49 Total Quotes

Leon Trotsky Quotes

You may not be interested in strategy, but strategy is interested in you.
Leon Trotsky
#Russian Revolutionary

There is a limit to the application of democratic methods. You can inquire of all the passengers as to what type of car they like to ride in, but it is impossible to question them as to whether to apply the brakes when the train is at full speed and accident threatens.
Leon Trotsky
#Russian Revolutionary

Technique is noticed most markedly in the case of those who have not mastered it.
Leon Trotsky
#Russian Revolutionary

If the Revolution has the right to destroy bridges and art monuments whenever necessary, it will stop still less from laying its hand on any tendency in art which, no matter how great its achievement in form, threatens to disintegrate the revolutionary environment or to arouse the internal forces of the Revolution, that is, the proletariat, the peasantry and the intelligentsia, to a hostile opposition to one another. Our standard is, clearly, political, imperative and intolerant.
Leon Trotsky
#Arts And Artists #Art

Revolutions are always verbose.
Leon Trotsky
#Russian Revolutionary

The slanders poured down like Niagara. If you take into consideration the setting -- the war and the revolution -- and the character of the accused -- revolutionary leaders of millions who were conducting their party to the sovereign power -- you can say without exaggeration that July 1917 was the month of the most gigantic slander in world history.
Leon Trotsky
#Slander #Revolution

In a serious struggle there is no worse cruelty than to be magnanimous at an inopportune time.
Leon Trotsky
#Russian Revolutionary

There are no absolute rules of conduct, either in peace or war. Everything depends on circumstances.
Leon Trotsky
#Russian Revolutionary #Circumstances

In inner-party politics, these methods lead, as we shall yet see, to this: the party organization substitutes itself for the party, the central committee substitutes itself for the organization, and, finally, a ''dictator'' substitutes himself for the central committee.
Leon Trotsky
#Dictators And Dictatorship

The end may justify the means as long as there is something that justifies the end.
Leon Trotsky
#Russian Revolutionary

Ideas that enter the mind under fire remain there securely and for ever.
Leon Trotsky
#Russian Revolutionary #Fire

The historic ascent of humanity, taken as a whole, may be summarized as a succession of victories of consciousness over blind forces -- in nature, in society, in man himself.
Leon Trotsky
#Consciousness

Old age is the most unexpected of all things that happen to a man
Leon Trotsky
#Age And Aging

Life is not an easy matter... You cannot live through it without falling into frustration and cynicism unless you have before you a great idea which raises you above personal misery, above weakness, above all kinds of perfidy and baseness.
Leon Trotsky
#Russian Revolutionary #Cynicism

Learning carries within itself certain dangers because out of necessity one has to learn from one's enemies.
Leon Trotsky
#Enemies #Russian Revolutionary

If we had more time for discussion we should probably have made a great many more mistakes.
Leon Trotsky
#Russian Revolutionary #Mistakes

Insurrection is an art, and like all arts has its own laws.
Leon Trotsky
#Russian Revolutionary #Art

Where force is necessary, there it must be applied boldly, decisively and completely. But one must know the limitations of force; one must know when to blend force with a maneuver, a blow with an agreement.
Leon Trotsky
#Russian Revolutionary #Force

Let a man find himself, in distinction from others, on top of two wheels with a chain -- at least in a poor country like Russia -- and his vanity begins to swell out like his tires. In America it takes an automobile to produce this effect.
Leon Trotsky
#Man

The dialectic is neither fiction or mysticism, but a science of the forms of our thinking insofar as it is not limited to the daily problems of life but attempts to arrive at an understanding of more complicated and drawn-out processes. The dialectic and formal logic bear a relationship similar to that between higher and lower mathematics.
Leon Trotsky
#Fiction

The dialectic is neither fiction nor mysticism, but a science of the forms of our thinking insofar as it is not limited to the daily problems of life but attempts to arrive at an understanding of more complicated and drawn-out processes. The dialectic and formal logic bear a relationship similar to that between higher and lower mathematics.
Leon Trotsky
#Fiction