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43 Notable Quotes By Vladimir Lenin, The Founder Of Soviet Union

Famous As: Russian Revolutionary & Politician Who Served as the First Head of Government of Soviet Russia
Born On: April 22, 1870
Died On: January 21, 1924
Born In: Ulyanovsk, Russia
Died At Age: 53
Vladimir Lenin was a Russian revolutioary, communist theorist and politician. He became the architect of the Bolshevik revolution which made him one of the most influential political leaders of the 20th century. His father’s death and the horrific episode of his brother’s execution forced Vladimir Lenin to revolt. He initiated several small-scale protests at his law college and was soon expelled. Vladimir Lenin graduated from the reputed ‘St. Petersburg University’ with a degree in law. After being appointed a barrister, he started developing ways for the application of his Marxist Ideology and joined the ‘Social Democrats’ outfit. He travelled to meet famous Russian Marxist ideologists like George Plekhanov and others, who were exiled to West Europe. During the World War he voluntarily relocated to Switzerland and published ‘Imperialism, The highest Stage of Capitalism’ which reflected his views on the ongoing conflict. He came back to a politically unstable Russia after the world war and banked upon his leadership qualities to form a Soviet Government. He declared a series of decrees which stripped monarchs off their rights on lands and instead distributed it to the peasants. Here is a collection of quotes and thoughts by Vladimir Lenin which have been excerpted from his work and life. This collection of quote will define the legendary Vladimir Lenin in the best possible way.
Freedom in capitalist society always remains about the same as it was in ancient Greek republics: Freedom for slave owners.

Freedom in capitalist society always remains about the same as it was in ancient Greek republics: Freedom for slave owners.

Vladimir Lenin
There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen.

There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen.

Vladimir Lenin
Despair is typical of those who do not understand the causes of evil, see no way out, and are incapable of struggle.

Despair is typical of those who do not understand the causes of evil, see no way out, and are incapable of struggle.

Vladimir Lenin
A lie told often enough becomes the truth.

A lie told often enough becomes the truth.

Vladimir Lenin
Without Revolutionary theory, there can be no Revolutionary Movement.

Without Revolutionary theory, there can be no Revolutionary Movement.

Vladimir Lenin
Give me just one generation of youth, and I'll transform the whole world.

Give me just one generation of youth, and I'll transform the whole world.

Vladimir Lenin
This transformation of competition into monopoly is one of the most important—if not the most important—phenomena of modern capitalist economy,

This transformation of competition into monopoly is one of the most important—if not the most important—phenomena of modern capitalist economy,

Vladimir Lenin
Sometimes - history needs a push.

Sometimes - history needs a push.

Vladimir Lenin
Can a nation be free if it oppresses other nations? It cannot.

Can a nation be free if it oppresses other nations? It cannot.

Vladimir Lenin
The best way to control the opposition is to lead it ourselves.

The best way to control the opposition is to lead it ourselves.

Vladimir Lenin
Unity is a great thing and a great slogan. But what the workers’ cause needs is the unity of Marxists, not unity between Marxists, and opponents and distorters of Marxism.

Unity is a great thing and a great slogan. But what the workers’ cause needs is the unity of Marxists, not unity between Marxists, and opponents and distorters of Marxism.

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

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

Vladimir Lenin
It is more pleasant and useful to go through the 'experience of the revolution' than to write about it.

It is more pleasant and useful to go through the 'experience of the revolution' than to write about it.

Vladimir Lenin
One man with a gun can control 100 without one. ... Make mass searches and hold executions for found arms.

One man with a gun can control 100 without one. ... Make mass searches and hold executions for found arms.

Vladimir Lenin
The goal of Socialism is Communism.

The goal of Socialism is Communism.

Vladimir Lenin
There are no morals in politics; the is only experience. A scoundrel may be of use because he is a scoundrel

There are no morals in politics; the is only experience. A scoundrel may be of use because he is a scoundrel

Vladimir Lenin
Imperialism: The final stage of Capitalism.

Imperialism: The final stage of Capitalism.

Vladimir Lenin
Medicine is the keystone of the arch of socialism.

Medicine is the keystone of the arch of socialism.

Vladimir Lenin
Whenever the cause of the people is entrusted to professors, it is lost.

Whenever the cause of the people is entrusted to professors, it is lost.

Vladimir Lenin
Revolution can never be forecast; it cannot be foretold; it comes of itself. Revolution is brewing and is bound to flare up.

