10 Memorable Trotsky Quotes

Trotsky, the great Marxist intellectual and revolutionary, both author of countless books on socialist dialectics, is one of the most important figures of the 20th century. Although his unfortunate death by means of an ice pick might be the greatest resonance that is still remembered by current generations, his work in Socialist rhetoric is invaluable.



“Fascism is nothing but capitalist reaction.”


“Learning carries within itself certain dangers because out of necessity one has to learn from one’s enemies.”


“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.”


“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.”


“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.”


“From being a patriotic myth, the Russian people have become an awful reality.”


“Revolutions are always verbose.”


“Not believing in force is the same as not believing in gravity.”


“You may not be interested in strategy, but strategy is interested in you.”


“The end may justify the means as long as there is something that justifies the end.”


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