky quotes by Leon Trotsky
#78. One of the most surprising things in life is the sudden realization that one has become old #Quote by Leon Trotsky
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#79. A program of "disarmament," while imperialist antagonisms survive, is the most pernicious of fictions. Even if it were realized by way of general agreement - an obviously fantastic assumption!- that would by no means
prevent a new war. The imperialists do not make war because there are armaments; on the contrary, they forge
arms when they need to fight. #Quote by Leon Trotsky
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#80. Bureaucracy and social harmony are inversely proportional to each other. #Quote by Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky quotes by Leon Trotsky
#81. Old age is the most unexpected of all things that can happen to a man. #Quote by Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky quotes by Leon Trotsky
#82. He who thinks of renouncing "physical" struggle must renounce all struggle, for the spirit does not live without the flesh. #Quote by Leon Trotsky
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#83. In Stalin each [Soviet bureaucrat] easily finds himself. But Stalin also finds in each one a small part of his own spirit. Stalin is the personification of the bureaucracy. That is the substance of his political personality. #Quote by Leon Trotsky
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#84. Religions are illogical primitive ignorance. There is nothing as ridiculous and tragic as a religious government. #Quote by Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky quotes by Leon Trotsky
#85. Communism needs democracy like the human body needs oxygen. #Quote by Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky quotes by Leon Trotsky
#86. The principles of liberalism can have a real existence only in conjunction with a police system. Anarchism is an attempt to cleanse liberalism of the police. But just as pure oxygen is impossible to breathe, so liberalism without the police principle means the death of society. Being a shadow-caricature of liberalism, anarchism as a whole has shared its fate. Having killed liberalism, the development of class contradictions has also killed anarchism. Like every sect which founds its teaching not upon the actual development of human society, but upon the reduction to absurdity of one of its features, anarchism explodes like a soap bubble at that moment when the social contradictions arrive at the point of war or revolution. #Quote by Leon Trotsky
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#87. The struggle against war and its social source, capitalism, presupposes direct, active, unequivocal support to the oppressed colonial peoples in their struggles and wars against imperialism. A 'neutral' position is tantamount to support of imperialism. #Quote by Leon Trotsky
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#88. The depth and strength of a human character are defined by its moral reserves. People reveal themselves completely only when they are thrown out of the customary conditions of their life, for only then do they have to fall back on their reserves. #Quote by Leon Trotsky
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#89. You may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you. #Quote by Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky quotes by Leon Trotsky
#90. The war produced a dreadful desolation in the underground movement. After the arrest of the Duma faction, the Bolsheviks had no centralized party organization at all. The local committees had an episodic existence, and often had no connections with the workers' districts. #Quote by Leon Trotsky
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#91. Nicholas is sometimes compared with his half-crazy great-great-grandfather Paul, who was strangled by a camarilla acting in agreement with his own son, Alexander "the Blessed." These two Romanovs were actually alike in their distrust of everybody due to a distrust of themselves, their touchiness as of omnipotent nobodies, their feeling of abnegation, their consciousness, as you might say, of being crowned pariahs. But Paul was incomparably more colorful; there was an element of fancy in his rantings, however irresponsible. In his descendant everything was dim; there was not one sharp trait. Nicholas #Quote by Leon Trotsky
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#92. The more isolated the dynasty became, and the more unsheltered the autocrat felt, the more he needed some help from the other world. Certain savages, in order to bring good weather, wave in the air a shingle on a string. The tsar and tsarina used shingles for the greatest variety of purposes. In the tsar's train, there was a whole chapel full of large and small images, and all sorts of fetishes, which were brought to bear, first against the Japanese, then against the German artillery. The #Quote by Leon Trotsky
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#93. The historic ascent of humanity, taken as a whole, may be summarized as a succession of victories of consciousness over blind forces - in nature, in society, in man himself. #Quote by Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky quotes by Leon Trotsky
#94. Literature without the power of great synthesis is the symptom of social weariness and is characteristic of sharply transitional epochs. #Quote by Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky quotes by Leon Trotsky
#95. The party that leans upon the workers but serves the bourgeoisie, in the period of the greatest sharpening of the class struggle, cannot but sense the smells wafted from the waiting grave. #Quote by Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky quotes by Leon Trotsky
#96. The dictatorship of the Communist Party is maintained by recourse to every form of violence. #Quote by Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky quotes by Stephen Jay Gould
#97. I would trade all the advantages of humanity to be a fly on the wall when Franklin and Jefferson discussed liberty, Lenin and Trotsky revolution, Newton and Halley the shape of the universe, or when Darwin entertained Huxley and Lyell at Down. #Quote by Stephen Jay Gould
Leon Trotsky quotes by Donna Leon
#98. Love trumped principle. Paola tossed out these things #Quote by Donna Leon
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#99. Kudos to people who put themselves forward as the arbiters of taste. #Quote by Leon Max
Leon Trotsky quotes by Francisco Leon
#100. They say reach for the stars and you will get to the moon. I say reach for yourself and you will get to the stars. #Quote by Francisco Leon
Leon Trotsky quotes by Leon Uris
#101. There's a curse on me as there's a curse on the Larkin name. The curse comes back, again and again, to taunt me! Ronan! Kilty! Tomas! And now me! What are the Irish among men? Are we lepers? Are we a blight? Will there ever be an end to our tears? #Quote by Leon Uris
Leon Trotsky quotes by Leon Shanandoah
#102. I'm working for the Creation. I refuse to take part in its destruction. #Quote by Leon Shanandoah
Leon Trotsky quotes by Leon Brown
#103. You are inferior to no one. others may treat you that way, but that is their problem. You are above all of this. #Quote by Leon Brown
Leon Trotsky quotes by Leon Goldensohn
#104. Ribbentrop brushed aside the Jewish extermination events. He said that in the long view, historically, the Jews' extermination would always be a blot on German history, but that it was in a way attributable to the fact that Hitler had lost his sense of proportion and, because he was losing the war, went "wild" on the subject of the Jews. But the big historical issue was not that Jews had been exterminated but that Germany had really been oppressed and never given a chance. #Quote by Leon Goldensohn
Leon Trotsky quotes by Leon Uris
#105. In the end, what would Michele's life be? A #Quote by Leon Uris
Leon Trotsky quotes by Leon Degrelle
#106. You must train harder than the enemy who is trying to kill you. You will get all the rest you need in the grave. #Quote by Leon Degrelle
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#107. Trotsky was essentially a Western mind. Lenin was a Russian, and unlike most other revolutionary exiles, wherever he went he was a Russian. #Quote by Whittaker Chambers
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#108. Moral courage, to me, is much more demanding than physical courage. #Quote by Leon L. Van Autreve
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#109. After all, what can we trust if not our own experience? #Quote by Leon Leyson
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#110. Who told you I was a musician? #Quote by Leon Redbone
Leon Trotsky quotes by Leon Redbone
#111. I think there's a preoccupation with the American market to make excuses and justify its past. If it isn't current, it means somebody has to make an excuse for it. If it's 'cult,' it gives it a sense of illegitimate legitimacy. #Quote by Leon Redbone
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#112. I think the primary message to the world is that the United States is going to remain the strongest military power in the world. #Quote by Leon Panetta
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#113. Even if conventional medicine tells you that your condition is incurable or that your only option is to live a life dependent on drugs with troublesome side effects, there is hope for improving or reversing your condition. #Quote by Leon Chaitow
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#114. I do not take any pleasure whatsoever in being a famous person. #Quote by Donna Leon
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#115. I was tough. I used everything to my advantage. I could be very ruthless. #Quote by Leon Uris
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#116. It's always great to have things from France at a wedding. It's symbolic of style, of culture, of taste. #Quote by Andre Leon Talley
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#117. Never should the power of an individual be allowed to impede the progress of the rest of the nation; never should the power of a nation be allowed to impede the progress of mankind. #Quote by Leon Bourgeois
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#118. Let the roar in your heart be the fuel to making dreams a reality". #Quote by Pablo De Leon
Leon Trotsky quotes by George Lincoln Rockwell
#119. Communism is as Jewish as the Mafia is Italian. It's a fact that almost all of the convicted spies for communism have been atheist Jews like the Rosenbergs. And international communism was invented by the Jew Karl Marx and has since been led mostly by Jews - like Trotsky. #Quote by George Lincoln Rockwell
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#120. Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the most liberal and illumined of the nine Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court. #Quote by Donna Leon
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#121. Leon strolled into the foyer, coming to a complete stop when he saw me holding the blade. "For the love of the gods, who gave that to you?"

