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Vladimir Ilyich Lenin
1870 - 1924

Founder of the Bolsheviks in 1903, leader of the 1917 Russian revolution, Marxist theoretician, first premier of the USSR


Democracy is indispensable to socialism.

A lie told often enough becomes the truth.

 Why should freedom of speech and freedom of press be allowed? Why should a government which is doing what it believes to be right allow itself to be criticized? It would not allow opposition by lethal weapons. Ideas are much more fatal things than guns. Why should any man be allowed to buy a printing press and disseminate pernicious opinions calculated to embarrass the government?

quoted in Political Power and the Press (1972) by William Small
When one says that experience and reason testify that men are not equal, then one understands under 'equality' the equality of abilities or the equivalence of the bodily strength and mental capacities of men. It is quite obvious that in this sense men are not equal. No single reasonable man and no single socialist ever forgets this.

Destroy the family, and the society will collapse.

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

quoted in Soviet Communism, by Sidney and Beatrice Webb
 All our lives we fought against exalting the individual, against the elevation of the single person, and long ago we were over and done with the business of a hero...