Leon Trotsky Quotes

Under all conditions well-organized violence seems to him the shortest distance between two points. Leon Trotsky

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

Our party’s most outstanding mediocrity. Leon Trotsky (on Stalin)

Revolutions are always verbose. Leon Trotsky

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

Stalin is the personification of the bureaucracy. That is the substance of his political personality. Leon Trotsky

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. Leon Trotsky

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 manoeuver, a blow with an agreement. Leon Trotsky

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

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