Revolution can never be forecast; it cannot be foretold; it comes of itself. Revolution is brewing and is bound to flare up.

Vladimir Lenin
While the State exists, there can be no freedom. When there is freedom there will be no State. Lenin,

While the State exists, there can be no freedom. When there is freedom there will be no State. Lenin, "State and Revolution",

Vladimir Lenin
And is it not sects, bodies of definite, uncompromising principles, that lead us into revolutions?

And is it not sects, bodies of definite, uncompromising principles, that lead us into revolutions?

Vladimir Lenin
Every society is three meals away from chaos

Every society is three meals away from chaos

Vladimir Lenin
All official and liberal science defends wage-slavery, whereas Marxism has declared relentless war on that slavery.

All official and liberal science defends wage-slavery, whereas Marxism has declared relentless war on that slavery.

Vladimir Lenin
It is true that liberty is precious; so precious that it must be carefully rationed.

It is true that liberty is precious; so precious that it must be carefully rationed.

Vladimir Lenin
Attention, must be devoted principally to raising the workers to the level of revolutionaries; it is not our task to descend to the level of the 'working masses'.

Attention, must be devoted principally to raising the workers to the level of revolutionaries; it is not our task to descend to the level of the 'working masses'.

Vladimir Lenin
Communism is Soviet power plus the electrification of the whole country.

Communism is Soviet power plus the electrification of the whole country.

Vladimir Lenin
Exchange, fair or unfair,always presupposes and includes the rule of the bourgeoisie.

Exchange, fair or unfair,always presupposes and includes the rule of the bourgeoisie.

Vladimir Lenin
The revolution does not need historians.

The revolution does not need historians.

Vladimir Lenin
I can't listen to music too often. It affects your nerves, makes you want to say stupid nice things and stroke the heads of people who could create such beauty while living in this vile hell.

I can't listen to music too often. It affects your nerves, makes you want to say stupid nice things and stroke the heads of people who could create such beauty while living in this vile hell.

Vladimir Lenin
It is more pleasant and useful to undertake the experience of revolution than to write about it.

It is more pleasant and useful to undertake the experience of revolution than to write about it.

Vladimir Lenin
Čovek nikada ne može biti dovoljno radikalan.Odnosno, čovek mora biti radikalan koliko i sama stvarnost.

Čovek nikada ne može biti dovoljno radikalan.Odnosno, čovek mora biti radikalan koliko i sama stvarnost.

Vladimir Lenin
What a waste that we lost Mussolini. He is a first-rate man who would have led our party to power in Italy. [Addressing to a delegation of Italian socialists in Moscow after Mussolini's March on Rome in 1922]

What a waste that we lost Mussolini. He is a first-rate man who would have led our party to power in Italy. [Addressing to a delegation of Italian socialists in Moscow after Mussolini's March on Rome in 1922]

Vladimir Lenin
Capitalists can buy themselves out of any crisis, so long as they make the workers pay

Capitalists can buy themselves out of any crisis, so long as they make the workers pay

Vladimir Lenin
The Capitalists will sell us the rope with which we will hang them.

The Capitalists will sell us the rope with which we will hang them.

Vladimir Lenin
Thus, the twentieth century marks the turning-point from the old capitalism to the new, from the domination of capital in general to the domination of finance capital.

Thus, the twentieth century marks the turning-point from the old capitalism to the new, from the domination of capital in general to the domination of finance capital.

Vladimir Lenin
In the history of modern socialism this is a phenomenon, that the strife of the various trends within the socialist movement has from national become international.

In the history of modern socialism this is a phenomenon, that the strife of the various trends within the socialist movement has from national become international.

Vladimir Lenin
Socialism means keeping account of everything. You will have socialism if you take stock of every piece of iron and cloth.

Socialism means keeping account of everything. You will have socialism if you take stock of every piece of iron and cloth.

Vladimir Lenin
Competition becomes transformed into monopoly. The result is immense progress in the socialisation of production. In particular, the process of technical invention and improvement becomes socialised.

Competition becomes transformed into monopoly. The result is immense progress in the socialisation of production. In particular, the process of technical invention and improvement becomes socialised.

Vladimir Lenin
You probe with bayonets: if you find mush, you push. If you find steel, you withdraw

You probe with bayonets: if you find mush, you push. If you find steel, you withdraw

Vladimir Lenin
It is necessary sometimes to take one step backward to take two steps forward.

It is necessary sometimes to take one step backward to take two steps forward.

Vladimir Lenin