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1. "Lenin was the first to discover that capitalism 'inevitably' caused war; and he discovered this only when the First World War was already being fought. Of course he was right. Since every great state was capitalist in 1914."
Author: A. J. P. Taylor
2. "Lenin only believes in the revolution and in the virtue of expediency.'One must be prepared for every sacrifice, to use, if necessary, every stratagem, ruse, illegal method, to be determined to conceal the truth, for the sole purpose of accomplishing, despite everything, the communist task'."
Author: Albert Camus
3. "Lenina suddenly remembered an occasion when, as a little girl at school, she had woken up in the middle of the night and become aware, for the first time, of the whispering that had haunted all her sleeps."
Author: Aldous Huxley
4. "Lenina was left to face the horrors of Malpais unaided. They came crowding in on her thick and fast. The spectacle of two young women giving the breast to their babies made her blush and turn away her face."
Author: Aldous Huxley
5. "And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand? After all, you knew ahead of time that those bluecaps were out at night for no good purpose. And you could be sure ahead of time that you'd be cracking the skull of a cutthroat."
Author: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
6. "Killing the private property-that was the center of the Marxist economy and Marxist ideology. That was the center of the Lenin ideology."
Author: Anatoly Chubais
7. "If kids can forget their own mothers but still have a sense of comrade Lenin, then Soviet power really is here to stay!"
Author: Andrei Platonov
8. "I was amongst them – the first female pilot who had got admission to the Sturmoviks…Since my childhood I'd been lucky enough to meet good people. Wherever I studied, wherever I worked I would meet loyal friends, kind-hearted tutors. I was trained at the factory school by the old craftsman Goubanov, I was assisted by the engineer Aliev, who was the shift boss, in my transfer to the most important sector of operations – the tunnel. I was trained by the superb instructor Miroevskiy in the aeroclub, the secretary of the Ulyanovsk District Comsomol Committee gave me a hand at a very hard moment of my life, then there was Maria Borek from Leningrad, the Secretary of the Smolensk District Comsomol Committee, the Commissar of the Smolensk aeroclub…Was it really possible to count all those who had warmed my soul with their sympathy and human kindness and helped me to realize my dream!"
Author: Anna Timofeeva Egorova
9. "Nadya Zelenin and her mother had returned from a performance of Eugene Onegin at the theatre. Going into her room, the girl swiftly threw off her dress and let her hair down. Then she quickly sat at the table in her petticoat and white bodice to write a letter like Tatyana's.'I love you,' she wrote, 'but you don't love me, you don't love me!'Having written this, she laughed.She was only sixteen and had never loved anyone yet. She knew that Gorny (an army officer) and Gruzdyov (a student) were both in love with her, but now, after the opera, she wanted to doubt their love. To be unloved and miserable: what an attractive idea! There was something beautiful, touching and romantic about A loving B when B wasn't interested in A. Onegin was attractive in not loving at all, while Tatyana was enchanting because she loved greatly. Had they loved equally and been happy they might have seemed boring.("After The Theatre")"
Author: Anton Chekhov
10. "They looked cheerful in the photograph, Lenin and his wife. As though they had a new refrigerator in their drawing room, and a down payment on a DDA flat."
Author: Arundhati Roy
11. "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
12. "One day at Fenner's (the university cricket ground at Cambridge), just before the last war, G. H. Hardy and I were talking about Einstein. Hardy had met him several times, and I had recently returned from visiting him. Hardy was saying that in his lifetime there had only been two men in the world, in all the fields of human achievement, science, literature, politics, anything you like, who qualified for the Bradman class. For those not familiar with cricket, or with Hardy's personal idiom, I ought to mention that "the Bradman class" denoted the highest kind of excellence: it would include Shakespeare, Tolstoy, Newton, Archimedes, and maybe a dozen others. Well, said Hardy, there had only been two additions in his lifetime. One was Lenin and the other Einstein."
Author: C.P. Snow
13. "But the thought arrived inside her like a train: Marya Morevna, all in black, here and now, was a point at which all the women she had been met—the Yaichkan and the Leningrader and the chyerti maiden; the girl who saw the birds, and the girl who never did—the woman she was and the woman she might have been and the woman she would always be, forever intersecting and colliding, a thousand birds falling from a thousand oaks, over and over."
