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.
“A cadre must know how to carry out instructions, must understand them, adopt them as his own. Attach the greatest importance to them, and make them part of his very existence. Otherwise, politics loses its meaning and consists merely of gesticulating. Hence the decisive importance of the cadres department in the apparatus of the Central Committee. Every functionary must be closely studied, from every angle and in the most minute detail.”
“Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns, why should we let them have ideas?”
“History teaches us that the class or social group which plays the principal role in social production and performs the main functions in production must, in the course of time, inevitably take control of that production.”
“As you see, the point is not which class today constitutes the majority, or which class is poorer, but which class is gaining strength and which is decaying.”
“Marxists have more than once pointed out that the capitalist world economic system contains in itself the seeds of a general crisis and of warlike clashes.”
“Anti-Semitism, as an extreme form of racial chauvinism, is the most dangerous vestige of cannibalism.”
“We are fifty or a hundred years behind the advanced countries. We must make good this distance in ten years. Either we do it, or they will crush us.”
“The leaders come and go, but the people remain. Only the people are immortal.”
“Music’s a good thing, it calm the beast in the man.”
“Quantity has a quality all its own.”
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.