Joseph Stalin was born as Ioseb Besarionis dzе Jughashvili on the 19th of December 1878 in Gori’s Georgian town, a part of the Russian empire. He was the only child of his parents who survived past infancy. Some of his famous books and articles include Falsifiers of history, Marxism and Problems of Linguistics, Foundations of Leninism and Dialectical and Historical Materialism. He was a prominent figure during the World War II as a leader of the Soviet Union.
Stalin was the USSR dictator from 1929 to 1953 that’s why his books and articles revolve around history and politics. Because of the long time that he became a leader during World War II, he has a massive influence not only in the countries included in the USSR but also worldwide. Like his books, most of his quotes are related to politics and the Soviet Union. That’s why in line with revisiting Stalin’s part in our world history, we compiled a list of 30 memorable quotes from this leader and author.
JOSEPH STALIN QUOTES
Check out this compilation of Joseph Staling quotes; from war quotes, political quotes, and even some inspiring motivation quotes.
“The people who cast the votes don’t decide an election, the people who count the votes do.”
“When we hang the capitalists they will sell us the rope we use.”
“In the Soviet army, it takes more courage to retreat than advance.”
“Mankind is divided into rich and poor, into property owners and exploited; and to abstract oneself from this fundamental division; and from the antagonism between poor and rich means abstracting oneself from fundamental facts.”
“If the opposition disarms, well and good. If it refuses to disarm, we shall disarm it ourselves.”
“A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic.”
“Education is a weapon, whose effect depends on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed.”
“This creature softened my heart of stone. She died, and with her, died my last warm feelings for humanity.”
“It is not heroes that make history, but history that makes heroes.”
“History has shown there are no invincible armies.”
Up to this day, Stalin is still a controversial figure. Some people are very devoted and loyal to him because he played a pivotal part in transforming the Soviet Union from a feudal economy to industrial power. In contrast, millions of people whose families were either killed or imprisoned during the war and fulfilling Stalin’s ideals are either afraid of him or detest him.
Stalin died of a stroke on the night of the 5th of March, 1953, after a heavy drinking session. After Stalin’s death, people have divided reactions regarding his death. Some people mourned the loss of their hero, while others cheered and hoped for a more humane leader. His successor denounced him and began a wave of “destalinization”. He could be either a hero or a murderer, he could even be both, but we couldn’t deny that his legacy left such an unforgettable impact on the world.