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" You may not be interested in strategy, but strategy is interested in you. "
" Fascism is nothing but capitalist reaction. "
" From being a patriotic myth, the Russian people have become an awful reality. "
" Everyone has the right to be stupid on occasion, but Comrade Macdonald abuses the privilege. "
" The masses go into a revolution not with a prepared plan of social reconstruction, but with a sharp feeling that they cannot endure the old regime. Only the guiding layers of a class have a political program, and even this still requires the test of events and the approval of the masses. "
" In a serious struggle there is no worse cruelty than to be magnanimous at an inopportune time. "
" England is nothing but the last ward of the European madhouse, and quite possibly it will prove to be the ward for particularly violent cases. "
" Not believing in force is the same as not believing in gravity. "
" Ideas that enter the mind under fire remain there securely and for ever. "
" Old age is the most unexpected of all things that happen to a man. "
" The dynamic of revolutionary events is directly determined by swift, intense, and passionate changes in the psychology of classes which have already formed themselves before the revolution. "
" There are no absolute rules of conduct, either in peace or war. Everything depends on circumstances. "
" The depth and strength of a human character are defined by its moral reserves. People reveal themselves completely only when they are thrown out of the customary conditions of their life, for only then do they have to fall back on their reserves. "
" If we had more time for discussion we should probably have made a great many more mistakes. "
" Technique is noticed most markedly in the case of those who have not mastered it. "
" 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. "
" Revolutions are always verbose. "
" Events can neither be regarded as a series of adventures nor strung on the thread of a preconceived moral. They must obey their own laws. "
" 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. "
" Insurrection is an art, and like all arts has its own laws. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" The end may justify the means as long as there is something that justifies the end. "
" Learning carries within itself certain dangers because out of necessity one has to learn from one's enemies. "