Author: Catherynne M. Valente
14. "Is eating her brain consumes only the fresher memories, the unripe moments. Her distant past is preserved, better than preserved. Moments that occurred in Leningrad sixty-some years"
Author: Debra Dean
15. "At the same time, of course, Marxism arose - Rosa Luxembourg, Leninism, anarchism - and art became political."
Author: Douglas Sirk
16. "Even if we have to go without bread, we Albanians do not violate principles. We do not betray Marxism - Leninism."
Author: Enver Hoxha
17. "Saiba que ceder aos instintos é multiplicar o bordel burguês. E quem diz isso não sou eu, é Lenin."
Author: Fernando Morais
18. "I am a Marxist Leninist and I will be one until the last day of my life."
Author: Fidel Castro
19. "Lenin, the greatest theorist of them all, did not know what he was going to do after he had got the power."
Author: Garet Garrett
20. "If Budapest, Bratislava, Prague, Cracow, Warsaw, and Berlin belong to Europe, then why not Leningrad, why not Moscow--indeed, why stop before Vladivostok? It is all part of Eurasia, there is no state frontier between...I would like to think of myself as some utopian son of Europe, able to touch the Pacific at San Francisco with one outstretched arm and at Vladivostok with the other, and keeping the peace everywhere within my embrace."
Author: George Konrád
21. "Around 1967 I began backing away from dogmatic Leninism, not so much because I thought it was false, I just decided there was nothing utopian about it."
Author: Henry Flynt
22. "Despite having built his own movement with little help from Moscow, the new Chinese leader was a dedicated Marxist-Leninist who was more than ready to defer to Stalin as the head of the international communist movement. The new China, he announced in June, 1949, must ally "with the Soviet Union, . . . and with the proletariat and broad masses of the people in all other countries, and form an international united front. . . . We must lean to one side."53"
Author: John Lewis Gaddis
23. "Lenin is said to have declared that the best way to destroy the Capitalist System was to debauch the currency. By a continuing process of? inflation, governments can confiscate, secretly and unobserved, an important part of the wealth of their citizens. By this method they not only confiscate, but they confiscate arbitrarily; and, while the process impoverishes many, it actually enriches some."
Author: John Maynard Keynes
24. "Lenin lived, Lenin lives, Lenin will live."
Author: Kim Il Sung
25. "Bütün mutlu aileler birbirine benzer, her mutsuz aileninse kendine özgür bir mutsuzlugu vardir."
Author: Leo Tolstoy
26. "Lenin refused to recognise moral norms established by slave-owners for their slaves and never observed by the slave-owners themselves; he called upon the Proletariat to extend the class struggle into the moral sphere too. Who fawns before the precepts established by the enemy will never vanquish that enemy!"
Author: Leon Trotsky
27. "However much an ideologue tries to bury [Lenin] beneath a proof by historical analysis, there is always this one man standing their on the plain of History and of our lives, in the eternal 'current situation.' He goes on talking, calmly or passionately. He goes on talking about something simple: his revolutionary practice, the practice of class struggle, about what makes it possible to act on history...not to demonstrate that revolutions are inevitable, but to make them in our unique present."
Author: Louis Althusser
28. "I am aware always that the powers that be are so strong, we can not go headlong to pit our forces, it would be suicidal, so we had that position. Which Lenin himself said that 'it is not only foolish to launch an armed revolution but it is a leftist criminal adventurism when the people are not ready to support it.' The people are not ready, they don't even understand what we are talking about.. . . Yes, even socialism is not yet understood by people, much less communism. And the rich are very afraid of communism because it means confiscation of their wealth and liquidation of their lives."
