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Top 100 Trotsky's Quotes

#1. 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. - Author: Leon Trotsky
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#2. 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. - Author: Leon Trotsky
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#3. There is no justice in bureaucracy for the individual, for bureaucracy caters only to itself. One cannot practice the same bureaucracy as one is fighting against. - Author: Leon Trotsky
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#4. It is unquestionably true that the need for art is not created by economic conditions. But neither is the need for food created by economics. On the contrary, the need for food and warmth creates economics. - Author: Leon Trotsky
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#5. 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. - Author: Leon Trotsky
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#6. Root out the counterrevolutionaries without mercy, lock up suspicious characters in concentration camps ... Shirkers will be shot, regardless of past service. - Author: Leon Trotsky
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#7. I remember my parents quarrelling. They would talk as if they were against each other's ideas about Trotsky, but it was just a couple arguing. - Author: Maria De Medeiros
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#8. Technique is noticed most markedly in the case of those who have not mastered it. - Author: Leon Trotsky
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#9. 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. - Author: Leon Trotsky
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#10. 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. - Author: Leon Trotsky
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#11. 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! - Author: Leon Trotsky
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#12. In a serious struggle there is no worse cruelty than to be magnanimous at an inopportune time. - Author: Leon Trotsky
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#13. You may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you. - Author: Leon Trotsky
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#14. Everyone has the right to be stupid on occasion, but Comrade Macdonald abuses the privilege. - Author: Leon Trotsky
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#15. Trotsky rises to give me his hand, then sits at his desk, gently allowing his regard to light on my person. - Author: Georges Simenon
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#16. It's Tolstoy, by the way," I say as I open the door.
He turns around. "What?"
Shut up, I tell myself. Shut up.
"The writer of Anna Karenina. Not Trotsky. Trotsky was a revolutionary who was stabbed with a
pickax in Mexico in 1940. But I can understand how the T thing could confuse you. - Author: Melina Marchetta
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#17. The United States is not only the strongest, but also the most terrified country. - Author: Leon Trotsky
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#18. Communism needs democracy like the human body needs oxygen. - Author: Leon Trotsky
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#19. What did Trotsky say? "I need Stalin like I need a hole in the head. - Author: Anonymous
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#20. Nowhere else did repressions, purges, suppressions, and all other kinds of bureaucratic hooliganism in general acquire such horrifying scope as in Ukraine, in the struggle against powerful forces concealed in the Ukrainian masses that desired more freedom and independence. - Author: Leon Trotsky
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#21. The objective prerequisites for the proletarian revolution have not only 'ripened'; they have begun to get somewhat rotten. Without a socialist revolution, in the next historical period at that, a catastrophe threatens the whole culture of mankind. - Author: Leon Trotsky
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#22. The end may justify the means as long as there is something that justifies the end. - Author: Leon Trotsky
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#23. 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 ... - Author: Leon Trotsky
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#24. Against my protests a mausoleum was built on the Red Square, a monument unbecoming and offensive to the revolutionary consciousness. - Author: Leon Trotsky
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#25. Between his consciousness and events stood always that impenetrable medium - indifference. - Author: Leon Trotsky
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#26. Slavophilism, the messianism of backwardness, has based its philosophy upon the assumption that the Russian people and their church are democratic through and through, whereas official Russia is a German bureaucracy imposed upon them by Peter the Great. - Author: Leon Trotsky
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#27. If one cannot get along without a mirror, even in shaving oneself, how can one reconstruct oneself or one's life, without seeing oneself in the "mirror" of literature? - Author: Leon Trotsky
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#28. Communism is as Jewish as the Mafia is Italian. It's a fact that almost all of the convicted spies for communism have been atheist Jews like the Rosenbergs. And international communism was invented by the Jew Karl Marx and has since been led mostly by Jews - like Trotsky. - Author: George Lincoln Rockwell
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#29. Stalin was always exceptional, even from childhood. We have relied on Trotsky's unrecognizably prejudiced portrait for too long. The truth was different. Trotsky's view tells us more about his own vanity, snobbery and lack of political skills than about the early Stalin. - Author: Simon Sebag Montefiore
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#30. Trotsky was essentially a Western mind. Lenin was a Russian, and unlike most other revolutionary exiles, wherever he went he was a Russian. - Author: Whittaker Chambers
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#31. 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. - Author: Leon Trotsky
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#32. Religions are illogical primitive ignorance. There is nothing as ridiculous and tragic as a religious government. - Author: Leon Trotsky
