The saddest illusion of revolutionary socialists is that revolution itself will transform the nature of human beings.
You are miserable isolated individuals. You are bankrupt. You have played out your role. Go where you belong, to the dustheap of history.
Leon Trotsky 10/1917
On the Mensheviks.
A revolution is not the same as inviting people to dinner, or writing an essay, or painting a picture...A revolution is an insurrection, an act of violence by which one class overthrows another.
Mao Tse Tung 1965
We are not politicians. We made our revolution to get the politicians out.
Fidel Castro 1961
The suppression of the bourgeois state by the proletarian state is impossible without violent revolution.
Vladimir Ilyich Lenin 1917
What happened in Russia in 1917 wasn't a revolution - it was a coup d'etat.
Margaret Thatcher 13/10/1989
I am convinced that there is little force left in the Marxist stimulus to revolution. Its impetus is petering out as the practical failures of the doctrine become more obvious...What is left is a technique of subversion and a collection of catch-phrases. The former is still dangerous. Like terrorism, it is a menace that needs to be fought whenever it occurs.
Margaret Thatcher 19/12/1979