Best Quotes by Leon Trotsky (Top 10)

  1. The end may justify the means as long as there is something that justifies the end.
  2. 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.
  3. Tell me anyway—Maybe I can find the truth by comparing the lies.
  4. You may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you.
  5. In a country where the sole employer is the State, opposition means death by slow starvation. The old principle: who does not work shall not eat, has been replaced by a new one: who does not obey shall not eat.
  6. Our planet is being turned into a filthy and evil-smelling imperialist barrack.
  7. The bourgeoisie, which far surpasses the proletariat in the completeness and irreconcilibility of its class consciousness, is vitally interested in imposing its moral philosophy upon the exploited masses. It is exactly for this purpose that the concrete norms of the bourgeois catechism are concealed under moral abstractions...The appeal to abstract norms is not a disinterested philosophic mistake but a necessary element in the mechanics of class deception.
  8. There are no absolute rules of conduct, either in peace or war. Everything depends on circumstances.
  9. Learning carries within itself certain dangers because out of necessity one has to learn from one's enemies.
  10. As a general rule, man strives to avoid labor. Love for work is not at all an inborn characteristic: it is created by economic pressure and social education. One may even say that man is a fairly lazy animal. It is on this quality, in reality, that is founded to a considerable extent all human progress; because if man did not strive to expend his energy economically, did not seek to receive the largest possible quantity of products in return for a small quantity of energy, there would have been no technical development or social culture.

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