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#33. Trotsky's view that the gap between aspiration and achievement will be a permanent feature of human life, so that tragedy will be permanently relevant to the contemporary human experience, seems far more faithful to Marx's view ... - Author: Alasdair McIntyre
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#34. I feel here that this time they have succeeded. - Author: Leon Trotsky
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#35. Tell me anyway
Maybe I can find the truth by comparing the lies. - Author: Leon Trotsky
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#36. The task of the proletariat is to create a still more powerful fatherland with a far greater power of resistance, the Republican United States of Europe, as the foundation of the United States of the World. - Author: Leon Trotsky
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#37. As Trotsky didn't exactly say, you may not be interested in electronic snoops, but snoops are interested in you, whether or not you keep Coke's secret recipe on your iPhone. - Author: Barton Gellman
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#38. I think I must be the only British actor who's played both Stalin and Trotsky. I need to play Lenin so I can make it a triptych. - Author: Brian Cox
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#39. I would trade all the advantages of humanity to be a fly on the wall when Franklin and Jefferson discussed liberty, Lenin and Trotsky revolution, Newton and Halley the shape of the universe, or when Darwin entertained Huxley and Lyell at Down. - Author: Stephen Jay Gould
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#40. Without a guiding organization, the energy of the masses would dissipate like steam not enclosed in a piston box. But nevertheless what moves things is not the piston or the box, but the steam. - Author: Leon Trotsky
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#41. There are no absolute rules of conduct, either in peace or war. Everything depends on circumstances. - Author: Leon Trotsky
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#42. The usages and methods of warfare are thus determined by changing circumstances and, therefore, they themselves can in nowise be eternal. - Author: Leon Trotsky
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#43. Our party's most outstanding mediocrity. - Author: Leon Trotsky
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#44. I bet you, if I had met Trotsky, and had had a chat with him, I would have found him a very interesting and human fellow, for I have never yet met a man I didn't like. - Author: Will Rogers
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#45. 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. - Author: Leon Trotsky
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#46. Old age is the most unexpected of all things that can happen to a man. - Author: Leon Trotsky
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#47. If we had had more time for discussion we should probably have made a great many more mistakes. - Author: Leon Trotsky
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#48. Revolution is impossible until it's inevitable. - Author: Leon Trotsky
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#49. City of prose and fantasy, of capitalist automation, its streets a triumph of cubism, its moral philosophy that of the dollar. New York impressed me tremendously because, more than any other city, it is the fullest expression of our modern age. - Author: Leon Trotsky
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#50. There were nowhere more docile disciples of Lenin, Trotsky and Stalin than the Nazis were. - Author: Ludwig Von Mises
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#51. You may not be interested in strategy, but strategy is interested in you. - Author: Leon Trotsky
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#52. Fascism is a caricature of Jacobinism. - Author: Leon Trotsky
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#53. The people will have the right to elect their representatives from a list of candidates [who have been approved by the Party]. - Author: Leon Trotsky
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#54. The dictatorship of the Communist Party is maintained by recourse to every form of violence. - Author: Leon Trotsky
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#55. 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. - Author: Leon Trotsky
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#56. From being a patriotic myth, the Russian people have become an awful reality. - Author: Leon Trotsky
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#57. The revenge of history is more powerful than the revenge of the most powerful General Secretary. - Author: Leon Trotsky
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#58. The motive force of history is truth and not lies. - Author: Leon Trotsky
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#59. 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. - Author: Leon Trotsky
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#60. Where force is necessary, there it must be applied boldly, decisively and completely. But one must know the limitations of force; one must know when to blend force with a maneuver, a blow with an agreement. - Author: Leon Trotsky
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#61. Not believing in force is the same as not believing in gravity. - Author: Leon Trotsky
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#62. Fascism is nothing but capitalist reaction. - Author: Leon Trotsky
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#63. Say what you will, there is something fine about our old aristocracy. I'll bet Trotsky couldn't hit a moving secretary with an egg on a dark night. - Author: P.G. Wodehouse
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#64. No one finds war. War finds them - Author: Trotsky
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#65. 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. - Author: Leon Trotsky
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#66. Everyone has a right to be stupid, but Comrade McDonald abuses the privilege. - Author: Leon Trotsky
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#67. The history of a revolution is for us first of all a history of the forcible entrance of the masses into the realm of rulership over their own destiny. - Author: Leon Trotsky
