And as awful as that is, the alternative leaves more to be desired if even a portion of these I dug up are real...
So long as the state exists there is no freedom. When there is freedom, there will be no state.
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.
. . . any army which does not train to use all the weapons, all the means and methods of warfare that the enemy possesses, or may possess, is behaving in an unwise or even criminal manner. This applies to politics even more than it does to the art of war.
To belittle the socialist ideology in any way . . . means to strengthen bourgeois ideology.
Give us the child for 8 years and it will be a Bolshevik forever.
The Bolsheviks could not have retained power for two and a half months, let alone two and a half years, without the most rigorous and truly iron discipline in our Party.
He who now talks about the "freedom of the press" goes backward, and halts our headlong course towards Socialism.
Our program necessarily includes the propaganda of atheism.
The press should be not only a collective propagandist and a collective agitator, but also a collective organizer of the masses.
We will keep our political opponents . . . whether open or disguised as "nonparty," in prison.
Socialists must explain to the masses that they have no other road of salvation except the revolutionary overthrow of "their" governments . . .
Surely you do not imagine that we shall be victorious without applying the most cruel revolutionary terror?
We canít expect to get anywhere unless we resort to terrorism: speculators must be shot on the spot. Moreover, bandits must be dealt with just as resolutely: they must be shot on the spot.
When we are reproached with having established a dictatorship of one party... we say, 'Yes, it is a dictatorship of one party! This is what we stand for and we shall not shift from that position...'
Treat the Jews (express it politely: Jewish petty bourgeoisie) and urban inhabitants in the Ukraine with an iron rod, transferring them to the front, not letting them into the government agencies
Use both bribery and threats to exterminate every Cossack to a man if they set fire to the oil in Guriev.
catch and shoot the Astrakhan speculators and bribe-takers. These swine have to be dealt so that everyone will remember it for years.
Hang . . . no fewer than one hundred kulaks, rich men, bloodsuckers... Do it in such a way that for hundreds of versts around, the people will see, tremble, know, shout: they are strangling and will strangle to death the bloodsucker kulaks.
Your first response must be to establish a dictatorial troika . . . and introduce mass terror, shooting, or deporting the hundreds of prostitutes who are causing all the soldiers to drink, all the ex-officers, etc. There is not a moment to lose; you must act resolutely, with massive reprisals. Immediate execution for anyone caught in possession of a firearm. Massive deportation of Mensheviks and other suspect elements.
. . . on certain very important questions of the proletarian revolution, all countries will inevitably have to do what Russia has done.