Author: Luis Taruc
29. "Hän näki kaiken edessään uusin silmin. Hän oli jättänyt tyttövuotensa taakseen jonnekin sen pitkän matkan varteen, jonka hän oli taivaltanut Taraan. Hän ei ollut enää taipuisaa savea, johon jokainen uusi kokemus painoi jälkensä. Savi oli kovettunut jonakin tuon mittaamattoman päivän hetkenä, jota oli kestänyt tuhannen vuotta. Tänä iltana häntä viimeisen kerran hoivattiin kuin lasta. Nyt hän oli nainen, ja nuoruus oli jäänyt hänen taakseen.Ei, hän ei voinut eikä tahtonut etsiä turvaa Ellenin eikä Geraldin sukulaisten luota. O'Harat eivät voineet elää armopaloista. O'Harat pitivät itse huolen omistaan. Hänen taakkansa oli hänen omansa ja hänen hartiansa olivat kyllin voimakkaat kantamaan sen. Hämmästymättä hän totesi, katsellen alas korkeuksistaan, että hänen hartiansa jaksaisivat nyt kantaa mitä tahansa, kun ne kerran olivat kantaneet pahimman, mitä hänelle saattoi tapahtua."
Author: Margaret Mitchell
30. "Seventy years ago this November, Vladimir Lenin created the modern totalitarian state, transforming simpler forms of tyranny into history's most sophisticated apparatus of rule by terror."
Author: Michael Johns
31. "I believe, as Lenin said, that this revolutionary chaos may yet crystallize into new forms of life."
Author: Mikhail Gorbachev
32. "Tanya, I can not tell you how Leningrad looks today. I used to say that Paris is the most beautiful in the world, and now I am ashamed. every time I come to Russia I'll bring you flowers. And as is our only tryst lost, wasted, gone, I give you my word that I will teach my children to hate war and to be good people. Secondly, apart from vodka, except the tears, I do not know how."
Author: Miroslav Antić
33. "It was always Marx, Lenin, and revolution - real girl's talk."
Author: Nina Simone
34. "His (Lenin's)humanitarianism was a very abstract passion. It embraced humanity in general but he seems to have had little love for, or even interest in, humanity in particular. He saw the people with whom he dealt, his comrades, not as individuals but as receptacles for his ideas. On that basis, and no other, they were judged. He judged man not by their moral qualities but by their views, or rather the degree to which they accepted his."
Author: Paul Johnson
35. "Oh,to be walking through Leningrad white night after white night, the dawn to dusk all smelting together like platinum ore, Tatiana thought, turning away to the wall, again to the wall, the wall, as ever. Alexander, my nights, my days, my every thought. You will fall away from me in just a while, won't you, and I'll be whole again, and I will go on and feel for someone else, the way everyone does. But my innocence is forever gone."
Author: Paullina Simons
36. "Vücûdla ruhun beraber tekâmül ettigine inanan eski Yunanlilar aldanmislardir. Biri, daima ötekinin zararina çalisir. Vücûdla ruh, birbirlerine en büyük düsmandirlar ve her zaman mücadele ederler. Bu mücadelenin ismi hayat, neticesi de ölümdür."
Author: Peyami Safa
37. "In English and Arabic. Clearly, even personal shoppers had him pegged as a complete geek. The shopper also managed to find some supplies for our magic bags—blocks of wax, twine, even some papyrus and ink—though I doubt Bes explained to her what they were for. After she left, Bes, Carter and I ordered more food from room service. We sat on the deck and watched the afternoon go by. The breeze from the Mediterranean was cool and pleasant. Modern Alexandria stretched out to our left—an odd mix of gleaming high-rises, shabby, crumbling buildings, and ancient ruins. The shoreline highway was dotted with palm trees and crowded with every sort of vehicle from BMWs to donkeys. From our penthouse suite, it all seemed a bit unreal—the raw energy of the city, the bustle and congestion below —while we sat on our veranda in the sky eating fresh fruit and the last melting bits of Lenin's head."
Author: Rick Riordan
38. "There was an old bastard named LeninWho did two or three million men in.That's a lot to have done inBut where he did one inThat old bastard Stalin did ten in."
Author: Robert Conquest
39. "Their souls were contagious. ... Bloodsuckers, spiders and vampires: that was what Lenin called them."
Author: Robert Harris
40. "It seems obvious, looking back, that the artists of Weimar Germany and Leninist Russia lived in a much more attenuated landscape of media than ours, and their reward was that they could still believe, in good faith and without bombast, that art could morally influence the world. Today, the idea has largely been dismissed, as it must in a mass media society where art's principal social role is to be investment capital, or, in the simplest way, bullion. We still have political art, but we have no effective political art. An artist must be famous to be heard, but as he acquires fame, so his work accumulates 'value' and becomes, ipso-facto, harmless. As far as today's politics is concerned, most art aspires to the condition of Muzak. It provides the background hum for power."
