Lenin’s 20 Most Chilling Quotes

Lee Jenkins January 22, 2014 4

The leader of the Russian Revolution and adorner of many a student dorm wall, Lenin is one of the most recognisable faces in modern history. But how many know just how callous, brutal and cruel this hero of the Left was? Here’s twenty quotes that will give you pause for thought.

“There are times when the interests of the proletariat call for ruthless extermination of its enemies.”

“Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted.”

“We can and must write in a language which sows among the masses hate, revulsion, and scorn towards those who disagree with us.”

“The bourgeoisie is many times stronger than we. To give it the weapon of freedom of the press is to ease the enemy’s cause, to help the class enemy. We do not desire to end in suicide so we will not do this.”

“A lie told often enough becomes the truth.”

“Hang, and make sure that the hanging takes place in full view of the people.”

“The way to crush the bourgeoisie is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation.”

“One man with a gun can control 100 without one.”

“There are no morals in politics; there is only expedience. A scoundrel may be of use because he is a scoundrel.”

“Russians are too kind, they lack the ability to apply determined methods of revolutionary terror.”

“The press should be not only a collective propagandist and a collective agitator, but also a collective organiser of the masses.”

“To rely upon conviction, devotion, and other excellent spiritual qualities; that is not to be taken seriously in politics.”

“It is true that liberty is precious; so precious that it must be carefully rationed.”

“He who now talks about the “freedom of the press” goes backward, and halts our headlong course towards socialism.”

“We do not have time to play at “oppositions” at “conferences”.  We will keep our political opponents… whether open or disguised as “non-party”, in prison.”

“Surely you do not imagine that we shall be victorious without applying the most cruel revolutionary terror?”

“Everybody is free to write and say whatever he likes, without any restrictions… but the party would inevitably break up, first ideologically and then physically, if it not cleanse itself of people advocating anti-party views.”

“Treat the Jews and urban inhabitants in the Ukraine with an iron rod, transferring them to the front, not letting them into government agencies (except in an insignificant percentages, in particularly exceptional circumstances).”

“We shall not bind ourselves by treaties. We shall not allow ourselves to be entangled by treaties.”

“It is necessary –  secretly and urgently to prepare the terror.”

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