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A collection of quotations by Vladimir Lenin on freedom, history, democrats, soviet, politics, hope, philosophy, Marxism, rebel, socialism and revolution.

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

Quick Facts

Famous As: Russian Revolutionary & Head of Communist Party

Born On: April 22, 1870

Died On: January 21, 1924

Born In: Ulyanovsk

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.

Vladimir Lenin

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.

Vladimir Lenin

A lie told often enough becomes the truth.

Vladimir Lenin

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.

Vladimir Lenin

Sometimes - history needs a push.

Vladimir Lenin

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.

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.

Vladimir Lenin

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.

Vladimir Lenin

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

Vladimir Lenin

Imperialism: The final stage of Capitalism.

Vladimir Lenin

The goal of Socialism is Communism.

Vladimir Lenin

Medicine is the keystone of the arch of socialism.

Vladimir Lenin

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

Vladimir Lenin

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

Vladimir 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?

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'.

Vladimir Lenin

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

Vladimir Lenin

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

Vladimir Lenin

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

Vladimir Lenin

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

Vladimir Lenin

Every society is three meals away from chaos

Vladimir Lenin

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

Vladimir Lenin

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

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.

Vladimir Lenin

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

Vladimir Lenin

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

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.

Vladimir Lenin

The revolution does not need historians.

Vladimir Lenin

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

Vladimir Lenin

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.

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]

Vladimir Lenin

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.

Vladimir Lenin

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

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.

Vladimir Lenin