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date: 24 February 2024

Leon Trotsky 1879–1940
Russian revolutionary 

  1. Old age is the most unexpected of all things that happen to a man.
    Diary in Exile (1959) 8 May 1935
  2. Civilization has made the peasantry its pack animal. The bourgeoisie in the long run only changed the form of the pack.
    History of the Russian Revolution (1933) vol. 3, ch. 1
  3. You [the Mensheviks] are pitiful isolated individuals; you are bankrupts; your role is played out. Go where you belong from now on—into the dustbin of history!
    History of the Russian Revolution (1933) vol. 3, ch. 10; see Birrell
  4. Art, it is said, is not a mirror, but a hammer: it does not reflect, it shapes.
    Literature and Revolution (1924)
  5. If we had had more time for discussion we should probably have made a great many more mistakes.
    My Life (1930)
  6. 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 manoeuvre, a blow with an agreement.
    What Next? (1932)
  7. It is clear that the twentieth century is the most disturbed century within the memory of humanity. Any contemporary of ours who wants peace and comfort above all has chosen a bad time to be born.
    often quoted as ‘anyone desiring a quiet life has done badly to be born in the twentieth century’
    ‘On the New Germany’ in Manchester Guardian 22 March 1933
  8. Not believing in force is the same thing as not believing in gravitation.
    G. Maximov The Guillotine at Work (1940)