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.
“You cannot make a revolution with silk gloves.”
“It is difficult for me to imagine what “personal liberty” is enjoyed by an unemployed person, who goes about hungry, and cannot find employment. Real liberty can exist only where exploitation has been abolished, where there is no oppression of some by others, where there is no unemployment and poverty, where a man is not haunted by the fear of being tomorrow deprived of work, of home and of bread. Only in such a society is real, and not paper, personal and every other liberty possible.”
“Advance towards socialism cannot but cause the exploiting elements to resist the advance, and the resistance of the exploiters cannot but lead to the inevitable sharpening of the class struggle.”
“Undoubtedly, our path is not of the easiest; but, just as undoubtedly, we are not to be frightened by difficulties. Paraphrasing from the well-known words of Luther, Russia might say: ‘Here I stand on the frontier between the old, capitalist world and the new, socialist world. Here on this frontier, I unite the efforts of the proletarians of the West and of the peasantry of the East in order to shatter the old world. May the god of history be my aid!”
“Iron discipline does not preclude but presupposes criticism and contest of opinion within the Party. Least of all does it mean that discipline must be ‘blind’. On the contrary, iron discipline does not preclude but presupposes conscious and voluntary submission, for only conscious discipline can be truly iron discipline.”
“There are on occasions, as we know when resources are abundant, but they are expended so incompetently that the advantage is nullified.”
“If there are no isolated phenomena in the world, if all phenomena are interconnected and interdependent, then it is clear that every social system and every social movement in history must be evaluated not from the standpoint of “eternal justice” or some other preconceived idea, as is not infrequently done by historians, but from the standpoint of the conditions which gave rise to that system or that social movement and with which they are connected.”
“Principles triumph, they do not compromise.”
“History shows that there are no invincible armies and that there have never been.”
“Writers are the engineers of human souls.”
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.