Under socialism all will govern in turn and will soon become accustomed to no one governing.
A revolution is impossible without a revolutionary situation; furthermore, not every revolutionary situation leads to revolution.
Politics begin where the masses are, not where there are thousands, but where there are millions, that is where serious politics begin.
The history of all countries shows that the working class exclusively by its own effort is able to develop only trade-union consciousness.
To rely upon conviction, devotion, and other excellent spiritual qualities; that is not to be taken seriously in politics.
There are no morals in politics; there is only expedience. A scoundrel may be of use to us just because he is a scoundrel.
The oppressed are allowed once every few years to decide which particular representatives of the oppressing class are to represent and repress them in parliament.
While the State exists there can be no freedom; when there is freedom there will be no State.
Without a revolutionary theory there cannot be a revolutionary movement.
The best way to destroy the capitalist system is to debauch the currency.
The way to crush the bourgeoisie is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation.
Without revolutionary theory there can be no revolutionary movement.
The government is tottering. We must deal it the death blow an any cost. To delay action is the same as death.
He is no Socialist who will not sacrifice his Fatherland for the triumph of the Social Revolution.
Freedom in capitalist society always remains about the same as it was in ancient Greek republics: Freedom for slave owners.
The press should be not only a collective propagandist and a collective agitator, but also a collective organizer of the masses.
Despair is typical of those who do not understand the causes of evil, see no way out, and are incapable of struggle. The modern industrial proletariat does not belong to the category of such classes.
When there is state there can be no freedom, but when there is freedom there will be no state.
When one makes a Revolution, one cannot mark time; one must always go forward - or go back. He who now talks about the 'freedom of the press' goes backward, and halts our headlong course towards Socialism.
No amount of political freedom will satisfy the hungry masses.
It is true that liberty is precious; so precious that it must be carefully rationed.
It is impossible to predict the time and progress of revolution. It is governed by its own more or less mysterious laws.
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.
If it were necessary to give the briefest possible definition of imperialism, we should have to say that imperialism is the monopoly stage of capitalism.
Give us the child for 8 years and it will be a Bolshevik forever.
Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted.
Communism is Soviet power plus the electrification of the whole country.
Capitalists are no more capable of self-sacrifice than a man is capable of lifting himself up by his own bootstraps.
Can a nation be free if it oppresses other nations? It cannot.