There are no morals in politics; there is only expedience. A scoundrel may be of use to us just because he is a scoundrel.
Nikolai Lenin (1870 - 1924)
Contributed by: Zaady
No amount of political freedom will satisfy the hungry masses.
Source: Speech, 1917
Political institutions are a superstructure resting on an economic foundation.
Source: The Three Sources and Three Constituent Parts of Marxism, 1913
It is impossible to predict the time and progress of revolution. It is governed by its own more or less mysterious laws. But when it come it moves irresistibly.
The way to crush the bourgeoisie is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation.
When we say "the state," the state it is we, it is the proletariat, it is the advanced guard of the working class.
Source: Speech, May, I922
The true leader must submerge himself in the fountain of the people.
Source: quoted by John Gunther, Soviet Russia Today (1958)
The war is relentless: it puts the alternative in a ruthless relief: either to perish, or to catch up with the advanced countries and outdistance them, too, in economic matters.
Source: The Impending Catastrophe and How to Fight It, 1917
I am a bad, wicked man, but I am practicing moral self-purification; I don't eat meat any more, I now eat rice cutlets.
Communism is Soviet government plus the electrification of the whole country.
Source: New External and Internal Position and the Problems of the Party, 1920
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