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Quotations From LEON TROTSKY

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  • 1.
    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.
    Leon Trotsky (1879-1940), Russian revolutionary. "Conclusions," vol. 3, The History of the Russian Revolution (1933).

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  • 2.
    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.
    Leon Trotsky (1879-1940), Russian revolutionary. Diary in Exile, entry for April 11, 1935 (1959).
  • 3.
    Ideas that enter the mind under fire remain there securely and for ever.
    Leon Trotsky (1879-1940), Russian revolutionary. My Life, ch. 35 (1930).

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  • 4.
    Learning carries within itself certain dangers because out of necessity one has to learn from one's enemies.
    Leon Trotsky (1879-1940), Russian revolutionary. Literature and Revolution, ch. 6 (1924).
  • 5.
    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!
    Leon Trotsky (1879-1940), Russian revolutionary. History of the Russian Revolution, vol. 3, ch. 10 (1933). Addressed to the Mensheviks, who participated in Kerensky's provisional government in 1917, overthrown by the Bolsheviks.

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  • 6.
    If we had had more time for discussion we should probably have made a great many more mistakes.
    Leon Trotsky (1879-1940), Russian revolutionary. My Life, ch. 36 (1930). Of the discussions in the Central Committee of the Soviet Communist Party about the proposed development of the Red Army.

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  • 7.
    Revolutions are always verbose.
    Leon Trotsky (1879-1940), Russian revolutionary. The History of the Russian Revolution, vol. 2, ch. 12 (1933).
  • 8.
    Insurrection is an art, and like all arts has its own laws.
    Leon Trotsky (1879-1940), Russian revolutionary. The History of the Russian Revolution, vol. 3, ch. 6 (1933).
  • 9.
    In a serious struggle there is no worse cruelty than to be magnanimous at an inopportune time.
    Leon Trotsky (1879-1940), Russian revolutionary. The History of the Russian Revolution, vol. 2, ch. 7 (1933).

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  • 10.
    Under all conditions well-organized violence seems to him the shortest distance between two points.
    Leon Trotsky (1879-1940), Russian revolutionary. Stalin, ch. 3 (1947). Unfinished biography of Stalin.
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