I pointed the sharp edge. "Seth."

Seth arched a brow at me. "Wow. Thanks. #Quote by Jennifer L. Armentrout
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#122. Oh, dear. He's a pimp and he's stupid, this is not good," Bev mutters. "Leon, leave it to you to find the only stupid pimp in Seattle. #Quote by Tara Sivec
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#123. Tomorrow is a new beginning. Embrace the light of a new day, for you have a fresh chance to begin again, to make life beautiful. #Quote by Leon Brown
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#124. We are a nation at war. This is also a time for hard choices. It's about ensuring that we are able to prevail in the conflicts in which we are now engaged. But it's also about being able to be strong and disciplined in applying our nation's limited resources to defending America. #Quote by Leon Panetta
Leon Trotsky quotes by Leon Panetta
#125. Caution is an important quality in a leader, but it has to be caution followed by decision. Caution followed by ambivalence can be a weakness. #Quote by Leon Panetta
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#126. I wrote my first song, 'Conversion', to this little hip-hop instrumental. I went to an open-mic, plugged my iPod into the P.A., and sang over the beat. #Quote by Leon Bridges
Leon Trotsky quotes by Leon Morris
#127. A genealogy is a striking way of bringing before us the continuity of God's purpose through the ages. The process of history is not haphazard. There is a purpose in it all. And the purpose is the purpose of God. #Quote by Leon Morris
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#128. As bad as it might be to destroy a creature made in God's image, it might be very much worse to be creating them after images of one's own. #Quote by Leon Kass
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#129. There is only one misery . . . not to be saints. #Quote by Leon Bloy
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#130. Do not trust the bourgeoisie . #Quote by Trotsky
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#131. I remember when I was in the Middle East, Yasser Arafat used to go to Bahrain and Qatar on a Thursday and then go to Saudi Arabia and get his financial help on a Saturday. #Quote by Leon Charney
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#132. You cannot grow unless you are willing to change. You will never improve yourself if you cling to what used to be. #Quote by Leon Brown
Leon Trotsky quotes by Joseph Leon Blau
#133. Since 1787 the principle of freedom of religion has been attacked but never overthrown. Keeping education in the United States free of sectarian influence has long been one of the primary struggles of believers in freedom of religion. #Quote by Joseph Leon Blau
Leon Trotsky quotes by Leon Henkin
#134. One of the big misapprehensions about mathematics that we perpetrate in our classrooms is that the teacher always seems to know the answer to any problem that is discussed. This gives students the idea that there is a book somewhere with all the right answers to all of the interesting questions, and that teachers know those answers. And if one could get hold of the book, one would have everything settled. That's so unlike the true nature of mathematics. #Quote by Leon Henkin

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