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Lenin was the first to discover that capitalism 'inevitably' caused war;
by A. J. P. Taylor

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.
- A. J. P. Taylor

In my opinion, most of the great men of the past were
only there for the beer -
the wealth,
prestige and grandeur that went with the power.
- A. J. P. Taylor

Like most of those who study history,
he (Napoleon III) learned from the mistakes of the
past how to make new ones.
- A. J. P. Taylor

No war is inevitable until it breaks out.
- A. J. P. Taylor

 

The great armies, accumulated to provide security and preserve the peace,
carried the nations to war by their own weight.
- A. J. P. Taylor

There is nothing more agreeable in life than to make
peace with the Establishment -
and nothing more corrupting.
- A. J. P. Taylor

Human blunders usually do more to shape history than human wickedness.
- A. J. P. Taylor

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Psychoanalysts believe that the only 'normal' people
are those who cause no trouble either to themselves or anyone else.
- A. J. P. Taylor

A master of improvised speech and improvised policies.
- A. J. P. Taylor

The greatest problem about old age is the fear that it may go on too long.
- A. J. P. Taylor

Nothing is inevitable until it happens.
- A. J. P. Taylor

The crusade against Communism was even more imaginary
than the specter of Communism.
- A. J. P. Taylor

A racing tipster who only reached Hitler's level of
accuracy would not do well for his clients.
- A. J. P. Taylor

No matter what political reasons are given for war,
the underlying reason is always economic.
- A. J. P. Taylor

He was what I often think is a dangerous thing for a statesman to be -
a student of history; and like most of those who study history,
he learned from the mistakes of the past how to make new ones.
- A. J. P. Taylor

It is impossible to predict the time and progress of revolution.
It is governed by its own more or less mysterious laws.
- Vladimir Lenin

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.
- Warren Beatty

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.
- Ronald Reagan

If kids can forget their own mothers but still have
a sense of comrade Lenin,
then Soviet power really is here to stay!
- Andrei Platonov

Killing the private property-that was the center of
the Marxist economy and Marxist ideology.
That was the center of the Lenin ideology.
- Anatoly Chubais

Lenin, the greatest theorist of them all,
did not know what he was going to do after he had got the power.
- Garet Garrett

Lenin lived, Lenin lives, Lenin will live.
- Kim Il-sung

On one level the sixties revolt was an impressive illustration
of Lenin's remark that the capitalist will sell you
the rope to hang him with.
- Ellen Willis

I believe, as Lenin said, that this revolutionary chaos
may yet crystallize into new forms of life.
- Mikhail Gorbachev

The best way to destroy the capitalist system is to debauch the currency.
- Vladimir Lenin

Without a revolutionary theory there cannot be a revolutionary movement.
- Vladimir Lenin

Fascism is capitalism in decay.
- Vladimir Lenin

A lie told often enough becomes the truth.
- Vladimir Lenin

The goal of socialism is communism.
- Vladimir Lenin

One man with a gun can control 100 without one.
- Vladimir Lenin

Sometimes - history needs a push.
- Vladimir Lenin

Communism is Soviet power plus the electrification of the whole country.
- Vladimir Lenin

No amount of political freedom will satisfy the hungry masses.
- Vladimir Lenin

Every cook has to learn how to govern the state.
- Vladimir Lenin

Capitalists are no more capable of self-sacrifice than
a man is capable of lifting himself up by his own bootstraps.
- Vladimir Lenin

The way to crush the bourgeoisie is to grind them between
the millstones of taxation and inflation.
- Vladimir Lenin

There are no morals in politics; there is only expedience.
A scoundrel may be of use to us just because he is a scoundrel.
- Vladimir Lenin

Any cook should be able to run the country.
- Vladimir Lenin

The press should be not only a collective propagandist
and a collective agitator,
but also a collective organizer of the masses.
- Vladimir Lenin

Give us the child for 8 years and it will be a Bolshevik forever.
- Vladimir Lenin

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.
- Vladimir Lenin

A revolution is impossible without a revolutionary situation;
furthermore,
not every revolutionary situation leads to revolution.
- Vladimir Lenin

Under socialism all will govern in turn and will soon
become accustomed to no one governing.
- Vladimir Lenin

Politics begin where the masses are,
not where there are thousands,
but where there are millions, that is where serious politics begin.
- Vladimir Lenin

Our program necessarily includes the propaganda of atheism.
- Vladimir Lenin

The history of all countries shows that the working
class exclusively by its own effort is able to develop
only trade-union consciousness.
- Vladimir Lenin

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

When there is state there can be no freedom,
but when there is freedom there will be no state.
- Vladimir Lenin

The Russians are turning east to the Chinese -
to the Europeans' surprise.
It always seemed to me that the relationship between
Russia and China would shift from being based in Marx
and Lenin to being based in oil and gas.
- Daniel Yergin

Democracy is indispensable to socialism.
- Vladimir Lenin

The only conclusion you can draw from the real historical
movement is that by and large,
in day-to-day life, what Lenin called trade union consciousness
dominates the working class.
I would call it elementary class consciousness of the working class.
- Ernest Mandel

Give me four years to teach the children and the seed
I have sown will never be uprooted.
- Vladimir Lenin

Can a nation be free if it oppresses other nations? It cannot.
- Vladimir Lenin

It is true that liberty is precious;
so precious that it must be carefully rationed.
- Vladimir Lenin

While the State exists there can be no freedom;
when there is freedom there will be no State.
- Vladimir Lenin

Without revolutionary theory there can be no revolutionary movement.
- Vladimir Lenin

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.
- Michael Johns

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

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.
- Vladimir Lenin

The most important thing when ill is to never lose heart.
- Vladimir Lenin

The government is tottering.
We must deal it the death blow an any cost.
To delay action is the same as death.
- Vladimir Lenin

Crime is a product of social excess.
- Vladimir Lenin

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.
- Vladimir Lenin

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.
- Vladimir Lenin

Always be a first-rate version of yourself,
instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.
- Judy Garland

All things at first appear difficult.
- Chinese proverb

Faith is taking the first step,
even when you don't see the whole staircase.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Do first things first, and second things not at all.
- Peter F. Drucker

Seek first to understand,
then to be understood.
- Stephen Covey

Our "Rainbows and Butterflies" are the small miracles of our life -
the little things that are so easy to overlook,
yet so awe inspiring when we take a moment
to notice and to pay attention.
Give thanks for the rainbows, for the butterflies,
for all God's creatures - large and small,
for the bright blue sky and the soft fog and the gentle rain,
for the tree veiled in the season's first frost,
for the baby's laugh,
for the touch of a hand and the whispered "I love you."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When we step on the battlefield, I will be
The First Boots On and the Last Boots Off.
- LtG. Hal Moore


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