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#68. Here's to the day when the complete works of Leon Trotsky are published and widely distributed in the Soviet Union. On that day the USSR will have achieved democracy! - Author: C. Wright Mills
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#69. 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. - Author: Leon Trotsky
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#70. Culture feeds on the sap of economics, and a material surplus is necessary, so that culture may grow, develop and become subtle. - Author: Leon Trotsky
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#71. Insurrection is an art, and like all arts has its own laws. - Author: Leon Trotsky
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#72. Lincoln's significance lies in his not hesitating before the most severe means, once they were found to be necessary, in achieving a great historic aim posed by the development of a young nation. - Author: Leon Trotsky
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#73. Ideas that enter the mind under fire remain there securely and for ever. - Author: Leon Trotsky
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#74. One of the most surprising things in life is the sudden realization that one has become old - Author: Leon Trotsky
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#75. Wherever he went he left footprints so firm that nobody could later efface or blur them, not even he himself, when on rare occasions he was tempted to do so. - Author: Isaac Deutscher
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#76. 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. - Author: Leon Trotsky
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#77. Bureaucracy and social harmony are inversely proportional to each other. - Author: Leon Trotsky
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#78. Abusive language and swearing are a legacy of slavery, humiliation, and disrespect for human dignity, one's own and that of other people. - Author: Leon Trotsky
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#79. Our planet is being turned into a filthy and evil-smelling imperialist barrack. - Author: Leon Trotsky
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#80. Do not trust the bourgeoisie . - Author: Trotsky
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#81. The local liberal press, much molested by the censorship, had its courageous and skilful writers such as VM Doroshevich, the master of that semi-literary and semi-journalistic essay at which Bronstein himself was one day to excel. - Author: Isaac Deutscher
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#82. I was not prepared to play the role of singer in the camp of the warriors - Author: Leon Trotsky
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#83. Capitalism does live by crises and booms, just as a human being lives by inhaling and exhaling. - Author: Leon Trotsky
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#84. If you cannot convince a Fascist, acquaint his head with the pavement. - Author: Leon Trotsky
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#85. For the first time in world history the peasant was destined to find a leader in the person of the worker. In that lies the fundamental, and you may say the whole, difference between the Russian Revolution and all those preceding it. In - Author: Leon Trotsky
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#86. Let us not forget that revolutions are accomplished through people, although they be nameless. Materialism does not ignore the feeling, thinking, and acting man, but explains him. - Author: Leon Trotsky
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#87. Revolutions are always verbose. - Author: Leon Trotsky
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#88. With all due respect to all philistines, the dictatorship of the proletariat does just consist in "giving a hiding" to the classes that were previously supreme, before forcing them to recognize the new order and to submit to it. - Author: Leon Trotsky
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#89. The pillars of Hercules of the United States are vulgarity and stupidity. - Author: Leon Trotsky
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#90. Learning carries within itself certain dangers because out of necessity one has to learn from one's enemies. - Author: Leon Trotsky
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#91. The fall of the present bureaucratic dictatorship [in the Soviet Union], if it were not replaced by a new socialist power, would thus mean a return to capitalist relations with a catastrophic decline of industry and culture. - Author: Leon Trotsky
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#92. When one runs with the wolves, one must howl with the pack. - Author: Leon Trotsky
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#93. If you walk into a coffee shop in 1903 Vienna, you might find at the same table the artist Gustav Klimt, Sigmund Freud, Leon Trotsky and possibly Adolf Hitler, who lived in Vienna at the same time. - Author: Eric Weiner
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#94. My favourite author is Leon Trotsky - the political philosophy and the way he writes is beautiful, and really relevant, too. - Author: Andrej Pejic
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#95. He who slanders the victim aids the executioner. - Author: Leon Trotsky
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#96. Let a man find himself, in distinction from others, on top of two wheels with a chain - at least in a poor country like Russia - and his vanity begins to swell out like his tires. In America it takes an automobile to produce this effect. - Author: Leon Trotsky
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#97. 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. - Author: Leon Trotsky
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#98. Generally speaking, by the way, that is the moral of the opponents of violence in politics: they renounce violence when it comes to introducing changes in what already exists, but in defense of the existing order they will not stop at the most ruthless acts. - Author: Leon Trotsky
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#99. Where the sole employer is the State, opposition means death by slow starvation - Author: Leon Trotsky
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#100. The worst crime on the part of the revolutionaries would be to give the smallest concessions to the privileges and prejudices of the whites. Whoever gives his little finger to the devil of chauvinism is lost. - Author: Leon Trotsky
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