If you cannot convince a Fascist, acquaint his head with the pavement.

— Leon Trotsky

The most cheerful Leon Trotsky quotes that will add value to your life

As long as I breathe I hope. As long as I breathe I shall fight for the future, that radiant future, in which man, strong and beautiful, will become master of the drifting stream of his history and will direct it towards the boundless horizons of beauty, joy and happiness!

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Our planet is being turned into a filthy and evil-smelling imperialist barrack.

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All the parties of capitalist society, all its moralists and all its sycophants will perish beneath the debris of the impending catastrophe. The only party that will survive is the party of the world socialist revolution.

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Religions are illogical primitive ignorance.

There is nothing as ridiculous and tragic as a religious government.

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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 The old principle: who does not work shall not eat, has been replaced by a new one: who does not obey shall not eat.

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Communism needs democracy like the human body needs oxygen.

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Life is beautiful. Let the future generations cleanse it of all evil, oppression, and violence, and enjoy it to the full.

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Abusive language and swearing are a legacy of slavery, humiliation, and disrespect for human dignity, one’s own and that of other people.

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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.

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Root out the counterrevolutionaries without mercy, lock up suspicious characters in concentration camps... Shirkers will be shot, regardless of past service.

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Bureaucracy and social harmony are inversely proportional to each other.

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The end may justify the means as long as there is something that justifies the end.

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About Leon Trotsky

Quotes 129 sayings
Nationality Russian
Profession Revolutionary
Birthday October 16

One of the most surprising things in life is the sudden realization that one has become old

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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.

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Learning carries within itself certain dangers because out of necessity one has to learn from one's enemies.

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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!

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Technique is noticed most markedly in the case of those who have not mastered it.

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‎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.

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Revolutions are always verbose.

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When one runs with the wolves, one must howl with the pack.

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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.

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Everything is relative in this world, where change alone endures.

Everything is better than some things and worse than others. Which you choose to compare your experiences and situation with determines whether you will be happy and grateful or sad and jealous.

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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.

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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.

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The revolution has its own laws: in the period of its culmination it pushes the most highly developed, determined and far-seeing stratum of the revolutionary class to the most advanced positions.

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The pillars of Hercules of the United States are vulgarity and stupidity.

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Where force is necessary, there it must be applied boldly, decisively and completely.

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To renounce the conquest of power is voluntarily to leave the power with those who wield it, the exploiters. The essence of every revolution consisted and consists in putting a new class in power, thus enabling it to realize its own program in life. It is impossible to wage war and to reject victory.

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There is a limit to the application of democratic methods.

You can inquire of all the passengers as to what type of car they like to ride in, but it is impossible to question them as to whether to apply the brakes when the train is at full speed and accident threatens.

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In a serious struggle there is no worse cruelty than to be magnanimous at an inopportune time.

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Ideas that enter the mind under fire remain there securely and for ever.

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He who slanders the victim aids the executioner.

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Old age is the most unexpected of all the things that can happen to a man.

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In inner-party politics, these methods lead, as we shall yet see, to this: the party organization substitutes itself for the party, the central committee substitutes itself for the organization, and, finally, a dictator substitutes himself for the central committee.

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Workers – men and women – of all countries, place yourselves under the banner of the Fourth International. It is the banner of your approaching victory!

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The slanders poured down like Niagara.

If you take into consideration the setting -- the war and the revolution -- and the character of the accused -- revolutionary leaders of millions who were conducting their party to the sovereign power -- you can say without exaggeration that July 1917 was the month of the most gigantic slander in world history.

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The dictatorship of the Communist Party is maintained by recourse to every form of violence.

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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.

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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.

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Dialectical thought is related to vulgar thinking in the same way that a motion picture is related to a still photograph. The motion picture does not outlaw the still photograph but combines a series of them according to the laws of motion.

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Is it possible to fulfill this task, is it possible to achieve the definite victory of Socialism in one country without the combined efforts of the proletarians of several advanced countries? No, it is impossible.

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If we close our eyes to the dark sides of the workers' State which we have helped to create, we shall never reach socialism.

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Insurrection is an art, and like all arts has its own laws.

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If we had more time for discussion we should probably have made a great many more mistakes.

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The fundamental flaw of vulgar thought lies in the fact that it wishes to content itself with motionless imprints of a reality which consists of eternal motion.

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No one revolution up to now has brought all that was expected of it by the masses. Hence the inevitability of a certain disillusionment, of a lowering of the activity of the vanguard, and consequently, of the growing importance of the rearguard. [Joseph] Stalin's faction has raised itself on the wave of reaction against the October revolution.

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The revenge of history is more powerful than the revenge of the most powerful General Secretary.

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From being a patriotic myth, the Russian people have become an awful reality.

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You may not be interested in strategy, but strategy is interested in you.

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