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Vladimir Lenin
After the 1847 publication of Karl Marx's Communist Manifesto there had been many devotees of this form of revolution but all failed until the October revolution of 1917 led by Vladimir Lenin which was to change the course of history and leave an indelible mark of red terror on the twentieth century. Lenin grew up in a middle class family in Tsarist Russia but there was discontent in the people and his elder brother Alexander Ulyanov joined an anti Tsarist movement and was betrayed leading to his trial and execution for plotting against the Tsar. This was a turning point for Lenin who bitterly remembered his mother’s pleas for clemency for his brother and the ramifications of karma were played out when he took revenge on Tsar Nicholas II when he and his fellow Bolshevik leaders sealed the fate of the Romanov dynasty as each family member was cold bloodedly executed in a dimly lit cellar in Ipatiev House in Yekaterinburg. The Bolsheviks knew that the Romanov blood line had to be expunged from Russia to extinguish any hopes for the Tsarist forces still loyal to their absolute monarchy of autocracy, and with the revolutionaries remembering their comrades that were victims of the Tsar's regime there was no mercy to be shown to this royal family. Before the October Revolution Lenin spent 17 years in exile planning and scheming the rise of Communism in Russia and he saw WW1 as the pivotal moment that would lead to his opportunity to tap into the disenchantment of the Russian people, he was just biding his time waiting for the moment to arrive. On 15th March 1917 with Russia in turmoil Tsar Nicholas II abdicated his position on the throne and an interim government led by Georgy Lvov took control planning elections to the Russian Constituent Assembly. Lenin had been negotiating with the Germans who supported his Bolshevik movement with huge funding and he returned to Russia with a determined eye for revolution. The Bolsheviks succeeded in October 1917 and this led to a civil war in which the Communists prevailed. A Winston Churchill quote described the revolution as clinical when he said: "Lenin was sent into Russia by the Germans in the same way that you might send a phial containing a culture of typhoid or cholera to be poured into the water supply of a great city, and it worked with amazing accuracy". Soviet Russia lasted for seven decades and Lenin's revolutionary influence saw China and much of Asia become red with the socialist tentacles spreading to the middle east, continental Africa and Central America. His version of the Marxist doctrine came to be known as Leninism and it was the catalyst that shaped the politics of up to one third of the inhabited lands of the world becoming Communist states by the mid twentieth century. The Russian historian Dmitri Volkogonov was quoted as describing his impact as monumental when he said: "There can scarcely have been another man in history who managed so profoundly to change so large a society on such a scale". As a leader he was driven by the conviction of his beliefs and relentless in the execution of his revolutionary cause. His presence was forceful but influential by his discipline for leading by example and as you would expect from such a charismatic leader he was good for a one liner also so here is my compilation of 25 of the best Vladimir Lenin quotes
  • Mini Bio
  • Name: Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov
  • Born: 22nd April 1870, Simbirsk, Russian Empire
  • Died: 21st January 1924, Gorki, Moscow Governorate, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
  • Resting place: Lenin's Mausoleum, Moscow, Russian Federation
  • Alma mater: Kazan Imperial University and Saint Petersburg Imperial University
  • Occupation: Revolutionary, politician and political leader
  • Political party: Russian Social Democratic Labour Party (Bolsheviks) (1898–1912) and Russian Communist Party (1912–1924)
  • Marriage resume: Nadezhda Krupskaya 1898 – 1924 (his death)
  • Parents: Ilya Nikolayevich Ulyanov and Maria Alexandrovna Blank
  • Height: 5' 5" (1.65 m)
  • Influenced by: Friedrich Engels, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Karl Marx, Ludwig Feuerbach, Nikolay Chernyshevsky, Pyotr Tkachev and Sergei Nechaev
  • Pseudonym: Vladimir Lenin ... Pseudonyms were popular amongst aspiring Russian revolutionaries as it confused the Tsarist secret police and helped protect the families of the revolutionaries
  • Hobby: Playing chess
  • Trivia: He survived two assassination attempts; in Petrograd in January 1918 his associate Fritz Platten took a bullet for him and in August 1918 after giving a speech in Moscow the assassins hit their target but only wounded Lenin which raised the sympathy of the public and gave a major boost to his popularity
  • Quotes about Vladimir Lenin: The physicist Albert Einstein was an admirer: "I honour Lenin as a man who completely sacrificed himself and devoted all his energy to the realization of social justice. I do not consider his methods practical, but one thing is certain: men of his type are the guardians and restorers of humanity"
  • Ho Chi Minh appreciated his ethic of socialist equality: "Lenin was the first man determinedly to denounce all prejudices against colonial peoples, which have been deeply implanted in the minds of many European and Americans"
  • Joseph Goebbels drew a parallel from east to west: "Lenin was the greatest man, second only to Hitler, and that the difference between communism and the Hitler faith was very slight"
  • On a lighter note, U.S. President Ronald Reagan once quipped: "How do you tell a Communist? Well, it's someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-Communist? It's someone who understands Marx and Lenin"

"The way to crush the bourgeoisie is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation"

Vladimir Lenin

"When we are victorious on a world scale I think we shall use gold for the purpose of building public lavatories in the streets of some of the largest cities of the world"

Vladimir Lenin

"Freedom in capitalist society always remains about the same as it was in the ancient Greek republics: freedom for the slave-owners"

Vladimir Lenin

"The bourgeoisie are today evading taxation by bribery and through their connections; we must close all loopholes"

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"While the State exists, there can be no freedom. When there is freedom there will be no State"

Vladimir Lenin

"No intelligent socialist has ever entertained the idea of violence against the middle peasants"

Vladimir Lenin

"The interests of socialism, the interests of world socialism, rank higher than national interests"

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"Popular ignorance of foreign policy is incomparably greater than of domestic policy"

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"You must have your heart on fire and your brain on ice"

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"Liberty is precious; so precious that it must be carefully rationed"

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"A lie told often enough becomes the truth"

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"Fascism is capitalism in decay"

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"Trust is good, but control is better"

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"Show me who your friends are, and I will tell you what you are"

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"When it comes to hang the capitalists they will compete with each other to sell us the rope at a lower price"

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"Truth is the most precious thing. That's why we should ration it"

Vladimir Lenin

"There are decades where nothing happens; And there are weeks where decades happen"

Vladimir Lenin

"The best way to destroy the capitalist system is to debauch the currency"

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"There can be nothing more abominable than religion"

Vladimir Lenin

"Man's consciousness not only reflects the objective world, but creates it"

Vladimir Lenin

"One may become a demagogue out of sheer political innocence"

Vladimir Lenin

"It is in prison … that one becomes a real revolutionary"

Vladimir Lenin

"Sensation is a subjective image of the objective world"

Vladimir Lenin

"One cannot live in society and be free from society"

Vladimir Lenin

"Shame on America for the plight of the Negroes"

Vladimir Lenin

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