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  • 1.
    To rely upon conviction, devotion, and other excellent spiritual qualities—that is not to be taken seriously in politics.
    Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (1870-1924), Russian revolutionary leader. Address, March 1922, to the 11th Party Congress.
  • 2.
    It is true that liberty is precious—so precious that it must be rationed.
    Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (1870-1924), Russian revolutionary leader. Attributed in Soviet Communism: A New Civilisation? P. 1036, Sidney and Beatrice Webb (1936).
  • 3.
    Authority poisons everybody who takes authority on himself.
    Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (1870-1924), Russian revolutionary leader. Quoted in Tamara Deutsche, Not By Politics Alone, ch. 2 (1973). To Kropotkin in May 1919.
  • 4.
    Without revolutionary theory there can be no revolutionary movement.
    Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (1870-1924), Russian revolutionary leader. What Is To Be Done? (1902).
  • 5.
    The history of all countries shows that the working class exclusively by its own effort is able to develop only trade-union consciousness.
    Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (1870-1924), Russian revolutionary leader. What Is To Be Done? ch. 2, sct. A (1902). The pamphlet's title was originally the title of N.G. Chernyshevsky's novel of 1863, which expounded the author's ideas of true revolutionary practise, and was later regarded as a classic in the Soviet Union.

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  • 6.
    Politics begin where the masses are, not where there are thousands, but where there are millions, that is where serious politics begin.
    Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (1870-1924), Russian revolutionary leader. Report to Seventh Congress of the Russian Communist Party, March 7, 1918 (1920), published in Selected Works, vol. 7 (1937).
  • 7.
    Capitalists are no more capable of self-sacrifice than a man is capable of lifting himself up by his own bootstraps.
    Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (1870-1924), Russian revolutionary leader. Letters From Afar, ch. 4 (1917).
  • 8.
    Communism is Soviet power plus the electrification of the whole country.
    Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (1870-1924), Russian revolutionary leader. Report on the Work of the Council of People's Commissars, Dec. 22, 1920 (1920), repr. In Collected Works, vol. 31 (1966). The words were used as a slogan to promote the plans of the State Committee for the Electrification of Russia.

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  • 9.
    If Socialism can only be realized when the intellectual development of all the people permits it, then we shall not see Socialism for at least five hundred years.
    Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (1870-1924), Russian revolutionary leader. speech, Nov. 27, 1917, at Peasants' Congress, Petrograd. Quoted in John Reed, Ten Days That Shook the World, ch. 12 (1919).

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  • 10.
    While the State exists there can be no freedom; when there is freedom there will be no State.
    Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (1870-1924), Russian revolutionary leader. The State and Revolution, ch. 5, sct. 4 (1919).

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