Author: Robert Hughes
41. "The German leaders, said Winston Churchill, turned upon Russia the most grisly of all weapons. They transported Lenin in a sealed truck like a plague bacillus from Switzerland into Russia."
Author: Robert K. Massie
42. "There would be no Lenin without Rasputin."
Author: Robert K. Massie
43. "Every other man spoke a language entirely his own, which he had figured out by private thinking; he had his own ideas and peculiar ways. If you wanted to talk about a glass of water, you had to start back with God creating the heavens and earth; the apple; Abraham; Moses and Jesus; Rome; the Middle Ages; gunpowder; the Revolution; back to Newton; up to Einstein; then war and Lenin and Hitler. After reviewing this and getting it all straight again you could proceed to talk about a glass of water. "I'm fainting, please get me a little water." You were lucky even then to make yourself understood. And this happened over and over and over with everyone you met. You had to translate and translate, explain and explain, back and forth, and it was the punishment of hell itself not to understand or be understood."
Author: Saul Bellow
44. "We want what the woman wanted in the prison queue in Leningrad, standing there with cold and whispering for fear, enduring the terror of Stalin's regime and asking the poet Anna Akhmatova if she could describe it all, if her art was equal to it."
Author: Seamus Heaney
45. "It is of course no secret to contemporary philosophers and psychologists that man himself is changing in our violent century, under the influence, of course, not only of war and revolution, but also of practically everything else that lays claim to being "modern" and "progressive." We have already cited the most striking forms of Nihilist Vitalism, whose cumulative effect has been to uproot, disintegrate, and "mobilize" the individual, to substitute for his normal stability and rootedness a senseless quest for power and movement, and to replace normal human feeling by a nervous excitability. The work of Nihilist Realism, in practice as in theory, has been parallel and complementary to that of Vitalism: a work of standardization, specialization, simplification, mechanization, dehumanization; its effect has been to "reduce" the individual to the most "Primitive" and basic level, to make him in fact the slave of his environment, the perfect workman in Lenin's worldwide "factory."
Author: Seraphim Rose
46. "Bažnycios Dievas buvo panašus i Lenina.Taip pat mires, bet amžinai prisikeliantis.Jeigu Jezus Kristus butu sulaukes senatves, jis butu buves panašus i Lenina: plikas, su ruda barzdele, grebluojantis, leidžiantis gausius, suklastotus raštus."
Author: Sigitas Parulskis
47. "Ama ne yazik ki tarihte hep ayni trajedi tekrarlanmaktadir, çünkü fikir adamlari zamani gelince, dava adami olma sorumlulugunu üstlenmekte zorlanirlar ve pek nadir durumlarda harekete geçerler. Düsün dünyasi zengin, yaratici insanlarda bu ikilem her zaman ortaya çikar: Çünkü yasadiklari dönemin saçmaliklarini en iyi görenler ve gözleyenler onlardir ve bir cosku aninda, kendilerini büyük bir tutkuyla siyasi mücadelenin içine atarlar, ama öte yandan da zorbaliga zorbalikla karsilik vermekte çekinir, tereddüt ederler. Duyduklari sorumluluk onlari siddete basvurmaktan, kan dökmekten alikoyar; o bir anlik tereddüt, saygili geri durus, siddeti tesvik ederek onlarin elini kolunu baglar ve tüm güçlerini yok eder."
Author: Stefan Zweig
48. "While the State exists, there can be no freedom. When there is freedom there will be no State. Lenin, "State and Revolution","
Author: Vladimir Lenin
49. "Lenin said that people vote with their feet. Well, that's what's happening. They either go, or they don't go. It's all politics. It's all demographics."
Author: Warren Beatty
50. "If I had been an Italian I am sure that I should have been whole-heartedly with you from the start to finish in your triumphant struggle against the bestial appetites and passions of Leninism."(Speech in Rome on 20 January, 1927, praising Mussolini)"
Author: Winston Churchill

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